Ty's Take: Spring finally shines on area sports
Did 60 degrees really just happen?
After what seemed like 10 months of misery, excuse me if I'm a bit skeptical about the thought of winter finally being over.
But after taking the pooch for a run around town Monday night, all signs point to spring finally deciding to show up for her spot in the calendar rotation.
For the first time in a long time, we actually had to share the sidewalk with other pedestrians. Families were taking the time to dust off strollers and bicycles. Even family dogs, portly from a long, lazy winter, were getting the exercise they so desperately needed.
It was a neighbor's yard to the north, however, that gave the best sign of a true seasonal change: a toy-plosion of bicycles, plastic wagons, action figures and other childhood entertainment was strewn about as if the garage suddenly regurgitated into the front yard.
A beautiful sight, indeed.
The surest sign that spring is here will be witnessed soon enough on baseball diamonds, golf courses and other area sports fields. With most of the snow finally gone and the remaining sogginess drying up, spring sports are able to break out.
Both West Fargo softball and baseball were slated to kick their seasons off on Tuesday, but results were not available by press time. Baseball also has games Thursday hosting Shanley (5 p.m. and 7 p.m.) and Saturday in Marshall for a tournament.
For this week's girls soccer and softball games, read the season previews in this week's Pioneer.
Track and field also finally got rolling, with a meet at 2 p.m. on Friday.
Yes, it looks that spring is here. So get out and root for your home-town team while you still can. With the crazy weather, Lord only knows when winter will suddenly pop up again.
Pioneer Sports Editor Tyler Shoberg can be reached at 701-451-5717 or firstname.lastname@example.org.