- Webster Groves (18-2) - Number one at last. The Statesmen have rattled off wins over the following schools: Morgan Park, the No. 1 ranked AP IHSA Class 3A school. Iowa City West, the No 1 ranked school in the state of Iowa. Back home they obliterated Parkway West on the road 70-36. The Super Bowl was last week, and it is regarded as the “Big Game.” St. Louis will feature our big game of our own this Thursday when Webster Groves travels to Vashon to take on the Wolverines. 1 v. 1 in the big and small school rankings and 1 v. 2 in the overall rankings. Before that, they will host an upbeat Parkway Central side that tends to give the Statesmen fits.
- Chaminade (19-4) - The Red Devils could make a case to still be at the top, but there’s not much they can do when they recently lost Whitney Young, a team that Morgan Park beat and then CBC later on. Chaminade is still going strong with two good victories over St. Louis Christian (96-76) and Vianney (79-57). Despite a double-overtime loss to Blue Valley Northwest yesterday, I think it will only make them hungry. They finish up the regular season this week on the road against SLUH and De Smet.
- SLUH (18-6) - When you recap on how SLUH’s has done this semester, you will see they’re 8-2, and the two losses have come to the two highest ranked schools in the area. They’ve recently beaten Vianney, Kirkwood, and Ladue by comfortable margins bar the three-point Vianney result. The Jr. Bills have enjoyed great guard play from Brandon McKissic and Anthony Hughes down the stretch and will need it big time as they take on Chaminade and CBC. If they win out, they take the MCC crown.
- CBC (14-8) - The Cadets are looking pretty nice for the time being. A three-game winning streak over solid squads in (Springfield) Parkview (61-41), Chaminade (82-73) and Miller Career (56-54). Inevitably, people are talking about their win over Chaminade and why shouldn’t they? That was the Cadets first win over Chaminade since 2013, and the first time anyone in the area has beaten the Red Devils since the 2013-2014 season. Kale Catchings has been incredible during this winning streak with 61 points and over 20 rebounds.
- Hazelwood Central (15-7) - Six victories, including a tournament sweep, but the last two were against teams that are a combined 7-33. All the while CBC is beating the aforementioned schools. The Hawks schedule gets better in the last two weeks, including the always great rivalry game against McCluer North tomorrow night. Later in the week, they face Parkway South. Shaun Williams has come on strong over the course of the season for the Hawks show.
- Francis Howell (18-4) - The Vikings are on a nine-game winning streak that stems over a month. They’ve recently beaten the likes of Troy and Timberland by double-digits, and all signs are pointing another conference championship. Center Mike Brohm continues to impress in the paint. Sophomore Daylan Dalton might be having the most productive season by anyone in his class in the area. The same goes for freshman Matt Schark, who is shooting 29-57 from downtown, that’s fifty percent. Patrick Shulte provides a long distance spark as well. Guards, Fadi Kaid, Kyle Grantham and Ryan Spears, have been consistent all year and proven not to be underestimated on offense.
- Parkway West (16-5) - Congratulations are for the Longhorns as they claim the Suburban Central outright title for the second year in a row by beating Ladue 55-47. A week before they enjoyed two wins over De Smet (67-60) and Hillsboro (49-35). However, the fun ended with a thud as they were blown out by Webster. Their remaining games are all winnable, but not easy as they take on Maplewood and Jennings. Wyatt Yess continues to impress as has point guard Nate Hughes.
- Parkway Central (15-7) - The Colts have come to life as we’ve headed down the home stretch of the season. They have won five in a row including victories over Ladue (74-43), Kirkwood (59-41) and Fort Zumwalt West (56-45). Against Kirkwood and FZW the Colts were without key forward Arthur Green, which made the victories more convincing and shows they can win without even less height and athleticism. As always they were led by heavily underrated (recruiting wise) point guard DeAndre Campbell who scored 116 points in that five-game stretch. They’ll play their toughest game of the season on the road against Webster on Tuesday.
- Ritenour (16-6) - The Huskies had been on a roll for over a month winning all the games they should win, and some of them were overwhelmingly nice, while almost sending shockwaves throughout the state by nearly pulling out upsets. Suddenly they lost to Pattonville 91-68. What does that mean? Maybe they finally had a bad game and couldn’t get away with it? Maybe Pattonville had one of their best games, which is a possibility? We’ll see how they respond against an in-form McCluer side on Tuesday night.
- Parkway South (14-8) - It’s been a long time, but with certain things going certain ways the Patriots are back in the top 10, and they have earned it. Since the start of January, the Pats are 8-2 and currently on a four-game winning streak. South has notable wins over Lindbergh, Parkway West, Parkway Central, and Eureka over the past couple of weeks. The Pat's experience is paving the way for their success with seniors Sam Welin, Turner Weiss, Chase Unger and Connor McArthy all stepping up. We won’t forget to mention A.J. Sommer who deserves a shout too.
On The Bubble
- McCluer (15-7)
- Pattonville (14-7)
- Lindbergh (15-5)
- Ladue (15-7)
- Vianney (10-12)
- Vashon (18-2) - The Wolverines showed off their dominance with a convincing 56-43 victory over SLUH last Friday. Vashon is now on a 10-game winning streak and undefeated since late December. On Wednesday they take on Soldan, which should be an interesting contest, but everyone should mark their calendars for the next night as they will host Webster Groves at 7:00 p.m. On paper this appears it will be the game of the year.
- St. Mary’s (20-3) - It was predictable long before the season started and it came to fruition last Friday as the Dragons claim the AAA Large outright conference title. The next day they defeated Carnahan 59-45, which takes St. Mary’s win streak to five and now have three games left before districts. They have a big one on Wednesday night as they travel to Cardinal Ritter to take on the Lions. Before that on Tuesday night, the Dragons take on St. Pius X. Yahuza Rasas, Yuri Collins and Tony Burks have been the headliners for the Dragons, but keep an eye on Darrious Houston, Miles Jones, and Lavelle Harris.
- Jennings (18-3) - The Warriors haven’t played much basketball lately, but they have been winning. They’re on a five-game win streak but will face decent competition this week against Maplewood, Parkway West, and Class 5 Hazelwood East. Kyle Younge and Rajea’ Johnson have been a formidable duo all season long. Both have scored over 300 points and averaging over 15 a game. Johnson is one of the best in the area on the boards as he averages 11 a game, while Younge average three steals a game. Another name to point out is Terran Jackson who is averaging four assists per game, while scoring seven points a game.
- Cardinal Ritter (17-5) - The Lions have one more game left until districts, and that is against the Dragons and oh boy that will be a good one. If the Lions can pull off a win, then that will make everyone sit up and listen, especially everyone else in Class 3. Ritter is on a five-game win streak and defeated Trinity for the second time this season last Friday. The Lions have been consistent with their big three in Xavier Womack, Jared Phillips, and Malek Davis. Others look out for our three-point specialists Ryan Trice and Ryan Torrey, and Ronald Welch who does a nice job of getting to the basket.
- Miller Career (16-6) - The Phoenix had a busy last week with three games and did well for the most part with victories over Gateway STEM and Summer, while almost upsetting CBC. This week they start out tomorrow night in a big PHL game against Northwest Academy. They take on Confluence and then highly rated Sikeston. Javonte Perkins hasn’t slowed up much over the course of the season. He’s now up to 427 points and 325 rebounds (not sure if that’s accurate, but it’s in the STL Today stats). Perkins has a decent ensemble with Michael Clark, Darrion Hayes, Jamontez Bonner, Marcus Redrick and more that come off the bench for the Phoenix.
- Northwest Academy (12-9) - It’s been a long, tough season for the Hornets, but there’s a good chance it will pay off come district time. Jamarr Williams is the man that usually fills up the scoresheet for the Hornets and at 6’7” he is an athletic center that isn’t talked about a whole lot. The same goes for 5’7” Ryan Warren who we saw dribble all over the place at CBC while keeping possession.
- Duchesne (16-8) - Two points was their deficit to St. Mary’s as the buzzer sounded. The Pioneers have done well in the last three weeks, and despite the loss to the Dragons things are looking up. Mitch Fairless and Luke Lowenstein average 14 points per game and have scored over 300 for the season. Adam Moore has proved to be a decent forward with 12 points a game and leads the team in rebounds averaging six a game. He’s also made 36 treys and is shooting 42 percent on the season. Cooper Tune is shooting alright from beyond the arch and averages eights points per game. The thing to remember about these Pioneers is that there are no seniors.
- MICDS (15-8) - The Rams are on a four-game win streak and are on a collision course with Westminster as both are tied for the Metro League conference title. Before that, MICDS will play Principia on Friday. The Rams are coming off a splendid senior send off with a win over the old rival John Burroughs 51-43. Alec Spence and Matt Roper have scored a combined 870 points for the season. A just as impressive stat is Spence hauling in 221 rebounds.
- Whitfield (15-9) - Like Northwest the Warriors are looking dangerous in Class 3, but for the moment they have things to work out after a 14-point loss to rising McCluer South-Berkeley. During the loss, Torrence Watson poured in 39 points, which is nothing new, to be honest. Perhaps the L was a nice little wake-up call as they take on Ladue for senior night on Wednesday.
- Westminster (14-7) - The Wildcats still find a way to stay in the top 10. They suffered a 68-46 loss to Borgia last week and are now 3-3 in their last six games. Westminster hopes to turn the tide as they hit the road this week against Lutheran South and Priory. If they can hold them off, then they will play for the conference championship at home against MICDS next Tuesday. Steve Webb and Cliff DeGroot keep going strong for the Wildcats.
On The Bubble
McCluer South-Berkeley (12-8)
St. Charles (15-7)
North Tech (12-7)