Football is definitely gaining steam at Pacific.
Coach Clint Anderson and his staff have seen a big increase in numbers for the football program, as 65 athletes are out for the sport this season.
“I’ve been here eight years and the most I think we ever had was around 40,” Anderson said. “Our numbers are nice to see.”
Anderson said a big reason for the increase is a large freshman class.
“There are 30-35 freshmen out this year,” he said.
The Indians return a large number of experienced performers this season, with several seniors expected to lead the way.
On Thursday the constant rain forced the Indians indoors, where they were busy working on offensive plays.
“Every time you have to stay inside it stinks, but you do what you can do,” Anderson said. “We just tell the captains to get them going and hope the guys get after it.”
Overall, Anderson said he and his staff have been pleased with the team’s effort thus far.
“It’s been perfect,” Anderson said of the first week of practice. “It’s been nearly flawless. The kids are picking everything up well. They’re learning a new system and doing great. We’ve had fast-paced practices and they’ve been rolling along.”
Anderson said the team is implementing a new pistol option offense this season.
“If they can pick it up well and stay healthy and if we can get our subs to play well, we should be very competitive this season,” he said.
A strong senior class will lead the Pacific High School volleyball team in 2014. Six seniors are returning performers from last year’s team that went 12-14-1 overall and 4-3 in Four Rivers Conference play.
“They’ll be our primary varsity players,” Pacific Coach Janel Brown said. “They have a lot of experience. Most have been playing varsity since they were sophomores.”
The Lady Indians have 30 girls in the program this season, with 12 on the varsity. Brown kept six seniors, three juniors and three sophomores on the varsity roster.
And so far, Brown has liked what she’s seen in practice.
“They’re looking good so far,” Brown said. “I’ve been pleased with how things are going. They are very enthusiastic. This group is made up of hard workers. They have lots of volleyball experience, too.”
Brown said the main goal for her squad is a top four finish in the Four Rivers Conference.
Brown added the first practice of the season went well.
“We started out the morning running the mile,” she said. “Most of the girls were in pretty good shape. There were some good surprises on how well everyone ran.”
She added she wasn’t a fan of the earlier start to the season.
Brown and her staff made cuts on Tuesday.
The numbers are good and the expectations are high for the Pacific cross country team.
Pacific has 41 athletes out for cross country this season.
And many of them have been running all summer with the fall season in mind.
“Some of the kids showed up in terrific shape,” Pacific Coach Justin Perriguey said. “They had been running together and put in some decent miles over the summer. They’re a little ahead of the schedule from previous years. So it’s nice. I think they have some ambitious goals this year, so we’re looking forward to the season.”
Perriguey said the team is working hard in preparation for the first meet.
“We’re building up the miles at this point,” he said. “The kids that are in better shape are already doing a little more tempo work.”
Perriguey added he was in favor of the earlier start to the season.
“The earlier practice this year is pretty nice,” he said. “If this were a normal, hot August I might feel different. Overall, I think having that extra week to get ready before meets will be safer for the athletes.”