Nobody Asked Me But-- Sorry, I had to go there. I thought I shared the wealth with the Portageville Lady Bulldogs' basketball team after their victory over Sikeston. If I didn't, then Coach Ellerbrook, my apologies. Your 20-3 state-
ranked ladies basketball team is by far one of, if not, the top programs in the area. Eric and I actually just discussed the team's success last week at the close of the Charleston game.
I'm not sure where Monday's kind words came from in Speak Out, but I reread my article and thought I served them justice with their victory. In high school sports we try to stray away from words like "blow-out, destroyed and annihilated." Districts are coming up, and I'm sure the Lady Bulldogs will fare well, and they have a very good shot of hanging another banner in the Dawg House. But, since you struck the chord, here we go, I've got some time with the ice outside.
For starters, I never said Sikeston is a one-man team with Michael Porter. If anything, check out the box scores. Matt Ritch, Sherwin Jones and Brandon Washington have each led the team in scoring, and I'm sure that down the stretch they will continue to do so. The red and black has a great squad, and behind Coach Holifield's leadership, I'm sure that credit will be given where it's due when districts roll around.
Second, I have in no way, shape or form claimed the Sikeston Lady Bulldogs as my team. If anything, I have covered the Portageville Lady Bulldogs, Oran Lady Eagles, East Prairie Lady Eagles and Kelly Lady Hawks much more than I have the home team. But, I did graduate from there, so that holds a little in my heart to be quite honest. I also try to cover each game as equally as I can, because like I said, they're high school athletes.
With all that said and off my chest, I'd like to say good luck to everybody in their respective upcoming tournaments. I really look forward to somebody making a solid state push. Sikeston has their work cut out for them with Notre Dame looming in the background, while Portageville's Lady Bulldogs will have the Kelly Lady Hawks to battle. The thing going for Portageville is that the district is held at their place. I'm sure there will be tons of fans supporting their state-ranked squad as they go up against the force of the maroon and gold.
Moving on to the other winter sports... congratulations go out to Sikeston Bulldog wrestlers Gavilan Bland and Jacob Murphy. They're both headed to the State Championships in Columbia tomorrow, and hopefully they'll bring home the victory in each of their weight classes. They're both great kids, and I wish them both the best of luck at the tournament.
Keep looking in the sports section at the Standard Democrat, and hopefully this rookie will write something good for everybody next time. Stay safe in the slush, and enjoy the last few weeks of winter sports.