By Avonlea Cummings
Hometown Weekly Sports Reporter
As the final days of August wane and the echoes of summer vacation recede, athletes lace up their shoes and converge on the fields and courts. Preseason, a period of self-imposed challenges and ambitions for new personal records, beckons athletes to translate their summer practice into tangible achievements. Among these dedicated athletes are the Medfield teams, including the football team, which dedicates extra time to double sessions prior to the commencement of the school year.
From vigorous sprints to measured jogs, the preseason is the catalyst for a fresh start. A time when teammates bond over sweat, camaraderie, and the collective pursuit of excellence. These moments not only foster friendships but also forge unbreakable bonds that persist both in and out of the competitive arena. During preseason, upperclassmen serve as mentors to their younger counterparts, imparting wisdom as they collectively push their limits through grueling workouts. Amid shared laughter and the sound of labored breaths, the preseason acts as a tantalizing glimpse of the tone the teams aim to set for the impending season. A time of setting mutual goals and fostering accountability, where trust in each other's abilities drives success.
In tandem with the football team, the field hockey, soccer, and volleyball teams have engaged in scrimmages. These simulated matches provide coaches with invaluable insights into players' strengths and capabilities on the field. Throughout these practice games, coaches strategically rotate players into various positions and combinations, identifying optimal pairings. Scrimmages are a pivotal facet of preseason, offering coaches their first glimpse of the team in action since the previous season.
Medfield proudly boasts 22 fall sports teams this season, featuring eight varsity squads. Reflecting on the past season's achievements, the field hockey team concluded with an 8-8-2 record, boys' soccer achieved 10-6, girls' soccer closed with a polished 9-6-3, girls' volleyball tallied an 11-9, boys' cross country finished at 3-3, and girls' cross country finished with a 4-2 record. The upcoming 2023-2024 season presents a blank canvas, inviting athletes to etch their legacy with remarkable accomplishments.
Be sure to mark your calendars for the home openers and join in celebrating the local Warriors as they embrace the fall season. The schedule can be accessed at https://www.arbiterlive.com/School/Calendar/14340.