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Must see first 2 weeks

Over the last few weeks, SVM sports reporter Brian Weidman has been typing his heart out trying to get the local schedule for B2 ready for all of the fall sports.

Monday will be the first test of whether he's been able to get all 17 area schools and all nine falls sports typed up in time.

As always, the boys and girls golf teams in the area don't waste much time with practice before hitting the course for meets.

The SVM schedule shows four meets slated for Monday. You can check those out on B3, as we give a small taste of the first week of sports for the 2014-15 school year.

By October, most people won't be worried about the first 2 weeks of the school season, but there are some notable things to watch out for.

Here's a quick rundown of things watch:

Day 1

• Well, you can't skip the start, although it's going to require a drive to see any local sports.

Area teams travel to Marengo and Stockton for meets. The only local meet is Fulton and Stark County at West Carroll.

Aug. 23

• Next Saturday is the biggest area girls golf meet until the conference meets start.

Rock Falls hosts the Rocket Invite at Rock River Golf & Pool. Area teams Erie, Prophetstown and Sterling will be there, among others.

It should provide a pretty good idea of the players and teams to watch this season.

Aug. 25

• Volleyball season gets going, and Dixon players and fans get their first taste of the Big Northern West conference.

The Duchesses host Winnebago at 6 p.m. Dixon finished last season strong, and should have enough talent back to take another step forward this year.

Aug. 26

• It's time to start running in the Sauk Valley. The cross country season starts with the Rocket Run at Centennial Park.

Several area teams will be there, and while cross country is a sport where it's a matter of who finishes strong rather than starts fast, it's a good chance to see who wants to make an early statement.

Aug. 28

• Well, first the SVM section will be very big on that Thursday. The annual 56-page football preview section will be released that day.

It's also the first night of a full slate of volleyball games, including Sterling hosting United Township, Rock Falls traveling to Stillman Valley, and Newman hosting Riverdale.

Nothing sets up the first night of football like a round of good volleyball matches the evening before.

Aug. 29.

• Finally, actual football games will be played. The first night in the Sauk Valley features most of our teams going on the road to play games.

A close game will be in Dixon, where the Dukes host Monmouth-Roseville. The Dukes have high hopes, and will want to get off to a good start.

The most intriguing game in Week 1 is Newman going to Rockridge. The Comets lone loss in a 2A championship game came to Rockridge in Week 1 last year. I doubt the Comets have forgotten this fact.

Whew, a break!

• After that 2-week stretch, there'll be a bit of reprieve over the Labor Day weekend. We'll all catch our breath a bit, and then come back for the sprint that is the fall season.

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