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Ty's Take: Sprung spring sports, dates you should know

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Although spring itself seems to be recoiling instead of springing, the coinciding sports are moving forward, regardless.

The West Fargo boys and girls track and field indoor season kicked off March 19. Consider them the robins of the athletic scene. The Packers likely will get really serious about competition once outdoor contests begin April 12, in West Fargo.

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Even so, it's tough to imagine the boys golf team hitting the links after our most recent fresh foot of snowfall. Nevertheless, barring some serious problems, the spring sports season will go on as scheduled.

That is, if the baseball diamonds, running tracks, soccer fields, tennis courts and golf greens are devoid of water or snow when the time comes.

Let's cross our fingers that's the case - and that a certain neighborly river doesn't become too unruly with the possible copious additions of snowmelt.

In lieu of the aforementioned problems, as well as others yet to be considered, here's a list of some important (and tentative) dates for the upcoming spring sports season.

Track and field

• Outdoor season opener: Tuesday, April 12, hosting the West Fargo Triangular, which kicks off at 4 p.m.

• East Region Tournament: May 21 (yes, the same day as the Fargo Marathon) at West Fargo High School, beginning at 1 p.m.

• State Tournament: May 27-28 at Bismarck High School.

Softball

• Season opener: Friday, April 1, at Central Cass starting at 6:30 p.m.

• Home opener: Thursday, April 7, hosting Grand Forks Red River. Doubleheader with games at 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

• State Tournament: June 2-4, in Grand Forks.

Baseball

• Season opener: Tuesday, April 5, at Grand Forks Central. Doubleheader with games at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.

• Home opener: Friday, April 8, hosting Valley City. Doubleheader with games at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.

• East Region Tournament: May 26-28, at John Randall Baseball Field in Wahpeton.

• State Tournament: June 2-4, at Jamestown High School.

Boys golf

• Season opener: Tuesday, April 19 at Kings Walk Golf Course in Grand Forks, beginning at 9 a.m.

• Home opener: West Fargo Invitational, Friday, April 26, at Village Green Golf Course, beginning at 9 a.m.

• East Region Tournament: June 1 at the Edgewood Golf Course in Fargo.

• State Tournament: June 7-8, also at the Edgewood Golf Course.

Girls Soccer

• Season opener: Friday, April 8 at Fargo South, starting at 7 p.m.

• Home opener: Tuesday, April 12, hosting Devils Lake at 7 p.m.

• State Tournament: June 2-4 in Minot.

Girls Tennis

• Season opener: Friday, April 15, at Fargo Shanley (Island Park Courts), at 4 p.m.

• Home opener: Tuesday, April 19, hosting Fargo South, also at 4 p.m.

• East Region Tournament: May 19-21 at a yet-to-be-determined place and time.

• State Tournament: May 26-28 at Minot High School.

Tyler Shoberg is Sports Editor of The Pioneer, and can be reached at 701-451-5717 or tshoberg@westfargopioneer.com.

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