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Tanners, Crusaders Ready to Rumble in Fall Season [PHOTOS]

Fall sports are off and running at Peabody High and Bishop Fenwick -- boys' and girls' soccer, volleyball, field hockey, cross country, football and cheerleading.

The state champion girls' squad, ever a dominant force in Division I, looks to shake things up again this fall on the soccer field as nine strong starters return to play.

The girls were undefeated last year and only met with tied games twice, before romping through the playoffs and on to the . Peabody hosts Northeastern Conference opponent Revere on Thursday (3:45 p.m.)

Meanwhile, the Peabody boys' soccer opened on Tuesday against Lynn English with a tie, 2-2. Both the girls' and boys' squads were scheduled to travel to Acton-Boxborough on Saturday, but the games were canceled due to the threat of thunderstorms.

The boys play Revere as well Thursday, but will be traveling for that game.

football gave it up to rival Salem last Friday, 38-8, which was the first time the Witches won the season opener in three years. Next up for the Tanners is Danvers this Friday on the road (7 p.m.). 

Field hockey is off to a solid start with wins over Gloucester and Salem. The girls host Malden Wednesday and then Beverly on Friday.

The Tanners' cross country champs are also strutting their stuff, out-racing Marblehead on both fronts Tuesday -- boys, 25-32, and girls, 20-44.

On the greens, the Peabody golf club is 2-1, as St. John's Prep visits Wednesday (3 p.m.), and meanwhile, volleyball is off to a sluggish start, losing the season opener to North Reading. The Tanners travel to Beverly Wednesday (5:15 p.m.).

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Over at , boys' soccer is 1-2 and hosts Austin Prep Wednesday (4 p.m.) while the girls' squad is at 0-1-1 and travels to Austin Prep Wednesday.

Field hockey is 0-2 and hosts Pentucket on Monday (3:45 p.m.), while the football program saw a win in its season opener Friday over Northeast Regional High School. The Crusaders play at Central Catholic Saturday (1:30 p.m.).

Volleyball is 2-1 and hosts St. Mary's on Thursday (4 p.m.)

Cross country for boys and girls doesn't get started until Sept. 18 (3:30 p.m.) with a double meet against Arlington Catholic and Lowell Catholic.

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