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.