At this juncture, several to watch for beg the following questions. Can the Monticello boys track team bring off a fourth consecutive Division III championship? How will the track division rivalry shake out between Sullivan West, Tri-Valley and Liberty this spring? Will the Lady Bears cap off the swan song of coaches Joe and Missy Iatauro with their seventh consecutive Section IX Class C track title? In golf, will the Sullivan West boys team garner an uncanny 10th straight division title? How many of our local track and field standouts will carry the mantle of their school, community and Section IX pride to Middletown’s Faller Field? (This year’s NYSPHSAA track championships will be staged at that glorious local facility and will no doubt draw untold legions of fans from our beloved region.) And what of the baseball and softball rivalries that create their own storylines? Will a dominant pitcher emerge like Tri-Valey’s Joe Mickelson did last year as he recorded only the 12th perfect game in NYSPHSAA history?
These are but a few of the questions that will be raised and answered in the coming weeks. Each season has its own distinctive allure, in terms of its weather, aesthetics and sports. This writer loves them all in their own right as the recent winter fervor will surely attest, preceded by the vigorous and intense travels throughout the fall. But now, it is spring, and in spring a young man’s fancy turns to love. And while I have more years in my lifetime résumé than I care to admit, my passionate ardor for the time of year never diminishes. Warm weather also brings the advent of my spring swimming season and those mile-a-day workouts will soon take place in the warmth of the sun.
So let spring begin and let life flourish with untold vigor and beauty. T.S. Elliot noted in “The Wasteland” that “April is the cruelest month.” For those of us who have waited all year for spring’s return, nothing could be further from the truth.