Time for student-athletes to start preparing for fall sports deadlines

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(Photo by JUDD WILSON) Spartan student-athletes who want to participate in fall sports need to take a drug test, concussion test, and complete paperwork by early August deadlines. Pictured here is Corbin Maltba playing soccer last fall.

PRIEST RIVER — Students interested in participating in Priest River Lamanna High School athletics this fall should circle these dates on their calendars.

A fall sports paperwork and fee session is scheduled for August 3 at 5 p.m. School personnel will be available to receive paperwork and payment of fees. Later that day at 6 p.m. parents are invited to a fall sports orientation in the cafeteria. At 6:30 p.m. sport-specific meetings will ensue in classrooms across PRLHS.

The next day, August 4, is set apart for concussion and drug testing. All athletes are required to have a baseline ImPACT test and to pass a drug test to participate in practice. According to the school athletics website, athletes cannot participate without a baseline test on file.

Drug testing will take place in the cafeteria, while ImPACT concussion testing takes place in the computer lab.

Drug tests: 8:00-8:40 Girls and Boys Soccer, 8:40-9:00 Volleyball, 9:00-9:30 Cheerleading, 9:30-10:00 Cross Country, 10:00-11:00 Football.

Concussion testing: 8:00-8:40 Volleyball, 9:00-10:00 Boys and Girls Soccer, 10:00-11:00 Cross Country and Cheerleading, 11:00-12:00 Football Seniors and Juniors, 12:00-1:00 Football Sophomores and Freshmen.

Free sports physicals will be offered at Family Health Center inside Newport Hospital at 714 W. Pine St. in Newport on August 5 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. No appointment is necessary. Participants should wear loose-fitting clothing such as t-shirts and shorts. Free physicals are offered on a first-come, first-serve basis. Later sports physicals may be scheduled for a fee of $30. For more information, please call 509-447-4885.

Practice for football, boys soccer, girls soccer, and cheer will begin on August 7, while volleyball and cross country hold their first practices August 11.

Student-athletes also need to make sure they are ready to succeed in class. PRLHS policies state, “Student-athletes must be passing at least 5 out of 6 classes to participate in competitions. Student-athletes that are not passing at least 5 classes may NOT participate in competitions until ALL grades in ALL classes are passing. A grade sheet will need to be turned into the Athletic Director’s office, signed by ALL 6 teachers, showing passing grades before the student athlete will be allowed to return to competitions.”

Also, the school website states, “Student-athletes that are struggling in a class are strongly encouraged to miss practice time, if necessary, to spend time with the teacher to improve their grade.”

According to the school policies, “In order to participate in practice or any athletic activity or school activity or event students must be in attendance all day on the day of the practice, activity and/or event. A student may make prior arrangement with the administration and parents must make contact with the attendance office prior to the day of the absence.”

A complete Spartan sports packet needs to be completed and on file with the school in order to participate. The forms can be downloaded at lam.sd83.org/athletics or picked up from the athletic director’s office.

All 9th and 11th grade athletes, plus anyone who doesn’t have a physical on file, must undergo and turn in sports physical papers. An interim questionnaire and insurance information is required, as is an activities contract agreement, drug testing form, concussion baseline test, and student-parent/guardian warning. The $35 ASB fee is due before the first day of competition.

For more information, contact the athletic director Matt George at 208-946-3019 or mattgeorge@sd83.org, or contact the coaches listed below.

Cross Country: Lance Clark 208-691-6919 lanceclark@sd83.org

Football: Brad Martin 208-954-7860 bradmartinjr@hotmail.com

Girls Soccer: Shannon Fraser 208-818-2637 ShannonFraser@sd83.org

Boys Soccer: Rob Lawler 208-448-4226 RobLawler@sd83.org

Cheer: Jeanne’ Jauron 509-671-6195 JJauron5@gmail.com

Volleyball: Coach to be determined

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