Fall sports at NPHS start Monday

The 2007 fall sports season gets underway at New Prague High School Monday with the first day of practice for eight teams in six sports.

For the first time, the school will be offering boys and girls soccer at the high school level. The sport was introduced last year at the middle school level, and this year both the boys and girls will be fielding junior varsity teams competing mostly against Missota Conference schools.

The first teams to get involved in competition will be the girls tennis and volleyball squads on Thursday, Aug. 23. The tennis team will compete in a tournament at Glencoe-Silver Lake High School, while the volleyball team hosts Owatonna.

All athletes must have a physical examination within the last three years on file at the school, and there is a fee of $125 per person, per sport, with a family cap of $375. Students eligible for free and reduced lunches are exempt from this fee. Students should inform the office if they are eligible.

A meeting will be held for all athletes in grades 9 through 12 and their parents at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 13, at the high school gym. All rules and policies will be discussed at this meeting, and forms and fees should be turned in at this time. After the main meeting, athletes and parents will break into groups for meetings with the head coach in each of the sports.

Practice information for each sport:

Boys and Girls Cross Country: Practice starts at 8 a.m. Monday at the high school for athletes in grades 9 through 12. Julie Berg is the coach of the girls squad, while Nick Meyer is coaching the boys this year. The teams' first meet will be Friday, Aug. 31, at Eagan.

Football: Practice begins at 8 a.m. Monday at the high school for all players in grades 9-12. Tony Buthe returns as head coach for the Trojans, who will begin their season Thursday, Aug. 31, at home against St. Michael-Albertville.

Boys and Girls Soccer: Practice will be at the fields north of the high school for the New Prague High School boys and girls soccer teams beginning at 8 a.m. Monday. Jon Hopke is the coach for the boys team and Steve Kehrli is the coach for the girls team. Both teams have their first games Tuesday, Aug. 28, at Shakopee.

Girls Swimming: Practice begins at 8:30 a.m. Monday at the Montgomery-Lonsdale High School pool for all girls in grades 7 through 12. There will be a bus leaving the north parking lot at New Prague Middle School at 7:45 a.m. each day. Julie Hull is the new head coach for the Trojan swimming team, which has its first meet Tuesday, Aug. 28, against Mankato East.

Girls Tennis: practice begins at 8 a.m. Monday at the high school tennis courts for girls in grades 9 through 12. Matt Duoos is the coach. The team's first meet will be a tournament Thursday, Aug. 23, at Glencoe-Silver Lake.

Volleyball: Practice begins at 8 a.m. Monday in the high school gym for girls in grades 10 through 12. For ninth graders, practice begins at 8:30 a.m. Pauline Mankowski is the head coach for the volleyball team, which begins its season Thursday, Aug. 23, at home against Owatonna.

Middle school teams

Sports at New Prague Middle School will begin on Wednesday, Aug. 29. Students planning to take part in tennis, volleyball, football, soccer and cross country. Students and parents should plan to attend a meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 20, at the middle school gym to go over rules and fees.

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