As teams hit the field for the first time Monday to mark the start of the fall high school season, Boonville coaches will remember the famous word  of former NBA Star Allen Iverson: Practice.
Although the season won’t officially kick off until August 24th, Boonville-like many teams across the state-opened the 2018 season with renewed hope.
The numbers also exceeded many of the coaches expectations. Boonville Pirates football coach Greg Hough had approximately 52 kids in grades 9-12 to open the season this morning at Gene Reagan field.
While the Pirates have been in preseason mode since July with camps, Hough spent the morning working on fundamentals.
The Pirates will hold a scrimmage in full pads for the first time on Saturday, August 11th from 8-11 a.m. Then, on Friday, August 17th, Boonville will take part in a three-team Jamboree with Odessa and Richmond in Odessa starting at 6 p.m. The season opener will be one week later on Friday, August 24th as the Pirates host Pleasant Hill starting at 7 p.m.
The Boonville Lady Pirates softball team also held its first practice of the season Monday morning with 22 girls participating in drills under head coach Christie Zoeller.
Zoeller said the team will be working on fundamentals and trying to nail down a starting nine. Pitchers and catchers will also be throwing a lot during the week.
“I felt like the first day was good,” Zoeller said. “We had lots of hard work and positive attitudes. “We got a lot accomplished because most girls had been at camps this summer so we could just build off of that.”
The Lady Pirates softball team will open the 2018 season in the Lady Pirate Lead-Off Classic on Saturday, August 25th at Rolling Hills park.
As for the Boonville Lady Pirates tennis team, Stephanie Green welcomed 23 girls in grades 9-12 on Monday.
Although the Lady Pirates had a slight setback with the rain, Green said the girls still worked on fundamentals and footwork on Day 1. “We’ll spend the week working on fundamentals and then I will do some evaluations to see where the girls are in terms of experience,” Green said. “The next two weeks will be used for challenge matches.”
The Boonville Lady Pirates tennis team will kick off the 2018 season in the Lady Pirate Open on Saturday, August 25th at the high school tennis courts starting at 9 a.m.
Boonville Cross-Country Coach Melissa Baker was also upbeat for the first day of the season.
Although Baker is no stranger to running, as she also coaches the Lady Pirates track team, she said cross-country will be a new experience for her.
Baker said 13 boys and girls participated in the first day of practice on Monday but expects around 17 kids to run in cross-country this season. “We will have some kids doing multiple sports,” Baker said, “but I would expect around 17 kids to run at different times throughout the season. The first day we ran for 30 minutes and lifted weight. We will also do some hill work and work on strides this week. It was a good first day. I was happy with it.”
The Boonville boys and girls cross-country team will open the 2018 season on Tuesday, August 28th at Salisbury starting at 5 p.m.
Boonville Lady Pirates golf coach Rob VanderLinden was also ecstatic about his first day.
VanderLinden said seven girls participated in the first day of practice at Hail Ridge Golf Course but expected two more foreign exchange students to come out for the season.
The Boonville Lady Pirates golf team will host Southern Boone of Ashland in the season opener on Monday, August 27th starting at 4 p.m.
The Boonville Lady Pirates volleyball team held its first practice of the season Monday afternoon while the Boonville boys soccer team will practice for the first time on Wednesday, August 8th at the high school starting at 7 a.m.
The Boonville Lady Pirates volleyball team will host Southern Boone of Ashland for its first match in the Tri-County Conference on Tuesday, August 28th starting at 5:30 p.m. As for the Boonville Pirates soccer team, they will be on the road for the season opener against Father Tolton on Tuesday, August 28th starting at 5 p.m.