Archive for November 29th, 2011

COVERAGE OUTLAY for basketball season….

JAYS ON A MISSION THIS SEASON

*The basketball coverage of the Kp Chronicle will not be as time consuming an exhaustive as the football season – I lol to myself while typing that sentence. Sure it will; just not on the same break-neck speed for released needed to beat football self mandated deadlines.

To the basketball season, it’s a long, 4-month grueling slate with holiday tournaments; district tournaments; and then – for some – state tournaments, that you best not get all worked up over th beginning of the season because come March it will all fall out in the Tournament.

*Originally published  11/15

As the Thanksgiving weekend has passed with an abundance of sports – for which I was very thankful – it’s time now for HS hoops and the games begin to come rapid fire…

This is the first River Bend Classic I’ve missed in the past few years. In recent past coverage outlay, I earnestly tried to balance the North end of the County with the South end; the boys with girls teams. I can say with all candor, I did my best.

Now, I’m balancing two third graders full-time with all their needs and joys; tasks of simple amazement every single day. One of which would love to go to every game while the other not so much. So, I will not be attending as many this season. Though, I do owe Kellie Anderson Bone some basketball photos for allowing me to use the family camera during football season.

That’s a partial excuse by the way. Secondly, I will get to cherry pick games without a possible show of favoritism. Balance used to be the theme; Now, the game(s) of the week will be the calling.

Meaning, I’m missing a must-see game tonight in the Ladies’ Battle of Mississippi County as a powerful Charleston Lady Blue Jays team comes to the Prairie to play a growing Lady Eagles squad. Charleston brings one of the premier lady athletes in the region to the contest with Kasuela Cooper.

The teams also play with intensity and character; good sportsmanship and hustle from both teams. I’ll miss this game but will talk to veteran Ep coach Dr. Steven Douglas and second year Charleston coach Josh Thompson. Two teams fun to watch.

A couple years ago the Eagles were hard to stomach watching a varsity game. On court mis-conduct and lack of hustle and effort brought about a coaching change in Casey Knight.

In one of the toughest basketball jobs in SEMO, Knight’s team hustle; play hard and with good sportsmanship. They open the season Tuesday against Risco in the Bernie Invitational Tournament. I plan on attending. They deserve the support.

The Blue Jays are on a mission. Going 1-1 at the prestigious River Bend Classic topping Arkansas power Pine Bluff before losing to a juco-lookin West Memphis squad. Senior Gregory Tucker, an early signee with Northern Colorado poured in 23 and 26 points in the two games and the depth showed in the season opening win over the Zebras.

There will be more L’s on the Charleston ledger as I’ve stated, but come March, expect this Blue Jays edition to bring home another banner to the crowded loft at the historic gym.

Charleston hosts Dexter to open the SEMO Conference season Tuesday and then the Jays will likely enter the conference tourney – which begins Dec. 5 – as the number two seed and have a legitimate shot of bringing home the big hardware.

So, I’ll see a lot of games and will keep up with the season with input from the four coaches; all of whom are very media friendly in Coach Farmer,  Thompson, Knight and Douglas. Throw in the cooperation I’ve received from Coach Blackmon, Coach Aycock and the support of both administrations made covering the football seasonn a blast.

CANT WAIT…to what unfolds in the long, tourtous basketball season of 2011-12…

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