Late February is the major transitional time of the high school athletics calendar. The girls and boys basketball seasons are each in the playoffs.The state wrestling and swimming and diving meets are being held in Austin. So with titles on the line, something unfortunately gets moved to the back of the bus.That’s baseball.If you didn’t catch – and chances are you may not have – the 2013 season began last week with tournaments all over the North Texas area.So this is where this weekly space can serve in the department of bringing you up to speed on some of the key elements as the season begins.To review, Byron Nelson, Colleyville Heritage, Grapevine, Carroll, Keller, Keller Central and Keller Fossil Ridge all went to the 2012 postseason. Only Keller Timber Creek and Northwest did not make it. Byron Nelson and Colleyville Heritage advanced to the area round. Carroll made the deepest run as it lost to Arlington Martin in the Region I championship round.Northeast Tarrant County produces some of the best baseball in the Fort Worth-Dallas area. This year will be no different.Some of storylines we’ll watch is if Carroll has another deep playoff run. Kenny Hill is back and the pitching staff should be strong again, led by Tyler Alexander.Colleyville Heritage will have Cody Thomas in the outfield and Preston Palmeiro at third. The pitching staff is led by Nolan Brown. Grapevine is going to be in a pretty good shape with the likes of Connor McGuire anchoring the pitching staff and Satchel Goodwin playing in the outfield.Pitcher Sheldon Neuse will lead Keller Fossil Ridge’s hopes toward a return to the postseason. And you can never count out Keller, because the Indians have a rich history of making the playoffs.What you hope for is that there is marked improvement for both Timber Creek and Northwest and see if either or both have enough to overtake somebody else to break through.Carroll swimmers dominate againLike cross country, Carroll’s dominance at the state swimming meet this past weekend in Austin is a testament to the school’s drive to be the best in every sport.The boys and girls teams each captured the state championships. The boys won their third consecutive title. There’s no reason to think a fourth consecutive title isn’t possible. Junior Jonathan Roberts won the 200 and 500-yard freestyle. He set a record in the 200 at 1:36.34.What was impressive is how convincingly the girls won their state title. While individual state titles weren’t the focus, the consistency was. Several relay teams and individuals finished in the top three. Carroll finished with 474 points. They outdistanced San Antonio Reagan by 207.5 points. Meanwhile, the boys had 514 points, 223.5 points more than Reagan.Ridge wrestlers win stateSo three times is a charm for Keller Fossil Ridge wrestlers Paige Garcia and Dammion Heard. Each had been to the state wrestling meet in the previous two years only to be denied. It hurt Heard harder since he lost in the finals in 2011 and 2012.But last Saturday each broke through and stoop atop the podium. Garcia finished a 28-0 season by winning the girls 215-pound division. Heard won in the boys 113-pound division. He finished 46-0.The message from something like this is that one should never give up on a goal until it is attained. Once it is, he or she can look back knowing giving every ounce of effort was worth it. Garcia and Heard lived that philosophy.