Sports column: Fall sports season is now upon usWith September just beginning and the lazy, crazy, hazy days of summer soon to be behind us, that means just one thing.
By: Sarah Packingham, For the Budgeteer News
With September just beginning and the lazy, crazy, hazy days of summer soon to be behind us, that means just one thing.
The fall sports season is now upon us and I am just one of many excited sports fans around the Northland. The city of Duluth and surrounding communities have so much to offer in terms of fall sports, it’s unbelievable. The talent level that this area provides for avid and casual sports fans alike cannot be topped.
Bundling up in hats and gloves and breathing in the crisp, fall
Duluth air while watching my fellow Greyhounds and friends take to the gridiron to compete against opposing schools created some of the greatest memories I have of high school.
There is something about a brisk, cool air and bright lights on a Friday night that create memories.
With such a large number of successful programs around the Northland, Duluth high schools have cultivated successful programs in recent years, and Hermantown, Proctor and Northwestern, of Maple, Wis., always put together a good show on the field.
One of the biggest draws in the Northland is University of Minnesota Duluth football. For the past several years the Bulldogs have been a contender for national championships and a handful of players have gone on to have tryouts for professional teams.
Saturday afternoons at UMD, the sounds of the band and cheering fans can be heard as club sports take to the field as well. The UMD Fighting Penguins rugby teams fight for victory, no matter what the weather conditions.
If soccer is more your cup of tea, both high school boys and girls are putting in hours on the field in practices, to put together quality performances for their schools. St. Scholastica soccer continues to play at a high level coached by England’s own Barry Chastey.
It’s not just high school and college kids who are getting into the swing of things with sports, but adults too. With bar league softball and volleyball teams wrapping up play, it’s time to transition into a sport that’s more popular than some people realize.
The sport of bowling is popular for old and young alike and for so many it is a lifelong sport.
After a few months off from “throwing rocks” competitively, dozens of the Northland’s top bowlers are back and looking forward to a long fall and winter of bowling successes.
That’s just a short look at why the fall can be the best time for sports fans.
Duluthian Sarah Packingham writes about sports for the Budgeteer. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.