LAPEER COUNTY — High school spring sports were allowed to begin official spring practices Monday, March 9. The first official games can be played, weather depending of course, with golf and tennis on March 16 and baseball, softall, soccer, lacrosse and track and field on March 18. The unusual and mild winter may actually cooperate this spring, but the milder weather that brought lots of rain and not so much snow will still have fields wet and muddy with many unable to take the day-to-day grind of practices and games. Fingers crossed, we can get spring season underway well before mid-April, as we have seen over the past couple of years. — L.P.