Ready or not, here comes the fall sports season
Sure, technically, it's still summer.
But, for many high school athletes, fall is here.
The fall sports season is here, to be more exact.
Practices for the upcoming high school fall sports season officially started on Monday, with games, matches and races not far away.
And, it looks like it's going to be an interesting, exciting fall sports season ahead for the area high school teams.
Over at Sherwood, the Lady Bowmen girls soccer team is coming off a 2016 season that saw the squad win the first Class 6A state team title in school history.
The Sherwood team, guided by 2016 Class 6A girls soccer Coach of the Year Katie Hartman, graduated a strong group of seniors from last year's title-winning squad, including Class 6A Player of the Year Kaillen Fried, and fellow high-scoring forward Lindsay Howard, but the Lady Bowmen also look to have a strong group of younger players who are ready to step up and fill that void.
The defending state champs open their regular-season schedule Aug. 29 with a 7 p.m. non-league home match against Southridge.
The Sherwood High School football team looks to continue with its strong tradition this season. Last year's Bowmen squad finished second in the Three Rivers League standings, and reached the second round of the Class 6A state playoffs before losing an overtime thriller at Sprague.
This year's Bowmen squad should feature a powerful offensive line, led by Nic Garrison and Jayden Cuthbertson, among others, and a potent run attack.
Greg Lawrence, starting his 24th season as Sherwood's head coach, as a career coaching record of 212-49.
The Bowmen open their season Sept. 1 with a non-league game at Westview.
The Sherwood volleyball team, under second-year head coach Tiffany Zwick, will look to build on last year's state-playoff appearance. The Lady Bowmen will open their regular-season slate Aug. 31 with a Three Rivers League-opening home match against Tigard.
The Sherwood boys soccer team, which lost a playoff-opening heartbreaker to Century last year while fielding a young squad, will open its 2017 season Aug. 29 with a non-league match at Gresham.
The Bowmen cross country teams will start their seasons Aug. 25 at the Night Meet Invitational, held at Wilsonville High School.
Over at Tigard High School, the Tigers have a pair of new fall sports varsity head coaches in Justin Holmes and Megan Norris.
Holmes takes over as the new varsity girls soccer coach. He had previously been an assistant coach with the team. The Tigard girls will open their season Aug. 31 with a non-league match at Wilsonville.
Norris is the new head varsity volleyball coach at Tigard. Her Tiger squad will open the 2017 season with a Three Rivers League-opening match at Sherwood on Aug. 31.
The Tigard High School football team will be looking for another strong season, after reaching the semifinal round of the Class 6A state playoffs a year ago. The Tigers, with speedy senior receiver/defensive back Braden Lenzy, who is a University of Oregon commit, and a pair of powerful linemen in seniors Burke Albaugh and Layton Tanuvasa, look to be strong again.
They'll open their season Sept. 1 with a non-league game at Jesuit.
The Tigard boys soccer team will open its season on Sept. 5 with a non-league match at Sunset. The Tiger cross country squads will begin their seasons on Aug. 25, at the Night Meet Invitational at Wilsonville.
The Tigard water polo teams will open their seasons on Aug. 28, when they host Southridge in non-league contests.
The Tualatin High School football team will open the season under new varsity head coach Dan Lever.
Lever takes over a Timberwolf squad that went 2-8 on the season in 2016, but looks to have a strong group of returning players — such as seniors Lucas Noland, Chris Freese, Ryan Mitton, Jarius Jackson and junior quarterback Kyle Dernedde — ready to take the field this year.
The Wolves will open their season on Sept. 1, when they host Portland Interscholastic League power Grant in a non-league contest.
The Tualatin High School girls soccer team, which won back-to-back Class 6A state championships in 2013 and 2014, will open its season Aug. 29 with a non-league home match against Lincoln.
The Timberwolf boys soccer team will also open its season Aug. 29, when it plays a non-league match at Southridge. Both Tualatin soccer squads qualified for the Class 6A state playoffs a year ago.
The Tualatin volleyball team, which also qualified for the Class 6A state playoffs in 2016, under first-year head coach Bridget Hinrichs, starts its regular-season schedule on Aug. 31, when it plays at St. Mary's Academy in a Three Rivers League opener.
The Tualatin High School cross country teams will start their season on Aug. 31, when it runs at the Nike Bill Chapman Invitational, to be held at Rood Bridge Park in Hillsboro. The Timberwolf boys should return one of the top runners in the state in senior Adam Klein.
The Tualatin High School water polo teams, under first-year head coach Nick Meyer, will open their seasons on Aug. 28, when they host Beaverton in non-league games.
The Horizon Christian High School team will be playing an independent schedule this season. The Hawks will open their 2017 slate on Sept. 1 with a game at Mohawk.
The Horizon Christian volleyball team will start its season on Aug. 29, when it plays a non-league match at Portland Christian.
The Horizon Christian cross country teams, with the Hawks boys squad establishing itself as a Class 3A/2A/1A traditional power, will open its seasons on Aug. 25, when they run at the Night Meet Invitational at Wilsonville.
The Westside Christian High School volleyball team, which made their first-ever Class 3A state tournament appearance a year ago, will open its season on Aug. 24, when it hosts Oregon Episcopal in a non-league match.
The Eagles have a new head coach in Brittany Bowling.
The Westside Christian girls soccer team will open its season Aug. 25, when it travels to Santiam Christian for a non-league match.
The Westside Christian boys soccer team will start its 2017 slate on Aug. 29, when it hosts Santiam Christian in a non-league contest.
The Westside Christian cross country teams will start their seasons on Aug. 31, when they run at the Nike Bill Chapman Invitational, to be held at Rood Bridge Park in Hillsboro.