Prep practice zooms into action |

Prep practice zooms into action

Post Independent/Kelley Cox

Once their required paperwork was submitted, it didn’t take much prompting from the coaches at Glenwood Springs High School to begin team practices.

Instead, they were champing at the bit to get going.

“The first day of practice is when we can all come together and realize what this team is about and how hard we’re going to work,” said Demon volleyball player Avery Denney.

Monday was the first day allowed by the Colorado High School Activities Association, except for boys golf teams, for fall sports teams to conduct team practices. The boys golf season started last week.

The athletes’ work ethics and enthusiasm was evident as more than 30 hopefuls quickly got in step with volleyball coaches Scott Nykirk and Jocelyn Anderson’s drills within minutes of the team’s opening meeting.

Some yards away ” in the high school’s main lobby ” first-year cross country coach Mike Schneiter needed a little more time with his group of athletes than his colleagues before hitting the campus’s track.

The delay wasn’t due a lack of preparation. Rather, it allowed the new coach an opportunity to introduce himself to the students and explain the training regimen to the team.

“I want to get to know the kids and get things started. I want to teach them what we want to do and my philosophy on coaching cross country,” Schneiter said.

As far as spirit, the coach was equally ready for the year to begin.

“It’s exciting because everyone’s been gone for the summer,” he said. “Now we’re back at school and getting running again. It’s fun for everybody.”

Still, the excitement of the first practice in junior Sharaya Selsor’s case, also bubbled up some doubt. “It’s nerve-racking and exciting at the same time,” she said. “Because you only have three weeks before the first meet.”

A turnout of 21 athletes, kindles Selsor’s hopes for an outstanding season for both Demon squads.

“Our cross country team is just booming because we’ve done so good the last two years,” she said. “Hopefully, we can keep that tradition now. Our goal this year is to be a top-five team at state.”

The first day of practice couldn’t come quicker for GSHS athletic trainer Marni Barton.

“I have been so excited for the last month to get back out here with these guys, because I’ve been working indoors all summer,” she explained. So, I’m excited to be back outside and having fun with all these kids again.”

The athletes, Barton said, are the main reason why she’s starting her eighth year at the high school.

“The kids always make it fun, that’s why I come back and haven’t looked to go somewhere else. They keep it fresh and new and exciting for me. They keep me laughing ” that’s what keeps me coming back.”

First allowed day of practice: Monday (except boys golf)

First day of player contact (football): August 17

First allowed contest (softball): August 18

First allowed team scrimmage: August 25

First allowed contest (cross country, football, spirit, volleyball): August 31

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