No games played yet, so I have to fill blog space with whatever I can get my hands on. As I've warned you before, any time you see the word "update" in this blog, it means I'm scrambling for news.
Update: I sent out preview forms to coaches last week and I've heard back from a few, but I'm still waiting for the majority. If you're a coach and you're reading this, please do get those forms back to me as soon as possible.
The first league games are Wednesday and I won't have it done by then. With any luck I'll get it in the paper around Labor Day, assuming I don't crack under the strain.
The bigger task right now is getting schedules typed into our system ... not just for girls soccer but for all sports. It's just hours and hours of rote work, and we haven't had the time until now. I went on a typing binge Sunday night and got about half the Gsoc schedules done. And I noticed a few things ...
Schedules: Bolton has the toughest schedule to start the season of anybody I've seen. The Eagles first head to Chazy tournament, where they'll play the perennial Section VII champion host team. In the final round they'll face a school that's about 10 times their size. After that comes Lake George and Fort Ann.
Schuylerville starts right off with Scotia on Wednesday, then travels to Queensbury on Friday. ... Queensbury plays six of its first seven games at home. ... The annual Queensbury/South High night game is Oct. 11. ... Saratoga Catholic showed up as a non-league opponent on several schedules. ... Granville, new to the Adirondack, plays four times on the road before getting a home league game. ... Lake George meets Hoo Falls on Sept. 10 in an interesting non-league matchup.
Alumni news: Brittany La Plant, wearing No. 44 (her old number with Queensbury, if I recall correctly), has already scored two goals for Rutgers, despite playing only 113 minutes in four games. The latest came Sunday in a 2-0 victory over UConn.
I'm afraid that's the only alumni news I have right now. Most of the Division III teams have yet to start, and some don't even have a 2016 roster up yet.
Book report: I'm about two-thirds of the way through a new book called "Back in the Game: Why concussion doesn't have to end your athletic career." It's written by Dr. Jeffrey S. Kutcher with Joanne C. Gerstner and is published by Oxford University Press.
Dr. Kutcher writes that the concussion issue is a serious matter that everyone involved in sports should be concerned about. But he also makes the case that there's a lot of misinformation about whether a concussion, of the fear of one, should affect whether an athlete plays sports.
The book is a very thorough discussion of the concussion issue, but is written on a level where a non-medical person can understand it. I recommend it if you want to learn more about concussions.
Wednesday: I've got the day off and there are lots of options if I want to get a look-see. Schuylerville's game against Scotia should be good. Queensbury and South High are both home. That Bolton/Chazy game looks interesting, but I wouldn't go all the way up there for a non-league game. Or would I?