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Official PHS fall practices start as seasons near

All six Powell High School fall sports teams will start practicing for the upcoming season next week.

Football, tennis, golf, girls swimming, volleyball and cross country will all begin their official practice season Monday. Each sport must complete a required amount of practice days before it can engage in competition, said PHS Activities Director Tim Wormald. Football must finish 10 practices, golf only three and the remaining fall sports must practice for nine days.

The defending class 3A state Panthers football team will be the first to hit the field with a 6 a.m. practice. The Panthers will practice from 6 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, and then will hold team workouts Wednesday through Friday from 6:30-7:45 a.m. and again from 4:30-6:45 p.m, said head coach Jim Stringer. By rule, the first three practices will be non-contact.

The first week of practice will culminate with a team scrimmage at 10 a.m. Aug. 24. The varsity squad begins its season at 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, at home against Custer County High School.

Golf and tennis will start an hour later with 7 a.m. practices. Golf will practice at the Powell Golf Club just three days before starting its season at the Riverton Invitational.

In addition to the morning practice, tennis will hold a 4 p.m. practice as well. Both sessions will be at the PHS tennis courts. Tennis will host its first match against Green River High School Aug. 30 at 4 p.m.

The girls’ swim team will be practicing at the Powell Aquatic Center twice a day, first from 7:45-10 a.m. and again from 3:45-6 p.m. Morning practices from Tuesday to Friday will go from 5:45-8 a.m.

The swim season starts with the Lander Invitational Aug. 31.

Volleyball sets up for another run to state beginning at 8 a.m. in the PHS gym. The team will put its practice to use starting Aug. 30 at the Douglas Invitational.

The cross country team has the longest time between its first practice and first competition. Monday morning’s 8 a.m. practice gives the team 19 full days before the Sheridan Invitational Sept. 7.

All athletes must have their physicals completed before they can participate in practices.

The Powell Athletic Roundtable Dinner Fundraiser will be held Aug. 20 at 6 p.m. in the PHS Commons. Meals cost $6 per person.

A mandatory meeting for all Panther athletes and their parents will follow at 7 p.m.

Season previews for each team will publish in the Powell Tribune as their season openers near.

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