For many teams, the preseason officially ends on Saturday.
And it will end with a bang with some big events and scrimmages set and a few regular-season games as well.
The 29th annual Daniel Hand Jamboree starts at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Hammonasset Beach State Park in Madison, Conn.
Participating teams include Yorktown, Garden City, Northport, Ridgefield, Brien McMahon, Canandaigua, West Genesee, Corning East, Mountain Lakes (N.J.), Ridgewood (N.J.), Duxbury (Mass.), Winchester (Mass.) Medfield (Mass.), Cherry Creek (Co.), and host Daniel Hand.
Yorktown will be playing Cherry Creek (Co.) at 9:30 a.m., Duxbury (Mass.), at noon and Garden City at 2:20 p.m.
Darien hosts a round-robin scrimmage day that will include the No. 3-ranked team in the nation, West Islip, which has eight returning starters, including the top-ranked junior from sea to shining sea in North Carolina-bound Nicky Galasso. Fairfield Prep and Shoreham-Wading River will also be competing. Action lasts from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The New Fairfield Jamboree includes teams from throughout the Nutmeg State as well as Section 1. Action starts at 8:15 a.m. as New Fairfield meets Brewster and New Milford faces Putnam Valley. Other teams participating include Cheshire, Simsbury, Chesire, Somers, Horace Greeley and Amity.
In another big scrimmage, John Jay visits New Jersey power Delbarton at 11 a.m.
There are some interesting season-opening games in Westchester, Putnam, Rockland and Dutchess too, including Stepinac at New Rochelle (11 a.m.), Mamaroneck at Hen Hud (1 p.m.), Nanuet at Suffern (7 p.m.) and Nyack at Clarkstown South (8 p.m.).
In Nassau, Manhasset hosts South Side at 2:30 p.m.
Reach Joe Lombardi at firstname.lastname@example.org.