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Posted: Wednesday, December 5, 2012 12:00 pm | Updated: 1:19 pm, Wed Dec 5, 2012.

There’s a lot to look forward to as far as the winter sports season is concerned.

The conclusion of the NFL season, college hoops and high school basketball and wrestling have taken center stage.

With four games left in the regular season, three on the road, how will the Rams finish?

Whether they go 4-0, 0-4 or somewhere in between, this team is much tougher and much more competitive than in recent years.

One thing I’ve learned about Jeff Fisher is he can really coach.

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I’m looking forward to the Mizzou-Illinois basketball game Dec. 22 in St. Louis. Both teams are off to good starts and are nationally ranked.

You just get the feeling that the Tigers need something else. They need something or somebody to give them an extra push.

And that somebody could very well be Jabari Brown, a 6-5 guard who was a five-star recruit coming out of high school.

Brown had a cup of coffee with Oregon before transferring to Mizzou. By all accounts, he can really score. He’ll be eligible to make his first appearance Dec. 17 against South Carolina State, the game before Illinois.

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Speaking of college sports, the 1969, ’70 and ’71 Northeast Missouri State University football teams will be inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame Wednesday in Kirksville.

The Bulldogs won the conference MIAA championship three consecutive years from 1969-71 under the leadership of Russ Sloan.

A total of 13 players from Washington, 11 from Washington High School and two from St. Francis Borgia, played on the Northeast team during that period of time.

Borgia players were Dale Gildehaus and Joe Feltmann.

Washington players were Ken Bebermeyer, Jim Gephardt, Deon Johanning, Dave Fleer, Steve Wilmesher, Tom Bueker, Tim Hayes, Mike Curran, Bill Harman, Dave Hoffmann and Rodney Ford.

Also on those teams was Greg Wilson, former Washington School District superintendent.

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Washington probably is the area’s best and deepest wrestling team. The Blue Jays finished second at the Westminster Tournament last weekend.

St. Clair keeps rolling after winning the Principia Tournament last Saturday.

Union and Pacific are a little beat up, but both should be strong teams as the season moves along.

Hopefully Borgia can get its program up and running in the right direction.

In boys basketball, congratulations to Borgia Head Coach Dave Neier for his 600th career win. That’s an amazing accomplishment.

You can bet the Knights will win plenty of games this season.

Washington has been seeded fourth in the powerful 16-team Meramec Tournament, which starts Dec. 26.

Only CBC, Hazelwood Central and DeSmet are seeded higher. This will be a great chance for the Blue Jays to show everyone what they have.

Pacific was picked to win the Four Rivers Conference by the league’s coaches, which is a good choice.

St. James will have something to say about that. The Tigers are 4-0 after winning the Potosi Tournament last weekend.

New Haven, Hermann and Sullivan all are off to good starts. Union will only get better. St. Clair is the best winless team in the state.

In girls basketball, the FRC once again is loaded.

Hermann (Montgomery County), St. Clair (Clayton) and St. James (Potosi) already have tournament championships in their back pockets.

Those three teams, along with Sullivan, currently are unbeaten.

Union is 4-2 after placing second last week at the Orchard Farm Tournament

Pacific finished third last week at a good Marquette Tournament. Both the Lady Indians and New Haven are 3-1. Owensville is a team that will be heard from.

Not to be overlooked is Borgia and Washington. Both teams lost their openers, but both have talented players who will help produce wins.

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Area Scoreboard

62nd Annual Borgia Pepsi Thanksgiving Tournament

Blue Division

Pool 1

McCluer North

Normandy

Carnahan

Pool 2

Cardinal Ritter

Pacific

Rockwood Summit

Gold Division

Pool 1

CBC

Soldan

Washington

Pool 2

Borgia

North Tech

Union

Monday, Nov. 24

CBC 77, Washington 52

Tuesday, Nov. 25

Cardinal Ritter vs. Rockwood Summit, PPD

Washington 63, Soldan 62

Borgia 83, Union 50

Wednesday, Nov. 26

Carnahan 71, Normandy 46

Pacific 64, Rockwood Summit 22

North Tech 67, Union 37

Thursday, Nov. 27

McCluer North 95 Carnahan 68

CBC 82, Soldan 55

Borgia 50, North Tech 45

Friday, Nov. 28

McCluer North 93, Normandy 39

Pacific 70, Cardinal Ritter 57

Saturday, Nov. 29

Blue Consolation — Rockwood Summit 47, Normandy 38

Gold Consolation — Soldan 78, Union 59

Gold Third Place — North Tech 63, Washington 57

Blue Third Place — Cardinal Ritter 71, Carnahan 46

Blue Championship — McCluer North 64, Pacific 58 (OT)

Gold Championship — CBC 67, Borgia 66

Boys Basketball

Monday, Dec. 8

Lutheran S 64, St. Clair 48

Borgia 61, Carnahan 51

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Lafayette 44, Washington 35

Friday, Dec. 12

Potosi 72, St. Clair 45

*Washington 69, Ft. Zumwalt North 65

Montgomery Co 62, New Haven 61

*St. Mary’s at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

Bourbon 75, Union 74

Glendale 63, Pacific 46

Saturday, Dec. 13

New Haven 46, Barat 40

Nixa 56, Pacific 46

Tuesday, Dec. 16

*Pacific 70, New Haven 35

*Hermann 67, St. Clair 49

*Ft. Zumwalt South 61, Washington 50

*Union 81, St. James 74

Thursday, Dec. 18

Friday, Dec. 19

*Owensville at St. Clair    4 p.m.

Washington vs. Parkway Central, GAC/Suburban Shootout, St. Charles Family Arena, 5:30 p.m.

*St. James at New Haven    6 p.m.

*Pacific at Union    7 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 20

%Washington vs. TBA    4 p.m.

%Borgia vs. Poplar Bluff    5:30 p.m.

%St. Clair vs. TBA    TBA

%Sullivan Shootout

Girls Basketball

Saturday, Dec. 6

Cor Jesu 63, Borgia 60

New Haven 46, Moberly 39

Monday, Dec. 8

Pacific 73, Rolla 40

St. Clair 68, Dixon 37

Washington 54, New Haven 15

Tuesday, Dec. 9

*Borgia 59, Rosati-Kain 38

Union 53, Northwest 44

Thursday, Dec. 11

*Borgia 60, Notre Dame 53

Union 81, Bourbon 53

Friday, Dec. 12

New Haven 45, Principia 30

*Washington 59, Ft. Zumwalt North 32

Saturday, Dec. 13

West Plains 76, Pacific 37

Monday, Dec. 15

*Pacific 46, New Haven 28

*St. Clair 59, Hermann 50

*St. James 64, Union 37

Sullivan Tournament

Cuba 48, Principia 27

Borgia 68, Patriettes 29

Sullivan 56, Pattonville 43

Owensville 78, Farmington 54

Wednesday, Dec. 17

Sullivan Tournament

Pattonville vs. Farmington, 4 p.m.

Sullivan vs. Owensville, 5:30 p.m.

Principia vs. Pattonville, 7 p.m.

Borgia vs. Cuba, 8:30 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 18

*St. James at New Haven    6 p.m.

*Pacific at Union    7 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 19

Washington at Francis Howell    7 p.m.

Sullivan Tournament    TBA

Saturday, Dec. 20

Union at Waynesville    5 p.m.

Wrestling

Monday, Dec. 8

Maplewood 48, Borgia 30

Brentwood 47, Borgia 36

Winfield 48, St. Clair 36

St. Clair 42, St. James 40

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Pacific 55, North County 10

Jackson 63, Washington 12

Farmington 63, Washington 6

Wednesday, Dec. 10

Borgia 36, Lutheran St. Charles 34

Winfield 54, Borgia 30

Thursday, Dec. 11

Union 72, Ft. Zumwalt East 9

Union 52, Principia 30

Union 54, Winfield 27

Saturday, Dec. 13

Union Tournament    9 a.m.

Borgia at McCluer S-Berkeley Tny    9 a.m.

Pacific at Farmington Tny    9 a.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 16

Owensville 61, St. Clair 16

Union 48, Owensville 27

Union 65, St. Clair 18

Friday, Dec. 19

Washington at Raytown S Tny    TBA

Union at Cape Central Tny    TBA

Pacific at Ft. Zumwalt E Tny    TBA

Saturday, Dec. 20

Washington at Raytown S Tny    TBA

Union at Cape Central Tny    TBA

Pacific at Ft. Zumwalt E Tny    TBA

Girls Swimming

Monday, Dec. 8

Washington at Eureka    4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Washington at Nerinx Hall    4 p.m.

LSC/OFC 134, Borgia 101, St. Dominic 83

Monday, Dec. 15

Borgia at Notre Dame (Forest Park)    4 p.m.

Washington at Kennedy    6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 17

Washington at Lindbergh    4 p.m.

*Conference Games

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