Jamal Weems, a former wide receiver at three-year letterman at Central Washington University, presided over Kittitas’ football team during the season’s first day of practice on Wednesday.
Weems was the last piece to be named in the Valley’s quintet of new football coaches. He replaces Brian Avery, who moved over to Cle Elum to take the Warriors’ head job in late spring.
The other new coaches in the region are Wapato’s Brian Hake, La Salle’s Cody Lamb and Goldendale’s Chris Twohy.
Weems, a Cleveland High grad in Seattle, had 59 career receptions for 529 yards and six touchdowns for the Wildcats. He had 25 catches during the 2009 season when CWU was 12-1 and reached for the NCAA D-II quarterfinals.
Kittitas opens its season at home on Sept. 13 against Reardan.
VOLLEYBALL: All other fall sports start practice on Monday, and Sunnyside will have a new volleyball coach in Jordyne Jaquish. The 2008 Sunnyside grad and elementary school teacher takes the varsity program over for her father, Sandy.
GREATER COLUMBIA 1B: After an eight-year partnership, Trout Lake and Glenwood are parting ways in volleyball and basketball. Trout Lake will field its own teams in those two sports, continue the TLG alliance in boys soccer and track and co-op with White Salmon for football and girls soccer. Glenwood will field its own teams in boys and girls basketball and join Klickitat in volleyball.
In other 1B news, neither Lyle-Wishram or Thorp-Easton will be fielding 8-man football teams this fall.