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Posted: Wednesday, July 10, 2013 8:30 am

Anyone living around these parts has heard the phrase, “It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity.”

Our lovely Missouri weather brings plenty of both. But that’s not the case everywhere.

In Dallas last week, it actually felt cooler than it was.

No, there was no wind chill, but the lack of humidity made it feel a little better than our weather has been here. Imagine the heat without the stickiness and you’ve got an idea of what it was like.

Of course, our Texas friends were hurting in other areas. Since it’s not humid, they haven’t gotten the rain there, either. Areas in north Texas are in water restrictions. I know folks around here who would love to send them some of our extra water, especially any extra moisture which floods playing fields.

Folks in Texas would love to have a shower like the one which washed out the Washington Post 218 Senior Legion games Saturday in Ste. Genevieve. That might settle the dust and bring some green back to the grass there.

My visit to Texas was about much more than just observing the weather though. It was very nice to visit with family and meet my new niece, Naomi Hull, who might have a great future in sports once she grows up. Of course, it’s always hard to say what’s going to happen when they’re less than a month old.

For four days, my travels took me into Downtown Dallas and the USA Volleyball Girls Junior National Championships.

At a national tournament like that, especially in the open divisions, it’s painfully obvious that any mistake is going to be amplified tenfold. I think our Show Me Volleyball Academy team learned that lesson over and over and over again.

Our SMVA 16 Rox team went 0-9 at the national tournament, including to eventual national champion ASICS Mavs 16 Blue (25-17, 25-17). SMVA 16 Rox tied for 31st in the 16 Open Division.

The team had its struggles with four of the nine matches going to three games and all four of those matches being decided by four points or less in the third game.

For a team which doesn’t leave the national event with medals draped around their necks, it’s vitally important to stress positives. And since most of the teams who went to Dallas came home without something, stressing positives becomes key.

For players who didn’t reach their ultimate dream of winning on the big court and celebrating a championship, it has to be stressed that playing at that level is a great learning experience which will help them in their next volleyball challenge, be it making the high school team this fall, getting better prepared to improve next club season or even catching the eye of a college coach.

It’s also important to stress that you live to play another day. The players are richer for the experience and playing against tough competition will prepare them for the future challenges.

I believe our SMVA kids grew tremendously through the season and you’ll be hearing about them in the near future.

Borgia’s Allie Marquart got the call up from the SMVA 16 Royal team to play with the Rox kids during the national tournament. She was joined by Paige Perego (Parkway West), Amy Kindt (Marquette), Emily Rudolph (Marquette), Amanda Noel (Lafayette), Hannah Cherry (Villa Duchesne), Allison Turner (Lafayette), Ellie Watkins (Lutheran St. Charles), Riley Stephens (Troy) and Cassie Nodiff (Marquette). The team was coached by Union High School graduate Shane Allen.

There were many locals who played in the national tournament this year. We’ve got many of them documented elsewhere in this section. And for every player documented, I know of others who have family around these parts.

It’s not often that club sports gets acknowledged in these papers. In just about every sport, there are a lot of folks who toil without recognition, but work to become better players and earn recognition (many trying to find scholarship opportunities) in their selected sport. You see this in baseball, softball, soccer, gymnastics, volleyball, etc.

Club athlete, please take this as a pat on the back for a job well done.


Area Scoreboard

62nd Annual Borgia Pepsi Thanksgiving Tournament

Blue Division

Pool 1

McCluer North



Pool 2

Cardinal Ritter


Rockwood Summit

Gold Division

Pool 1




Pool 2


North Tech


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

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

Sullivan Shootout

Owensville vs. Rockwood Summit, 11:30 a.m.

St. Clair vs. Lindbergh, 1 p.m.

Jefferson City vs. Jackson, 2:30 p.m.

Washington vs. Lutheran South, 4 p.m.

Borgia vs. Poplar Bluff, 5:30 p.m.

Sullivan vs. Affton, 7 p.m.

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

Farmington 61, Pattonville 39

Sullivan 68, Owensville 64

Principia 55, St. Louis Patriettes 42

Borgia 56, Cuba 38

Thursday, Dec. 18

*St. James 72, New Haven 21

*Union 49, Pacific 48

Friday, Dec. 19

Washington at Francis Howell    7 p.m.

Sullivan Tournament

Seventh Place — Pattonville vs. St. Louis Patriettes, 4 p.m.

Consolation — Farmington vs. Principia, 5:30 p.m.

Third Place — Owensville vs. Cuba, 7 p.m.

Championship — Borgia vs. Sullivan, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 20

Union at Waynesville    5 p.m.


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.

Kennedy 88, Washington 84

Wednesday, Dec. 17

Lindbergh 128, Washington 48

*Conference Games