As Sam Sees It

It may not seem like it, but it is time to be wrapping up the winter sports and getting ready for baseball, softball and track. After a January that really seemed like good baseball weather, we will probably soon see the winds that mark that season in this part of the country.

The wrestling team will be competing in the 3A North Regional Meet at Holbrook on Saturday. Those who place in this competition will wrestle in the Arizona State 3A Wrestling Tournament on Feb. 14 and 15 at Phoenix. Those who fail to place in the regional meet will see their season end. Winslow has some wrestlers who should do well in the regionals and at state. Some are wrapping up illustrious high school careers, hopefully by bringing home an individual state championship. My guess is that this team is too young to expect a team championship, but several individuals could reach that plateau. This program is on the right track.

The basketball tournaments start next week. It looks now as if the Winslow girls will have earned a first round bye and an automatic berth in the state tournament. The Lady Bulldogs are not likely to have to play until Feb. 14 and 15 at Monument Valley High School in Kayenta. Then it is on to Flagstaff for the first two rounds of the state tournament on Feb. 18 and 19.

The Winslow boys may very well have to play an elimination game or two on Feb. 11 and/or 12 just to make the quarter finals of the regional tournament. That game (or games) could be either at Winslow or on the road. Should the boys win their way into the regional tournament at Kayenta, they, too, would be assured of a berth in the state tournament.

My assessment here is that the Winslow girls should be the favorites to win both the regional and state tournaments. That said, basketball remains the most unpredictable of all sports. The games still have to be played on the court.

The boys would need a super effort and a lot of luck to get very far in the state tournament. They probably need both of those things just to get there. That said, this is also a young team and one headed in the right direction. Also, there is no quit in this bunch of Bulldogs.

What had promised to be one of the best Super Bowls ever turned out to be yet another one-sided contest. This is the most watched and the most heavily promoted sporting event in the United States. It still falls far short of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship Tournament and the World Series in my humble estimation. Congratulations to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. There was no doubt which was the better team in that game.

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