A busy fall sports season opens at Douglas High School Monday when athletes begin conditioning workouts in volleyball, boys soccer and football.
Volleyball begins Monday with two-a-day conditioning — 8-9:30 a.m. at the Big George Athletic Complex and 5-7:30 p.m. in the school gym. Two days of team tryouts will be held on 8:30-11:30 a.m. and 5-7:30 p.m. Saturday, then 3-6 p.m. Aug. 19 in the gym. The Tigers open their season Sept. 3 against Yerington. Suzi Townsell is entering her seventh season as head coach of the Douglas program. Of interest, she coached the Tigers’ 2010 state championship team and also played on the 1983 state championship team.
Boys soccer starts on Monday under coach Vince Brown with two practice sessions at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The Tigers open at the Galena preseason tournament on Aug. 23-24 and then host Spanish Springs in the regular season opener on Sept. 4. Brown is entering his third season as head coach of the program.
Football starts with a three-day heat acclimation period Monday through Wednesday. The first day hitting with pads is Aug. 19 (also the first day of school). Looking ahead to the regular season, the Tigers travel to Reno for a scrimmage at Galena on Aug. 24 and the varsity kicks off its second season under head coach Ernie Monfiletto on Aug. 30 with a game at Reno High.
An alumni girls soccer game is scheduled for 6:15 p.m. Tuesday on the school soccer field. Team try-outs begin next Saturday with two sessions — 8-10 a.m. and 5-7 p.m. on the soccer field. Try-outs will continue 5-7 p.m. Aug. 19. First-year girls soccer coach Jenny Jaggard has been focused on endurance work over the summer, including a Fay-Luther Trail workout run 7 a.m. Wednesday. The Tigers kick off their season at the Howell Memorial Tournament on Aug. 30-31 in Reno.
Other programs at Douglas get started next week, including the following:
■ The girls and boys cross country runners have been going through voluntary workouts through the summer leading up to their first official practice next Saturday. The season opener is Aug. 30 with the annual Douglas Class Races at Lampe Park. The meet begins at 3 p.m., featuring separate races for freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors who will run the same 2.55-mile course. Jay Frey and Marc Walling coach the program.
■ Boys tennis tryouts will be 4-6 p.m. Aug. 19-21 under the direction of coach Rod Smith, who is entering his fifth season as head coach of the program.
■ Girls tennis tryouts will be Aug. 19-21 at times to be announced by coach Susan Cowan.
■ In Mono County, the Coleville High School football team opens its season under longtime coach Will Sandy with an Aug. 31 nonleague contest at home against rival Smith Valley. The game will kick off at 1 p.m. The Wolves were 8-1 record in 2012, losing only their regular season finale against Mineral County, 48-42, in a shoot-out for the Northern Division IV Western Division title.