Nobody asked me but...the Dexter basketball team is still winless, but their schedule is a murderers' row of opponents to start a season. Charleston, Sikeston, Notre Dame, Jackson and Twin Rivers have been the teams out of the gate for the Bearcats. Next up, defending Class 5 champs Poplar Bluff.
Don't worry Bearcat fans, things will turn favorable very quickly starting with the Dexter Invitational Tournament, er, I mean the Bloomfield Christmas Tournament. And then they follow that up with Stoddard County Conference games, which Dexter usually dominates.
Charleston hit a bump in the road with the loss of point guard Shawn Sherrell for a couple of games and more importantly, senior forward Josh Thompson will miss a majority, if not all, of the basketball season with a broken leg.
Thompson is a huge loss for the Bluejays because he is the classic blue-collar player that every team needs. Thompson would not have huge scoring nights, but he would dive for every loose ball and get big rebounds for Charleston. Thompson is the kind of kid who would run through a brick wall for his teammates and school. Hopefully, Thompson has not played his last game for Charleston.
Who would you rather have as boys basketball high school coach...Lennies McFerren of NMCC or former head coach of the Scott Central Braves Ronnie Cookson? Both are legends and top-notch gentlemen. It's a tough call as both are each other's equal.
Does one consider Blytheville as the best team in Southeast Missouri after big wins over Charleston, Sikeston and Poplar Bluff? Man, that's right...Blytheville is in Arkansas. Could've fooled me with their early season schedule. One thing is for sure, Blytheville is clearly better than any team in Southeast Missouri and probably most teams in the state of Missouri.
Folks in Clarkton should give boys basketball coach Jason Long a pat on the back for NOT getting booted out of games. Story has it, that Long is intense on the sidelines and lets the refs hear his displeasure. For his own sake, Long might want to take it back a notch, but one has to admire his passion for the game. I, for one, love it.
Speaking of passion, whatever happened to school spirit at high school basketball games? I have seen more excitement from students studying for a chemistry test, than at some of these games. Has good-natured ribbing, become politically incorrect in these times? Hey school administrators, free the student body!
Impressive win for the Bell City Cubs over Class 5 Vianney. Should MSHSAA just award the Cubs the Class 1 title now, just to rid the formality of having a state tournament?
Congrats to the Sikeston Lady Bulldogs basketball team for their first-place win at the Chaffee Tournament. Allison Blurton stepped up her play and was the talk of the tournament. Sikeston will play in the Twin Rivers Christmas Tournament this week. Look for Sikeston to make it to the semifinals and have a rematch with the Lady Dons from Doniphan.
Kudos to Sikeston forward Blake Taylor for making Class 2 first team all-
state. Disappointed that other Sikeston players didn't make any team for all-
state. Guess the Bulldogs should've gotten second in their district like Notre Dame did and then they would have had more selections.
And finally, nobody asked me but...it is football and basketball season. Not baseball! I know the "hot-stove league" is so enjoyable but enough already. I am tired of all the speculations of the comings and goings of players. The regular season is already too long. Now I have to deal with this garbage in the offseason right when the NFL and NBA are in full swing.
Lets keep the baseball talk between March and October. Thank you.
To clarify, anything that takes away attention from my football, I can't stand. If you must speak of baseball, talk of the disparities in team salaries, the ever-widening gap between the haves and have-nots. I know, I know...I live in Cardinal Nation. Oh, the burden I must bear for that weight!