You can’t tell by the weather this week, but spring is rapidly approaching.


With the end of basketball season, comes the beginning of baseball, softball, track, tennis and golf seasons. Local athletes are gearing up for the approaching seasons, and starting today, they will get the chance to take their respective fields and start competing again.


You can’t tell by the weather this week, but spring is rapidly approaching.

With the end of basketball season, comes the beginning of baseball, softball, track, tennis and golf seasons. Local athletes are gearing up for the approaching seasons, and starting today, they will get the chance to take their respective fields and start competing again.

I spent much of yesterday morning filling out my calendar with every sporting event through the end of the school year. Needless to say, there are a lot of teams to cover, and a lot of events for each team.

One thing I did notice, and I guess I should have known this long ago, is this particular season features a noticeable drop in home events. Track and golf are situated so that they host one meet per season, and travel the rest of the way. Baseball and softball will split home games similar to football and basketball, and tennis will have more than one opportunity for me to take photos.

I want to feature as many track and golf athletes as I possibly can, and in order to that, I will need help. I know there will be some parents out there who make the trips to various meets and events all over the state in support of their children. I also know that parents love to take pictures of their kids in action. What better way to support them then to shoot some of those photos over to me?

Parents and coaches in this community have done a fantastic job of helping me up to this point, and I know that will continue into the spring season. For those wondering, my email is sports@pratttribune.com and appears at the top of every story I write, along with my name. Photos can also be dropped off via flash drive at the Tribune if that is more convenient.

Anyway, I like spring sports for several reasons. The biggest of those reasons being the fresh air and opportunity to be outside. In football season, you start out in the heat and work your way to the cold. I much prefer to start cold and work your way warmer.

It will be great to see if the Pratt High baseball team can reload after a solid season last year. Or if both high school’s top track athletes can make their way back to state in Wichita.

Today’s softball matchup against Hillsboro marks the official start to the season, and it should be a great one. I just hope the weather warms up sooner, rather than later as we all make the transition back outside for sports.