Prep football teams open practice on Thursday

All seven of Catawba County's prep football teams officially open practice on Thursday.

The North Carolina High School Athletic Association designates Thursday as the first official tryouts and/or practice for all fall sports teams, including football, cross-country, volleyball, girl's golf and boy's soccer.

Below are the football practice times for each high school:

Bandys, 9 a.m.
Bunker Hill, 6 p.m.
Fred T. Foard, 5:30 p.m.
Hickory, 6 p.m.
Maiden, 9 am.
Newton-Conover, 3:30 p.m.
St. Stephens, 6 p.m.

The next important date for all of these teams is Aug. 10, which is the first day high schools can compete in their first football scrimmages.

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