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AND, A HIPPITY HOP...
Yep, I’m still in Easter Bunny mode, but should return to normal life within a month or two. I’m still shocked the stores haven’t started featuring 4th of July shelves... oh, maybe they have, I’ve been too busy chasing Bunnies to check.
So let’s get caught up with some odds ‘n ends...
• I’m reminded just how important volunteers are to our Intermountain Area, with the e-mail received announcing Forrest Bartell has stepped away from running Washburn-Bue Park and working to organize the ever-popular adult Co-ed Softball League. Forrest, his wife Nancy and their entire family, have spent countless hours keeping the Park mowed/watered/and running.
Keith Courtright and the Burney Basin Little League will continue to operate the Park, and Keith and his li’l band of helpers, is finishing up the construction of the concession stand at Washburn-Bue.
We’ve just wrapped up a pair of Youth Basketball Leagues, with several volunteer coaches, officials, scorekeepers, etc. My hat’s off and a big ‘Thank You’ to all involved.
However, now we come to the grandaddy of ‘em all - little league baseball and softball. Talk about an army of volunteers needed. Dozens of coaches and assistants not to mention a small army of umpires and a large contingent of volunteers to keep the various fields in pristine and operating condition. Approximately 300 of the Intermountain Area’s youngsters will play little league ball this spring/summer, and it takes a ton of organized planning to get the program off the ground and keep it from collapsing under its own weight.
Coaching little league is a thankless job, open to criticism from parents who think their li’l darlin’ should be the star. So here’s a reminder - these people helping to give your kid a spring/summer of fun while learning a sport are V-O-L-U-N-T-EE- R-S... They aren’t paid to put up with your harping... so don’t even get out the soap box. Please attend the games, and cheer on your children with a strong positive voice. If you feel there is a problem, talk (nicely) to the coach in private. If you aren’t satisfied with his/her answers, you can always take your complaint to the board (again away from the sensitive ears of the kids)...
It’s always a treat to watch the youngest of little league players - you know, the one’s sitting on the grass in the outfield looking for 4-leaf clovers, interesting insects, or picking apart a Dandelion... Gotta love ‘em. But, the main thing is - they’re having fun, and that’s what it is all about.
Remember parents - it’s for the fun of the game and a chance for your kid(s) to be outdoors away from joy sticks, video games and texting on cell phones. ENJOY the moment.
• Spring high school sports returns to the calendar this week after Easter/Spring break... and I’m one happy camper.
The Burney Spring Classic track and field meet is set for this Friday starting at 11am at the Gene Pisenti Field on the school campus. Ten teams will join host Burney in running, throwing and jumping events. This is the only local track meet held in the Intermountain Area, so here’s your chance to come out and cheer on all three local schools in a local setting... no need to get a second mortgage to fill up the tank and drive all day to watch them perform.
• Baseball and softball return to the prep world this week also. Burney is
on the road today (Tuesday) but will be home to host Weed on Friday in
both baseball and softball... will be a busy time on the Raider campus
with baseball, softball and track. Where else can you get all three sports
in the same campus at the same time... gotta love it. Fall River hosts
Tulelake today (Tuesday) in a single game at 4pm, then hosts Trinity on
Friday at 2pm. Big Valley remains idle until April 29.
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