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By Jaryd Cline
Sports Editor 

Spring sports open as snow keeps falling


Jaryd Cline

SPRING SPORTS BEGIN: A pair of tennis players help shovel snow off the Goldendale High School tennis courts on Monday. Head tennis coach Channon Bighorn was hard at work over the last two weeks getting the courts in playable condition, although Monday night's snowfall didn't help.

It's only fitting that it would snow in Goldendale on the first day of spring sports practices.

While the baseball and softball fields remain blanketed in snow with about half of the track covered with snow and pools of water, Monday's precipitation certainly left the coaches shaking their heads.

The baseball and softball teams practiced inside the Goldendale High School gym Monday and Tuesday, and members of the track team ran the streets with the track no condition to use.

The tennis courts at GHS, however, are now clear of snow after third year head tennis coach Channon Bighorn plowed the majority of the court while his tennis players shoveled what little snow remained on Monday. It also snowed about an inch or so in town Monday night, but was mostly melted by the time school was over and practice started.

Instead of being stuck practicing in the middle school gym, Bighorn put his kids to work Monday shoveling the court so they could practice on it Tuesday. He told me that every other tennis team in the South Central Athletic Conference was stuck inside practicing while his team gets a leg up on the competition by practicing on the courts. No one wants to be stuck practicing inside.

Over inside the GHS gym, second year softball coach Stephen McCandless went back to the basics and worked with his group of girls on strength and conditioning. He said there's 19 girls that turned out and thinks it will be a while before they get to practice on the softball field.

The baseball team, led by second year head coach Ann Cochran, met in the gym after softball practice finished. After practicing in the gym exactly zero times last year, the team is stuck practicing in the gym until the field dries up.

Jaryd Cline

JARYD CLINE SPRING SPORTS BEGIN: Alyssa Weis delivers a few pitches inside the GHS gym on Monday. The baseball and softball teams were forced to practice inside.

One of the players asked how long they would be stuck inside for, and an assistant responded asking how fast they can clear snow from the field.

This is the first year in Cochran's 10 years involved with GHS baseball that snow will have to be removed from the field.

Upstairs in the gym, the track and field team wrapped up a day of practice with some weight and agility work. They athletes ran outside for a while before finishing in the gym since the track is clearly in no condition to be used. Assistant track coach Juli Rising and her husband, Rob, put in a lot of work on Saturday and shoveled about half of the track, but a thick slab of ice and snow covers the area of the track near the home side bleachers.

I also heard it is supposed to snow a bit this weekend but it shouldn't stay for long as temperatures continue to rise.


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