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Posted: Wednesday, November 21, 2012 7:00 am | Updated: 8:23 am, Wed Nov 21, 2012.

When it comes to sports in our area, there are plenty of things to be thankful about on this Thanksgiving.

Sure, we all want our favorite high school, college and professional teams to win, but at least we have sports to cheer for and provide added enthusiasm and entertainment.

I’m thankful that we have an NFL team in St. Louis. The Rams haven’t been very good since the “Greatest Show on Turf” days, but at least we have a team to follow and complain about.

It would be brutal if St. Louis lost an NFL team for the second time. I don’t think it will happen, at least I really hope it doesn’t.

The Rams are good for St. Louis. They need to stay here.

I’d be even more thankful if the Rams built a new open-air stadium at the old Chrysler site in Fenton.

While that’s not completely out of the question, I’m not going to hold my breath.

I’m thankful that my favorite baseball team is the St. Louis Cardinals.

We’ve had some great games and memories over the last two seasons, much less the 100 plus years the team has been in existence.

The Cardinals have won 11 World Series, the most of any National League team, and second overall only to the New York Yankees, and 18 NL pennants.

I’d be even more thankful if the Cardinals can find someone to play shortstop and second base not only next season, but for years beyond.

I’m thankful that the St. Louis Blues appear to be a team on the rise with promising talent and new ownership in the mix.

Of course, I’d be even more thankful if this ridiculous lockout would end.

The NHL is going to take a beating from fans and media if the season is canceled. They better figure out a way to resolve this situation soon.

I’m thankful that we have access to SEC football less than two hours away in Columbia.

The SEC is the best college football conference in the country. It likely will win the national championship for the sixth straight year this season.

I’d be even more thankful if Missouri was more competitive in the SEC. It’s only the first season, but there’s a long way to go for the Tigers.

Texas A&M, Missouri’s opponent this Saturday, has made its presence known immediately, and has done it with a new head coach and a new starting quarterback nicknamed “Johnny Football.”

Mizzou needs to spend less time on creating new uniforms and more time on recruiting better talent.

By the way, the Big 10 Conference will take Maryland and Rutgers, but not Missouri? That’s odd.

I’m thankful that college basketball in our area is pretty good.

Mizzou and Saint Louis both should be NCAA Tournament teams. Missouri State is on the rise.

I’d be even more thankful if the Tigers don’t have to face Norfolk State in the first round of the NCAA Tourney and if the Billikens get injured point guard Kwamain Mitchell back soon.

I’m thankful that we have the Turkey Tournament taking place this week.

We have Franklin County taking on St. Louis County in all four first-round games Wednesday and Thursday.

I’d be even more thankful if Franklin County goes 4-0 in first-round games, or at least 3-1. I’d also be thankful if the Turkey Tournament goes back to 16 teams in the near future.

We’re always happy to have the St. Louis County teams involved. There are a lot of good teams in the tournament. St. Clair is not your typical No. 8 seed. The Bulldogs have some talent.

With a number of new tournaments popping up every year, getting to 16 teams won’t be easy, but you never know.

I’m thankful that we have the high school football state championship games taking place at the Edward Jones Dome Friday and Saturday.

I’m thankful that a GAC school, Francis Howell, is playing for the Class 6 championship.

I’d be even more thankful if St. Louis can win a couple of state championships. The best bets are Kirkwood in Class 5 and John Burroughs in Class 3.

I’d also be more thankful if anyone in Class 4 can give Webb City a game. I don’t think the Cardinals would mind playing a tight, competitive contest.

Watching Helias at St. Clair’s jamboree, I thought the Crusaders were the best team there, which included St. Clair and Rock Bridge.

Can Helias upset Webb City? Probably not. But maybe the Crusaders will keep the margin under two touchdowns, which is something no team has done against the Cardinals all season.

Finally, I’m thankful that we still have winter and spring sports to look forward to for the school year.

We’re going to have some good teams that certainly will be heard from for the remainder of 2012 and into 2013.

I’d be even more thankful if some of our area teams bring home a few championships along the way.


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