East and West Begin Preseason Practices

As the fall sports calendar inches closer, both East and West opened up their preseason practices Monday morning. The Titans ran their first full practice in shorts and shirts as they look to build upon a 2017 season that saw them go 3-6 overall, and 1-5 in district. Head coach Roland Gonzales told me he plans to rely heavily on a core group of seniors for leadership, and said he likes what he’s seen from his team so far.

“We’re gonna have some great senior leadership this year,” Gonzales said. “We’ve had a really good first practice coming out here, we focused on picking up where we left off in the spring, and being humbly confident in what we’re doing. The guys really did a good job coming out here and executing that.”

The Warriors, meanwhile, opened up their preseason training as well. As they set off towards a new season the West roster will feature twenty two returning lettermen, and thirty one seniors. The Warriors are coming off a season in which they went 5-6, including a 3-3 mark in district. Those results were good enough to earn them a playoff berth and a first round win over San Antonio Memorial, before falling to Tivy in Kerrville.

“They come here, they know what’s expected,” said Warriors coach Courtney Boyce during the practice. “They had a good spring training, so that’ll give them a jump start to this year. And you know, leadership from within, it’s non negotiable. You gotta have it.”

The Titans’ will open their season against Bay City on August 24th at 7 pm at Memorial Stadium, while West will play on the road at La Grange that same day. The Warriors’ home opener is slated for September 7th at 7:30 against San Benito HS.