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Spring is here, so is spring sports

Posted Thursday, April 7, 2011, at 7:09 PM

All you have to do is walk outside and you can tell it is spring. Temperatures in the 30s one day and the 70s the next. Have your winter coat handy, because you might need it. But it is a good idea to have your tank tops, shorts, sun block and flip flops nearby as well.

But for sports guys like myself and Rick Curl, this time of year means one thing -- trying to maintain our sanity.

I have affectionately given a name to this time of year -- Schizophrenia Spring. I think it would be a good name for a band. We go on tour later this summer.

The reason I call the time between late March and early June Schizophrenia Spring is because the six high schools that we cover -- Eastern Greene, Bloomfield, White River Valley, Linton-Stockton, Shakamak and Union (Dugger) -- have 31 varsity teams playing spring sports.

That compares to just 12 basketball teams that we report on in the winter.

Other than just the volume of teams playing baseball, tennis, golf, track and field and softball -- can you image two parents or grandparents trying to coordinate attending the games of 31 different children -- it seems like the lines of communication seem to get blurred in spring.

Although there are many athletic directors, athletic secretaries and coaches that try to keep us informed of all the changes and rescheduled events, often when games are postponed or rescheduled, the info slips through the cracks and we aren't notified. But when ADs have schools, coaches and officials to notify, of course we are at the bottom of the pile. We know our place in society.

But I am kind of anal when it comes to our schedule of events, and I have no choice because our work schedule is dictated by it.

Some examples BJ, if you will.

Washington Catholic did not have enough to field a baseball team this year, but I guess they forget to tell anyone before they went on spring break. WRV athletic secretary April Neff, one of our better sources for updates and changes, sent us a fax stating the Wolverines would not be opening the season on April 2 because WC did not have a team.

This happened on March 30, one day before the Miners were to play, you guessed it, WC.

Linton-Stockton athletic director Charlie Karazsia called me the next day to tell me there was no game with the Cardinals, ironically after speaking with April.

So much for those lines of communication.

Also in April's fax was the notification that WRV's baseball game against Holy Cross, scheduled for Tuesday, also was postponed.

Rick and I happened to be ahead of the game and had already deleted that one from the Wolverines'schedule. The only reason we had a head's up was that Rick knows someone at Holy Cross, who told him they dropped their athletic program.

There have been several events rescheduled before teams played their first game and even one event shows a local golf team at home in the coming days against an opponent yet to be named on the schedule.

And then came the rains on Monday, washing out a slew of events on the first busy night of the season. Some of the rescheduled dates we will find out about (two we already have) and some we won't until somebody calls in a game that wasn't on our schedule, such as was the case Wednesday night.

This wasn't intended to criticize anyone, but to show how crazy things are this time of year.

Between Mother Nature and Schizophrenia Spring, it is going to be an interesting couple of months.

B.J. Hargis is the sports editor at the Greene County Daily World. He can be reached at (800) 947-4487, ext. 12 or at hargisbj@gmail.com.

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