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Tigers start sports practices Monday

Aug 12, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

The first home action for the Tigers comes Aug. 24 in swimming and football.

Times have been set for the beginning of fall sports practice at Lander Valley High School.

Practices start Monday for the Tigers. The football team will go twice a day at 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. LVHS activities director Barry Scott said two-a-days will continue for the first three days of practice. The cross country team will run at 4 p.m. The girls swimming squad checks into the pool at 4 p.m. The volleyball team opens practice at 8 .m. The golf program goes to work at the Lander golf course.

"We lost a good group of seniors," Scott said. "We have another good group that is coming up. We should do well in all of our sports."

Scott said the athletes need to have a physical in order to start practicing for the 2012 season.

"All the paperwork has to be done before they step on the field," Scott said. "We have been working hard the last week and a half to get all that stuff in."

Coaching staff

"We have a good group of coaches that have a lot of experience," Scott said.

The two veteran coaches are girls swimming coach Bruce Gresly and golf coach Terry Berg.

Gresly and his LVHS girls swim team won the 2011 Class 3-A state title.

"I don't have to speak for Bruce's background about his success. That is amazing," Scott said.

The golf season starts in August and will finish in September.

"Coach Berg can take a group of kids and they can be winning tournaments by the end of the season," Scott said.

"He is a great coach."

Kevin Green will coach the Tigers in cross country. Scott said Green is expecting close to 45 athletes in the program.

"Kevin was a junior high school coach for years," Scott said. "He knows those kids. They just seem to stick with him. He keeps the numbers.

They will be very competitive. He has fun in everything that he does, but he works them hard."

Doug Hughes returns for another season as the head football coach.

"Coach Hughes is good at looking at the kids and formulating a good defense," Scott said.

Andee Meyers will be entering her second season as the LVHS volleyball coach.

"Andee is young, but she is very competitive," Scott said. "I think that she learned a lot last year. She is pretty passionate about competing at any sport."

Janet Ragan is the assistant volleyball coach.

"Janet has a lot of knowledge and background in the sport," Scott said.

Early events

LVHS will host a pair of events on Friday, Aug. 24.

LVHS participates in the annual Lander Relays in the swimming pool.

On the football field, the Tigers play Kemmerer in the week-zero game at Bill Bush Memorial Stadium.

Scott said the Dubois Rams will play Farson-Eden in a six-man football contest after the Tigers take to the field.

Lander's volleyball team competes in the annual McDonald's Invitational on Aug. 24-25 at Riverton High School.

The first home volleyball match for the Tigers is slated for Sept. 13 vs. Mountain View.

The Tigers begin their cross country season Aug. 24 at the Casper Relays.

The home meet for cross country is Sept. 13 at the Lander Invitational.

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