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Break out the shorts!

March 21, 2012 - Michael Palmer
With record high temperatures being set all across the region it is a rare Spring preview of summer in the Ohio Valley. For the track, softball and baseball athletes it has been a great opportunity to practice outdoors with warm comfortable conditions. This is a stark contrast to the usual wet and frigid weather that usually accompanies the preseason rituals.

The break may last but those of us who have grown up in the area are very wary of Mother Nature. We know she can be very cruel at times lulling us into a false sense of security and then turning the tables and making us pay for the respite from the cold.

In either circumstance, this weekend the scrimmages and prelims come to an end as the Spring Sports Season gets underway with double headers and track meets all across the state of Ohio.

I am looking forward to getting back out into the sun and or rain to take some photos and cover some games. I enjoy the challenge of shooting football and volleyball, welcome the warmth of the gymnasiums during basketball, but I must confess my passion is on the diamond.

Some fields are much more photographer friendly than others, but that only adds to the challenge to get that one good photo from a game. Some games offer little action on the base paths and no close plays at home plate, so you need to stay alert and be ready when the time comes.

Track offers some great opportunities for photographers and can be challenging with meets lasting into the twilight and after dark or of course being held in monsoons or frigid temps like last season.

I have indeed taken all the shorts out of winter storage and hope that the winter coat will stay in the back seat of my car for the rest of the season. The rain gear of course is at the ready.

I am tilling up the garden and have a new wagon to haul around the grandchildren, let's call it "My treadmill that is actually walking outside and not doing the Hamster Wheel workout."

Enough typing, I am ready to get in the car - roll down the windows and cruise back home for a few hours in the summer warmth.

I suggest you take the opportunity to do the same and please support our local athletes and take in a game or track meet whenever you can this spring. Not all, but some are free to watch, so bring your lawn chair and some SPF 30 and enjoy a game with me.


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