St. Mary's: (11-0) - Your 2016 Coaches vs Cancer Holiday Tournament champions. The Dragons defeated Lafayette, Lindbergh, Hazelwood Central and SLUH to bring the title back to south city. By achieving that, they get the No. 1 ranking. For me, they have the best backcourt in the area at the moment and many people will disagree... Same goes for their ranking, which could change quickly.
Vashon: (8-2) - People are upset and my reputation may have taken a hit, but I’m no slave to what others think or what the national media suggests how good the Wolverines are… No losses to an area team yet, but two losses to two very good teams is still two losses and St. Mary’s has a perfect record. I decided to reward the Dragons. Vashon are right at the top and I was very close to leaving them at No. 1. So, how can these guys get back at No.1? Well, I won’t be surprised if the Wolverines can win out the rest of the season and could be back at the top soon.
Jennings: (10-2) - They lost to Vianney 55-46 in the first round of the Coaches vs Cancer Tournament, but rebounded in the best way by claiming the consolation championship. They defeated Troy, Parkway West, and Lafayette on the way.
Cardinal Ritter: (11-3) - The Lions travelled to southern Illinois in Carbondale and took a couple of beatings, but ended it with a 84-70 victory over Covington. Ritter is looking good despite moving back a spot.
Miller Career: (6-3) - The Phoenix entered the MICDS Holiday Invitational as the No. 2 seed and knocked off Clayton in the first round, but were crushed by Parkway South 64-33. They did come back and took care of Whitfield and MICDS to take the fifth place trophy back home. Pretty clear if Jervonte Perkins is limited then it’s tough for them to succeed and find other scoring options.
Whitfield: (6-5) - No. 3 seeded Warriors got by Francis Howell Central in the first round at MICDS, but lost in a heartbreaker to the eventual champions Ladue, 66-64. It didn’t get any better as Miller Career clipped them in the next game. Because of tough competition and good enough display, the Warriors stay put.
Soldan: (7-4) - Participated in the Chaminade Christmas Tournament and opened with a 66-63 win over a tough Lutheran South side, but took one on the chin against Ritenour (80-74), but ended on a good note with a 59-46 victory over John Burroughs.
Northwest Academy: (6-3) - These guys have come out of nowhere it seems like. They were 3-1 going into the Effingham-Teutopolis Christmas tournament in southern Illinois and defeated Charleston (69-57), Madison (78-49) and Oak Lawn (75-59). They lost to Chicago Brooks in the first round and then Effingham.
Duchesne: (8-2) - Took a tough loss in the opening round of the MICDS tournament to the hosts, but like Jennings, they won the rest of their games, including two good one over Trinity and Parkway Central. Adam Moore showed that he has a lot of range in his shooting ability. Keep an eye on him.
Gateway STEM: (7-2) - Following two defeats to W.E.B. DuBois (same team that beat Whitfield in the Midwest Showdown) and to McCluer South-Berkeley, the Jaguars defeated Normandy (68-62) and Roosevelt (69-56).
Chaminade: (10-1) - Steamrolled the competition at their christmas tournament. There was some decent small school competition and then Ritenour who is bordering on the large school rankings, but not much else after that. Another reason
SLUH: (10-4) - The runners up behind St. Mary's in the CVC. People will be talking about their epic victory over Webster Groves and for good reason. They defeated Troy (47-31) and Vianney (58-45) for the second time this season and will play them a fourth time on Jan 31. The Jr. Bills gave St. Mary's all they could handle.
Webster Groves: (7-2) - The Statesmen just can not crack the Jr. Billiken case. For the fourth time in five years, they fall to SLUH and it was in heartbreaking fashion again. Cam Potts found himself at the line to tie or win with 0.3 left and missed both shots. He and the Statesmen will bounce back. They defeated St. Charles West (66-32), De Smet (75-65), and then Hazelwood Central (69-54) to win the third place trophy.
Hazelwood Central: (6-3) - The Hawks started this season off slow, but have battled through it whilst battling through injuries. In the CVC, they beat Marquette (79-41) and CBC (63-62). They then gave St. Mary's all they wanted (58-64) in a really good game and then fell to Webster (69-54). The Hawks will face CBC next on Jan 6.
Ladue: (7-2) - Champions of the MICDS Holiday Tournament. Their second in four years. The Rams had a battle-tested schedule and got by Parkway Central and Whitfield in down to the wire contest. Then outlasted Parkway South (77-66) and defeated Francis Howell in the championship 76-56. If the Rams can stay consistent then they'll be a serious threat because they are overwhelming at their best.
CBC: (7-6) - Barely got by Eureka in the first round of the Coaches vs Cancer tournament in OT and then fell just short of beating Hazelwood Central. Then rebounded with close wins against Lindbergh and De Smet. Did it all without senior leader Sam Orf. Been a typical Cadet start to the season with a lot of games against great competition.
Francis Howell: (8-2) - The Vikings reached the finals of the MICDS tournament after defeating Trinity (70-59), Westminster (59-49), Pattonville (69-62). Matt Schark is an unknown freshman who scored 35 points in four games and sophomore Daylan Dalton is the most slept on point guard and sophomore in the area. Coach Kurt Jacob is showing how good a ball coach he is by getting the most out his team and proving that the Vikings are one of the best in the St. Charles area.
Parkway West: (7-3) - The Longhorns came into the CVC with a 6-1 record, but were thrown into the deep end against a battle-tested De Smet side and lost in a tough one 51-43. West used a big second half to escape St. Charles West (44-38), however they existed the tournament to Jennings (50-42). Definitely got a good dose of competition on a daily basis, which is what the Longhorns needed.
Pattonville: (8-2) - The Pirates are off to one of their better starts in recent memory, but their expectations didn’t reach full potential during the holidays. The 1 seed at MICDS, they defeated Brentwood (72-31) and MICDS (62-55), but lost to Howell in the semifinals (69-62). However, they did beat Parkway South (64-54) in the 3rd place game. Definitely a good team in transition, but if you force them to slow it down they’re different.
- De Smet: (5-5) - An average record, but a competitive team. Beat Parkway West (65-55) in the first round of the CVC and then fell to Webster Groves in tight contest that was closer than the final score indicated (75-65). Next, they defeated Vianney (52-49) and then lost another close encounter to CBC (57-52). The Spartans host SLUH at home this Friday.