I was pretty fired up to see Huck Finn this year. Some of the national contenders from previous years were not going to be there, but Harding and a handful of other Ozark teams looked like they would put on an interesting show. Add in the wet fields from the week of rain and games were going to be downright exciting.
Unfortunately, after arriving in St. Louis, this reporter got very ill and received a gift of feverish misery. What a shame that was, as there were upsets, head-scratchers, and crazy results all weekend long.
Despite my illness the cameraman was still able to go tape the first few rounds to give a little insight into the events at Huck Finn.
1. Harding: Apocalypse is hitting its stride at just the right time. In their last three tournaments Harding has just three losses, and two of those are to Texas A&M. Returning all the big names has definitely helped them, but the bench is playing a bigger role than they did last year, and that has made a big difference.
2. Washington (St.L): Contra is out to prove that even without Winograd or MacDonald, though they may not be the undisputed best in the conference, they are still a force to be reckoned with. They’re already showing some of that; if they can bear down on teams, go for the kill, and not make so many mental mistakes, Contra could be walking away with another Ozark Conference Championship.
3. St. Louis: Sleeping in their own beds surely gave the Arch Angels a boost. Still, losing by two to Harding and beating Kansas on Sunday to make the semifinals is a solid showing that has more to do with skill than a good sleep. St. Louis has improved their turnover ratio from Free State and that has made a big difference. If they keep this up the Arch Angels may be showing some teams an unexpected exit at the conference tournament.
4. Kansas: The HorrorZontals are in a weird place right now. They have a talented team and solid coaching. Unlike last year they appear to have made strides in working together . However, Kansas still seems to have problems getting it going sometimes — especially on Sundays. That ugly fact reared its head once again as Kansas fell to St. Louis. The HorrorZontals are going to have to fix that if they want to return to their former glory.
5. Oklahoma State: You never know which Ultimato team is going to show up, literally or physically. Oklahoma State took rival Oklahoma to the brink, 14-16, at Big D, but they laid an egg at Huck Finn, finishing in the 19th place bracket. Ultimato did bring a small squad to Huck Finn and that did not help, but they need to turn things around next week at the Heart of Texas Huckfest if they do not want to be seeded in the basement at the Ozark Conference Tournament.