In accordance with Kansas State High School Activities Association regulations, fall sports practices got under way throughout the state on Monday.
For Great Bend and area schools, it was a busy day for athletes and coaches alike.
The early-bird special went to the Great Bend Panthers football team, which hit the practice field at 6 a.m. Monday for nearly a two-hour practice.
The Panthers came back again at 6 on Monday night to complete two-a-drills, a schedule they will adhere by prior school starting at GBHS on Thursday.
The Panthers are coming off a 4-5 season, where they came on strong late in the season to win their district and advance to the Class 5A state playoffs.
The Panthers lost the likes of standouts Greg Hildebrand (quarterback), Alex Reed (wide receiver), Logan Buehler (wide receiver/defensive back), Dakota Ellis (running back/linebacker) and Louis Burley (linebacker) to graduation.