There’s not much transition in high school sports. You go from winter into spring sports sometime the same week.
The week before last, I was at a season-ending basketball game on a Tuesday night and a season-opening baseball game on Friday.
Baseball started right away, and while other spring sports drag their starting dates out, the Dragon track team went to a meet on Saturday.
The softball team, under Coach Keeley Ray, has two multi-team scrimmages scheduled before they start their non-conference schedule next Monday, March 12. And after only two non-conference games, they start their Sonoma County League schedule against Analy on March 20.
The boys tennis team, under Coach Walt Williams, starts their season on Tuesday, March 13, at Healdsburg.
The boys and girls swim teams, under Coach Jane Hansen, open their seasons next week also, at they travel to Piner on March 15.
And the boys golf team, under new Coach Nickoli Mathison, have their first match on March 13, when they travel to Petaluma.
After being indoors at night most of the winter with basketball and wrestling, and the occasional outdoor soccer match, it’s nice that spring sports are mostly day-time events and are all outside.
Although right now, being outside is an iffy proposition – at best – with the rains and the cold weather, it’s still a welcome change.
On March 2, at the opening baseball game at Arnold Field, the temps were in the mid- to high-60s when the game was supposed to start. But by the time the game ended, the temperature was 42 chilly degrees. It’s hard to grip a camera when it’s that chilly, not to mention trying to grip a pen to make notes.
And the rains also wreak havoc with spring schedules. I remember a baseball season a few years back that kept getting rained on. But in the end, then-Dragon Coach Don Lyons managed to reschedule all but one of the games.
Long about the last part of March or the first part of April, when it has warmed up, you have a tendency to forget all about the rainy, cold weather you put up with the first couple of weeks. And you enjoy escaping from the office for an afternoon in the sun.
Former Dragon baseball standout Tommy Everidge is on the move again. Everidge, who spent the last two seasons as hitting coach for the Oakland A’s Single A Stockton Ports, will be headed to Midland, Texas, to be the hitting coach for the A’s Double A Midland RockHounds.
Everidge played for both teams while working his way through the A’s organization.