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The men’s basketball team has almost made this winter bearable with an impressive 11-3 home record. Seniors like Cam Smith and Carter Wright had impressive final seasons, and sophomore Joey Miller really brought the team to life this year. But I am done being stuck inside watching basketball. More than anything, I want spring sports to finally start.

Baseball was supposed to have their opener this past weekend at home against Frostburg State. But thanks to Mother Nature, the game had to be canceled- three times. College baseball still uses metal bats, and the sound of a baseball hitting a metal bat is a lot more exciting than a basketball through a hoop.

The baseball team has only been a varsity sport since 2002 (joining the ODAC the next year). They had their best season ever last year going 17-15. This was the first winning season in the team’s history. Personally, I’m looking forward to seeing Will Black and Will Decker play, who both had great seasons last year as sophomores.

The team will play their first games this coming weekend as they travel to William Peace University and NC Wesleyan. But the team won’t have their first game at home until they face Ferrum on Feb. 24th at 3PM.

In the ODAC Preseason Poll they were ranked 5th. Hopefully the baseball team will continue to build upon the success they had last semester.

The men’s lacrosse season starts this weekend as well, unfortunately they will also be traveling. Just like baseball, their home opener will be the 24th at 3:30PM. It’s not like anyone would want to watch both…

The men’s lacrosse team finished the 2015 season 12-7, 7-2 in ODAC. During the season the head coach, Bill Pilat, earned his 300th career win. Players Will Pilat, junior, and Kevin Jackson, sophomore, will hopefully shine again this year for the Maroons. Combined the two scored 50 goals with 43 assists last season.

The men’s lacrosse team is also looking good in preseason polls. They’ve been ranked number 12 in the nation by Lacrosse Magazine. In the 2016 ODAC Preseason Poll, released by the league, the Maroons were ranked second behind rival Lynchburg College.

The women’s lacrosse team will still be fighting the reputation they got last year when the school decided to make an example out of them. (For those who aren’t aware, the team was caught “hazing” and the Dean’s Office and Athletic Department made them forfeit five games and the captains sit out an extra game.)

In the ODAC preseason poll, the women Maroons were selected to finish third behind Randolph-Macon, and Washington and Lee. Unfortunately, the women’s team won’t play their first home game until late March.

As nice as it was to watch the men’s basketball team this winter, I’m tired of having to be inside watching sports inside. Climate control is overrated, let’s see games that are affected by the weather.