BY JEFF FALK
Not unlike the calendar year, the sports/school year has a distinct, cyclical feel to it. And at this time of the year that feeling is one of birth and regeneration.
Monday marked the first day of official practice for the scholastic fall sports season and the unofficial beginning to the 2011-12 high school athletic year. While local teams have been preparing for the fall season for weeks through informal practices, camps and meetings, Monday was the first day squads could officially practice together by PIAA regulations.
On Monday, Lebanon County clubs were met with rainy weather conditions early that turned into mostly humid, but not exceedingly hot conditions later. Locally, Lebanon County’s eight PIAA schools will compete in football, boys’ soccer, co-ed cross country, co-ed golf, field hockey, girls’ volleyball and boys’ tennis.
Traditionally, tennis and golf are the first sports to start their seasons with inter-scholastic competitions. The fall season will begin in earnest on Friday, September 2nd with Week One of the high school football year, the highlight of which will be the 39th renewal of the Cedar Bowl at Cedar Crest’s Earl Boltz Stadium.