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Fall a busy time of year for local sports

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Fall may be the busiest time of the year when it comes to local sports. Not only does hockey season get underway, but so too, does high school sports.
The Clippers football team began workouts, recently.
The Clippers finished 5-2 in the Rural Manitoba Football League last season and lost in the semifinals to the Swan Valley Tigers. The Interlake Thunder then beat Swan Valley in the final to complete an undefeated season. The Thunder was a perfect 7-0 in the regular season and 2-0 in the playoffs.
Dauphin’s first game is, Sept. 7, in Swan River against the Tigers. The first home game is slated for Sept. 13, against Moosomin.
Also beginning in early September will be the high school volleyball season.
Both of the Clippers senior varsity squads will be looking for a return to provincials, with an eye toward improving on their quarterfinal finishes.
Ahead of that will be the Parkland volleyball camp for girls in Grades 6 to 9, which will run, Aug. 29 and 30, at the DRCSS.
And the Clippers girls rugby team will hit the pitch for the fall 7s season.
As usual, it will be a busy few months, so be sure to get out and support our local athletes.
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The AAA midget hockey league has changed its name. It is no longer the Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League. It is now known as the Manitoba AAA U18 Hockey League.
In conjunction with that change, the Rangers have changed their Twitter handle to @U18AAARangers. If you’re on Twitter, give them a follow and keep up with everything happening with the Rangers this season.
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I caught some NFL preseason highlights recently and, after a rookie scored a touchdown, the announcer said it was his first NFL touchdown.
Um, no, it was not.
It’s preseason. The games don’t count for anything and neither do the touchdowns or baskets or goals and saves, home runs, strikeouts, whatever stat they keep track of in whatever sport they’re playing.
It bugs me that people keep saying so-and-so did this or that for the first time when it’s only preseason. Nothing counts for real until the regular season starts. I don’t care what sport it is.
Okay, rant over.
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Speaking of preseason, the Dauphin Kings open their exhibition schedule, next week.
The team will hold its annual fall training camp, this weekend with the JoFo Cup intrasquad game going, Sunday at 2 p.m.
Next Monday, the Kings will host the Swan Valley Stampeders at 7:30 p.m., in the first preseason contest for both teams.
Optimism is running high with the Kings, who feel they may be ready to contend for a league title this season.
But, with Portage hosting the National Junior A Championship this season, the Terriers will be the team to beat, especially after winning the league last season.
The long road to the playoffs begins soon. Will you be along for the ride?

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Doug Zywina
REPORTER