Fall sports practice is under way on the Spring Hill High School campus as several teams prepare for their season openers.
New cross country coach Brent Smitheran inherits a talented team and is excited about the season opener Sept. 4 at Anderson County.
“We are looking forward to the season,” said Smitheran. “A number of our athletes put in a lot of work over the summer and look forward to the first race.”
On the tennis courts, Coach Thomas Sherron is working with a talented team in preparation for an Aug. 28 meet with Lansing.
“We will be competitive with a good mix of experience and new players,” said Sherron.
Leading the way will be senior Guileonne Tegomo, and juniors Rebekah Anderson and Lauren Pope.
Golf coach Dan Miller welcomed 14 players to practice Aug. 18.
The first tournament is set for Aug. 28 at Lake Perry Country Club.
“We look to have a good year as several players participated in tourneys over the summer,” said Miller.
In volleyball, Coach Alicia Von Stein has six seniors returning from a team that posted a 14-24 record a year ago.
Leading the way is outside hitter Shelby Baker, a three-year starter. Outside hitter Mandi Taylor has shown a lot of improvement and will also be an offensive threat.
Other top returnees are Katy Crooks, setter, Tessa Davids, right side setter, Tate Drees, utility player, Elly Sharemet, middle blocker, and Madison Miller, libero.
First test comes Sept. 6 at Ottawa.
“We are in a tough league and have to be ready to play each night,” said Von Stein.
In the football arena, Coach Anthony Orrick returns. He led the Broncos to their first playoff win in 20 years last season.
“We have several returnees on the defensive side of the ball and expect good things from this group,” said Orrick. “We expect to improve on last year’s record and make a run in the state playoffs.”
Offensively, Spring Hill will rely on the leadership of senior offensive lineman Cristian Esparza, Quarterback Ryker Johnson, Slot back Tyus Heinrich, and Wide receiver Charles Elam.