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Two words will make me happy: Play Ball!

Posted 3/4/14


Obviously, with all the snow and cold temperatures we’ve had, winter has been a bit rough this year. For many, counting down the days until spring gets here has become an obsession.


For scholastic sports fans whose teams …

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Two words will make me happy: Play Ball!



The official starting date for scholastic spring sports was set as Monday, March 3 –  and coaches and players were hoping that all of the snow would be gone by then, and fields and tracks would be ready for opening day. Even with the recent warm spell that melted quite a bit of the accumulated snow, it might be asking a lot for that to happen, however.


Although we’ve had mild winters the past several years, there still were delays for teams getting actual playing time on the field because early spring temperatures had been less than ideal. This year will probably be no exception.  


But we’ll be ready for it.


I can’t wait to hear the sounds of balls hitting mitts and the cracks of bats, and the chatter of the players and coaches, and the sounds of John Fogarty’s “Centerfield” blaring from the speakers as baseball and softball teams get the new season started.


I’m also looking forward to seeing athletes running on the tracks or working on their jumps and throws for upcoming field events.


Here’s hoping that our sports teams will enjoy a season of success.  


The other anticipated highlight of spring is the start of fishing season. Trout season starts on Saturday, March 29 in our region, and it’s now time to get the gear ready for the opener.


Because I reached the magic age of 65 in late December, I qualifiy for the lifetime fishing license, which costs just a bit more than double the price of a regular license and trout stamp.


Age does have its benefits – sometimes.


With all the snow we’ve had, the streams should be in really good shape with good levels of water for the spring season. The Pennsylvania Fish Commission has already posted times and dates for trout stockings in area streams. 


So now we just have to wait a bit longer as Old Man Winter hangs around before giving way to spring. It will probably be a cold start for spring sports, but that’s to be expected.


I’m anticipating those two words that will signify the beginning: “Play ball!”