All but a handful of state high school sports teams -- those involved in state football playoffs or traditional Thanksgiving Day games -- have put away the fall gear, and the start of the winter season is two weeks away.
Likewise, Western Maryland college athletes have an extended holiday break, with no winter sports events scheduled until a week from today.
But a few dozen county athletes still will lace up the spikes this weekend, barely giving Thursday's holiday mealtime excess time to digest.
Two men's soccer teams, two boys soccer teams and one flag football team are scheduled to play in postseason tournaments this weekend.
Both Carroll teams in the Mason-Dixon Soccer League play at 1:30 Sunday in the first round of playoffs.
North Carroll, which finished in a three-way tie for first in the Southern Division, plays host to Walkersville on Sunday at Hampstead Elementary, while fourth-place Westminster visits Middletown.
North Carroll, Walkersville and Middletown all finished the regular season at 8-4-1 and were seeded based on head-to-head competition.
Middletown was top seed, North Carroll second and Walkersville third.
North Carroll is paced offensively by Greg Keeney (10 goals) and Ian Jones (eight goals as a stopper back). Goalie Mike Byer had two shutouts during the season. The team is a mix of North Carroll High and York (Pa.) College graduates.
Westminster, which finished with a 3-8-2 record, is paced by several Westminster High grads, including player-coach Mike Haddock and goalie Steve Kotten.
In other sports this weekend:
* Two county teams will be competing in the Reisterstown Soccer Tournament at five sites scattered around the northwestern Baltimore County community.
Westminster and South Carroll will field teams in the boys under-12 division of the tournament, which features 42 teams from the metro area in three age groups.
The under-12 championship game is slated for Sunday at the old Hanna Moore Academy field.
* The Westminster Pit Bulls, runners-up in the Northwest Area Flag Football League, play in the state flag football tournament this weekend.
The Bulls are scheduled to play twice Saturday in Hagerstown, Washington County. If the team wins both games, it will advance to the final rounds Sunday in Columbia, Howard County.
The state champion will earn a chance to play in the national flag football tournament in mid-December in Rutgers, N.J.