Remember the past, think of the future, but focus on the present

Wednesday was “Back to the Future Day” around the country- playing off the fact that “Back to the Future II” predicted the Cubs would beat the Marlins in the 2015 World Series.

Aside from the fact both of those teams are National League teams, making it technically impossible, I’ll say the movie was pretty close.

The Cubs were eliminated by the Mets on Wednesday.

The movie also essentially predicted: compost material being able to run cars, flying cars, new necktie fashions, ejection seats, hoverboards and people still getting their news from newspapers.

The newspapers thing is accurate and the flying cars is getting close. A March 2015 article in “Forbes” details a slovakian company working on a model for a 2017 market release.

While some of the other 30 or so predictions were close, most were way off.

All this should prove that, outside of playing fantasy sports, predicting the future is tough.

With football playoffs already underway, volleyball playoffs coming up soon and cross country about to enter sections, it’s important for local prep athletes to focus on the here and now.

If the Marshall football team beats Hutchinson on Saturday, they will head to state for the first time since 1991.

Coincidentally, that’s just two years after BTTFII?came out .

The Tracy-Milroy-Balaton football team has a chance to make its second trip to the state tournament in the past five years.

TMB made a 2013 trip and Tracy High School made it to state in 1984 before Milroy and Balaton joined the party.

With volleyball sections starting up next week, Marshall, TMB and Minneota have a combined 47 state tournament appearances.

TMB has two appearances with all three towns co-oped and the rest are prior to Balaton joining.

Canby, Wabasso and Westbrook-Walnut Grove are also high seeds in the Section 3A tournament.

The Lancer volleyball program is looking for its first ever trip to the state tournament while Wabasso is seeking its third ever trip to state and its first since 1992.

WWG is also looking for its first state tournament appearances.

The Marshall boys cross country program captured its sixth straight conference championship this week while the girls won their fourth straight conference title.

The boys program will be trying to make its sixth trip to the state meet while the girls are looking for their 13th appearance in the state meet.

Both programs are trying to win their first state championships in school history.

It’s important for the athletes to remember that the day is coming, if it hasn’t already, when you don’t get a second chance.

It’s win or stay home.

The past no longer matters and the future can wait.

Focus on the present, the right now.

Best of luck this postseason.