A month into the baseball season and already there are promising signs that Lincoln baseball may be competitive heading toward the post season.
Northeast, North Star, Southeast, Pius X and Southwest all are in the upper half of the wildcard point standings.
That's a good sign, if you are a player, coach or fan of any of these teams. Southeast, though, has the proud distinction of upsetting Grand Island on Thursday, winning 4-3, and giving the Islanders their first loss of the season.
Lincoln East came close to beating Grand Island on March 31, but fell 3-2 at Ryder Park. Northeast went to GI and fell 5-2 this past Saturday.
Southeast, meanwhile, will look to pull off another upset on Monday, when they host Omaha Creighton Prep, who is 11-1 on the year and undefeated against Nebraska teams. Prep, who I think is still tough, isn't as tough as they have in the past couple of years.
Last Monday, East kept the Junior Jays at bay for four innings with a 1-1 ballgame. But Prep got four straight hits with two out in the top of the fifth and knocked in five runs that ultimately gave them the win over the Spartans.
After starting the year 2-3, Northeast won five games in a row before losing at Grand Island. Still, the Rockets got a big win over Bellevue West April 2 that may help their point standing.
There's still plenty of baseball left before districts start May 6-7.
CONGRATS TO SOUTHWEST ON THE HAC SOCCER TITLE
Lincoln Southwest boys and girls captured the Heartland Athletic Conference soccer championships on Saturday.
The Silver Hawk boys edged the favorite, Grand Island, 3-1. The Southwest girls earned a 1-0 win over rival Lincoln Southeast in a highly contested championship.
The boys victory came at a perfect time for head coach Geoff Weller. He's celebrating his birthday this weekend. Happy Birthday, Coach!
While we're talking soccer, we still have a few more webcasts to bring you here on LincolnPrepSports.com and LincolnMetroSports.com. Check the broadcast schedule for both sites to see which games we plan to cover in the next few weeks.
Speaking of birthdays, my father, Jerry Motz, is celebrating his 70th this weekend. Doesn't seem possible but he's among the first group of the baby boomers to hit that milestone.
Two weeks ago, I celebrated by 39th birthday and I'm not so much looking forward to 40. I keep hearing from others who say they had a tough time turning 30 and 40 was great. I'm the opposite, but we'll see how things progress in the next year.
I may have a different outlook by that point. Highly doubtful.