We have repeatedly chided Adelanto leaders for their positions on pot and prisons, not necessarily in that order, and we're still not excited about either despite the financial ramifications for the city.

But we do believe the City Council deserves praise for expanding its vision to include sports. The loss of the High Desert Mavericks stunned some High Desert baseball fans, particularly after the minor-league team captured the California League championship last summer.

But Adelanto has filled the void with an independent semi-pro baseball team, the High Desert Yardbirds, which begin play Thursday in California City. That's a step in the right direction. It's hard to know how high the caliber of play in this league will be, but at least local baseball fans will have an alternative if they don't want to travel afar to watch live baseball.

Now comes even more exciting news. Adelanto Stadium will serve as home to two professional soccer teams next year. The High Desert Fury will have a men's and women's team and will provide High Desert soccer fans with a chance to get their sports entertainment fix without having to drive down the hill.

Both Fury teams are subsidiaries of the Ontario Fury, the Major Arena Soccer League team that has been calling Citizens Business Bank Arena home.

The Ontario Fury is about to embark on its fifth season. It turns out High Desert residents make up a big portion of the Fury's fanbase, so the team feels expansion to our region makes sense.

We're sure it does. Soccer is huge in the High Desert, and most everywhere else these days, so we expect fan support for both the Fury men's and women's teams to be solid.

Adelanto clearly made a good choice in working with Geoff Hinds and the San Bernardino County Fair staff to help fill out the stadium's schedule and we're excited to see what else will be coming to this venue in the future.

It's good to see Adelanto committing time and energy to positive pursuits, especially those that can have a positive impact on children. Pro baseball and soccer teams such as these expand the High Desert's entertainment options and families don't have to break the bank to take their kids to these games.

That makes them a win-win for everyone.