After this weekend, there will only be two fall sports that have not yet begun their seasons for 2015 — football and cross country.
Boys and girls golf, along with girls tennis, started the first week of this month and have had the stage to themselves ever since. But that comes to an end this weekend, when boys and girls soccer and volleyball join the fun.
Cross country, meanwhile, will begin Tuesday in this area, with the annual Shelby County Preview taking place at Russia and including all nine county schools.
Boys soccer — Boys soccer will begin on Saturday, and it will be a new era locally. Longtime coach Eric Harlamert retired after last season at Sidney and was replaced by Daniel Wicks. He takes his first team up against Indian Lake Saturday at home, with the junior varsity match beginning at 5:30. It is part of the United Way weekend, which also includes Sidney’s final football scrimmage tonight against Chaminade at 7.
Across town at Lehman, the Cavaliers also have a new coach, with Tom Wiseman replacing Tom Thornton as the head coach. The Cavs won’t open their season until Tuesday at Greenville.
Fairlawn, meanwhile, actually opens its season Friday night in the Ben Logan Invitational, and returns to the same event on Saturday.
And in girls soccer, longtime Anna coach Jim Hague is back and takes his girls to Indian Lake to open the campaign Saturday.
Sidney will then open on Monday night at home against Fairborn.
Volleyball — Shelby County is home to a state champion in volleyball after the Fort Loramie Lady Redskins got hot at the right time last season and rolled to the Division IV title. Coach John Rodgers lost some of the key players off that team, but has five girls returning and four are seniors. So look for the Lady Redskins to be strong again.
Rodgers takes his team to the Coldwater Spikeoff to begin the season Saturday.
An intriguing opening-day matchup will be at Fairlawn Saturday. Sidney invades the Hangar with new coach Lauren Morrow to take on the Lady Jets, who also have a new coach this season in Kelly Tobie.
The most interesting opener takes place at Versailles, where the Lady Tigers host Jackson Center. Jackson finished the season 25-1 last year, and Versailles 27-1 with a trip to the state tournament.