For Valley athletes, as well as the local media who cover them, it is time to move indoors.
The final two football teams standing after week 12 -- Danville in Class AA and Southern Columbia in A -- saw their seasons end in the cold and drizzle Friday night.
Many of the players will remain in the news in the coming weeks as they garner post-season honors and select a destination to play at the next level.
Those who put away their equipment for the final time should take comfort in the fact that they gave all of us a lot of great memories, which will be shared with future generations.
As we look back at the start of the season, and see the predictions we made for how the league standings would look after week 10, as always there were some hits and some misses.
In the Heartland Athletic Conference Division I, Danville made us look good by winning the title.
In HAC-II, Montoursville was picked to edge out Loyalsock, but the order was reversed when the Lancers beat the Warriors on the final night of the regular season.
It is hardly noteworthy that our choice to win the HAC-III was Southern Columbia, but the second-place team turned out to be our pick for fourth -- South Williamsport.
In the Tri-Valley League, we badly missed on Pine Grove. The Cardinals bounced back from a 1-9 season to run the table in the TVL, but we tabbed them to finish ninth. Our pick to win it, Williams Valley, finished second.
ANOTHER LOOK: We have all at one time or another regretted something we said or did in the heat of an emotional moment.
This past week, it happened to one of the Valley's best and most-respected coaches: Danville's Jim Keiser.
In the moments after his team lost in the District 4 AA final at home to Troy, Keiser, and some of his assistant coaches, criticized the officials for what they thought should have been a penalty erasing Troy's last-second TD pass in the first half.
The Danville coaches claimed the officials had missed Troy having two ineligible receivers downfield when quarterback Jed Wright made a remarkable wrong-handed pass for a touchdown to running back Ben Sherman as Wright was nearly sacked by cornerback Cody Jones.
Keiser commented to reporters on what he perceived as a bad call after the game, and the published comments drew the ire of the officials who called the game.
As it turned out, and was pointed out in an email by two of those officials, Dave Frey, president of the Susquehanna Valley Chapter of PIAA Football Officials, and Mark C. Clarke, the crew referee and chapter rules interpreter, the pass was legal.
In an email to the newspaper and to Keiser, they wrote that the play started with the nose of the football one foot from the goal line. That meant that, after the snap, any lineman could have been 1 3/4 yards into the end zone and still have been legal. No offensive lineman was in violation of the rule on that play, they wrote.
Keiser emailed this week to say that he wanted to apologize to the officiating crew.
"After watching the film, they were absolutely correct in their not calling an ineligible man downfield. During the game, I saw two linemen in the end zone, but, after reviewing the film, they were within the 1/2 yards of the line of scrimmage."
FINAL TALLY: With a record of 6-2 in the playoffs, the final tally picking games for the season stood at 244-72, for a percentage of .775.
n Sports editor Harold Raker covers high school football for The Daily Item. Email comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.