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Coaches Aaron Griffin and Debora Jamison direct the boys’ and girls’ athletic programs for the Elgin Middle School.

Both coaches are excited about the large number of middle school kids trying out for football, volleyball and cross country.

Coach Griffin will be the head coach for the 8th grade football team. There are so many players—a total of 105—trying out, there will be an “A” team and a “B” team for both 7th and 8th grade levels. He hopes to continue the success from last year, when one team won all their games but one.

On September 17, the 8th grade will open up in Elgin at the Wildcat Stadium instead of the normal middle school field. This was Coach Griffin’s idea to make it more exciting for the players and the fans to play under the “big lights” of the high school field.

Coach Griffin is also very excited about the boys’ cross country team, especially the larger number of boys who are trying out compared to last year.

Coach Jamison stated that there are a big number of young ladies trying out for volleyball this year, and they also will have an “A” and “B” team for each grade. She said there are only a few players who play some sort of club volleyball at this level, so her coaches are starting from the very basics to teach the girls this game. She wants club-level participation to improve in Elgin to keep up with the extra work girls have on other district teams. She has been impressed with the 7th grade girls, and the 8th grade team has made strides since the start of practice.

She is also very happy with the participation in the girls’ cross country team and expects good results as well. The team members have to report for running practice at 6:15 a.m., so dedication is a must.