Lake County High School sports are about to start another exciting season
This nine-month pre-dawn awakening ritual has begun.
Parents and students across Lake and Sumter counties began this annual exercise on Tuesday when public schools opened for another year.
Without a doubt, there were a lot of groggy faces and half-closed eyes. As I watched my son get on his bus with other students, all apparently in an almost catatonic state as they walked up the steps, I felt like I was watching a scene from a cheap horror movie. late evening.
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Normally I don’t sleep late – if I wake up and the clock says 7:30, ”I feel like I have slept. But even by my standards, school days start terribly early. If there’s one bright spot, it’s that ESPN usually replay a late night game four or five hours earlier, so I can catch the last quarter of the two innings I may have missed. .
However, there is a plus point for (too) early mornings and readjusting your body clock.
There are only a few weeks left before the high school sports machine kicks in for another year.
Training has already started in schools for the various fall sporting seasons – football, volleyball, cross-country, golf, bowling and swimming and diving – and preseason competitions will be held starting next week. Regular seasons follow, with district, regional, and state tournaments on our doorstep before we know it.
It’s the annual routine that fuels the hopes of student-athletes who dream of competing at the next level.
And the best part is we can watch it all unfold.
Hopefully we will see crowned champions and accomplishments that will bring us back up.
Just like last year.
Without a doubt, 2020 has been a good year for preparation sports in Lake and Sumter. Without doubt one of the best.
We had two football teams – Lake Minneola and Mount Dora Christian Academy – playing for the championships in their respective organizations, with Wildwood winning a Class 1A state title in men’s basketball and Eustis just overpowering everyone on the way. towards the Class 4A State Championship. The Montverde Academy won another national men’s basketball championship and there were countless other individual and team performances.
It’s like that every year.
That’s the beauty of sports in high school.
Last season’s struggles are history.
This year represents a clean slate.
Each team is undefeated.
The seniors are a year older and a new class of freshmen have joined the ranks, seeking to establish themselves as budding stars.
The seeds were planted with the start of the practice and are now in cultivation, all in the hope of a bountiful harvest in the weeks to come.
And the same process will take place for the winter and spring sports seasons.
It seems the world has gone mad. We are still in the midst of a global pandemic, as political and social divisions seem to be widening day by day.
But high school sports can – and should – be the escape route from these everyday ailments. For a brief respite – often, it seems, too brief – no one cares about who said what or who did what.
The only thing that matters are the accomplishments that we may be lucky enough to witness.
A first university touch.
Display of a personal best time.
Hammer a winning tip.
Felling a 4-10 split.
Blister a drive that crosses the fairway.
Sports in high school are therapeutic.
The tonic that cures all ailments.
In the grand scheme of things, maybe this is why we get out of bed when it seems like a large part of the world is still asleep. Maybe that encouraging smile we give as our kids walk to a nearby bus stop is our way of saying “thank you” for being able to share their successes.
Go out and support our student-athletes!
Write to Frank Jolley at [email protected]