Football practice starts August 15 for Colville High

Indians move to GNLPre-season practice sessions for the Colville High football team will get underway on Wednesday, August 15, according to head coach Randy Cornwell.The Indians will run two-a-day practice sessions every other day, Cornwell said. Wednesday’s opener will be a two-a-day session.On the two-a-day practice schedule, sessions will run from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.On the one practice a day format, practice will be from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.The first three practice sessions are mandatory “helmets only.”For the first time in memory, the Indians will run their entire fall camp without the start of school interceding. School in the Colville School District will get underway Sept. 4.Current physicals need to be completed by first practice sessionCornwell reminds players that they must have a current physical completed by the first practice session on August 15. Players can pick up the necessary paperwork in the main office at CHS.Colville will open their season Saturday, Sept. 1 against former Northeast A League rival Freeman in the WIAA Kickoff Classic at Eastern Washington University’s Roos Field. Kickoff is 1 p.m.Colville, who moves back up to the Class 2A Great Northern League for the two-year cycle, will face a veteran Freeman team that is favored, along with Chewelah, to win the NEA championship this fall.Colville, with diminishing enrollment numbers, will almost surely move back down to the NEA after the two-year reclassification cycle has run its course. “We will lose a home game, but it’s a great opportunity,” Cornwell said of the Indians’ opener on the red turf at Eastern Washington University. Colville edged Freeman 28-27 last season.“Our non-league games with Freeman and Chewelah will be good preparation for the Great Northern League,” Cornwell said.CHS will be part of a reprised WIAA Kickoff Classic (east of the Cascades version) that will feature four games at Roos Field. The lid-lifter at 10 a.m. on Sept. 1 will feature Tekoa-Oakesdale-Rosalia against Reardan.At 4 p.m., following the Colville vs. Freeman game, East Valley (Yakima) and Cheney of the GNL will play. The 7 p.m. finale will feature Greater Spokane League (Class 4A) rivals Central Valley and Ferris.Colville, who lost their first four games last season before finishing strong and edging Freeman for the NEA championship, lost some key players from last year’s State 1A quarterfinal team.Despite the inexperience and move up, look for CHS to be competitive“Green” will likely be the operative color for the Indians this fall. The CHS strength should be the offensive line. Like other coaches in the CHS ranks, Cornwell isn’t exactly ecstatic about having to move back up to Class 2A, but he and a veteran coaching staff have always fielded competitive football teams. That shouldn’t change in 2012.“We will make the best of it and we’ll be competitive,” Cornwell said.