I always tell everyone that there’s really only one month of the year that I have a decent amount of free time – that’s July.

Even though it’s summer, June is still a pretty busy month for high school sports because it’s pretty much everyone playing.

For football, you have 7-on-7 that teams tend to do around Tuesday and Wednesday mornings. I’m not a morning person, so if you see me at this, it’s kind of a rare occurrence, plus I feel like once August hits, I will be living and breathing football, so it’s okay to miss a little 7-on-7 in June. It’s still pretty important to the grand scheme of things, especially when it comes to teams being able to develop their skill players. Football also spends much of the summer in the weight room, but thankfully for me, there’s really nothing to cover there.

Even though all of our baseball teams just wrapped up the season at some point in April and May, they all have a mini-schedule going on in the summer with some teams playing a little more than others. Even defending champion Smithville was back on the field within about two-plus weeks of winning their title.

I spent some time out on the baseball field, catching most of our teams a couple of times this summer, give or take.

Summer ball is always a little odd for me because I automatically notice the ones missing who have moved on and graduated, and this summer was especially odd considering the number of seniors most of our teams had. Amory graduated nine, Hamilton and Hatley five each and Smithville seven. That’s well over half the positions on the field for everyone, and it’s always a bit of a bummer not to see the kids you are used to having out there for 3-4 years. This summer was also about trying to learn plenty of new names and faces, and I don’t think I came anywhere close to having them all down pat.

I also got to check out a little bit of Amory soccer – though I wish I would have made more – and started to learn a few new names and faces for them as well. Both teams will be a little young in spots, but I think with the drop down to 3A, you’ll see them ready when it comes to business in December, January and beyond.

Probably what I got to see the most of was basketball, and you’ll see plenty of updates on some of our teams here in the next few weeks.

We have already posted an update on the Aberdeen girls’ basketball team a couple of weeks ago, and this week, there’s plenty of Amory basketball, including a feature on Isaiah Thompson, who is starting to pick up plenty of interest from college coaches.

He had a breakout year last season, averaging nearly 20 points a game and having a couple of 30-point nights. I think only the best is ahead for Thompson in his senior year.

Melissa Meador is the Sports Editor of the Monroe Journal. Contact her at melissa.meador@journalinc.com or follow her on Twitter: @MelissaMeador14.

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