Creekview was the first to hit the field. The Grizzlies began workouts under new coach Terry Crowder on Monday and will continue spring practice through their May 10 spring game.
Cherokee will begin today. The Warriors will practice on the field Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturday’s through May 15. Tuesdays and Thursdays will be used to look at film. A spring game will be held May 17 at 5 p.m.
Cherokee coach Josh Shaw said the offseason has seemed particularly long this year.
“We are excited to get on the field and see if all the hard work we put in in the last six or seven months paid off,” he said.
Shaw said that, in addition to giving the team days to watch him, he didn’t want to schedule too many full practices during the week that the players have testing.
“I didn’t want to keep the kids too many days in a row during testing, but also it lets us correct the mistakes we see on field,” he said. “We can utilize the film to correct the mistakes we made in practice the day before.”
Woodstock beings practice Thursday, continuing through May 16.
Wolverines coach Brent Budde, who is also the boys golf coach, said he doesn’t mind rolling from one season into the next.
“It will be nice to get the out there and put in some work,” he said. “We can see what kind of shape we are in.”
Sequoyah will hit the field Saturday and practice through May 17.
Etowah and River Ridge will be the final teams to open their spring sessions when they take the field May 6. Both will hold their spring games May 17.
Knights coach Robert Braucht said he is anxious to see what the team looks like after graduating its first class of seniors.
“With graduating our first senior class this year, we are going to have some great up-and-coming kids that we are really eager to start with,” Braucht said. “They will find out where exactly they will fit into things for us and see how the team is going to develop.”
Braucht said he likes starting the spring practice period as late as possible so there is a shorter break before the start of the season in August.
“It works to our advantage a little bit,” he said.