The A.C. Jones Trojans began with an organizational meeting as such at 5:30 a.m. to kick off their 2013 season.
“It was a little hectic to start,” said new head coach Jimmie Mitchell.
“But it was way better than I expected. We’re starting from ground zero, and all the things you take for normal, the alignments are brand new to the players.”
Mitchell was at 3A Sealy last year and replaces the departed Troy Moses.
The Trojans will look to open up their offense in the spread, and, defensively, it will be a 4-2-5 arrangement under Mitchell.
“We’ve got a lot of good kids, but it’s going to take time for us to get better and be where we want to be,” the new coach said.
All the teams in the county are practicing early in the day to try and beat the South Texas heat. Working out under the South Texas sun in August can be deadly, but all the teams are taking every precaution possible to keep the players as cool as possible and hydrated.
The Lady Trojan volleyball squads also got their practices started. Head coach Brittainie Zinsmeyer was pleased with the numbers out this season.
“Numbers will be good once we get all the physicals in and the girls on the court,” Zinsmeyer.
The Lady Trojans will be young with just a handful of players with varsity experience back for the 2013 season at the net.
New cross country head coach Linda Luna was welcomed by more than 30 athletes who will come out for the season.
“We’ve got good numbers, but a lot is going on right now with volleyball, cheer camp, football and other things. Once it settles, we’ll have great numbers, and we look forward to a good season,” she said.
In Pettus, the Eagles are in their second year under head coach Dan Garza, and that’s a good thing.
“We certainly feel a lot better about this first practice than last year’s first. Any coaching change is very difficult for young athletes when the bulk of the program changes, especially learning a new offense and defense,” Garza said.
A full off-season also helps a great deal, according to Garza.
“We feel we had a great year of off-season (work) with significant improvements in our weight room and a year for our young group of athletes to mature and gain experience,” he said.
The Pettus squad played a lot of underclassmen last year, and the year of experience both on and off the field should get the Eagles back up and flying higher this year.
The Lady Eagles have been doing a great deal of conditioning and will look to replace a pretty talented senior class that graduated. Only a handful of returnees have varsity experience, and everyone out will get a chance to challenge for a varsity spot, according to the coaches.
In Skidmore, the S-T Bobcats are also under a new head coach and new systems. Coach John Livas moves over from Goliad to guide the ’Cats this year. The slot-T returns to the offense, and deception and ball handling will be a key on offense. The Bobcats have plenty of size up front, but, as with most 2A schools, depth will be a problem.
“There was a lot of enthusiasm and excitement on our first day. The players were moving around great, but they are always going to move around great in shorts,” Livas said.
“The energy level’s good, but it’s always going to be good on day one. We have a long ways to go, lots of teaching and coaching.”
The Lady Cats were out in numbers for head coach Tim Stowe.
“It was pretty good. We had about 35 show up, and they worked hard. We did a lot of conditioning, so that was good. I am looking forward to tomorrow,” Stowe said.
All the football teams are scheduled for scrimmages on Aug. 16. Beeville will travel to Sinton to take on the Pirates. The JV and freshman squads will start the scrimmage at 5 p.m. with the varsity squads taking the field at 6:30 p.m.
Skidmore-Tynan will travel to Yorktown for a three-way scrimmage between the Wildcats and the Woodsboro Eagles beginning at 6 p.m.
The Pettus Eagle varsity will travel to meet La Villa and Benavides, while the JV Eagle squad will host the other two teams.