The Blazer football team under the direction of Coach Marvin Diener entered a float in the Johnson County fair parade. The team begins the season at St. Thomas Aquinas Sept. 2. Submitted photo

Fall sports practices officially began Aug. 15 for a variety of Gardner-Edgerton teams.
First action for the fall season comes with a doubles tennis tournament at St. Thomas Aquinas Aug. 24. The Blazers return home Aug. 30th for a quadrangular meet.
Competing for varsity time are sophomore Abby Keeney, juniors Alexis Headrick, Korah Calvin, Ashlyn Burrus, Emma Crawford, Kayla Summerlin and seniors Rylie Mueller, Sarah Ulmer, Kenna Gillespie and Ashley Crabbs.
In boys soccer, Coach Andy Weber returns for his ninth season hoping to improve on the teams 8-9 record of last year. The team hosts Mill Valley Aug. 26 for its season opener. Last year GEHS scored a close 4-3 victory.
The Blazers return a solid core of varsity players including goal keeper Tarita Ploetz, midfielders Sam Mayeske and Tanner Richardson and defenders Jansen Ahrens and Dylan Mars.
The Cross Country season is off and running. Veteran Coach Larry Ward will conduct a time trial Aug. 26 and then starts the season with a varsity only Wichita State Classic Sept. 3.
The volleyball team has been busy preparing for a September 1st triangular at Bishop Miege. New Coach Alex Fitzmorris is looking forward to an exciting season.
Top returners are Lauren Highfill, Kynli Nelson, Haylei Bell, Kyla Shappell, Maddy Linden, Jesse Heniss, Ana Barnes and Macy Koetters.
In the football arena, Coach Marvin Diener returns and has witnessed promising preseason workouts. The team hopes to have just enough offense to go with a much improved defense.
First test comes September 2, 7 p.m. at St. Thomas Aquinas.
For golf, Coach Amy Van Rheen returns and has 6A State champion Mia Tovkach to lead the way. Tovkach was also All-Metro player of the year.
“My hopes are to continue to grow the program,” said Coach Van Rheen. We have attended the state meet the past 10 years. With either a team or individual qualifying. We had a great summer of open green time, leageu and tournament play by several players and we are ready to start the season.”
First test comes Aug. 22 at Leawood South Country Club Invitational. It will be the first of three legs of the EKL tournament.