MT. VERNON —
Jefferson County sports fans might have a bit of a lull next week, but the spring sports season is rapidly approaching.
Snow and ice blanketed the county earlier this week and postponed the opening days of practice for several squads. Now they have to compete with cold temperatures that have kept many inside through the later part of the week.
Despite the minor delays some teams have started action. Track teams had already competed in indoor competitions and starting the week of March 17th baseball and softball teams will start their regular seasons with soccer and tennis following.
Mt. Vernon's baseball team will try to follow up a glittering 2013 campaign that finished with fourth place in class 3A. The Rams schedule this season is highlighted by an April trip to Paducah, Ky. where challenges from Memphis U High, Bartlett, Tenn. and Henderson, Ky. await.
Mt. Vernon's softball team ended with a losing record last season but returns several underclass players. The Lady Rams season ended in an odd fashion a year ago. Rain delayed their playoff game against Carbondale in the fifth inning. The delay lasted for about 90 minutes before the game was called with the Lady Rams down 6-5.
Webber's baseball team enters the season as defending regional champions. The Trojans knocked off rival Woodlawn to claim their first baseball crown. Webber starts its season on Monday, March 17 against Cisne. The matchup is part of an eight-team tournament Webber is hosting that will last the entire week.
The Rams track team had one medalist at the state meet a season ago. Joesph McDanel jumped his way to ninth place last spring as a junior.
Boys tennis will be the latest starting sport of the spring. Mt. Vernon's opening match doesn't come until Wednesday, April 2 when the Rams host Herrin. Last year Aaron Neibert qualified for state as a senior for the Rams.
Paul Hines is the sports editor at the Register-News.