Fall sports set to kick off
Douglas High School is launching its fall sports season this week with a full schedule of regular season events involving five sports.
Friday will be Hall of Fame night for the Douglas football team, which kicks off its season with a nonleague game against the tradition-laden McQueen Lancers.
Regular season action actually begins on Thursday when the Douglas girls and boys tennis teams swing into action with Northern Division I conference matches against Galena. The Douglas girls, runner-up finishers at last year’s region and state team tournaments, host Galena in an opener between two teams that historically stand among the best in the North. The boys teams will play at Galena.
The Douglas boys soccer team opens its season against North Tahoe on Thursday with a nonleague contest in Tahoe City. Douglas is also hosting the inaugural Douglas Tigers JV Tournament on Friday and Saturday.
Also on Thursday, the Douglas freshman and JV football teams play at home against McQueen.
On Friday, the Tigers’ defending region tournament champion volleyball and soccer teams travel for their season openers against some high-powered opposition.
In the soccer opener, Douglas (24-1 last season) will challenge perennial Northern California power Montgomery of Santa Rosa in a nonleague contest that will be played in South Lake Tahoe. The Montgomery Vikings went 21-4 during a 2014 season that ended with a loss to arch rival Maria Carrillo in the CIF North Coast Section championship game.
Meanwhile, the Douglas volleyball team returns to play in the 25th annual Las Vegas Invitational, which features a power-laden field of teams from multiple states. The Tigers play their first match at 8 p.m. against Van Nuys, Calif. (17-9 and quarterfinalist in the L.A. City Division I playoffs in 2014).
Loaded with an all-time high turnout of 73 runners, the Tigers’ cross country boys and girls start their season Friday with the annual Douglas Class Races at Lampe Park. The meet features a format in which freshman, sophomore, junior and senior runners all compete individually on a 2.4-mile course.
The Douglas girls are two-time region meet champions and the boys team has qualified for the state meet each of the last two years. The Tigers have 31 returnees to the boys and girls teams and have welcomed a freshman turnout of 21 runners.
The Douglas girls golf team starts its season on Aug. 31 with a Sierra League match starting at 11 a.m. at Eagle Valley Golf Course in Carson City.