With the start of scrimmages, the fall sports season is firmly upon us. Several teams from New Canaan High School and Darien High School have already gotten their first taste of live game action with these scrimmages, and some of the regular season openers are less than two weeks away.

To date, we've received only slight interest in response to the advertisement for freelance sports writers. With the fall season approaching fast, this is the time when we need all the help we can get. There are 16 varsity fall sports teams (football, boys' soccer, girls' soccer, field hockey, boys' cross country, girls' cross country, girls' swimming and girls' volleyball) at New Canaan High School and Darien High School, and the goal is to get every one of them a good amount of coverage as their season's progress.

So, again, we would like to invite anyone to apply for one of these freelancing positions. Previous experience is a plus but certainly not a requirement, as is the ability to take photographs. This could be a great opportunity for recent college graduates to "get their foot in the door" in the sports writing industry. Students at New Canaan High School and Darien High School may also apply.

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The fall preview section is coming along nicely. I've had the opportunity to meet several of the fall sports coaches in person for the first time, including Darien football coach Rob Trifone, New Canaan boys' soccer coach Victor Sanchez and New Canaan girls' soccer coach Kirk Bamford. In addition, I've spoken on the phone with New Canaan football coach Lou Marinelli, Darien boys' soccer coach Jon Bradley and new Darien girls' soccer coach Leigh Parsons. I've also had the opportunity to speak with several team captains, and it's safe to say that they can't wait for their seasons to start.

In speaking with these coaches, it's plain to see that they all have high expectations for their upcoming seasons. Having already experienced a winter season and a spring season as the sports editor of the New Canaan News and the Darien News, I can see firsthand that there is certainly no shortage of athletic prowess in either town, and the fall sports teams certainly seem to be prepared to follow suit.

The weekly sports sections have become a little shorter in recent weeks due to the extra time that is required for the Fall Preview Edition, but readers can expect extensive coverage once the teams from New Canaan High and Darien High make their season debuts. The tentative release date for the two Fall Preview Editions is Monday, Sept. 12.

Jon Chik is the sports editor for the New Canaan News and the Darien News. He can be reached at jchik@bcnnew.com.