(FESTUS) The Jefferson County Athletic Director Summer Series on KJFF Sports Talk began its third and final week on Tuesday as Jefferson R-7 Athletic Director Jason Dreyer talked about the upcoming 2019-2020 varsity sports season.

This year’s football team will be without Andrew Graves for the first time in four years. Graves, of course, is in the MSHSAA record books 13 times for various achievements on the gridiron. As Dreyer mentions, Graves was the cornerstone of the Blue Jays football program and now calls SEMO home.

Dreyer breaks down the Blue Jay way of celebrating Homecoming Week.

Homecoming week begins on Sunday, October 6th with the game that Friday night at 7 against Grandview.

For volleyball, last year’s interim head coach, Tara Fish, is now the official face of the program as previous head coach, Ashleigh Nagel, decided this summer to serve as a volunteer coach. Fish and eight seniors carried the Blue Jays to a 30-win season last year, the best in school history.

Volleyball will open the season on September 3rd at Seckman.

The cross country program at R-7 has seen great success over the last several years under the tutelage of Mollie Rhodes, including finishing 3rd at state in Class 2 and winning its second consecutive district title. Dreyer knows that even with the Heacock twins off to Wichita State and Missouri Southern, the program remains in good hands.

The Jefferson cross country team will be off and running come August 31st at the Jackson Invitational.

For girls basketball in the winter, Dreyer will be taking over as head coach once again. Previous program leader, Brandon Joines, stepped down in mid-May and took a varsity boys basketball head coaching gig at McDonald’s County High School in southwest Missouri. Since Dreyer is already familiar with a lot of the girls and enjoys coaching them, he’s decided to take over.

That leaves one more coaching change to talk about and that is for track and field. Justin Horn is replacing Alex Rouggly.

Jefferson R-7 is adding boys golf and archery to its list of activities with archery as a club sport. Boys golf will be led by current Blue Jays boys basketball head coach Sean Breeze, who has nine years of experience coaching golf. The first day of school at R-7 will be Thursday, August 15th.

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