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Posted: Wednesday, January 2, 2013 8:00 am | Updated: 9:00 am, Wed Jan 2, 2013.

Allow me to wish everyone a safe, happy and healthy 2013.

It was a good 2012 for sports in our area.

The Cardinals were one win away from the World Series. The Rams showed tremendous improvement. The Blues reached the second round of the NHL playoffs.

On the college scene, the University of Missouri played its first season in the Southeastern Conference.

MU basketball had a great regular season last year, winning 30 games and the Big 12 Conference Tournament, but lost to Norfolk State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

On the local front, winning state championships were the Borgia boys golf team, Sullivan’s Macy Ritter in the long jump, the Washington Post 218 Senior and Freshman Legion squads, Washington’s cheerleaders and Borgia’s dance team.

We also had individual successes in wrestling, cross country and track and field.

Before we look to see what will happen in 2013, let’s see how some of last year’s predictions went.

The Hits

• The Rams will hire Jeff Fisher as head coach and Les Snead as general manager. (Correct on both.)

• Albert Pujols and the Angels fail to reach the playoffs. Pujols hits .295 with 28 homers and 110 RBIs in his first season in LA. (The Angels missed the playoffs and Pujols’ stats were 30 homers, 105 RBIs and a .285 batting average.)

• The Rams make improvements, but fail to make the playoffs, finishing 7-9. (The Rams improved, failed to make the playoffs and finished 7-8-1.)

The Misses

• In Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis, New Orleans defeats Baltimore, 24-17. (The New York Giants defeated New England, 21-17.)

• Mizzou and Saint Louis meet in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The Tigers defeat the Billikens, 72-65. (SLU reached the second round, but not Mizzou.)

• Reaching the Final Four will be Ohio State, Florida, North Carolina and Murray State. North Carolina cuts down the nets. (Final Four teams were Ohio State, Kentucky, Louisville and Kansas. Kentucky cut down the nets.)

• The Blues, fall to Detroit in seven games in the first round of the playoffs. Chicago defeats Boston in the Stanley Cup Finals. (The Blues lost in the second round to the Kings, who went on to win the Stanley Cup.)

• Playing its first season in the SEC, Mizzou football goes 8-4 overall and 4-4 in the SEC. (Mizzou went 5-7 and 2-6.)

Predictions for 2013

• The NHL season will be canceled.

• Alabama defeats Notre Dame in the BCS title game, 17-13.

• In Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans, Denver defeats Atlanta, 27-24.

• Steven Jackson leaves the Rams and signs with New England.

• FRC Basketball champions will be St. James’ boys and Sullivan’s girls.

• With their two first-round draft picks, the Rams select Missouri defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson and South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore.

• Reaching the Final Four will be Missouri, Kansas, Duke and Indiana. Mizzou and Kansas meet in the national title game. What the heck, Mizzou cuts down the nets.

• The Los Angeles Clippers defeat Miami in the NBA Finals.

• Dale Earnhardt, Jr. wins the Daytona 500.

• Hunter Mahan wins the Masters.

• St. Clair, Union, Washington and Borgia are the area’s top high school football teams.

• The St. Louis Cardinals finish second the NL Central behind Cincinnati, defeat San Francisco in the wildcard game, Washington in the NLDS and fall to Los Angeles in the NLCS. Toronto defeats the Dodgers in the World Series.

• Maty Mauk beats out James Franklin for Mizzou’s starting quarterback job. The Tigers go 7-4 overall and 4-4 in the SEC.

• The Rams become one of the top defensive teams in the NFL, finish the regular season 10-6 and lose a wildcard playoff game.

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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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