Looking out the window, it’s difficult to believe that spring is near. But, it really is.
Despite there still being considerable snow on the ground and temperatures remaining below normal, there are tell-tale signs around.
For instance, our area high school spring sports athletes have been busy with pre-season drills — albeit indoors.
At this point it is hard to imagine there any baseball, softball or golf being played until after spring break. Even if temperatures climb, there is still plenty of melting and thawing to do before facilities are playable.
Track and field meets, along with girls tennis matches, could tip off the outdoor season since those are contested on hard surfaces.
Eventually venues like Phend Field, Shanklin Park, Maplecrest Country Club and Black Squirrel in Goshen will spring to life with the sounds of baseballs, softballs and golf balls being struck.
And, hundreds of area youngsters are eagerly awaiting the arrival of Little League season.
Whatever the latest openings have been for our area golf courses, that record is likely to be challenged in 2014.
Major League baseball teams from Chicago are scheduled to open the season in 15 days, the Cubs at Pittsburgh and the White Sox at home against Minnesota on March 31.
For now, the Cubs and Sox are playing exhibition games in Arizona and trying to figure out how to improve on last season’s Chicago-record 195 losses between them.
The professional golf season is well under way and four weeks from today a champion will be crowned in The Masters at the scenic course in Augusta, Georgia.
Even the winding down of winter sports like basketball is a sure sign that spring is on the way.
Three area high school boys basketball teams did plenty of traveling to play in regionals Saturday — NorthWood to Blackford, Westview to North Judson and Concord to Michigan City.