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It gets late early out here

“This is like deja vu all over again.”

It’s a strange thing when the words of Yogi Berra start making sense of your life.

But that’s where we are, sports fans.

And, all Yogi-isms aside, I couldn’t be much happier about being back in Nevada County – at least that’s how I’ll feel in a few weeks.

It’s a tough thing being away from the ones you love. So tough, in fact, that I left a lot in my rear-view mirror when I left here just more than a year ago.

As the Sierra faded out of sight and my eastbound Escort cruised across northern Nevada, I thought about my road ahead.

I had to trade Nevada County’s palatial pine horizons for central Indiana’s not-quite-so breathtaking cornfield vistas.

I had to resign the best career move I’d made.

And I had to say a much-too-early goodbye to new friends.

But the cause of my departure was also the reason that there wasn’t much melancholy tagging along the ride back to Indiana. In fact, I was never so ready to return to my Hoosier homeland – evidenced by my 2,000-mile-plus trek taking just 44 hours, including the final 29 hours pausing only for pit stops.

You see, I had to get to my girls.

And now, I return as a husband and a father. But, just as when I left, it just doesn’t feel quite right to be here without them. And I’d still trade all this natural beauty, all these friendly faces and all the exciting sporting events ahead simply to be with them again.

But this time – unlike the referees at the Nevada Union-Yuba City game Friday -we’re in for the long haul. That’s a sentiment I expect to be shared among our family members after hauling our home across the snow-covered Sierra in the back of a moving van.

And traveling across Nebraska? Don’t even get me started.

Timing is everything

Despite the wintry weather we’ll find in our windshields down the road, is there a better time to be back in the swing of Nevada County sports?

Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs are here, and there’s no shortfall of Bruins, Falcons and Miners represented. All three area varsity volleyball teams are busy setting, spiking, and digging their way to Davis Saturday for a Section championship berth.

Forest Lake Christian’s soccer squad kept its season alive and well in first-round action Tuesday. And the cross country Section competition takes stage Saturday.

And of course, then there’s Friday night.

Both Bear River and Nevada Union take the field in football games that carry much more significance than just the final score. With a win over Oakmont (7-2) , Bear River (7-2) is back in the playoffs for the first time in six seasons.

The Miners? They’ve got their annual grudge match with rival Grant, but this year’s version of the clash showcases two undefeated teams vying for the Metro Conference championship.

What a week to get back to work – and back to Nevada County.

Brian Hamilton is sports editor at The Union. Contact him at 464 Sutton Way, Grass Valley, 95945; 477-4240; or

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