This coming Wednesday, August 17, the Chewelah Cougars will begin preparations for their 2016 football campaign under new head coach Levi Hogan.
The Cougars will open their season by hosting the Bridgeport Mustangs in a non-league encounter on Friday, September 2, at Snyder Field.
Then, the Chewelah gridders immediately enter into Northeast A League play with consecutive home games against Riverside, Newport, and Freeman on the following three Friday nights.
After the Freeman game, renovation will commence on the Snyder Field complex with the construction of a new all-weather track and football facility. Thus, the remaining four Cougar football games will be on the road at Deer Park, Lakeside, Medical Lake, and Colville.
The annual football jamboree at Deer Park will be on Friday, August 26.
“We will have weekday evening practices from 4:00 until 6:00 beginning on Wednesday, August 17, and going through Thursday, August 25,” announced Coach Hogan. “We will also haveSaturday morning practices from 8:00 to 10:00 on Saturday, August 20, and on Friday. August 26.”
There will be one double-practice day on Wednesday, August 24.
“We will also have a guest speaker on Monday morning, August 22, at 10:00.”
Football players will have to turn in their physical forms and have all of their required paperwork completed prior to practicing.
All football forms are online on the school district website. They will not be available in the office.
So, players will have to access them online, fill them out, and then post them.
The first three days of practice will be without pads. The fourth day will begin full-contact. Players who did not attend this summer’s football camp can check out equipment on Wednesday, August 17, from 2:00 to 3:00 prior to that day’s first practice. New players are still welcome to turn out.
“We had between 26-29 athletes at our July football camp each day,” said Hogan. “We are hoping to get that number above 40 in August. It is a new program, a new season, and all athletes are welcome to join the team in August regardless of if they attended summer camp or summer workouts.”
Football players will need to participate in 12 practices in order to play in the first ballgame.
High School Volleyball
High school volleyball and cross-country will both start on Monday, August 22.
“Volleyball practice will be in the morning from 8:00 to 10:15 on Monday,” said Coach Shirley Baker. “After that, practice times will be from 3:30 to 6:00.”
Coach Baker invites all high school volleyball players to attend All-American Volleyball Camp on August 15-17, from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. The cost is $157 per athlete.
The Cougar volleyball program is also hosting three presentations by highly successful Colfax football coach Mike Morgan on Monday, August 22, announced Coach Baker.
“We have invited him to share his thoughts on the intertwining of youth athletics and character development,” Baker said. “Each presentation has a specific intended audience. All athletes, coaches, and parents are invited. The presentations are free to attendees.”
The 10:30 morning presentation entitled “Life Lessons For Athletes” is appropriate for athletes entering grades 5-12, their parents, and coaches. This presentation defines 10 traits that every athlete should gain from participating in a competitive sport.
“Being an athlete and a great teammate involves choices of effort and attitude—in other words, character,” Coach Morgan teaches.
“If you really look at why we want young people to participate in sports, it is so that they will gain something from the experience that will make them a better adult.”
At 1:00 that afternoon, Coach Morgan will headline a “Captains and Coaches Workshop” for coaches of all sports and for team leaders entering grades 7-12.
“Every team captain and coach will leave this presentation with a list of values selected specifically for their season, specific behaviors that they will teach,” said Morgan. “Every member of that team should commit to these values—which he calls covenants—so they can be seen in actions.”
Then, at 6:00 that evening, Coach Morgan will address the topic of “The Role of Parents in Athletics.” All parents of any child playing youth sports pre-K-12 are encouraged to attend.
“This is a straightforward message from an athlete’s point of view to their parents about how adults can enhance their athlete’s performance, create good memories, and demonstrate respect from the perspective of young people,” said Morgan.
High School Cross-Country
Cross-country runners will open practices at the city park on the same date, August 22.
“We will start at 7:30 in the morning at the high school for the first week of workouts until school starts,” said Coach Melissa Burkey. “Then, on August 29, junior high runners will join us, and this will include sixth grade runners who want to compete on the junior high team.”
The cross-country team will host an invitational meet on September 24, at Forty-nine Degrees North that will have an open division for all adult runners who want to compete.
Volleyball and cross-country athletes need to complete 10 practices before they can participate in competition. All necessary pre-practice forms are online on the school district website.
Junior High School Sports
Middle School sports will not begin until the second day of school on Thursday, September 1.
By this time all football, softball, and cross-country athletes need to have their online paperwork completed online, just like high school athletes.
All seventh graders must turn in a completed physical form signed by their doctor in order to practice.
Any eighth grader who did not participate in school sports last year must also turn in a completed physical form before practicing.
Middle school athletes should attend the first three days of practice in T-shirts, shorts, and proper shoes for their sport.
Football players need to participate in 12 practices in order to play in their first game.
Volleyball players and cross-country runners need to complete 10 practices in order to compete.
By Geno Ludwig/The Independent Staff