Coach Ryan: This week in St. Louis high school sports

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by Bob Ryan, Prepcasts.com

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Posted on January 26, 2010 at 3:43 PM

71 points in a quarter …. Peek at some of top teams…..pushing some of the quiet good teams out in the open….losing more than a game…..all this and more…

Ranked #1 in Southwest Region by ESPN, the Incarnate Word Academy Red Knights (17-1) soundly handled a strong Notre Dame (Cape) team this past week 58-27. The Red Knights came out firing as they drilled in five treys in the opening quarter to open up a 23-8 that was never challenged. IWA’s only loss was to nationally ranked Whitney Young on ML King Day. Prepcasts will be covering the annual slugfest between IWA and St Joe (14-5) this Friday night LIVE on www.prepcasts.com.
 A really strong team doesn’t fold if the opponent comes out smoking. Nixa (15-1) fell behind the Kickapoo Chiefs (10-8) by a quick 10-2 margin.  The Eagles went on an 17-0 sprint of their own to snatch the lead, the momentum, and ultimately a 72-60 victory.  Nixa scored on seven straight possessions while holding the Chiefs off of the scoreboard as they turned this game around. Watch for the Eagles to go deep into post-season play !!

A very touching moment occurred on Jan 26. The game scheduled between College Heights Christian School and McAuley Catholic was to feature Father-Sson as head coaches. It would have been the first  battle between this father-son as they sat on opposites sides of the bench. Long time CHC Coach Charlie Williams was to face his son, Chuck Williams. Chuck had played for and coached with his Dad during his younger days. Both told all their friends and community about the game! Sadly, on Dec 15, Charlie Williams died of a heart attack.  It sure makes it clear that often winning or losing games pales by comparison to some of the real lessons of life.

King City (10-1) tasted a rare treat recently. The Wildkats upended Jefferson(10-2) handing Jefferson it’s first loss to a Class 1 team in regular season since the 2003-04 season!  On Feb 27, 2004 King City beat Jefferson and a week later beat them again. Jefferson won three consecutive STATE titles 2006-07-08 with 21 consecutive post season wins! With this win, King City (#9, class 1) halted the Jefferson five year run as the Stanberry Tournament Champions and has high hopes for a long post season run.
The St Francis Borgia Lady Knights (12-2) toppled the state-ranked  Hermann Bearcats 56-54 when Maggie Vossbrink hit a buzzer beater to win the game! Earlier this month, Vossbrink had broken the 1000 point barrier in a win against Wellston at Borgia. Meanwhile, the leading scorer of the St. Louis Metropolitan Area-Shelby Winkelmann (Hermann) was “held” to 25 points in the Borgia loss. Hermann had suffered their first defeat of the year only 3 days earlier in a 50-45 loss to Harrisburg in the Championship game of the S Calloway Tournament. 

For a long time, St. Louis basketball fans looked to the Public High League for the best teams of the State. In recent years, the prestige has dwindled. Still providing several outstanding players and teams, the PHL is now being led by the Beaumont Bluejackets  (11-3, 6-0). Sean Jones pops in 17 ppg to lead this talented team. Other top teams of the PHL are Soldan (13-4, 5-0) with Brier West as the leading scorer and Miller Career Academy (11-5, 5-1) rounding out the top tier of teams.
The MCC has become a two-horse race. Perched at the top are the CBC Cadets (15-6, 5-0) while the defending Class 5 Champion, Chaminade (13-5,5-1) anxiously awaits the rematch on Feb 5. Prepcasts will be video streaming this great game on www.prepcasts.com. If you haven’t tried us yet, it’s all FREE!

The Washington Bluejays (11-3, 3-0 ) are still leading the pack in the Gateway Athletic Conference-North. Coach Greg Dunigan has a balanced attack with Skyler Suggs as one of the key offensive components. A recent win over Timberland displayed the varied attack that the Bluejays possess.

In the GAC-South Boys Division, the Troy Trojans (13-4, 3-0) have key conference games on the horizon as Ft Z West and Ft Z South are both waiting for their crack at the Trojans in the next couple weeks. Cullen Devis, Neal Branham and Allen McKinney are all averaging in double figures for Troy.

In Jefferson County, Festus had a red hot 3rd quarter as Logan Bone knocked down several treys and broke open a tight game at home against Windsor to move into first place. The Tigers (10-5,4-0) are led by Cody Roberts’ glossy 20 ppg average. This conference is tightly bunched so keep your eyes on it.

Three teams have almost identical records as we head into our final 5 weeks of the South Central Athletic Association. Hancock (9-5,3-0), Maplewood (9-6,3-0) and Brentwood (9-5,3-1) are going to settle things with several more league games.  Maplewood’s non-league games include powerhouses-Scott County Central, Clayton and Hazelwood Central, as they toughen themselves for post-season play.

Prepcasts is loaded with another 11 game week with games EVERY night and  a ton of games on Friday and Saturday. Check our LIVE schedule or listen to the replay on www.prepcasts.com.

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