From the Sideline

Column: Spring has sprung

March 7, 2014 

I don’t know about you, but I’m sure hoping this winter weather mess will go away for good so we can push full speed ahead into the spring sports season.

The spring season has already begun, but it hasn’t felt like it thanks to Mother Nature’s uglier side. It seemed like just as soon as she finished plaguing the conclusion of the winter sports season with snow-outs, she supplied us with more precipitation to make the spring’s outdoor playing surfaces skating rinks.

Subsequently, the frozen stuff melted and turned area playing fields into swamps. As a result, plenty of baseball, golf, soccer, softball and tennis teams got in next to no practice time before getting their first taste of the 2014 regular season.

It kind of makes you want to say, “Hey Mother Nature, bite me,” except we all know doing that would likely prompt her to spite us with more rain-outs than she already has in store for this spring. So we’ll bite our tongues on that one.

Fingers crossed for sunny days, we’ve reached that exciting point where a fresh slate of games is ahead of us. So I figured this is a good time to run through the East Wake/Knightdale matchups of the spring and any other noteworthy dates based on what we know at this point.

Baseball: East Wake won its first two games of the season (10-8 over Smithfield-Selma, 7-2 over Wake Forest) while Knightdale fell 11-1 in its opener against Wakefield.

But I’d like to predict where the teams go from here about as much as I’d like to wrestle a lion in a snake pit. There’s just no telling what’s going to happen on the high school diamond until a few more weeks pass.

The schedule calls for Knightdale to host East Wake on Tuesday, April 8, and to conclude the regular season at East Wake on Thursday, May 8.

Boys golf: Knightdale already hosted its Greater Neuse River Conference round at Wil-Mar last Wednesday, after the icy mix nixed original plans to hold the match Tuesday.

East Wake’s host round at Wendell Country Club is slated for Tuesday, March 25.

Girls soccer: Knightdale also plans to host East Wake soccer on April 8, but the teams’ second bout in Wendell will be Wednesday, May 7, a day before the diamond teams’ final clash.

East Wake wants to make the playoffs. Knightdale more or less expects to make the playoffs, but wants to reclaim its league throne from West Johnston along the way this spring.

Softball: Same as baseball, plans are for Knightdale to host East Wake on Tuesday, April 8, and end the regular season at East Wake on Thursday, May 8.

East Wake beat Garner to advance to the third round of the state playoffs last season. They’re set to square off in back-to-back games – at Garner on Friday, April 11 and at Carver Elementary School (East Wake’s home field) on Tuesday, April 15.

Boys tennis: The Knights are scheduled to host the Warriors on Wednesday, March 19. They’ll travel to East Wake, if weather permits, on Wednesday, April 16.

Track: The Greater Neuse River 4A meet is pinned for Saturday, April 26. Regionals follow on Saturday, May 10, and States on Saturday, May 17.

We’re looking that far into the future, because we fully anticipate the Knightdale boys team to contend for its fourth straight title in outdoor track and eighth consecutive state track title including indoor meets.

Moody: 919-829-4806 or amoody@newsobserver.com

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