Fall practices set to begin Monday
For the first time in recent years, the Baldwin School District has begun classes while the fall sports teams wait to start practice.
That's all about to change Monday morning.
The first official practices for Baldwin High School and Baldwin Junior High School teams kick off Monday. A couple of the teams will be having the usual two-a-days, while others stick to practicing after the first official full day of school for the entire district.
"I'm looking forward to the start of the fall sports' season once again," District Activities Director Gary Stevanus said. "It's an oddity that school will start before the teams start practice, but I know the coaches are ready to begin a good fall season this year."
Once again the BHS football team will be the first local team to take to the field. The Bulldogs will practice at 6 a.m. Monday and then come back out to the practice fields at 6 p.m. for its second workout of the day.
"I'm getting excited for the season," BHS senior David Garrison said. "I'm ready to have another good season this year."
The BHS cross-country program won't be far behind the football team. Its first practice will begin at 6:30 a.m. Monday. The cross-country teams will then practice at 7 p.m. Monday and have a couple of more two-a-days during the first week of school.
BHS cross country coach Mike Spielman, who is entering his 17th season as the Bulldogs' coach, has enjoyed the week of getting back into teaching without worrying about beginning the season.
"I'm getting ready for the season to start," he said. "It's nice that I can get back into the swing of things with this week of in-services that we have. It's been nice to get things going and not worry about practice in the morning or evening."
The rest of the BHS and BJHS teams will begin practice after school Monday. Those teams include BHS soccer, BHS volleyball BHS girls' tennis, BJHS football and BJHS volleyball.
Stevanus wanted to remind all fall athletics' participants that they must have a signed and completed physical on file to begin practice Monday. Those can be handed in at either the BHS or BJHS offices.
The BHS sports' schedules can be found online this year at www.highschoolsports.net.