Spring is the best time of the year.
Yes, the weather is finally starting to warm up (at least on some days) and plants are starting to add some color to the dead landscape painted by Old Man Winter. But for me, a sports guy at heart, it is the changing of ball seasons that has me more excited than the actual changing of the season.
These warm spring days and cool nights have been the scene for many local triumphs. Baseball championships. Softball dynasties. The track team sending countless athletes to the state meet. Last year it was the high school soccer team making program history with a trip to the state sectional.
This spring I encourage everyone to get out and catch a game or two of your favorite sport. Get off the couch and go support the local athletes and coaches who put in the time and effort to put a winning product on the field every year and are trying their best to represent the “Coffee County” stitched across their chest with a quality product.
Oftentimes I hear gripes of “nothing to do” in this area. But may I remind you that CHS (and the middle schools) has nice spring-sports facilities across the board and is welcoming to new fans. Admission costs are minimal and the atmosphere is perfect for a family trip to a ball field.
We don’t have a college team to go watch in Manchester. And we aren’t blessed with a plethora of entertainment options. But everyone can buy a Red Raider or a Rocket t-shirt and take in a ball game. Who knows, you might get hooked.
All of the local spring schedules are in this week’s Spring Sports Preview (which is inside the paper). Cut them out, post them on your refrigerator and make it a point to be active in the community this spring.
-Josh Peterson is the editor of the Manchester Times. He is a Tennessee Press Association award-winning writer and photographer. His column, “From the editor’s desk” won TPA first-place honors for best personal humor column. He can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at 931-728-7577 ext. 105. Follow him on Twitter @joshpeterson29