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Teams looking toward state runs

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Absolute Madness. Charleston victorious over NMCC, Notre Dame, then loses to NMCC and Jackson.

Sikeston loses to Jackson, wins over Notre Dame, twice, victorious over Charleston, and another loss to Jackson.

So, Jackson beats Sikeston, Charleston beats Jackson, and Sikeston beats Charleston. Who's on top?

Averages for each game noted above, as far as points scored in their respective match-ups, puts Jackson at 63.5 ppg, Sikeston right behind at 59.7 ppg and Charleston at 54.6 ppg.

Numbers don't lie. Or do they?

Charleston proved that they can definitely handle Jackson, and Sikeston proved that they can no-doubt handle Charleston.

Good thing is, we don't really have to decide.

Charleston sits in Class 3, Sikeston in Class 4, and Jackson in Class 5.

Charleston will have it's hands full again with NMCC before the season comes to a close. The Eagles were tough on their home floor, but how will they fair at district time when the games head south to Portageville?

Sikeston has put a halt to Notre Dame twice, but with Ryan Willen back, how will the defense step up to contain the "other" Bulldogs' big man?

Jackson rides alone in Class 5, and I don't follow them, so, good luck Indians. Maybe we'll see you in Columbia.

Back to the task at hand...

The Bluejays go back up against Kony Ealy and Lance Price once more before the much-anticipated baseball season begins. Warm weather, I'm waiting.

Ealy and Price poured on the pressure in New Madrid in their second contest this season, handing the Bluejays a loss 52-47. But, Brian Parham played out of his mind Tuesday night against Jackson, putting up 24 points, and will be looking for the district title in the two teams' next meeting.

Prediction?

Nah. It'll be here soon enough.

As for the red-and-black, Willen will be present in the next battle with Notre Dame, so Coach Holifield's squad will have to bring their A-game. Thankfully, aside from the Jackson loss, Sikeston has been phenomenal as of late.

Last Saturday, the entire team showed up, and nearly every player made the stat-sheet as the Bulldogs handed Portageville a tally in the loss column.

Matt Ritch has picked a good time in his senior season to bring out the offense. Add him to Sherwin Jones, Brandon Washington, Michael Porter and the rest of the boys, and you've got yourself a pretty dandy roster to turn to the scorers' table in Columbia.

Prediction?

Bulldogs win. Ha ha.

Good thing they're both Bulldogs, but I'm going to go stay right at home on this one, and say Sikeston over Notre Dame in the district finals. I hear the Speak-Out phones ringing.

I think Porter will have one of the biggest games of his career, and Holifield will find a way to stop Willen and the gang. Not once, not twice, but thrice in a season. The Bums sure would eat that one up.

So, we've had a nice roller-coaster ride to this point in the basketball season, but the ride is just beginning. Six more games remain on the schedule for Sikeston until the district run begins in Perryville.

Up next for the hometown Bulldogs is Poplar Bluff. It's the third meeting of the season for the two clubs, with Sikeston recording victories in both. It's homecoming night, and the crowd will be wild, so show up early and enjoy the show.

As for my prediction, keep your eyes in the sports pages in the Standard Democrat for all the latest scores and stories, and as always, thanks for reading--the sports desk.