The past few days in Lynchburg have offered an early taste of spring. Nearly every year, there are a few shirt-sleeve days sandwiched in the middle of January and many locals have been outdoors this week enjoying the weather.
Spring sports season will begin in February in the Seminole District. New rules in the Virginia High School League allow players to condition and practice together unofficially nearly all year instead of having to wait until after tryouts to start practicing.
At both Heritage and E.C. Glass High Schools, soccer players have been out on the fields for early conditioning before the start of regular season play.
At Heritage, returning head coach Eric Grossman was working small group drills on Wednesday with many of the returning players while Heritage alum and former player Jack Bottoms worked with keeper Chad Calvert. Calvert, a senior, hopes to be the starting keeper for Heritage this year.
Later in the day on Wednesday, returning players and hopefuls mixed it up on the field at Glass, scrimmaging hard. A casual onlooker would have thought they were playing a game.
Game time will come soon enough for both teams and other spring athletes in the Seminole District. Spring sports games will start in March for all teams. But, if you can't wait that long to watch some high school soccer, you're in luck.
You can catch some great high school soccer this weekend at Lynchburg College. On Saturday and Sunday, the Lynchburg College Men's Soccer Showcase will draw some of the best high school soccer players for team play.
Teams will play with seven players and a keeper on the field as college coaches from over 30 Virginia and North Carolina colleges and universities watch. Colleges represented will include Randolph College, Liberty University, Lynchburg College and many others.
The spring sports season will soon be here and Lynchburg sports fans are ready for action. Will you be out supporting high school sports in Lynchburg this season?
Check out the links below for more about spring sports in the Seminole District and others sports in the Lynchburg area.