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High School Practices Begin Monday for Fall Sports

The fall high school sports season starts on Monday when practices begin.

Athletes will take the field for games they’ve spent all summer preparing for in just a few short weeks.

In addition to the athletes — coaches, officials and athletic directors have been busy preparing to make sure everything runs smoothly when next week begins.

Big Rapids athletic director Dawn Thompson said that for her job, this is one of the most exciting times of the year.

“Being able to go out and watch them at practice or watch them at a game and then to see the student body interact with them, it’s really exciting,” Thompson said. “You get pretty pumped up about the season when you see all of those things happening. We have a big lock-in we are going to do as a kind of kick-off at midnight [on Monday]. So we’re really excited just to get fall sports started.”