Indeed it’s that time of year, again.

 It’s the time of year we use the excuse of a holiday to eat whatever we may enjoy, just as long as there’s a turkey on the table as well.

 It’s the time when the fall prep sports season comes to an end, and the winter season is about to begin.

 One more thing symbolizes this time of year for the sports staff — our annual top fall prep teams poll.

 This season we’ll be presenting the top 10 teams of the fall in the tri-county area based on pretty the sports staff’s

opinions. Again, just because a team isn’t listed here doesn’t mean they didn’t have a good season. So if you think this list is hogwash, that’s okay.

Honorable Mention: The Linden varsity boys soccer team had a solid year, finishing in a tie for second with the Fenton Tigers, but a slow start to the season and the lack of a district title keeps them from anything higher than an honorable mention selection. The Holly varsity boys tennis team tied for second in the Metro League dual portion of the season, going 6-1-1 and placed third in the league tournament, earning a third-place finish. They also placed fourth in regional. We’ll give them at nod into our honorable mention squads.

No. 10 - Fenton girls golf: The Fenton varsity girls golf team is a frequent addition to our fall polls, but last year missed our list, and just made it in as an honorable mention squad (last year’s list was just a top eight poll). This season, the sports staff thought the talent pool was deep enough to go to a top 10 and the Tigers snuck in at No. 10. They recorded a 9-1 dual record in Metro action and finished second in the Metro meet, with a team score of 355. That earned them second place outright in league play.

 The squad’s season ended at the regional meet. The Tigers finished two spots out of a team state trip, placing fifth with a team score of 368, 24 strokes out of a tie for third. Katelyn Burkett did qualify for the state meet, though, so Fenton did have some representation at the meet.

No. 9 - Fenton girls cross country: Here’s another team that has spent many seasons in fall poll, placing No. 6 in last year’s survey. The Tigers’ six-season run of league championships came to an end due to the strength of Goodrich’s strong team that took seventh at the D2 state meet.

 The Tigers took second in each league meet, but gradually went from 11 to 14 to 48 points behind the Martians. The second-place finish was good enough to be the top team among the Stripes Division squads, though.

 At regionals, the Tigers were unable to advance to the state meet, which hurt their ranking here. Fenton placed a distant ninth.

No. 8 - Linden girls cross country: The Eagles are another team that’s always a pretty good bet to make this poll, but didn’t last year either — not even as an honorable mention selection. This year they snuck back in for one big reason — their postseason.

 The Eagles were respectable in league action, earning two fourths and a fifth in the three Metro events, finishing in fourth for the season. Not many fourth-place squads find themselves in a list like this in our publication. However, the Eagles are a smaller school than a squad like Fenton, and were able to do some serious postseason damage, because they compete at D2.

 The Eagles finished in second place in their D2 regional meet. The D2 state meet didn’t go as hoped, as the Eagles finished 27th. That’s what kept Linden from finishing higher than eighth.

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