Coach Brian Hodnett speaks to his players during the first day of practice Monday.
Coach Brian Hodnett speaks to his players during the first day of practice Monday. (Brian Smith)
Tis the season ... for some Jack county sports.

Monday was the official start of the high school athletic season for schools across the county. Jacksboro’s volleyball teams hit the court running as soon as they could Monday morning, hosting a midnight madness practice for the first time, which she said went very well.

Head Coach Brenda Doyal and her staff were pleased with the girls that came out.
“We have 34 girls who came out and we’ll be having three teams: a varsity and a JV Purple and JV Black squad,” Doyal said.

Getting the players in condition will be paramount as Doyal said some of them were worn out by the early days of practice. There’s not a lot of room for the dreaded two-a-day practices, as Jacksboro hosts a four-team scrimmage Friday morning at 9 a.m. and then hitting the road for the regular season Tuesday in Bryson.

About 60 players took to the Tiger Stadium turf Monday morning for the start of two a day practices. Fourth year Head Coach and Athletic Director Brian Hodnett said things went very well overall for the first day as the squad hopes to fulfill its team goal of “Make It Happen” which is emblazoned on its practice T-shirts.

“You can tell we’ve been here four years as a staff because the players know what to do,” Hodnett said in a break from practice.


“Many of these kids were in junior high when we started, so they know the routine, which is really good to see.”

The first practice Monday was quite comfortable with temperatures in the mid 60s. By the time the players hit the field for round two of the day just before lunch, things had warmed up considerably.

Hodnett said it was easy to tell who had worked out during the summer and who hadn’t.

To read the complete article, see the Aug. 8 edition of the Herald.