Soon after sun-up on Tuesday, Aug. 1, Anna cross country runners, from left, Caroline Boykin, Mason Massingill and Thomas Bibb complete a 3-mile run near Anna High School. (Rick Atkinson / Anna-Melissa Tribune)


Shortly after 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 1, Anna’s Lady Coyote volleyball players were off and running a lap around the track at Coyote Stadium, signaling the start of practices for the upcoming season. The players later bused over to Anna High School and soon broke out the volleyballs. (Rick Atkinson / Anna-Melissa Tribune)


Melissa head volleyball coach Frank DePaolo draws the Lady Cardinals together after opening the team’s first practice with conditioning training at Cardinal Stadium. They soon moved inside for more conditioning work before getting down to practice. (Rick Atkinson / Anna-Melissa Tribune)


Lady Cardinals head coach Frank DePaolo observes senior Grace Whittington’s hitting technique on the first day of practice, Tuesday, August 1, at Melissa High’s Bird Cage. (Rick Atkinson / Anna-Melissa Tribune)


Melissa head coach Frank DePaolo has a word with his team before opening afternoon volleyball practice on Tuesday, Aug. 1. (Rick Atkinson / Anna-Melissa Tribune)


From left, Melissa’s Aubrey Grantham, Grace Whittington and Anna Fortenberry warm-up on the first day of practice, Tuesday, August 1. (Rick Atkinson / Anna-Melissa Tribune)


Anna cross country runner Abby Sanders completes the run back to Anna High School on Wednesday, Aug. 2, after the team completed 400-meter-dash training at Coyote Stadium. (Rick Atkinson / Anna-Melissa Tribune)


Anna head tennis coach Vince Sharp, right, opens the first day of practice on Tuesday, Aug. 1, at the Anna Sports Complex. (Rick Atkinson / Anna-Melissa Tribune)


Anna’s Zack Eade, left, warms up before the team’s first official practice of the season on Tuesday, Aug. 1, at the Anna Sports Complex. At right is Morgan Sharp. (Rick Atkinson / Anna-Melissa Tribune)


Anna’s Haley Anderson returns a shot during warm-ups on Tuesday, Aug. 1, at the Anna Sports Complex. (Rick Atkinson / Anna-Melissa Tribune)


Mason Massingill, right, readies for a back-hand shot at the Anna Sports Complex on Tuesday, Aug. 1. (Rick Atkinson / Anna-Melissa Tribune)


By Rick Atkinson, Anna-Melissa Tribune