FIRST PRACTICES

The new weight room at Johnstown High School stands ready for use Monday. The updated weight room is part of the renovated gym at Johnstown High School. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)
Varsity coach Heather McGuire talks with members of the Johnstown volleyball team on the opening day of fall practice Monday at Johnstown High School. The practice also marked the opening of the renovated gym at Johnstown High School. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)
Johnstown varsity football coach Tyler Hall gives instruction for a drill during the Sir Bills opening day of practice Monday afternoon at Johnstown High School. The Sir Bills will open their season against Hudson Falls on Aug. 31 at Knox Field. (The Leader-Herald/james A. Ellis)
Johnstown boys varsity coach Tommy Horning looks on as members of the Sir Bills' soccer program go thorugh drills on the opening day of practice Monday at Johnstown High School. The Sir Bills open their season on Aug. 29 with a home match against Foothills Council rival Glens Falls. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)
Senior Raymond Strauser, a 2017 second-team Foothills Council All-Star, passes the ball back to fellow returning senior Damian Bruce during a drill on the opening day of practice Monday at Darling Field. The Dragons open their season with a home match against Foothills Council rival Hudson Falls on Aug. 29. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

Practice for the fall high school sports season began Monday as athletes returned to action at area schools.

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