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Thursday, Apr. 24, 2014

Sikeston: King of spring

Sunday, May 19, 2002

It seemed appropriate on Thursday that Sikeston's baseball team clinched a district title. After all, it was "sweeps" month on television.

With the Bulldogs' 7-6, 10-inning victory against Kennett, Sikeston made it a clean sweep this spring with four district championships in four sports.

Prior to the baseball team's thrilling come-from-behind win, the Sikeston High School athletic program had already claimed district titles in tennis, golf and track and field.

And to think that just four months ago, a SpeakOut caller was claiming Sikeston's athletic program was in shambles.

When in fact, for the second year in a row, Sikeston's spring sports dominated the area. Last year the Bulldogs had district championships in three of the four sports, just missing out in golf.

This year, not only did Sikeston win district titles, but they have an argument of having the best baseball and tennis teams around. The track and field team is probably the second best in the area behind Poplar Bluff, and the golf team is right at the top too.

In fact, the Bulldog golf team beat out Dexter, who eventually won the state championship, for the district title.

The track and field squad took second in the SEMO Conference meet and the Jackson Invitational, both to leader Poplar Bluff. But the Bulldogs were undefeated in dual meets this year.

Sikeston's tennis team went 11-1, losing their first match of the year to Cape Central. The Bulldogs won the rematch with the Tigers convincingly, 8-1.

The baseball team, currently 19-2, lost to Cape Central and Jackson early in the season. But they avenged both losses with 10-7 and 17-0 victories.

Sikeston is currently on a 14-game winning streak heading into Thursday's sectional game with North County.

* Speaking of having a solid spring, Sikeston Junior High might have fielded its greatest track and field team ever.

Six junior high records were broken and one was tied this year by the ninth graders. In the eighth grade, two records fell this year.

Here are the records that fell this year starting with the ninth grade.

* The 4 x 100 meter relay team of Brandon Williams, Apollo Patterson, Thomas Elery and Felante Larry set a new mark at 44.8 seconds.

The old record of 45.27 was set in 1988 by Marcus Turner, Bryan Doyen, Scott Bratcher and Bryon Howard.

* The 4 x 200 meter relay team of Williams, Marcus McCaster, Larry and Elery set a new mark at 1:33.

The old record of 1:36 was set in 2000 by Tori Rose, Jacob Kaiser, Michael Colon and Keena Hatcher.

* Tyler Woodson shattered the 75 meter hurdles record with a time of 10.2 seconds. Wilbert Gayden had the old mark of 10.6 seconds in 1986.

* Max Hanson broke the pole vault record with a height of 13'0". Tommy Masterson previously held the record of 12'3" set in 1988.

* Joe Johnson broke the discus record with a toss of 126'10". Demetrius Baker set the old mark of 121'5" in 1992.

* Felante Larry broke the triple jump record with a leap of 42'02". Jeremy Idleman had the old mark of 39'0".

* Larry also tied the 100 meter dash mark with a time of 11.1 seconds. Larry will share the record with Scott and Clarence Bratcher.

* In the eighth grade, Clay Lincoln broke the 800 meter run and the 1600 meter run records. He ran the 800 meters in 2:14. Tim Johnson held the old mark of 2:16.

In the 1600 meters, Lincoln ran a 4:50 to break Roger Bannister's old mark of 4:57.