by Jason Drake
The Woodville Eagles High School football and volleyball teams started two-a-day practices last Monday at Woodville High School. Coach Mike Waldie thought the first practice went great. "I am ecstatic with our numbers and effort. It was a great first day." The Eagles suited out 67 football players on day one of two-a-days. The summer's hard work paid off as the Eagle players responded well to the heat. Coach Waldie provided the team with ice sponge towels, multiple water breaks, extended breaks with fruit and practice early in the morning to help prevent heat-related issues.
Considering it was the first day, Waldie reported that the team is doing a good job learning the new system, but there is a long way to go. The expectations are to make the play-offs this year.
Waldie noted that several players have stood out including Marqui Jackson, J.T. Rigsby, Obie Barclay and a talented group of receivers. Woodville has scheduled three JV Gold games and as many fifth quarters as possible in the middle school this season to give more players the opportunity to play.
The Eagles will have an inner squad scrimmage Saturday morning at 9:30., to which the public is invited.
Coach Laura Willis thought her first day went well. "I am really excited about the returning core group from last year. The conditioning went a little rough and many of the girls were not ready. Overall it was great to get back to work," she said. Thirty girls suited out on day one. Shawnacy Williams and Carolina Baeza each had a great first practice. Woodville will be looking at Sophomore Bailey Stewart from last year's JV to help the Lady Eagles reach their goal of a district championship.
The Lady Eagles will scrimmage West Hardin on Friday before hosting Shepherd and Coldspring on Saturday. The scrimmages for both days begin at 10:00. Tuesday, Coach Willis and the Lady Eagles will play their first game at Huntington. The freshman will start at 4:30, followed by the JV and the varsity.