Time really does fly when you're having fun.
It's a cliche, sure, but it rings true for yours truly as I begin my fourth full season of covering high school sports at The Waterloo Region Record.
I've witnessed a number of amazing achievements during that span and will surely see more in the year ahead as high school athletics return to normal (we hope) after a year of labour turbulence.
WCSSAA and District 8 fall schedules have yet to be posted but there will be a number of interesting story lines to follow when football, field hockey, volleyball, basketball and cross-country seasons begin later this month.
The two that immediately come to mind will both be decided outside as the Sir John A. Macdonald Highlanders shoot for their third consecutive WCSSAA senior boys football title and the Resurrection Phoenix aim for their fourth consecutive OFSAA field hockey championship.
I'll let you know when schedules are posted and as always, feel free to send story tips or feedback my way.
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SJAM is Canada's 35th-ranked senior boys football team, according the canadafootball.com.
The Mount Douglas Rams of Saanich, B.C., are given top billing in the first installment of the weekly rankings, followed by Calgary's Notre Dame Pride and the Seminaire St. Francoise Blizzard of Saint-Augustine, Que.
The W.F. Herman Green Griffins of Windsor are ranked fifth, while Brantford's Assumption College Lions have been given the No. 29 ranking.
Assumption beat SJAM in a CWOSSA semifinal game last fall.
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Thumbs up to the new CWOSSA website, which has undergone a major facelift during the summer that has made it significantly more user-friendly.
Speaking of CWOSSA, two local schools have moved into new classifications for the 2013-2014 school year. Waterloo-Oxford has returned to the triple-A level (901-1,250 students) after a year at quad-A, while Southwood has dropped down to the double-A level (501-900 students). Southwood is the only school from Waterloo Region to participate at the double-A level.
Speculation that Bluevale would drop to triple-A this year proved to be unfounded as the Knights will remain at the quad-A level (1,250-plus).