School bells have rung for the first time in Mexico this week, the 2012-13 high school calendar putting classroom starts ahead of sporting contests for the fall term.
That's not to say the Bulldogs haven't been busy sharpening their athletic skills. Practice for football, softball, cross country, volleyball, boys soccer, girls golf and girls tennis began Aug. 6 and have found the weather anywhere from hot to very hot until now.
Mexico High School's list of fall head coaches includes two new names in Ty Harrison (football) and Ashley Bonine (girls tennis), plus the return of Lindsey Yancey to the top spot for girls golf.
Football workouts move into a higher gear today when the Bulldogs travel to Osage Beach for jamboree action involving host School of the Osage and Sedalia Smith-Cotton.
With 18 offensive and 18 defensive plays scheduled against each team (nine per session), Mexico and Sedalia get the first session under way at 6 p.m.
Directions to School of the Osage: Highway 54 West to Osage Beach (about 85 miles); take the Osage Beach Parkway for about 1.5 miles; turn left onto MO-42/M-134 (stoplight at Walgreen's); go about one mile; high school is on the left.
Varsity opener for Harrison and the Bulldogs will be Aug. 24 at home against St. Joseph Lafayette. The Ledger's annual football preview edition comes out Thursday also featuring Missouri Military Academy, Centralia, Montgomery County, North Callaway, Paris and the Van-Far/Community R-6 coop squad.
MHS softball and tennis also make their debuts next week with other fall sports starting action the week after. The softball opener for Christina Gerber's team is Wednesday at NCMC rival Marshall, the tennis opener for Bonine is Thursday at home vs. Helias.
Debuts for the other Bulldogs include John Wilbers and cross country, Sept.1, in the Mexico Invitational; Chris Hotop and soccer, Aug.27 here vs. Fatima; Rachel Leu and volleyball, Sept. 28 at Southern Boone; Yancey and golf, Aug. 27 at Helias Triangular.
Mexico events between now and Labor Day follows below.
WEDNESDAY, AUG. 22
Softball: Mexico V/JV at Marshall, 5 p.m.
THURSDAY, AUG. 23
Girls tennis: Helias at Mexico V/JV, 4:30 p.m.
FRIDAY, AUG. 24
Football: St. Joseph Lafayette at Mexico V, 7 p.m.
MONDAY, AUG. 27
Football: California at Mexico JV, 6 p.m.
Boys soccer: Fatima at Mexico V/JV, 5 p.m.
Girls tennis: Boonville at Mexico V/JV, 4:30 p.m.
Girls golf: Mexico V/JV at Helias Triangular with Rolla, 4 p.m.
TUESDAY, AUG. 28
Boys soccer: Mexico V at Elsberry, 5 p.m.
Volleyball: Mexico V/JV at Southern Boone, 6 p.m.
Softball: Kirksville at Mexico V/JV, 5 p.m.
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Girls golf: Mexico V at Paris Invitational, 8:30 a.m.
THURSDAY, AUG. 30
Football: Mexico G9-10 at Macon, 6 p.m.
Volleyball: Kirksville at Mexico V/JV, 6 p.m.
Softball: Mexico V/JV at Hannibal, 5 p.m.
Girls tennis: Mexico V/JV at Hickman, 4:30 p.m.
FRIDAY, AUG. 31
Football: Mexico V at California, 7 p.m.
SATURDAY, SEPT. 1
Cross country: Mexico V/JV in Mexico Invitational, 9 a.m.
Softball: Mexico V/JV at Bowling Green, 9 a.m.
TUESDAY, SEPT. 4
Football: Mexico JV/G9 at Moberly, 5 p.m.
Boys soccer: Mexico V/JV at Marshall, 5 p.m.
Volleyball: Mexico V/JV at Eldon, 6 p.m.
Softball: Boonville at Mexico V/JV, 5 p.m.
Girls tennis: Columbia Independent at Mexico V/JV, 4:30 p.m.
Girls golf: Mexico V/JV at Moberly, 4 p.m.
WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 5
Softball: Moberly at Mexico V/JV, 5 p.m.
THURSDAY, SEPT. 6
Volleyball: Marshall at Mexico V/JV, 6 p.m.
Softball: Mexico V/JV at Fulton, 5 p.m.
Girls tennis: Mexico V/JV at Kirksville, 4 p.m.
FRIDAY, SEPT. 7
Football: Mexico V at Marshall, 7 p.m.
SATURDAY, SEPT. 8
Cross country: Mexico V/JV at Forest Park Invitational, 9 a.m.
Softball: Mexico V at Elsberry Invitational, 9 a.m.
Mexico JV Tournament, 9 p.m.
Girls tennis: Mexico V at School of Osage, 9 a.m.