The track and field teams were soundly defeated on Tuesday in a dual meet at Mountain View. Actually, it was technically a three-way meet that included Gilchrist, but I think Gilchrist has a total of 7 tracksters, so, basically, it was a dual meet between Crook County and Mountain View.
   And while the Cowboys and Cowgirls were both easily defeated, Coach Ernie Brooks said dual meets, especially during the middle of the week, aren't much of a concern.
   Dual meets, such as the one on Tuesday at Mountain View, are more or less used for Brooks to see some his younger athletes and junior varsity tracksters at the varsity level.
   So, while they did lose, no biggie, really. Such "big name" athletes like David Parks, who's ranked No. 1 in the Class 5A in the 100 meters, did not race the 100 at Mountain View.
   Parks will be running the 100 this weekend at the Springfield Twilight Invitational, slated to start Friday.
   In other news, the Cowboys baseball team lost on Tuesday 6-1 at Burns. No details to report.
   Coach Lowenbach and Coach Sloper are putting on a junior Cowboys/Cowgirls basketball camp. It's for kids in K-4 and will start April 16 through May 9. It will meet every Monday and Wednesday from 5:15 to 6 p.m. Sign ups will be on April 16 at the CCHS Commons at 5 p.m. For more info, and since you're on your computer right now, e-mail Coach Lowenbach at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Coach Sloper at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
   And last night was the Fenway debut of Dice-K!!!!!!!! And it stunk!!!! Well, Dice-K pitched well, but Felix Hernandez stole the show by pitching a one-hitter for the Mariners.
   Sadly, I'm a firm believer that every time I watch a Red Sox game on TV, I jinx them. EVERY TIME! I couldn't tell you the last time I watched the Sox on TV and they won. It was probably when they won the World Series in 2004...OK, now I feel better.
   But seriously, what's the deal with the superstitious fan? I myself am one of them. During football season, when the Patriots are on, I don't move my position on the couch for the entire game. My friend Jordan, a Colts fan, will only talk to me on the phone during the commercials. And during a Sox game, prior to them winning the Series in 2004, I use to have a routine that made Nomar Garciaparra's batting routine look silly. I'm not going to get into it, for obvious reasons. But when did the fan actually think they could alter the game -- a game being played some 3,000 miles away, mind you -- with how they sat on the couch?
   See, this is the one and only reason on why I should NEVER report on the Sox or Pats or Celtics or Bruins. Can you imagine me covering the Sox in the playoffs? That'd be some objective reporting.
   Happy Thursday, kids!
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