Jaxon Gregston

Jaxon Gregston runs the ball for the Demons during the home opener against the Elgin Owls last week.

As many have seen in Friday’s paper and this weekend edition, the first full week of practice for some of the sports teams have started for the 2019-2020 season.

Stephens County had some great success in several sports a season ago and with some of the early sports getting started, you can tell the success will continue in volleyball and softball.

Duncan’s Volleyball team was one game away from the State Tournament. When I headed to their practice Thursday, I could tell the team is ready to build on last year and are ready to begin.

With fast pitch softball practice officially heating up this week, six of the seven county schools have been working since mid-June at the Marlow Summer League.

Most of the teams in the Stephens County area have a solid group of returners coming back from teams that were successful with Duncan, Marlow, Comanche, Central High and Empire all getting to their regional tournament.

While Cross Country and Football are getting their start in early August, the teams will have one last break next week when most coaches head to Tulsa for their coaches clinic.

Upon return, the teams will be two weeks away from opening competition and then the shuffle begins for me in covering area teams at a rapid rate.

The next several weeks The Banner will showcase season previews for the area teams and their preparation for the upcoming season. As someone who has had a great summer, I can’t wait for the official start of the season.

With this being the beginning of my fourth full school year covering teams, I have started to realize that the reason I get incredibly excited about this time of year is due to how the athletes love playing their games.

Watching the Lady Demons volleyball team in practice Thursday and then watching some of our area teams this past week at the Marlow Summer League, the athletes are ready as well to compete.

The season is fast approaching and I love telling the stories of each game I am in attendance for and I love to hear about this community as a whole.

If you ever have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me. Most will likely see me at the surrounding area games and I won’t be hard to miss as I will have a camera around my neck on the sidelines.

Good luck to all of the area teams. The final countdown has begun. We are now 22 days away from first pitch, first serve and first kickoff for the 2019-2020 season!