Usually, the news from the first week of April is all on the field.You have the girls and boys soccer playoffs, the country club sports going through their regular seasons, the track and field seasons are approaching district meets. Finally, the softball and baseball seasons are heading toward the end.However, off the field, two big stories impacted our coverage area last week. One was good. The other was not so good.So let’s start with the good. On Monday, the Northwest ISD school board was expected to rubber stamp the hiring of Aledo girls basketball coach Rusty Johnson to the same position at Northwest.This hiring probably caught a lot of people off guard. The first question that’s probably being asked is what is a guy doing leaving a program as successful as Aledo was and taking over a program in as bad shape as Northwest is in?Well, when I recently talked with Johnson, he said two things motivated the move. First, he has more family out in this area, so he can be closer to them. He doesn’t have any relatives in Parker County. Second, he wanted the challenge of taking over a program that had nowhere to go but up and build it.Sometimes, coaches can look at a bad situation and see a bright future. A couple of things have to influence the move. There has to be an influx of talent coming through the middle schools. Northwest officials believe there is.There also has to be administration support. You couldn’t have an athletic director more determined to have Northwest and Byron Nelson competing at the highest level than Susan Elza. Elza has made changes in just about all the major sports at Northwest – football, boys basketball, boys soccer and baseball – and has seen positive results.Just give the Johnson era some time. It likely won’t be in 2013-2014 where you witness the greatest turnaround in the history of girls Class 5A basketball. But Northwest will be better. Johnson lost only four district games in his four years at Aledo. He may lose four district games by early January. That’s the task he faces.As for the not-so-good, that’s Keller Timber Creek running back Cedric Dale leaving the school and transferring to Hebron on April 1. Dale is a bona fide Division I athlete. He already has offers from Texas Tech and North Texas. But this move was done for family reasons, so his mother’s work commute wouldn’t suffer.You couldn’t find a better competitor. Last year, Dale broke his arm in October and it was thought he was done for the season. However, he returned and rushed the Falcons into the Class 5A Division II state playoffs.Expectations for Timber Creek were going to be big for 2013. But Dale’s moving to Hebron really changes the prospects for the fall. Understandably, coach Kevin Golden didn’t want to talk about it. I don’t blame him.With spring football starting at the end of the month, Golden and his staff have to start over and figure how they are going to move the football. I don’t envy them.Finally, here are the spring football dates for our coverage teams. Dates are subject to change. The last date is typically the day of the spring game. Carroll – April 29-May 23; Colleyville Heritage – May 1-30; Grapevine – May 6-30; Justin Northwest – April 24-May 22; Keller - April 29-May 29; Keller Central – April 24-May 24; Keller Fossil Ridge – April 29-May 23; Keller Timber Creek – April 29-May 23; Northwest Byron Nelson – April 25-May 23.