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Posted: Wednesday, June 5, 2013 9:00 am

High school sports are officially over.

The MSHSAA baseball championships fought through the rough weather last weekend at TR Hughes Ballpark in O’Fallon.

Among the state champions were Westminster in Class 4 and Francis Howell in Class 5.

Westminster, state champs for the third straight season, defeated Pacific and Borgia in the district tournament.

You’ll remember the Wildcats rallied to beat the Knights 4-3 after trailing 3-1 going into the bottom of the seventh inning.

Francis Howell, state champs in two of the last three seasons, knocked off Washington in the district semifinals after trailing early in the game.

Eureka captured the Class 3 girls soccer championship, losing just one game all season.

St. Dominic capped an unbeaten season to take the Class 2 crown over Helias. The Lady Crusaders defeated fellow unbeaten Kearney in double overtime in the state semifinals.

So what do we have to look forward to this summer?

Well, speaking of state champions, the Washington Post 218 Seniors and Freshmen look to defend their state titles this season. The Juniors actually feature many of the players from last season’s Freshman squad.

There’s no reason to believe that all three teams at least won’t be in the running for state championships this summer. Washington Post 218 is one of the top Legion baseball programs in the state. More emphasis is put on Legion baseball in Washington than most, if not all, towns in the state.

This summer, there will be a theme for all of the Post 218 Seniors Friday night home games.

For the game this Friday, June 7, a 7 p.m. start against West, it will be veterans’ appreciation night.

Veterans attending the game will be recognized and will be able to buy one sandwich and get one free at the concession stand. A military ID is required.

“We are very proud to play American Legion baseball and we want to show our appreciation to those who served,” said Post 218 Manager Mike Gardner. “Without them and their support, we would not have the opportunity to play this game we love so much.”

Pacific Post 320 has Legion teams this summer on the Freshman and Junior levels. Both teams are off to good starts. Most home games will be played at Pacific High School.

There’s plenty of football going around.

The Missouri Cyclones are off and running, opening the season last Saturday with a 44-0 win over the Illinois Firehawks. Home games once again are being played at Borgia High School.

The East Central Football Camp is scheduled for June 14-15, which features over 30 high school teams competing in scrimmages over the two days.

The camp, which is run by Borgia’s Dale Gildehaus and Parkway West’s Jeff Duncan, takes place this year at Borgia, Hermann, Parkway West and Ft. Zumwalt East.

Duncan reports that 40 schools will participate.

Borgia faces Washington June 15 at Borgia at 7:10 p.m.

Before we know it, Mizzou and the St. Louis Rams will be kicking off their preseason practices.

There’s been a lot of excitement and hype surrounding the Rams. While I share in the excitement, I still wonder who’s going to carry the ball.

Can Mizzou win more than two SEC games this season? I’m not sure. I wonder who the Tigers’ quarterback will be, James Franklin or Maty Mauk?

And of course, we have the St. Louis Cardinals to follow this summer, who entered June with the best record in baseball.

Can the Cardinals keep things rolling? The Reds and Pirates aren’t making things easy, but you have to like the Cardinals’ chances.

At the very least, they are an entertaining team to watch with that young starting rotation, which includes Shelby Miller and Michael Wacha, not to mention Adam Wainwright.

/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

*FZN at Washington    4:30 p.m.

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 at Lutheran SC    6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, April 22

St. Clair at Hillsboro    4:30 p.m.

*Washington at FZE    5 p.m.

*Union at Sullivan    5 p.m.

*Pacific at Owensville    5 p.m.

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    3 p.m.

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)

Tuesday, April 22

*Three Rivers at ECC, 2 p.m.

Friday, April 25

ECC at Region 16 Tournament, TBA

*Conference Games

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