Daily-doubles end summer

August 27, 2005

Someone changed the Westside Elementary School’s message board from “Schooooool’s out for summer” to “Welcome back, school starts September 6.” The change is small. It’s only a few letters. But, for thousands of students, the significance of those new words is enormous.

Although classes at HRVHS don’t start until Sept. 7 for freshmen and Sept. 8 for everyone else, summer vacation officially ended for many high school students bright and early Monday morning with their first session of daily-doubles practice.

Hundreds of high school athletes hit the fields this week to meet their new coaches and teammates, get back in shape and sharpen skills in preparation for their first competitions in September.

The football team practiced for five and a half hours a day, Monday through Friday on the fields overlooked by Henderson Stadium. Volleyball players hit the gym for a total of 19 hours during the week under the care of head coach Jennifer Baklenko. Cheerleading camp lasted from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and two hours on Friday morning, to get the girls ready for their first game. Cross country runners covered mile after mile of high-altitude terrain at Cloud Cap during the week, crashing at night in the historic Cloud Cap Inn. Soccer players trampled the Westside fields in the morning (girls) and evening (boys) for the last two weeks. And last but not least the Horizon Christian School’s co-ed soccer team practiced on their field twice a day all week.

The Hood River News will publish complete schedules for all fall sports in early September.

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