Nobody asked me but...Class 3, District 1 baseball starts Monday at VFW Stadium in Sikeston. Kennett somehow got the No. 1 seed and Notre Dame garnered the second slot.
Maybe the hottest team heading into districts, Sikeston will be the No. 3 seed and face No. 6 Doniphan Dons. The Dexter Bearcats received the fourth seed and will face slumping No. 5 New Madrid County Central in the first round.
Kennett started out of the gates hot but were thumped by Sikeston in the SEMO Conference Tourney, 20-11.
Unlike the Indians, Sikeston started slowly but have caught fire and might be the team to beat heading into district action.
Dexter has a solid club, while NMCC seems to be fading down the stretch after an excellent start to the season.
The Bearcats should get past the Eagles and face Kennett in the semifinals. The Indians will have too much offense and dispatch Dexter in a slugfest.
Sikeston will power past Doniphan and will meet rival Notre Dame in the semis. These two schools have started a recent rivalry that is turning into a good one. With soccer, basketball and baseball the two Bulldog schools have met several times in district finals.
This season, Sikeston has gotten the better of Notre Dame, having won district titles in boys soccer and basketball over the Dame. Look for Sikeston's winning ways to continue against the Catholics. Say your Hail Mary's and work harder next year Notre Dame.
In an upset seed-wise, Sikeston will defeat Kennett and win the district title. Why you ask? Bonus points if you can remember the last time Kennett athletics has won a district title in any of the three major sports. Think about it. Answers are posted below. Kennett is not big time and will not show up against Sikeston.
East Prairie should defeat first round opponent Senath-Hornersville in Class 2, District 1 play. The Eagles got the No. 3 seed and should face the two seed Campbell in the semifinals. The Camels have a stacked offensive lineup and should get past the Eagles, who have struggled on the mound all season.
Portageville received the four seed in District 1 and will face fifth-seeded Caruthersville in the first round. The Tigers will upset the Bulldogs and will meet No. 1 seed South Pemiscot.
The Kelly Hawks should win the Class 2, District 2 title. In a watered-down district, the Hawks got the one seed and the biggest threat should come from two seed Valle.
Charleston received the No. 4 seed and will face Crystal City in the first round of District 2. The Bluejays should think back to the football season when the overmatched Hornets pulled off the upset. Charleston will be fired up and defeat Crystal City, only to lose to eventual champs Kelly in the semis.
Have seen the plans for the new look YMCA in Sikeston? It looks great. I have one suggestion, put in a raquetball court. I would definitely pay the membership fee if said court was installed. I personally know several people who also feel the same way.
Answers to the Kennett questions. Football - 1986. Basketball - 1974. Baseball - 1997.
And finally, nobody asked me but..no offense to the players and coaches who participate in spring athletics, but I am already getting football fever in May. I just can't help it. But I have a solution for all those who feel the same, spring high school football.
Yes folks, spring football. A host of states already have this heavenly situation including Texas, Tennessee, Arkansas and Florida. Imagine instead off watching paint dry with some of the so-called baseball action around here, you can enjoy the fullback trap and 3-4 defenses in spring!
Nothing elaborate, just get the kids out for practices and maybe a jamboree style end of the year finale. Usually the weather is less humid than when the normal football season begins in late August and the kids can get extra instruction. Run season from late April to mid-May.