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Good luck to all involved with fall sports in schools

Ready or not, here it comes. Another school year has arrived. Yes, already!

Classrooms open for many next week. But fall sports have already begun. Varsity football kicks off with local teams Salem, Crestview, Leetonia, Sebring, South Range and Wellsville playing on a Thursday instead of a usual Friday night. Lisbon’s opener Friday will be special because a brand new field turf and athletic facility will be showcased for a first time.

All sports are special — especially for the student-athletes involved — but it seems fall sports come with so much anticipation and eagerness. It is all part and parcel with a new school year and all the excitement that comes with fresh classrooms full of kids.

A high school stadium on a game night is often the place to be. It’s not just the game on the field but the community gathering that comes with it. It is a tradition for many generations to attend games, especially those pitting rivals.

The sports staff of your three county newspapers are raring to go to bring our readers game results including photos. It is a challenge and a massive undertaking at times — especially with hulking Friday night deadlines — to get it all in print and online. But our staff members are primed for the season.

Remember to check out our annual Football Preview featuring schedules, stats, stories and plenty of photos which will appear in tomorrow’s editions. Grab extra copies. Our circulation department can assist if needed. A non-football, high school fall sports edition will come out in September.

We wish our very best to all local fall sports participants including players, cheerleaders, band members, advisers, coaching staffs members, boosters and volunteers such as ticket-takers , scoreboard operators and chain-game crew members. And, of course, the fans. All of you help make this time of year so very special and exciting. Bring it on!

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