It’s a safe bet that every coach and player looks forward to the first day of football practice, which for many Denton-area teams is Monday. While most will wait until sunrise to begin the season, others prefer a night owl approach.
The starting line for a host of college football teams across the country is hours away — at least when it comes to the opening of fall practice.
Former local volleyball standout Madeline Mayer recently traveled to Pula, Croatia, to play in the European Global Challenge with select team Bring It Promotion-Southeastern U22, comprising 12 players from NCAA Divisions I, II and III. Mayer, at far left on the top row, was one of the three middle blockers on the squad. She starred for Guyer before transferring to Calvary, leading the Lions to TAPPS Class 2A championships in 2012 and 2013. She is entering her sophomore season at East Central. Mayer’s team was eliminated by the 20-and-under U.S. national team and finished seventh out of 14 teams that the tournament, which featured junior national teams from Hungary, Israel and Italy and club teams from Slovenia and Italy.