For the second week in a row I’m going to start off with a health report — on me. I finally went to the doctor, and, in spite of the fact that I’m still sick, I got some good news. I was tested for the flu and I do not have the flu —either strain. X-rays were taken and I don’t have pneumonia. I just have a bad head cold that is draining into my throat and giving me coughing fits. I got some antibiotics, so hopefully will be getting better, sooner, rather than later.

The real bad news is I’m missing ballgames and matches, and I think everyone can understand that about me. But this too shall pass.

Sports world getting biblical

The national sports media talked about the NFL game featuring New England and Jacksonville, as a fight between ‘David and Goliath’. Goliath came out on top is this one.

And closer to home, Pat Ruff, sportswriter for the Post Bulletin, had a headline for an article he wrote on Saturday, Jan. 20, ”And a Lamb shall lead them.” His article is about Stewartville’s freshman phenom, Erin Lamb, and how things have turned around for the Stewartville girls’ basketball program. “Credit Lamb for leading this resurrection,” said Ruff. “With a wingspan in the 6’5” range, combined with a deadly jump shot, an unwavering will to win, a team-first attitude, and just enough goofiness about her, the upperclassmen on the Stewartville team have greeted her with arms wide open. Winning has a way of snuffing potential jealousies.”

Lamb is averaging over 20 points per game and shooting over 40 percent from the field and 71 percent at the free-throw line.

One teammate, Makenna Theobald, is quoted, “With Erin being such a good shooter, teams scout her and their goal is to shut her down. But that sets up other players on our team to thrive. Her being on our team helps everyone out. Our older kids completely accept her.”

Teams, and players are watching Stewartville, and if they aren’t, they should be. In addition to basketball lessons, there are some good life lessons to be learned too.

Football

I saw in the Spring Valley Tribune that Kingsland is hopefully going to be playing nine-man football, as soon as next year. The school board has approved the move and now some other details need to be worked out. Apparently, Kingsland will swap schedules with Randolph. Randolph currently plays nine-man football during the regular season but, because of their enrollment, is not allowed to play nine-man for the playoffs. I love this idea, and hope everything works out for the Kingsland school regarding this issue. Go, Knights!

Wrestling

Last week I gave you some information on the status of Three Rivers Conference wrestling. It looks like some more conference matches are set up for the coming weeks. I know Chatfield had an important meeting with St. Charles this past Thursday. Will update the standings in next week’s article. Maybe some of the schools will have some more results, and/or update their wrestling page on the high school league website.

Dance

The section dance meet is Feb. 10 at Dover-Eyota. If you’re planning on attending, check the starting time and be prepared to get there at least an hour ahead of the starting time. My granddaughter dances for the Brainerd team and their section meet is Saturday, Feb. 3. We plan on going to that and will be there in line at least an hour in advance, maybe more. The section and state dance meets are one of the best-attended events for the Minnesota State High School League.

Girls basketball

Latest rankings from the Minnesota Basketball News are out. In Class A it is still Lyle/Pacelli (16-1), Mt. Iron-Buhl (17-1), Hayfield (15-3) and Goodhue (14-4) in the top four spots. Menahga (14-0) has moved into the number-five spot, followed by Ada-Borup/Norman County West (No. 6), Bigfork (15-2) and Stephen-Argyle (14-1) at a tie for number seven, Southwest Minnesota Christian (Edgerton, 12-2, No. 9) and Minneota (14-3, No. 10). In the QRF (Minnesota-scores) rankings it’s Hayfield, Mt. Iron-Buhl, Goodhue and Lyle/Pacelli in the top four. Grand Meadow is number 13 (MBBN) and number 27 (QRF). One (Heritage Christian, No. 7, 9-6) top-ten QRF team is not ranked in the MBBN poll, and four (HC, West Central Area, Cherry and Badger/Greenbush-Middle River) top-20 QRF teams are not in the weekly poll.

Four AA schools from southeast Minnesota are in the top-20, MBBN poll. Stewartville (15-3) is at number seven, Caledonia (No. 17, 13-4), Rochester Lourdes (No. 18, 11-7) and Zumbrota-Mazeppa (No. 19, 12-5). Five top-20 QRF teams are not listed in the weekly Basketball News rankings (No. 7 St. Cloud Cathedral, No. 8 Corcordia Academy, No. 10 Glencoe-Silver Lake, No. 12 Proctor and No. 19 Minneapolis North). There are only 20 spots so not everyone can be in the top 20.

Robbinsdale Cooper (13-2) is number one in AAA and Northfield (14-2) is number two. Eastview (15-0) is number one in 4A with Wayzata (18-0) at number two. Hopkins is number three.

If you really want to start looking at the teams, check out which sections have the most-rated teams. Boy, is there going to be some gooooooood tournament games in just a few weeks, in all classes.

BBB notes

No teams from Section One A are in the MBBN poll this week. North Woods (15-0) is still number one and have been there all season. Springfield (13-1) is number two. Spring Grove can tell you how good they are. Russell-Tyler-Ruthton (15-0) is number three, followed by Nevis (13-1), Mayer Lutheran (12-3), Cass Lake-Bena (16-1), Cleveland (11-1), Hinckley-Finlayson (14-2) Southwest Mn Christian (13-2) and Sacred Heart (East Grand Forks, 13-1).

Rushford-Peterson is the top team on the QRF poll for Section One A. LeRoy-Ostrander is number two in Section 1A (QRF), followed by Randolph, Schaeffer Academy and Kingsland.

In the AA class, Section One has five teams ranked in the top 20, MBBN poll. Caledonia (12-2) stays at number three, Lake City (13-3) is number eight, St. Charles (4-2) dropped to number nine. Byron (11-4) is at number 12 and Plainview-Elgin-Millville (12-3) is still at number 20.

The top three in Class AAA are DelaSalle (11-2), Austin (13-1) and Columbia Heights (11-0). In 4A, it is still Cretin-Derham Hall (12-1), Hopkins (16-1) and Lakeville North (11-2). Rochester John Marshall is at number nine.

I’ve mentioned these before, but the Minnesota-scores.net website and the high school league website, are two really good sources for scores and schedules.

We have some very talented individuals and teams in our area that you are definitely going to want to check out.

That’s a wrap for me. Hey to the Great 8 and my wife, Carol, you are the greatest, along with MY editor, Melissa. Great job each week! Have a great week, one day at a time. Hasta luego. Syiags. WEB