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Ready or not here comes start of new prep season

Published: Friday, Aug. 9, 2013 12:43 p.m. CDT

By the time we meet again here for the Saturday Sentinel, there will be a few obvious changes.

The first change is that the 2013-14 school season will have gotten underway and we’ll have more game-story oriented insides to tell. The other is that the newspaper will have an entirely new format. For those who haven’t heard yet, starting Aug. 20 and moving forward the Morris Daily Herald will be moving to tabloid format instead of broadsheet. If you are unaware of what that means, imaging our daily newspaper being about the size of our annual football tab.

It’s a change I have felt was long overdue and a move in the right direction for the MDH.

Coverage will be what you are accustomed to. Mark Johnson and myself will be out covering games and writing features on the local teams as we already do now. Part of that coverage will start to get into full gear on Aug. 14 — which is the first official day of practice. That means we’ll be getting right into the area team’s golf previews and then move right along with the other fall sports team previews.

The golf season actually starts on Aug. 19, which is also the first day of school for Morris Community High School. The first athletic event scheduled for the Redskins this fall is on Friday, Aug. 23 when the golf team heads to the Lemont Shoot-Out.

The first non-golf event is on Monday, Aug. 26 when the Morris soccer team heads up to a tournament in Earlville. The next day tennis and volleyball gets underway, right behind that is cross country and then — wham — kickoff to the football season on the 30th.

The end of the summer season was  interesting. Covered the Morris soccer alumni soccer match last Saturday. It was the third time the Redskins have hosted the event and second year in a row now. There was a good turnout by the former Redskins athletes. I think it was 30 in all that showed up.

“I want to thank all the alumni for coming out and if we keep interest, we might just do an alumni vs. alumni game since we had enough for two teams,” Morris coach David Valdivia said. “We plan on doing this every year now. It will be on the last weekend before the (high school) blackout date.”

I like the idea of an alumni vs. alumni game — especially if Valdivia himself plays, which he didn’t do on Saturday because he was coaching the Morris varsity team. However, I also like the idea of playing an alumni vs. varsity Redskins soccer match, as well.

Perhaps they should just wait and see what the turnout is on the day of the game and then decide if an alumni game is feasible. Then, after an exclusive alumni game is played, have the alumni play the current Morris varsity. Kind of like a soccer doubleheader.

That is if the old men on the alumni team can hobble up and down the field two games in a row — hehe!

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