Spring Sports Are Upon Us
High school baseball, track, softball and tennis are here to wrap up the high school sports for the 2015-2016 school year. It seems like just yesterday that the 2015 football season kicked off in the Ohio Valley. Of course, it also seems that way for soccer, cross country, volleyball, wrestling, golf, basketball, and cheerleading. Boy, does time fly.
Maybe it is just because we all are getting older. Regardless, we now must get ready for the final sports season.
To the seniors that will not participate in the spring sports season – thank you for the memories. It was fun watching you all perform for yourself, your parents, and your school. Now it is up to baseball, softball, track and tennis to entertain us while we wait for football, volleyball, soccer and golf to return in August.
In baseball, Magnolia, Valley and Paden City each look as if they will be competing at a higher level with all of their returning lettermen. However, their softball teams do not have any letterwinners returning.
In boys’ and girls’ track, Magnolia and Valley, along with Tyler Consolidated, look to be the teams to compete for Region I supremacy, while the River boys look to compete with all big dogs in Ohio.
After a few years of no tennis, Magnolia will return the sport. I don’t know very much about the team yet, but when I do, I will have a preview in a few weeks.
However, all the teams start the season 0-0 and the rest of the local teams have a shot of a sectional, regional and state titles, too.
Just because I chose Magnolia, Paden City and Valley to do well in baseball; Magnolia, Valley, Tyler and River to excel in boys track, and Magnolia and Tyler to reign in girls’ track, don’t be surprised if there are other teams that will do just as well.
It was hard to see the Magnolia boys’ basketball team fall to Huntington St. Joseph in the state semifinals, but the boys have no need to hang their heads. They had a terrific season.
Now it’s time to put the winter sports to bed, and head out in the sun and rain to watch our local athletes compete in one last rodeo before we start all over again in August.