Let’s get it started: ’05 prep season begins | PostIndependent.com

Let’s get it started: ’05 prep season begins

Unused high school fields and gyms awaken from their summer-long hiatus this morning as local prep fall sports teams gather for the first official practices of the 2005 season.

Depending on which sport each of the seven high schools field, prospective football, volleyball, softball, boys soccer players and cross country runners will be taking their first steps toward their respective opening contests, scheduled later this month.

Area boys prep golf teams kicked off their season last week in Parachute. Those squads enter week two with three tournaments on tap, including today’s Tiger Invitational at Bookcliff Country Club.

On Tuesday, the prep tour has a second stop in Grand Junction for the Warrior Invite ” this time at Tiara Rado Golf Course.

On Wednesday, the Western Slope prep tour comes to Rifle Creek Golf Course, where all six area schools ” Basalt, Coal Ridge, Glenwood, Grand Valley, Roaring Fork and host Rifle ” are scheduled to play.

Among the traditional team sports, girls softball will be the first to begin its season.

Basalt travels to Cedaredge for a tournament Saturday. Rifle opens the 2005 campaign at Montrose on Aug. 25.

Prep volleyball and boys soccer openers are slated for Sept. 1. The first football games of the year follow the next day across the valley.

Area cross country teams get their initial taste of competition on Saturday, Sept. 3.

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