Meeting expectations was the theme of Skyline High School’s pre-season scrimmages last night.

Head football coach Jon Novotny and head volleyball coach Summer Younie were both pleased with their teams’ efforts.


Meeting expectations was the theme of Skyline High School’s pre-season scrimmages last night.
Head football coach Jon Novotny and head volleyball coach Summer Younie were both pleased with their teams’ efforts.
“I thought it was a successful evening,” Novotny said.
Novotny was particularly happy with his team’s performance during an hour-long scrimmage with just 12 players available.
“It’s always difficult when you don’t have the numbers, but considering what we had to work with, doing the half line and stuff like that, I saw a lot of things I liked,” he said.
“I told the boys we’ve got a lot of room for improvement as well. Right now we’re still trying to find the right mix out there. That’s why I was trying to get some different kids in different spots.”
Overall, Novotny’s main concern is fundamentals, and his players looked good in that respect.
“Our fundamentals are coming along and that’s the main thing I’m looking for. Our blocking fundamentals are looking better every day,” he said.
With several players injured, including two seniors, several freshmen will need to contribute immediately, and some of them looked up to the challenge last night.
“I can see some of the kids picked it up a little bit. We’ve still got some that need to get a little more aggressive,” he said.
The T-birds open their season Friday, Sept. 5 at Attica.
Younie was also happy with her team’s performance during the pre-season scrimmage.
“We passed pretty well and we talked better than I thought we were going to,” she said.
Younie’s squad spent part of the night doing an intrasquad scrimmage before the varsity and alumni went head-to-head.
“For the most part, the girls are understanding the offense and knowing where to go on defense, which is always a struggle with our underclassmen,” she said.
The team will play Saturday in the South Barber Tournament at Kiowa.
Skyline Middle School’s football and volleyball teams also held public scrimamges last night. Both teams begin their seasons by hosting Stafford on Thursday, Sept. 4.