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The calm before the storm

August 10, 2009

by Aaron Schultz

It seems hard to believe, but the 2009 high school sports season is just one week away.

Fall sports across the state, including the likes of Lester Prairie/Holy Trinity, Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted, Mayer Lutheran, and Watertown-Mayer, will all kick off practice Monday, Aug. 17.

Where did the summer go?

OK, just because the fall sports season is coming doesn’t mean that summer is already gone, but it sure is close.

It seems just like yesterday when the amateur baseball season got started, and it could already be over for the Winsted Wildcats when this paper hits the streets.

Either way, this is the one somewhat slow week of the year for me as a sports editor.

All of the summer baseball action is drawing to a close, and the high school sports season has yet to start.

But there is no time to get comfortable, as in just a few short weeks the fall sports previews will be published, and the first high school games of the season are less than a month away.

It’s the calm before the storm – at least for me.

Last week’s column

In last week’s column, I wrote about how I was disappointed there was no softball tournament taking place in Silver Lake over Pola-Czesky Days.

I received a few calls from people that they thought the column was too negative.

If people took it that way, I apologize.

My point to writing the column was that I grew up with the annual softball tournament in Silver Lake, and wanted to see it continue.

While there was no softball tournament, there was a kickball tournament, which helped raise money for the Silver Lake Summer Rec. program, and according to people in Silver Lake, it did very well.

That is great! Anything that helps out youth sports I am all in favor of.

With that said, I hope in future years the softball tournament comes back to Pola-Czesky Days.

A fun night at Memorial Park

This past Friday I spent my night watching the Orphans battle the Watkins Clippers in the Region 11C tournament.

After taking a few photos, I sat down next to Green Isle’s Joe Kreger, a Minnesota Amateur Baseball State Board Member, and a new member of the Minnesota Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame.

Watching the game and talking with Kreger throughout was a pretty good time, and despite the less than perfect weather, made for a very fun night.

Throw in talking to Howard Lake’s own Don Gutzke for an inning, and I got my fill of baseball talk for the night.

If you are looking for something to do this upcoming weekend get out to Howard Lake and catch some Region 11C baseball action.