SIDELINE OBSERVATIONS: Spring football coming soon

Published: Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at 04:11 PM.

I'm starting to get a familiar itch.

This is the time of year when high school softball and baseball seasons wind down. District softball tournaments are scheduled for April 14-18 and district baseball tournaments will be played April 21-25.

The softball region quarterfinals are April 24 and region semifinals will follow April 29. Baseball's region quarterfinals are scheduled for April 30 and the region semifinals are May 6.

A little baseball trivia here: May 6 also is the 83rd birthday of Baseball Hall of Famer Willie Mays.

Five days before Willie celebrates his big day, high school football teams across the state will open spring practice.

There is something special about spring football.

Any real Southern football fan will likely tell you their two favorite sports are football and spring football. Yes, this is the time of year when high school football fanatics of the mightiest Class 8A teams and the tiniest Class 1A teams glimpse what things might look like in the fall.

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