Now that football has begun, what about the other fall high school sports?
In the fall, Darke County schools compete in boys and girls soccer, boys and girls golf, girls tennis, girls volleyball and boys and girls cross country. All fall sports other than football can begin their first practice/tryouts today, Aug. 1.
Here are a few important dates to make note of:
Aug. 4 – first contest allowed for boys and girls golf
Aug. 10 – first contest allowed for girls tennis
Aug. 17 – first contest allowed for boys and girls soccer
Aug. 18 – first contest allowed for girls volleyball
Aug. 20 – first contest allowed for football and boys and girls cross country
As far as scrimmages and preview events go for the other fall sports, golf is allowed one scrimmage and one exhibition match at any time during the season. Girls tennis is allowed one scrimmage prior to the first match. Soccer is allowed four scrimmages after practice begins plus one preview event. Girls volleyball is allowed five scrimmages after practice begins plus one preview event. Cross country does not have any scrimmages, but the OHSAA does host a preseason invitational beginning at 9 a.m. on Aug. 18 at National Trail Raceway, the home of the state cross country meet.
Each sport is also allowed a specific number of regular season contests. For golf, the number is 20. Soccer and cross country are allowed 16 matches and girls tennis and girls volleyball are allowed 22. Football, of course, has 10 regular season games.
The state tournament dates for fall sports other than football are as follows:
Oct. 12-13: Div. II and III boys golf and Div. II girls golf (at Ohio State Scarlet and Gray and North Star golf courses)
Oct. 19-20: Div. I boys and girls golf (at Ohio State Scarlet and Gray Course)
Oct. 19-20: Div. I and II girls tennis (at Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason)
Nov. 3: Div. I, II and III boys and girls cross country (at National Trail Raceway i n Hebron)
Nov. 6-7: Div. I, II and III boys and girls soccer state semifinals
Nov. 9-10: Div. I, II and III boys and girls state finals (at MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus)
Nov. 8-10: Div. I, II, III and IV state semifinals and finals (at Wright State University’sNutter Center)