Clinger’s Corner: Feeling those “dog days”


By Chad Clinger - cclinger@aimmediamidwest



The dog days of summer. Did you know hat particular saying is more than just a time frame? Seriously, look it up.

Anyway, I know that I can’t be the only person out there feeling a bit on the, let’s call it, blah side. Here it is, almost August already. The weather has been about as temperamental as it can be — with the torrential downpours and the humidity and all that jazz. But, we’re used to it, right? I have lived in Ohio my entire life and I don’t believe one’s body and mind ever fully adapt to an Ohio summer.

Enough boo-hooing from this guy. Let’s move forward.

Please?

Although I appreciate being able to spend my summer covering the Graders, the monotony is weighing heavy. But, have no fear I think to myself because there is a lot coming at me and you, my (faithful?) readers!

Let’s preview these things, starting with what the rest of the glorious month of July shall bring.

In my “Ballparks of Northern Ohio” segment, I have lined up trips to Huntington Park in Columbus, Canal Park Akron and Fifth Third Field in Toledo. For the unaware, that’s the Columbus Clippers (Indians AAA), the Akron RubberDucks (Indians AA) and the Toledo Mud Hens (Tigers AAA). Look for these articles online at our website and in print throughout the remainder of the month. I’m still working on taking in a game for the Lake County Captains (Indians A) at Classic Park in Eastlake, Ohio. Oh, and a side note: my birthday is Thursday, July 27!

In Graders news, the team is currently just two wins away from their most successful season in their three-year existence. Galion has just 10 regular season games scheduled with their 2017 campaign coming to a close Saturday, July 30 at Xenia. Of those 10 games, just four are at home If you haven’t been out to catch the action, here are your remaining chances: Friday, July 21 vs. Licking County; Wednesday, July 26 vs. Lorain County; Friday. July 28 vs. Grand Lake; and Saturday. July 29 vs. Xenia.

August, sweet August. In what is sure to be a trying month for me personally (we won’t dive into that one), August brings with it the start of the fall schedule for area high school sports teams. Side note: Wednesday, Aug. 2 marks my one year anniversary at the Galion Inquirer.

My second full-year of fall sports coverage as your favorite Galion sports reporter begins sooner than you and I may realize.

The first thing on most people’s minds? Football. Galion will begin its’ second season with head coach Matt Dick at the helm on the road on Aug. 25 at Bucyrus. The first home game will be the following Friday, Sept,1 for Senior Night, against the Cardington Pirates.

Another second season will be underway this fall as well. Galion Tigers boys and girls soccer,

This year will mark the first season that home games will be played by the Tigers’ squads when they “kickoff” against Highland on Wednesday, Aug. 23 on the field behind the school complex. Girls play first at 4:30 and will be followed by the boys. The actually season starts Friday, Aug. 4 for the Lady Tigers as they take on Tiffin Columbian at Heidelberg University.

The boys golf squad will tee-off to start their season on Tuesday, Aug.8 at Cranberry Hills Golf Course in New Washington in the Buckeye Central Invite. Wednesday, Aug. 9, the Galion golfers will be at home at the Sycamore Creek Golf Course to host the Galion Invitational. Also on Tuesday, Aug. 8, the Galion Lady Tigers’ volleyball team will take to the road to meet up with the Madison Lady Rams. After throwing in some scrimmages, Galion opens its home season on Tuesday, Aug. 22 against Bellevue.

Both the Galion girls tennis team and the Tigers’ cross country teams will open their seasons at home. On Friday, Aug. 11, the tennis Tigers will play host to Shelby at Heise Park. The cross country teams will welcome the squads from Marion Harding to Amann Reservoir Park on Thursday, Aug. 24.

Well, I think that just about brings you up to speed. Per usual, I am working diligently to round up all of the coaches info and the schedules from area schools in order to preview and highlight as many student-athletes as I can. I am looking forward to an exciting conclusion of this summer and being able to provide you all with a wonderful recap of all things high school sports!

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By Chad Clinger

cclinger@aimmediamidwest

Follow Chad on Twitter @GalionSportsGuy

Reach Chad at 419-468-1117 x2048

Follow Chad on Twitter @GalionSportsGuy

Reach Chad at 419-468-1117 x2048