At most gymnasiums across the area this week, volleyball nets were taken down and basketballs were broken out of storage.

After-school practices were common at most of the schools, but things were different at McAuley Catholic, where there were no after-school practices for the high school teams.

With the football and soccer teams still playing, Warrior coach John Ihm put practice off until Monday. That's understandable because he only has three players that don't play one or the other.

Ihm, though, wasn't too worried. He has an experienced team, plus the Warriors open the season with Sarcoxie, which is the football team McAuley plays tonight.

So what about the girls basketball team? Volleyball season ended for the girls last week.

Well, football coach Jonathan Wengert coaches girls basketball in the winter. So, he's got double duty this week: girls practice before school and football after school.

State appearance

One area school has had volleyball practices this week.

Lockwood, which has lost just one match this season, plays in the Missouri Class 1 semifinals, a round-robin affair, today in Warrensburg.

The Lady Tigers were runners-up last season to Bell City in a three-game match. They will play Gideon, Santa Fe and Winona today.

Bad timing

No coach wants to lose one of his best players at any time, let alone just before the postseason.

That's what happened to Wheaton coach Tracy Prigg. Senior Meagan Laughary, who was named the player of the year in the Ozark 7 Conference, injured a knee before last week's postseason. Still, the Lady Bulldogs made it to the Class 1 sectionals before losing to Winona 25-23, 25-20.

Laughary underwent surgery this week.

Jewsbury buzz

The talk from Kickapoo High School soccer fans this week was Jack Jewsbury.

The former Chief standout, now a midfielder for the Kansas City Wizards, netted a first-time strike from just inside the retaining arc off the inside of the left post in the second minute of stoppage time in the second period.

The goal gave the Wizards a 3-0 lead in the game and a 3-2 lead in aggregate scoring in the two-game series with the San Jose Earthquakes.

The Wizards won and will play host to Los Angeles today.

Jewsbury, born in Joplin, was still humble in spite of some added media attention this week, said his high school coach Tom Davidson, who was at the game in Kansas City.

Address correspondence to Michael Davison, c/o The Joplin Globe, P.O. Box 7, Joplin, Mo. 64802.