2016 MSHSAA State Baseball

619px-Baseball_(crop)Prepcasts.com and MSHSAA.TV are teaming up this year for the 2016 Baseball State Championships from TR Hughes Stadium.

Prepcasts.com will provide the announcers for all the Semi Final games and will have Nate Lucas – the voice of the Springfield Cardinals and Tim Miller on all the Final Games.  All Finals are @ 1:30 pm each day.

Prepcasts.com and MSHSAA.TV will simulcast the audio portion on both formats.


[From MSHSAA.org]


All Semifinal and Championship games from the baseball championships will be available on-line at www.MSHSAA.tv.  There is a subscription fee involved with watching the games on-line.  The third-place games will not be streamed on MSHSAA.tv.


The 3rd place games will ONLY be on Prepcasts.com as a video cast … all 3rd place games are @ 10:30 am each day.


67th MSHSAA Baseball Championships

Class 1 – May 30 and 31 
Class 2 – May 31 and June 1
Class 3 – June 1 and 2
Class 4 – June 3 and 4
Class 5 – June 2 and 3

O’Fallon Ballpark, O’Fallon
Admission $7 per day (re-entry permitted only with proper wristband)



Class 1 Brackets (.html)
Class 2 Brackets (.html)
Class 3 Brackets (.html)
Class 4 Brackets (.html)
Class 5 Brackets (.html)





New faces emerge from Quarterfinals!

Bob-RyanNew faces emerge from Quarterfinals!

Each year, it seems, we have some of the “usual” schools marching forward through the MSHSAA playoff system. While we do still have some of those familiar, annual sounding, names, there are some fresh names emerging…take a look at some of the New Kids on the Block and some of the same ‘ol names….

…Oak Grove, who last made the championship game in 1990, stunned—maybe even shocked- the entire STATE as they snapped the 42 game winning streak and ended the dreams of the Maryville Spoofhounds for a three-peat. The Panthers (11-2) powered their way over the Spoofhounds 69-23. While capitalizing on 3 fumble recoveries and 3 interceptions defensively, the Panthers unleashed Aaron Graham on the ground. Graham was incredible as he gained 345 yards on the ground, scored 7 touchdowns on 25 carries! He averaged 13.8 yards per carry against the previously unbeaten Spoofhounds (12-1). Coach Matt Webb of Maryville suffered his 1st loss as a head coach. He took over the reins in the start of the 2011 season. But a 42-1 coaching record isn’t too shabby is it? Oak Grove faces the California Pintos (13-0) in the semis next week. The Pintos handled Orchard Farm 56-21. The Eagles season concludes with them having achieved their 1st district title in the school’s history. The Panthers Coach, Pat Richard, will be one of our guests on the Road to the Dome Show on Thursday, 7-9pm. Click here for the show …

….in maybe the most riveting game of the night, this game was thrilling from the first seconds until it came down to the final play of the game. Park Hill edged Ft Osage 21-20. The opening 30 seconds of the game was really unbelievable. Ft Osage’s Bailey Williamson took the opening kickoff “to the house” as he went 93 yards. Park Hill took over on their own 35 yard line. On their 1st play from scrimmage, Matt Harris covered all 65 yards! It was 7-7 after just 29 seconds!! Ft Osage led 10-7 after 1 quarter and by a 17-7 lead at half. In the 3rd, Trojans Jeremy Benson plunged over from 1 yard out to cap a 16 play scoring drive for Park Hill. It was now 17-14 Indians. Ft Osage kicked a FG early in 4th and midway in 4th quarter, Benson rambled over from 38 yards out, and with the PAT, and the Trojans snatched a 21-20 lead. The Indians weren’t finished. Starting their final drive with 4:28 and on their own 28 yard line, they marched 14 plays down to the Trojans 3 yard line with 0:06 seconds left. In came the FG unit for Ft Osage. The possible winning FG attempt was missed and Park Hill advances to the semifinals to face a brand new face—the Nixa Eagles. Park Hill’s coach, Josh Hood, and Nixa’s coach, Rich Rehagan, will both be Guests on the Road to the Dome Show this Thursday, 7-9 pm. join us – Click here for the show …

…on the Class 6 level, the Rockhurst Hawklets held off the skilled Vikings of Francis Howell 25-20. The Hawklets jumped ahead 18-0 in the 2nd quarter when TJ Green hit his 2nd TD strike of the half and still were on top 25-6 when Green hooked up with AJ Taylor for a 71 yard TD pass. Howell fought back despite being behind for the FIRST time this season! When Desmond Niboh scored from 15 yards out, the Vikes cut it to a 25-20 game. After getting a huge 4th down stop against Rockhust, Howell drove it to the 21 yard line with 3:33 left. Unable to get the first down, Rockhurst successfully ran out the clock with a 1st down of their own.   Click here for the REPlay …  Rockhurst, who has won 9 state titles faces CBC in the Class 6 title game.

….CBC (13-0) has been to the STATE championship game twice (2011 & 2006) but has yet to take home the Championship trophy. The Cadets used their blitzkrieg offense to stun the Kirkwood Pioneers 55-10 in the semifinal. The first half was a tight, very competitive, back and forth type of half, which actually saw the score 14-10 until late in the 2nd quarter. The Pioneers intercepted a Cadet pass and were driving down to the CBC 23 yard line. The key play of the game, according to Coach Matt Irvin of Kirkwood, was the 77 yard pick-six by Damion Baker that changed the momentum of the game. CBC erupted for 4 touchdowns in the 3rd quarter to break it wide open. CBC Coach Scott Pingel will also be a guest on our Road to the Dome Show on Thursday night- Click here for the show …


…Two very familiar schools in MSHSAA playoff football history, Kearney (12-1) and Helias (11-2) locked up in a terrific overtime game. Kearney prevailed 23-20. This was really an even game—in total offensive plays-it was Helias 65-64; in total offense it was Kearney 383-381; in 1st downs-it was Kearney 19-18, each team scored all their TD’s on passes…you get the picture! The first quarter was scoreless. In the 2nd, Bulldog QB Johnny Weidmaier threw for two TD’s and Kearney led 14-7 at the halftime buzzer. They stretched it to 20-7 at the end of 3 quarters. The Crusaders rallied and scored two touchdowns in 2:11 stretch to tie it at 20-20. The possible game winning PAT was blocked with only 1:57 left in the game. Dawson Goepferich’s 36 yard FG in the overtime pushed the Bulldogs into the next round against ….who else is there in class 4 but the Webb City Cardinals! The Cardinals (13-0) who own a victory over Class 6 finalist, Rockhurst, shut out Harrisonville 35-0 in the semifinals.  Click here for that REPlay …

…Two schools that have often gone into the playoffs in recent years, had an outstanding game on Saturday. In the Jackson Indians and Ladue Rams game, the momentum (and success) ebbed back and forth. For the most part, Ladue had success in 1st and 4th quarters and the Indians had the best of it in the 2nd and 3rd quarters. Using a punishing ground game to open the game, the Rams used the hard running of Daylen Edwards and the swift legs of James Scott to open a 14-0 lead after 1 quarter. But…you could feel the tide turning a bit in the 2nd quarter as Jackson cut the lead to 14-7. After halftime, the Indians seemed to really have more bounce in their step as QB Dante Vandeven led the way with nifty running and throwing to score two 3rd quarter TD’s to take a 21-14 lead. James Bell latched onto a beautifully thrown post pattern for a 33 yard strike early in the 4th. Now…the momentum jumped back to the Rams sideline. Neither team scored until Ladue, after receiving back-back short fields, scored on their 2nd great field possession when Daylen Edwards powered his way over the goal line from 4 yards out with only 3:18 left in the game. Jack Fox iced it up with a 36 yd FG with only 0:55 seconds left. Next up for the Rams is Battle High School.

….talk about a brand new face—Battle (9-4), in only its 2nd year of existence, continued its magical dream as they scored two TD’s within 50 seconds in the 2nd quarter to grab a 13-7 lead over Ft Zumwalt North (11-2). The Panthers answered in the 2nd quarter when Deon Lewis dove in from a yard out but, like the Spartans, the Panthers missed their PAT after their 2nd TD and the score was tied 13-13 at half. Just 5 plays into the 2nd half, Battle QB Brevinn Tyler hit Jaevon McQuitty for a 51 yard scoring strike. With the PAT, it was 20-13. From this point on, the Spartan defense dominated. Battle surrendered a meager 28 total yards on 11 rushes, allowed only 1 first down, no completions and forced three turnovers. This was against a Panther offense that averaged 35 ppg throughout the season.

…either team of the semifinal game between Cape Central (11-2) and St Charles West (11-2) will be making their 1st appearance EVER in the championship game. Cape Central (11-1) took advantage of three interceptions while controlling the LOS to hand Affton a 34-14 loss in the Quarters. Jaelin Reddin’s pick early in the 2nd half gave the Tigers a short field that they gobbled up in hurry to open up 21 point bulge. Braion Owens led the Tigers ground attack with 198 yards, 3 TD’s on 21 carries. Meanwhile, the Warriors of St Charles West jumped ahead 21-7 over the Westminster Wildcats in the 2nd quarter only to see the talented Wildcats rally to tie it at 21-21 in the 3rd. SCW then took control by scoring the next 4 touchdowns on their way to a 49-28 victory. While the Warriors rushed for 300 yards offensively, they halted the Wildcat rushing game to just 56 yards. The Warriors lost their first two games of the season and now own an 11 game winning streak. One of those losses was to Cape Central! Click here for SCW vs WCA REPlay … 

Cape Coach Nathan Norman will join us on the Road to the Dome Show on Thursday.  Click here for the show …

Other guests on the Road to the Dome Show should include Kevin Miles (Palmyra) – Click here for their REPlay …  and Brandon Shelby (Skyline). Click here for their REPlay … AND  Click here for the show …


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Now on to the Final Four [or Two]

damonIn a zany Class 1 quarterfinal game from Skyline High School in Urbana, the game reflected the weather, near 34 degrees throughout with repeated snow flurries to contend with.  The home Tigers roared out to 20 unanswered points to start the game and blaze to a three TD lead at the end of one quarter.  Midway finally answered mid second quarter with a 15 yard run from QB Tyler Wright.  The key stat battle came between the QB’s after Skyline’s Dylan Mountain had opened the Tiger scoring with a 46 yard run, then threw two TD passes.  Skyline answered when Chipper Berry would score from five yards out.  But Midway answered again when Wright hit a wide open Clay Dahman for a 41 yard score to close the gap to 27-12 at the half.
The second half would open perfectly for Skyline taking the kick and driving down to score on Berry’s second run.  The PAT pushed the score to 34-12.  Then the floodgates opened, as Midway took the ensuing kick 80 yards on Conor Hayes’ second kick return for a score in as many weeks.  Wright’s conversion cut the deficit to fourteen.  A quick three and out gave the ball back to Midway who would march for another score as Wright went in from 9 yards out.  The conversion failed, and Midway trailed by eight.  An onside kick recovery would lead to an immediate short field when Wright raced 20 yards for another score.  The conversion failed, but Midway had raced back to within two at the end of three, 34-32.
The fourth quarter opened with Mountain responding as he scampered 75 yards for a TD.  Josh Dansby’s kick was again good (detect an important theme with the conversions).  Wright again scored midway through the fourth and his two-pointer cut the lead to 41-40 Skyline.  After stopping them again, Midway would mount a drive that could give them their first lead, but an overthrown pass was intercepted and returned for a score, nullified by a penalty.  The Tigers burned two more minutes of clock, and Mountain scored again from 10 yards out.  The PAT pushed the lead back to 8 with only 1:44 to go.  Midway would drive to midfield and then break a huge pass down the sideline to set up a first and goal.  On third down, Wright would go in again, this time from four yards out to cut the margin to two.  His conversion attempt failed, as did the onside kick to follow, and Skyline escaped 48-46.  The Tigers travel to Ste. Genevieve to visit Valle Catholic, who handled Marionville, as the win pushed Skyline to 10-3.  The loss ends Midway’s season at 12-1.
Final QB lines–Mountain for Skyline, three TD’s rushing and two passing; Wright for Midway, five TD’s rushing, one passing, and two conversions for two points.  Impressive QB play for the dual players of the game, along with kicker Josh Dansby for Skyline, who ultimately was the difference in the contest.
Friday action included another yawn for Webb City as they rolled Harrisonville on the road, 35-0, jumping to a three TD lead after one, up four scores at the half, and then letting the running clock shorten the game in the second half.  Tyson Roderique was the player of the game for his all-around offensive performance leading the Cards to another victory as they seek to five-peat.  They will host Kearney this coming weekend. 
The other network game from Friday night featured Class 6 semi action as #2 Rockhurst hosted #3 Francis Howell.  Similar to the Skyline-Midway game, Rock roared to an early 18-0 lead before the Vikings responded.  TD scores on a 1 yard run by TJ Green, and then two Green passes, one to Jimmy Dixon and another to Nick Bosma, would set that table.  Howell scored when Desmond Niboh would go in from 3 yards out to cut the margin to 18-6 where it would remain at the half.  But that was not without exceptional Hawklet defense, including a blocked field goal and a stoppage four consecutive attempts inside the four to close the half.  Green would toss his third score of the night, a beauty to AJ Taylor, to give Rock a 25-6 lead.  Howell responded strongly with two more third quarter scores, a 46 yarder from Sam Hefner to Sutton Smith for Smith’s 32nd pay-dirt romp of the year.  Niboh’s second TD rush of the night, coupled with two PAT’s would trim the score to 25-20 at the end of three.  Howell would twice move inside the forty of Rockhurst in the fourth quarter but was shut down each instant and the final score would remain the same as the 12-1 Hawklets will now face CBC for the state championship chasing their tenth state title.  Howell finishes the year at 11-1.  TJ Green was the player of the game with a sound nod to tremendous team defense through the night for Rockhurst.

Around the State of MO Football – Week 7

Bob-RyanLooking for more…

The Lamar Tigers have been in complete domination this season. Their 7-0 record just doesn’t tell the story. The Tigers have permitted just 1 touchdown all YEAR while scoring….are you ready…an incredible 410 points! Their final regular season game against Carl Junction (7-0) should be a dandy. Coach Scott Bailey has turned this program around completely. I’ve wondered for years if schools could apply to move up a Classification to compete against larger, presumably stronger, teams. If that request would be honored, ALL the teams from that school would also have to move up. The smallest school in the larger class, if they agree, would move down a class.

Turnaround in ONE year…

The Affton Cougars went 5-6 in 2013. After last night’s 47-0 win over Normandy, the Cougars are 7-0 in 2014! Jr QB DeVontae’ Burse has played a major role in this about-face. He is 25 of 51 passing for 451 yards, 11 TD. On the ground, Burse is averaging 7.9 yards per carry on 67 carries (532 yards)-4 TD’s


The Ray-Pec Panthers beat the Blue Springs Wildcats 31-13. It really shook up the Suburban Gold Division in KC as now four teams are 2-1 in conference. More importantly, at least to some, it was the 1st time that the Panthers upended the Wildcats. Ray-Pec took advantage of a costly fumble deep in the Wildcat area (4 yard line) to take an early lead. Isiah Truss had two long kickoff-returns to gain field position and keep the momentum on the Panthers side. Two Interceptions in 2nd half by the Panther defense stalled any intentions that the Wildcats had about rallying.

7-0 but can’t crack Top 10!

The Borgia Knights won the AAA-Large school crown with a convincing 49-11 win over the St. Mary’s Dragons. A long-time Independent, this was the first conference title for the Knights. Now 7-0, Borgia hasn’t been able to make it into the STATE top 10 rankings or the local Top 10 rankings! Coach Dale Gildehaus, who already has 4 regular season undefeated teams, would like to have his 5th and go deep into the playoffs. Watch the replay of this game…

22 straight wins with little fanfare…

Valle Catholic blasted Potosi 41-0 on Friday to notch their 22nd consecutive win. The Warriors have been a long-time traditional Class 1 powerhouse program. So long, in fact, that many, if not most, of the players had parents or relatives who wore the Warrior uniform at one time a few decades ago! Most in MO have just come to expect Valle to be “there” at STATE Playoff time. Listen to replay….



72-65—this isn’t a basketball score!

The Glendale Falcons and the Rolla Bulldogs scored the 3rd highest total of points in MSHSAA history in a prolific offensive game. Glendale scored on all 9 possessions of the 1st half as Falcon QB Alex Austin put on a show. He threw for 390 yards, 8 TD while running for 126 yards and the 9th TD of the half! It was 64-29 at half. The Bulldog defense held Austin to 50 yards in the 2nd half, rallied and cut the lead to a 7 points with just over 3 minutes remaining. The Falcons were able to run out the clock. I’m sure that these statisticians are still recovering from all of their work.

Ebb and Flow…

Whenever two schools engage in long-multi decade rivalries, there is always an ebb and flow—one school dominates for some time, then the other, it shifts again and so forth. CBC and SLUH have met over 80 times. SLUH had a long run of success, now the Cadets have the upper hand. Coach Scott Pingel has never lost to the Jr Bills during his tenure as head Coach and it continued on Friday with 49-16 Cadet win. Watch the replay …

Best Comeback of the Night…

Trailing 23-7 entering the 4th quarter and 30-14 early in the final quarter, the Harrisonville Wildcats seemed to be in trouble against the Oak Grove Panthers. But, the Wildcats found their passing game and really put it to work. When Chance Chamberlain hooked up with Adam Schrock for TD pass with 1:56 left in the game the Wildcat defense had to “put up a stand” to gain the thrilling 34-30 win. It was the 3rd TD pass of the quarter that saw onsides-kick recoveries, 4th down stops, a KO return going to the house—a little bit of everything!

These Vikings are back…

What about the job Bryan Koch has done at Francis Howell? After their convincing 49-6 victory over Howell Central, the Vikings are 7-0. When Coach Koch started his career as the Head Football Coach, the Vikings football program was struggling. This powerhouse program is now at the level that few teams want to compete against the Vikes in non-conference battles. Welcome to the world of the big-time winners.

Check out other weeks NEWS from Bob Ryan …

Archived! – June 6 – HS Boys Baseball – Class 5 Championship – Rock Bridge vs Francis Howell

rock bridge logofrancis howellCLICK-TO-LISTENMSHSAA logoHS Boys Baseball – Class 5 Championship – Rock Bridge vs Francis Howell – Click here for the game

Archive! – June 5 – HS Boys Baseball – Class 5 Semifinal – Vianney vs Francis Howell [Vianney Sports Network]

CLICK TO LISTENMSHSAA logofrancis howellGriffinNetworkLogo12014 Via STATESEMMIS14HS Boys Baseball – Class 5 Semifinal – Vianney vs Francis Howell [Vianney Sports Network] – Click here for the game

Archive! – May 29 – HS Boys Baseball – Class 5 Quarter – Francis Howell vs SLUH

CLICK TO LISTENMSHSAA logofrancis howellsluh1HS Boys Baseball – Class 5 Quarter – Francis Howell vs SLUH – Click here for the game

Buzz Swanston Blog – VB Sect/Qtr from Francis Howell

francis howell MarquetteAnnouncers_BuzzSwanstonExciting HS VB at the Howell Sectional.  A game that might get lost after seeing the exciting Sectional final was the first set of the semifinal between Howell and Rosati Kain, which RK won 32-30.  Howell rebounded to win the next 2 sets.  RK was led by hard hitting lefty, Rose Griffin, who had 14 kills, closely followed by teammate Torie Grassi with 9 kills. Click here for the RK vs FH match …  In the see-saw final between Francis Howell and Marquette, the Mustangs prevailed 25-14, 22-25 and 26-24. Click here for the Quarter … Senior Abby Ulett led all hitters with 19 kills in the match.  Teammates Hallie Sidney (9), Emily Rudolph (7) and Kendall Appelbaum (7) contributed high kill totals.  The Howell Vikings were led by Jade Faucette 12 kills and Kristen Urandzionek 9 kills.  Both setters, Casey Randolph-Marq. and Allie Henkelman-Howell were busy making great sets to a variety of hitters.  It was hard not to recognize Abby Ulett-Marq and Jade Faucette-Howell as mirror images of each other.  Both outside hitters are their team’s go to players and both are main serve receivers and excellent diggers!  Finally, both team’s Junior liberos were consistantly making outstanding defensive plays for their teams, Marq-Amy Kindt and Howell-Kirsten Brugere.  What a fun day of HS volleyball! Click here for the Marq-HazW match

HS Volleyball – Class 4 Qtr – Marquette 2 vs Francis Howell 1

Marquette francis howellMarq VB photoHS Volleyball – Class 4 Quarter- Marquette vs Francis Howell –  Click here for the match – Leave a comment/shout out for your favorite player to read …

HS Volleyball – Class 4 Sect. – Rosati-Kain 1 vs Francis Howell 2

Rosati-Kain logo Howell LogoHS Volleyball – Class 4 Sectional – Rosati-Kain vs Francis Howell – Click here for the match –  Leave a comment/shout out for your favorite player to read …