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By Tommie Kendall

Surprisingly, students in the county are already roaming the hallways from class to class. Even more surprisingly, though, is the fact that fall sports have already kicked off and are about to get in full swing.

I know I say this every year, but I can’t believe it’s that time of the season once again. And this year I mean it more than ever. When I was in school, Aug. 26 always fell on the first week of school — I know that because that’s my birthday. Now, the opening day comes sooner and sooner each August, and before long I think it could reach July.

I know I complain each year because the summer flies by too fast, but I do enjoy it when school does roll around and I’m able to dive head first into my busiest time of the year. I have 10 sports to write about weekly this year: Henry County High School football, volleyball, cross-country, boys’ soccer, girls’ soccer, boys’ golf and girls’ golf, and Eminence High School football, volleyball and cross-country. I look forward to the upcoming weeks, and all the headlines and stories that I’ll print in the Local over the course of the year. I get a bird’s eye view as it all unfolds.

In the pages that follow in the 2009 Henry County Local Fall Sports Preview, you will find enough information to keep you busy for a while. The pages are filled with preview stories, team pictures, senior pictures, rosters, schedules and facts. It’s all in an attempt to prepare you the best I can with a little insider’s info, and get you excited for what lies ahead. I know I am.

The Henry County football team is coming of an impressive season a year ago when they were, at one time, ranked first in Class 3-A with a hot start. The Wildcats finished at 6-5 and lost to Central in the opening round of the state playoffs.

Meanwhile, the Warriors finished the year at 8-3 and lost to Ludlow in the opening round of the Class A state playoffs in their second consecutive season playing in 11-man football. They also won the Kentucky 8-Man State Championship Series.

On the volleyball court, Henry finished last year at 24-7, won the 8th Region All “A” Classic to advance to the All “A” state tournament, and ended the season with a loss to Shelby County in the 28th District tournament. Eminence, on the other hand, struggled to a 1-16 record and lost to Anderson County in the first round of the postseason.

On the cross-country fields, Henry sent just one runner to the state meet but wants to send more this fall. Eminence had no runners advance to state in Class A, but hope to turn that around.

On the golf course, the Henry boys’ team had its first winning season since the 1990s and finished runners-up at both the North Central Kentucky Conference tournament and the 8th Region All “A” Classic tournament. The girls’ team had another outstanding year with the NCKC title, an 8th Region All “A” Classic title, a fifth-place outing at the All “A” state tournament and a school-record third at the regional tournament.

Both soccer teams at Henry County are in their second season at the varsity level this fall. Last year, the girls’ team finished at 3-10-2 and lost to South Oldham in the postseason, while the boys’ team finished at 1-7-1 and lost to Shelby County.

You can get hyped in the pre-season all you want, but the bottom line is it comes down to game day. Predictions are just that. Now it’s time to watch it all unfold.

Tommie Kendall can be reached at (502)845-2858 or sports@hclocal.com. Follow his Twitter account at www.twitter.com/hcsports.