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Postseason push

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By Josh Veatch

It may seem like a strange time of year to be talking about the postseason.  After all, it is still September. The NFL season has just begun and won't be heading into the postseason until after the turn of the New Year. College football is in the same boat, and basketball seasons haven't started yet. The closest sport preparing to head into postseason is Major League Baseball, but that is not the sport I'm talking about.
I want to talk about a few fall sports at Marion County High School that are winding down their regular seasons and preparing for a run into the postseason.  Both the boys and girls soccer teams regular seasons are slowly slimming and the postseason is in the near future.  
The golf team has actually already finished their regular season, and by the time you read this column, will have already began postseason play. The volleyball team has put together an impressive season, and are preparing to get that bad taste out of their mouths from last year's early postseason exit, I hope.
Let's start with the boys soccer team. Currently, the team has a 10-6 record with a game between the time I'm writing this and the time you'll read this.  After that, they'll have four regular season games left, and can take the outright district title with a win over Taylor County tomorrow night. After a quick 3-0 start, the team hit a rough patch and dropped six of their next eight games. Now the team is riding a five game win streak in which they haven't been scored on and have some momentum going as they prepare for postseason play.
Now, the girls soccer team is in a bit of a different boat. If you've been following them, you know that their record may not appear the best. But, even with their record, they can still make some noise in the postseason. In fact, the Lady Knights are 1-0 in district play, and have a crucial stretch of district games coming up this week. Wins in the upcoming district games would give the girls some momentum heading into the postseason. After all, when the regular season ends, everybody's record is 0-0.
The golf team has had its ups and downs over the course of the season, but has played very well at times. The team actually has already competed in the regional play, and hopefully they performed well. I would like to take this time to give a shout out to Brianna Reynolds who, even though there wasn't a girls golf team this year, stuck it out and competed in regional competition as well.
After an early exit in the postseason last year in the opening round of regional play at Nelson County, the volleyball team will be looking to put that memory behind them. Last year, they finished the regular season at 22-10, and this year has improved on that mark, and currently are 21-4 with four matches remaining.  The Lady Knights have a tough test coming up tomorrow when they travel to 24-1 regional powerhouse Central Hardin. A win in that contest would surely give the Lady Knights some momentum to finish up the season and prepare for postseason.  
Each of these teams has a real shot to make a postseason push. All they need to do is play to the best of their abilities and take advantage of any and all momentum they can get their hands on. Good luck to all these teams as they begin their postseason journeys.