Turning out and tuning up

Published 4:18 pm Tuesday, August 15, 2023

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Sports Correspondent

‘Tis the season to prepare for the real thing.

With the start of the regular season just around the corner, Bertie High School saw its football and volleyball teams involved in tune-ups as they worked out the kinks without having to keep score.

Bertie High School’s volleyball team (above) and football team (below) participated in pre-season scrimmages held last week in Edenton and Elizabeth City respectively. A.A. Imaging / Andre Alfred

The Lady Falcons traveled to Edenton on Aug. 9 for a volleyball scrimmage against the Lady Aces.

La’Quetta Leary Rankins returns for her second year as Bertie’s head volleyball coach along with her first year as the junior varsity coach.

When asked what her plans were for her teams this season, Rankins simply replied, “This year my goal is to develop more leaders and inspire these young ladies.”

The Lady Falcons will open the season with a non-conference game at home on Wednesday, August 16 against Northeastern High School.

On Friday (Aug. 11), the Bertie Falcon football team traveled to Elizabeth City to participate in a multi team scrimmage hosted by Northeastern High School.

The jamboree allowed the participating teams to experience a modified “real game” scenario, which included full contact, 40-minute halves (with a running clock), live officiating and goal line situations (plays from the 10 yardline).

The Falcons will spend their first several games of the regular season on the road as the renovations to their football field continue.

Bertie will travel to Elizabeth City on Friday, Aug. 18 to face-off against Northeastern High School for their first game of the season (non-conference). The game is scheduled for 7 p.m. start time.