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Bloomfield may want to consider a name change

Tuesday, December 31, 2002

There are a few sure things in the world.

The sun rises in the east and sets in the west, the leaves will fall in October, and Dexter wins Bloomfield Christmas Tournaments in December.

At least the latter seems that way.

After Monday's dominating 80-37 win over Twin Rivers in the 46th Bloomfield tourney, make it five in a row for the Dexter Bearcats.

Prior to Dexter's current streak, no team had ever won four Bloomfield titles in a row.

Not even in the 58-year history of the currently named seMissourian Christmas Tournament has a team ever won five tournament titles in a row.

Bloomfield may want to consider a name change also. Dexter Invitational anyone?

"I never would've imagined that a team could dominate a tournament like this -- definitely not," said Portageville head coach Jim Bidewell. "That's just unbelievable that they could do that."

It also keeps alive Dexter's getting-to-be-ridiculous 34-game winning streak at Bloomfield High School.

Dexter's streak is something that may never be topped. Ever.

They haven't lost at Bloomfield High School since the Stoddard County Tournament in 1998.

They haven't lost in the Christmas tournament since Dec. of 1997.

When Dexter head coach Eric Sitze was asked if he would like to move Bloomfield's gymnasium to Dexter his response was predictable.

"Yeah, we'll take it," he said. "I'd move the gym and the atmosphere. We like it."

With an overflow crowd on hand, the gymnasium was sticky and hot, which made the floor slick.

Fans came out in droves to see Dexter, which some had pegged as an underdog in this game (me not included), finally get beat.

Maybe it was Dexter's deceiving pre-tournament 2-3 record.

Maybe it was the fact that Twin Rivers was a last-second shot away from beating Dexter earlier this month.

Or maybe fans remembered last year's epic game in which the Royals lost in overtime, albeit not without some controversy.

But there was no controversy this time.

Dexter's 43-point margin is the third most lopsided win in Bloomfield championship history.

Only Bloomfield's 59 and 51-point wins in 1964 and 1965 top Dexter's performance on Monday.

Dexter's 80 points is the most in the title game since 1994. Twin Rivers' 37 is the fewest in the title game since 1965, when, ironically, Dexter posted 34.

"They really play well in front of a lot of people," said Twin Rivers head coach Scott Kruse. "They play really, really well at this time of year. They respond real well to all these people and the big atmosphere."

And Dexter isn't just winning these tournaments. They are rolling through these teams.

They won their four games in this year's tournament by an average score of 40 points.

They came close to breaking Puxico's 1989 record for most points in a single tournament, falling just nine short with 368 points.

With their fifth straight championship, they have defeated Doniphan and Portageville two times each, and now Twin Rivers, by an average score of 21 points.

It's probably not much fun for everybody else, but it's party time in Dexter.

And who's to say Dexter can't win six in a row?

"I can't even think about that right now," said Sitze.