World Cup Info – Installment #1



Brazil World Cup Dates

The 2014 World Cup finals will take place between 12th June 2014 and 13th July 2014, and like all World Cups before it will be split into stages and held across the country.

All eight previous world cup winners will be there, but for how long?

Stay for the whole tournamentand you’ll spend 31 days minimum on the other side of the world. Stay for just the group stages (listen up England fans) and your trip could be over by 24th June.

This means its important to work out your budget and plan your trip so that you can fit in the maximum football for the minimum cost.

You can browse the World Cup Group Stages here, Group A – Group B – Group C – Group D – Group E – Group F – Group G – Group H.

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RIGHT DOWN TO THE LAST OUT! St. Mary’s vs Borgia

RIGHT DOWN TO THE LAST OUT! Click here to view the game –

The St Mary’s Dragons pushed the league leading St Francis Borgia Knights (13-4) right down to the final out as the Knights hung on for a thrilling 3-2 victory over the Dragons on Saturday from Divis Field on the SM Campus. Watch the entire replay of this quickly played game on –

Each pitcher breezed through the first 2 innings as the minimum of 6 batters went to the plate for each team. In the 3rd, Justin Baylard singled to open the inning for the Knights. The next batter, attempting to sacrifice, bunted to the 3B side. Pitcher Matt Causino fielded the ball, lost his footing so both runners were safe. Phillip Swoboda then advanced each runner with a sacrifice bunt. After a fly out, SFB pitcher, Spencer Juergens, singled home 2 runs with a base hit to center.

SFB struck again in the 5th with the score still 2-0. With two outs and the bases clear, two consecutive batters walked and 2B Justin Horace drove home a run with a single. It was 3-0 through 5 innings.

In the 6th, Daniel Wroblewski singled to open the inning. The next 2 batters were retired so it didn’t appear that much would happen offensively. However, Matt Causino lined a base hit to left to set the table for the Dragons’ leading hitter, Joe Ross. Ross took drove an outside pitch down the right field line driving home a run. The Knights perfect relays cut down Causino trying to score from 1B to end the inning.

It was 3-1 as the Dragons came to bat in the bottom of the 7th. After 1 out, Zach Ortinau reached base on an error. Jack Gathard got an infield single which was followed by an infield error on Lorenzo Garcia’s ground ball. The bases were loaded with 1 out now.  Daniel Wroblewski grounded out to the 2B scoring Ortinau. With the tying run on 3B and winning run on 2B, the game ended on a ground out to 3B. Final: SFB 3  SM 2

Both pitchers were terrific! Matt Causino allowed just 5 hits and 2 walks. He struck out 4 batters, worked efficiently by demonstrating pin-point control throughout the entire contest against the league leaders. Spencer Juergens also went the distance for the Knights, permitting 6 hits while getting 15 ground ball outs in the contest. Remember, Juergens drove home the first 2 runs of the game also!

The only hitters with two hits in the game were Jack Gathard (SM) and Justin Horace (SFB).  Click here to view the game –

The next game on the St Mary’s Sports Network is Tuesday, May 6 against St Dominic.

Dragons edge Cavaliers in 4-1 victory!


St Mary’s scored single runs in four different innings while the outstanding pitching of Matt Causino held the Cavaliers to just a single run and three hits to gain the complete game victory. WATCH the replay of this rapidly, well-played game on demand with the following link—

The Dragons jumped ahead in bottom of the 1st when leadoff hitter Zach Ortinau drew a walk and was driven home by the next batter-Joe Ross. The leading hitter on the SM roster, Ross doubled to deep left field scoring Ortinau.

SM pushed across a run in the bottom of the 2nd when Luke Yelnick drew a walk to begin the inning.  One out later, Alex Hines attempted a sacrifice bunt. The errant DB throw went past 1B down the RF line allowing Yelnick to come all the way around the bases with an unearned run making it 2-0—SM.

In the 4th with 2 outs and the bases clear, SM got three consecutive hits from Luke Yelnick, Mark Cooper and Alex Hines to tack on another run making it 3-0. Next batter, Zach Ortinau, had his line drive caught on a wonderful running catch by DB CF Jerry McCloskey. Ironically, McCloskey caught all three outs in this inning for the Cavaliers.

Meanwhile, Dragon starter, Matt Causino, breezed through the first 4 innings. He retired the first 11 batters then Tom Bick lined a double to snap the hitless streak.  In the 5th the Cavs Jason Jordan led off with a single.  The next batter Thomas Kinney hit a ground ball headed for the hold into right field. 2B Alex Cooper ranged to his left and 1B Yelnick to this right. Cooper fielded the ball and fed the alert Causino covering 1B for the out. After the 2nd out, DB catcher Holden Kiefer laced a double to left driving home Jordan to put DB on the board and make it 3-1. SM answered right back in the bottom half of the inning. Leadoff hitter Joe Ross drove LF John Pierce back to the track on a well hit ball for the 1st out. Causino doubled to left. Joe Dattoli singled but Causino was held up at 3B. The pinch runner for Dattoli was picked off 1B. When Jack Gathard walked, Tim Greer was brought into the game in relief for starter Nick Legrand. Greer induced a ground ball to the infield that was misplayed and SM scored. Greer retired the next batter to end the inning. It was now 4-1.

Causino retired the next 6 batters, quickly and efficiently, to end the game. Causino went the distance, surrendering just 3 hits, striking out 4 and the key—no walks! SM’s final numbers were 4 runs (only 2 earned), 8 hits, no errors and 8 LOB.  Click here for the game

State Championship Softball Weekend Recap

softThe state softball championships wrapped up over the weekend crowning four new state champions, including a record tying performance from one team.  In games covered by Prepcasts-KCMW, the Lee’s Summit advanced to the state championship after a game winning 2 run home run from sophomore first baseman Alexis Reed to knock off Parkway North 3-1 in the semi-final. Click here for that game – The Tigers would storm to their first softball state title behind a strong offensive performance from junior shortstop Bailey Baird.  Baird, who entered the game with no homers and 8 RBI’s for the season, hit two 2-run home runs and drove in 5 runs for the day.  Jumping to an early lead, the Tigers cruised to a 7-1 win over the Webb City Cardinals. Click here for that game – Eureka, who fell in extra innings to Webb City, defeated Parkway North 10-0 for third place.
In class 3, the Centralia Panthers – click here for the Semi-Final game – tied another Panther squad as they won their third consecutive state championship, knocking off the Blair Oaks Falcons 9-2.  Baylee Douglas, former verbal commit to North Texas, but recently reopening her availability, powered her way past Harrisonville with 16 strikeouts in the semi-final, and then despite not her strongest showing of the year, had more than enough to lead the Panthers to another title.  The third title in a row matched the state record efforts of another Clarence Cannon Panther foe, that of the Palmyra Panthers early in the 2000′s.  While Douglas’ arm was more than enough for the title, the bats of senior catcher Sydney Creel (first inning 3-run homer) and freshman DH Madison Preston (first inning grand slam) staked Centralia to an insurmountable lead.  DeSota, losers to Blair Oaks in the semis, handled Harrisonville, 5-1.
The class 2 Final Four featured a title match between Bishop LeBlond and South Callaway.  After cruising out to an 8-0 lead, LeBlond held on to win 8-6 over the Bulldogs.  It was the first title for the Eagles after a 2nd place finish their only other trip to the Final Four.  The Marionville Comets spoiled Kelly’s second consecutive trip to Springfield, knocking off the Lady Hawks 4-3.
Class 1 saw the Wolverines of Maysville, in their first ever softball playoff appearance, rolled all the way to a title with wins over New Franklin and Westran.  In what was the lowest scoring title game, the Hornets fell just short 2-0 to Maysville.  The third place match on Friday saw Walnut Grove crush New Franklin 13-3.

WEMO Week 9 In Review


The final week of the regular season saw mostly blowouts as WEMO teams battled area squads in classes 1 and 2.  In the Prepcasts-KCMW game of the week, the Osceola Indians remained white-hot as they blasted the visiting Class 2 Pleasant Hope Pirates 43-0 scoring early and often, though methodical enough offensively to not run up the score.  Driston Self, the junior QB ranked sixth in the entire state for scoring TD’s racked up two more, as did the Sonic Drive-In Player of the Game, senior running back Trevor Dean.  The Indians looked primed as they enter districts as the #2 seed and continue moving up the state rankings to #7.  They have expectations of a date with the top seeded Cass-Midway Vikings in a rematch should they hold on according to seeding. Those same Vikings hosted Class 2 doormat, the Sherwood Marksmen, incidentally providing Pleasant Hope their only season victory, the first week of the year.  Midway rolled out early and blew Sherwood away to solidify their #3 state ranking, 52-6.  Drexel remains #4 in the district shoring up their ability to host a district game as they blasted visiting Lone Jack 64-0 in a runaway.  The Bobcats will host the Adrian Blackhawks in a rematch of one of the WEMO’s game of the year candidates in the first round of districts.  Adrian hosted Class 2 El Dorado Springs and jumped out to an early lead before see-sawing the remainder of the game.  The closing score showed Adrian on top of the Bulldogs, 34-20. Rich Hill hosted Cole Camp in the other close game featuring a WEMO team but fell to the visitors 37-14.  Appleton City went on the road with a winnable game facing the Lincoln Cardinals, still working on building an 11-man program.  Lincoln crushed the Dogs in a bit of a stunner, 66-13.  The final WEMO team, the Archie Whirlwinds remain without a victory as they played gracious hosts to the Liberal Bulldogs, falling at home in the regular season finale, 53-18. Districts open up Thursday and feature the following matchups. #8 Archie Whirlwinds @ #1 Cass-Midway Vikings (the Prepcasts-KCMW feature game of the night) – #5 Adrian Blackhawks @ #4 Drexel Bobcats – #6 Rich Hill Tigers @ #3 Skyline Tigers – #7 Appleton City Bulldogs @ #2 Osceola Indians … In a bonus match on Friday night, Prepcasts-KCMW will broadcast Class 6 football as the #6 Ray-Pec Panthers travel to Liberty to take on the #3 seeded Blue Jays.

Class 6 District 2 Final Week In Review

2085650CLASS 6 DISTRICT 2 … Shuffling in the standings in this district continued right to the final game of the district. While the Hazelwood Central Hawks had solidified their top spot prior to the weekend, several first round matchups were modified. Pattonville jumped up a notch to #4 on the strength of their 44-20 win over McCluer North. Meanwhile SLUH dropped to the #6 position after falling to Oakville. The Jr Bills (MCC) will now travel to Ritenour (Suburban North) while Pattonville (4-5) of the Suburban North now plays DeSmet (5-4) of the MCC on the road. Each of these games now pit opponents that rarely see each other and provides some freshness and excitement in the preparation. In either of the games, upsets could happen. CBC did raise some eyebrows this weekend with their huge victory over Francis Howell 30-12 who had been ranked in the top 3 of Class 6 in many polls. Just a week earlier when the Cadets had dropped a 13-9 contest to a terrific Class 4 team (Helias Crusaders), some observers felt that CBC was really missing their injured starting SR QB Tyler Creath and would not be able to matchup up with the Vikings. Not so–CBC’s Soph signal caller, Blake Charlton emerged in the Howell game and passed for over 200 yards as the Cadets blew the game wide open in the last quarter. Hazelwood Central’s unbeaten season has been impressive. The Hawks won two very close games (over Webster Groves and DeSmet) in weeks 1 and 2 but have coasted since that time on their way to a 9-0 regular season as they’ve averaged over 41 ppg! Allowing 22 ppg game over the season does make them susceptible to struggles against higher ranked teams. District 2 Standings –
Seed Team Record Points
1 Haz   Cen 9-0 46.23
2 CBC 7-2 42.97
3 Ritenour 7-2 40.16
4 DeSmet 5-4 35.49
5 Pattonville 4-5 29.94
6 SLUH 3-5 27.28
7 Haz   West 3-6 26.33
8 Howell North 3-6 24.22

Eureka Clinches Suburban West Conference

eurekaClick here for the game – The Eureka Wildcats (8-1, 7-0) clinched the Suburban West Conference with a dominating 49-23 win over the Parkway South Patriots (4-5, 3-4). The Wildcats had no trouble marching 80 yards on the opening drive of the game capped off by a 1 yard TD run by Brett Geisz. That was just the beginning of an unbelievable 1st quarter for Brett Geisz. Aided by 2 fumbles by the Patriots, Geiz tacked on 3 TD passes within 4 minutes of each other in the first quarter to give the Wildcats a 28-0 lead.  Quarterback Mason Bendigo had two of the receiving TD’s and Brock Geiz had the 3rd receiving TD.
Eureka didn’t slow down in the second quarter either,  as they poured on three more TD’s within a 4 minute stretch to take a 49-0 lead with 7:41 left in the HALF! Adam Yancey had a 15 yard rushing TD and a 5 yard TD catch from Brett Geisz. Mason Bendigo also joined in on the fun, launching a 75 yd TD pass down the seam to John Constant. The Patriots played hard in the 2nd half to cut the lead to 49-23, highlighted by a 95 yard fumble recovery for a touchdown by Austin Lawless. Both teams are back in action Friday for the first round of District play. Eureka will host Northwest, while Parkway South will take on Lindbergh.
Lion’s Choice 212 Athlete of the Game- Brett Geisz 99 total yards and 5 TD’s –
Custom Shirt Graphic Standout player of the game- Mason Bendigo 170 total yards and 3 TDs – Click here for the game

Vianney Tops DeSmet in Hard Fought Match

49082772EThe Griffins played a very solid game against DeSmet.  Many players stood out which means to me it was a solid team win.  Two second half goals were both via hard work, yet came in different fashion. Eric Biras was the Lion’s 212 Choice Athlete of the Game for Vianney.  He was all over the field in this 2-0 win.  His supreme hustle for Vianney’s second goal put the icing on the cake for the honor as his effort produced quite a goal. It was a good MCC game. Most are.  These two schools usually put on a good game and this was no different.  DeSmet defender Kevin Edwards was the Spartan’s Lion’s Choice 212 Athlete of the Game for his great work on the back line. Good luck to both schools the rest of the way.