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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.


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

%Washington vs. TBA    4 p.m.

%Borgia vs. Poplar Bluff    5:30 p.m.

%St. Clair vs. TBA    TBA

%Sullivan Shootout

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 at New Haven    6 p.m.

*Pacific at Union    7 p.m.

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