Congratulations to Makenna Cook of Kirksville on capturing the state wrestling title at 182 pounds over the weekend. Cook had an excellent tournament to cap off an outstanding career at KHS. Kudos to the entire team and especially the seven other wrestlers who qualified for the state tournament. You should all be proud of your accomplishments. Once again coach Kevin Powell put together another tremendous team.
The Truman State softball team began their season over the weekend by winning six straight games down in Decatur, Alabama. It’s the first time the Truman State softball team has started 6 and 0 since the 2001 season.
The Truman State baseball team is 1 and 2 after their three game series at Washburn over the weekend. Truman State heads to Bolivar on Thursday for games against Southwest Baptist. Weather conditions in Kirksville on Thursday do not sound conducive to playing baseball so hopefully it will be warmer and dryer in Bolivar.
The Missouri Tigers rekindled an old rivalry over the weekend by losing a heartbreaker to Arkansas on Saturday. It was a very intense and physical game and reminded me of the incredible non conference games Missouri used to have with Arkansas several years ago. Of course the games have even more meaning now with both teams being in the SEC and Mike Anderson now coaching at Arkansas. Missouri did not shoot well from the field on Saturday and was victimized by horrid officiating throughout the game by still only managed to lose by two points. Missouri is next in action at home against Florida which should be an interesting game. Missouri rarely loses at home but Florida is one of the best teams in the country and has been all year so it should be quite an affair.
History was made at Daytona International Raceway on Sunday as Danica Patrick won the pole position for the Daytona 500 which takes place on February 24. Patrick not only becomes the first woman to accomplish this but becomes the first woman to win the pole position for a major race anywhere on any level. Those of you who read this blog regularly will recall that I said last year at this time that if people would be patient and give Patrick a year or so to get used to driving in NASCAR she would turn into a good driver and it appears we are starting to see that. There were a few bumps in the road for her last year but she stuck it out and has a good team and obviously a good car and will now start the Daytona 500 in the lead position.
I’m still trying to figure out why qualifying for the Daytona 500 is so convoluted. Kevin Harvick won a race Saturday night that apparently qualifies him to drive in the race but obviously not from the pole position. They had three hours of qualifying on Sunday which determined some of the other positions but not all of them. On Thursday afternoon they have two 125 races which fills out the rest of the field or at least that’s my understanding. Why can’t they do it like every other NASCAR race and have everyone qualify on the same day?
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Have a great Monday!