With the beginning of the new school year, begins a new sports season. Softball, boys soccer, cross country and football all started practice on Aug. 6 so the players could get their 14 practices in before the first contest.
Head softball coach Trudy Bull is very optimistic about the season as she not only welcomes six seniors back for their final season, but several players who saw a lot of playing time last season.
A total of 19 girls make up the softball team this year. Several key players are expected to contribute, but Bull will look to seniors, Tess Weakly and Megan Hagemeier for team leadership.
Last year the squad finished with a 13-13 record, but expects to have an even better record this season.
Short term goals include gelling as a team and playing error less softball each time they take the field.
Advancing out of district play is a long term goal the team will be shooting for to finish up the season.
The season opens for the team on Friday at 5 p.m. at home against Fort Zumwalt East.
The boys soccer team welcomes back Coach Jason Burbridge and new coach, Andrew Hopkins.
Currently there are 15 players from Elsberry, and an additional five players from Silex.
The team has three seniors this year, and all underclassmen returning from last year.
Burbridge has been impressed so far with the group of boys out and the hard work they have put in at every practice.
Key players to watch this season will be Elsberry’s Stephen Boedeker, and Silex’s Colton Riley.
Goals for the team this year are to train every day for a consistent routine, learn more aspects of the game, and understand game play rather than a kick and chase idea.
The soccer team’s first contest will be on Tuesday, Aug. 28 at home against the Mexico Bulldogs.
The Harriers on the Elsberry Cross Country team are few in numbers this year.
Coach Ezra Tillotson is hoping some more students might peak an interest in the all running sport.
Tillotson looks to more maturity this year from his returning Harriers, Junior, Lyman Heras and sophomore girls, Shannon Horn and Caylyn Dowell.
Goals for the season include improving on times and performance for all his runners.
The first meet for the team will be on Tuesday, Sept. 4 at Clopton High School.