Editor’s Notebook: Spring is finally here | Sports columns

Editor’s Notebook: Spring is finally here |  Sports columns

It’s been that long since a high school spring athletic event. Tomorrow, everything changes. Tomorrow, the NHIAA website lists 71 events in baseball, softball, lacrosse and tennis. There’s a baseball game scheduled for White Mountains Regional in Whitefield, a boys lacrosse game at Nashua South, and events pretty much everywhere in between.

Editor’s Notebook: Finally, spring has sprung | Sports Columns Welcome back, spring athletes. If you’re a senior, cherish what you have. Maybe your double-play partner on the diamond or your doubles mate on the tennis court was part of the graduating Class of 2020. We don’t have to tell you what kind of a spring season they had: a nonexistent one.

You bet New Hampshire Lottery officials counted 286,400 bets made over the three weeks of hoops action. That’s more than 52 bucks per wager.

The final number is in: Granite Staters wagered more than $15 million on the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. That’s out of an estimated $10.4 billion bet nationally, according to reports. Through the prism of the pandemic, we saw sports success stories during the fall and winter high school seasons. Starting tomorrow, we’ll do the same for spring.

Oh, and the NH lottery folks expect “high volume” for the Masters this weekend, too. To say that NCAA rule changes have altered the landscape, especially for college hockey, would be like saying a Great Dane is a dog.

On the Division I hockey scene, reports are circulating that close to 300 players nationally are in the transfer portal. A Lowell Sun story last week listed seven UMass Lowell River Hawks in the transfer portal. “The pasture is always greener on the other side,” said Lowell coach Norm Bazin, who was born in Manitoba so he should know about pastures. College hockey chaos

Pity poor coaches trying to recruit and plan rosters for upcoming seasons. And that’s not even considering the growing trend of players turning pro waaaay before completing their eligibility. College hockey chaos

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