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April 20, 2014

THE SKINNY: Spring's arrival welcomed gratefuly

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Spring sports is always one of my favorite seasons. But it’s also one of the busiest, and that is going to be even more so the case this year, with the long winter making for a later start than usual.

On an average Tuesday or Thursday — typically the two busiest nights of the week — there can be as many as 27 distinct events on the schedule.

Coaches are fond of saying of their seasons, “It’s a marathon, not a sprint.”

This spring, we are going to have to take that old saw and turn it on its head a bit.

Spring sports in Michiana is going to be a sprint, not a marathon. As we approach the end of April, there are about five weeks until the season starts to wind down already with conference and sectional track meets. Sectional softball is at the end of May, with baseball around the same time.

Depending on how far our teams go in the postseason, spring sports in our area will finish sometime in the first or second week of June.

And then, there’s about five weeks before fall sports kicks off with girls golf.

But before that happens, let’s get out there and enjoy the springtime efforts of our young athletes as they put it all on the line and learn things that will endure long after the cheering stops.

Contact sports editor David Vantress at 533-2151, ext. 325 or by email at david.vantress@goshennews.com. Follow him on Twitter at dvantress_tgn.

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