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Posted: Thursday, December 15, 2011 3:19 pm

FRIDAY, DEC. 16

BOYS’ BASKETBALL

GAC/SUBURBAN SOUTH-WEST SHOOTOUT AT ST. CHARLES FAMILY ARENA, TIME TBD—The best of St. Charles takes on the best in St. Louis County. This two-day event features games from 4 p.m. until well into the night, wrapping up with the tasty matchup of Troy vs. Webster Groves. Saturday is even bigger as the games begin at 9 a.m.

CHAMINADE AT VIANNEY, 7 P.M.—The Metro Catholic Conference has been dominated the last several years by the Red Devils of Chaminade. This year, though, is the year of the Golden Griffins. Vianney returns five starters from last year’s district title team and appears poised to win the MCC for the first time in its history. The Red Devils were hit hard by graduation, but coach Kelvin Lee and his top assistant, Doug Taylor, are among the best in the area.

HOCKEY

VIANNEY VS. CBC AT AFFTON RINK, 8 P.M.—These two rivals square off in what should be an entertaining evening on the ice. CBC is the program everyone else measures themselves by. Vianney is hoping to knock off the perennial power and get some momentum headed into the new year.

MARQUETTE VS. SLUH AT AFFTON RINK, 9:45 P.M.—The perennial power might be CBC, but St. Louis University High already pinned a 5-1 loss on the Cadets. The Junior Billikens are off to a blazing hot start having already knocked off CBC, De Smet and Chaminade. Marquette has been up and down. But this is great chance to see two great teams and two good teams play in back-to-back games at Affton—totally worth a night in South County.

SATURDAY, DEC. 17

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL VISITATION CHRISTMAS TOURNAMENT AT VISITATION, TIME TBD—The best girls’ basketball tournament in town tips off for its 37st year! Among the teams participating are St. Joseph’s Academy, Incarnate Word, Fort Zumwalt West, Cor Jesu, Nerinx Hall, Lafayette, Parkway South and many, many more. Of the 16 teams, 13 were either ranked or ‘on the bubble.’

MONDAY, DEC. 19

HOCKEY SLUH VS. CBC AT AFFTON RINK, 9:05 P.M.—If you missed their double-header on Friday, then don’t miss this! A rematch from earlier this season was won convincingly by the Junior Billikens 5-1.

THURSDAY, DEC. 20

BOYS’ BASKETBALL WEBSTER GROVES AT EUREKA, 7 P.M.—Webster Groves opens up Suburban South Conference play on the road. The Statesmen have won the Suburban South 10 consecutive years and are riding a 73-game winning streak in conference. Eureka got manhandled at the Jerry Boeckman Invitational to start the season, only knocking off St. Louis Christian. The Wildcats lost by 38 last year when they played at Webster Groves.

DE SMET AT CHAMINADE, 7 P.M.—The team picked by many to be the heavy hitter in this year’s Metro Catholic Conference race is De Smet. The Spartans have hit a bump or two in the road, but still have Butler recruit Nolan Berry pouring in points and point guard Jimmy Barton breaking the pressure. Chaminade is in a rebuilding phase but could be pesky.

HOCKEY

JOHN BURROUGHS VS. MICDS AT QUEENY PARK, 8:15 P.M.—Throw the records out when these two rivals collide—bragging rights are on the line! Though neither team has set the world on fire with their early season play, you can expect they’ll be giving it everything they’ve got when the puck drops. No one likes to hear for a whole season how your arch enemy pinned a loss on you. Both of these teams will be scrapping for a victory.

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