Prep pulse: July 9, 2018

Prep pulse: July 9, 2018

Though it's early July, the number of high school sports that aren't far from kicking off the 2018-19 school year would make one's mind spin.

We've spent some space in The News-Gazette talking about football, but there's so much more than that. We've also got volleyball, cross-country, golf, soccer, tennis and swimming on the horizon. Local athletes directly involved in these sports likely are being made aware of the most important upcoming dates for practices and competitions. But there are plenty of area fans who may be interested as well.

Here are some key days for each fall sport — from August into November.

FOOTBALL: Season starts Aug. 6; first contest may be held Aug. 24; postseason pairings announced Oct. 26; playoffs' first round Nov. 1 or 2; playoffs' second round Nov. 8 or 9; playoff quarterfinals Nov. 15 or 16; playoff semifinals Nov. 22 or 23; Class 1A-4A state finals Nov. 29; Class 5A-8A state finals Nov. 30.

VOLLEYBALL: Season starts Aug. 8; first contest may be held Aug. 20; regionals Oct. 22-25; sectionals Oct. 29 and 31; super-sectionals Nov. 2; state semifinals and finals Nov. 9-10.

BOYS' AND GIRLS' CROSS-COUNTRY: Season starts Aug. 8; first contest may be held Aug. 20; regionals Oct. 20; sectionals Oct. 27; state meet Nov. 3.

BOYS' GOLF: Season starts Aug. 6; first contest may be held Aug. 9; regionals Oct. 2; sectionals Oct. 6, 8 or 9; state tournament Oct. 12-13.

GIRLS' GOLF: Season starts Aug. 6; first contest may be held Aug. 9; regionals Oct. 3; sectionals Oct. 6, 8 or 9; state tournament Oct. 12-13.

BOYS' SOCCER: Season starts Aug. 8; first contest may be held Aug. 20; Class 1A regionals Oct. 5-13; Class 2A-3A regionals Oct. 12-20; Class 1A sectionals Oct. 16-20; Class 2A-3A sectionals Oct. 23-27; Class 1A super-sectionals Oct. 23; Class 2A-3A super-sectionals Oct. 30; Class 1A state semifinals and finals Oct. 26-27; Class 2A-3A state semifinals and finals Nov. 2-3.

GIRLS' TENNIS: Season starts Aug. 8; first contest may be held Aug. 16; sectionals Oct. 13; state tournament Oct. 18-20.

GIRLS' SWIMMING AND DIVING: Season starts Aug. 8; first contest may be held Aug. 20; sectionals Nov. 10; state meet Nov. 16-17.