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After a hiatus of a couple of months, visitors to Aurora High again are seeing much hustle and bustle, as athletes prepare for the fall season.
Two-a-day football workouts and preseason practices are under way as of this week, and competitions are not far off.
The Greenmen gridders will have their first scrimmage Aug. 9 at 11 a.m. and then another one Aug. 13 at 10 a.m., both at home. The final tuneup will be Aug. 19 at 7 p.m. at Lakewood.
The season opens Aug. 26 at home against always-tough Solon. A treat later in the season will be the locals hosting a team from Canada.
Golf is the first sport to kick off the fall regular season, as the locals participate in the Suburban League earlybird tournament Aug. 5 at Windmill Lake in Ravenna.
Meanwhile, the female golfers kick off Aug. 9 against Hawken at Punderson Golf Course.
Several boys and girls soccer scrimmages, plus volleyball preseason matches, are scheduled this month before the regular season begins.
And the cross country runners, who many Aurorans probably have seen taking to the streets lately, will open Aug. 27 at the Green Invitational at Boettler Park in the city of Green.
Just a quick aside / Aurora High graduate Mike Elkins is the superintendent of the city of Green parks and recreation department. Boettler is one of the parks under his jurisdiction.
Last year was the first time the Greenmen competed at that meet. I drove down there, and found it to be a great spot for the runners.
Some of the other locations the runners will visit this year are Silvercreek Metro Park in Copley; Walsh Jesuit, Boardman and Cloverleaf high schools; Cuyahoga Valley, Silver Springs and Goodyear Metro parks; and the Trumbull County fairgrounds.
Two new coaches are at the helm of fall sports teams -- Jason Bibza for boys soccer and Tyler Price for volleyball.
Bibza is not an unfamiliar face, though. He's been a teacher at AHS for several years and is the former girls soccer coach. He takes over after longtime boys coach Chris Gentille's contract was not renewed.
Other coaches returning are Bob Mihalik for football, Jerry Shutway for girls soccer, Laura Bell for cross country, Dania Banc for girls tennis, Dave Munson for boys golf and Noah Goodman for girls golf.
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