By Shayne Combs, SVCsportszone.com
As I turned my desk calendar to August, I realized it is about that time again. The time where summer is in the rearview mirror and the mind starts to prepare for another year of SVC sports. I have always felt like this is an exciting time, but as I ponder the fall my excitement for the upcoming season is a little more than usual.
With no Williamson in Williamsport, it sure does give the football league a different look. I really do not see an overall improvement at the bottom of the league, and with Piketon getting hit so hard by graduation last year; I know there is a lot of optimism in Bainbridge.
As for volleyball, we saw how exciting it can be last year when the longtime parity from the middle of the pack came to the top to provide for a great finish in the title chase. I would expect this fall to be more of the same. Nearly impossible not to call Coach Merriman and her Lady Pioneers the favorite. I see at least three (maybe four) other teams capable of chasing down the red, white, and blue. We will have plenty of time to debate all this over the next few weeks before we start playing for real.
I always look forward to golf. We will need a few matches to see if any teams have developed enough depth to compete with Unioto; however, the Player of the Year race could be really fun to watch. Last year’s POY Colton Forcum of Unioto graduated, and players two through six (Eli McKee of SE, Sam Calvin of Unioto, Peyton Cooper of Adena, Tyler Thompson of PV, and Andrew Pettenski of WF) were separated by just two shots per round.
In cross country the Unioto boys appear to still be setting the pace led by Ethan Richter, In girls, the recent run of Zane Trace makes them the team to beat, but it is interesting that Unioto returns three of the top six runners (Kinkela Harkins, Julia Hacker, and Kristen Cook) from last year’s SVC championship. Zane Trace is still more than capable of running to a title as Kim Wolfe, Cecelia Wallace, and Alison Chinn all return as all-league runners.
SVCsportszone.com will continue to cover soccer as well in 2013. Soccer is not an official SVC sport, but it is a sport with excellent teams. Unioto and Zane Trace should continue to have solid teams for boys and girls, and the growth of soccer is starting to spread to other schools such as Adena, SE, Piketon, and WF.
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