Shocker athletes prepare for new school year

Players listen to instructions from assistant coach Tayn Kendrick. (Empire Press photo/Suzanne Robinson)

Players listen to instructions from assistant coach Tayn Kendrick. (Empire Press photo/Suzanne Robinson)

 

By Suzanne Robinson
Empire Press Correspondent

Some people may not realize that Waterville athletes do not take the summer off from sports.

Some Shocker football players spent Tuesday and Thursday evenings during July at the football field learning plays and practicing moves with head coach Mike Gray and assistant coaches Dell Mires and Tayn Kendrick. Their last summer practice session was July 28. The first official practice for the fall season will be Aug. 17 beginning at 8 a.m.

Gray is expecting about 25 players to sign up for the football program this fall, including two to three players from Mansfield.

Junior or senior high school boys interested in playing football this year may contact any of the three coaches or check the Waterville School website (waterville.wednet.edu) for sign-up information. Athletic information and practice schedules for fall sports will be sent out early this month.

Waterville’s first football game of the season will be at home against Lake Roosevelt Sept. 2.

Volleyball and basketball athletes also practiced during the month of July.

The volleyball team’s first official practice will be Aug. 22. The coaches this year are Alyssa Moomaw and Heather Hughes. The Shocker girls’ first game of the season will be at Okanogan Sept. 6.

Waterville’s basketball teams will resume practice later this fall. Girls coaches are Derek Browning and Todd Besel. Boys coaches are Heath Jordan, Todd Besel and Tayn Kendrick.

For more information on all the teams and schedules, visit waterville.wednet.edu and select the link “Athletics.”

The Waterville community is looking forward to a great year for Shocker athletics.

 

Head coach Mike Gray teaches the Shocker athletes some plays. (Empire Press photo/Suzanne Robinson)

Head coach Mike Gray teaches the Shocker athletes some plays. (Empire Press photo/Suzanne Robinson)