Southeastern football’s opening kickoff is nine days away, September 6, with a 6 p.m. start against Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia.
The first home football game comes up seven days later at home against the University of Arkansas-Monticello with another 6 p.m. start.
Volleyball begins on September 5 in the Lady Reddie Classic in Arkadelphia.
The first home volleyball match is September 9 with a 7 p.m. start against Southwestern.
Ain’t long now, ya’ll.
FOOTBALL HEAD COACH Bo Atterberry said he was pleased with the effort and attitude as the clock ticks down to kickoff.
“We’ve been working hard, “Atterberry said, “and we’re ready to hit somebody in a different jersey. We still have multiple things to do before September 6 and that’s what we’re working on daily.
“We have some bumps and bruises you expect this time of year, but we’re still nine days away from game time. We have to make our decisions on who goes on the traveling squad. The league allows 60, but we may be a couple under that.
“We still have a lot to get done before the first game.”
YOU CAN GET an early start with a preview look at Southeastern softball this Saturday.
You do know, of course, this is the beginning of the “two word” season.
Coach Ron Faubion’s defending NCAA II Central Super Regional champion LadyStorm will host the first of six shootouts, all at home, when the Storm takes on Connors State in a four-hour gig starting at 10 a.m. at Durant’s Multi-Sports Complex.
The four-hour matchup is because of D-II rules. Just another example of stuff guaranteed to put a kink in your knickers.
Other teams here Saturday will be Vernon, Eastern State, West Texas and North Central Texas College.
Five newcomers have been added to the roster for 2015.
In number order: No. 2, Breanna Smith, freshman infielder from Monticello, Arkansas); No. 5, Kalyn Ramber, freshman catcher/third baseman from League City, Texas; No. 7, Jessica Seay, a right-handed pitcher from Harrah, Oklahoma, by way of Cowley County Community College.
No. 9, Ashley Moore, freshman pitcher from Mesquite, Texas, and sister of former LadyStorm catcher Courtney Moore; and No. 23, Jordyn James, freshman catcher from Arlington, Texas.
Storm fans will be familiar with the names of the returnees.
Second baseman Jessica Simmons (.413, 38 stolen bases) is back for her junior year.
Outfielder Laramie Beal (.395, 11 home runs, 55 runs batted in) is back for her junior year.
Outfielder Sydney Kramer (.372, 54 runs batted in, 7-7 in stolen bases) is back for her junior year.
Shortstop Haley Strawn (.358, seven home runs) is back for her senior year.
All four started in all 65 games last season as the LadyStorm made a serious run at a national championship with a 45-20 record.
Outfielder/first baseman Arianna Jones, outfielder Darrian Williams, Strawn and pitcher Jacee Bennett all return as seniors.
Conner Harmon (sophomore catcher), Courtney Riddle (junior outfielder), Megan Birchfield (sophomore infielder) and Shaina Crites (junior outfielder, now running cross country), also return.
Williams (27 games) and Riddle (48 games) were injured last season. Williams tore up her left shoulder. She is back with the team, but won’t play until spring. Riddle was able to return to action last season after injuring her left leg/ankle when she stepped on a first baseman’s foot (on the bag, which is a no-no). She did return to play, but was never at full speed.
On the team’s annual mile run this year, Riddle took three or four steps and hit the ground with an injury to her left ankle. She has received treatment and is waiting on a decision from the doctor and trainer.
SOUTHEASTERN and Connors will tangle from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday on field 5 at the Multi-Sports Complex.
Also on field five, Vernon and Conners play at 2 p.m. with Vernon and Eastern meeting at 4 p.m.
On field 8, West Texas and Eastern open at 10 with Vernon and West Texas at noon.
NCTC takes on Eastern at 2 p.m. and West Texas at 4 to wrap up the day.