Mike Ritter Blog – GBB – Eureka / Lafayette

RSN EvL GBB ritterClick here to view the game – The Lafayette Lady Lancers 2-14 (1-2) girls basketball team  had  upset on their minds entering Friday night’s Suburban West Conference match-up.  They took on the area’s second ranked team in the large schools poll, the Eureka Lady Wildcats. The short manned Lady Lancers did all they could before falling short in the end, 64-50. “We seem to get everyone’s best game when we step out on the court,” Eureka coach James Alsup said.  “It’s what a rivalry game should be.’’  Lafayette came out balanced on offense shooting well from the outside and scoring inside. They also created havoc on defense and led 16-8 after the first quarter. Eureka responded in the second quarter with a 21-13 run and the two teams went into the half tied at 29. Lafayette, who was paced by sophomore guard Jenny Kohl’s 15 points [Custom Shirt Graphics Standout Player of the Game] were still right there after three quarters of play trailing just by one point, 43-42. But the fourth quarter was a different story as the experienced Lady Wildcats went to their two top seniors, center Lindsey McCoy [Custom Shirt Graphics Standout Player of the Game] and guard Tori Allen, who took over the game. Both McCoy and Allen scored a game high 22 points, many of them coming in the fourth quarter to seal the deal and help Eureka improve to 16-2 overall and 4-0 in conference play. McCoy and Allen’s performance were especially needed with Eureka playing without their leading scorer Kelsey Tepen who was held out of the game for an undisclosed reason. Click here to view the game

Jordan Berger Blog – Parkway West / John Burroughs Hockey

jbs logo Parkway WestParkway West/John Burroughs – Click here for the game
The second leg of our double header saw the Parkway West Longhorns double up the John Burroughs Bombers 4-2. The win gave the Longhorns their fourth straight victory. The story of the this game was the continued offensive dominance of speedy sophomore Nick Balestra who scored all four goals and was the Custom Shirt Graphics Player of the Game for West. Balestra has a whopping eight goals in his last two games and now has 27 goals and 43 points on the season.
Burroughs had a good showing themselves despite missing their best player in Alex Jasiek who had midget major commitments. The Bombers’ Jack Maritz had a solid showing including a goal mid-way through the 3rd period that cut the West lead to 3-2. The rugged 6’2″ Maritz, an All-Metro offensive lineman for the Burrough’s football team in the fall, made the conversion to the ice quite smoothly and was the Player of the Game for the Bombers.
With Burrough’s pressing late, Longhorn netminder Jordan Wojtak came up with some key saves to keep his team ahead before Balestra sealed the victory with an empty net goal.
Custom Shirt Graphics Player of the Game:
P. West – Nick Balestra –
John Burroughs – Jack Maritz – Click here for the game

Jordan Berger Blog – CBC / SLUH Hockey

CBC sluh1CBC/SLUH: Click here for the game …

CBC showed why are the best team in Mid-States this season as they improved to 20-0-1 on the season. The Cadets swept the season series from the defending Challenge Cup Champions the SLUH Jr. Bills in convincing fashion at Affton Ice Rink, outscoring them 5-1 and outshooting them by a 4 to 1 margin.
SLUH received some terrific goaltending from their Custom Shirt Graphics Player of the Game Branden Haselhorst who kept his team in the game but the vaunted CBC offensive attack was too much. The most significant goal came late in the second period after SLUH had cut the Cadets lead to 2-1 with a power play tally from Steve Lockwood.
As time was ticking down on the middle period, CBC Junior Josh Bell got behind the SLUH defense and buried a pretty shot under the cross bar with under 12 seconds left in the period to restore CBC’s two goal lead. For that clutch effort, Bell was named the Cadets Player of the Game.
The Cadets would tack on two more goals early in third period from Austin Rueschhoff and Joey Lupo to win going away 5-1.
Custom Shirt Graphics Players of the Game:
CBC – Josh Bell –
SLUH – Branden Haselhorst – Click here for the game

Rob Kodner Blog – Francis Howell North-Central Boys Basketball

Francis Howell North logo Francis Howell Central logo Kodner2011Click here for the game – It was Hall of Fame night at Francis Howell Central where the annual rivalry
with Howell North would take place between the girls and boys programs.

The boys contest would match two evenly ranked teams, both with 8 victories on
the season.  The Central Spartans started fast by taking an early 13 to 6 lead
and held on to end the first period up 16-13.  The score went back and forth in
the second quarter with six different Spartans getting into the scoring column.
For the North Knights, it was senior James Gleeson carrying the load as he put
in 16 points by halftime with North’s other high scoring senior, Terry white on
the bench with two early fouls.  Central took a 3 point lead into the second
half with Senior Justin Hayden controlling the boards and Tre Curry’s scoring.
The Spartans extended the lead to 46-40 as they headed into the final period.
Once again, Gleeson took charge for the Knights as he poured in 10 forth quarter
points.  Central was not able to score at all until the final two minutes of the
game when Blake Kreder hit a 3 pointer to put the Spartans within 2 points of
the lead.  Gleeson hit his final 4 free throws and it was the Knights who
survived and were victorious 53-50.

The Custom Shirts Graphics
players of the game were:
Howell North senior James Gleeson, who scored
26 points and had 4 rebounds –
Howell Central senior Justin hayden, who
scored 8 points and pulled down 13 rebounds – Click here for the game

Rob Kodner Blog – Francis Howell North-Central Girls Basketball

Kodner2011 Francis Howell North logo Francis Howell Central logoClick here for the game – It was Hall of Fame night at Francis Howell Central where the annual rivalry with Howell North would take place between the girls and boys programs.  In the girls game, it would match a very inexperienced Central (2-12) team that had only one senior and 5 underclassmen with a more seasoned squad at North (8-5) that had 7 seniors and 4 returning starters from last year.  Central came out of the gates and sported a 9-2 lead early in the first period, helped by the scoring of Lauren Nosal and Emma Raup.  By the end of the period, the North Knights would catch up and even the score at 11.  The confident Knights then began to pull away in the second quarter, as Maci May came off the bench to chip in 6 points.  The teams went into halftime with North on top 30-23.  The Knights extended their lead in the third period ans senior Madison Gillam controlled the game with her shooting and rebounding.  Raup tried to keep the Spartans in the game adding 7 points in the final quarter, but it was not enough as the Knights won the game 59-51.

The Custom Shirts Graphics players of the game were:

Howell North senior Madison Gillam, who had 18 points and 4 rebounds –

Howell Central Junior Lauren Nosal, who had 13 points and 6 rebounds – Click here for the game

HS Hockey – CBC 5 vs SLUH 1

video cam logo sluh1 CBCHS Hockey – CBC vs SLUH – Click here to view the match

James Damon Blog – MSHSAA FB Championships

James DamonPrintNew Year Provides More Usual Suspects for Football Titles  …

Of the 14 participants for the title match-ups in all seven classes (8-man through class 6), the real storyline, perhaps in addition to on-going dominance by western schools, was that the usual suspects continue to dominate across all classes.
Be they old powers (Valle Catholic and Webb City) or newer kids on the block (Lamar and Lee’s Summit West), it would appear the toughest part of the title hunt for Missouri high schools is not winning multiple championships, but rather kicking the door in for the first title.  An amazing study of Super Bowl champions proves something similar as it is far more common to expect the classic champs to win again and again (Dallas, Pittsburgh, Green Bay) rather than a potentially unexpected team to jump up and grab a title (New Orleans, Tampa Bay).  Whatever that bodes for a team like Seattle this year is curious at that level, but if it means anything long term for most other Missouri high schools is a question worth considering.
Here are the title winners this year with their number of total titles following in parentheses: North Andrew (4), Valle Catholic (12), Lamar (3), Maryville (4), Webb City (12), Lee’s Summit West (3), and Blue Springs (5).  The only participant without a state title was class 5 Parkway Central, and while some might suggest this is an aberration, last year’s storyline was similar as only 8-man Stanberry and class 5 Kirkwood took their first state titles, leaving the other five as the usual suspects: Penney (3), Lamar (2), Maryville (3), Webb City (11), and Blue Springs (4).
Perhaps this means little, but considering the landscape year after year seems to indicate strongly that the power programs in each class consistently remain the go-to horses in contention each year.  Nice stories develop along the way, i.e. Scott Bailey taking over a poor Lamar program, going over a complete rebuild, and now they possess the class of class 2, winners of back-to-back titles; or Matt Webb’s fine coaching to a 30-0 record and two state titles his first two years in returning to his alma mater, Maryville; and a multitude of others.  But again, the real storyline is almost always the consistency and staying power of the banner programs in most classifications.
While any run for the 2014 titles lay far ahead after long winters in the weight room and springs and summers conditioning and studying playbooks, any poll of savvy media, coaches, and the like would produce the same favorites in most classifications.  Valle loses a slew of seniors, as does Lamar, but who would put above them as favorites in class 1 or 2?  Others may be in the conversation, but until they hoist the trophy, little else can be said.  Class 3 seems to again be Maryville’s for consideration as they lost a ton of seniors after the 2012 title yet still rolled on this year.  From class 4, Webb City looks to remain tied for Valle atop the most total titles list (chasing 13 in 2014) and with another win next year would tie the Warriors for most consecutive titles at five.  Class 4 is theirs until somebody else takes it away.  Lee’s Summit West has vaulted itself into perennial contention in class 5, and the only potential dis-qualifier there might be the Titans discussed jump to class 6.  While that class provides teams each year that make deep runs, it now appears to be the Wildcats domain (now possessing the second longest winning streak in the state, behind only Maryville), and Kelly Donohoe’s team is still littered with big-time talent starting up front with the monster Davis brothers.
Who knows what can happen any given game or any given year?  Injuries accrue for schools, bad weather or crazy football bounces take their toll through a full season, so much can happen that cannot be accounted for….but at the end of the day, I’ll put my cards with the usual suspects in each class, at least until another suspect lines up and proves otherwise.

James Damon Blog – 8 man FB – Stanberry / North Andrew

James DamonPrintRecord Setting 8 Man Championship … click here for the game

Prior to the 2013 8-man championship title game, the lowest scoring output for the championship dated back some twenty plus years to 1992 and a 20-20 tie.  That now sets as number two for the lowest scoring 8-man title games as two undefeated squads, North Andrew and Stanberry, battled for state supremacy in a rematch of a blowout last year for the Bulldogs’ first state title.  The Cardinals from North Andrew (Rosendale) would seek their fourth title.
In a defensive struggle (talk about an oxymoron in 8-man action), the Cardinals stiff defense, giving up less than a TD per game all year, scored a sack on the opening play of scrimmage to steal away a 2-0 lead.  Later that quarter, Stanberry would answer on a QB run made by Ike Heddinger, that would give the ‘Dogs a 7-2 lead to remain through the first quarter.  Fighting field position issues throughout the duration of the game, and struggling to effectively receive the football in the special teams game, North Andrew would finally retake the lead late in the half on a TD pass from Nate Atkins to Nathan Dalbey.  The conversion failed and the Cards held a slight advantage 8-7 at the half.
The second half was more like the first as the teams bandied back and forth playing the field position game, until Stanberry’s stud back, Nate Luke, burst through a hole and scampered for a long score to put the Bulldogs back up 13-8.  The conversion failed on the PAT kick, and that coupled with the safety proved huge for both teams.  The third quarter would conclude with the Cardinals trailing 13-8 and looking to ride the laurels of their horse of  back, Quayde Bauman.  Needing just over one hundred yards on the day to topple 1000 for the year, Bauman proved to be a workhorse all game long, finally exhausting the Stanberry defense and bursting through a huge hole for a long run matching Luke’s from the third quarter.  He would also score around left end for the two point conversion to give North Andrew the 16-13 advantage.  Stanberry would drive past midfield before another intentional grounding penalty put the skids to their drive.  A couple last ditch efforts each fell short, however, giving North Andrew their fourth state title and setting the record for lowest scoring game in 8-man title game history, and setting the pace (much like 2012) for a much lower scoring championship weekend at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis with all 7 title games featured on the Prepcasts networks. Click here for the game

Rob Kodner Blog – Class 5 FB Championship – Parkway Central / Lee’s Summit West


Kodner2011ccclogomainPrintClick here to listen to the game – The Class 5 Missouri State Championship would be a rematch of the 2007 affair when Lee Summit West defeated Parkway Central by a score of 35-0.  The Titans were going for their third state championship, in just their 10th year of existence, while the Colts would be looking for their first.  Both teams came into the contest with only one loss and dominated their opponents all season long.  The game started harmlessly with each team going three and out on their first possessions.  However, that would be the last punt for the Titans in the first half as they scored on each of their next 5 time they would have the ball.  Brenner Clemons and Monte Harrison each ran for a touchdown, while tailback Ryan Williams would run for two scores.  Great field position was a key factor, as the Titans started near mid field for most of the half.  They were aided by 3 interceptions from their star cornerback Logan Cheadle, who intercepted 3 passes, including one for a pick six.  Tanner Martin added a field goal just before the Half and Lee Summit west went into halftime leading 30-7.  Parkway Central’s only score came on a 57 yard screen pass form quarterback Zach Lazenby to his tight end Jonathan Bonner late in the second quarter.  On the titan’s first possession of the second half, they drove the ball 72 yards on 8 plays, capped off with a 17 yards touchdown run by Williams, his third of the day, and that sealed the fate of this contest.  The final score was 51-14 as the Lees Summit West Titans dominated in all phases of this contest. Click here to listen to the game

The Lions Choice 212 Athlete of the game went to Titan’s running back Ryan Williams, who carried the ball 11 times for 122 yards and 3 touchdowns.

The Custom Shirt Graphics Standout Player of the Game went to the Titan’s cornerback Logan Cheadle, who intercepted 3 passes, one for a touchdown.

B.J. Schulte Blog – FB Semi – Webster Groves / Parkway Central

SchulteWebster Parkway CentralClick here for the game – The Parkway Central Colts  (13-1) ran their way to the Class 5 State Championship game with a 42-21 victory over the Webster Groves Statesmen (9-4). The Colts made up for their lone defeat, a 28-7 losss to the Statesmen on September 27th. Unlike the previous meeting, the Colts were able to run the the ball at will. Parkway Central ran the ball 47 times for 329 yards. The offensive line (Brantley Lohkamp, Daniel Lewis, Jason Piles, Harley Whitehouse, and Matt Sanders) paved the way for Augie Brooks and Khalen Saunders. Brooks had 193 yds. and 3 TD’s, while Saunders ran for 117 yards and 3 TD’s as well.
For Webster Groves it was a game of missed opportunities.  The Statesmen piled up 384 yards on offense but were unable to finish a couple of key drives. Especially just before half the Statesmen had 2nd and goal from the 1 yard line and could not punch it across the goal line on 3 oppurtunities. That left the score 14-7 at half instead of a tie score, and Parkway Central seemed to take that momentum into the second half. Junior QB Rob Thompson threw for 316 yards and 3 Td’s for the Statesmen. Click here for the game
Parkway Central will meet Lee’s Summit West Saturday for the Class 5 State Championship. The game can be heard live on Prepcasts.com from the Edward Jones Dome. Kickoff is set for 5:30. Click here for the Championship Game
Lion’s Choice 212 Athletes of the game –
Parkway Central- Augie Brooks, 193 yards rushing 3TD’s and a key INT on defense late in the game –
Webster Groves- Rob Thompson 20-32 316 yards passing and 3 TD’s –
Custom Shirt Graphics Standout Player –
Khalen Saunders- 117 yards rushing 3 TD’s, also had 6 tackles on defense including a sack.