April 28, 2015

Torn Achilles for Wainwright. His season is over with 9-12 months of rehab ahead of him

Another close finish for Wainwright in the Cy Young voting

Adam Wainwright done for the year. File photo/Bill Greenblatt, UPI

The Cardinals got the news we all expected after seeing the injury on Saturday.  Their ace, Adam Wainwright, is done for the rest of the season.

General manager John Mozeliak confirmed on Monday that Adam Wainwright has a torn left Achilles and will likely miss 9-12 months.
The official season-ending diagnosis came after Wainwright had an MRI on his ankle in St. Louis on Monday.

Mozeliak wasn’t ready to say a deal is imminent for a replacement outside of the organization.

Marco Gonzales, in the running for a starting job at the end of spring training,  is dealing with tightness in his left pectoral muscle and he’s out for at least a week. Jaime Garcia threw less than 50 pitches in a simulated game on Saturday, and he’s at least four weeks away.

Tim Cooney and Tyler Lyons, both currently pitching in the Triple-A rotation, could be available for Wainwright’s slot on Thursday.

John Lackey, Lance Lynn, Michael Wacha and Carlos Martinez have helped lead the Cardinals to a Major League-best 1.97 ERA.

MSHSAA’s largest event set to take place this weekend in Columbia with the 64th annual Music Festival (Google Hangout)



When you go to a high school sporting event, you’ll see an error in the field, a missed basket, blown tackle.  Teams can overcome that because it’s part of the game?

Ever hear a wrong note played during a solo?  Now that’s pressure!

The best and brightest musicians will converge on the University of Missouri campus in Columbia for the 64th Annual Missouri State High School Activities Association State Music Festival, set for April 30-May 2.  The event will include approximately 5,150 individual and group performances representing 398 schools.  Most of the festival’s performances will take place in the Fine Arts Building and Memorial Union.  Other sites on and off campus will also be used.

The evaluative festival will involve schools in five enrollment classifications in which high schools with enrollments (grades 9-12) up to 127 participate in Class 1, 128-269 participate in Class 2, 270-603 perform in Class 3, 604-1,237 students participate in Class 4, and 1,238 and above take part in Class 5.

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The state-level festival has an evaluative purpose during which students perform before some of the nation’s top music adjudicators who provide ratings and critiques of the students’ musical abilities.  Festival participants qualified by earning a division “1” (Exemplary) rating at their respective district-level festival.

All portions of the MSHSAA Music Festival are open to the public and free of charge.  Performances run from 8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

Jason West, Director of Communications, talks about the music festival and recaps this weekend’s Speech, Debate and Theatre competition.  Plus watch how Jason reacts to the punchlines of these musical jokes:

Q: What do you call someone who hangs around with musicians?
Q: What is the difference between a clarinet and an onion?
Q: How do you tell when your lead singer is at the door?


Change to Missouri policy on assessing youth athlete concussions proposed

A mother who lost her son to a brain injury during a high school football game has spoken in support of a bill that would require an objective test to determine whether to pull an athlete out of a game or practice if a concussion is suspected. Currently, a youth athlete is removed from practice or a game immediately.

Chad Stover, 18 in the red jersey, shown in an earlier game this season against Cole Camp. (pgoto from Chad Stover Facebook page.

Chad Stover, 18 in the red jersey, in a game against Cole Camp. (photo from Chad Stover Facebook page.)

Amy Stover recalls the morning of her son Chad’s last game for Tipton High.

“Before he walked out the door that day he looked at me and said, ‘mom, I think we can do this. I think we can do this. This is going to be a great game. I’m going to give it everything I’ve got.’ He gave it everything, and more,” said Stover.

Stover said when her son got on the school bus, she expected him to come home.

The Brain Injury Association of Missouri is opposed to the bill.  Executive Director Maureen Cunningham told lawmakers, “It is a medical decision reserved for physicians, athletic trainers and other healthcare professionals. When a concussion is suspected, protect the child. Take them out,” said Cunningham. “Don’t let them say ‘I’m okay.’ Every concussion can lead to another concussion. With every concussion, you are at greater risk of secondary concussions. With every one, the symptoms can get worse.”

The King-Devick test was one mentioned by some supporters and considered by them to be an objective test that can be conducted on the sidelines by a coach or parent. The test is similar to a flash card system. A baseline for measurement would be conducted annually.

Cunningham argues that it would not be a fair assessment for children with learning or developmental disabilities.

Another “one and done” for the Blues. Knocked out in six games by Minnesota

Minnesota Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk keeps an eye on a flying puck in the first period against the St. Louis Blues of Game Five of the Stanley Cup Western Conference Quarterfinals at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis on April 24, 2015. Minnesota won the game 4-1.   Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI

Minnesota Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk was on top of his game in the final two wins of the series. Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI

Zach Parise scored twice and Devan Dubnyk made 30 saves to help the Minnesota Wild defeat the St. Louis Blues 4-1 in Game 6 to clinch the Western Conference First Round series at Xcel Energy Center on Sunday.

The Central Division-champion Blues have now been eliminated in the first round of the playoffs in three straight seasons.

Down 2-0 in the second, Blues coach Ken Hitchcock pulled Jake Allen in favor of Brian Elliott.  T.J. Oshie cut the deficit to 2-1 heading into the third.  Parise’s second of the game came 1:01 into the third to put the game out of reach. Nino Niederreiter added an empty-netter.

The Blues offense tanked after busting through for six goals against Dubnyk in game four.  The Blues scored just twice on 68 shots over the final two games.

“It sucks,” said captain David Backes.  “There’s no other summary for it.  Rather than go up a notch, we’re on a heels too much.”

The disappointments for the Blues offensively were:

Paul Stastny, 1 goal, 1 point, -3
T.J. Oshie, 1 goal, 1 assist, -3
Jori Lehtera, 0 goals, 2 assists, -2

Despite leading the Blues in scoring with six goals and one assist, Vladimir Tarasenko was also a -4.  Patrik Berglund and David Backes were the only top forwards on the top that were positive on the +/- side.

Achilles and ankle injury lands Wainwright on 15-day DL (AUDIO)

The St. Louis Cardinals announced today that right-handed pitcher Adam Wainwright will be placed on the 15-day disabled list with an injury to his left Achilles and left ankle. Catcher Cody Stanley has been recalled from Memphis (AAA).

Wainwright, 33, injured his left lower ankle and Achilles during his at-bat in the top of the 5th during Saturday
night’s game at Milwaukee. He had pitched 4.0 shutout innings against the Brewers, facing the minimum, while allowing four hits and striking out four. Wainwright has a 2-1 record, 1.44 ERA in four 2015 starts.

Wainwright on the injury.  Says he’s not about to jump to conclusions.

This is Stanley’s first appearance with the Major League club, and he will be making his Major League debut in his first game appearance. The Clinton, N.C. native had appeared in 15 games for Memphis, seven behind the plate, and was batting .216 with 2 home runs and 5 RBI. Stanley, 26, was drafted in the 4th Round (139th overall) of the 2010 June Amateur draft by St. Louis out of University of North Carolina – Wilmington.