Fall sports season is here


August 27, 2010 - 12:00 AM

Scrimmages have been had. Practices are getting down to the nitty gritty. Athletes and coaches are ready for the first competition of the 2010 fall sports season.
Iola High’s girls get a jump on the boys in fall sports.
The Fillies’ tennis team has its first matches under its belt. They played Thursday night in Chanute.
Iola’s volleyball teams hit the courts Saturday. The Fillies’ varsity travels to Mound City for the Jayhawk-Linn Invitational. Iola’s junior varsity hosts the Iola JV Invitational Saturday.
At Jayhawk-Linn, the Fillies are out for  a little revenge right off the bat. They take on Central Heights, the team that beat Iola in last year’s championship match, at 8 a.m.The Fillies take on Riverton at 11 a.m. and Kansas City-Turner at 1 p.m. The tournament moves into a second round of pool play. How a team fares in pool play determines which place it plays for in the final round.
In Iola Saturday, the Fillies’ JV hosts junior varsities from Burlington, Girard and Humboldt in a round-robin tournament. The Fillies’ JV will play three straight matches starting with Burlington at 8:30 a.m.
Next week, the Iola volleyball teams have matches at home Tuesday and Thursday. The tennis team hosts a meet Thursday.
Iola High’s cross country teams open the season at Anderson County Invitational in Garnett Thursday.
Then comes Friday Night Lights. Iola High’s Mustang football team travels to Independence to open the season in Southeast Kansas League play.
Over this weekend, Allen County Community College’s volleyball team starts the season at the Butler Community College tournament. The ACCC soccer teams begin the 2010 run Sunday at home.
Also this weekend, Marmaton Valley, Crest and Uniontown High’s volleyball teams play in the Three Rivers League Volleyball Tournament in Pleasanton.
And so it goes.
On Thursday, the Register’s annual Prep Fall Sports Preview section comes out. There will be stories on all the area football teams — Iola, Humboldt, Marmaton Valley, Crest, Yates Center and Southern Coffey County. Roundup stories on the area volleyball teams, cross country teams and girls’ golf. Also featured will be stories on IHS volleyball, girls’ tennis and cross country teams.
Middle school athletes have been getting ready for their season openers which also are fast approaching.
There will be plenty to cheer about throughout the area this fall.

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