- Cape student sues, accuses school officials of slamming her to ground multiple times (04/28/16)47
- Neelys Landing man shot, killed by highway patrol trooper after traffic stop (05/01/16)43
- Bob Evans restaurant in Cape Girardeau among chain's 21 closings (04/26/16)9
- Missouri House votes to allow concealed weapons without permits (04/28/16)8
- Police report filed, but no charges in incident at Cape Central (04/29/16)40
- 2016 All-Missourian Boys Basketball (04/29/16)
- Statement: Man says cops’ good work drove him to grow his own marijuana (05/01/16)1
- Two hurt in motorcycle wreck on Interstate 55 (04/25/16)1
- Senator introduces bill for I-57 that would connect Sikeston with Little Rock (04/28/16)4
- River Ridge Winery changes hands (05/02/16)
Tigers show teeth at the right time
The symbol for pounds is "lb." It's also the initials of Central football coach Lawrence Brookins.
Central has obviously been doing some heavy lifting in the offseason because Brookins has his team in peak condition.
Central (7-1) has its best record since 1987 when the Tigers went 8-2 and lost in the first round of the playoffs to Sikeston. Central has begun a season 7-1 or better 17 times in the program's history but never advanced past the second round of the playoffs.
If the Tigers hope to do what others haven't, it will be Monroe Hicks that carries them there. After Friday night's performance at Sikeston, Hicks appears ready for the challenge.
What? You didn't hear about that? 180 yards on the ground, 55 through the air, three touchdowns and two picks. That was Hicks' night.
As I sit in my Central T-shirt and I hear the screams of fairness and bias go in one ear and out the other, I have to believe what I believed at the start of this season: This is the year of the Tiger. But the year for what? That's up to LB, Hicks and the rest of the Tigers. But I have my money set aside for a ticket to the Show Me Bowl. Just in case.
Where will you spend your money this week? Here's your week ahead:
"I've never seen anything like it. Sure, sometimes teams are forced to go through stretches of goaltending injury problems. But never in my experience to this extent, and this early in the season," Quenneville said.
One thing is certain. The Blues will host the Predators and it's Wehrenberg Theatres Player Card Sets night. The first 15,000 fans receive a set of player cards. Who knows, maybe you'll get all five of the Blues' goalies.
I've waited too long for this -- opening night in the NBA. The Grizzlies draw the Mavericks first and hopefully a good crowd as well. If you want to be a part of that crowd at The Pryamid in Memphis, tip-off is at 7 p.m.
By the way, you didn't think I'd leave the Tigers out, did you? Central hosts Perryville at 7 p.m. Just another tune-up for the playoffs -- we hope.
David Wilson, a junior at Central High School, is a sports writer for the Southeast Missourian. His column appears each Monday.