Who-What-Why-When-How by Bob Ryan

who what when imageAfter leading the major leagues in wins in 2015, Cards lose to the Cubs. From all of the obituaries written by the sports writers about this loss in a 5 game series, you’d swear that we just lost Pearl Harbor again. Massive shuffling of the roster, radical changes to lineup, rethinking bullpen…wow….we did win 100 games…which is more “fluky” to you…winning 100 games or losing a 5 game series to a team that won 98 games?

So…how DID it happen—Cardinals losing….to determine it…we’ve called in Detective Sureluck Homes to evaluate the situation for all the proper angles. It’s the Who-What-When-Why & How



The Cards shifted their roster for the post-season. After going with basically a 22 man roster all year-changes were made for post-season-some expected-some a bit surprising. The players of note not making the cut were Matt Adams, Randy Choate, Pete Kozma, Steve Cishek. One would think that these players had really fallen off in September to merit an “ax” job…some may have felt really puzzled…or plain ol’ pissed…when they scan the Sept stats…albeit…a relatively small sample size but…that’s what it came down to (apparently)…

–Kozma, Bourjos–we didn’t need a 3rd string cather or a PR-easy cuts; opted for Garcia’s bat off bench and the new young OF flavors of the month-Pham & Piscotty

–Adams was 7 of 24, 1 HR, 4 rbi, .292 avg (this was actually the 3rd HIGHEST avg for the Cards in Sept). Replacing Adams was Brendan Moss …Moss # looked like this for September 15 of 62, 2 HR, 4 rbi, .242 avg; Reynolds hit .182 in September…now…I’m not a professional coach…but from what I know of people…Adams is wondering…what kind of future does he have in St Louis is he’s overlooked for these 2 aging..rather useless…veterans—both of whom probably won’t be back next year….and Adams is probably wishing he wasn’t

–Choate….I really think he had arm problems that the Cards muzzled…sure…I’ve said for 2 years that if batters laid off of Choates’ outside sliders…they’d draw walks…we heard the rumors that he was walking too many…in 7 games & 7 outs in Sept, he gave up 4 hits, walked 1… ok…maybe the “lefty specialist” wasn’t needed vs Cubs…did you say Kyle Schwarber or Anthony Rizzo? Again…he’s not going to be returning next year. To make this omission even more puzzling is the fact that the other lefty, Kevin Siegrest, had poor numbers against left-handed hitters and Lyons was never used, Rosenthal isn’t seen until the 9th…so who was going to get out these LH Cub batters in the 6th, 7th & 8th innings?


Some of our so-called reliable guys who “earned” spots had a rough September…look..

 Choate, R STL 0 0 0.00 7 0 0 0 2.1 4 0 0 0 1 4 .400 2.14
 Lackey, J STL 2 1 1.78 5 5 0 0 35.1 35 7 7 4 9 36 .269 1.25
 Siegrist, K STL 1 0 2.08 14 0 0 0 13.0 8 3 3 0 10 14 .170 1.38
 Lyons, T STL 1 0 2.61 7 2 0 0 20.2 15 8 6 5 2 19 .200 0.82
 Broxton, J STL 3 2 3.27 12 0 0 1 11.0 10 5 4 1 5 11 .250 1.36
 Garcia, J STL 3 1 3.31 5 5 0 0 32.2 30 12 12 1 8 28 .242 1.16
 Cishek, S STL 0 0 4.32 10 0 1 1 8.1 5 5 4 2 7 9 .161 1.44
 Lynn, L STL 1 2 4.76 5 5 0 0 22.2 22 12 12 2 15 17 .256 1.63
 Villanueva, C STL 0 0 5.73 6 0 0 0 11.0 12 7 7 0 2 14 .273 1.27
 Rosenthal, T STL 0 2 6.48 9 0 6 7 8.1 12 6 6 2 3 14 .343 1.80
 Maness, S STL 0 1 7.45 11 0 0 0 9.2 11 9 8 3 3 8 .282 1.45
 Wacha, M STL 2 3 7.88 5 5 0 0 24.0 25 21 21 7 18 19 .275 1.79
 Wainwright, A STL 0 0 9.00 1 0 0 0 1.0 2 1 1 0 0 1 .400 2.00


Note the numbers of Trevor Rosenthal, Seth Maness, Michael Wacha and Lance Lynn. So the numbers clearly “cut” Cishek and kept Tyler Lyons..all in all…not real dazzling



It wasn’t the much publicized Cubbie hitting…it was their pitching!

The Cards vs Cubs hitting series stats….

Next Stats

3 Chicago Cubs NL 4 124 20 30 2 2 10 20 15 38 3 1 .242 .324 .532 .856
7 St. Louis Cardinals NL 4 133 17 28 5 0 8 17 7 48 0 0 .211 .255 .429 .68


StL hit .211 vs Chi .242 but note the OPS(on-base % + slugging%) …stl .68 & Chi .85…

Sure we were disappointed in Wacha but the Cards hitters hit .211…ugh !



  • I can’t take credit for this….I wish I could…but…Tim McCarver indicated that ..to him…the Cards struck out far too much…and usually they were on balls out of the strike zone. Note the Cubs had twice as many walks and 10 few strikeouts.
  • The starting staff that had been so strong for 6 months seemed to wither….Lackey was good, Garcia (see below), Wacha wasn’t good most of the 2nd half and Lance Lynn was lost on Gilligans Island….no one could find him…btw…how do you think he’s feeling after being bypassed for game 4 and ignored for 2nd consecutive post season? He didn’t play Nero and set the world on fire this year…but he was 12-11, 3.03 era with 167 K’s in 175 innings . He just completed the 1st year of a 3 year deal for $22mil so I guess that’ll simmer him down over the winter
  • The middle-infielders looked like they needed oxygen….both performed at a stagnant level in 2nd half and stunk in the playoffs… don’t think I’m wong J
  • The one player that we couldn’t ever replace….we didn’t …Yadi’s injury which he and the Cards dodged all year occurred at the worst possible time…side comment….all last spring we heard Manifesto Mike say he was going to “rest” yadi…well..he played 136 games again this year as a 33 year old …I always add 2 years to any Latin American players’ age…(they know the routine…claim ur young and they’ll sign you)…so I think he’s 35…now thumb surger 




The Series turned around on that awful 2nd inning of the 2nd game…Kolton Wong juggles a throw to 2B and loses a chance for a double play…next batter with runners on the corners, Kendricks, bunts….bingo…Garcia makes two mental blunders and 1 physical blunder….5 runs Cubbies….that one inning turned the tide…from that point on…it was Chicago…btw… don’t think for a second that the “bunt” call by Joe Maddon was on a whim.. he knew the fragile make-up of Garcia plus the weak fielding 1B Moss = likely success



Give it to the Cubs….finally they have a team…Theo Epstein (who guided Boston into the promised land in 2007)…found the correct staff to lead this group into the promised land of the NLCS….I once heard him say that the Cubs drafted primarily hitters in the early rounds because hitters generally had longer…safer careers with fewer injuries and more predictability…in a short series between two good teams…nothing is guaranteed

Thank You inspector Sureluck…..


Having the most regular season wins doesn’t guarantee anything……………….

…a few decades ago winning the most games in your league meant u were going to the World Series…this year the NL Leader (Cards) have bit the dust after having the most regular season wins in NL..look at some of the teams with the most wins in reg season—maybe it really doesn’t help to bust ur buns to “be the best”

                                                                                                                   (world series teams)

2015 StL & KC Royals –Card are gone; Royals are still alive                     (??-??)

2014 Washington & LA Angels – neither made it to the World Series (KC- SF)

2013 Cardinals & Red Sox – BOTH were in World Series—only time in 10 years

2012 Washington & NY Yanks – neither made the world series            (Det-SF)

2011 Phil & NY Yanks—neither team made the world series                 (StL – Tx)

2010 Phil & Tampa Bay-neither team made the world series               (SF – Tx)

2009 NYY & LA Dod – NYY made the Series                                           (NYY-Phil)

2008 LAA & Cubs – neither team made the world series (Phils & Tampa Bay)

2007 Az & Bos/Clev(tied 96 wins)—Boston made series                 (Boston-Col)

2006 NYY & NYM –neither team made the world series                     (StL – Det)


Scary …this isn’t a Halloween joke….

On Saturday, I was announcing the St Mary’s – Oakville soccer game. With 28.6 seconds remaining in this non-conference game, Mel Wilson and an Oakville player went “up” for a ball, contact was made (as often happens), when Wilson landed he was unable to move! He lay motionless on the ground. Talk about putting things in perspective…suddenly the score meant nothing, fans remained quiet or spoke in low tones, players from both sides got on one knee and stared straight ahead….authorities wisely declared the game over prior to ambulances arriving. By Sunday morning, Mel had feelings and movement in all extremities back—thank goodness….now….that was SCARY !


Collegiate Pigskin Points…..

…stepping aside at S.Carolina– Coach-Steve Spurrier…very interesting guy…Heisman Trophy winner @ Florida as a QB…beat Mizzou in a bowl game…in pro’s 10+ years but as a starter only 3 years…coached USFL, led Duke (3 years) to an extremely rare ACC title, then returned to his alma-mater-Florida for a very successful 12 year reign(prior to his arrival…it was Miami & Florida State dominating college football and Florida… he won 1 Natl championship, 6 SEC titles (122-27-1)…flopped in NFL as coach…back to college at S.Carolina for 11 years—where he built this team into a national power…as a 70 year old,he finally wore down & with the prospects of losing to Vanderbilt this weekend (which is like losing to Harvard football team in the SEC), he bowed out ….somehow I always liked his style…his humor…his ability to be able to adjust offensively throughout games and won many in the 4th quarter with late drives…always found coaching jobs that were close to beautiful golf courses J…very quotable without the usual PC words…married college sweetheart …now married 49 years with 4 children,12 grandkids

…Mizzou’s defense would be receiving national accolades if their offense could score a touchdown..or 2….each game and notch a few wins. Three times this year the Tigers have scored under 10 points—that’s not enough to win in current football…maybe in 1950 but not today. Thank goodness Vandy is up next !

…although Jim Harbaugh’s Michigan team lost in a unbelievable heartbreaker to Michigan State…I like his approach…he and his staff rate EVERY player off of tape EVERY DAY in practice for effort, performance, etc…any questions why this team has improved?

…now that USC has fired Steve Sarkisian and Seattle is 2-4…maybe Pete Carroll will return to USC to cheat some more (and win some more)….just kidding…rumors have Kevin Sumlin (Tx A&M) or Kyle Whittingham (Utah) as leading candidates for this plush job

….so WHO is the #1 college team right now? 9 different teams have received 1st place votes thus far in 2015? Biggest surprise team…how about Utah…pre-season choice in pac 12 for 5th place in conference now holds onto 1st place in that conference… ranked #3 in country ! Kyle Whittingham is the coach of this unknown, unrecognized team.


Other baseball tid-bits……

….You may have heard that Zach Greineke is opting out of the remainder of his huge contract with LA….I don’t think its money…it’s being the “ace” of the staff…he would never get that title with Kershaw alongside…possible destination? Toronto-Cubs-Angels-Tx-SF

….ya had to lv Terry Collins (NYM mgr) after beating LAD he hugged LA mgr Mattingly instead of the looking straight ahead, no eye-contact, emotionless handshake that usually occurs after a game then he joined some NYM fans to celebrate….kinda cool

….it was 30 something degrees this weekend in NY…what’s it going to be in 2 weeks?




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Coach Kelvin Lee – Good Start @ St. Mary’s

Bob-RyanSt. Mary’s wins opening game under Coach Kelvin Lee …

The St. Mary’s Dragons, squeezing in a game prior to the South Side Classic, outlasted the Lift for Life Hawks 44-38 at the SM gym on Saturday night. To watch the replay of this exciting game—

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The first quarter was played at a frenzied pace. Each team was playing a very aggressive man/man defense and forcing quick offensive reactions . Scoring the first points of the season for the Dragons was Freshman Tony Burkes on a 15 foot jump shot as the Dragons grabbed the early lead and led throughout the quarter—except for a 4-4 tie. Offensive play continued uneven through most of the quarter as St. Mary’s snatched a 10-7.

The 2nd quarter was the heaviest scoring quarter of the game for both teams as they played to a 15-15 tie for the quarter, making ing 25-22-SM at half. The Hawks got into early foul trouble but the Dragons failed to capitalize on the bonus opportunities. At halftime, the Dragons had balanced scoring as Sr Jared Pudlowski (6), Frosh Yausa Rasas (6), Jr Zach Ortineau (5) and Frosh Tony Burkes (5) led the way for SM. Tony Morrow was the leading scorer of the game at half as he had dropped in 8 points for Lift for Life by the halftime buzzer.

The 3rd quarter was the best quarter of the game for the Dragons Using the hot-hand of Zach Ortenau and the strong rebounding of Frosh Yahuza Rasas, SM outscored the Hawks 14-7 for the quarter. Other contributors with some quality minutes were Soph Drew DeWeese, Jr Melvin Wilson and Soph Alex Sakamoto. Hawks Nigel Ferrell, an 11 ppg player last year, dropped in some terrific driving, floating layups during this quarter. About mid-quarter, lone Sr Jared Pudlowski “turned his ankle” and could not continue. He tried on a couple occasions but just couldn’t do it. It was 39-29 at the end of the quarter.

Missing their SR point guard, the Dragons struggled early in the quarter to get into an offensive rhythm. The Hawks scored the first seven points of the quarter over the first 5 minutes to slice the lead to 39-36. Frosh Tony Burkes, who had assumed the point guard duties in the 4th quarter, hit a 3-ball that whirled around the rim two or three times to break the scoring draught and make it 42-36. Hawks Nigel Ferrell scored on a drive through the defense but miss his FT attempt for the traditional 3-point play—now 42-38. There were turnovers the next two possessions for each team. Then, the Hawks missed on a 3 point attempt and the Dragons missed the front end of a 1 & 1. On the next possession, the Dragons fouled (not in 1 & 1) but were called for a technical. The Hawks missed both of the free throws and miss their shot on the possession. Alex Sakamato concluded the scoring converting both ends of the 1 & 1 in the last 20 seconds of the game-final score 44-38.

Some Statistical leaders for the Dragons were Zach Ortinau (12 points, 2 steals); Yahuza Rasas (8 points, 12 rebounds), Tony Burkes (9 points) and Drew DeWeese (4 points, 4 rebounds). For the Lift for Life team, Tonio Morrow (13 points), Terronce Griffin (8 points, 4 rebounds),Nigel Ferrell (6 points, 2 steals, 2 assists). Coach Kelvin Lee notched his 1st win as the SM Head Coach with the victory.

Now the 2nd Season Begins

Bob-RyanSeveral teams taste defeat for 1st time in week 9!

A goal for good teams is to go unbeaten for the season. Week 9 is the conclusion of the regular season play in Missouri as Week 10 sees the beginning of District/State tournament. Look at some to the teams that fell for the first time this season—

….SLUH (6-2) tops Kirkwood (7-1) 38-35 in a terrific game. Click here for the 2nd half REPlay … Kirkwood had been ranked #4 in St Louis and #5 in class 5 MOsports Power Poll. The Jr Bills are enjoying their best season since 2008 when they were 9-4 and now are shooting to repeat this “unbeaten snap” at least one more time since they are in the #3 slot in their district as CBC and Hazelwood Central are each unbeaten.

….Jackson (8-1) knocked off Miller Career (8-1) 28-14 at home in a matchup between two top 10 teams. The Indians were ranked #7 in class 5 while the Phoenix #5 in class 4.

…St Charles West Warriors assures itself the top seed in Class 4, District 3 as the topple the Ladue Rams (8-1) 33-24.

…In a prelude to a likely District championship matchup in 3 weeks, Westminster (8-1) used field position and domination in the line-play to topple Borgia(8-1) 35-14. The two teams will likely flip-flop their #1-2 seeds in Class 4 district 4 as District opens up next week.

…in a battle between TWO unbeaten teams—someone had to be removed from a perfect record. It was a battle between the #3, Class 4 team (Carl Junction) and #1, Class 2 team (Lamar). Deciding the Champion of the Big 8, Carl Junction scored two 4th quarter TD’s to edge the Lamar Tigers 29-28. On their final drive, Lamar’s FG attempt from 42 yards out was wide.

…Lockwood was only 1 of 3 class 1 teams with an unblemished record but Jaspar handed them a 36-16 defeat to push them out of the unbeaten ranks.

…the Bolivar Liberators spoiled Reeds Springs hopes of a perfect season with a 33-28 victory.

On the other hand….some did finish with a perfect regular season mark….

…CBC (9-0)trailing 13-3 during first half, scored big in the final quarter to upend Rock Bridge 40-26.

…Park Hills Central (9-0) after whipping Farmington 39-3.

…California Pintos (9-0)beat Warsaw 56-20 as they win the top seed in Class 3, District 1.

…Valle Catholic (9-0) continues their 24 game winning streak as they trounce St Pius 47-9. The Warriors enter district competition as the team “to beat” if you have your eyes set on the Class 1 STATE title.

…In the same district, Class 2, District 8, Brookfield (9-0) and E.Buchanon (9-0) will be the two top seeds.

…Malden (9-0) smashed Dexter in the worst looking score of the night 76-9 as they grab #1 seed in Class 2, District 1.

…very quietly, Hogan Prep as stayed unbeaten in Class 3, District 7 play.

…one of the teams that always seems to be there—Maryville notches another perfect season as they as they tumble Lafayette (ST. Joseph) 55-28.

..Affton caps off an exciting season as they beat St Charles 36-21. Only a couple years ago, the Cougars were struggling but now they’ve gone 9-0!

…of course, how could we have this section on unbeaten and NOT expect to see Webb City (9-0). The Cardinals handled Branson 42-5 to round out another regular season.

Some other district flashes…

….Nixa (5-4) upended the top Seed of their district(entering week 9) Republic(5-4) 23-7. The Eagles will flip-flop their #2 seed with the top seed on the basis of the win. Down 7-3 at half, the Eagles regrouped offensively and shut down the single wing offense of the Tigers. Nixa will earn the top seed of Class 5, District 5 with a 5-4 record.

…in class 2, District 5, the Brentwood Eagles finish 9-0 but most likely will NOT catch the #1 seed, Lutheran North. The Crusaders (8-1) will keep their 1st place seed with their win over St. Mary’s . How could this happen? The point system being employed by MSHSAA (devised by Football Committee) has several parameters. Wins alone is just one consideration. Other parameters include size of opposition (larger/smaller classification); record of opponents; margin of victory provides points (up to 13). Clearly, the team with the “tougher” schedule gets rewarded with their wins. Ditto same scenario for Strafford (9-0) as they pound Ash Grove 50-0 but won’t win top seed as Liberty-Mt View (8-1) beat Houston 55-6 and should hang on as #1 seed in Class 2, District 3.

…when it’s all tabulated, there is a good chance that Cardinal Ritter (3-6) will grab the top seed of Class 2, District 2 after losing to Sikeston 20-0. The Lions seldom compete in regular season against other Class 2 level teams so…see note above

…talk about tough—Class 2 District 7 has not one or two but three unbeaten teams with two other teams only beaten once. Yet, another team lost Friday so they finish 7-2 and have the 6th best record in this amazing district! Lafayette County, S.Calloway and St. Paul Lutheran (Concordia) all finish 9-0 ! Ft Tolten Catholic and Cole Camp finish 8-1 while Hallsville drops to 7-2! WOW! Lafayette County and S.Calloway were 1-2 in the seeds prior to this weekend’s action. Final totals will be very tight!!

Now the 2nd season begins—lose now and your season is history.

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Around the State of MO Football – Week 7

Bob-RyanLooking for more…

The Lamar Tigers have been in complete domination this season. Their 7-0 record just doesn’t tell the story. The Tigers have permitted just 1 touchdown all YEAR while scoring….are you ready…an incredible 410 points! Their final regular season game against Carl Junction (7-0) should be a dandy. Coach Scott Bailey has turned this program around completely. I’ve wondered for years if schools could apply to move up a Classification to compete against larger, presumably stronger, teams. If that request would be honored, ALL the teams from that school would also have to move up. The smallest school in the larger class, if they agree, would move down a class.

Turnaround in ONE year…

The Affton Cougars went 5-6 in 2013. After last night’s 47-0 win over Normandy, the Cougars are 7-0 in 2014! Jr QB DeVontae’ Burse has played a major role in this about-face. He is 25 of 51 passing for 451 yards, 11 TD. On the ground, Burse is averaging 7.9 yards per carry on 67 carries (532 yards)-4 TD’s


The Ray-Pec Panthers beat the Blue Springs Wildcats 31-13. It really shook up the Suburban Gold Division in KC as now four teams are 2-1 in conference. More importantly, at least to some, it was the 1st time that the Panthers upended the Wildcats. Ray-Pec took advantage of a costly fumble deep in the Wildcat area (4 yard line) to take an early lead. Isiah Truss had two long kickoff-returns to gain field position and keep the momentum on the Panthers side. Two Interceptions in 2nd half by the Panther defense stalled any intentions that the Wildcats had about rallying.

7-0 but can’t crack Top 10!

The Borgia Knights won the AAA-Large school crown with a convincing 49-11 win over the St. Mary’s Dragons. A long-time Independent, this was the first conference title for the Knights. Now 7-0, Borgia hasn’t been able to make it into the STATE top 10 rankings or the local Top 10 rankings! Coach Dale Gildehaus, who already has 4 regular season undefeated teams, would like to have his 5th and go deep into the playoffs. Watch the replay of this game…

22 straight wins with little fanfare…

Valle Catholic blasted Potosi 41-0 on Friday to notch their 22nd consecutive win. The Warriors have been a long-time traditional Class 1 powerhouse program. So long, in fact, that many, if not most, of the players had parents or relatives who wore the Warrior uniform at one time a few decades ago! Most in MO have just come to expect Valle to be “there” at STATE Playoff time. Listen to replay….



72-65—this isn’t a basketball score!

The Glendale Falcons and the Rolla Bulldogs scored the 3rd highest total of points in MSHSAA history in a prolific offensive game. Glendale scored on all 9 possessions of the 1st half as Falcon QB Alex Austin put on a show. He threw for 390 yards, 8 TD while running for 126 yards and the 9th TD of the half! It was 64-29 at half. The Bulldog defense held Austin to 50 yards in the 2nd half, rallied and cut the lead to a 7 points with just over 3 minutes remaining. The Falcons were able to run out the clock. I’m sure that these statisticians are still recovering from all of their work.

Ebb and Flow…

Whenever two schools engage in long-multi decade rivalries, there is always an ebb and flow—one school dominates for some time, then the other, it shifts again and so forth. CBC and SLUH have met over 80 times. SLUH had a long run of success, now the Cadets have the upper hand. Coach Scott Pingel has never lost to the Jr Bills during his tenure as head Coach and it continued on Friday with 49-16 Cadet win. Watch the replay …

Best Comeback of the Night…

Trailing 23-7 entering the 4th quarter and 30-14 early in the final quarter, the Harrisonville Wildcats seemed to be in trouble against the Oak Grove Panthers. But, the Wildcats found their passing game and really put it to work. When Chance Chamberlain hooked up with Adam Schrock for TD pass with 1:56 left in the game the Wildcat defense had to “put up a stand” to gain the thrilling 34-30 win. It was the 3rd TD pass of the quarter that saw onsides-kick recoveries, 4th down stops, a KO return going to the house—a little bit of everything!

These Vikings are back…

What about the job Bryan Koch has done at Francis Howell? After their convincing 49-6 victory over Howell Central, the Vikings are 7-0. When Coach Koch started his career as the Head Football Coach, the Vikings football program was struggling. This powerhouse program is now at the level that few teams want to compete against the Vikes in non-conference battles. Welcome to the world of the big-time winners.

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Snapshot of Week 4-MO HS Football [Bob Ryan]

Bob-Ryan…Best games of the Week…

2 OT thriller with all the ups & downs of we’re “in” to we’re “toast” between Ray-Pec Panthers and Blue Springs South Jaguars. Ray-Pec tied the game against Blue Springs South with 1:16 remaining at 14-14 when Isiah Truss scored. 1st OT saw each team score and bang in PAT. In 2nd OT Ray-Pec had the ball first and sophomore James Sappington knocked home a 42 yard FG giving the Panthers a 24-21 lead. The Jags were stopped stone-cold on their first 3 plays. Disdaining a long FG attempt, BSS QB Colton Pogue, starting his 1st game!, lofted the ball toward the end zone and Briley Moore-McKinney dove for the ball, snatching it cleanly for the game winner. BSS 27 Ray-Pec 24

 …as the final buzzer sounded, Jack Faron (Parkway North) boomed his 2nd FG of the night through the uprights as the Vikings (2-2) edged the Summit Falcons (3-1) 12-9. It isn’t often, in these days, that you win a game scoring only ONE touchdown! Want the replay… Click here to view …

 …Diamond Wildcats score with under 50 seconds left in the game to take 14-11 lead over Pierce City. The Eagles Brian Parra-Navarro immediately answered! He took the kickoff “to the house” for 82 yards as he snatched victory from defeat 18-14 for Pierce City.

 …Three missed PAT’s doomed Lutheran-St Charles this weekend. Missing two kicks and one pass on PAT’s the Cougars fell 19-18 to the Trinity Tritons. The final Cougar TD came with only 3:46 left in the game.


…Best Comeback of the Night…

Trailing 26-0 in the 3rd quarter, the Hannibal Pirates were in trouble. Able to move the ball all night (286 rushing, 155 passing), suddenly Hannibal came alive. Scoring 27 unanswered points, Hannibal took the lead when Shamar Griffith plowed over with 2:16 left in the game.


Most surprising score…

…each team brought in identical records but the St Mary’s Dragons romped to a 63-7 victory over the Duchesne Pioneers (ranked #13, Class 4 in last poll) in a AAA-Large School conference game.


…Baseball score?…

Aurora 6 Seneca 6…WOW!


…Peak at some games “of note” of Top 10 Teams..

Class 6….

#1 Lee Summit West beat #9 Rock Bridge 48-34. The jump to Class 6 for the Titans seems to be more like a hop-scotch jump than a leap J

#5 Rockhurst (3-1) won the 2nd consecutive game against an Arkasas team, Har-Ber 46-22.

#6 Lee Summit edged Lee Summit North (1-3) 31-28

Class 5…

#1 Ft Osage (4-0) continues to roll easily–47-12 over N.KC

#2 Jackson (4-0) crushes Farmington 55-7 (see note below)

#3 Winnetonka (3-1) beat Raytown (2-2) 21-7

Class 4

##1 Webb City (4-0) knocks off previously unbeaten Republic (3-1) 49-14—can they move up a class (or two)?

#2 Helias (4-0) beat Class 6, Hickman 48-7

#3 Kearney (4-0) 49-28 victors over Raytown South

These three teams have continually been in the Class 4 Championship Games in recent years.

Class 3 – had ELEVEN unbeaten teams in last poll

#1 Maryville Spoofhounds (4-0)-received all 15 1st place votes last week (justifiably) – beat Bishop LeBlond (St Joe) 58-19

#3 Blair Oaks (3-1) dropped a 42-28 decision to Hallsville (4-0)

#10 Centralia (3-1) lost their 1st game to Brookfield 40-7

Class 2

#1 Lamar (4-0)-also a unanimous choice as #1 in last week’s vote-49-0 victory over Cassville

#3 Mt View-Liberty (3-1) lost to Ava 34-27

#8 Malden (4-0) smashed Scott City 71-8 (see note below)

#9 Herman (4-0) 65-7 winners of Liberty (Wentzville). Herman now averaging 58 ppg !

Class 1

#1 Valle Catholic (4-0) shutout Crystal City 54-0 (see note below) – another #1 team garnishing all votes last week

#2 Hamilton-Penney (4-0) 69-30 victors over Mid-Buchanon

#3 Westran (3-1) 55-7 win (see note below) over Schuyler County- only loss to Valle Catholic


…need a new “mercy” rule”?….

As one reads through some scores from this weekend like 65-7, 45-0, 55-0, 54-6 and many other one-sided football scores, one must realize a couple facts. These are high school games…you play to win the game, not annihilate the opponent. Most times, the skill level of the two teams is evident immediately. Most coaches try to keep the score “down” by playing subs but take a look at the scores—this isn’t working. Why humiliate the players, parents, coaches and fans of the other school? I’ve seen “bad blood” occur very frequently from these types of games. How about this as a thought…once a team is 35 points down in 2nd half…the game is OVER! Have you ever seen a team come back to win from a 35 point 2nd half deficit? I haven’t. Playing time for the subs…use your JV games. Playing against an overmatched opponent doesn’t really gain you any “real” experience anyway. In soccer, it’s 10 goals (it should be 5 or 6) to invoke immediate ending of a game so this precedent isn’t brand new. Remember, these are just HIGH SCHOOL games.

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Quick Snapshot of Week 1 – MO High School Football

Bob-RyanQuick Snapshot of Week 1 – MO High School Football

 …with the season opening August 22, the 1st round of District will be prior to Halloween. That means half the STATE will be finished on October 24th ! I guess the basketball coaches are happy that they’ll be seeing some of their players done with football so early !

 …Scoring in the last 14 seconds of the game, Soldan rallied to beat Priory 24-21. With Priory up 21-16, Terry Graham hauled in a 50 yard pass from Ronald Clower and added the 2-point conversion to win this non-conference game. Clower was 18 of 28 for 242 yards and all three TD’s  

…highest scoring total of the night—123 total points—Lee Summit 81 Truman 42 !!! 

…Eureka’s defense prevented a 2-point conversion late in the game as Eureka won the battle of Rockwood 17-15 at Lafayette. Click here for the replay …  

…ALL 5 of the Mississippi Blue Conference teams won their opening game! Fredericktown, Maplewood R-H, Ste Genevieve, Park Hills Central & Perryville finished the night smiling! 

…Savannah Savages had a much tougher time of it than they expected as they beat an improved Grain Valley Eagle team 19-15. The Savages were a STATE semifinalist last year while the Eagles saw their #1 QB go down in the Jamboree event the week prior to this game. 

…leading scorer of the night on the East side of the STATE was Brentwood’s Jacob Clay. Clay scored 5 touchdowns in the first 3 quarters as the Eagles romped past Crystal City 61-26. Clay scored four of his TD’s on runs of 37+ yards. 

…in the “some things never seem to change” category—check out these familiar type scores–Webb City 21 Carthage 0; Valle Catholic 56 St Vincent 0 

…St Mary’s Dragons scored twice in the 4th quarter to edge Gateway STAM Jaguars 14-13. The Jags scored their 2nd TD with 2 minutes remaining but failed to convert the PAT. The PAT attempt was taken on four attempts (3 penalties) and a missed kick from the 19 yard line. Link to their schedule 

….Other 1 point games in the STATE were: St Pius (Festus) 27 So. Boone 26; Perryville 13 Sumner 12; Odessa 21 St Pius X 20 

…Collin Scott (St Clair) galloped 99 yards for a TD but the Bulldogs fell to the Washington Bluejays 26-21. The unusual total of 26 was reached, in part, due to a safety late in the 1st half when St Clair’s punter missed a snap and was tackled in the end zone. 

…QB Shane Barret (Ft Zumwalt East) had quite an opening night. He passed for 338 yards and 3 TD’s while scoring the other 2 TD’s in the 35-7 victory over Howell Central. Barrett hit on two 90 yard TD passes and a 65 yard strike in the 1st & 3rd quarters.



Archived! – June 6 – HS Boys Baseball – Class 4 Semifinal – Westminster Academy vs St. Mary’s

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Archive! – May 29 – HS Boys Baseball – Class 4 Quarter – Mexico vs St. Mary’s

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Archive! – May 22 – 2014 St. Mary’s High School Graduation

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