GRAFTON—The 2018 fall sports season officially opened this past Monday for all high school sports around the great state of WV.
Grafton High School was no different, as they welcomed back several student athletes, who will all prepare to give it their all in the fall.
Football, girls soccer, boys soccer, golf and cross country all began on Monday, with the volleyball team taking the court next Monday.
Cheer also began on Monday and will receive a preview as soon as the team is selected. Here are a few thoughts from the coaches on Monday’s practices.
This year Coach Rich Bord welcomed 49 players onto McKinney Field on Monday.
“With the exception of the weather it was a good first day,” said Coach Bord. “Our numbers were higher than we anticipated as we thought we would be somewhere between 35 and 40 players. The kids worked hard this morning considering the weather and we progressed through all of our drills. Overall it was a very good first day.”
Coach Arthur Knight will field a team with 18 players this season.
“The weather changed in the afternoon as it really worked out well for us” said Coach Knight. “The boys came to work today as they understand that during our two hour practice this week we will condition for an hour and a half and then they will get to play for the next 25 minutes. They did not seem to mind the conditioning as most of them camp into camp in great shape.”
GHS soccer has 29 players out for girls soccer this season, which includes four seniors, ten juniors, seven sophomores and eight freshmen.
“We are doing two-a-day practices three times per week for the first two weeks and daily practices for all remaining days. Our first day of practice consisted of conditioning, agility, and tactical ball skills, said head coach Sharon Griffith. “I was pleased with each player’s efforts today. We have several knowledgeable and talented players and seem to have a very well-rounded team at this point. We still have a lot of work to do, but look forward to putting in the time, learning from our two pre-season scrimmages.”
This season the cross country team will consist of 11 boys and eight girls.
“It should be a better year than last year on both sides,” said Coach PD Louzy. “I have had good turnouts for summer conditioning and several of the runners have continued to condition on their own in the off season. Coming in over the summers the boys are slightly ahead of the girls right now but that can change quickly. Our Regionals are October 18 and the goal is to be peaking by that time.”
We had seven come out and five of the seven are the returning seniors that started last year,” said head coach Lucas McCall. “I had a few without physicals as well so did not show up for practice. I was excited last year to begin the season, but I am even more excited for this season. We got rained out because of the thunderstorms on the first day, but we will have a strong team.
Missing states last year by two strokes hurt, but the kids had all offseason to think about that and are ready to play.”