A new year for Douglas High School athletics gets under way this week with teams competing in a wide range of locations.
Seven of the school’s eight fall programs begin with regular season contests or scrimmages between Tuesday and Saturday. Five varsity teams are introducing new coaches: Dan Hannah in girls tennis, Josh Olivas in boys tennis, Werner Christen in girls soccer, Milko Vasquez in boys soccer and Kate Berston in girls cross country.
The Tigers’ varsity football team is going out of state to Pocatello, Idaho, to kick off its regular season on Saturday against Minico (Rupert, Idaho). The 10:30 a.m. game at Holt Arena is part of a lineup of games in the Best of the West Rocky Mountain Rumble.
Meanwhile, the Douglas freshman and JV teams will be at Wooster on Thursday afternoon in Reno. The JV Tigers will scrimmage Wooster at 4 p.m., followed by a game between the Douglas and Wooster freshmen at 6 p.m.
Vasquez is back for his second go-round as head coach of the Douglas boys soccer program starting with a nonleague match Thursday at 4 p.m. at home against North Tahoe. Vasquez was on the coaching staff for 11 years, six as head coach, before his retirement at the end of the 2010 season. The Tigers posted a 77-50-14 record in his six seasons as head coach, highlighted by a region tournament championship in 2007.
The Douglas girls soccer team travels to Las Vegas this weekend to play four scheduled matches in three days. The Tigers come into this season with 15 returnees, including eight seniors, from a team that went 14-2-2 and won the Sierra League title last fall.
The Douglas girls tennis team opens Thursday at Galena in a matchup between two of the North’s top programs. Douglas bested Galena to win the 2013 Sierra League title, however, Northern Division I tennis has been realigned into a single 12-school conference. The Tigers are again led by Madelyn Landerfelt, who as a freshman in 2013, was undefeated during the regular season and went on to become the girls singles runner-up at the Northern Division I Region Tournament.
Olivas, a 1997 Douglas graduate who has returned to coach at his alma mater, will direct the boys tennis squad in its opener at home against Galena.
The Douglas volleyball team visits Carson for a scrimmage Tuesday as a tune-up for the 24th annual Las Vegas Invitational on Friday and Saturday. The Tigers start with pool play Arbor View (Las Vegas), Sierra Vista (Las Vegas) and Canyon View (Cedar City, Utah).
The cross country team opens Friday at the University of Nevada-hosted Twilight Classic, which will be held at Shadow Mountain Sports Complex in Sparks. The JV girls will run the first race for the Tigers at 6:50 p.m.
The Douglas girls are the defending Northern Division I region team champions and Lindsey Adams is the defending region individual champion.