SIDELINE OBSERVATIONS: Spring sports just around the corner

Published: Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 07:01 PM.

Like the Mayans, I may be unable to predict the end of the world, but I can make a few predictions for local high school sports.

This time of year, hope flows eternally for all teams.

Soccer and basketball district tournaments are a few weeks away and every team, no matter how poorly it has played, thinks it can pull the upset and have a special run through the playoffs.

Softball practice starts Monday and baseball practice can start Jan. 14. Tennis, track and boys weightlifting also are cranking up.

I’m looking forward to this area’s 2013 high school baseball season.

It’ll be interesting to see what new Baker coach Scott Johnson can do with the Gators minus pitcher Bucky Locke, who is now at Northwest Florida State College.

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