John F. Russell: Trading in summer for fall’s promise
It may not be snowing outside, but the carefree days of summer are being consumed by the calendar faster than hot dogs at a neighborhood barbecue.
Last week, high school football players traded in their flip-flops for cleats, and instead of reaching for the sun block, high school volleyball players were reaching for the block.
As I stood in the green grass of the practice field outside the high school watching Sailor Houston Mader push his limits with a few one-handed pushups, I realized that summer was fading faster than Mel Gibson’s popularity.
Mader was not alone.
He was surrounded by dozens of teammates beginning the process of preparing for the high school season.
It’s a trend that has spread across the county and the state.
High school practice officially begins tomorrow.
I guess it’s about time. The Broncos played their first preseason game Friday night, and all those Triple Crown players are gone for another summer.
Sure I’m excited about the return of high school sports, but I’m still trying to figure out where exactly my summer went.
There are still plenty of warm summer days left to enjoy biking, fishing and just hanging out.
But I can’t shake the feeling that summer has slipped away. It’s like the final few days of a vacation in Disney World, or the feeling you get once you’ve finished dinner on Sunday evening. It’s time to get back to reality.
My first instinct is to run to my garage and hop on my mountain bike for a ride, throw on my tennis shoes for a walk around the block or pull out my tackle box and fishing pole in an effort to hold onto the final days of summer. But that approach never works.
There are plenty of reasons to be excited about this fall. The Steamboat football team looks promising, the golf team will host the Colorado High School State Championships and Steamboat will unveil a state-of-the-art artificial surface that should be the envy of every high school in the state.
Yes it’s easy to view the start of high school sports as the end of summer, but for local teenagers, it’s really the beginning of another school year – another chance to test their skills and another chance to succeed. It’s a time when students can start fresh in the classroom and on the playing fields.
I’m not saying that I’m not sad. The idea of several inches of snow in my driveway brings tears to my eyes faster than a freshly cut onion
But there is no reason to panic.
Summer may be fading, but the opportunities of fall are just around the corner.
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