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The End Zone Seat: Fall Sports Should be Entertaining

 

It seems like only yesterday that I was putting the wraps on an exciting high school softball season.

As today’s edition of the Rocket-Courier hits the stands, the official start of the fall sports season is one day away.

When the Wyalusing Valley varsity football team takes the field at Athens for the opening kickoff Friday, I believe one of the more intriguing autumn campaigns since I’ve been in the sports editor’s desk will be underway.

There are interesting story lines to watch in all of Wyalusing’s programs.

Can a very inexperienced football team come together to be a league contender?

When you look at the Rams’ schedule, there aren’t many superpowers to face. With the exception of Towanda, which never seems to rebuild but rather reload, all the other teams are either trying to bounce back from down seasons or, like Wyalusing, looking to fill in graduation losses.

With any luck and a fair amount of the hard work and dedication head coach Jim Huffman is seeking, the Rams could have a very good year.

The roster is very small and depth will be a concern so injuries will need to be avoided.

On the volleyball court, Huffman’s wife, Gayle, entering her first season as head coach, doesn’t have to worry about depth.

With over 30 girls out in the four grades, the real issue may be finding playing time for everyone.

But the toughest task will be taking girls who have enjoyed a great deal of success at the junior varsity level and forging them into a contender in what should be a very strong consolidated NTL.

Cross country, especially for the boys, has been one of the strongest sports in the entire league.

Head coach Jim Schools may not have title contenders this season, but both boys’ and girls’ teams received infusions of younger runners this season.

The girls’ team, for the first time in a long time, has enough runners to realistically contend in the league.

It will be fun to see how well the newcomers adapt to running at the varsity level especially later in the season when the Coaches’ Invitational and District Four championship meets roll around.

On the soccer pitch, the Lady Rams would appear to be well positioned to contend for a title under second year head coach Nick Maghamez.

The Lady Rams have a good mix of veterans and talented freshmen on the roster. There are also a good many girls out for the sport, which hasn’t always been the case.

Between now and November, I think it will be a lot of fun watching the guys and gals in Green and Gold trying.

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