EDINBURG — Seven schools representing Donna, Edinburg and Weslaco, as well as District 31-6A, gathered for the first-ever Monitor Media Day for high school football Friday morning at Richard R. Flores Stadium in Edinburg.

The schools — Donna North, Edinburg Economedes, Edinburg High, Edinburg North, Edinburg Vela, Weslaco High and Weslaco East — that attended were the first of many installments of The Monitor’s Media Days for high school football teams throughout the Valley.

Friday marked the first of four Monitor Media Days, with District 30-6A to follow Monday at McAllen Veterans Memorial Stadium, District 16-5A DII scheduled for Tuesday at Sharyland High and finally culminating with District 16-5A DI set for Wednesday at Mission Veterans.

Henry Miller, the sports editor at The Monitor, is excited after a successful Day 1 and hopes to continue Monitor Media Days beyond this season and potentially use the format for other area high school sports too.

“The purpose of Media Day is to not only kick off the football season from our point of view, but to also better our relationships with coaches, teams and schools,” Miller said about the first-time event. “In the end, this is really about promoting the good of the athletes and letting people see what coaches do other than the Xs and Os on the field.”

Look for original content focused on teams representing Edinburg, Weslaco and Donna from Friday’s Media Day, and Days 2-4 as well, in The Monitor’s print edition throughout the coming days and weeks, and online at themonitor.com and rgvsports.com.

Keep an eye out for more original stories and content in The Monitor’s 2019 High School Football Preview tab, available Aug. 26, and the upcoming RGV Sports Show — where The Monitor sports reporters will digest the week’s action, provide additional commentary and analysis, and preview what to watch for in the week ahead every Saturday afternoon — which is scheduled to debut in August before the start of football season.

amcculloch@themonitor.com