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Posted: Wednesday, September 26, 2012 8:15 am | Updated: 8:19 am, Wed Sep 26, 2012.

It was an up and down weekend, an emotional roller coaster, for sports fans in the area.

There were plenty of positives, particularly on the high school level.

A pair of junior running backs in the area, Washington’s Kyle Summers and Sullivan’s Justin Biermann, had football games to remember last Friday night.

Summers rushed for a school-record 300 yards on just 17 carries and scored three touchdowns against Ft. Zumwalt South.

Summers’ stats in the second half were 13 carries for 202 yards and three touchdowns.

“Kyle played like a mad man,” said Washington offensive tackle Jared Walde.

Yes, that’s a great way to put it. It got to the point in the second half where the FZS defenders really weren’t interested in trying to tackle Summers.

While Summers and the Blue Jays scored 50 points in the second half, Biermann and the Sullivan Eagles scored 47 points in the first half against Pacific.

Biermann scored five touchdowns, four rushing and one on a punt return, in the first quarter alone. He carried the ball seven times, and scored on four of them, finishing with for 121 yards.

Summers and Biermann both averaged an insane 17 yards per carry. The two players run with different styles. Summers is a bruiser. He’d prefer to run you over. Biermann seems to be one of those kids who does everything well; football, basketball, baseball, golf. He’s no doubt one of the area’s best athletes.

“Justin is a very versatile athlete,” said Sullivan Head Coach Pat Burke. “We like to use him at multiple positions.”

It was recently announced that Washington and Sullivan will meet on the football field in the 2014 and 2015 seasons.

Another great performance over the weekend was turned in by Washington softball player Courtney Kedroski, who hit three home runs against Hazelwood West during the Ft. Zumwalt North Tournament. She also shattered a car window with a foul ball Monday at Ft. Zumwalt North.

“It was the first three home run game I’ve seen in a softball game,” said Washington head Coach Phil King.

Also on the positive side of things is the way the Cardinals are playing down the stretch.

Fighting for that second wildcard spot, the Cardinals have won seven of their last eight games and own a 3 1/2-game lead over Milwaukee and Los Angeles with eight games left to play heading into Tuesday’s action.

Chris Carpenter is back, the offense is waking up. Bring on the Braves for that one-game wildcard playoff.

On the negative side of things, we have Mizzou and the Rams.

I wouldn’t consider the Rams to be a big negative. They are a much more competitive team than year’s past and the defense has improved.

The Rams have a rookie kicker from Missouri Western, Greg Zuerlein, who could probably kick the ball over the Arch if given the opportunity.

This column illustrates how important offensive linemen really are.

Summers and Biermann, both fine athletes, would be the first to say that their offensive linemen deserve much credit for their success.

The Rams and the Tigers could really use some offensive linemen.

Sam Bradford and James Franklin had a rough time over the weekend. There was no running game to speak of.

Heck, Green Bay all-world quarterback Aaron Rodgers was sacked eight times in the first half Monday night at Seattle.

Even the greatest quarterbacks need their offensive linemen.

Instead of drafting rookie receiver Brian Quick with the 33rd pick of the draft, who was inactive Sunday at Chicago, perhaps the Rams should have looked at an offensive tackle.

The Rams’ three NFC West rivals, San Francisco, Seattle and Arizona, all have very strong defenses. That doesn’t add up well for the Rams offense.

How is everyone feeling about Mizzou’s chances in the SEC?

Like the Rams, Mizzou’s defense has been pretty good. But there’s not much offense. Has anyone seen DGB lately?

The Tigers are 0-2, but have lost to the two best teams in the SEC East, Georgia and South Carolina, both ranked in the top six in the country.

With the exception of Alabama on Oct. 13, the Tigers have winnable games coming up against Central Florida (non-conference), Vanderbilt and Kentucky.

Mizzou needs to win at least two of those games or it will be a long first season in the SEC.

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Area Scoreboard

Area Sports Schedule

American Legion Baseball

Ninth District Senior Legion Tournament

Thursday, July 17

At Westhoff Park

G1 (1) West 11, (8) Pacific 1

G2 (4) St. Charles 17, (5) Elsberry 2

At St. Peters Rec-Plex

G3 (3) Washington 4, (6) Wentzville 0

G4 (2) Daniel Boone 8, (7) St. Peters 2

Friday, July 18

At St. Peters Rec-Plex

G5 Elsberry 8, Pacific 3

G6 St. Peters 9, Wentzville 1

At Westhoff Park

G7 St. Charles 4, West 1

G8 Daniel Boone 7, Washington 4

Saturday, July 19

At St. Peters Rec-Plex

G9 Washington 9, Elsberry 4

G10 West 9, St. Peters 6

G12 West 14, Washington 1

At Westhoff Park

G11 St. Charles def. Daniel Boone (fft)

Sunday, July 20

Rest at Westhoff Park

G13 Championship — West 2, St. Charles 1 (13 innings)

Monday, July 21

G14 If-Needed Game — St. Charles 13, West 11

Zone 1 Senior Legion Tournament

At Lindenwood University, St. Charles

Thursday, July 24

G1 West 13, Daniel Boone Post 262 8

G2 Jefferson City Post 5 11, Hannibal Post 55 2

Friday, July 25

G3 West 11, St. Charles Post 312 1

G4 Daniel Boone 10, Hannibal 2

Saturday, July 26

G5 Jefferson City 9, West 2

G6 St. Charles 11, Daniel Boone 0

G7 West 6, St. Charles 2

Sunday, July 27

G8 Championship — West 11, Jefferson City 0

G9 If-Needed Game — Jefferson City 14, West 12

Jefferson City advances to state tournament in Sedalia.

Ninth District Junior Legion Tournament

Tuesday, July 8

At Union High School

G1 (1) Elsberry 3, (8) New Haven 0

At Ronsick Field

G4 (3) Washington 7, (6) Wentzville 1

G4 (2) Union 8, (7) Hannibal 1

At St. Peters Rec-Plex

G2 (5) St. Peters 8, (4) St. Charles 6

Wednesday, July 9

At New Haven

G5 Wentzville 4, New Haven 0

G6 St. Charles 8, Hannibal 7 (9 innings)

At Ronsick Field

G7 St. Peters 5, Elsberry 2

G8 Washington 2, Union 1

Remainder at Ronsick Field

Thursday, July 10

G9 Union 7, Wentzville 1

G10 Elsberry 3, St. Charles 2

Friday, July 11

G11 Washington 12, St. Peters 11 (10 innings)

G12 Elsberry 6, Union 3

Saturday, July 12

G13 Elsberry 4, St. Peters 3

G14 Championship — Washington 3, Elsberry 1

Washington wins district, to host Zone 1 Tournament at Borgia. Schedule below.

Junior Legion Zone 1 Tournament

At Borgia

Thursday, June 17

G1 Elsberry Post 226 10, Chillicothe Post 25 2

Friday, June 18

G2 Washington Post 218 5, Elsberry 1

G3 Chillicothe 5, Elsberry 4

Saturday, June 19

G4 Championship — Washington 16, Chillicothe 0 (5 innings)

Washington advances to State Tournament in Jackson.

Junior Legion State Tournament

At Jackson

Thursday, July 24

G1 Jackson 3, Springfield Glendale 2

G2 Eureka 7, Sedalia 0

Friday, June 25

G3 Jackson 8, Washington 3

G4 Springfield Glendale 8, Sedalia 3

G5 Jackson 4, Eureka 2

G6 Washington 8, Springfield Glendale 0

Saturday, June 26

G7 Eureka 11, Washington 10 (9 innings)

G8 Championship — Jackson 7, Eureka 6

Jackson advances to Regional Tournament in Leavenworth, Kan.

Sunday, June 27

G9 If-Needed Game — G8 winner vs. G8 loser, 1 p.m.

Freshman Legion Ninth District Tournament

Tuesday, July 8

At Elsberry Legion Field

G1 (1) St. Charles 7, (8) St. Peters 0

G2 (4) Elsberry-Winfield 4, (5) Wentzville 3

At Elsberry Khoury League Field

G3 (3) Hannibal 3, (6) Warrenton 2

G4 (2) Washington 10, (7) West 1

Wednesday, July 9

At Elsberry Khoury League Field

G5 St. Peters 17, Warrenton 6

G6 Wentzville 5, West 4

At Elsberry Legion Field

G7 St. Charles 10, Elsberry-Winfield 2

G8 Washington 3, Hannibal 0

Remainder at Elsberry Legion Field

Thursday, July 10

G9 St. Peters 11, Hannibal 9

G10 Elsberry-Winfield 13, Wentzville 4

Friday, July 11

G12 Elsberry-Winfield 8, St. Peters 3

G11 Washington 6, St. Charles 0, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 12

G13 St. Charles 10, Elsberry-Winfield 1

G14 Championship — St. Charles 5, Washington 2

Sunday, July 13

G15 If-Needed Game — St. Charles 2, Washington 0

Missouri Freshman

Legion State Tournament

At Rotary Recreational

Complex - Ronsick Field

Wednesday, July 16

G1 Creve Coeur Post 397 16, St. Robert Post 331 2

G2 Ste. Genevieve Post 150 4, St. Charles Post 312 0

G3 Jackson Post 158 1, vs. Springfield Glendale Merchants 0

G4 Washington Post 218 9, Eureka Post 177 4

Thursday, July 17

G5 Springfield Glendale 11, St. Robert 1 (St. Robert eliminated)

G6 St. Charles 10, Eureka 2 (Eureka eliminated)

G7 Ste. Genevieve 4, Creve Coeur 2

G8 Washington 12, Jackson 10

Friday, July 18

G9 Jackson 12, Springfield Glendale 0 (Springfield Glendale eliminated)

G10 Creve Coeur 8, St. Charles 3 (St. Charles eliminated)

G11 Ste. Genevieve 3, Washington 2

G12 Creve Coeur 11, Jackson 7 (Jackson eliminated)

Saturday, July 19

G13 Washington 8, Creve Coeur 3 (Creve Coeur eliminated)

G14 Championship—Washington 5, Ste. Genevieve 2

Sunday, July 20

G15 Championship Game 2—Washington 3, Ste. Genevieve 0

Great Midwest Football League

July 19

Missouri Cyclones 34, Illinois Justice 0

Swim Team Schedules

Washington Swim Team

Date    Opponent    Time/Result

6-9    at Oaks Landing    Washington 192-100

6-16    Westglen    Washington 259-206

6-23    at Fox Creek    Washington 311-225

6-30    at Chadwick    Chadwick 264-258

7-7    Cherry Hills    Washington 291-140

7-11 at Division Meet, Westminster Christian First

Pacific Swim Team

Date    Opponent    Time/Result

6-9    Lake of the Woods    LOtW 176-130

6-16    at Union    Union 289-220

6-23    Bridle Creek    Pacific 371-124

6-30    at Arbor Oaks    Pacific 282-241

7-7    at Indian Hills    Cancelled, weather

7-12    Division Meet    First

Union Swim Team

Date    Opponent    Time/Result

6-9    at Arbor Oaks    Union 180-120

6-16    Pacific    Union 289-220

6-23    at Lake of the Woods    LoTW 312-201

6-30    Indian Hills    Union 322-275

7-7    Bridle Creek    PPD

7-12    at Division Meet, Pacific    Third

Pacific Diving Team

Date    Opponent    Time

6-14    at MAC West    MAC West 40-30

6-21    at Lindgate    Lindgate

6-28    at Cool Dell    9 a.m.

7-13    at Championships    8 a.m.

*Indicates League Games

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