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Posted: Wednesday, April 30, 2014 3:00 pm

If you get a chance, head over to Union Friday afternoon to support the East Central College softball Falcons as they attempt to qualify for the NJCAA Division II national softball tournament.

Brad Wallach has quietly built up a juggernaut and this is the third year in a row the Falcons have won the Region 16 title. It’s only the third time in school history a team has won three consecutive regional titles.

The soccer Falcons won four in a row from 2001-04. The volleyball Falcons of Brad Bruns won three in a row from 2008-2010. The volleyball team holds the record for most consecutive national tournament trips at three.

If the softball Falcons can win two of three from Murray State of Oklahoma, it will be the second national tournament trip in the past three seasons.

So why should you come to support the Falcons?

Brad Wallach has a nucleus of local athletes. He’s got three Washington High School graduates, one from New Haven, one from Pacific and one from Owensville.

And just outside the area are girls from Timberland, Fatima, Lindbergh and Salem.

The Falcons play an exciting brand of ball and can score via the bunt or by the long ball. It’s probably the deepest pitching staff the Falcons have had in a long time as well with four capable hurlers.

So, if the weather’s nice, get out there and support the Falcons. I’m certain they’ll appreciate everything.

• The two biggest local track meets are history for this year with the Union and Russell C. Nix events now added to the history books.

While those were meets held on recently renovated tracks in Franklin County and had a lot of volunteer help, that’s where the similarities ended.

Union had individual events while Washington ran everything as team “relays.”

Union had a timing company come in to administer the event while the Nix Relays were hand timed and scored.

Each of the approaches had pluses and minuses.

The Union Relays had to have some of the preliminary events re-run after issues with the timing calibration, but it moved quicker than the Nix Relays, where everything done the old way.

Washington did take advantage of the technology available with its video board to make the meet experience as positive as possible for the participants and spectators.

“The meet went great,” Washington Head Coach Mike Olszowka said. “We can’t thank our workers enough. They are the ones who make this meet operate so smoothly. From officiating and timing, to scorekeeping and running results on the video board, the meet was a total success. We had a lot of compliments from the coaches about how well the meet went off and about our new facility. These are the great things that people remember about this meet, and the things that keep them coming back to Washington.

So, what’s the best way to run a big meet?

Both approaches have their positives. Having a timing company take care of things does speed up the track events and that’s going to be the trend of the future. It’s how all of district, sectional and state meets are run now. Having one of those organizations come does cost, but takes care of a lot of the headaches of trying to secure enough timers, keeping track of everything and pushing out the results in a timely manner.

• We have no NBA team in the state, so why is LeBron James the most Googled athlete in Missouri?

An ESPN survey showed more folks used the Internet search engine to look up the Miami Heat superstar. Folks of the Show-Me State, this is disappointing!

I would assume everyone is using Bing to do their St. Louis Cardinals searches then. Or everyone knows everything about the Cardinals and doesn’t need to search the web about facts on the team.

James is actually the most popular in the nation with over 20 states.

Peyton Manning has a six-state duchy including a swath from north to south in the west (Montana, Wyoming, Colorado and New Mexico) along with Indiana and Tennessee.

Adrian Peterson has a four-state kingdom with both Dakotas, Minnesota and Iowa.

What puzzles me more is that Tiger Woods is the most Googled athlete in Vermont. Manti Te’o is tops in Hawaii.

• Wrigley Field turned 100 last Wednesday. Contrary to popular belief, the field has been the home of a baseball champion. The Chicago Whales won the last Federal League title in 1915. The stadium was built for the Whales.

The last pro championship team to call Wrigley Field home was the 1963 Chicago Bears.

Nice place to watch a game, but let’s hope it’s another 100 years (at least) until they have a World Series champion.

On the same day, Billy Shakespeare turned 450. Who knows what he would be writing if he were alive in our time?

• The Franklin County Crimson rugby team will be hosting a team from Springfield this Saturday at the Lakeview Park soccer fields in Washington. It’s scheduled to kick off at 1 p.m.

The team has one additional home match this spring, May 17 against the Kansas City Rogues.

In recent action, the Crimson have beaten the Columbia Outlaws and Maryville University. The team also split two matches in the St. Louis Ruggerfest.

The team always is looking for new players. See the team’s webpage at

• The Missouri Cyclones, who will return to Borgia for a third season in 2014, start their season this Saturday in Collinsville with a 3:30 p.m. game against the Illinois Cowboys. That’s part of the GMFL Border Wars series.

The event starts at noon with the Missouri Valley Pitbulls taking on the Chicago Colts. The Midwest Chargers close out the event against the Chicago Cardinals at 7 p.m.

Currently, Troy Robertson’s team will play its first home game at Borgia Saturday, June 14, against the St. Louis Spirit. Kickoff is set for 8:30 p.m.


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