Congratulations to all twelve of the KHS track athletes who participated in the state track meet over the weekend in Jefferson City.  For complete results check out today’s Kirksville Daily Express.  I do want to make mention of a couple of individual performances though.  Senior Andrew Gordon capped off a phenomenal high school career by not only participating on the boys 4x800 relay team but by running in the 1600 and 3200 as well.  In fact he almost won the 3200.  Freshman Erica Wollmering capped off what has been an outstanding year by coming within .18 seconds of a school record in the girls 1600 on Saturday.  Both Gordon and Wollmering also competed in the state cross country meet back in the fall.  Senior Drennan Johnson picked a great time to throw his personal best in the discus as he was able to do that on Saturday.  He also competed in the shot put as well.  All twelve of these athletes should be very proud of their accomplishments and for those that were seniors it was a great way to bring to an end what for some of them had been four years of hard work. 

Congratulations to senior Austin Motley for an outstanding performance at the state tennis tournament over the weekend.  Motley was able to finish in the top eight in the state which is an extraodinary accomplishment as far as I am concerned.  Keep in mind that many of the participants in the state tennis tournament come from cities where there are indoor tennis courts allowing them to basically play tennis year round.  We here in Kirksville do not have that luxury unless we drive to Quincy or Columbia.  Perhaps if we can ever make the long proposed recreation facility become a reality we can look into doing something like that. 

Since our last blog on Friday the St. Louis Cardinals have played four games and won three of them.  They also lost another pitcher to injury.  The Cardinals took two out of three from the Los Angeles Dodgers over the weekend and dodged the raindrops yesterday to beat the Kansas City Royals.  The Cardinals got a masterful pitching performance from Lance Lynn on Friday night as he shut out the Dodgers.  Saturday night saw rookie pitcher John Gast leave the game in the second inning with shoulder soreness as the Cardinals lost their only game of the weekend.  Sunday’s game featured a gutsy performance by Shelby Miller on a day when he did not appear to have his best stuff. 

As mentioned earlier the Cardinals saw another pitcher land on the disable list as John Gast left Saturday’s game with shoulder tightness.  The Cardinals have yet to make a decision as to who will take Gast’s place in the rotation but it would appear they are seriously considering promoting last year’s No. 1 draft pick Michael Wacha up from Memphis to make that start.  They could also give Joe Kelly the start but that would take away their long relief option.  In other DL news Jake Westbrook threw a bullpen session yesterday and reported no discomfort.  The Cardinals are being cautious with him and I’m sure he will have at least one more bullpen session before going out on a rehab assignment.  Chris Carpenter’s progress on the other hand has slowed down some as there is concern he may be pushing it too hard too fast.  There is no timetable as to what will happen with him next. 

The Kansas City Royals haven’t won in so long that I can’t even remember the last time they did win.  They are in the midst of a major slide backwards as they have a lineup full of hitters with pathetic averages.  The Royals finally have the pitching they need or at least it appears they do and now they can’t tget their offense to work.  Yesterday’s game was kind of the exception to the rule but they still lost.  All that optimism that started the season has been dissipating quickly as this team simply can’t seem to get all its parts to work together at the same time. 

Veteran IndyCar driver Tony Canaan captured his first Indianapolis 500 on Sunday.  Canaan who had the distinction of being one of the few drivers in the race who I had actually heard of surged forward at the end of the race to capture the checkered flag.  Ed Carpenter of the United States had the dubious distinction of not only being the first American to start from the pole position in the past several years but also set a record for leading the most laps without winning the race. 

Meanwhile, NASCAR had its longest race of the year in more ways than one as Kevin Harvick hung on to win the Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday.  The race which took over six hours to complete featured eleven caution flags and a thirty minute delay due to one of the overhead TV camera cables breaking and the cable falling onto the track.  Luckily there were no serious injuries coming out of that mishap.  It was a very long day of racing though and the eleven caution flags made it a difficult race to watch in my opinion and I didn’t even watch all of it. 

The San Antonio Spurs are in the NBA finals after sweeping the Memphis Grizzlies in the Western conference semifinals.  The Spurs who for the past several years have had one of the best records during the regular season have always seemed to stumble at some point during the playoffs and haven’t been in the NBA finals for a number of years.  Their road was undoubtedly made much easier by the fact that the Oklahoma City Thunder were not able to get past the Grizzlies.  The Spurs would have had a much tougher matchup against the Thunder in my opinion. 

We will be back on Friday with a look ahead to this weekend’s sports action and a review of the rest of this week’s action as the Cardinal and Royals continue their four game interleague series tonight in Kansas City before heading to St. Louis for two games tomorrow and Thursday.  Thanks as always for taking the time to read this blog and please do the same for all the other blogs on this site. 

Have a terrific Tuesday and we’ll see you back here on Friday.