We’re not even to the season openers for all the high school football teams and cross country is barely kicking, but the softball regular season already feels halfway over.
That’s because it kind of is.
Local teams in Class A and Class 4A will begin sub-region play this week and the last games of the regular season will be played in the first week of October. Dalton, Northwest Whitfield and Southeast Whitfield are in Sub-region 7B-4A, while Christian Heritage is in Sub-region 6A-A.
With a little more than a month remaining before the playoffs begin, the matchups pitting two local squads against one another are Dalton at Northwest Tuesday at 5:55 p.m. and Dalton at Southeast the same time on Thursday.
The Lady Raiders also travel to face Heritage-Catoosa Tuesday at 7 p.m., while the Lady Bruins host LaFayette Thursday at 5:55 p.m.
For Christian Heritage, a matchup with sub-region foe Mount Zion-Carroll looms on Tuesday and Darlington on Thursday.
The earliest games for local teams was Aug. 5, and in the eight-week regular season, we are already three weeks in. The last game for any local team is Oct. 2, and all region tournaments begin Oct. 5.
Regions 7-2A and 5-3A started league play last week and the week prior, respectively. In Region 5-3A, North Murray hosts Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe at 5:55 p.m. Tuesday, and Coahulla Creek hosts Sonoraville the same time. North Murray plays at Adairsville Thursday at 5:30 p.m., and Coahulla Creek hosts Sonoraville at 5:55 p.m.
In Region 7-2A, Murray County travels to Chattooga Monday at 5:30 p.m. and hosts Pepperell Thursday at the same time.
• On the volleyball court, there will be two matchups with local teams facing off.
The first is Dalton and Murray County, who will play a tri-match with Ridgeland in Chatsworth on Tuesday starting at 5 p.m. The second involves Coahulla Creek and host Southeast Whitfield, who will play a tri-match with Gilmer Thursday starting at the same time.
Check out the local prep and college schedules on the website for more games and times this week.
• The Chattanooga Lookouts will host their Miracle League Night on Thursday at AT&T Field, and Whitfield County Miracle League players have the opportunity to go out onto the field prior to the Lookouts’ game versus the Tennessee Smokies.
Tickets cost $5 for adults and $3 for children at least 7 years old. Kids 6 years old and younger can enter for free. In addition, all Miracle League players wearing uniforms will be admitted free and players and their families are asked to arrive to the stadium by 6:30 p.m. to be recognized on the field before the first pitch at 7:15 p.m.
Devin Golden is a sports writer for The Daily Citizen. Have something you think he should highlight in “A Look Ahead?” Write to him at firstname.lastname@example.org.