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Is playing in March madness?

Longtime Champion baseball coach Bill Thorne always liked to schedule as many games as possible in March each season.

His reasoning was that there often are stretches of three to four days in late March when the weather is nice enough to get a game in.

Invariably, most if not all of the Golden Flashes’ March games were postponed because of rain, snow or a wet field, but at least he tried.

The Ohio High School Athletic Association may be taking that idea a bit too far.

The official start of the OHSAA season was Friday for boys tennis and Saturday for baseball, softball and track — the same day the boys state basketball tournament finished up.

Only a couple of the handful of events scheduled for Friday were reported to the Tribune Chronicle. So, we’re assuming the others were postponed.

More of the same is to be expected this week when the schedule kicks in for good, but like coach Thorne, they at least are trying.

As the spring sports season begins for area schools, we begin our preseason coverage with today’s story on the area’s most successful spring — or any season — team in recent years, the Champion softball team.

In addition to the story, we have preseason capsules on several other teams on Page C3. These capsules are submitted by the teams’ coaches and we will continue to run them and more stories in the Tribune over the next two weeks.

Our capsule form was sent out a few weeks ago to area athletic directors to distribute to their coaches and we have had a good response from the coaches in filling them out and sending them in. If your favorite team’s capsule is not in today’s paper, it should be printed next Sunday or the week after.

Meanwhile, before the spring season gets too far along, Trumbull County has a couple of events to help close out the winter sports season.

Tonight, the Trumbull County Coaches Association will reveal its boys and girls basketball players of the year at the TCCA’s annual banquet.

And Tuesday, at Warren G. Harding High School, senior stars from the county will play against senior stars from Mahoning County in the annual Frank Bubba Classic.

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