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Posted: Wednesday, January 22, 2014 8:30 am

No matter how much it seems that we’re now living on the ice planet Hoth, it won’t be long until pitchers and catchers report to Florida for the start of spring training.

Yes, baseball is coming to rescue us from this dismal winter, and none too soon.

St. Louis Cardinals fans have to be happy with the way the team stacks up on paper. The Cardinals have kept their youth and added key pieces to the puzzle. Fans hope this will not only put them back into the playoffs, but might be enough to secure another World Series title.

Some of the news coming out of St. Louis Tuesday was that outfielder Matt Holliday has forgiven new teammate Jhonny Peralta for his 50-game suspension for using performance-enhancing drugs.

“I am against PEDs and always will be,” Holliday told the Associated Press. “But I also am a forgiving person and he served his suspension. That’s the rules of the game. I’m happy to have him as a teammate.”

Holliday is much more forgiving than the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA), which again took a hard line on suspected PED users in its recent Hall of Fame voting.

The BBWAA has taken a lot of heat from the public with the vote, and that’s expected in anything subjective like hall of fame voting. There can be a fine line between seeing a player as very good and one meeting the criteria to earn the votes to get into the hall of fame.

Before you try to barbecue the BBWAA for its policy, consider that the voting criteria also features three citizenship/sportsmanship items, which should clarify why Barry Bonds and others haven’t made it in and why Alex Rodriguez should be looking to buy tickets to Cooperstown if he wants to get into the hall of fame.

As Rule 5 in the BBWAA election rules stats:

“Voting: Voting shall be based upon the player’s record, playing ability, integrity, sportsmanship, character, and contributions to the team(s) on which the player played.”

When you put weight to the integrity, sportsmanship and character, that erases a lot of on-field contributions. Supporters for those players might insist that PEDs were not specifically outlawed during that time.

I have to believe if Kennesaw Mountain Landis had been commissioner when the PED scandal broke, he would have outlawed offenders for life, which would have invalidated their selection eligibility anyway.

Local Connections

This area has ties to another professional athlete after the Houston Dynamo of Major League Soccer selected AJ Cochran in the first round of this year’s MLS SuperDraft.

Cochran is the son of John and Anne (Schmitt) Cochran of St. Louis and the grandson of Washington residents Kenneth and Tudy Schmitt.

A graduate of CBC, Cochran was the Big Ten Conference defensive player of the year at the University of Wisconsin in 2013. He was a semifinalist for the Hermann Trophy and a two-time All-Big Ten selection.

The central defender also is a member of the Generation adidas development program.

Cochran will join a growing number of professional soccer players with area ties. Matt Pickens, a Borgia graduate, is with Colorado and was the goalkeeper when that team won the MLS Super Cup in 2010.

Nickardo Blake (East Central College) was drafted by Toronto FC, but has played for the Fort Lauderdale Strikers of the North American Soccer League.

Borgia graduate Cody Reinberg played for the Harrisburg City Islanders of the USL Second Division in 2009.

Also in the professional sports world, New Haven graduate Kathleen Scheer continues to make an impact in Australia’s WNBL.

Playing for the Sydney Uni Flames, Scheer has played in 18 games while averaging 8.8 points and 3.8 rebounds per contest.

She has reached double digits in scoring seven times so far with the most recent time coming Jan. 8 with 13 points in 14:25 of playing time against Townsville.

Sydney currently is sixth in the league standings with a 7-11 mark.


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 76, Union 57

Saturday, Dec. 20

Sullivan Shootout

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

Lindbergh 67, St. Clair 46

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

Washington 56, Lutheran South 54

Poplar Bluff 59, Borgia 49

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

Francis Howell 55, Washington 48

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 62, Sullivan 35

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