Just like that, another school year and another fall sports season are upon us. Summer seems to get shorter every year.
Football season opens in just nine days for five of the six Advocate-area teams. Everyone opens the season Aug. 21 except Lincoln County, which opens a week later. Golf and volleyball seasons are under way, soccer starts Monday and cross country opens Aug. 24.
If you missed the Advocate’s football preview section, click here to find everything you need to know about the coming season. Once there, you can click on the helmets to see the previews and schedules for specific teams.
As usual, previews of specific games will appear in the Advocate and on amnews.com on Wednesdays and Thursdays during the season. Previews for Casey, Garrard, Lincoln and Mercer counties appear on Wednesdays; those for Boyle County and Danville run on Thursdays.
Preseason rankings have appeared for two fall sports, and an area team is ranked in one of them: Boyle County’s girls soccer team is at No. 17 in its coaches’ poll. Boyle should also appear in the boys preseason poll, but it hasn’t been released yet.
In volleyball, there were no teams in the statewide rankings. There were top-five rankings for each of the 16 regions, and the highest-ranked local team in the 12th Region was Boyle County at No. 4, behind Pulaski County (which Boyle beat Tuesday night), Southwestern and Russell County.
The new school year also brings a number of new coaches at all eight area schools. Here’s the list of newbies, based on directory listings at khsaa.org:
Boyle County: Sharon Beasley, girls golf; Keith Smith, wrestling. (The wrestling program has been resurrected about 20 years after it was discontinued.)
Burgin: Greg Harlow, baseball; Chris Myers, girls basketball; Maggie McKnight, v0lleyball. (The volleyball program is in its first varsity season; McKnight coached the junior varsity team last year.)
Casey County: Neal King, boys golf; Sarah Christian, girls golf.
Danville: Abbe Milburn, volleyball.
Garrard County: Doug Simpson, baseball; Dave McDaniel, boys basketball; Larry Ebert Jr., boys soccer; Andy Floyd, girls soccer.
Lincoln County: Bryan Sanders, girls cross country.
Mercer County: Jaziel Guerra, athletic director; Bill Mason, football; Terry Dailey, girls golf; David Welsh, boys soccer; Jennifer Grimes, girls soccer.