YAKIMA, Wash. —

The high school sports calendar began Wednesday as football teams around the Yakima Valley and throughout the state opened football practice.

Fall’s other sports — cross country, girls soccer, girls swimming, volleyball and slowpitch softball begin practicing Monday.

Kickoff 2019 — the Herald-Republic’s annual preview of the football season will insert into the Sept. 5 edition.

Previews of the fall’s other sports will follow the football section.