Doesn't it seem like the fall sports season starts earlier and earlier each August?
Just as golf moved to the fall season so participants were at the top of their game instead of beginning it in the spring, competitors in volleyball, cross country and soccer are ready for their seasons to start after a long summer of play, training and workouts.
Coaches and players are already making an impact in the Portage Trail Conference in volleyball, cross country and soccer.
Speaking of making an impact, the Norton Panthers are sponsoring a Volley for the Cause event in the team's Sept. 12 match against Springfield. The game and proceeds will raise money for the battle against leukemia.
Norton is remembering the loss of former student and athlete B.J. Ranier to the disease. Ranier died Aug. 23.
The volleyball team is not only raising money but honoring B.J. as well as others battling the disease.
To support the game, the football team is also wearing helmet stickers in honor of B.J. Ranier and his jersey No. 62.
The game begins in the Norton gymnasium at 4:30 p.m.
The family has asked that donations be made to the Norton City Schools Foundation or to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Doors will open at 4 p.m., with the ninth grade game beginning at 4:30 p.m. Junior varsity begins at 5:30 and the varsity matchup at 7 p.m.
Admission is $6 for adults and $4 for students.
A bake sale and basket raffles will be held throughout the evening.
For more information, call the Norton Athletic Department at 330-825-4167.
The Ohio Association of Track and Cross Country Coaches released the organization's preseason polls. Schools and teams in the Portage Trail Conference are respected among the coaches.
It is no surprise that the Woodridge boys finished high in the polls in Division II. The Bulldogs are ranked second in the state in the preseason.
The Crestwood boys also make the list at a tie for 21st with Chagrin Falls.
Both the Crestwood and Woodridge girls made the list at 12 and 13, respectively.
In Division III, the Rootstown Rovers boys made the list in 25th.
It was a great way to begin the PTC Metro Division season for Melisha Vaughn of Kent Roosevelt. Vaughn scored three goals in the Rough Riders' victory Tuesday over the Crestwood Red Devils at Crestwood's Jack Lambert Stadium.
It was a scoring party for the Rough Riders as Justina Fortson, Laura Feetterers and Elaine Britt all scored for Kent.
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