Accomplishing a feat once sometimes has to be enough to last a lifetime because not every task can be completed multiple times no matter how crazy good, crazy bad or just plain crazy an individual or group looks while pulling it off.
Evel Knievel took on all those appearances at some point in his career as a dare devil/stunt man and the end result was a near tradition of propagating his own physical agony peppered with the idea perhaps he caused himself so much suffering maybe he accidentally advanced medicine. After winning the Class 2 state title last year the example of penultimate achievement the Van-Far varsity boys basketball team probably feels is more akin to its plight is someone like Michael Jordan, and who can blame them.
The journey to repeat as Missouri state champs is one few have ever navigated successfully and for the the Indians, 17-7 overall, that experience began Monday at Elsberry in round one of Class 2, District 5, against Louisiana, 3-20 overall. The fact these squads are familiar with one another from regular season Eastern Missouri Conference action was hard to tell because Van-Far was hitting on all cylinders, led throughout and beat the Bulldogs in almost every category before coming out on top 57-32.
Paris, 11-11 overall, also began the postseason on Monday against Mark Twain, 12-12 overall, and found a way to pull off the minor upset 71-55. The Coyotes next take on Van-Far in the semifinals today at 5:30 p.m.
In other round one games on Monday for this district, host Elsberry, 13-12 overall, bested Clopton, 9-17 overall, 53-36 and Silex, 5-21 overall, is done for the year after losing 50-29 to New Haven, 15-11 overall. Elsberry and New Haven also play today at 7 p.m. and the district championship takes place Friday at 7 p.m.