Nobody asked me but...here are my predictions for the upcoming boys and girls district tournaments.
Sikeston and Notre Dame will meet in the final of the boys Class 4, District 1 tournament on Friday night. This much anticipated matchup has two of the best players in the region meeting on the same floor in Sikeston's Michael Porter and Notre Dame's Ryan Willen.
Notre Dame has rolled through their regular season schedule and are currently ranked No. 3 in Class 4. Sikeston has hit some bumps in the road with injuries and some poor play at times.
The deciding factor in the contest will be the play of Sikeston's guards. They have struggled at times with turnovers and poor shooting. Look for Notre Dame to put constant heat on Sikeston's ballhandlers.
Decision time...it hurts me to write, but I am going with Notre Dame to win the district crown. I am not sold on the guards of Sikeston and I believe Notre Dame will hit some clutch shots from the perimeter when it counts.
* On the girls side for Class 4, District 1, Fredericktown will face...this can't be correct, dang, the Notre Dame Lady Bulldogs. Sorry Dexter fans, your year is next season. Kristain Burger is dominating in the paint for Notre Dame and Meridith Medlin will control the perimeter.
Fredericktown has a nice duo in outside threat Courtney Kemp and inside presence Betsy Royer. However, I question their schedule, while Notre Dame has played top-notch competition. I will take Notre Dame in a mild upset.
Yes, I said it. Notre Dame in the boys-girls sweep.
* Charleston should take care of business and defeat the Portageville Bulldogs for the Class 3, District 1 crown. Charleston is just too good and seem to be peaking at the right time. Jamarcus Williams is starting to dominate in the paint and point guard Shawn Sherrell, well, is just the best guard in the area.
Portageville will have a tough time defeating Scott City in the semifinals, but I will go with the experience of head coach Jim Bidewell. Trey Mosby seems to be carrying Portageville on his back and if forward Marcus Greene and Kony Ealy can both play solid games on the same night, watch out for Portageville.
On the girls side, I will pick an upset. Portageville will upend Class 3 power Kelly in the finals. I enjoy the intensity of Portageville guard Hannah Rone and the emerging scoring threat in sophomore Brittney Walker. If forward Kellye Penn can stay out of foul trouble, look for the Lady Bulldogs to hoist their first district crown since 1988.
* Advance should win the Class 2, District 3 title over Puxico. The Hornets have standout Alex Steil and that is good enough for me.
On the girls side, I have no idea so let's move forward.
And finally, nobody asked me but...Scott Central should roll to the Class 1, District 1 title. Oran and Clarkton will battle in a good semifinal matchup. I will take Clarkton in a close game. However, the championship will not be close.
Drew Thomas and Caleb Johnson will have their way in the paint against Clarkton. The only way Clarkton will have a chance is if Thomas tells head coach Ronnie Cookson, "No wolf tonight coach." Remember folks, every time I see Thomas play he takes over games like the wolf in the "Teen Wolf" movie.
Scott Central should take the girls title over Oran in the district.