MCGEE: State rank­ings got a lit­tle jum­bled this week

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to push the idea of get­ting alumni to come to Mis­souri and help ded­i­cate the school’s first sea­son in their new foot­ball field on the south cam­pus. They called the game against arch ri­val Kansas, a Home­com­ing game, and the idea was a big suc­cess. Record crowds turned out every year for the game, and soon, other col­leges and high schools across the coun­try be­gan adopt­ing the tra­di­tion.

Coach Brewer did a lot to boost ath­let­ics at the Univer­sity of Mis­souri, but he left his job to vol­un­teer to serve in the Amer­i­can Ex­pe­di­tionary Force that went to fight in World War 1 in 1917. Af­ter the war, he spent some time coach­ing at other schools un­til get­ting the chance to come back to Mis­souri in 1923 where he be­came the ath­letic direc­tor and track coach.

In 1929, he pushed for and got built, a field­house that later be­came known as Brewer Field­house. It was a com­bi­na­tion bas­ket­ball and track fa­cil­ity. It was like a giant garage.

I was a sopho­more in high school when I got to ex­pe­ri­ence in­door track for the first time at Brewer. it was the only in­door track in Mis­souri and it was where we had state meets each March.

Go­ing to the Arkansas state in­door meets in Fayet­teville is fun, with the banked mondo track sur­faces, and ex­pan­sive spa­ces inside the build­ing. In 1969, the only in­door track in Mis­souri was a dirt floor run­ning 220 yards against three sides of the rather tall build­ing with one “curve” run­ning through a hall­way un­der the stands. When I say curve, I mean where the track changes di­rec­tions. In re­al­ity, the track at Brewer was two long straight­aways and two short straight­aways.

The year af­ter I grad­u­ated in 1971, the field­house was re­pur­posed for stu­dent in­tra­mu­ral ath­let­ics with the univer­sity bas­ket­ball and track teams get­ting more mod­ern venues. I kind of liked Brewer as it fa­vored run­ners with short strides as was mine. I ran lead­off for three years, and the lead off run­ners had to stay in lanes all the way, tough to do for most run­ners. I al­ways got the lead with my short stride and abil­ity to re­ally lean on the curves.

State rank­ings get a bit jum­bled

The new No. 1 4A state top-ranked team is de­fend­ing state cham­pion River­crest who re­ally isn’t a de­fend­ing state cham­pion.

River­crest won the 3A state crown last sea­son and is now ranked No. 1 in 4A with War­ren drop­ping down into the third slot. War­ren didn’t lose but their weaker sched­ule than the one River­crest has given the nod to the school over in Wil­son by the Mis­sis­sippi River.

Shock­ingly, the de­fend­ing state cham­pion Arkadel­phia team lost again this week, drop­ping down to the 23rd-ranked stop with a 0-5 record. They are hands down the high­est ranked 0-5 team in the state in any class. They also have by far the tough­est sched­ule of any­one in the state.

Com­ing off their ban­ner year in 2017 with the bulk of their of­fen­sive weapons back, the Badgers’ sched­uled re­ally tough higher clas­si­fi­ca­tion teams for their non-con­fer­ence sched­ule. They lost all three, two close losses and a blowout to Ben­ton. They then had to open their con­fer­ence sched­ule with Nash­ville (state’s No. 4 team) and then Robin­son (state’s No. 2 team) and they lost both games.

Nash­ville was a close loss (28-23) but they were swamped by Robin­son 4214. They now have to face ris­ing Baux­ite in a month in a likely fight to get at least a No. 3 seed.

The ’Hawks check in at No. 14 af­ter their vic­tory over Lin­coln.

The ’Hawks’ up­com­ing op­po­nent Fri­day is Gravette. Gravette has not won a game this year, fall­ing all the way to 46th place in the rank­ings, in a 48-team clas­si­fi­ca­tion.

The Lions have some tal­ented ath­letes though their numbers are down this year. They have a new sys­tem in place af­ter their old coach left af­ter a num­ber of suc­cess­ful sea­sons. They will be get­ting bet­ter though they may have some hard times first.

The ’Hawks have not lost a game at Gravette since the 2010 sea­son. Strangely enough, though they have owned the Gravette field in re­cent years, last year was the first time in the history of the school that they beat Gravette on their home turf. Win this year, and Pea Ridge will have a school record three game winning streak against the Lions from west county.

MaxPreps/CBS State 4A foot­ball poll

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10. River­crest Robin­son War­ren Nash­ville Baux­ite Du­mas Dar­danelle Stuttgart Shiloh West He­lena 5-0 4-1 5-0 5-0 5-0 5-0 5-0 3-2 4-1 4-1

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Pea Ridge Har­mony Grove Ham­burg Elkins Foun­tain Lake Prairie Grove Ozark Pottsville Bald Knob Arkadel­phia Cen­tral Arkansas Ash­down Poc­a­hon­tas Star City Lin­coln Heber Springs DeWitt Lonoke Tru­mann Mena High­land 4-1 2-3 3-2 3-2 4-1 4-1 5-0 3-2 3-2 3-2 2-3 3-2 0-5 3-2 2-3 2-3 2-3 4-1 1-4 3-2 2-3 2-3 2-3 1-4

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Cave City Gen­try Wal­dron Riverview

Dover Ber­ryville

Mills Brook­land Su­bi­aco Gravette Mon­ti­cello Green For­est

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Edi­tor’s note: John McGee, an award-winning colum­nist, sports writer and art teacher at Pea Ridge ele­men­tary schools, writes a reg­u­lar sports col­umn for The Times. He can be con­tacted through The Times at prt­news@nwadg.com. 0-4 0-5 1-4 1-4 1-4 1-4 1-4 2-3 0-5 0-5 1-4 0-5 0-5 1-4

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