Cody W. Pattison: Column by It sure doesn't feel like spring sports season is here, but, it is

Mar. 21—I woke up around 2 p.m. on Monday.

After dragging myself to the coffee maker and brewing a pot, I slugged over to my personal gym (known as the living room), put some Action Bronson on my speakers and started swinging my kettlebells and Bulgarian bag around for a brisk workout.

I drank my first cup of joe after the brief workout and watched the snow trickle down from the sky. "It doesn't feel like the spring sports season to me," I thought to myself.

Basketball season has come to an abrupt end, folks.

The last two teams standing in the PIAA playoffs for Lawrence County were the Union High girls basketball team and Mohawk's boys team. On Saturday, both the Lady Scots and the Warriors were handed losses in the PIAA Class 1A and Class 3A quarterfinals, respectively.

Union was looking to defend its PIAA Class 1A title it won for the first time last season. Not to be deterred, Union coach Rob Nogay told the members of his team who also play softball, "Hey, you guys are highly decorated and you're going to move onto softball now and you better win a championship."

The Lady Scots not only won the WPIAL and PIAA titles in basketball last year, but they also won the WPIAL Class 1A softball crown and took silver in the state championship. It sure doesn't feel like spring, but it still feels like another good season for The U.

Only two school districts in Lawrence County have walked away with WPIAL gold in a team sport for the 2023-24 season. Those two teams are the aforementioned Union girls basketball squad and Mohawk's girls cross country team.

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The Lady Scots not only became back-to-back WPIAL champions in basketball this season, but now the softball team is looking to go for a three-peat in the WPIAL Class 1A championship and hopefully return to the PIAA championship to take gold for the first time in the program's history.

Another pair of strong WPIAL championship contenders — and a great Lawrence County rivalry to watch out for — will be the Neshannock and Laurel softball teams. Both contenders faced off in the WPIAL Class 2A championship last season and Neshannock won the contest.

The Lady Lancers rolled on to make history with a 48-game win streak, the longest-known undefeated streak in the WPIAL.

The really interesting team to keep an eye on is Mohawk's baseball team. The Mohawk boys who play multiple sports are trying to finish their story, and finish strong, mind you.

On the gridiron, the Warriors made it to the WPIAL semifinals for the first time in the program's history but came up short. On the hardwood, Mohawk reached the WPIAL semifinals for the first time since 1970 and were defeated.

The Warriors are still looking for the elusive gold (Au79) that's remained so close yet so far away from them all year. If that isn't a motivator to end the story on a high note ... I don't know what is.

"I am I and I intend to go, go, go," — Mr. Motivator by IDLES