GREELEY, Colo. - On Monday there was a definite increase in action around the athletic facilities on the Northern Colorado campus as coaches and staff prepare for fall practices to begin next week.
Football will be the first team on the field, practicing from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Aug. 7. The team posted a 1-10 record in 2008 and returns 16 starters, six on offense, seven on defense and all three kickers. They open on Sept. 5 at Kansas in a game televised by Fox College Sports Central at 6:05 pm (Central)/5:05 pm Mountain. Their home opener is Sept. 12 at 1:35 pm against San Diego.
The women's soccer team will be on the pitch not long after football, practicing at Jackson on the 7th at 7:30 in a one-hour practice. The team is coming off a 7-13 season and is a young squad, with just two seniors on the roster in Marcie Johnson and Sydney VanDerVelde. A home exhibition game kicks off competition for all fall sports on Aug. 14 against Metro State at 7:00 pm. The regular season begins Aug. 22 when the Bears host the Nebraska Cornhuskers at 7:00 pm at Jackson.
Volleyball takes the court on Monday, Aug. 10, after losing just one senior off a team with a 17-10 record and a trip to the semifinals of the Big Sky Championship. The Bears will turn to the leadership of four very talented seniors in Allison Raguse, Kenzie Shreeve, Taylor Smith and Breanna VanDerMost. They will host an alumnae match on Aug. 22 at 7:00 pm and the first regular season home match is Sept. 1 against Colorado, also at 7:00.
Cross Country runs for the first time as a squad on Aug. 17. The Bears are excited to host the Big Sky Conference Championship on Oct. 31 and will begin the road to the championship with the Wyoming Invitational on the evening of Sept. 4.
A 7 7:00-8:30 pm
A 8 2:30-4:00 pm
A 9 No Practice
A 10 7:00-8:30 pm
A 11 2:30-4:00 pm
A 12 2:30-4:00 pm
A 13 8:00-10:00 am & 7:00-8:30 pm
A 14 2:30-4:00 pm
A 15 8:00-10:00 am & 7:00-8:30 pm
A 16 No Practice
A 17 2:30-4:00 pm
A 18 8:00-10:00 am & 7:00-8:30 pm
A 19 2:30-4:00 pm
A 20 8:00-10:30 am
A 21 2:30-4:00 pm
A 22 8:00-10:00 am
Morning Practices in Butler;
Afternoons in Practice Gym
A 10 9:30-11:30 am & 2:30-4:30 pm
A 11 9:30-11:30 am & 2:30-4:30 pm
A 12 9:30-11:30 am & 2:30-4:30 pm
A 13 9:30-11:30 am & 2:30-4:30 pm
A 14 9:30-11:30 am & 2:30-4:30 pm
A 15 No Practice
A 16 3:00-6:00 pm
A 17 9:30-11:30 am & 2:30-4:30 pm
A 18 9:30-11:30 am & 2:30-4:30 pm
A 19 9:30-11:30 am & 2:30-4:30 pm
A 20 9:30-11:30 am & 2:30-4:30 pm
A 21 9:30-11:30 am & 2:30-4:30 pm
A 22 Blue/Gold Scrimmage 5; Alumnae 7