WHS athletes to begin fall practice

Whitney Independent School District Athletic Director Kenneth Gilchrist says the school’s coaching staff is ready to take the athletic program to a new level this year and will begin fall sports practice soon.

Gilchrist said that two-a-day practice schedules will be different this year due to University Interscholastic League changes and the District of Innovation program.

Detailed schedules will be posted on the school website and social media accounts soon.

The first day of volleyball and cross country practice will be Tuesday, August 1. Cross country practice begins at 7 a.m., and volleyball players should report at 9 a.m.

The first day of football practice will be Monday, August 7. Players should report to the high school at 6:15 a.m.

Also on Monday, August 7, volleyball players will meet for pictures at 4 p.m.

A fall sports meeting for all parents will be held in the high school gym at 6 p.m. Thursday, August 3.

Picture day for football, cross country, cheer and drill team will be Saturday, August 12. Football and cheer pictures will be at 7:30 a.m. with individual pictures to follow. Cheer group and individual photos will be at 9:30 a.m. Drill team pictures will be at 10:30 a.m.

Cost of photos will be $20 for a CD with four edited individual shots of the player and a team picture.

All incoming seventh, ninth and eleventh graders are reminded that they must have a physical before the first day of practice.

The Wildcat football season will begin Friday, August 18, with a scrimmage against Tolar at 6 p.m. at Wildcat Stadium.

The second scrimmage will be Thursday, August 24, against Venus, with details to be announced at a later date.

The cross country season begins Saturday, August 26, with the Moody Invitational Relay at Moody High School.

Volleyball games get underway with a scrimmage in Robinson Friday, August 4, with time to be announced.

For more information about the upcoming athletic season, call the athletic department at 254-694-7510.