With temperatures still reaching record highs, Blanco students head back to campus to start practice.
The high school volleyball and football teams, as well as the band ,started their annual two-a-day sessions Monday, practicing in the morning and in the early evening. They avoid practicing during the hottest part of the day, between 10am and 4pm. The coaches and band directors keep a close watch over the kids, looking for signs of dehydration or heat stroke.
Although cautious of the heat, the practices are far from easy. They are meant to get the athletes back in playing condition after a summer off.
The band kicked off the season with a party on Friday, July 31. The band meets twice a day, once in sections, and then as a whole, working on marching technique and learning the show for this season. David Shirk is the Band Director and Brandon Aly is the Assistant.
The volleyball team is under the direction of new coach Amy Hackebeil, and start each morning at 6:30am, and come back in the afternoon. The girls are busy working on technique and skills in anticipation of their first scrimmage on August 7, here in Blanco.
The Panther football team, under the direction of Athletic Director Danny Rogers, is gearing up for another great season. The boys hit the practice field running, worked on learning plays and ran through drills. Their first scrimmage will be in Blanco on August 15 against Lago Vista. They will travel to Mason on August 20 for their second scrimmage.