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Battleline: Who Wants To Be No. 1?

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Posted: Wednesday, September 18, 2013 8:30 am

Is there a hex?

Does anyone want to be at the top of the Missourian Area Football Poll?

On this page, you’ll find our fourth poll among area media members this season. In the previous three polls, the team ranked at the top has lost its next game.

And you believe, it’s going to happen again this week.

Holt is projected to beat Washington, 32-21, which should tumble the whole poll again next week.

It’s getting to a point where we need a diagram for the voters to try and untangle everything. And if the voters are having a hard time, imagine how tough it is for the fans?

We started the polls back around 1990 and have run them in different sports as something to generate interest in area sports teams.

The polls have changed in their scope. Schools have been added and sometimes removed from the poll if we can’t find enough information about them. I believe the readers still enjoy seeing them and it fosters a lot of conversation.

Just remember that a poll is a collection of views by different voters, no matter the level. We really won’t have an absolute idea on who really is No. 1 until the end of the season when we can review what happens. It’s sure fun to try and speculate though.

You’re probably not going to see any local teams in the state rankings, done by a committee of media members around the state. They’ve been very careful in separating themselves from the old Missouri Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association polls.

Honestly, we have some decent teams, but not ones worthy enough of Top 10 consideration at the state level right now. I don’t know if that will change by the end of the season. There are some outstanding individual players, but no outstanding teams.

Another feature you see in our paper is the weekly projections. We use and for these numbers.

Give MasseyRatings credit. They pick games from the start of the season. won’t project games until October, after half of the season has finished.

So far, has been 17-9 for the season and went 6-1 (discounting the Borgia game, see below).

Here are the projections for this week.

•Holt 32, Washington 21

•Borgia at St. Mary’s (no projection)

This one is interesting because they had these teams playing each other last week rather than this week. Actually, it’s thrown the whole AAA Large Division schedule off kilter in its system.

• Union 34, Pacific 13;

• Sullivan 34, St. Clair 28;

• St. James 35, Owensville 28;

• South Callaway 42, Hermann 14;

• Warrenton 40, St. Charles 28;

• Wright City 27, Van-Far 20;

• Windsor 28, Cuba 21.

Believe it or not, the district football standings are out there. They’re not easy to find on the MSHSAA website. You’ve got to go to individual school pages, click on the 11-man football schedule and then find the small “show district standings” link near the bottom of the page.

Doing this, you’ll find the current district standings.

Those should give a better idea of how our area teams stack up in their districts by using the official MSHSAA points system.

And right now, it’s not good.

Washington’s the pick of the litter and is ranked second in its Class 5 district behind Camdenton and comfortably ahead of Lebanon. If the season ended today, the Blue Jays would have a first-round bye and then host the Lebanon-Rolla winner in the second round.

Class 4 District 3 has five of our area teams.

Westminster Christian would be the top seed for the playoffs starting in Week 10.

The top area team would be St. Clair, ranked third behind Ladue.

St. Clair has a slight edge on Priory, which would have the final home berth for Week 10.

Ranked fifth through eighth are Sullivan, Union, Pacific and Borgia.

It’s a similar story in Class 3 District 2, where St. James is fourth and Owensville is eighth.

As of right now, Hermann would have a home playoff game as a fourth seed in its Class 2 district.

There has to be a better way to get the district standings out to the public because I know there is massive speculation of where everyone stands as of this point in the season. We’ve still got six games to play in the regular season before the playoff brackets are set for Week 10, so there’s plenty of room for change. Injuries could change things around dramatically as well. I know Duchesne was able to beat Borgia with a sophomore quarterback. I think he’ll be good down the road but they’ll probably feel better if Clay Stulce could come back by the end of the regular season.

Anything still can happen. Knowing the nature of high school sports, it probably will happen.


Area Scoreboard

Area Sports Schedule

American Legion Baseball

Ninth District Senior Legion Tournament

Thursday, July 17

At Westhoff Park

G1 (1) West 11, (8) Pacific 1

G2 (4) St. Charles 17, (5) Elsberry 2

At St. Peters Rec-Plex

G3 (3) Washington 4, (6) Wentzville 0

G4 (2) Daniel Boone 8, (7) St. Peters 2

Friday, July 18

At St. Peters Rec-Plex

G5 Elsberry 8, Pacific 3

G6 St. Peters 9, Wentzville 1

At Westhoff Park

G7 St. Charles 4, West 1

G8 Daniel Boone 7, Washington 4

Saturday, July 19

At St. Peters Rec-Plex

G9 Washington 9, Elsberry 4

G10 West 9, St. Peters 6

G12 West 14, Washington 1

At Westhoff Park

G11 St. Charles def. Daniel Boone (fft)

Sunday, July 20

Rest at Westhoff Park

G13 Championship — West 2, St. Charles 1 (13 innings)

Monday, July 21

G14 If-Needed Game — St. Charles 13, West 11

Zone 1 Senior Legion Tournament

At Lindenwood University, St. Charles

Thursday, July 24

G1 West 13, Daniel Boone Post 262 8

G2 Jefferson City Post 5 11, Hannibal Post 55 2

Friday, July 25

G3 West 11, St. Charles Post 312 1

G4 Daniel Boone 10, Hannibal 2

Saturday, July 26

G5 Jefferson City 9, West 2

G6 St. Charles 11, Daniel Boone 0

G7 West 6, St. Charles 2

Sunday, July 27

G8 Championship — West 11, Jefferson City 0

G9 If-Needed Game — Jefferson City 14, West 12

Jefferson City advances to state tournament in Sedalia.

Ninth District Junior Legion Tournament

Tuesday, July 8

At Union High School

G1 (1) Elsberry 3, (8) New Haven 0

At Ronsick Field

G4 (3) Washington 7, (6) Wentzville 1

G4 (2) Union 8, (7) Hannibal 1

At St. Peters Rec-Plex

G2 (5) St. Peters 8, (4) St. Charles 6

Wednesday, July 9

At New Haven

G5 Wentzville 4, New Haven 0

G6 St. Charles 8, Hannibal 7 (9 innings)

At Ronsick Field

G7 St. Peters 5, Elsberry 2

G8 Washington 2, Union 1

Remainder at Ronsick Field

Thursday, July 10

G9 Union 7, Wentzville 1

G10 Elsberry 3, St. Charles 2

Friday, July 11

G11 Washington 12, St. Peters 11 (10 innings)

G12 Elsberry 6, Union 3

Saturday, July 12

G13 Elsberry 4, St. Peters 3

G14 Championship — Washington 3, Elsberry 1

Washington wins district, to host Zone 1 Tournament at Borgia. Schedule below.

Junior Legion Zone 1 Tournament

At Borgia

Thursday, June 17

G1 Elsberry Post 226 10, Chillicothe Post 25 2

Friday, June 18

G2 Washington Post 218 5, Elsberry 1

G3 Chillicothe 5, Elsberry 4

Saturday, June 19

G4 Championship — Washington 16, Chillicothe 0 (5 innings)

Washington advances to State Tournament in Jackson.

Junior Legion State Tournament

At Jackson

Thursday, July 24

G1 Jackson 3, Springfield Glendale 2

G2 Eureka 7, Sedalia 0

Friday, June 25

G3 Jackson 8, Washington 3

G4 Springfield Glendale 8, Sedalia 3

G5 Jackson 4, Eureka 2

G6 Washington 8, Springfield Glendale 0

Saturday, June 26

G7 Eureka 11, Washington 10 (9 innings)

G8 Championship — Jackson 7, Eureka 6

Jackson advances to Regional Tournament in Leavenworth, Kan.

Sunday, June 27

G9 If-Needed Game — G8 winner vs. G8 loser, 1 p.m.

Freshman Legion Ninth District Tournament

Tuesday, July 8

At Elsberry Legion Field

G1 (1) St. Charles 7, (8) St. Peters 0

G2 (4) Elsberry-Winfield 4, (5) Wentzville 3

At Elsberry Khoury League Field

G3 (3) Hannibal 3, (6) Warrenton 2

G4 (2) Washington 10, (7) West 1

Wednesday, July 9

At Elsberry Khoury League Field

G5 St. Peters 17, Warrenton 6

G6 Wentzville 5, West 4

At Elsberry Legion Field

G7 St. Charles 10, Elsberry-Winfield 2

G8 Washington 3, Hannibal 0

Remainder at Elsberry Legion Field

Thursday, July 10

G9 St. Peters 11, Hannibal 9

G10 Elsberry-Winfield 13, Wentzville 4

Friday, July 11

G12 Elsberry-Winfield 8, St. Peters 3

G11 Washington 6, St. Charles 0, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 12

G13 St. Charles 10, Elsberry-Winfield 1

G14 Championship — St. Charles 5, Washington 2

Sunday, July 13

G15 If-Needed Game — St. Charles 2, Washington 0

Missouri Freshman

Legion State Tournament

At Rotary Recreational

Complex - Ronsick Field

Wednesday, July 16

G1 Creve Coeur Post 397 16, St. Robert Post 331 2

G2 Ste. Genevieve Post 150 4, St. Charles Post 312 0

G3 Jackson Post 158 1, vs. Springfield Glendale Merchants 0

G4 Washington Post 218 9, Eureka Post 177 4

Thursday, July 17

G5 Springfield Glendale 11, St. Robert 1 (St. Robert eliminated)

G6 St. Charles 10, Eureka 2 (Eureka eliminated)

G7 Ste. Genevieve 4, Creve Coeur 2

G8 Washington 12, Jackson 10

Friday, July 18

G9 Jackson 12, Springfield Glendale 0 (Springfield Glendale eliminated)

G10 Creve Coeur 8, St. Charles 3 (St. Charles eliminated)

G11 Ste. Genevieve 3, Washington 2

G12 Creve Coeur 11, Jackson 7 (Jackson eliminated)

Saturday, July 19

G13 Washington 8, Creve Coeur 3 (Creve Coeur eliminated)

G14 Championship—Washington 5, Ste. Genevieve 2

Sunday, July 20

G15 Championship Game 2—Washington 3, Ste. Genevieve 0

Great Midwest Football League

July 19

Missouri Cyclones 34, Illinois Justice 0

Swim Team Schedules

Washington Swim Team

Date    Opponent    Time/Result

6-9    at Oaks Landing    Washington 192-100

6-16    Westglen    Washington 259-206

6-23    at Fox Creek    Washington 311-225

6-30    at Chadwick    Chadwick 264-258

7-7    Cherry Hills    Washington 291-140

7-11 at Division Meet, Westminster Christian First

Pacific Swim Team

Date    Opponent    Time/Result

6-9    Lake of the Woods    LOtW 176-130

6-16    at Union    Union 289-220

6-23    Bridle Creek    Pacific 371-124

6-30    at Arbor Oaks    Pacific 282-241

7-7    at Indian Hills    Cancelled, weather

7-12    Division Meet    First

Union Swim Team

Date    Opponent    Time/Result

6-9    at Arbor Oaks    Union 180-120

6-16    Pacific    Union 289-220

6-23    at Lake of the Woods    LoTW 312-201

6-30    Indian Hills    Union 322-275

7-7    Bridle Creek    PPD

7-12    at Division Meet, Pacific    Third

Pacific Diving Team

Date    Opponent    Time

6-14    at MAC West    MAC West 40-30

6-21    at Lindgate    Lindgate

6-28    at Cool Dell    9 a.m.

7-13    at Championships    8 a.m.

*Indicates League Games

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