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Posted: Wednesday, January 16, 2013 8:15 am | Updated: 8:19 am, Wed Jan 16, 2013.

It’s been a good first two months of the winter sports season.

As you may or may not know, we once again have some strong wrestling teams in the area.

Leading the way are the Washington Blue Jays, who are loaded from the top to the bottom of their lineup.

The Blue Jays have a legitimate shot of reaching their goal of obtaining a Class 3 team trophy at the state tournament with a top four finish.

Wrestling in the Four Rivers Conference seems to get better every season.

Union has a solid team and may be the team to beat. St. Clair and Pacific always have good teams. Sullivan and St. James are coming along.

As we hit the middle of January, there’s still some basketball tournaments to be played and conference championships to be decided before we focus on the postseason.

Girls basketball in our area is really good. Every girls team in the FRC, along with Borgia and Washington, currently have a winning record.

St. James (16-0) and Sullivan (12-0) both are unbeaten.

The Lady Tigers and the Lady Eagles clash in St. James on Valentine’s Day. There will be no love to share in that game.

FRC girls teams have a combined record of 86-25.

Hermann (13-2), Union (12-4), Pacific (9-3), New Haven (10-5), St. Clair (7-6) and Owensville (7-6) all have solid teams.

New Haven has a good team and is 0-3 in the league. The Lady Shamrocks lost to St. James by three points. They will be heard from in their district tournament.

Throw in Borgia (9-4) and Washington (7-6) and you have some pretty good basketball in our area.

On the boys side, although I might get an argument from St. James or Pacific, I’d say that Washington is the area’s best team to this point.

The Blue Jays are 13-4 and battle-tested. Three of their four losses are against some of the best teams in the state in St. Louis Christian, CBC and DeSmet.

Now finished with tournaments, the Jays have their sights set on a competitive GAC Central and then district play down the road in Rolla.

Washington knows how to win, plays excellent defense and has a pair of legitimate scoring threats.

A game to watch is the Blue Jays against Rock Bridge in the MFA Oil-Break Time Shootout at Mizzou Arena Sunday, Jan. 27, at 5:40 p.m.

With a record of 8-6, Borgia is not having the season many of us are used to seeing. That doesn’t mean the Knights are bad. They looked good in their final two games at the Washington Tournament and will be a team to deal with come district time.

In the FRC, four teams currently are 2-0 in the league and the other four are 0-2.

It looks like St. James, Pacific, Sullivan and St. Clair are going to slug it out for the conference championship.

Union, New Haven, Hermann and Owensville can’t afford any more conference losses if they want possibly a share of the title.

A game to mark on the calendar is Pacific at St. James on Feb. 1.

The Indians play great defense and the Tigers can score points in bunches. Something has to give.

Sullivan and St. Clair both have talent. The Bulldogs are kind of hiding in the weeds right now, waiting to make their move.

On the college level, I’m just not feeling it for Mizzou right now. The Tigers definitely aren’t a top 10 team.

Maybe things will change, but this isn’t a great shooting team and lacks ball handlers.

It’s good that SEC basketball isn’t very strong. The Tigers will win games and reach the NCAA Tournament. From there, they better get better.

/sports

Area Scoreboard

Area Sports Schedule

Baseball

Thursday, April 17

*Union 11, Owensville 1

*New Haven 5, St. Clair 4

*Pacific 5, St. James 4

Saturday, April 19

Washington 5, Union 1

Monday, April 21

Lutheran SC 3, Borgia 0

*Pacific 6, St. Clair 5

Tuesday, April 22

*Washington 9, Ft. Zumwalt North 8

Wednesday, April 23

*Washington at FZN    4:30 p.m.

Trinity at Borgia    4:30 p.m.

Union at Farmington    4:30 p.m.

Thursday, April 24

*Hermann at Pacific    4:30 p.m.

*Owensville at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

Friday, April 25

*Duchesne at Borgia    4:30 p.m.

Washington at Winfield    4:30 p.m.

*Union vs. Sullivan (GCS Ballpark)    5 p.m.

Saturday, April 26

Washington at Kirkwood    10 a.m.

St. Clair at Farmington    10 a.m.

*Borgia at St. Mary’s    noon

St. Clair vs. Oakville (at Farmington)    12:30 p.m.

Girls Soccer

Thursday, April 17

*Washington 2, Ft. Zumwalt S 1 (PKs)

Union 10, North County 0

St. Clair 3, Maplewood 1 (Hillsboro Tny)

Friday, April 18

Washington 2, Sullivan 1

Ritenour 2, St. Clair 0 (Hillsboro Tny)

Saturday, April 19

Cape Girardeau Central 3, St. Clair 2 (Hillsboro Tny)

Monday, April 21

*Holt 2, Washington 0

*Pacific 10, St. James 0

Borgia 3, Lutheran SC 2 (OT)

Tuesday, April 22

Hillsboro 1, St. Clair 0

*Washington 3, Ft. Zumwalt East 2

*Union 2, Sullivan 0

*Owensville 3, Pacific 2

Wednesday, April 23

Union at Incarnate Word    4 p.m.

Trinity at Borgia    4:30 p.m.

Thursday, April 24

St. Clair at Northwest    4 p.m.

De Soto at Pacific    5 p.m.

Friday, April 25

*Duchesne at Borgia    4:30 p.m.

*Washington at FZN    5 p.m.

Golf

Monday, April 21

Warrenton 155, Washington 157 (Medalist-War E. Luecke 32)

Tuesday, April 22

St. James Tny    8 a.m.

Borgia at AAA Tny    1 p.m.

Thursday, April 24

*Borgia at St. Mary’s 3:30 p.m.

*Union at Pacific    4 p.m.

*St. Clair at Owensville    4 p.m.

Track and Field

Tuesday, April 22

Washington Nix Relays (Timberland won both divisions)

Friday, April 25

Owensville Inv    4 p.m.

Pacific at De Soto    4 p.m.

Potosi Inv    4 p.m

Union at Cape Central Relays    TBA

Saturday, April 26

Washington at Ladue    9 a.m.

Union at Cape Central Relays    TBA

Boys Volleyball

Wednesday, April 23

North Tech at Borgia    4:30 p.m.

Thursday, April 24

Bayless at Borgia    5 p.m.

College Softball

Monday, April 21

*ECC at St. Louis (Split-St. Louis won first game, 6-5, ECC won second game in eight innings, 9-8)

Wednesday, April 23

*Three Rivers at ECC, 2 p.m.

Friday, April 25

ECC at Region 16 Tournament, TBA

*Conference Games

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