Barring some untimely poor weather — which in the first week of January in the Midwest is always a possibility — the sports schedule gets rolling again today (Monday). Pretty much every team in Yankton, as well as the hoops teams for Mount Marty and USD, open 2011 in the coming days.
For the Mount Marty men, the year begins as the last year was supposed to end, hosting Presentation College. They will play at 6 p.m. at Laddie E. Cimpl Arena.
The Yankton wrestling team hosts Chamberlain and Pierre Tuesday, a 5 p.m. start. To my knowledge, it’s the first time the Chamberlain wrestlers have wrestled a dual in Yankton.
MMC returns to Great Plains Athletic Conference play on Wednesday, traveling to the University of Sioux Falls. The No. 17 Lancer women play the No. 4 Cougars at 6 p.m., with the men’s teams matchup up at 8. It will be the last time the Lancer basketball teams travel to Sioux Falls for a conference game, as USF is leaving for NCAA Division II after this school year.
MMC also hosts Hastings Saturday at 2 and 4.
The USD basketball teams take to the court on Thursday, with the men at Longwood and the women at Cornell. Longwood plays Navy Tuesday before hosting the Coyotes. USD also faces SIU-Edwardsville this weekend, with the men playing Saturday and the women playing Sunday.
Yankton basketball kicks off its 2011 portion of the schedule Friday. The boys travel to Aberdeen Central, while the Gazelles host the Golden Eagles at the Summit Center. Yankton takes on Pierre Saturday, with the girls on the road and the boys at home.
The Yankton-Bon Homme gymnastics team starts on Saturday at the Brookings Invitational.
Other youth sports kick off this coming weekend as well, with hockey and swimming starting on Saturday. The Yankton Swim Team will host one of its two indoor events Saturday morning at the Summit Center pool.
A couple thoughts on the week that was.
— I am 12-16 on my bowl picks. I never claimed to be a college football expert, and I am proving that statement correct.
— The Oakland Raiders look like they’re going to can Tom Cable, which I think is one of the stupidest things Al Davis has done. And he has a long list of stupid things. The Raiders did, though, become the first team to ever go unbeaten against division opponents (6-6) and fail to win their division (2-8 vs. rest of league).
— Brett Favre says “it’s time.” It was before the start of the year, but I still won’t believe he’s retired until at least two seasons go by without him starting an NFL game.
I will also be making an appearance today on “Calling All Sports,” somewhere around the bottom of the hour.