Our list grew by another schedule today, as Interlachen sent in its schedule to begin our Putnam County representation. We now have 32 teams in hand, just 14 left to go. Could we get all 46 before practice begins in 3 weeks? I am not sure, my guess would be no, but I remain hopeful. We are still ahead of last year’s pace.
The Rams will have three new (or at least new-ish) events this year, all of them dual tournaments. Interlachen will be part of Gainesville’s Category 5 duals single-day tournament on the Saturday of Week 1, and will be part of the “new-ish” Bobcat Duals, hosted by Buchholz, on December 22 (an event the Rams did participate in prior to its interruption in 2015-16). The Rams will close out the 2016-17 regular season with an appearance at Crystal River’s duals tournament on February 4.
As for returning events, Interlachen has two larger ones, including its only regular-season IBT on the table – the Ed Kilpatrick one-day tournament in Inverness hosted by Citrus on January 14, and the Diamondback Duals at Bellevue in its traditional spot, the final weekend of January.
The Rams will have a few midweek events during the season as well; first among those is a home triangular with Eastside and Dunnellon on December 14, a quad at Bradford on January 10 (other teams not known at this point), and another home triangular with the Tornadoes and FSDB on January 18. Interlachen will be at Leesburg on January 23 and will host Palatka in the Rams’ final home event. As Interlachen was the first District 5 school to report in, I was able to learn that districts will be contested at Crystal River on Thursday, February 16.
So there’s 32, who’s going to be 33??