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Posted: Wednesday, January 1, 2014 12:15 am

Allow me to wish everyone a safe, happy and healthy 2014.

It was a good 2013 for sports in our area.

The Cardinals made a return trip to the World Series, where they lost to Boston in six games.

The Rams finished the season with a 7-9 record and have some promising young talent, but need to start making noise in the tough NFC West.

The Blues had a nice regular season, but suffered a disappointing loss to the Los Angeles Kings in the first round of the playoffs.

On the college scene, the University of Missouri football team had a great year. The Tigers were one win away from playing for the national championship. They played in the SEC championship game and take an 11-2 record to Friday’s Cotton Bowl against Oklahoma State.

MU basketball lost to Colorado State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The Saint Louis Billikens lost to Oregon in the second round.

On the local front, winning state championships were Borgia volleyball in Class 3, Hermann volleyball in Class 2, Pacific wrestler Austin Repp at 170 pounds in Class 3, Warrenton wrestler J.J. Filipek at 182 pounds in Class 3 and the Borgia dance and cheerleading teams.

A number of other teams and individuals from the area covering many different sports claimed district titles and state honors.

Before we look to see what will happen in 2014, let’s point out some of my many 2013 prediction misses from last year’s column.

• I did predict the Dodgers to defeat the Cardinals in the NLCS and then to lose to Toronto in the World Series. (The Cardinals and Dodgers did meet in the NLCS, but the Cards won. Toronto didn’t even sniff the playoffs.)

• I made the ridiculous prediction that Mizzou would defeat Kansas to win the NCAA basketball championship. (Mizzou lost in the first round and Kansas lost to Michigan in the Sweet 16.)

• My Final Four teams were Mizzou, Kansas, Duke and Indiana. (Instead, it was Louisville, Michigan, Syracuse and Wichita State. Louisville cut down the nets.)

• I predicted Maty Mauk would beat out James Franklin for Mizzou’s starting quarterback job and the Tigers would go 7-4 overall and 4-4 in the SEC. (Mauck did make an impact while Franklin was hurt, but he didn’t beat out Franklin, and the team was better than most of us thought they’d be.)

• I predicted the Rams would become one of the top defensive teams in the NFL, finish the regular season 10-6 and lose a wildcard playoff game. (The defense is coming around, but the team was 7-9 and missed the playoffs.)

Predictions for 2014

• Auburn outscores Florida State in the BCS football title game, 72-71.

• In Super Bowl XLVIII in East Rutherford, N.J., Seattle defeats Denver in a massive snow storm, 13-12.

• Rams defensive end Robert Quinn is named the NFL defensive player of the year.

• FRC basketball champions will be Hermann’s girls and Sullivan’s boys.

• The Blues make some noise in the playoffs, but fall to Chicago in seven games in the Western Conference finals.

• With their two first-round draft picks, No. 2 and No. 13 overall, the Rams select a pair of Texas A&M players in offensive tackle Jake Matthews and wide receiver Mike Evans.

• Reaching the NCAA Basketball Final Four will be Michigan State, Oklahoma State, Oregon and Wisconsin. Michigan State cuts down the nets.

• Indiana defeats Portland in the NBA Finals.

• Dale Earnhardt Jr. wins the Daytona 500.

• Adam Scott wins the Masters.

• Chicago defeats Detroit in the Stanley Cup Finals.

• The St. Louis Cardinals easily win the NL Central title and knock off Washington in the NLDS. And then things get interesting. The Cardinals will then play the two Los Angeles teams, the Dodgers in the NLCS and the Angels in the World Series. When the smoke clears, the Cardinals defeat Albert Pujols, David Freese and the Angels to take the World Series in seven games.

• With Maty Mauk at quarterback, the team expectations sky-high, and Alabama, Auburn and LSU not on the schedule, Mizzou football goes 9-3 overall and 5-3 in the SEC. The Tigers will be invited to play in the Outback Bowl.

• With the new college football playoff format in place, the four teams to reach the championship semifinals will be Alabama, Florida State, Oregon and Ohio State.

• With one of the top defenses in the NFL, the Rams continue to struggle to put a consistent offensive attack together. They finish the season with an 8-8 record and miss the playoffs.

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Area Scoreboard

Football

Friday, Sept. 19

*Ft. Zumwalt S at Washington    7 p.m.

Cardinal Ritter at Borgia    7 p.m.

*St. Clair at Union    7 p.m.

*Pacific at Sullivan    7 p.m.

*Hermann at Owensville    7 p.m.

Ash Grove at St. James    7 p.m.

Cuba at Brentwood    7 p.m.

*St. Charles West at Warrenton    7 p.m.

South Callaway at Wright City     7 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 12

*Ft. Zumwalt North 49, Washington 0

*Borgia 35, St. Dominic 0

*Union 27, Pacific 19

*Sullivan 47, St. Clair 21

Hermann 65, Wentzville Liberty 7

*Owensville 29, St. James 28 (OT)

Cuba 22, Windsor 6

*Warrenton 14, St. Charles 6

*Bowling Green 55, Wright City 0

Friday, Sept. 5

Warrenton 14, Washington 6

Borgia 13, Maplewood-Richmond Heights 0 (forfeit)

*Union 32, Sullivan 19

*Pacific 20, St. Clair 18

*Hermann 52, St. James 20

Owensville 35, Cuba 8

*Wright City 36, Montgomery Co. 0

Friday, Aug. 29

Sullivan 30, Washington 8

Borgia 56, Union 13

Ozark 41, St. Clair 0

Potosi 34, Pacific 13

Hermann 54, Cuba 12

Blair Oaks 42, Owensville 0

St. James 36, Houston 18

Warrenton 28, Troy 0

Orchard Farm 36, Wright City 18

Friday, Aug. 22

Washington 26, St. Clair 21

Borgia 48, Owensville 12

Parkway West 49, Union 39

Pacific 28, De Soto 20

Park Hills Central 34, Sullivan 27

St. James 12, Cuba 6

Hermann 61, Montgomery Co 12

Warrenton 26, St. Dominic 23

Trinity 28, Wright City 24

Softball

Tuesday, Sept. 16

*Borgia at Notre Dame    4:30 p.m.

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt N    4:30 p.m.

*Union at Owensville    4:30 p.m.

*Pacific at New Haven    4:30 p.m.

*St. James at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Hermann at Sullivan    4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 17

Washington at Warrenton    4:30 p.m.

Sullivan at Northwest    4:30 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 18

*St. Dominic at Borgia    3:45 p.m.

*Union at Hermann    4:30 p.m.

*St. Clair at New Haven    4:30 p.m.

*St. James at Pacific    4:30 p.m.

*Owensville at Sullivan    4:30 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 19

Union at Ft. Zumwalt N Tny    TBA

South Callaway at New Haven    5 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 20

Union at Ft. Zumwalt N Tny    TBA

St. James Tny    TBA

Monday, Sept. 22

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt S    4:30 p.m.

Union at North County    4:30 p.m.

Warrenton at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

Principia at Sullivan    4:30 p.m.

Hermann at Cuba    4:30 p.m.

Owensville at Cuba    4:30 p.m.

St. James at Bourbon    4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 23

*Borgia at Duchesne    4:30 p.m.

*Holt at Washington    4:30 p.m.

*Pacific at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Owensville at New Haven    4:30 p.m.

*Hermann at St. James    4:30 p.m.

Volleyball

Tuesday, Sept. 16

*Sullivan at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt E    5 p.m.

*New Haven at Union    5:30 p.m.

*Pacific at Hermann    5:30 p.m.

*Owensville at St. James    5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 17

Washington at Duchesne    5 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 18

*St. Clair at Owensville    5 p.m.

*Union at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

*Hermann at New Haven    5:30 p.m.

*St. James at Sullivan    5:30 p.m.

O’Fallon Christian at Borgia    6:30 p.m.

Washington at Gateway Match Up    TBA

Friday, Sept. 19

Eagle Ridge at Crosspoint    5:15 p.m.

Providence at Crosspoint    7:15 p.m.

Washington at Gateway Match Up    TBA

Saturday, Sept. 20

New Haven Round Robin    9 a.m.

ECC at Wentworth    1 p.m.

ECC vs. Graceland JV (Wentworth)    3 p.m.

Washington at Gateway Match Up    TBA

St. Clair at Seckman Tny    TBA

Monday, Sept. 22

St. Clair at Salem    5 p.m.

Bourbon at Sullivan    5:30 p.m.

Dixon at St. James    5:30 p.m.

Hermann Tournament    TBA

Tuesday, Sept. 23

Cuba at St. James    5:30 p.m.

Crosspoint at Bethel    5:30 p.m.

Crosspoint vs. Thomas Jefferson    6:30 p.m.

Hermann Tournament    TBA

Boys Soccer

Tuesday, Sept. 16

Crosspoint at Fulton St. Albans    4:30 p.m.

Tolton Catholic at Borgia    5:30 p.m.

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt E    6 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 17

*St. Louis at ECC    4:30 p.m.

Union at Affton    5 p.m.

St. Clair at De Soto    5 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 18

*St. Clair at St. James    5 p.m.

Dixon at Sullivan    5 p.m.

Borgia at Trinity    6:15 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 19

Eagle Ridge at Crosspoint    4:30 p.m.

Tolton at Fulton SA    5 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 20

*Ft. Zumwalt S at Washington    10 a.m.

Crowder at ECC    2 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 22

Hillsboro at Union    5 p.m.

CYC Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Sept. 23

*Fulton SA at Thomas Jefferson    4:30 p.m.

North County at Union    5 p.m.

*St. James at Pacific    5 p.m.

*Borgia at St. Dominic    6:15 p.m.

CYC Tny    TBA

Cross Country

Thursday, Sept. 18

St. Clair at Lutheran North    4 p.m.

New Haven, St. James at Steelville Inv    4 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 20

Festus Inv.    9 a.m.

Hermann at Fulton Inv    9 a.m.

Thursday, Sept. 25

Washington at Rolla Inv    4 p.m.

Union, Owensville, St. James at Belle Inv    4 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 27

Hancock Inv    8:30 a.m.

Pacific at Viburnum Inv    10:30 a.m.

Monday, Sept. 29

St. Clair at Elsberry Inv    4 p.m.

St. James at Dixon    4 p.m.

Girls Golf

Tuesday, Sept. 16

*Borgia at St. Dominic    3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 17

Duchesne at Borgia    3:30 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 18

Ft. Zumwalt S at Washington    3:30 p.m.

Borgia at AAA Meet, Lutheran SC    TBA

Wednesday, Sept. 24

Washington at GAC Central Meet    TBA

Thursday, Sept. 25

*Duchesne at Borgia    3:30 p.m.

Boys Swimming

Saturday, Sept. 20

Borgia at Ft. Zumwalt W    8:30 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 29

Washington at Ft. Zumwalt South    3:30 p.m.

*Conference Games

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