YORK — The York Comprehensive High School varsity and JV football players will begin preseason practice 9 a.m. Friday. Ninth-graders will start at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 7.
The first scrimmage for the Cougars will be held 10 a.m. Aug. 10 at Richland Northeast.
Cougar fans will get a sneak preview of the coming season when Ashbrook High School of Gastonia, N.C., visits the YCHS stadium Aug. 13 for a 6 p.m. scrimmage.
A big treat for Cougar fans is the much-anticipated Bank of York Preseason Scrimmage to be held Aug. 16 at the YCHS stadium. The game-type scrimmage, which draws a big crowd each year, will have the Cougars pitted against the Union County Yellow Jackets.
More fall sports
The boys’ and girls’ cross country participants, along with the YCHS swimming and girls’ golf teams, will begin preseason practice Monday.
The cross country and golf teams will begin practice at 9 a.m. Golfers will play at Spring Lake Country Club.
The YCHS swim team will start at 3 p.m. at the YCHS gym, and continue from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at Charlotte Avenue pool.
Steve Boyd, athletic director at York Comprehensive High, said the new sports season is particularly significant:
“It’s the last season before realignment takes place as determined by the South Carolina High School League,” said Boyd, who is a member of the league’s executive committee. “It’s an exciting time for all of our fall sports teams.”
Boyd said a highlight of the fall sports season will be the Cougar football team’s seven home games, which create a revenue boost for the total athletic department, which has had a busy offseason.
“The summer included 200 to 300 YCHS athletes involved in offseason conditioning,” he said.
“There were baseball, softball, volleyball and football youth camps. Work was done at the baseball and softball fields in an effort to improve the playing fields. Also, attention was given to the football and band practice fields.”