Even with school starting Wednesday, Aug. 18, teams here in Sulphur Springs are slowly but surely ramping up for their regular and district seasons.
The first team up on Tuesday, Aug. 17 is Wildcat team tennis, who will be traveling out to Tyler to play Tyler High at 3 P.M.
Last week Team Tennis, coached by Tony Martinez, played three different schools, in Mesquite Poteet last Monday, followed by Bullard (Tyler) High School on Wednesday and Greenville on Thursday.
Volleyball, like team tennis, has been busy since August began. Coached by Bailey Dorner, her Lady Cats participated in a tri-match between Sulphur Springs, Sherman and North Lamar last Tuesday. The volleyball team left the season-opening tri-match on Aug. 10 with a 1-1 record.
Not only that, Coach Dorner’s squad took part in the Garland Tournament on Friday and Saturday. The volleyball team went 2-1 on Friday in Rowlett, losing to (Richardson) JJ Pearce before turning it around to beat Forney and South Garland.
On day two on Saturday, held at Sachse High School, the Lady Cats were originally slated to play their first game at 8 A.M. before Ranchview had to pull out of the tournament due to the coronavirus, giving Coach Dorner’s squad an automatic win in the tournament and allowing them to move on to the next round.
Sulphur Springs then fell to Tatum at 11 A.M. on Saturday, two sets to three, thus eliminating them from the tournament. The Lady Cats head in to their match with Greenville on Tuesday sporting a 4-3 overall record.
Cross country held an intra-squad meet last Saturday, Aug. at the SSISD Athletic Complex. They will be practicing this week before taking place in their first meet of the year at the Commerce Tiger Invitational, held at Commerce High School.
Football also participated in their first scrimmage of the fall season. On Friday, Aug. 13, the Wildcats travelled to Texarkana to play Liberty Eylau. In what is to be expected in the first scrimmage of the year for both teams, LE and Sulphur Springs struggled to punch the ball in the end-zone early.
However, Coach Owens’ and his staff and players took advantage of a number of plays and showcased some impressive abilities as they pulled ahead of the Leopards 9-7 and never looked back, winning their first scrimmage of the season.
This week the Wildcats will take place in their last scrimmage before regular-season play when they host Pleasant Grove this Thursday, Aug. 19 at Gerald Prim Stadium.
That game is scheduled to kick-off at 7 P.M.