School sports are here
There are few breaks in the athletic circle any more. Summer does not bring any breaks for kids and sports. Even though one cannot require workouts it is understood you had better be there for your sport or else. The long hot summer is not anywhere near being over but high school sport seasons have officially begun. Three of the four sports find themselves outside for their workouts and contests, having to battle the dangerous possibilities of the heat. No longer is defying the blistering heat a badge of honor and courage in sports. Hydration is the only smart thing to do and water is the element of choice for a full season of participation.
For most of the Dripping Springs sports, reloading is the mantra, not rebuilding. For the time being with the UIL district assignment, the teams simply do not have to worry about making the playoffs. They can concentrate on the couple of teams that might be a hindrance to the championship and work to that purpose. What you really have to work hard at is keeping the edge you need to compete in the playoffs against teams that had to earn their way to the playoffs in each game. DS teams have to schedule those pre-district teams to work on that aspect and try to keep some semblance of that for the rest of the season. The four sports in action for all sports fans at the present are cross-country, football, team tennis and volleyball. Check out the athletic website for information on the schedules.
Cross-country: Coach Marisa Tuzzi has headed up a stellar boys and girls program for many years now and there will not be any drop off. Every year there are over 50 boys and girls vying for those seven varsity spots on each team and that keeps everyone on their toes. Last year the girls team took the district title, placed second at regional and tenth in state. The boys were third in district, second in regional and ninth at state. They will have a practice meet and then will host their Invitational at the DS Park Ranch on August 24 to get their new season off on the right foot.
Football: Coach Galen Zimmerman lost quite a few members of last year’s team but numbers usually means there are many capable players ready to step in and show their mettle. Case in point. The past three championship teams have been led by a different quarterback. This year will be the fourth in a row. No doubt the sudden Bi-District loss to Manor last year will spur the effort this year in advancing in the playoffs. Practices are going on now and there will be a scrimmage game with New Braunfels on August 23 and they will open at Kerrville on August 30. The first home game will be with Hays on September 6.
Team Tennis: Coach Cary Jackson has molded a powerhouse program in the past few years. They too, have already started their competition. They are reigning district champs and are still trying to kick down the door to the state tourney but Alamo Heights has successfully kept them out the past three years.
Volleyball: Coach Michael Kane has made sure the volleyball program continues to be the top district title sport in the history of DS sports. Last year they added to their district titles but were stopped in the semi-finals of the state tourney. They certainly have the returning quality to repeat last year's successes. They start fast and furious to get in as many games and tough opponents as they can before entering their weak district schedule. By the end of the first week of school they will have played nearly half of their regular schedule. This weekend they are at the Pearland Invitational.