There have been more schedules released for fall sports at Altus Public Schools, which means school is that much closer to starting.
Most of the athletes have been doing what they can to stay in shape and be football and softball ready. A large majority of them are excited for school to begin so they can get back to playing the sports they love.
The Altus seventh- and eighth-grade boys will hit the field for an Aug. 18 evening scrimmage against the Weatherford Eagles. Their first game will be Aug. 30 against the Lawton Ike Eagles at home followed by another home contest against the Elk City Big Elks on Sept. 6.
The Bulldogs will then travel to Lawton MacArthur Highlanders for their first away game Sept. 13, before traveling to a duel with the Lawton Central Cougars on Sept. 20.
They will be back home for their Sept. 27 battle against the Duncan Demons and on the road again for an Oct. 4 game against the Lawton Tomlinson Wolves. They will travel to Clinton to face the Red Tornadoes on Oct. 18 and close out the season against the Anadarko Warriors on Oct. 25.
All games are 5 p.m. Tuesday evenings with the exception of the scrimmage against Weatherford.
The ninth-grade football team will kick off the season with a scrimmage at the Weatherford Eagles home turf Aug. 19, before traveling to Vernon to face off against the Lions in the first game Sept. 1.
They return home to duke it out with the Clinton Red Tornadoes on Sept. 5, before hitting the road again to take on the Elk City Big Elks on Sept. 19.
They come home for good in a Sept. 26 battle against the Lawton MacArthur Highlanders and finish out the season with an Oct. 3 game against the Duncan Demons, an Oct. 17 duel against the Lawton Ike Eagles and an Oct. 25 contest against Anadarko.
All games are played at 5 p.m.
The Altus Bulldog junior varsity football team will face the Weatherford Eagles in an Aug. 19 scrimmage in Weatherford, before joining forces with the ninth-grade football team against the Clinton Red Tornadoes on Sept. 5.
They travel to Elk City to take on the Big Elks on Sept. 19 and return home for a Sept. 26 bout against the Lawton MacArthur Highlanders. They join with the ninth-grade team again against the Duncan Demons on Oct. 3 and play their final two games at home against the Lawton Ike Eagles on Oct. 17 and the Cache Bulldogs on Oct. 24.
All games are played at 7:00 p.m.
Finally, the varsity and junior varsity Altus Junior High Softball team begins play Aug. 12 against the Lawton Ike Eagles, before traveling to Cache to face off against the Bulldogs on Aug. 15.
They come home against the Lawton Tomlinson Wolves on Aug. 18. The varsity team will head to the Mangum Tournament on Aug. 19-20, before coming back home to team up with the junior varsity squad to play the Lawton Central Cougars on Aug. 23.
The girls will head to face the Lawton Ike Eagles on Aug. 30 and then the varsity girls will travel to the Cache Tournament on Sept. 9-10.
The Cache Bulldogs will come to Altus to face the junior varsity and varsity girls on Sept. 12, before the girls travel to the Lawton Central Cougars one last time to close out the season Sept. 13.
All games are played at 4:30 p.m. with the exception of the tournaments. The tournament times are to be determined at a later date.
Reach Ryan Lewis at 580-482-1221, ext. 2076.