Posted March 26, 2013 at 5:06 pm

Tourney time in Kentucky – part 7

With high school basketball now being in the history books, and with Mother Nature’s surprise in the weather category this week, there isn’t a lot of activity on the baseball/softball/tennis front at Clinton County High School, although all of the teams did manage to get a few games in last week.

Local fans will find included in this week’s Clinton County News our local Spring Sports Preview that offers an up-close look at those teams involved in spring sports activities.

The Preview includes a salute to our senior members of the squad, individual and team photos, schedules and of course outlooks from the coach’s perspectives for what fans can expect to enjoy when taking in games or matches during the next few weeks.

These Spring Sport Bulldogs and Lady Dawgs – technically Bat Dawgs, Lady Bat Dawgs and Racket Dawgs – deserve the support of our local fan base as much as any athlete – so check out the schedules and make it a point to stop by and enjoy some spring weather – if and when it ever arrives.

Youth League sign-up in progress

We commonly refer to the spring youth baseball and softball activity as the “little league” technically, since our local organization is officially affiliated with the Little League organization.

With that said, it’s time once again to bring attention to the upcoming Albany Independent League youth league baseball and softball seasons, and in particular the sign-ups that will be taking place this Saturday, March 30 and next Saturday, April 5, at the local IGA.

A front page article this week notes the problems the organization has in finding enough adult volunteers to spread the workload out evenly. Anyone out there who enjoys baseball and working with youth, should make it a point to get involved with the program.

I spent several years working with our youth in the baseball program and I wasn’t even a baseball player in high school. Still, it was some of the most rewarding afternoons – and Saturday mornings – that I can remember.

Hats off to those who continue to work to make this program enjoyable – and available – for our youngest athletes. For most, it’s their first experience with the “team” play concept.

NCAA heads to the Sweet 16 and Elite 8

We basketball fans and bracket-wizards will once again gather around the TV sets this weekend to watch the final 16 teams in the NCAA tournament work down to a Final Four.

That said – from this desk it still says our Louisville (yes, they are too a Kentucky based team) Cardinals will take home the big prize.

That would be back to back for the Bluegrass Basketball state!