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Predictions for the spring season

It seems like just yesterday that I was taking a look back at my winter picks.

And now it’s already time to release my predictions for the spring season. But I guess that is just the nature of how things go when you have a few teams that go deep into one season. The next one seems to creep up on you real fast.

Nevertheless, this is not about looking at the past. This is about predicting the future and so far this year, I have had quite a bit of success. While I have never been 100 percent correct in my seasonal picks, I feel that it is only a matter of time.

Who knows, this could be the first one. At least lets hope so.

I love the spring season, especially after a long winter like we just had. It is so nice to finally get outside, even though the first few weeks can make you wish for an inside game to go to.

Last year at this time, I was about to scrap this whole predictions idea. I sure am glad I didn’t.

So here you have it — the spring predictions. Lets hope this goes much like the last two.

Conant Baseball: Can they build off last year’s semifinal run?

While the Orioles lost most of their infield and catcher from last year’s semifinals team, I still think this team is going to be right there in the end. They should be able to make up for most of that lost production on offense and with three very talented senior pitchers, the Orioles should go far. This team will get back to the Final Four and advance to the Division III title game and then it will come down to seven innings.

Track & Field: How many divisional champions will there be?

I’m going to say at least three. There is definitely the potential for more, but I don’t want to go too far out on a limb. Conant senior Katie Tonyai won two of the three events she entered last year and will at least do the same in 2013. ConVal senior Tom Hughes took home the discus title last year and while he could very well repeat that performance this spring, I think he will most certainly win the shot put. And Mascenic sophomore Tim Fafard will win one of the two distance events, the 1,600 or the 3,200 meters, at the Division III Championships whichever one he plans to concentrate on.

Mascenic softball: Can they get over the hump?

The Vikings were within one win in the regular season finale of making the playoffs. But it won’t come down to that. I think they will be much improved and won’t need to rely on a late season win to make the D-III tournament.

ConVal girls tennis: Can they finally make the postseason?

The Cougars were close last year and despite losing three from the top six, I believe this team has what it takes. Maybe I’m just buying into the enthusiasm of coach Greg Morris, but I think the Cougars will take one of the final two spots in the eight-team Division II tournament.

WLC softball: What will the Warriors do for an encore?

WLC was a perfect 22-0 last year and won the Division IV title, but it will be hard to defend that championship. After losing Sam Broderick, arguably the most dominant hitter in Division IV who just happened to be the Warriors’ star pitcher, it will be an adjustment. But this offense is still potent and I believe WLC will host a playoff game in 2013 and make it to the quarterfinal round.

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