Fall sports are way too short

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Chase Gornbein, Staff Writer

To most, fall is the best season of the year because of the crisp air, the change in the color of the leaves and the football season is in full swing.

However, to students participating in fall sports at Staples High School, they’re not so fond of it since the season is significantly shorter than the winter and spring seasons by a few weeks.

Right now, all teams are well into their championship season. In fact, FCIACs have already happened for both the girls’ and boys’ cross country team.

With the state meet coming up this weekend, the season will be over before you know it. According to co-captain, Peter Elkind ’14, “It’s kind of unfortunate if your favorite sport takes place in the fall because you don’t get a lot of time to play.”

Varsity football gets their fair share of time. The Wreckers’ season began on September 11th, and their regular season ends on Thanksgiving.

But depending on how far the team goes into the state playoffs, their season can end as late as December 10th. Co-Captain, Patrick Lesch ’14, believes the length of the football season is perfect.

“I think the length of our season is pretty good. There isn’t much room on either end for us to extend it,” Lesch said.

The girls’ varsity field hockey team has grown accustomed to having a shorter season.

“It’s hard to say how the shorter season has impacted our practices because it’s what we’re used to,” co-captain Meghan Fox ’14 said. “Of course, there is a lot of motivation to make it to states and FCIACs and making it to either one makes the season longer,” Fox ’14 said.

The girls’ varsity volleyball team’s season spans for less than two months, beginning on September 7th, and ending on October 26th.

Co- Captain, Lauren Mushro’14, was actually unaware of the shortage in the length of the fall sport season. “I didn’t even know that our seasons were shorter,” Mushro said.

It is believed by nearly all of athletes who participate in a fall sport that their seasons should be longer. Not only is it more fun to play games, but rather to be a part of the team.

Mushro  could not have put it any better, “I would always love more time to play with my team and teammates because I love them.”