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Everlasting Joy - Pioneers bloom in spring
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The spring sports season should really come with an asterisk. It's the cold, rainy and often miserable sports season for anyone who has tried to watch a baseball game when its 30 degrees and windy.

This year is no exception with the official start of spring sports season Monday being greeted by a flood advisory and school two hours late on Tuesday. This feels like a spring sports tradition.

Even with erratic weather, this is undoubtedly my favorite sports time of the year, at least in terms of high school athletics. I think it's because the Pioneers are always so competitive this time of year.

Warren County is going to have to step up if the spring sports want to distinguish themselves because the year in athletics has gone pretty well, with the exception of WCHS girls basketball.

WCHS baseball has long been the shining star of our athletic program and this year begins dripping with promise. There's excitement around our baseball team under the direction of new coach Phillip King.

I know coach King was still finalizing his roster on Monday, but from players I expect to make the squad, I believe the Pioneers should have a solid rotation of pitchers. This always makes a difference in baseball, which seems to boil down to pitching, pitching and more pitching.

WCHS softball is coming off a region championship, the first in school history. I was at practice Monday chatting with coach Gooby Martin and he has a few holes to fill.

Those holes include finding a new 1B, 2B, SS, and 3B, along with finding new hitters for the 1-2-3 spots in the lineup. Those are three pretty important spots.

I'm thinking the Lady Pioneers will find a way to remain in contention for the district title behind spectacular pitching and just enough hitting and defense.

On the soccer field, WCHS coach Matt Jackson says his team is ready to shine. I stopped by practice at the WCHS indoor facility Monday afternoon and the Pioneers have a stable of talented soccer players ready to turn it loose. There's the makings of a rock-star year on the soccer field.

All of this is in addition to what has traditionally been very strong seasons at the middle school level. The Pioneers have long competed for CTC Tournament titles, with the soccer team winning five straight during one stretch.

For those who can withstand the rain, which always seems to be threatening to postpone outdoor games, and endure the often-brutal February cold, the spring sports season has been one of glory in Pioneer land.

I'm expecting that to continue this year as Warren County is poised to contend all across the board.