I thought our football team looked confident, prepared, and comfortable at scrimmage vs the Sherman Tide Saturday. I think, in fact I know, our fans are excited and we expect a sellout vs our old rival to the south. Football Fan Fest today from 10 a.m. til noon at the stadium – boys soccer match right after at 2 p.m. vs South Charleston. Come and check out both. Very good move on Coach Lee and his staff’s part to take their teams to the communities of Lewisburg, Alderson, White Sulphur Springs and Ronceverte for evening practices – great for getting all of eastern Greenbrier and our future Spartans ready for Friday’s home opener vs James Monroe. Every youth league player wearing their jersey gets in free and will be on the field to lead Spartans out on the field. Remember, start time this season is 7 p.m.

Staying with football, parents and supporters of the program have totally painted the outside of our facilities building – new art will be there soon. Also, new football dressing renovations will be unveiled this week – all football sweat equity – our guys will also be wearing new home jerseys. I’m confident we are going to play as good as we look.

We are having our stadium field sanitized and groomed Monday to make it safer and healthier but also to maintain the surface in good quality condition. Great job, Mr. Bryant.

Other fall sports getting it going this week include our girls soccer team at Herbert Hoover Monday and home opener Tuesday vs Charleston Catholic at 5 p.m. and another road game at Pocahontas County Thursday. The boys are home vs Shady Spring Tuesday at 7 p.m. and at Pocahontas County also Thursday. The golf team of Terry Koon continues with matches at The Greenbrier the 27th and 28th and have had a solid start to the season. Volleyball serves it up next week. Cross country runs at New River Park Tuesday and at Cabell Midland High School on Saturday. As you can tell, they are all hitting the ground running.

Safety – with all of the concern re concussions, we  provide the most expensive and best mouthpieces and helmets money can buy. We always try to get the best for all of our athletes in every sport.

My oldest daughter Elizabeth is a senior at MU and  working with the Herd’s football team this fall. She really enjoys it and respects the sacrifice and dedication of the players at that level – they are also pretty big she adds.

My dog Ned struggling with hot spots this summer. Any advice or home remedies would be appreciated.

GEHS Spartans is our Facebook and Twitter presence on the web – everything Spartan sports will be posted there.

I wish A-Rod would go away. If I were on the baseball writers Hall of Fame Committee who do the voting I would never, ever vote for any of those PED guys. What terrible role models they are for our kids in athletics.

We had our annual comprehensive coaches meeting last week. We are blessed with caring, competent, coaches – what great people to work with.

The Spartan statue with the torch will be back on campus very soon. Thanks to Coach Justice and his outstanding staff of workers. One thing, I always thought a Spartan carried a shield and a sword. If he carries a torch what happens if it rains or the Persians have hoses?

Spartans Today, Leaders Tomorrow. Levy is Oct. 5 – please help us build those leaders. See you at the games!

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