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A letter to all spring athletes: Don't let Mother Nature win

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Havre Daily News/Colin Thompson

Havre High's Alex Donaldson hits a shot during the 2017 Havre Invitational tennis tournament. On that day, April 7, 2017, the temperature reached 64 degrees in Havre. One year later, winter hasn't even come close to loosening its grip on Havre or the Hi-Line, and it's had a profound effect on the beginning of the spring sports season.

Here we go again.

Snow, the winter temperatures, it's all coming back. Actually, it really hasn't left Havre and the Hi-Line. So, I think, and I speak from a unique persepctive, that it's getting really frustrating for those of us involved with spring high school sports.

I have coached tennis for 17 years, and I have never seen the first 20 days of a season look like this, not for tennis, track, softball or golf.

Sure, we've had our share of bad weather over the years. We have had plenty of practices in the gym, and plenty of meets and tournaments canceled or postponed.

But not like t...

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