Nobody asked me but...Sikeston and Notre Dame played a boys district final for the ages last week.
The atmosphere was electric and the play was top notch. Somebody please check the I.D. on freshman Michael Porter of Sikeston. He plays beyond his years and what I was most impressed with was his passing ability.
Besides the play of Porter, Julian Beard has emerged as a force for Sikeston. Beard is playing within himself, is not forcing shots and is playing unselfish basketball. It's not a coincidence that Sikeston's winning streak began when Beard started playing within coach Gregg Holifield's team concept.
Rod Moore was a beast on the boards against Notre Dame and was a warrior all night long for Sikeston. Isaac Porter continues to do the little things that don't show up in the box score.
The key to the win for Sikeston was the play of guards Kash Bratcher and Blake Taylor. Notre Dame is known for a suffocating press that can cause numerous turnovers to opponents. But Bratcher and Taylor, and even Michael Porter at times, dribbled through the pressure and as a result Sikeston had many easy buckets.
Sikeston takes on DeSoto in sectional action tonight at Mineral Area. Many favor Sikeston because of their athleticism and quickness. As for me, I picture a close first half, with the Bulldogs pulling away late with superior rebounding. Sikeston will advance with a 64-49 win.
The Dexter Lady Bearcats played their hearts out in the district final loss to Fredericktown. I will be the first to admit that Fredericktown was a lot better than I expected and is a worthy champion. But Dexter gave them all they wanted and more in the contest.
Senior Taylor Nelson left it all on the court and impressed with her determination and never say die attitude. There has got to be a place for Nelson to play in the college ranks.
Haylee Finch was an inspiration on the court all season recovering from major knee surgery that she had in September. Must admit, I was rooting for her 3-
pointer to drop in the final seconds against Fredericktown. You can have your LeBron's and Kobe's, I'll take players like Finch and her kind who overcome adversity and lay it on the line night after night.
If you are a young girl in Dexter, you don't have far to look for heroes. They play down the street from you.
After calling out Sikeston's student support in this space, I must admit that the Sikeston cheerleaders and Bleacher Bums were at top form in the district final. From the tip, to the final horn, the students at Sikeston were into the action and very vocal. Especially liked the way the students tried to get the adult Sikeston fans involved.
If you guys keep up this kind of support, I might actually have to work harder to find material to write about. Excellent work Sikeston students.
Could someone please inform whomever is in charge at the Sikeston Field House the whereabouts of the environmental controls. Apparently, the thermostat can not be found, because I felt like a Danish cartoonist at an Al-
It was hot at the district final in Sikeston. Very hot. I haven't been so uncomfortable and sweaty doing nothing since the time I saw Milli Vanilli on television try to prove they could actually sing (Trust me, it was brutal).
And finally, nobody asked me but...memo to MSHSAA, it is not your job, or should it be your job, to guarantee that every student who plays in the state win a state title. The "No Child Left Behind State Title" is not a good thing. Whatever happened to the adage, 'you learn more for your losses, than your wins?'
Yes it is nice that Johnny Nogame from Podunkville High has a chance to win a state title against Larry Ledfoot from Bricktown. Wait a minute, it isn't nice. No...it is the opposite of nice. Let's dilute the state championships to the point that we will not have state titles. Just participation awards for all. Heck, don't keep records or stats.
My plan, if you choose to accept, will establish three classes; small, medium and large. Old school. Divide by enrollment and go from there.
Okay...I have fixed high school athletics...now I must move on to this global warming deal. Shouldn't be too hard.