Time to get the cold weather gear

Dennis Clayton

Dennis Clayton


Saturday will mark season number 19 for the Clayton family in our association with high school soccer. It all started innocently when son number one decided that he wanted to go out for the high school team as an eighth-grader. We have now totaled five seasons as a player for that son, add four seasons for middle son (which overlapped with number one) and add in five more for our youngest. If my math is confusing, that equals 11 years of following soccer with players on the team here in New Albany.
We thought we would catch a brief break between our middle and youngest sons, but opportunity knocked and our oldest began his coaching career at the ripe age of 19, so we never missed a beat, we just kept going to the matches and braving the elements. Saturday will mark season 13 for our coach in the family and we will be there for the jamboree to mark the season’s start.
We now go to Amory to watch the matches as this marks season six there for our son after he enjoyed seven years coaching here in New Albany. The drive hinders us from attending as much as we would like, but we still make 6-8 games a year. With my piddling work covering local sports, I also am able to make about six or more matches for New Albany and maybe I can squeeze in a few more with both teams this year.
With soccer season looming, it is now time to pack my trunk with the necessary articles of clothing to watch the sport of soccer. I pack for cool weather, cold weather, bitter cold and last but not least rain. I never know what to expect, so I just go prepared for anything and everything.
That would be a good principle for me to adopt in the everyday mundane happenings of life. I need to start each day knowing that I am prepared to face whatever life may bring my direction on that particular day. I don’t need to worry about the tomorrows of life, I just need to be prepared for the todays.
It is time to get the soccer gear together and here’s wishing a great season for all our winter sports teams. Get out this Saturday and catch a jamboree to kick-start the season.

About Dennis Clayton

I cover high school sports in Union County and occasionally contribute sports articles to sister community newspapers of Journal Inc. Follow me on Twitter: @denclayton for scores and updates on our local high school teams.