It’s going to feel like spring come Monday at Rolla High School, as the spring sports teams begin practicing.


Prep spring sports programs around the state will begin practice sessions on Monday.


Here is a look at the RHS spring teams:


It’s going to feel like spring come Monday at Rolla High School, as the spring sports teams begin practicing.

Prep spring sports programs around the state will begin practice sessions on Monday.

Here is a look at the RHS spring teams:

Baseball

Head coach Jason Swearingen will welcome between 55-60 players in grades 9-12 to Monday’s opening practice. If the field is dry enough practice will be on the First Community National Bank Field after school. If not, practice will be in the high school gym.

Last season the Bulldogs finished 21-6 while winning the Ozark Conference and district championships.

Key players back include seniors Zach Mittendorf, a pitcher-infielder; Gavin Otte, an outfielder, and Trevor Dinsdale, a catcher-outfielder.

Girls’ Soccer

Head coach Mike Howard said 34 players are expected for Monday’s first practice. If practice is outside, it’ll be on the hill at the Rolla Junior High School practice field from 3:30-5 p.m. If it’s too cold or wet weather, practice will be in the Rolla Junior High back gym, 3:30-4:30 p.m. for freshmen and sophomores and 4:30-5:30 p.m. for juniors and seniors.

The Lady Bulldogs have several starters back from last season’s squad, including all-state keeper Adrian Pogue. RHS finished 16-7-3 last season, advancing to the district tournament finals.

Track

Veteran head coach Don Knapp said he expects between 85-90 boys and girls for Monday’s track practice. If the weather is nice enough practice will be at the Rolla Community Track after school. If not practice will be at the Rolla Junior High School main gym.

Among the state qualifiers back for the Rolla girls are hurdler Ijeoma Okafor and from the mile relay team Okafor, Caryn Ranney and Shandy Crall. Davon Siripet returns from the RHS boys’ state-qualifying mile relay team.

Boys’ Tennis

Cody Kennedy returns for his second season as Bulldog boys’ tennis coach.

If weather permits the Bulldogs will be at the Ber Juan Park tennis courts after school on Monday.

Boys’ Golf

RHS coach Zach Nixon will have a lot of new faces for a team that has advanced to the Missouri Class 4 State Tournament as a full team the past two years.

The Bulldog golfers will meet at Oak Meadow Country Club after school on Monday.
Leading the charge this spring figures to be senior Will Baylor, an all-state golfer two years ago.

Other varsity players back include junior David Drewniak, senior Luke Singer and sophomore Mike Miller. Drewniak was the individual district tournament champion last season.