Nobody asked me but...Sikeston's baseball season has turned for the better the last couple weeks and culminated with a second place finish in the SEMO Conference Tournament.
Credit should go to Bulldog head coach Kevin Self, who after spending much of the year tinkering with the batting order, has seemingly found a good fit with Josh Jackson in the three hole and Tyler Baker batting cleanup.
Sikeston has been treading water close to .500 mark all season and your humble scribe had noted a lack of enthusiasm among the team out of the gate.
However, wins do cure all ills. With the recent lineup change by Sikeston, the Bulldogs racked up 20 runs against Kennett and 12 runs apiece against NMCC and Notre Dame.
Don't be surprised if Sikeston comes away with the No.1 seed in upcoming Class 3 district play.
'Fair is foul and foul is fair' from Macbeth is apt for what happened to Sikeston in the SEMO Tournament. The game against Cape Central for the title was originally scheduled for Monday night, however Capaha Park in Cape was deemed unplayable due to rain from the night before.
Yeah, I believe that one Central. Wouldn't have anything to do with getting star pitcher Brad LaBruyere an extra day of rest would it? The kicker is that no one informed Sikeston of the decision not to play and the team didn't find out until arriving in Cape Girardeau. With gas prices the way they are nowadays, I am sure the administration at Sikeston was pleased that the baseball team drove all the way to Cape. Sikeston does appreciate the no call.
Congrats to Allison Blurton for signing with Three Rivers to play basketball and softball for the Lady Raiders next season. Three Rivers is getting a player with a constant motor and is an incredible athlete. Besides her play on the field, Blurton has been cordial and well-spoken in interviews and it was a pleasure to cover her senior year in Sikeston athletics.
Everybody knows when a player gets the touchdown or drains the game-
winning shot. However, often neglected is the offensive linemen clearing the way for the touchdown or the unselfish player who dishes off to the open player.
So I was duly impressed when Sikeston girls head soccer coach Derrick Long mentioned a defenseman in an after-game interview. Ariel Reynolds was the defender who got the praise from Long. Although Reynolds did not score a goal or garner an assist, Reynolds was key to victory for the Lady Bulldogs because she shut down the opposing team's leading scorer.
Long was not obligated to mention Reynolds, but he did. I for one applaud his team concept outlook.
What is going on over in Scott Central? Are they under the Mark Cuban assumption that any publicity, no matter how bad, is good for the league or in this case a school?
Whatever happened to the comments Scott Central issued in that they will accept the punishment dished out by MSHSAA and will move forward to the future? I smell something coming out of SCC and David Heeb and it is not roses.
In addition, why in the world is Lennies McFerren getting involved in the whole situation? He's still at New Madrid County Central. I'd hate to see a coach that I respect a great deal get his name dragged through the mud over this ordeal. Especially when he had nothing to do with it.
Heeb had one accurate quote in the article and that was his statement of this situation will hang over his head his entire career. I am glad Heeb realizes it is all about him. What about the once storied program at Scott Central? The respect that once was there, is now gone. If Heeb really means that he wouldn't do anything to stain Scott Central, then maybe what's best for both parties is to sever ties and get a fresh start.
Because I'm telling you, as long as Heeb and Scott Central are together, there will always be suspicion.
After the NBA game of the Lakers against Suns over the weekend, I am of the belief that an NBA conspiracy is happening. I am convinced that Suns point guard Steve Nash is still in the LAPD filling out an assault complaint against Laker Luke Walton. Charges are pending.
If I was in the stadium when Barry Bonds passed Babe Ruth on the home run list, I wouldn't boo or throw anything. I simply would just get up and turn my back as Bonds rounded the bases. A quiet protest.
And finally, nobody asked me but...Scott Edgar's first signee at SEMO, Jimmy Drew of Anna-Joneboro, Ill. (yes, that Anna-Joneboro) is signed, sealed and delivered. The best part of the signing, Edgar has never seen Drew play a game. Oh, he has seen Drew play some pick-up ball of couple of times. Sweet! Come over to Sikeston, I can show him some show-stopping players over here on the blacktops.
Edgar said he trusts his instincts when recruiting. For his sake, and SEMO's, I hope his instincts are sharper than mine.