reeling from two great weekends in Columbia of STATE basketball and two
All Star games last night on www.prepcasts.com, spring sports are already
on the move. Some thoughts about the transition…..
…The highly successful small school basketball teams put a drag on
the same school spring sports. In small schools, the very good athletes
are necessary to compete in EVERY sport. With the short transition time
from basketball to baseball/track, these teams come out of the gate slowly.
By mid-late April, these talented athletes have honed their skills in the
spring sport. Team records may suffer from many early season losses but
by district these schools using winter stars are in position to compete
for a long run.
much easier to assemble all-star games for basketball than any other sport.
Football requires too many players, requires team practices, possible injury.
Spring sports have to deal with graduation ceremonies and summer time activities.
We’re happy to witness basketball All-Star games increasing. There
are many talented players in the STATE. As many athletes as possible should
share in the excitement of playing in an All-Star game.
one, I wish that you could not schedule baseball games in March. Even though
there are occasional spurts of good weather, often it is followed by several
days of inclement or cold weather. Those “off days” set teams
back—what is gained by playing a game or two then missing several
proliferation of club sports (i.e.lacrosse) in the St Louis area has affected
roster size for track teams across the area. Track, once viewed as a sport
that anyone could participate in regardless of size, speed, now loses many
solid athletes to lacrosse. Small schools (especially out state) haven’t
experienced this phenomena yet. ST Louis now fields many good lacrosse teams.
Participation is the key—it’s great to have kids busy in athletics
but it does cause fresh issues for athletic administrators as they juggle
the constantly changing needs, and desires, of each school.
possible great basketball match-ups for next year….
BOYS: Charleston vs Vashon; Rockhurst-DeSmet; Borgia-Glendale; Ozark-St
Nixa-Lafayette(St Louis); Kickapoo-Lincoln Academy; Hogan Prep-Sikeston
GIRLS--Pembroke Hill-IWA; ND de Sion-St Joe Academy; Ozark-Mehville; Howell
Central-Blair Oaks; Jeff City-Nerinx Hall; Clopton-Metro; DeKalb-Skyline.
Actually, you could mix and match anyway that you wanted to do. Wish some
sponsor could host a 1 or 2 day shootout with these teams!! (say 1st weekend
local baseball teams have traveled to Florida for a combination baseball-spring
break trip. It’s becoming more and more popular – kids have
fun and play good, solid baseball for a week. When they return, the teams
are sharp and ready for more action.
coming weekend, www.prepcats.com will raise the curtain on the 2006 Prepcasts
Baseball schedule. On Friday, March 31, Prepcasts will cover the NW House-Springs-Eureka
game from beautiful Ballwin Athletic Association Field. Join us for all