Boonville fall sports teams hit the practice field for the first time on Monday under perfect conditions.
Although it rained in the morning, coaches opened the 2013 season in the afternoon with guarded optimism.
Starting with tennis, Boonville coach Stephanie Green reported 12 girls out for the first day of practice at the high school tennis courts. Green said along with going over the fundamentals, the first-two weeks will be used for match play. "We are going to start our seeding tournament on Thursday," stated Green.
Cross-country also had the double-digit mark yesterday under first-year coach Emily Allsop.
While running the hills at the BHS Sports Complex, Allsop said seven girls and five boys participated in the first practice.
"We will run 3-4 miles and approximately 30 hills," Allsop said.
The Boonville boys soccer team opened its seventh season under head coach Tim Brown with 23 participating in grades 9-12.
While practicing on Gene Reagan Field at the BHS Sports Complex, Brown said the first-two weeks of practice will consist of two parts. "We will do things like shield the ball and shoot the ball in the first session, and then we will have bigger team games in the second session," Brown said.
In volleyball, head coach Susie Stone said 19 girls made up the first day of practice in the newly renovated Windsor gymnasium. With new bleachers and a new court to play on, Stone said the girls will work on fundamentals and conditioning the first week.
"We will assess skill level and figure where we are at," Stone said.
In softball, coach Christie Zoeller took her team for its first practice to the high school ballfield.
While matching the volleyball team with 19 participants, Zoeller said the team will be doing a lot of the basics. "We will be doing a lot of repetition in fundamentals," Zoeller said. "Next week we will do more game situations and hit off live pitching."
The Boonville Pirates football team also hit the field under third year coach Devin Brown on Monday.
With 36 athletes in grades 9-12 participating in the first practice in mainly helmets and shoulder pads, Brown said this week will be the basics such as run and pass plays along with just learning how to tackle and block.
"The first practice was good," Brown said. "We picked up right where we left off from camp, which was good. We can't go full pads until Saturday, so we will have that midnight madness scrimmage Friday again."