In the midst of late-summer heat, here’s a piping hot batch of "David’s Appetizers," assorted musings and observations from the sports scene:

Feel the heat and humidity. Compare it to a sauna.

It means one thing: Football season is here.

High school teams begin fighting the elements Monday as football practice begins Monday throughout the state. Most teams will combat the heat with early morning and evening practices.

Count on lots of water breaks.

The University of Central Arkansas begins practice Saturday, Aug. 4.

It was a great athletic year for teams at Conway Christian, one of the newest members of the Arkansas Activities Association.

According to overall sports rankings by a formula created by the the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette based on finishes in Arkansas Activities Association sports, Conway Christian led Class 2A/1A schools in all-sports ratings for 2011-2012. CCS had 407.5 overall points.

St. Joseph, which was tops in 2009-10 and 2010-11, was second at 390.5.

CCS compiled most of its points with strong finishes and playoff appearances in football, volleyball, baseball, girls track, boys and girls golf,boys and girls tennis and girls soccer.

Overall, Conway High was fourth to Bentonville.

Byron Boston, supervisor of Southland Conference football officials, noted at the league’s Media Day that the league lost 40 of its officials to Bowl Championship Subdivision conference last year. An arrangement has been worked out with major conferences that there will not be such a drain in future years.

Nine SLC and Big 12 officials were promoted to the National Football League.

Officials who worked SLC and Big 12 games worked seven bowl games and the BCS championship game.

(Sports columnist David MCCollum can be reached at 505-1235 or