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School’s in session again

By Vivian Risch, Contributor

Classrooms throughout the Union County College Corner Joint School District were bustling with students this week when schools opened their doors for the first student day of the 2019-20 school year.

Union County’s first day of school was Wednesday, Aug. 7, but preparations began nearly two weeks ago at the two-day All School Registration, July 26 and 29. Nearly 1,300 students registered to attend classes in all four buildings within the school corporation.

Last week’s freshmen orientation was attended by roughly half of the 104 registered freshmen. The administrators and teachers shared tips on how to succeed in getting a good start in high school and throughout their high school career.

“We are here to help,” UCHS Principal Connie Rosenberger said. “We urge you to get involved and become an active part of your school.”

Teachers throughout the district attended the two-day workdays on Monday, Aug. 5 and Tuesday, Aug. 6.

Then, on Wednesday morning, 257 students attended classes at College Corner Union School, 304 students filled Liberty Elementary School, 315 students went to class at Union County Middle School and 421 freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors were in attendance at Union County High School.

School is in session for another year and with the beginning of school, comes fall sports for boys and girls.

Fall athletic teams at Union County includes girls golf, boys tennis, football, boys and girls cross country, volleyball and boys and girls soccer.

Girls golf. Coach Tony Gulley’s Lady Patriots golf team played in invitationals on Monday and Tuesday of this week and hosts Lincoln and Tri High Friday, Aug. 9 at Liberty Country Club.

Boys tennis. Boys tennis goes to Centerville to scrimmage the Bulldogs on Aug. 15 and opens the season with Franklin County on Aug. 19. New coach Rich Hamman has seven players and would like a few more freshmen.

“We are young and learning this season,” Hamman said. “Glad to see freshmen come out, would like a few more.” The roster so far includes Nick Collins, Zeb Hall, Grady Swafford, Keaghan Coyle, Reagan Bias, Brady Graham and Brennan Graham.

Volleyball. The Lady Patriots volleyball team travels to Richmond for a scrimmage on Aug. 15 and plays the first match of the season at North Decatur on Aug. 20.

The Lady Pats finished 16-16 last season and 5-3 in the TEC.

Football. “We lost a lot last year (11), but we have numbers in the mid to high 30s come out this season,” Coach Joel Hofmann said. “And we want to build on what we have done the last two years.”

Soccer. Boys and girls soccer matches are normally played on the same date. Scrimmage is Aug. 17 at Richmond beginning at noon. The first game of the regular season is Aug. 20 with Batesville visiting.

“I’m expecting good things,” boys coach Brian Nixon said. “Have 18 players and a large senior class, which means we should have good leadership.”

“This year will be different,” girls coach Brad Abbott said. “When we all get on the same page, we’ll be okay. Should be fun.”

The girls soccer team lost seven to graduation last spring but everyone else returned this year.

Cross Country. Both boys and girls run the same evening and do so without any- thing close to a scrimmage. The Patriots open at the Winchester Invitational on Aug. 21.

Phil Cox has moved up to the high school after coaching middle school cross country for three years.

Four guys are returning for another season along with three freshmen.

“The guys should be really strong,” Cox said. “With all conference Luke Bantz, Luke Paddock, Mahlon Page, Jack Dodd and freshmen Ethan Powers, Bradley Meadows and Jack Hodgkin.”

The Lady Patriots will compete with five total runners including two-time all-conference runner Vanessa West, all conference Priscilla Kelley, Emma Sharp, Genny Antrim and Kalin Baumbauer.