Although Valley High School is closed, there will still be Greyhounds on the local fields, courts and tracks this coming school year.
According to principal Lee Loy, Valley PK-8 fall sports programs are ready to begin preseason practice on Aug. 12 (with the exception of volleyball, which is Aug. 19).
Valley head coaches for the coming year are as follows:
• Football — Warrick Smith
• Volleyball — John Thompson
• Cheerleading — Melissa Adkins
• Girls basketball — John Frisby
• Boys basketball — Joe McCoy
• Track and field — Veronica Argento
• Softball — Mike Myers
• Baseball — Aaron Bess.
Those coaches have been involved in Valley high or middle programs in the past, either as head coaches or assistants. "I've got a pretty good group (of coaches)," Loy said. And most of them are based in the school, which is a plus.
This year, track and field and volleyball were added to the middle school roster of sports. Neither of them were contested last year at the middle school level at Valley.
The sports available this year are primarily "the common sports between Oak Hill, Midland Trail and Riverside (high schools), with the exception of soccer and wrestling; we can't offer those, don't have the place for those, don't have the equipment."
"I want to give all our kids a fighting chance when they go to high school to be able to participate and play," said Loy.
Some team uniforms used in recent years will transition into this year, while volleyball and track will require new uniforms.
In coming days, Loy will meet with his coaches "to go through all protocol with them."
Among the mandates are that every coach has an emergency action plan in place. Also, all coaches must be up-to-date on procedures concerning concussion and heat index scenarios.
The Valley PK-8 squad will play its first football game against Meadow Bridge on Sept. 5 at 6 p.m. in Smithers.
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