IHS fall sports open practices Monday

By JOCELYN SHEETS
Register Sports Editor

Monday marks a big day for Kansas high school fall sports teams. Practices officially begin.
Iola High’s football, volleyball, cross country and girls tennis teams begin preparing for the 2009 fall seasons.
Any athlete planning to compete in high school sports must have a completed and signed physical form on file at Iola High School. If they do not have the form, they cannot practice.

IHS cross country
IHS cross country coach Marvin Smith announced the first practice will be at 6:15 p.m. Monday. He said boys and girls, grades 9-12, interested in competing should meet at the parking lot on the northeast side of Lake Bassola.
Lake Bassola is south of Iola on State Street, turn left on Bassett Street which curves to the left to become Washington.
For more information contact Smith at 365-3080.
Iola opens the cross country season Sept. 3 at the Anderson County High In-vitational in Garnett.

Fillies volleyball
Under new head coach Jodi Grover, Iola High’s volleyball team is set for two-a-day practices all week.
The first practice is at 6 a.m. Monday at the IHS gym.
The Fillies will have practice sessions each morning at 6 and afternoon at 3:45.
The Fillies prepare for their season-opener on Aug. 29 at the Jayhawk-Linn High Invitational in Mound City. Also on that day, the IHS junior varsity will host a tournament.

Mustang football
Two-a-day practices for the Mustang football team begin Monday at 6 a.m. at the high school practice field in Riverside Park. The afternoon session begins at 4 o’clock. The Mustangs have a full week of two-a-days.
IHS head coach Rick Horton said a scrimmage is planned for Saturday morning at the end of the first week. He said the coaching staff expects strong competition for some positions. Thursday is the first day for pads and full contact.
The Mustangs’ annual Blue and Gold scrimmage is Aug. 27.
Iola opens the football season Sept. 4 at Columbus.

Fillies tennis
The Iola High girls tennis team is out to get into playing shape quickly with the season-opener 10 days away from Monday’s first practice.
Fillies’ head coach Jennifer Bycroft has the first practice set for 6 to 8 p.m. Monday. Practices are at the high school tennis courts, northeast of the school.
Tennis is open to any girls in ninth through 12th grade. Those interested in competing should be at Monday’s first practice, Bycroft said.
Also, athletes are to bring their racquet, water and wear proper tennis court shoes.
For questions contact Bycroft at 620-228-3090.
The Fillies tennis team opens the season Aug. 27 at Chanute.