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Nobody asked me but ...

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Nobody asked me but...former Sikeston assistant football coach and head track coach Kevin Collier led his Malden Green Wave boys track team to a Class 2 state title.

Collier is a quality coach and an even better individual. As I have preached about before, if you want passion for sports and the kids that are involved, it's hard to beat Collier.

Speaking of high school track, Jerry Dement is building a power once again at Sikeston. Through the mid '80's and early '90's Sikeston was the best the area could offer. There will be 14 athletes headed to state, 13 of which are underclassmen. The Bulldogs won four straight district championships, but have come up short with a second place finish the last two years to powerhouse Potosi.

With a new track surface set to be installed this summer, Dement's young team can finally train with a quality surface, making the Bulldog tracksters even more dangerous.

Former Sikeston athlete Clay Lincoln is turning heads in the track program at Tipton High School. Lincoln won the Class 2 800 meters and was one second off the state record at the state meet.

Sikeston boys tennis coach Brian James is doing yeoman work in a sport not often given notice. The Bulldogs have made the state tournament in six straight years and in the seven years James has been at the helm, Sikeston has won four district titles.

Richland made a nice hire in Casey Knight who was the former assistant at New Madrid County Central. Richland needs some stability at head coach as they have had nine different coaches in 11 years. The kids at Richland deserve better.

I don't know who Dexter will hire as boys basketball coach, but I know who they SHOULD hire, Gavin Miller. Coach Miller is probably content with being head coach of the girls team, which is as good as the program has probably ever been. However, if Miller gets the itch for the boys team, Dexter would be in good hands.

Kennett has hired a new boys basketball coach from the state of Arkansas. I hope he knows what is in store for him and that is a lot of mediocre ball. If your last district title was way back in 1974, that screams "we are never a factor in area hoops."

Oh, that baseball district title won by Kennett, a dog sometimes happens upon a bone.

I haven't uttered this phrase in a very long time, 'NBA action, it's FAN-tastic.' I will admit, I have soured on the NBA in recent years with the recent low scores, the contemptible refs and just the shear lack of a Celtic-Laker style rivalry.

The emergence of German-born Dirk Nowitzki has fired me up. Every time I see this guy play I have visions of Larry Legend (if you do not know of whom I speak, I pity you and everyone who knows you).

Don't get me wrong, I'm still a football guy first, but unlike past years where I didn't even concern myself with the outcome of the NBA playoffs, now I pay attention.

And finally, nobody asked me but...a little tension inside Cardinal Nation with the Ozzie Smith and Tony LaRussa tiff. It takes a lot for me to actually care about this situation, but since a lot of my loyal readers enjoy Cardinal baseball for some reason, I will give an opinion.

LaRussa has recently said that he doesn't want to be in the same place as Smith. I already thought that was impossible due to the size of their respective egos.

I have always thought Smith was overrated as a complete shortstop and that Cincinnati Red Barry Larkin was the better choice.

You didn't ask me but Smith is a publicity hound who would like anything and everything to revolve around him.

On the other hand, LaRussa is the smartest man alive in LaRussa Land and everyone else has no clue.

I haven't seen a manager get so little out of extraordinary teams like the Oakland A's of the late '80's and recent Cardinal teams, but for whatever reason is heralded as a great tactician.

What camp do I fall in? To the dismay of Stat Boy, I push on the over-under.