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The calm before the storm is nearly over sports fans

Posted Monday, August 2, 2010, at 7:16 PM

The annual calm before the storm of activity in the fall has crested and the fall sports season is quickly growing upon us.

Once the final softball, baseball and track seasons come to a close there's about a month and half or so that nothing more than a few camps, clinics and workouts take place at the high school level.

Then as the weeks finally dwindle down to days before the opening of school, so does the horizon begin to show on the fall sports season.

Waiting in the wings are many of the games and meets that you have missed this summer. They stand in a line that spans the length of a small hallway headed toward the sports fans reach.

As of Monday, all fall sports teams were eligible to start practice.

First out of the tunnel and into the light of day will be girls golf and boys tennis. Both sports get underway in a relative hurry as the Lady Miner linksters crank up the action on Thursday, Aug. 5 at the Lady Mustang Invitational.

As the engines begin to slowly boost and rev next comes a round of volleyball scrimmages, offering previews to coaches, players and fans alike of what to expect in the coming year.

That naturally follows with controlled scrimmages for the area's football squads. Nothing more than just a small taste of what looms ahead.

Those two side dishes bring the kettle of the fall sports buffet to a simmer as fans' appetites begin to grow, until finally, the week of Aug. 16 when things get really rolling.

That week sees boys' tennis join volleyball and girls golf for midweek treats ahead of the first round of high school gridiron action on Friday, Aug. 20

Then if the frenzy isn't quite up to your standards, you can throw in a full helping of cross country on both the boys and girls side to complete the fall sports opening meal.

It's a meal that will carry you well through the slow dwindling heat of August that fades into the welcome chill of September and October's fall crispness.

It's a meal that will hold you through a full serving that finally begins to yield fruits of the labor of the teams involved as winter moves closer.

That's when the first round of postseason activity begins show on the same horizon that seemed to be empty for so many high school sports fans not all that long ago.

First comes the girls' golf sectionals the weekend of Sept. 18 followed not to long by boys tennis and volleyball before the football season heads down to the nitty gritty in the waning stages of October.

So take heart my fellow high school sports fans, your fall meal is on its way and when it gets here you will need to loosen your belt, buckle your seatbelt and hang on for another wild ride.

Rick is a sports writer with the Greene County Daily World. He can be reach by telephone at (812) 847-4487 ext. 20. Or by E-mail at rcurl@gcdailyworld.com.

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