While the major focus of our sports coverage is on high school teams and athletes, there are times we can look at those who have gone on to bigger and better things in the sports world.
• New Haven graduate Kathleen Scheer continues to excel in Australia and has blitzed the South East Australia Basketball League for the past two games.
Against Launceston April 5, Scheer netted 28 points with 16 rebounds, one assist and one blocked shot.
Against Sandringham April 11, Scheer netted 27 points with nine rebounds, four blocked shots, two assists and one steal.
After both games, she was named the MVP by SEABL.com.au in its weekly roundup articles.
For the season, Kathleen is averaging 20 points, 8.4 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game. She also has four blocked shots and one assist.
• Borgia grad Matt Pickens has a new home with the NASL Tampa Bay Rowdies after a couple of different moves. The Colorado Rapids traded his rights to the New England Revolution, which transferred him to the Rowdies.
Pickens also trained with Stabaek, a Norweigan club, during the MLS offseason.
So far this season, Pickens has played in two matches, a pair of 1-1 ties with Indianapolis and Edmonton.
Former East Central College goalkeeper Lionel Brown also plays in the NASL with the Ft. Lauderdale Strikers. Another ECC standout, Nickardo Blake, previously played with the Strikers.
• Washington High School graduate and former Post 218 standout Justin Sprenger has been assigned to the Spokane Indians for the start of the 2014 season. Sprenger was 3-2 with four saves and a 4.23 ERA last season with Spokane.
• Washington High School graduate Scott Suggs played in 47 games for the Eire BayHawks in the NBA D-League this season, averaging 18.5 points, 3.9 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.1 steals per game.
There are many college athletes out there as well. It’s extremely difficult to keep up with everyone.
One athlete recently in the spotlight through the Legion baseball community is Cody Gardner, who currently leads Truman State in ERA at 1.81. He’s 4-5 with three saves for the Bulldogs. Cody is a Borgia graduate and former Post 218 standout, finishing on the 2012 state championship squad.
Last year, Gardner helped with the Post 218 coaching staff during the summer.
It was nice for Washington and Union to be able to play at T.R. Hughes Ballpark in O’Fallon Saturday afternoon.
Barring upsets, it’s a very difficult road for either team to make it through to the MSHSAA state tournament, which will be held there in late May.
I like the T.R. Hughes venue. There’s hardly a bad seat in the place and it’s not difficult to reach.
However, there are going to have to be some improvements there for it to be ready for the state tournament. The field was not in good shape, with the extremely rough winter probably having a great deal to do with that.
In fact, it’s probably in rougher condition than Rotary Recreational Complex - Ronsick Field right now, although grounders don’t take 15-foot hops at T.R. Hughes like they do at Ronsick.
It’s going to be necessary to have T.R. Hughes Ballpark in better shape before the state tournament and I’m sure that work will be done.
It’s going to be necessary to have Ronsick Field in better shape as well, and that probably will happen when the Washington Post 218 crew gets things going in May.
The Franklin County Crimson rugby club will be holding a homebrew beer and winemaking contest Saturday, June 14, at the Farmers Market in Washington. There’s a $5 entry fee to enter the contest. To get a tasting and judging glass, the cost is $15 per person.
For more information, please see www.crimsonrugby.com