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April 20, 2014

THE SKINNY: Spring's arrival welcomed gratefuly

GOSHEN

Well, hello there, Indiana spring! Better late than never, I suppose.

After probably the most brutal winter I have endured since first moving to the Midwest in 1998, spring has finally sprung across the area.

Over the course of many years as a sportswriter in the Upper Midwest, I’ve come to appreciate the seasons — something you don’t really get growing up in San Diego.

Fall is probably my favorite season, followed closely by spring. Winter and summer battle to stay out of the cellar, but at the end of the day, winter is always going to lose that contest.

Over the past few weeks, it’s been nice to get out into the improving weather. This week started off on an iffy foot with chilly temperatures and snow flurries on Monday, and then cold temperatures led to everything on a full spring sports schedule being postponed on Tuesday.

Things improved slightly on Wednesday as I ventured down to Shanklin Park to watch Goshen and Elkhart Central tangle in softball, but it was still darned chilly out there.

Thursday and Friday were more springlike, and on Saturday, a chilly start gave way to a pleasant spring afternoon as I got out to Maplecrest Country Club to cover the Goshen Invitational.

I am one of those people who always keeps the golf clubs in the car. In a warmer climate, I could attribute that to always wanting to be ready to squeeze in a round. But we can’t exactly say that here, can we?

So instead, I’ll have to go with “Because I’m too lazy to lug my clubs upstairs to put them into storage for the winter.”

I’ll be hauling the clubs out of the car at some point very soon to see how much of my already marginal game I lost this winter.

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Last weekend (July 12) the Goshen Parks Department held its Kid’s Try-athlon to promote childhood fitness and this week (July 18) the new bicycle trail is open to the fairgrounds in Goshen, offering residents a healthy way to get to the annual agriculture exposition. Have you joined the local fitness movement?

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