Spring teams meet as winter clings

A boy pitches a baseball

Bill Reynolds

FRIGID FASTBALL - La Conner Braves senior pitcher Ivory Damien wrapped up a typically cold first week of the spring sports season with a Friday throwing session while donning winter gear. The Braves' home opener is at 4 p.m. March 14 with non-league foe Evergreen of Seattle.

Longtime La Conner High School baseball coach Jeremiah LeSourd has a favorite saying this time of year.

"You know it's the start of baseball season," he often notes at the end of February and start of March, "because there'll be snow on the ground."

Mother Nature has been true to form this year.

The first week of practice for Braves baseball, Lady Braves softball, and La Conner track and field and golf teams was met variously with snow, hail, wind and rain. All that plus a couple brief sun breaks.

La Conner athletes did their best to warm to the occasion, as they were greeted to workouts b...

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