The New Baseball Coach

By Faith Curtis

The McDonald County baseball team is welcoming a new head coach this year, Kevin Burgi. This will be Coach Burgi’s seventh year coaching high school baseball. He was an assistant coach at Joplin and Hollister, and he served as interim head coach at Joplin for a year. He chose to come to McDonald County for the students and the existing staff.

Coach Burgi with his wife, Carrie, and daughter, Olivia.

“I’ve always liked this school district, and from a kid stand point, this school seemed tough.” Coach Burgi said. “I also knew people here. I played baseball with Coach Bergen, and Big Coach Hoover, in college at Missouri Southern.”

Coach Burgi’s has simple expectations for his new team this year.

“We’ll focus on the little things, and getting better at fundamentals.”

Before coaching, Coach Burgi started his baseball career as a catcher for Valley View High School, and later received a baseball scholarship. From there, he continued playing baseball in college at Arkansas State University, Missouri Southern, and Garden City Community College. According to Burgi, “Garden City is like the Harvard of community colleges.”

Coach Burgi has a wife, Carrie, who he met in church during his college years.

“I went to church with my grandma, and Carrie was playing the piano. I went up and talked to her because I thought she was cute. About 2 weeks later, she called me and asked me out. She had gotten my number from my grandma.”

The couple now has a two year old daughter named Olivia.

Coach Burgi and Olivia

“She loves singing, even though she’s not very good at it, she gets that from her mother.”

The family of three is going to have a fourth member coming in June of 2019In his free time, Coach Burgi enjoys things like reading a good book, or playing a game of Madden NFL.

The Worst Team in the State of Florida

By: Matthew Crowder

The Jacksonville Jaguars are another one of those terrible teams playing in Jacksonville, Florida at EverBank Stadium in the NFL. The Jaguars suffer every season because they can’t get a winning record even though they play in The AFC South where Tennessee, Houston, and Indianapolis play. All 4 teams are not so good in their division averaging over less than 9 wins a season, but the Jaguars so far are described as the worst team in their division. Tied with Houston, Detroit, and of course Cleveland without a Super Bowl ring could be a good reason why the Jaguars are sitting at the bottom of the national football league at 31, in front of the Cleveland Browns at 32. I did like how general manager; Shahid Khan upgraded and spent some money on their stadium that was looking a little groggy at the time to where it looks a lot nicer now for the rest of the Jaguar fans. He also produced a new logo in 2013 with cool new uniforms on the side that are black, gold, and teal green. But, Khan needs to make improvements now on the team itself after spending a lot of money on their gear and stadium.

Every Thursday the Jaguars like to wear an all gold uniform for the color rush game that is played every Thursday night, but they are one of the ugliest uniforms out of all the 32 teams that have color rush uniforms. The Jaguars also have a tradition where they play at Wembley Stadium every year in London, England where Rugby football is played.

Quarterback Blake Bortles is a good player with a good offense led with Tj Yeldon at running back, Allen Hurns at wide receiver and Allen Robinson opposite of Hurns on the field at wide receiver, but the problem with Bortles is that he can’t protect the ball throwing at least 2 interceptions a game and 1 fumble a game that leads to points by the other team. He is a type of guy that holds the ball too long leading to getting sacked a bunch of times, which is why Bortles is leading the NFL with most sacks on offense as a quarterback since last year. Their defense needs most of the attention though because they give up over 30 points a game and no turnovers mostly every week on defense, which is why they lose all their games. In the future I think they need to fire their head coach, Gus Bradley because he is a good coach, but not good enough for a losing Jaguars team who has good players on both sides of the field, but have started to give up on every game they play because they can’t produce any points.

The Curse is Broken; Cubs Win the World Series

By: Luke Boze

This year’s World Series was one for the history books. It was a World Series that was played by the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians. The Cubs hadn’t been to a World Series since 1945, and they hadn’t won the World Series since 1908. The Indians hadn’t been to a World Series since 1997, and the last time they won the World Series was in 1948. It has been over 68 years since either one of these teams has won a World Series, so it was definitely one for the history books.cubs-world-series-champions

This World Series was a hard fought one, after six games the series was tied at three games apiece. Going into game seven the Indians had a slight advantage because it was to be played at their stadium. Though as fate would have it the Indians would not win the series, they would go onto lose game seven in the 10th inning by a score of 8-7.

For the Cubs it was a dream come true as they broke the curse that had lasted them 108 years. It was also a great day for Cubs fans as the majority have been waiting for their entire lives for a World Series win. With this win the Cubs are getting back to the form of a team that is hard to beat. Hopefully the Cubs won’t have to wait 108 years from now to win another World Series.il_fullxfull-384787583_de6o