With the sun beating down on Augusta High School, athletes began their season's journey as the fall sports teams had their first practices of the year Monday.

Some teams practiced early in the morning, then athletes were in action all afternoon. The cross country team ran throughout town. Golfers hit the driving range. The soccer, football and volleyball teams got into intense drills. The girls tennis team had open-court practice; full team practices will begin in the coming days.

Coaches will use this first week of practice to get the athletes in shape and see which Orioles will be filling out their rosters or lineups. Keep checking the Gazette in the coming weeks for season preview stories.