As of this writing seven of the eight wrestlers from Kirksville High School are still competing in the state wrestling tournament in Columbia.  Six of them won their first round matches by pinfall while one of them lost their first round match but won the wrestle back match.  Only one of Kirksville’s eight wrestlers has been eliminated thus far but he still had an outstanding season.  In my opinion just being able to qualify for the state wrestling tournament is a major accomplishment and certainly not something I ever came close to doing.  The seven wrestlers who advanced will all be in action on Friday and Saturday and Kirksville should have a very good chance of defending their state title. 

The KHS girls basketball team ended their regular season on Thursday by dismantling a Marshall team who traveled a long way just to score 19 points.  Congratulations to all the seniors on an outstanding career at KHS and congratulations to the entire team on going undefeated in conference play and only losing one game the entire year.  The Lady Tigers now have a week off before beginning district play.  I will be shocked beyond belief if the don’t easily win their district. 

The KHS boys basketball team ends their regular season on Friday night as they try to get back on the winning track at Marshall.  They will then have a week off as well before beginning district play.

I’ve waited quite a while to be able to write this next sentence.  Both Truman State basketball teams were victorious on Thursday evening as they easily defeated Southwest Baptist University in games at Pershing Arena.  The men finally had things go their way as they were able to easily defeat SBU in a game in which the Bulldogs played a complete game on both ends of the floor and finally got the ball to bounce their way.  The women got back on the winning track as they had no problem with a clearly overmatched SBU team.  Both teams now have a week off before they see MIAA action again. 

The Missouri Tigers men’s basketball team appear to finally be headed in the right direction as they finally got their first SEC road win by thrashing Mississippi State on Wednesday night in what was probably Missouri’s most impressive defensive effort of the year.  It certainly appears that the Tigers are through whatever slump they were in earlier this month and pretty much all of last monght and have returned to the team we saw back in December.  This is good news as the schedule gets much tougher from here on out starting Saturday as Missouri pays a visit to Fayetteville, Arkansas for a game with the Razorbacks.  It’s been several years since these two teams have played but they had a very heated rivalry at one point with some incredibly intense games back in the late 80’s and early 90’s. 

The weather outside may be frightful but that won’t stop the Truman State baseball team as they have their first games this weekend in Topeka against Washburn.  Since the MIAA now has 342 teams it means that the Bulldogs don’t get the luxury of having several non conference games before getting into conference play.  Truman State’s baseball team has been slowly but steadily improving for the past several years and there is no reason to think that won’t continue. 

In another sign that spring is on the way NASCAR begins its two week buildup to the Daytona 500 on Saturday with their annual made for TV event that has something to do with determining who qualifies for the Daytona 500 on February 24.  They also have two races next Thursday that also have something to do with that as well. 

We’ll be back on Monday with a review of all this weekend’s sports action and a look ahead to next week.  Thanks as always for continuing to support this blog and please do the same for all the blogs on this site. 

Have a terrific weekend!