by: ESTACADA NEWS: PARKER LEE - Members of the Estacada girls soccer team go through warm-up drills before Mondays practice under new head coach Heidi Hunt.Estacada High sports officially got the nod to start practice this week, and with live competition getting under way next week, Ranger coaches and athletes did not waste a moment getting down to business. The football, volleyball, cross country and boys’ and girls’ soccer teams all opened an intense week of practice on Monday.

The Estacada volleyball squad is making the most of its first full week by diving into six-hour practice sessions each day. Coach Shawna Lippert, who has been coaching at Estacada for a quarter-century, knows how crucial this week is to the team’s success and chemistry.

“We are still figuring out where everyone is going to be,” Lippert said, “but we really have a great group of girls this year and we are excited to see what we can do.”

The other fall teams at Estacada are following similar practice schedules in preparation for the start of the season. For both soccer teams, a combination of conditioning and skill-honing is the focus.

For the cross country squad, it’s running, running and more running, of course.

The football Rangers are bouncing between the field and the weight room in hopes that their technique and strength will come along quickly. Coach Andy Mott said with such a short time before the first game, these first few practices are all about the basics.

“Right now, we are just focusing on the fundamentals and making sure we have our offense and defense running efficiently,” Mott said. “We are trying to just focus on us so we can actually do what we want to do.”

Estacada opens the season at home against Taft on August 30.

“We’re excited for that first kickoff, and we’re working towards that,” Mott said. “It will be fun to go up against a group of guys with different color jerseys.”

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