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let the games begin, or at least the practices… 

 

Looking back on my long gone high school days it seems one of those things that took the sting out of heading back to school after a summer off was sports. Two-a-days always seemed to get my head on a little straighter than it had been all summer; it was always nice to have to go somewhere where there was a goal in mind other than getting through another day at (insert the name of the terrible summer job here).

Looking to the varsity teams for the fall, and the one word to sum it all up is: change.

 

Field hockey graduated a big bunch of talented quick players, tough defenders and one of the league’s best between the pipes. Other teams that fell to the Horde last season are a little bit older and more savvy this season – a tough task for them, but one which will show off what has been going on at the mod and jv levels while the recent grads wowed us all.

By the by. If anyone out there is or will be tracking their favorite Horde field hockey players and they want to send something along, we’ll make an effort to get it into the paper. This is something that would have to be driven by parents, the players or siblings. Just a thought as the varsity lineup keeps me hoppin’.

Prediction: too early to say.

 

Soccer. Girls. A change in coaching for the girls as assistant Carol Scott takes over for longtime, since the program started, coach Carrie Arquette who moved up to coach in the mom league. Loss of grads combined with returning talent makes this one a hard call to make. Supporting cast and alternate goal tenders make a big difference here.

Prediction: too early to say.

Almost forgot. there is an exchange student coming in, she’s from somewhere in Europe, can’t recall where. Being an American, I assume she plays soccer. An X-factor?

Soccer. Boys. Same tune in a different key. Lance Jordan returns as coach but this team suffered heavy grad losses as I recall. Results depend upon what the underclassmen and jv players bring to the table. Year six from the boys program? I think.  

Prediction. You guessed it (all one of you reading) too early to say.

More to come…..

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