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Fall sports' pre-season workouts set to begin

The start of the 2008 high school fall sports seasons is quickly approaching. With that in mind, here's a breakdown of starting dates for football, volleyball and girls soccer, as listed on the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association Web site,


The first day high school football players in Washington can practice is Wednesday, Aug. 20. Players who want to play in their team's season-opening game must meet their district's eligibility requirements and put in at least 12 practices.

Columbia High

, which will play a nine-game regular-season schedule, kicks off the 2008 campaign on Friday, Sept. 5, with a non-league game at Goldendale.


opens that same night, playing the first of nine scheduled 8-man games at non-league opponent Lowell, Ore.


Prep teams can start practicing on Monday, Aug. 25, and players must record at least 10 practices (as well as meet local district eligibility requirements) before they can participate in a match.


Columbia High

varsity will make its 2008 debut under first-year Bruins Coach Heidi Polkinghorn on Saturday, Sept. 6, at Boardman, Ore.

Girls Soccer

Monday, Aug. 25, will mark the beginning of the new

Columbia High/Trout Lake

girls soccer combine, which is scheduled to play its first match on Saturday, Sept. 6, at Boardman, Ore.

Bruins Coach Amy Kasenga plans to put her players through their paces with practices at 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Aug. 25 and 26. Practices for the rest of the first week will start at 3:30 p.m.

Players who want to participate in the first day of practice must turn in insurance and medical information forms to Kasenga or the CHS office by Aug. 25.

Moreover, Kasenga has scheduled a mandatory potluck dinner for players and parents--at 5:45 p.m., following practice on Friday, Aug. 29--to discuss school athletic handbooks.

For more information, contact the CHS office at 493-1970; visit the CHS Web site,; or e-mail Kasenga at


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