Jock Talk with Joel Charron: School is back, thank goodness

I can hear the collective groans from all the students as they head back for the first week of classes, but not everyone is sad to see school is back in session.

Sorry guys, but I’m that person.

Although I risk being chirped by almost every student that crosses my path, I’m extremely happy that the students are heading back to classes.

It’s not that I like to see kids suffer in algebra class or scratch their head to an unknown biology question.

Nope, my reasoning is quite simple and a little bit selfish.

With students going back to school, it means only one thing to me, the high school sports engine is about to start up and put into over drive.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s been a great summer of amazing baseball and I’ve attended some games that I will not soon forget but after almost three month of basically covering one sport, I need some variety.

Here’s a little sample of what I’m looking forward to thing year.

Lady Gens Basketball

  Jaylin VandeBovenkamp may be out for the season but all the usual suspects are back, Christine Belcher, Katie Breault, Lindsay Kondracki, Sarah Bondy, Rebecca Krug and Aleah Marton. There is no stopping this team as far as I can see. If Kondracki can build on last season VandeBovenkamp’s absence won’t be as worrisome. I predict a tenth WECSSAA championship in their future but I won’t put any more pressure on them predicting anymore.

Sr. Boys Football

  I love football, so this was a no brainer for me to choose this. The Bulldogs will have an exciting backfield to watch and will have a big, physical, veteran line to block for them. If Mike Popel can find a good rhythm at quarterback, we could see some good things from this squad. I see the team going 4-2 in the regular season, then who knows what will happen come playoffs.

Jr. Boys Football

  Like I said, I love football. After a very disappointing season the Jr. Bulldogs look to restore a little pride in this program and I think they can do it. Sam Girard looks very comfortable at the helm, which could spell disaster for opponents. After watching last years team play with no heart, it will be interesting to see what fires these boys up this year.

Sr. Girls Volleyball

  Jeff Miller’s girls have some unfinished business to take care of this year. After their OFSSA quarterfinal exit at the hands of rival Essex, the Lady Gens are itching to get back on the court and dish out some revenge. Just like basketball, this team is returning the entire team, so championships aren’t within reach, they are expected.

Boys Hockey

  Last year was a letdown. On paper Amherst looked unstoppable however that didn’t translate to anything good on the ice. The Bulldogs showed flashes of brilliance but remain inconstant through out the entire season. Hopefully head coach Pat Garrett can right the ship and get some hard wear hanging around their necks this year.

Sr. Boys Basketball

It will be interesting to see how the Bulldogs fare on the hardwood this year. They graduated a lot of talented players but also have some very talented players returning. I see Max Reiner coming into the spotlight, as well as, Dylan Jaber. Also looking forward to seeing what big man Joel Wilson brings to the party.

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