Sports fans everywhere had smiles on their faces and an extra bounce in their steps on Wednesday – high school sports are back.
High school campuses, which were sparsely populated for the last two-plus months, were homes to all kinds of activity Wednesday morning with the official start of high school sports.
The most anticipated among the fall sports is football, which kicks off on Friday, Aug. 30 around the state. Golf teams actually will start their competitions next week.
In local football, Cary-Grove is coming off a runner-up finish in Class 6A. The Trojans again look like a force in the Fox Valley Conference Valley Division, although Crystal Lake South, Jacobs, Huntley and Prairie Ridge also have their sights set on that title.
Crystal Lake Central won two playoff games for the first time in school history and should be one of the FVC Fox’s best teams.
Marian Central is coming off back-to-back 11-1 seasons and lost some integral parts, including dynamic quarterback Chris Streveler, who is now at Minnesota. Still, the Hurricanes are a program that sustains a high level. Running back Ephraim Lee is one of the area’s top returning rushers and will play a large role again for Marian.