Believe it or not, the first Friday Night Lights are less than three weeks away. Aug. 19 is rapidly approaching, but the fall sports season in totality will have already started.

Which means new names come to the spotlight and more memorable moments are ready to be made. 

However, this fall compared to last fall is going to be very different. Mostly because all the names we were accustomed to seeing night after night over the past 3-4 years are gone. 

For example, let’s dive in and take a look at the area’s volleyball scene. 

*I’ll dive into and focus on the football scene in next week’s column

Aside from Jordyn Zinn, Vinton County literally has a brand-new team and a new head coach at the helm of the program. 10 seniors graduated from the greatest team in school history. The Vikings have won the last three TVC titles, but it’s truly anyone’s crown to win this season with so much talent graduating throughout the conference. 

Speaking of the TVC, Wellston lost five seniors, which includes its top four players who combined to have over 600 digs, 400 kills, 400 assists and 150 aces. That’s a lot of production to replace on top of breaking in its fifth head coach in five years in Rachael Deputy. 

Over in Oak Hill, the Oaks must replace their top two players from a team that won five games last season. And they sometimes only had eight players on varsity. The show always goes on but replacing Baylee Howell and Chloe Chambers won’t be easy. Surely though, the Oaks are up for the challenge. 

Jackson on the other hand went through a major youth movement last season with no seniors on the team, enduring the growing pains of the varsity game. The good news is it can only go up from here, and in a league like the FAC where anyone can win, that bodes well for Jackson’s conference title aspirations.