Fall Patriots, coaches excited - Let the season begin
High school fall sports are underway, and all Patriot fall teams are looking forward to the challenge with excitement and enthusiasm.
Keeping a close eye on all Union County athletes this fall is Miami University graduate Brian Haven. As UC’s new athletic trainer, Haven will attend football games and all home contests.
Girls Golf. The Lady Patriots golf team has yet to lose a dual match and stands 4-0 with decisive wins over Lincoln, Monroe Central, East Central and Lawrenceburg. They are at home today with Oldenburg Academy and at the Lapel Invitational on Saturday, Aug. 12.
Boys Tennis. Coach Joshua Lone’s boys tennis team gets their first taste of competition tonight in a scrimmage at Centerville.
With five returning lettermen, Leighton Schulte, Alex Fuller, Alexander Kottka, Tyler Soper and Jacob Stansberry, Lone is eager for the season to begin.
“We had a good season last year and a good summer,” the third-year coach said. “And they have the potential to be solid this year and next.”
Volleyball. The Lady Patriots volleyball team had a good summer while working around other activities, and first-year coach Joe Pavey is anxious to meet the coming season head on.
“Union County will compete with any team in the TEC and at the end of the season, with the same result.” Pavey said. “Staying healthy and executing on the court is the key.”
The Lady Pats lost two to graduation last spring, but 25 girls came out this season looking to fill spots on the varsity and JV teams.
UC will scrimmage Richmond at Richmond tonight at 5 p.m.
Football. Patriots head football coach Joel Hoffman and the Boys of Fall host Knightstown for a scrimmage session at 7 p.m. this Friday, Aug. 11.
With only three missing from last year’s roster, Hoffman has 34 guys this season who want to do their part.
“The juniors and seniors bring lots of experience and leadership,” Hoffman said. “Really, I would put my top 15-16 guys up against any TEC team without hesitation.”
The football season opens next week when Oldenburg Academy visits Curry/Phenis Field at 7 p.m., Friday, Aug. 18.
Soccer. Following Saturday’s scrimmage on the artificial turf at Richmond High School, UC’s girls and boys soccer teams open the season with Batesville on Tuesday, Aug. 15.
“With 10 seniors and five juniors, I have all kind of experience and leadership this year,” Lady Patriot coach Brad Abbott said. “I have all my starters back, so we should do well.”
Patriots veteran coach Brian Nixon returns for his 7th year with a smile.
“I have strong senior leadership,” Nixon said. “They all are experienced and have enthusiasm, energy and motivation.”
Cross Country. Union County Cross Country teams open the season with their own invitational on Wednesday, Aug. 16. Start time is 6 p.m.
Cross Country numbers are up (eight boys and 10 girls) and packed with experience, talent and a desire to win the TEC and more.
“We’ve been putting in the miles since June to keep in shape,” Coach Alan Bell said. “And leadership from the juniors and seniors has been good.”
Union County cross country will skip the Richmond Invitational this year to compete at the Monroe Central Invitational instead on Saturday, Aug. 19.
“The kids will like the MC course,” Bell said.
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