Fall sports practices continued at Washington High School during the opening week with the five programs rounding into shape.
With the weather cooperating, the new turf field project has run on schedule. Most of it should be concluded by the time the football and soccer seasons begin.
With approximately 115 high school students in the WHS football program this fall, which will make up freshman, junior varsity and varsity teams, the program is holding practice sessions at the 14th Street field.
The Blue Jays will have a scrimmage Saturday from 8-10 a.m. at their practice field.
Washington will then begin preparation for its jamboree, which takes place Friday, Aug. 23, at Borgia, beginning at 7 p.m.
The four teams at the jamboree will be Washington, Borgia, Cardinal Ritter and University City.
The Blue Jays open the season Friday, Aug. 30, at St. Clair.
Phil King and the Washington softball team concluded a week of practice sessions at Lakeview Park.
The Lady Jays have a number of varsity returners, including seven seniors, from last season’s team that finished with a 17-8 record.
“Things have been going really well. The girls are excited to be here and anxious to get things rolling,” King said. “We have a lot of good leadership on the team.”
After all three of their pitchers from last season graduated, the Lady Jays are looking for a couple of replacements to take over.
King took a close look at a number of pitching candidates during the opening week of practice.
Washington’s returning seniors include shortstop MC Landolt, second baseman Courtney Kedroski, infielder Kaelie Smith, first baseman Abbie Hopen, catcher Becca Daughtery and outfielders Lilli Mantle and Abbey Martin.
Kedroski also is one of the top pitching candidates this season.
Leading the junior class are outfielder Megan Freitag and catcher Elanna Osthoff.
Practice sessions also continued for the Washington volleyball, boys soccer and boys and girls cross country teams.
Derek Schriewer is the new boys soccer coach. He previously spent two seasons as the Blue Jays assistant coach.
Kym Blankenship returns as the WHS volleyball coach. Mike Olszowka is back to lead the cross country program.