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Posted: Wednesday, January 16, 2013 8:15 am | Updated: 8:19 am, Wed Jan 16, 2013.

It’s been a good first two months of the winter sports season.

As you may or may not know, we once again have some strong wrestling teams in the area.

Leading the way are the Washington Blue Jays, who are loaded from the top to the bottom of their lineup.

The Blue Jays have a legitimate shot of reaching their goal of obtaining a Class 3 team trophy at the state tournament with a top four finish.

Wrestling in the Four Rivers Conference seems to get better every season.

Union has a solid team and may be the team to beat. St. Clair and Pacific always have good teams. Sullivan and St. James are coming along.

As we hit the middle of January, there’s still some basketball tournaments to be played and conference championships to be decided before we focus on the postseason.

Girls basketball in our area is really good. Every girls team in the FRC, along with Borgia and Washington, currently have a winning record.

St. James (16-0) and Sullivan (12-0) both are unbeaten.

The Lady Tigers and the Lady Eagles clash in St. James on Valentine’s Day. There will be no love to share in that game.

FRC girls teams have a combined record of 86-25.

Hermann (13-2), Union (12-4), Pacific (9-3), New Haven (10-5), St. Clair (7-6) and Owensville (7-6) all have solid teams.

New Haven has a good team and is 0-3 in the league. The Lady Shamrocks lost to St. James by three points. They will be heard from in their district tournament.

Throw in Borgia (9-4) and Washington (7-6) and you have some pretty good basketball in our area.

On the boys side, although I might get an argument from St. James or Pacific, I’d say that Washington is the area’s best team to this point.

The Blue Jays are 13-4 and battle-tested. Three of their four losses are against some of the best teams in the state in St. Louis Christian, CBC and DeSmet.

Now finished with tournaments, the Jays have their sights set on a competitive GAC Central and then district play down the road in Rolla.

Washington knows how to win, plays excellent defense and has a pair of legitimate scoring threats.

A game to watch is the Blue Jays against Rock Bridge in the MFA Oil-Break Time Shootout at Mizzou Arena Sunday, Jan. 27, at 5:40 p.m.

With a record of 8-6, Borgia is not having the season many of us are used to seeing. That doesn’t mean the Knights are bad. They looked good in their final two games at the Washington Tournament and will be a team to deal with come district time.

In the FRC, four teams currently are 2-0 in the league and the other four are 0-2.

It looks like St. James, Pacific, Sullivan and St. Clair are going to slug it out for the conference championship.

Union, New Haven, Hermann and Owensville can’t afford any more conference losses if they want possibly a share of the title.

A game to mark on the calendar is Pacific at St. James on Feb. 1.

The Indians play great defense and the Tigers can score points in bunches. Something has to give.

Sullivan and St. Clair both have talent. The Bulldogs are kind of hiding in the weeds right now, waiting to make their move.

On the college level, I’m just not feeling it for Mizzou right now. The Tigers definitely aren’t a top 10 team.

Maybe things will change, but this isn’t a great shooting team and lacks ball handlers.

It’s good that SEC basketball isn’t very strong. The Tigers will win games and reach the NCAA Tournament. From there, they better get better.

/sports

Area Scoreboard

62nd Annual Borgia Pepsi Thanksgiving Tournament

Blue Division

Pool 1

McCluer North

Normandy

Carnahan

Pool 2

Cardinal Ritter

Pacific

Rockwood Summit

Gold Division

Pool 1

CBC

Soldan

Washington

Pool 2

Borgia

North Tech

Union

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.

Wrestling

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

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