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  • Shawn Garrison: Postseason could be wild

  • It’s an absolute shame that crappy weather has nearly wrecked this spring sports season.

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  • It’s an absolute shame that crappy weather has nearly wrecked this spring sports season.
    For one, I’m sick of covering double-overtime soccer games in freezing temperatures covered in sleet and rain. More significantly, it’s prevented any team from developing any sort of rhythm with games being wiped out about every other day.
    That said, it’s also setting up an unpredictable and potentially very entertaining postseason for several sports.
    I’m especially intrigued by the ongoing battle between the Blue Springs and Blue Springs South baseball teams. The Wildcats and Jaguars played twice the last two weeks and both meetings were classics. On April 25, Blue Springs clipped South in the final inning when Kyle Reed jacked a two-run walk-off homer for a 7-6 win. Then on Wednesday, the Cats (12-5, 7-1) likely wrapped up a Suburban Big Six Conference title by holding on for an 11-10 eight-inning triumph for their seventh win in eight games.
    These teams are about as evenly matched as possible, and yet Blue Springs has had the Jags’ number when it matters most. The good news for South (10-4, 5-2), and fans of exciting baseball, is there’s a good chance the teams meet again and it would likely be in the Class 5 District 14 championship.
    • Another baseball team to watch is Fort Osage. The Indians have rolled through the Middle Seven, winning all 10 conference games to improve to 12-4. And they’ve done it with pitching and defense, holding opponents to an area-best 64 runs.
    • The Blue Springs South boys tennis team produced one of the more impressive team performances this spring by bouncing Liberty 8-1 on Thursday in a showdown to determine the Big Six championship. With a 12-1 record in dual matches, the Jaguars are sending coach Sheri Rehmer out right in her final season.
    • The Blue Springs South boys golf team entered this season with extremely high expectations after finishing second in the state last year. But the Jaguars knew they would have to go through defending state champ Rockhurst.
    The two rivals are neck and neck, but South took the first round of what should be an extremely competitive postseason by topping the Hawklets in district for the first time on Monday by just five strokes.
    The key has been the emergence of Nick Rehmer, who has taken medalist honors at the conference and district meets. With Rehmer and Kansas State signee J.P. Derksen, South has arguable the best 1-2 duo in the state. With Blake Windsor, Blair Sanders and Braden Curd also carding consistently stellar scores, the Jags are definitely in the mix for a state title.
    • This week the Missouri State High School Activities Association announced that it will add a fifth class to track and field starting in the 2015 season. Coaches throughout the state seem to be in agreement that this is a good and needed move.
    Page 2 of 2 - The switch isn’t likely to impact larger schools, but should give smaller programs a better chance at scoring more all-state slots.
    “Honestly, I don’t think I heard any single coach against it,” said Grain Valley boys coach Marc Cleveland, whose team will likely move from Class 3 to 4. “Coaches, as a whole, have wanted this for a while.”
    One of the reason the move wasn’t made sooner was MSHSAA’s concern about how the state championships will be held. Currently, the Class 1 and 2 meets are held the same weekend with Class 4 and 5 coming a week later. The extra class will throw a kink into that setup.
    “I think you may have something really exciting, like a day-night championship meet or something like that,” Blue Springs boys coach Joe Cusack said. “MSHSAA’s still looking for suggestions. You may see a Thursday-Friday-Saturday type thing.”
    • Several senior high school boys basketball standouts announced their college choices this week. Fort Osage’s D’Vante Mosby and Austin Regier verbally committed to William Jewell College. Zach Adams, Fort’s other senior starter, signed with Central Missouri on April 17.
    Blue Springs South senior and The Examiner’s Player of the Year Justin Pitts also committed to Northwest Missouri State on Wednesday.
    Shawn Garrison is assistant sports editor. Reach him at 350-6319 or shawn.garrison@examiner.net. Follow him on Twitter: @GarrisonEJC
     
     
     

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