PAGE 6A ELGIN COURIER – ELGIN , TEXAS WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 30, 2020 GEAR UP FOR YOUR BEST HUNTING SEASON Your One-Stop Service Store for all your Farm & Ranch Needs 1155 DILDY DRIVE • ELGIN 512-285-3210 www.elgin-generalstore.com Mon.-Fri. 8am-7pm • Sat.-Sun. 8am-6pm Proudly Serving Our Local Hunters & Anglers Fall Hunting Season Is Here! Come check out our large selection of guns, ammo, scopes and other hunting supplies. • Licenses & Permits • Shotguns, Rifles & Pistols • Scopes, Coolers and more! On a wild goose chase to find the quality hunting gear you need at a great price? Hunt no further; we have the best names in hunting and fishing equipment, apparel and accessories at everyday low prices. WILDCAT KICKOFF By Ron Ramirez Sports Reporter Athletic Director and Head Football Coach Jens Anderson knows his Wild- cat team will have to fight for every point in their up- coming district schedule. After a tough 3-7 record last year, in which the Wildcats were competi- tive in almost every game, he hopes his team will be able to finish strong to win more of those tight con- tests. Along with a very strong district favorite Brenham squad and play- off-seasoned Georgetown East View, the ‘Cats will also play Leander Glenn, Leander Rouse, Pfluger- ville Connally, Bastrop and Cedar Creek. Before district play, Elgin opened the season on September 25 with a scrimmage at Burger Stadium against Austin Navarro—formerly Lanier High School—and then start their regular season with a home game against Marble Falls at 7:30 p.m. on October 2. COVID-19 precautions have had a huge impact on the Wildcat coaches’ abil- ity to practice with their teams in any sort of normal fashion. Players must wear masks if they are not on the field in play. Coaches must wear masks unless they can maintain social distance when instructing their players. The different personnel groups such as receivers, runners and line- men are broken down into even smaller groups so as to have less impact if some- one tests positive with the virus. “Masks, masks” are a constant reminder during practice, as well as the nor- mal shouting out of instruc- tions and encouragements you normally hear on the field. Elgin, along with the other 5A and 6A schools in Texas, are starting out the 2020 season roughly a month later than nor- mal this year under UIL COVID-19 restrictions. Coach Anderson feels that each practice is now even more valuable in helping his team get ready. More focus and more discipline are keys to successful prac- tices. He feels they have a solid group of returning start- ers—five on offense and seven on defense—as well as a really exciting group of young players who will step up to fill the remain- ing holes. The offensive and defensive lines will be the most inexperienced, with six new starters be- tween them, and their pro- gression through the year will have a huge impact on the ‘Cat’s season. The defense will be led by: Senior defensive lineman Jordan Hood, who Ander- son said is the strongest player he has ever coached and will cause defenses headaches all year at the nose guard position. Senior and 2019 unani- mous First Team All Dis- trict Linebacker, Willie Simmons, a University of North Texas commit, will roam behind the line look- ing for runners, as well as go after the quaterback when needed. The offense is headed by: Senior quarterback Peter McFarlin, who rushed over 900 yards in only seven games last season. Coach Anderson feels he has grown tremendously during the off season and is set to have a great year. Senior Trey I’som, team offensive MVP last year, who will slice through defenses both as a runner and receiver and will be a threat in the defensive backfield. Senior offensive line- man Wesley Harkins, the only returning starter who played every game last year on the line. Harkins is versatile enough to play center, guard or tackle. Two way starters include: Senior Lyndon Rangel, who will play safety and running back. Anderson considers Rangel an ex- plosive threat that has re- ally bulked up this past off season. Senior Devin Manor, who should be a lock down cor- ner on defense and offer an explosive option on of- fense. Wildcat football to battle in tough district Jens Anderson By Ron Ramirez Sports Reporter In her second year in Elgin, Director of Women’s Athletics and Head Volleyball Coach Deborah Wills Covault has had her hands full this school year. Unable to have any sort of summer camps and dealing with a much-later-than-nor- mal practice sched- ule, Covault and her very capable assistant coaches have none- theless worked hard to have their varsity and sub-varsity teams ready to compete in a brutal district offering, including Pflugerville High School, Cedar Creek, Manor, Pfluger- ville Weiss, Pflugerville Connally, Bastrop and Round Rock Hendrick- son. Coach Covault has Central Texas ties, grad- uating from George- town High School in 2003 and attending Concordia College. She was also a very suc- cessful weight lifter, training for the 2008 Oly mpics before an injur y derailed that dream. Covault went on to get her masters degree from Louisiana State University and is working on her doctor- ate from Abilene Chris- tian University. She has 14 years experience in teaching and leading sports programs. Due to UIL COVID-19 restrictions, coaches have many extra things to consider when shap- ing their squad. The volleyball team had a very large turnout both last year and this year, but COVID-19 safety precautions in place say the players must keep social distance as much as possible. Thus, only a certain number of play- ers can fit on a bus and keep those restrictions. Speaking with assis- tant coach Hope Paw- lik, that was one factor in deciding to keep this year’s varsity squad to around 12 players, and maybe even less for the travel squad. There are six players on the court at one time. This year’s squad consists of five seniors. Coach Covault is very proud of the hard work her girls have put in since coming together and knows the squad lacks overall height to battle at the net con- sistently. Nevertheless, she expects her leaders such as Morgan Heine, Emma Neidig and Cin- thia Navarro to encour- age their teammates to fight for every point in every set. Lady Cats work hard to face competitive district By Ron Ramirez Sports Reporter Boys’ Coach Hector Garcia and Girls’ Coach Heather Clapper are happy to once again get their new teams together in person after having to try to practice only in vir- tual scenarios. The teams now practice their cross country running early in the morning in the general vicinity of the Elgin High School. Due to COVID-19 restric- tions, many of the meets have been cancelled or are much smaller in numbers than normal. This could also affect the number of athletes allowed on the travel squads. Coach Garcia is in his first year as head of the boys’ team, but has been involved in track and soc- cer with the Elgin boys for two years now. This is his sixth year as a teacher in Elgin and will also serve as the middle school soccer coach. His enthusiasm is very apparent as he brags about his boys’ progress, and he can’t wait to get to the actual competitions to prepare his team for the all-important district meet. He has a large squad of 13 members, sub-varsity and varsity, with four se- niors on the team. Coach Clapper has been the girls; coach for several years and feels her re- turning runners have the experience to know what to expect at the meets and perform well. Clapper has six runners comprising her squad, including three se- niors. Cross country excited for 2020 Deborah Covault Hector Garcia By Ron Ramirez SportsReporter Talk about experience and savvy know how: Head Tennis Coach Daryl Rem- schel is starting his 25th year as head coach for ten- nis. During his many years here, he has also coached football, basketball and swimming. Coach Remschel gradu- ated from Gonzales High School and received his bachelor’s degree from North Texas and his teach- ing certificate from the University of Texas at Aus- tin. He has stayed in Elgin his entire teaching career because he loves the small- town feel. He treasures his success in swimming, where he has taken ath- letes to seven different state meets. One of the toughest mo- ments he has experienced in coaching was last year, having to tell his squad during a meet that it would be the last time they would compete in tennis due to COVID-19 cancellations. His team tennis squad went to the state playoffs last year as well. This year’s squad consists of six boys only. Normally, there would be minimum of six girls as well, but he graduated six girls last year and one re- turning letterman opted out. Two boys opted out this year as well. The boys are led by cap- tain and four-year letterman Andrew Perez. Remschel considers Perez one of the most solid players he has ever coached. Seniors John Molina and David Woods will also contribute greatly. Junior Wyatt Fischer has won more district games than any other player, and Jeremiah Johnson and Kyle Hudson finish out the squad and will add to the team’s success. Remschel is appreciative of the fact that other teams in the district have agreed to continue to play Elgin, even though they don’t have a girl’s team. If at least six girls don’t join the team by the district tournament, Elgin will have to withdraw from competition. Tennis coach leads with decades of experience Daryl Remschel