ZANESVILLE, Ohio- The lights came on at West Muskingum High School as the calendar turned to august.
West Muskingum boys soccer coach, Ryan Barks said “These guys have worked extremely hard all summer and they’re just comping at the bit and really anxious to get the opportunity.”
The Ohio High School Athletic Association has stuck my their word, that the fall sports season will officially begin on Aug.1. At midnight, the Tornado boys and girls soccer teams took full advantage.
“It’s awesome it’s very exciting. Of course there’s still some nervousness some edginess with the guys and the community and the world with are we going to play or not. But to be able to come out tonight, from what we’ve heard so far from our government and health department, it looks good right now,” Barks said.
Tornado senior midfielder, Kyle Reilly said, “Being all together as one, I mean we’re all brothers it’s just a fun time and being sad at home this whole time it’s finally fun to come out under the lights together.”
Coach Barks spent eight years as the soccer coach at Zanesville and has spent the last 13 years as the coach at West Muskingum. Forr everyone of those years, he’s held a midnight madness to kick off the season.
“I think everybody’s ready. I think we’re ready to attack and we’re all hungry. We want this year more than anything. Everybody is ready to play and we’re just all ready to be out here,” Reilly said.
Barks said, “It’s a little bit more leisure and allowing them to play more where tomorrow we get more into the particulars and specifics about individual play. We run the two different sessions but we definitely let the fun part be under the lights tonight.”