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Sports Notebook: Short summers

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So much for long nearly two-month summer breaks from high-school sports that used to be the case in the past.

With the preceding spring high-school sports campaigns lasting closer til near the end of June these days, then practices for the next fall season starting Aug. 1 this year, the summer break was about a month long. July is about all we get anymore.

Even coaches of fall sports believe that practices begin too soon now. But with school now starting before Labor Day, sports can begin sooner, as well. So everything begins sooner and the summers are much shorter.

High-school fall golf teams are playing in tournaments that started yesterday and continue the next two or three weeks, after just a few days of so-called practice, if some players had even that much.

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There are football scrimmages this coming Friday night and weekend, and the season begins with real games Aug. 25. The girls field hockey season starts before that, as early as Aug. 22.

For newspapers, there is barely enough time now to finish covering all the lingering stories about the summer sports before fall high-school sports coverage gets going. There certainly will be some overlap stories about the two seasons.

So much for long summer vacations anymore, if there are any at all. Soon, July could be disappearing as an off month for high-school sports as well.

– Dave Facinoli

dfacinoli@sungazette.net

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