By Grace Pohl
Staff Intern 

Spring sports bring a lot of opportunity for local support

Crunch Time


Even though it is hard to believe with the snow on the ground, we are already in the spring season of sports at our local high schools. And boy there is a lot of different sports that go on this time of year. We have boys and girls tennis and golf, softball, baseball, boys soccer and track and field to cheer on.

Basically, there is no reason to not go support your local teams this time of the year because there are so many options to do so. Cheney and Medical Lake have proven over the years that they are pretty decent during this time of the year.

Just last year, Cheney’s boys track and field team came home with the state title. The soccer team for the Blackhawks has also had a good history, winning the state title back in 2013. Medical Lake also has a good track and field program as they claimed multiple state titles last year in the individual events.

I may be a little biased here because I played tennis in high school and it was my favorite sport to play. It brought out good life skills along with successful teamwork lessons. Even though not everyone is a fan of tennis, that does not give a good reason to not go out and support our sport teams this time of the year.

I think this is a great time in the sports world because there is such a variety going on in every sport. If you don’t like baseball, you can go watch tennis. If you don’t like tennis, you can go cheer on track and field. You get the point.

The same goes for college sports right now as the basketball season is wrapping up for Eastern Washington University. Both basketball teams have a good shot (no pun intended) of making it far into the Big Sky Championships in Reno, Nev., in the next couple weeks.

For tennis, Eastern has started Big Sky competition and has been successful so far. Golf has also started for the Eagles.

In track and field at Eastern, Medical Lake’s own Alexis Rolan just earned a couple second-place finishes at the Big Sky Indoor Championships. She had been so successful throughout the whole season that she was also crowned the Big Sky’s female freshman of the year. It marked the first time that a female from EWU earned the award.

The track team also took home fourth at the championships on the women’s side, which is the second-best finish ever for the squad.

What I am trying to prove and say here is that we are very lucky to be surrounded by great sports and entertainment here on the West Plains. We get to follow the good high school teams along with the collegiate level competition at Eastern Washington.

And the best part of all of this is that the weather is in theory supposed to be getting better, so we actually want to be outside and enjoy the sunshine. I challenge everyone to attend at least one local high school event or even an Eastern event. You won’t regret it.

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