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Douglas fall sports season about to start

Douglas High's varsity football team gets to work Monday morning on Keith Roman Field.

Douglas High School's fall sports season has begun and the action is not far away.

Football fans will have an opportunity to watch the Tigers on Saturday when they host McQueen for a scrimmage at Keith Roman Field. The varsity teams will be on the field at 9 a.m., followed by the freshman and JV scrimmages.

The Ernie Monfiletto-coached Tigers kick off their regular season the following Saturday, Aug. 26, with a 10 a.m. game against the Rigby Trojans (Rigby, Idaho) at Holt Arena in Pocatello.

The Douglas volleyball team, coached by Suzi Townsell, is scheduled to host a varsity, JV and freshman scrimmage on Friday at the Douglas County Community & Senior Center.

On Aug. 22, the Tigers' girls soccer team is scheduled to visit Truckee for a 5:15 p.m. nonconference matchup between teams that are traditionally among the top of their respective 4A and 3A divisions. Truckee is the defending 3A state champion, coming off a 22-1 season. Douglas, under the direction of first-year head coach Rick Smith, was a playoff qualifier in 2016 and state tournament qualifier in 2014-15.

Both the girls and boys tennis teams are set to open on Aug. 24 with Northern 4A conference matches against McQueen. The boys, coached by Roger Rusmisel, will host McQueen on the Lampe Park courts and the girls, with fourth-year coach Dan Hannah at the helm, will play McQueen at 3 p.m. in Reno. Douglas home matches this fall will be played at Lampe Park due to pending resurfacing of the high school courts.

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Douglas boys soccer players, past and present, will face each other in their alumni game on Aug. 24 at 6 p.m. on the high school soccer field. Chase Zumpft, a 2004 Douglas grad, is returning for his second season as head coach of the program.

Douglas is also hosting a JV soccer tournament on Aug. 26 starting at 8 a.m. on the football and soccer fields.

Cross country, led by boys coach Jay Frey and first-year girls coach Niki Hamzik, will host the annual Class Races starting at 3 p.m. at Lampe Park.

Girls golf, coached by Steve Gustafson, opens its Sierra League schedule on Aug. 28 with a match at Sierra Sage Golf Course in Reno.

A meeting of players, parents and coaches will be held on Aug. 23 from 6-8 p.m. in the high school commons area.