Wristen: A moment of silence before fall sports begin
This is it; the calm before the storm.
In four days, the quiet, lazy days of summer will come to a close and high school fall sports practices will begin. Just like that, another year of chaos will commence.
Driving past Bonner Springs and Basehor-Linwood high schools during the past week, the pause between summer training and fall practices was evident. The parking lots were emptier than usual. The tracks were unoccupied. The ball fields were empty. Maintenance or construction work accounted for the only activity in the sports facilities.
Summer conditioning programs have wrapped up — the official ones anyway, although you might find the occasional individual athlete making time to run extra sprints on the track or jog through the streets of town to maintain the gains they made during the past two months.
It’s “buffer week,” the Kansas State High School Activities Association-mandated off-week where everything shuts down before sports begin. For most of us, that means one last chance for vacation or one last chance to do a little extra work to prepare for the fall.
Overall, seems everyone’s catching their breaths before the fall ramps up — and many of our local athletes need to catch their breaths after the summer they’ve had. Cross country runners have been pounding out the miles in preparation for the upcoming season. Soccer and volleyball players have been competing in summer leagues. BSHS tennis players have spent Tuesday evenings working on their forehands and backhands on the school’s courts.
Many of the Bonner Springs football players have been pulling double duty every week, first attending football weights in the morning and then participating in basketball camps and leagues. At Basehor-Linwood, strength coach Ross Schwisow’s summer conditioning program was as busy as ever with between 200 and 250 student-athletes attending each day.
A lot of hard work has been put in by our local student-athletes in preparation for the fall, not to mention the efforts of parents who’ve woken up early or stayed up late to drive their kids to the gym, a practice or a game. After all of that work, a short break is deserved.
So enjoy it, because it’s back to the daily grind on Monday. The calm, quiet days of summer vacation will be over and a new year of school sports will officially be upon us.