JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER
The first look at the Burnet High School football, volleyball and cross-country teams is at Meet the Bulldogs on Aug. 13.
The event is at 6:30 p.m. at Bulldog Field, 1000 The Green Mile.
In addition, the high school band, cheerleaders and other members of the student body will pack the stadium for a first look at the new synthetic turf and track.
The event is free to attend and open to the public. The Burnet Bulldogs Athletic Booster Club is hosting it and will be giving away chili dogs.
Athletic department assistant Sandra Garrett said the excitement is rising for the start of the 2015-16 sports year.
“We’re selling football tickets now, so everybody can’t wait,” she said. “Everybody wants to see what the teams look like. They want to put a name to a face.”
Meet the Bulldogs, she said, signals that teams are days away from making positive memories and maybe even breaking records.
“It’s that first opportunity to put that uniform on and go out in public and get that recognition,” she said.
Though the event and food are free, fans might want to make sure they have their wallets to purchase attire for the upcoming season.
Organizers are hoping the event occurs without a hitch. Two years ago, lightning forced coaches to shorten the gathering. And last year, the event was cancelled after the death of student Elijah Adam Benson.
Benson was a member of the Burnet High School band.
Workers began painting the track at Bulldog Field on Aug. 5. It needed a second coat and stripes to create lanes. Athletic director and head football coach Kurt Jones said the team’s scrimmage against Llano will be at the stadium Aug. 14 beginning with sub-varsity teams taking the field at 6 p.m. followed by the varsity at 7:30 p.m.
MARBLE FALLS MUSTANGS
For the first time of the 2015-16 school year, the lights at Mustang Stadium will turn on Aug. 13 for Meet the Mustangs.
The event is 7 p.m. Aug. 13 at the high school, 2101 Mustang Drive, and the community is invited to the free gathering.
It’s the first opportunity for fans to meet members of the football, volleyball, cross-country, tennis and golf teams. In addition, the high school band, cheerleaders and Starlettes and members of the Marble Falls Youth Football and Cheer also will be introduced.
The event is hosted by the Marble Falls Athletic Booster Club. Fans may purchase club memberships and attire for the upcoming school year.
MFABC president Maureen Everett said the club always looks forward to hosting this event.
“We do this so the community can get a look at our athletes, who sometimes don’t get the credit they deserve,” she said. “We want to showcase our athletes. We do this for our community; they get excited about the upcoming season for all our sports.
“It’s a two-way street – it helps our student-athletes,” she added. “They look and say, ‘(The fans) came out just to cheer us on, and we’re not playing a game right now.’ They help to charge us up to get ready.”
Marble Falls Independent School District administrators will attend, including new Superintendent Chris Allen.
“I think it’s an exciting time for MFISD,” Everett said. “I think everybody will be pleased.”