If the calendar has rolled around to August, that means a couple of things in our area.
The Butte County Fair is on the horizon.
And so is the 2017 high school football season.
All three of our area teams – Gridley, Live Oak and Biggs – started fall practice earlier this week, adjusting practice times as needed to try and avoid the hottest part of the day as temperatures soared into the 100s this week.
Two of the area teams – Gridley and Live Oak – will have new coaches at the helm in 2017.
At Gridley, Matt Kemmis takes over a program that struggled to a 1-9 record in 2016 – its only win of the season coming in the annual Harvest Bowl game against Live Oak.
At Live Oak, former coach Jim Arestegui returns to the helm, taking over for Dan Johnson. The Lions were also 1-9 in 2016, but they broke a 32-game losing streak with a 21-13 win over Las Plumas.
And at Biggs, the Wolverines will be looking for more good things in the second year of head coach Tyler Rutledge’s tenure. Biggs won the Mountain Valley League title and went on to win the CIF Northern Section Division 5 championship before finishing the season with a 52-30 loss to Brookside Christian in the CIF state playoffs.
Gridley opens the season Friday night, Sept. 1 on the road at Willows.
Live Oak, meanwhile, gets the 2017 season underway Friday night, Aug. 25 at home against Williams.
Biggs begins its section title defense Aug. 25 at home against Hamilton.