Enthusiasm High for First
Being the first day of practice it was, of course, too soon to be able to tell much about our 2014 football team, but a few things stand out even this early.
For one thing there were 111 kids show up for the first day of practice. Coach Kent Jackson said, "There were good numbers show up and we expect a few more as they come back off vacations."
He added, "The coaching staff was pleased with the good effort the kids put out and their good attitude."
Practicing without pads and non contact, an interesting thing happened when at the end of a drive the ball carrier went into the end zone. The coaches yelled, "He scored, celebrate with him! There was a moment of indecision when the boys didn't seem to know what to do, but at continual urging, the boy who scored spiked the ball and a kid near him high-fived him and then most of the team rushed to the end zone to celebrate. It brought a feeling of real football. Here is hoping we will have lots of meetings in the end zone to celebrate Seminole touchdowns.
Volleyball Team Comes in Ready
Coach Jackie Horton said her volleyball girls showed up in the best condition, physically and mentally, thanks to conditioning coach, Dustin Rotan. Consequently, they won't have to focus on getting into shape, and can concentrate on their skill set and improving on their positions. This should give them an early advantage when the games begin.
A side benefit of this, according to Coach Horton, is, "The girls can have more fun in practice because they won't get tired so quickly."
There were 42 girls who showed up for the first practice, five of them are seniors. The coach said, "The upper class leadership is prenominal, and this will get us through some tough matches."
There will be three teams this year, the Freshman Team, Junior Varsity Team and the Varsity teams.
The first scrimmage will be at Andrews, on August 8, and the second scrimmage against Midland Lee and Midland High on August 9. The first match will be against Levelland and Plainview on August 11.
This year's assistant coaches are Carol Vaughn, Kim Riojas, Krista Wheeler, Lauren Reynolds and Shan Cavazos.
We will look forward to an exciting and successful year in volleyball.
Cheerleaders Fired Up
There should be lots of noise from the cheerleading squad this year. There will be 14 Varsity Cheerleaders, but there will not be a Junior Varsity or Freshman squad.
Their coach, Lynn Acosta, said, "Things are looking good." The girls attended summer camp and learned a lot of new cheers and dances. They came to practice fired up and ready to go.
The team is preparing for the mini cheer camp next week, August 11 through 15. They will be teaching grades K through 6. The mini cheerleaders will be cheering during the first half of the home football game against Fort Stockton, September 19.
The Seminole Independent School District conducted its annual registration for its youngest students for the upcoming school season last Monday with Pre-K registration on August 4th.
According to the school district's website, Tuesday, August 12th, will see all students at the Primary, Elementary, and Junior High levels registered at their respective schools. Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. and ends at 6:00 p.m.
Parents of Seminole Elementary School students may register their children at the school facility at 401 SW Ave. B in Seminole. Junior High School students may be registered at the Junior High School at 600 Northwest Ave. J, Primary students at 508 SW Ave. D, and Success Center students at 206 SW 3rd St. Adult Education students may register on Monday, Aug. 11th, or Tuesday, Aug. 12th.
A schedule for the registration of High School students has not yet been posted, but an employee of school administration said that students would pick up their packets at the high school on August 12th, and may check for registration dates or other information at www.seminoleisd.net, or call (432) 758-3662.
The first day of instruction will be August 25th.