Nobody asked me but...Charleston looks like a devastating team this basketball season. They seem to have everything you need in a championship team, a low-post monster in Jamarcus Williams, a dead-eye shooter in Justin Clark and a heady point guard in Shawn Sherrell.
A lack of depth might cost them down the road, but I don't subscribe to the theory that you need a deep bench in high school. If stamina is the concern, it shouldn't be. These are high school athletes and they should be able to play two games and still not be fatigued.
Charleston and Blytheville should be an excellent matchup in the finals of the Sikeston Tournament on Friday night at 8:30 p.m. The NAMB guarantee is that you won't see two better teams play so close to our area. Get out and see these two horses go after each other.
My prediction is that the Bluejays will win a close game over Blytheville by four points, 66-62.
* The Bell City Cubs are having a nice stretch by winning the Oran Tournament and defeating Stoddard County rival Advance. While 6-foot-10 Will Bogan gets most of the attention, the Cubs have a crafty lineup and can win without the big man, as they showed against Twin Rivers in the championship game.
Nick Niemczyk is one of the best sophomores in the area and senior Jeff Liggins can do it all for Bell City.
Before we proclaim Bogan as the next coming of Shaq, I would like to see the big man improve his offensive moves in the post. The kid has time, remember this is his first year of organized ball. It will take some time, but Bogan does have an up side. You can't teach height.
Can anybody stop Scott Central guard D.D. Gillespie? The answer is no. This sophomore continues to impress and sky's the limit.
Campbell and Clarkton are a couple of basketball teams that might fly under the radar but deserve some attention throughout the year. Campbell swept through the Bernie Tournament and Clarkton is a high-scoring team that has already put up 106 points in one game earlier in the season.
Can the Sikeston Lady Bulldogs make some noise in the upcoming Chaffee Lady Devils basketball tournament? If Sikeston can get by their first round opponent, which is Chaffee, a date with the Kelly Lady Hawks awaits. Kelly appears beatable this year with mostly underclassmen carrying the load. Don't be surprised if Sikeston pulls off an upset over Kelly.
Congratulations to Paris Tipler of East Prairie and Kendrickus Reed of Caruthersville for making the All-State team in Class 2. Both had excellent seasons at running back and deserved first team honors.
Alex Becker of Dexter got second team honors at running back in Class 3. I guess you have to rush for 2,000 yards and score 30 touchdowns in Class 3 to get first team recognition. Becker did have an outstanding year on the football field and did receive the Carr Trophy as most outstanding football player in Southeast Missouri.
Does anybody else wish that high school football was a year-round sport?
* And finally, nobody asked me but...it was a pleasure to watch the spectacle that was the Cookson dedication at Scott Central last Saturday night. To hear all the accomplishments that the Braves had in boys basketball under Cookson was jaw-dropping.
The state titles and conference championships were not the most amazing feat by Cookson. What was truly the measure of the coach was the number of players and coaches who showed to support Cookson.
Like Dean Smith with North Carolina, players remember Cookson for more than basketball. The coach stayed with them through life. A true high school icon was honored and I am glad I was there.