Sure, it’s football season.
Reed is flirting with an undefeated regular season. Carson isn’t far behind. And McQueen all of sudden looks like a contender.
But those aren’t the only local prep storylines to follow this fall. Here are the top three local non-football stories to keep an eye on as regular seasons begin to wind down.
1. Spanish Springs volleyball fighting for league title
The Cougars might be a year ahead of schedule.
With just one senior on its roster, the Purple has rattled off six-straight league wins and owns a half-game lead over McQueen for first place in the High Desert League.
After last week’s home sweep of the Lancers, even Spanish Springs coach Frank Sandomenico said he was surprised by the development of his squad.
The Cougars finished fourth in the HDL a season ago but at 18-9, 8-3, are in a good position to win the league title.
Spanish Springs travels to McQueen on Oct. 22 in what may as well amount to the league title game.
2. Spanish Springs girls soccer also in league title chase
The Cougars started last week one point behind Reed for first place in the HDL but ended the week four points ahead of Reed after Saturday’s 5-0 beat down of the Raiders.
At 10-3-1, 7-3-1, the Cougs already have wins over Reed and Reno and have put themselves in an ideal position to take a No. 1 seed into the postseason.
The No. 1 seed would mean the Cougs couldn’t see the Sierra League champion (one-loss Bishop Manogue leads that race) until the regional title game. A spot in the DI North title game would also secure a state tournament berth because the state tournament is held in Northern Nevada this fall.
3. Sparks boys soccer clowning on teams
When junior Jesus Partida went down in the offseason with a knee injury, it was assumed the Railroaders could take a step back this fall. Partida was the team’s leading scorer a season ago.
Sparks sits atop the DI-A North at 12-1-1, 8-0-1 and completed the season sweep of Truckee, last year’s state champion, last week with a 3-1 home win. The Railroaders have scored 39 goals this fall and allowed just five.
The Railroaders can all but put the league title away on Friday at Elko. The Indians (11-4-3, 7-1-2) trail the Railroaders by just two points.
Sparks beat Elko 2-0 at home last month.