We are down to five schedules needed on the Northeast side, as Stanton has pushed through our 41st schedule, with a week still to go even before practice begins.
There are no new events on the 2016-17 calendar for the Blue Devils, which are opening the season with a bigger roster than they ever were able to keep together in the previous season, so that’s already a positive sign.
Stanton will return to Terry Parker’s IBT event on the first weekend of the season — its only regular-season IBT event other than conference — with the Optimist Invitational on December 2 and 3. The copy of the schedule I saw had the Blue Devils in Lee’s Backyard Bash, like last year, but their copy also had December 9-10 as the dates. I believe Lee moved that back to the third weekend of December, the 16th and 17th, which is open on Stanton’s calendar. In January, the Blue Devils will start back up with the two-day Army Duals tournament at Terry Parker on the 13th and 14th, followed by Gateway at Sandalwood on the 20th and 21st, then the Parker Duals again at Parker on the 27th and 28th.
Midweek duals have Stanton traveling to Raines on December 7 for what is at least a three-team event with the Vikings and FSDB, participation in Raines’ quad with Robert E. Lee and Baker County along with the Vikings on February 1, and then a dual with Englewood on February 8; however, my schedule had Englewood at Mandarin on that night. We’ll sort that out later.
So there’s 41. Which of our remaining five will be 42??