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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.

/sports

Area Scoreboard

Area Sports Schedule

Ninth District Tournaments

Junior Legion

Wednesday, July 8

G1 (1) Washington vs. (8) St. Peters, Ronsick Field, 6 p.m.

G2 (4) Elsberry vs. (5) Hannibal, Ronsick Field, 8:30 p.m.

G3 (3) West vs. (6) Union, Blanchette Park, 6 p.m.

G4 (2) St. Charles vs. (7) New Haven, Blanchette Park, 8:30 p.m.

Thursday, July 9

G5 G1 loser vs. G3 loser, Rec-Plex, 6 p.m.

G6 G2 loser vs. G4 loser, Rec-Plex, 8:30 p.m.

G7 G1 winner vs. G2 winner, Ronsick Field, 6 p.m.

G8 G3 winner vs. G4 winner, Ronsick Field, 8:30 p.m.

Rest at Ronsick Field

Friday, July 10

G9 G8 loser vs. G5 winner, 6 p.m.

G10 G7 loser vs. G6 winner, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 11

G11 G7 winner vs. G8 winner, 1 p.m.

G12 G9 winner vs. G10 winner, 3:30 p.m.

G13 G11 loser vs. G12 loser, 6 p.m.

Sunday, July 12

G14 G11 winner vs. G13 winner, 1 p.m.

G15 G14 winner vs. G14 loser (if needed)

Freshman Legion

Tuesday, July 7

G1 (1) Hannibal vs. (8) Elsberry, Elsberry Legion Field, 6 p.m.

G2 (4) West vs. (5) Pacific, Rec-Plex, 8:30 p.m.

G3 (3) St. Charles vs. (6) New Haven, Rec-Plex, 6 p.m.

G4 (2) Washington vs. (7) Warrenton, Elsberry Legion Field, 6 p.m.

Wednesday, July 8

G5 G1 loser vs. G3 loser, Rec-Plex, 6 p.m.

G6 G2 loser vs. G4 loser, Rec-Plex, 8:30 p.m.

G7 G1 winner vs. G2 winner, Elsberry Legion Field, 6 p.m.

G8 G3 winner vs. G4 winner, Elsberry Legion Field, 8:30 p.m.

Rest at Elsberry Legion Field

Thursday, July 9

G9 G8 loser vs. G5 winner, 6 p.m.

G10 G7 loser vs. G6 winner, 8:30 p.m.

Friday, July 10

G11 G7 winner vs. G8 winner, 8:30 p.m.

G12 G9 winner vs. G10 winner, 6 p.m.

Saturday, July 11

G13 G11 loser vs. G12 loser, 1 p.m.

G14 G11 winner vs. G13 winner, 3:30 p.m.

Sunday, July 12

G15 G14 winner vs. G14 loser (if needed), 1 p.m.

Senior Legion

Tuesday, June 30

*Washington 14, Elsberry 7

Wednesday, July 1

*St. Charles 2, Union 1

*Washington 15, Pacific 5

Thursday, July 2

*Washington at St. Charles    6 p.m.

Friday, July 3

*Pacific at Union    4:30 p.m.

Sunday, July 5

*Washington at Pacific    noon

*Washington at Warrenton    5 p.m.

Monday, July 6

Pacific at Sullivan    7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, July 8

&Washington vs. Odessa, Moran Field, 1:30 p.m.

&Union vs. Post 340 Indians, Hidden Valley 1, 1:30 p.m.

&Union vs. Fike 499, Moran Field, 4 p.m.

Warrenton at Pacific    7 p.m.

Thursday, July 9

&Washington vs. Post 186 Mustangs, Hidden Valley 1, 11:30 a.m.

Union vs. Post 11, Blue Springs South HS, 11:30 a.m.

Friday, July 10

&Washington vs. Post 131 Isotopes, Blue Springs HS, 2 p.m.

&Union vs. Quincy, Hidden Valley 1, 2 p.m.

&Washington vs. Post 279, Hidden Valley 3, 7 p.m.

Saturday, July 11

Washington, Union at Blue Springs Wood Bat Tny    TBA

*Wentzville at Pacific    6 p.m.

Sunday, July 12

Washington, Union at Blue Springs Wood Bat Tny    TBA

Tuesday, July 14

Ninth District Tournament    TBA

Junior Legion

Tuesday, June 30

Festus at Washington    6 p.m.

*St. Clair at St. Charles 8:30 p.m.

*Pacific at Sullivan    6 p.m.

Wednesday, July 1

*St. Charles at Pacific    7 p.m.

Thursday, July 2

*St. Peters at Union    6 p.m.

*Washington at St. Charles    6 p.m.

*New Haven at Pacific    7 p.m.

Friday, July 3

*Pacific at Union    2 p.m.

Saturday, July 4

Ninth District Tournament    TBA

Freshman Legion

Tuesday, June 30

*St. Charles at Pacific    6 p.m.

Wednesday, July 1

*St. Peters at Washington    8:30 p.m.

Friday, July 3

Ninth District Tournament    TBA

Summer Swimming

Monday, June 29

Washington at Castle Pines    5:30 p.m.

Pacific at Lake of the Woods    6 p.m.

Union at Indian Hills    6 p.m.

Monday, July 6

Cedar Mill 350, Washington 205

Union 281, Pacific 216

Friday, July 10

Washington at Division Meet    TBA

Saturday, July 11

Pacific, Union at Division Meet, Westminster Christian Academy    TBA

Washington at Division Meet    TBA

Sunday, July 12

Pacific at Division Dive Meet, Cool Dell    TBA

*League Games

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