POWER RANKINGS: Dec 3-10 | Large Schools

1. Chaminade

Record: 0-1

Lost a close one to Chicago Simeon 54-50 who are one of the few long-time consistent top teams in the Midwest. If that's anything to go off of then I'd say the Red Devils will be okay going forward against St. Louis competition.

2. Webster Groves

Record: 0-0

Quitely waiting to kick off thier own tournament against Maplewood on Thursday. Will be perplexing to see how they manage without Courtney Ramey for the time being.

3. Parkway Central

Record: 3-0

Winners of the Gerald Linneman Memorial Tip-Off Classic a.k.a the "Parkway Schools Tournament." The Colts soundly defeated North (89-42), South (63-37), and West (67-47). They host 3-0 Mehlville on Tuesday. DeAndre Campbell averaged 24 points, six assists, and five rebounds in those three games.

4. Hazelwood Central

Record: 3-0

Champions in the Jerry Boeckman Memorial Invitational Tournament beating Gateway STEM, Farmington, and Ladue quite convincing. They'll be tested against small school giants Whitfield at home on Tuesday night. The Hawks averaged 77 points in the three games, including a 64-37 demolision of Ladue in the championship game and outscoring them 52-24 after the first quarter.

5. CBC

Record: 2-2

Competitive start to the season, including a runner-up finish in the Lanphier Turkey Tournament to the host Lions (57-56). The wins included Chicago Corliss 63-40 and East St. Louis 76-63.  On Friday they fell behind early and lost to Memphis East 81-66. Sophomore Caleb Love is already emerging as the Cadets star player averaging 17 points through their four games.


Bubble Teams

DeSmet - A competitive start to the season. They endured a devastating 47-44 loss to Edwardsville on a last-second buzzer beater. The Spartans later defeated Parkview (went 17-8 and returned 3 of 5 top scorers from last season) 64-63 but lost to Raytown (62-52) and Nixa (70-66) to close out the Arvest Bank Classic.

Record: 1-3

Eureka - The Wildcats fancy a good season, and it started off right with a 67-55 victory over Borgia. Star junior Avery Taggart (6-4) led all scorers with 18 points. Zach Summers (6-5), a center scored 12 points, and Michigan (football) recruit, Hassan Haskins (6-1) tallied 11 points, snagged seven boards, and got four steals. The Wildcats play at #1 Chaminade on Tuesday night.

Record: 1-0

Fort Zumwalt South - One game in the books so far, but it was a nice one as the Bulldogs blew out their friends down Mexico Road, Fort Zumwalt West 73-49. Junior shooting guard E.J. Bellinger (6-2) scored 19 points and sophomore forward J.J. Schwepker tallied 16 and drained 4-of-7 three-pointers. Darious Thomas and Jake Patton also scored double-figures. They'll be back out on the court today against St. Dominic at St. Charles West.

Record: 1-0

Fort Zumwalt West - The Jaguars have high expectations, and we'll wait and see if they'll fulfill them down the road. They started out on the wrong foot with that significant defeat to FZS. However, they rebounded and beat Wentzville (Liberty) 68-57. Spencer Strode (5-9) and Kaileb Bryant (6-2) each scored 29 points over the two games, but you'll see that West has much more than them.

Record: 1-1

Hazelwood West - Consolation champions at the Troy Invitational. Lost to eventual champs Cardinal Ritter (85-63), but redeemed themselves with wins over Westminster (57-56) and Columbia (Hickman) (77-64). Point guard Jihad Thornton (5-8) leads the Wildcats with 19 points per game and sophomore Darius Cooper averages nine per game thus far.

Record: 3-2

Ladue - Despite battling with injuries and suspensions, the Rams played with most of their preferred starting five and managed to beat Farmington (48-44) and the hosts Vianney (45-43) in the Jerry Boeckman Memorial Invitational Tournament. Lost to Hazelwood Central 64-37 in the championship. Sophomores Jaylen Boyd (5-11) and Evan Schnieder (6-6) each had big tournaments, including senior leader Trent Stiebler (6-3). Aiming to have Moses Okapala (6-7) back this week.

Record: 2-1

Marquette - Will play their first game in 14 days against Fort Zumwalt West at St. Charles West on Tuesday. Two weeks ago they beat Troy 74-55, which looks like an alright win since Troy is a competitive 2-2. It'll be interesting to see if Jason Mongomery (6-3) can somewhat mimic his 37 points performance, but more importantly, tell if the Mustangs have more weapons.

Record: 1-0

McCluer North - Idle week. Won the Borgia Turkey Tournament by defeating Washington (86-47), Borgia (62-41), and took down Pacific 59-52 for the championship. Junior guard A'Tavian Butler (6-2) averaged 19 points in the tournament. The Stars don't have anyone taller than six-foot-four, but their length is decent with all but three players between six-foot-two and six-foot-four.

Record: 3-0

Mehlville - The Southside Classic champions. Victories over Bayless (72-36), Lindbergh (36-35), and John Burroughs (55-48) claimed their first-ever Southside Classic championship and their best start this century. Sophomore King Waller (6-3) was one of the most productive freshmen a year ago, and he's started off 2017-18 averaging 18 points per game. Doron Adams (5-9) averages 12 per game.

Record: 3-0

Parkway North - Within three games the Vikings have totaled the number of victories they accumulated all of last season with stunning wins over Parkway West (62-56) and Parkway South (75-72). Tayari Goodwin (5-10) was the star of this team as a sophomore a year ago, and so far he's been leading the young Vikings by example as he's averaging 17 points per game thus far.

Record: 2-1

Ritenour - Took this past week off. Displayed an okay showing in the Alton Tip-Off Classic beating O'Fallon (65-58) and Riverview Gardens (78-53) while losing to Alton (85-69) and Carbondale (68-53). Kobe Smith scored 86 points and averaged 21 per game in the tournament. Keep an eye or two our for Demeetrie Beach, Darrell Bolden, Jonathan Bishop, and Barrion Clemons along with three-year starting center Nick Williams.

Record: 2-2

Vianney - Lost their first game of the season to Ladue 45-43, but rebounded with a big win over Gateway STEM (74-35) and then took third place with a 65-49 victory over Farmington. Colin Braun (6-7) is going to be a force in the paint this season while C.J. Paul (6-4) and Josh Kleinheider (5-11) will be decent guards in the backcourt.

Record: 2-1