Denton Adkins

Shenandoah seniors Roxy Denton (left) and Claire Adkins (right) work on passing during the first volleyball practice of the season, Monday, Aug. 12.

SHENANDOAH – Fall sports practice is underway in Shenandoah.

The football, volleyball and cross country programs started official practice, Monday, Aug. 12 in preparation for the first of the 2019/2020 sports seasons.

The four head coaches are the same as last year. Liz Skillern and Andy Campbell have led the cross country programs for more than 20 seasons. This is Toni Comstock’s sixth season as the volleyball coach and Ty Ratliff begins his second season leading the football program.

Skillern has four athletes back that ran at last year’s state cross country meet. The Fillies will go for a fifth consecutive trip to Fort Dodge, although numbers are as low as Skillern has had during her time as head coach.

Campbell lost his top two from last season, but the other five that ran in every varsity meet are back.

The Mustangs and Fillies open the season, Tuesday, Aug. 27 with their first of two home meets.

Ratliff returns a good mix of younger and older athletes as the Mustangs look to earn him his first wins as head coach. Shenandoah opens the season, Friday, Aug. 30 with a trip to Clarinda. The home opener is the following Friday against AHSTW.

Comstock has three athletes that were in her regular rotation back this season and a strong group of four seniors ready to lead the team. The Fillies begin the season, Thursday, Sept. 5 at home against Denison-Schleswig.

Pictures from the first two days of practice are online at valleynewstoday.com.

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