Ritzel: Feeling thankful for return of spring interscholastic sports

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It was a beautiful day on June 8, 2019, as I walked through the parking lot at NYSEG Stadium in Binghamton.

Skaneateles baseball, fresh off a Section III title, had just lost a tight battle to Susquehanna Valley in the Class B state quarterfinal. That loss signaled the end of The Citizen’s high school sports coverage for the 2019 spring season and 2018-19 academic year.

Later that month, we began our coverage of (little did we know at the time) the Auburn Doubledays’ final season in the New York-Penn League.

Skaneateles was one of several spring teams to string together stellar seasons that year. Auburn’s boys and girls lacrosse teams each advanced to their respective section championship. Auburn baseball made it to the section semifinal, as did Port Byron softball. Port Byron/Union Springs baseball had an undefeated regular season before bowing out in the section quarterfinals.

Those were only a handful of the numerous compelling teams from that spring.

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