As far as football action goes, the Lufkin Panthers know Friday’s scrimmage will have little to do with their ultimate 2019 record. However, there was still plenty of excitement in the air as the team closed in on end of the second week of summer workouts.

Both the Lufkin Lady Panthers and the Huntington Devilettes are in similar situations as the 2019 volleyball season unfolds. Both feature rosters stocked with underclassmen after graduating key seniors last year.

The month of August usually doesn’t give many breaks from the heat for high school football players preparing for the upcoming season. This year has been no different as the season opener is just over a week away.

It’s been almost nine months since the Lufkin Panthers walked off the field after a season-ending loss in Waco. Now with the countdown down to 12 days until this season’s opener, the excitement has started to mount for the Panthers.

When it comes to success on the football field, there aren’t any replacements for leadership. If that is indeed a key part of this year’s success, Lufkin head coach Todd Quick likes Lufkin’s chances.

Most of the Lufkin Panthers were no strangers to the high school campus this summer as they kept up to speed with work in the weight room along with some intense workouts in the summer heat.

The Huntington Devilettes dropped a 19-25, 11-25, 25-21, 25-21, 16-14 decision to the Nacogdoches Lady Dragons in non-district action in Huntington Tuesday night.

Lufkin’s Lady Panther volleyball team has gotten off to some early-season struggles, as expected for a team fielding a roster of mostly inexperienced players.

DIBOLL — Diboll head volleyball coach Jeremy Stewart admits he’s somewhat of a “barker.” During practices or games, he watches the action unfold and steps in to bark instructions when he sees something in need of his attention.

Another top Lufkin recruit has made his verbal commitment to a Big 12 school after Jerrin Thompson announced he will be headed to Austin to play for the Texas Longhorns starting next season.

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