Here comes summer

Michael Tortorich
Michael Tortorich is a reporter for The Gonzales Weekly Citizen. He can be reached at reporter1 @

Step outside and the temperature will tell you – summer is right around the corner.

I recently flew out to California to spend a few days soaking up some sun (sans the humidity). Those folks out there don’t realize how good they have it. They get all the sun without any of the humidity. Plus, rain is a rare event. The mornings are pleasantly cool, and so are the evenings. The weather is simply perfect.

Maybe that’s why so many people there enjoy getting out and taking part in a variety of sports and activities. Going for a jog is not nearly as daunting a task as it is in Louisiana. Without the humidity, I barely broke a sweat.

It was a coincidence that LSU’s baseball team was in the Los Angeles Regional at the same time I was out there. I had planned my trip weeks in advance. When I flew out of New Orleans, I encountered several Tiger fans headed to the tournament.

When I arrived in Los Angeles, I?found a few Lakers fans who were rooting on their team in the NBA Finals. Sure, I saw a lot of Lakers gear, and even some USC and UCLA stuff. But, I’d say Louisiana has them beat on sports fans. Of course, I’m only going on what I encountered in the handful of days I was there, so my survey is not scientific by any means.

While it feels good to be home in Louisiana, I have a feeling I’ll be California dreaming for quite some time.

Well, now that I’m back home, I see that the camps and clinics are getting into full gear. I have been able to swing by a few to get some photos, but unfortunately it will be tough for me to get to every one. With that being said, I welcome everyone to share their photos. I am trying my best to get everyone’s photos and articles published. I have quite a backlog, but I will eventually get everything printed. I have a lot to keep track of, so do not hesitate to contact me if something seems missing.

Episcopal golfer Brooke Dillon, a Prairieville resident, was named Newcomer of the Year on the all-metro girls golf team.

She placed third at the Metro tournament and won the Division II state title as a fourth-grader.

Her coach, Andrew Wyly, was Coach of the Year.

The New Orleans Hornets have a new leader. Monty Williams will be the ninth head coach for the franchise.

A former first-round draft choice from Notre Dame, he played nine seasons in the NBA.

At 38, he is currently the youngest head coach in the league. He inherits a team that went 37-45 last season.