When the Temple Wildcats begin their 2019 season Aug. 30 at Round Rock Cedar Ridge, they’ll find out how well they can handle the proverbial heat of varsity football competition.

During their first official practice Monday evening in helmets, jerseys and shorts, a reported 141 Temple seniors, juniors and sophomores had to deal with the actual heat: a temperature exceeding 100 degrees when they began at 6 p.m. and a heat index of 101 when they finished in near-darkness at 8:30.

It’s likely too early to tell if Temple’s four-set win over Robinson on Monday night will have any substantial bearing on the Tem-Cats’ volleyball season going forward.

It’s officially summer and that means it’s time for a couple days under the sun in College Station. That’s where three area football teams will be this week for the Texas 7-on-7 State Championships.

Temple athletic director and football head coach Scott Stewart said he’s “so fired up I can’t see straight.” Ironically, it’s RaShonta LeBlanc’s vision and insight that has Stewart so eager to witness what the future holds.

LeBlanc, who just 13 months ago was hired as Temple’s girls basketball coach, was promoted this week to girls athletic coordinator.

WACO — Belton’s Kelsey Surovik and Academy’s Lilli Stewart have different post-high school plans, but the duo shared similar emotions Saturday following the sixth annual Heart of Texas Fellowship of Christian Athletes Super Centex Victory Bowl volleyball match.

BELTON — The Red team had never claimed victory over the Blue in the three previous editions of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Victory Bowl softball game. For most of Friday’s contest at UMHB’s Dee Dillon Field, it appeared that history would not repeat itself.

BELTON — Holland’s Patrick Kruger and the rest of the coaching staff selected to oversee the Blue team naturally will have to formulate some strategy for tonight’s fourth-annual Heart of Texas Fellowship of Christian Athletes Super Centex Victory Bowl baseball game at Mary Hardin-Baylor’s Red Murff Field.

BELTON — Alexis Lewis didn’t need a lot of time to realize the level of talent that surrounded her Wednesday on Mary Hardin-Baylor’s Dee Dillon Field. The Temple product watched as players from across Central Texas took batting practice and routinely cleared the outfield wall as the afternoon sun baked the field on the first day of practice ahead of Friday night’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes Super Centex Victory Bowl softball game.