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Local high school athletes begin practices this week for upcoming season

ROCKWALL – Local high school athletes will be back in action this week practicing for the 2011-12 volleyball, tennis and football seasons.

Volleyball:

Girls’ volleyball practices began yesterday at Rockwall, Heath and Royse City high schools.

Scrimmages will begin Aug. 5 for Rockwall at Arlington Martin and Aug. 6 at Plano West at times to be announced.

Heath will scrimmage at Mansfield Friday at a time to be announced and at home at 10 am Saturday against a team to be announced.

Royse City will scrimmage Aug. 5 at 10 am at South Hills High School in Ft. Worth and Aug. 6 at home at 10 am vs. a team to be announced.

Rockwall’s varsity, JV and freshman teams will play their first games of the season Aug. 9 vs. Forney or North Mesquite at 5 pm with the location to be announced.

Heath’s varsity, JV and freshman teams play their first games Aug. 9 at Mesquite Poteet, beginning at 6 pm.

Royse City’s four teams will open their season Aug. 9 at Little Elm at 5 pm.

Tennis:

Tryouts for current Rockwall and Heath junior varsity tennis players and incoming 9th graders to determine which students will be placed on the JV teams and who will move up to Varsity will be Aug. 5 from 8 to 10:30 am.

Students need to bring to the tryouts and to preseason practices:

1) Completed physicals and RISD student-athlete rules packet, both forms found on the RISD Athletics website

2) Tennis racquet

3) Water jug or sports drink is optional, water will be provided

Tennis practices will be Aug. 8-12 from 8 to 11 am, and Aug. 15-18 from 4:30 to 6:30 pm.

Questions can be directed to Coach Hammond at richardhammond@rockwallisd.orgĀ or (214) 212-259.

Football:

Pre-season football practices begin Aug. 8, from 7:30 am – Noon, at all three high schools for incoming freshman. Week-long football camps for freshman began yesterday. Their first scrimmage will be at home Aug. 15 vs. Rowlett.

Junior varsity and varsity teams will begin work-outs Aug. 8.

Rockwall’s first scrimmage will be Aug. 19 at Denison High School, with their first game at Wilkerson-Sanders stadium Aug. 26 vs. Garland Naaman Forest.

Heath’s first scrimmage will be Aug. 19 at Heath vs. Rowlett. The Hawks’ first game will be Aug. 26 at Wilkerson-Sanders stadium vs. West Mesquite.

Royse City’s opening scrimmage will be at home vs. Little Elm, Aug. 19 at 7 pm. The Bulldogs’ first game will be Aug. 26 at 7:30 pm at Mesquite Poteet.

By J.J. Smith, Publisher

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