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Ty's Take: Avert your eyes kids, I'm about to use the 'S' word

It's August, and you know what that means: school.

There, I said it. All hate mail regarding the afformentioned word can be sent to

The reality is, the short summer we northlanders are accustomed to is approaching its finale. Local retailers are getting their signs up for school supplies, and it's just a matter of time until all the sights, smells and sounds of school greet the area again.

True, there still are a few weeks to go. But for those students participating in fall sports, the time to prepare is much sooner.

Monday marked the official beginning of fall practice. And while all sports won't be rolling until the week of Aug. 21, there are a few games and matches popping up before then.

As is customary, here's a list of important dates for the fall varsity sports season and, as always, schedules are subject to change. For up-to-date lists, as well as other activities-related news direct from the source, visit the West Fargo High School website at and click on "schedules."

The Eastern Dakota Conference website ( in another valid source for a myriad of dates, times, statistics and standings.

So without further ado, iron your green-and-white garb and get ready for another nine-plus months of all things Packers.

Cross country: First meet - 11 a.m., Friday, Aug. 19 at Jamestown (Hillcrest Golf Course). Eastern Dakota Conference Championships - 1 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 8 at Edgewood Golf Course, Fargo. State Tournament - Bjornson Park Golf Course, Valley City.

Football: First regular-season game - 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27 at Bismarck High School. First home game - 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2 vs. Bismarck Century. State tournament quarterfinals - Saturday, Oct. 29. State semifinals - Saturday, Nov. 5. State title game - Saturday, Nov. 12, at the FargoDome.

Girls Golf: First meet - East-West Classic, Aug. 15-16 at Jamestown. EDC Tournament - Monday, Sept. 26, at Edgewood Golf Course. State Tournament - Oct. 3-4, at Edgewood Golf Course.

Boys Golf: First game - Jamestown East-West Crossover, 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, vs. Bismarck. First home game - 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25, vs. Grand Forks Central. State Tournament - Oct. 13-15 in Mandan.

Girls Swimming and Diving: First meet - 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 27 at Spartan Invitational, Fargo North. First home meet - 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 1, vs. Grand Forks Central/Red River. EDC Championship - Saturday, Nov. 5 at Fargo Davies. State Tournament - Nov. 11-12 at University of North Dakota, Grand Forks.

Boys Tennis: First match - 4:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19, at Fargo Shanley. First home match - 4 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 23, vs. Fargo South. EDC Tournament - Sept. 22-24 in Fargo. State Tournament - Sept. 29-Oct. 1 at TBA.

Volleyball: Opening tournament - Aug. 26-27 in Bismarck. First match - 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 30 at Fargo North. First home match - Thursday, Sept. 1 vs. Fargo Shanley. EDC Tournament - Nov. 10-12 in West Fargo. State Tournament - Nov. 17-19 in Minot.