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Strong showings expected in Housy fall sports

FALLS VILLAGE —The football season begins with a home field advantage for Housatonic’s varsity team with a game on Saturday, Sept. 20, at 1 p.m. against Tolland.

The high school’s new athletic director, David Roach, said this season the Mountaineers opened up with a bye, meaning that the team did not get to play during the first week of the season.

“We really don’t like opening up with a bye,” Roach said. “The players on the team are all antsy to play and they want to hit someone other than their teammates. The good thing is that this year we are playing at home for seven out of the 11 games on our schedule. This will mean that the crowd and ambience will go our way for those games. And it’s one less distraction when you don’t have to ride the school bus.”

Roach said he is optimistic this year, and feels that the school’s co-op program with Wamogo High School has been  a success. Wamogo has students from the towns of Warren, Morris and Goshen.

“We accepted around 10 seniors from Wamogo,” Roach said. “Since we already have 14 seniors playing, we are going to weigh heavily on senior leadership this year.”

The team is starting in a position of strength. Last year, under new coach Deron Bayer, they earned a record of 6-4, their first winning season since 1993.

Housatonic is a school that prides itself on offering a wide range of sports and other after-school programs. Roach said the fans will have more to cheer for than just football. The girls and boys soccer teams are in excellent shape  this year, and not just because soccer star Maggie Yahn of Sharon is  still at the school for another year.

“The girls team is a blend of both experienced and younger players,” Roach said. “We had a couple injuries over the summer,  and we had to fill the team with some of the younger crew. We’re hoping the older and younger players will gel.

“The boys team has a lot of potential. They have a lot of leadership and I think they’ll be successful down the road.”

The girls volleyball team will try to recapture the Berkshire League Championship, which they have won for the past two years.

“We will be in the top three in the league by the end of the year, that I am sure of,” volleyball coach John Foster said. “But will we be No. 1? Well, we have to wait and see.”

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