The Salem Lady Tigers kicked off their season with a road trip to Plato on Monday night, Nov. 25. Using its depth and an aggressive defensive approach, Salem was able to stifle Plato throughout the first half, opening up a 34-14 lead at intermission. The lead would hover around twenty points…

The Salem High School Fall Community Athletic Survey is open from Nov. 11 through Nov. 17. The survey can be found on the Salem Tiger Athletics facebook page and the Salem R-80 web page, salemr80.org.

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QUESTION: Why is the front office so insistent on Dexter Fowler having a starting spot? His "bounce back" was barely above league average offensively (WRC+ of 103) and he doesn't truly help from a run prevention standpoint.

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COMMENT: Time will tell, but I think the Cardinals made a mistake in pursuing Goldschmidt instead of Bryce Harper. I thought he fit the team on the field better (they already had a 36-homer first baseman in Carp and a glaring hole in RF), but beyond that, it seems like he would have brought more excitement to the ballpark. ... There's an electricity about Harper that makes the game more fun. Were there any strong advocates in the front office for making a serious run at Harper or was everyone pretty much in agreement that they'd only entertain it if his market faltered?

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QUESTION: Is it possible that Cardinals ownership and the front office work together too closely? Seems that the biggest thing missing right now in the front office is a strong voice of dissension. I don’t mean conflicting on everything, but something similar to what the team had with Tony La Russa.

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QUESTION: What kind of contracts do you think Goldschmidt, Mikolas (above) and Carpenter would have gotten as free agents this year? My guess is Goldschmidt would have gotten about the same, but the Cardinals probably cost themselves quite a bit by extending Mikolas and Carpenter early.