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Fall teams prepare for seasons
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Tomorrow may be one of the most anticipated days for athletes at Warren County High School. August 1 is the official start day for many fall sports, including golf, volleyball and girls soccer.
The golf team, which began practice in early July, will play its first meet tomorrow. Coach J.W. Holt’s team will play host to Cookeville at McMinnville Country Club beginning at 1 p.m.
Coach Holt’s 13-player boys team is hoping an influx of new players can help guide the team to a successful season.
Seniors Parker Lynn and Thomas Locke return to the Pioneers, while freshmen Nicholas Powell, Nick Stern, Griffin Jones, Brock Watson and Chandler Cassle could be making their debut.
The Lady Pioneers golf team includes junior Katelyn Davenport and freshman Brittany Myers.
Coach Holt is hopeful his teams gets off to a good start tomorrow.
“We’re looking forward to competing against another school,” said Holt. “We’ve been going against one another for awhile so we’re ready for different competition. ”
While the golf team heads out to the course, the volleyball team will head to Charlie Dalton Gym to begin preparations for the 2011 season.
Coach Franklin Fisher’s team nearly set a school record for wins last year with 29 and made its first trip to regionals.
With three seniors gone, but many young players taking a step up to varsity level, coach Fisher is taking a wait-and-see approach to the potential of his team.
“A new season means a new or modified team,” said Fisher. “It’s enjoyable to watch people step up to try to fill the void left by the graduated seniors.
“I’m excited but guarded at the same time.”
The volleyball season will begin at home on Aug. 22 with a match against Tullahoma and Franklin County.
Coach Fisher’s volleyball team wasn’t the only girls squad which made a big impression last fall.
The Lady Pioneer soccer team, headed by coach Todd Willmore, made a return the regionals and showed the potential of becoming a powerhouse in District 6-AAA.
With the majority of the team back, including top scorers Ayla Anish and Ansley Mullican and all-region defender Joanna Paz, coach Willmore is expecting  big things from his team.
“We’re excited to get started,” said Willmore. “We’ll have a week of practice then get some competition over the weekend.”
The Lady Pioneers soccer team’s preseason will begin with a tournament. Coach Willmore and his team will travel to Coffee County on Saturday, Aug. 6 for a playday. The Lady Pioneers will play four games, which will include matches against Shelbyville and Lincoln County.
Warren County’s soccer season begins Aug. 23 with a 6 p.m. home match against Ooltewah.