St. Clair High School’s five fall sports teams capped the opening week of practice sessions.
The annual “Meet the Coaches” takes place at St. Clair Tuesday, Aug. 20, at 6 p.m. All fall sports athletes and their parents are encouraged to attend.
Cody McDowell and the St. Clair football program held practice sessions during the first week on the high school’s turf field.
McDowell reported that approximately 75 high school students are in the football program this fall.
The Bulldogs will prepare next week for their home jamboree, which is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 23.
Making the trip to St. Clair for the four-team jamboree will be Helias Catholic, Rolla, and Poplar Bluff.
Helias reached the Class 4 state championship game last season, losing to Webb City.
Ashley Mims has her varsity team set in place for the upcoming season.
There are 12 players on the Lady Bulldogs varsity team, which includes three seniors, seven juniors and two sophomores.
“We have a great group of kids. They are so positive and fun to be around. It’s a really competitive group,” said Mims. “All 16 of the girls who tried out for the team came to every summer season we had.”
St. Clair’s three seniors are Sam Deason, Macy Levvintre and Kelsey Duncan.
Allison Hinson, a junior, also is one of the team’s top varsity returners.
The team’s setters are junior Miranda Murphy and sophomore Abby Ruck.
The St. Clair cross country program once again has a large number of high school students in the program this fall.
The number of cross country runners in the program jumped from 30 students at the start of the week to 38 students by the end of the week.
The top returner for the Lady Bulldogs is Lyndsay Hardin, who will lead the girls team.
Megan Creasy and Alexis Love also figure to be key runners.
For the Bulldogs, the team is led by Tyler Hinson and Josh Bozada.
A pair of freshmen, Riley Girardier and Wyatt Gotway, are expected to make an immediate impact on the boys team.
St. Clair’s softball and boys soccer teams also continued practice sessions.
Rob Hauck has a young Lady Bulldogs softball team, but has been encouraged by the progress the team has shown.
Randy Roy is the head coach of the St. Clair boys soccer team. He’s being assisted by Tim Isgrig.