Fall sports take center stage

Scrimmages have been had. Practices are getting down to the nitty gritty. Athletes and coaches are ready for the first competition of the 2009 fall sports season.
Iola High’s girls get a jump on the boys in fall sports.
The Fillies’ tennis team has its first matches under its belt. They played Thursday night in Chanute.
Iola’s volleyball teams hit the courts Saturday. The Fillies’ varsity travels to Mound City for the Jayhawk-Linn Invitational. Iola’s junior varsity hosts the Iola JV Invitational Saturday.
At Jayhawk-Linn, the Fillies will play the host team right off the bat at 8 a.m. then follow with a match against Galena. The tournament moves into a second round of pool play. How a team fares in pool play determines which place it plays for in the final round.
Other teams in the Jayhawk-Linn tournament are Burlington, Prairie View, Riverton, Central Heights, Northeast-Arma and Southeast-Cherokee.
In Iola Saturday, the Fillies’ JV hosts junior varsities from Burlington, Fredonia, Girard and Humboldt in a tournament. Each team plays four matches and the top four teams move into the championship round.
The Fillies’ JV will play four straight matches starting with Fredonia at 8:30 a.m.
Next week, the Iola volleyball teams have matches at home Tuesday and Thursday. The tennis team hosts a meet Thursday.
Iola High’s cross country teams open the season at Anderson County Invitational in Garnett Thursday.
Then comes Friday Night Lights. Iola High’s Mustang football team travels to Columbus to open the season in Southeast Kansas League play.
Over this weekend, Allen County Community College’s volleyball team starts the season at the Butler Community College tournament. The ACCC soccer teams began the 2009 run Monday at Cowley County.
Also this weekend, Marmaton Valley, Crest and Uniontown High’s volleyball teams play in the Three Rivers League Volleyball Tournament in Pleasanton.
And so it goes.
On Thursday, the Register’s annual Prep Fall Sports Preview section comes out. There will be stories on all the area football teams — Iola, Humboldt, Marmaton Valley, Crest, Yates Center and Southern Coffey County. Roundup stories on the area volleyball teams, cross country teams and girls’ golf. Also featured will be stories on IHS volleyball, girls’ tennis and cross country teams.
Middle school athletes have been getting ready for their season openers which also are fast approaching.
There will be plenty to cheer about throughout the area this fall.