FRIDAY, FEB. 10
CHAMINADE AT MCCLUER NORTH, 7 P.M.—The two biggest games in town last season featured these two teams. The first was on national television and Chaminade rolled. The second was in the state quarterfinals where McCluer North got its revenge and, a week later, won the Class 5 title. This year, the Stars have eyes on defending their state championship while Chaminade continues to rebuild. A good showing against the Stars could be just what the Red Devils need to get some momentum headed into district play.
DE SMET AT VIANNEY, 7 P.M.—The two best teams in the Metro Catholic Conference, their first meeting was tight all the way to the final buzzer when the Golden Griffins eked out a win. This time around the Spartans will be looking to ruin Vianney’s Senior Night and hand their rival their first league loss.
KIRKWOOD AT WEBSTER GROVES, 7 P.M.—They don’t get any more historic than this rivalry right here. These longtime neighbors take it to the hardwood as the Statesmen put their Suburban South Conference win streak on the line against a Pioneer team that has been up and down this season and is looking for a spark headed into the district tournament.
CLAYTON VS. LADUE AT WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY, 7 P.M.—Another rivalry game that should be entertaining: The Greyhounds opened February by giving Vianney all it wanted. If they can keep up that kind of pace, they’ll be scary good once the playoffs roll around. Ladue is led by sophomore point guard Cornell Johnson, who is tops on the team in points (15 per game) and assists (7 per game).
NOTRE DAME DE SION AT ST. JOSEPH’S ACADEMY, 6:30 P.M.—The Angels welcome one of Kansas City’s top teams when de Sion comes to town. St. Joe is always out to find the best competition and the Storm are, annually, one of the top teams on the western side of the state. The Storm will get two for one when they take on Incarnate Word Saturday afternoon before returning to Kansas City.
SATURDAY, FEB. 11
CHAMINADE AT MAPLEWOOD-RICHMOND HEIGHTS, 3 P.M.—This matchup pits the Red Devils of Chaminade against the Blue Devils of Maplewood. The only team in town to give Chaminade much of a game last year during the regular season, Maplewood has revenge on its mind. The Blue Devils return a significant chunk of the kids who took a controversial loss last season. Chaminade, however, does not.
TUESDAY, FEB. 14
CBC AT LUTHERAN NORTH, 6 P.M.—A rematch of CBC’s D.C. Wilcutt tournament title game, the Cadets needed overtime to knock off the Crusaders after a furious rally brought Lutheran North back to life. CBC is full of sophomores but has hopes of making some playoff noise this year and taking those lessons with it for the future. Lutheran North is eyeing a deep playoff run in Class 3 and would do well to hang the Cadets’ pelt on their wall.
URSULINE VS. NERINX HALL AT WEBSTER UNIVERSITY, 6:30 P.M.—These two rivals regularly pack the gym even in their worst of days. This year, this game should be bananas. Ursuline comes in with its best team in years, while the Markers have shown signs of life as they entered the home stretch. This game has significant ramifications for the postseason as both teams will play in the Class 5 district tournament at St. Louis University High next week.
ST. JOSEPH’S ACADEMY AT FORT ZUMWALT WEST, 6:30 P.M.—St. Joe is a perennial powerhouse, but Zumwalt West is trying to join them in that upper echelon with former Angel Monica Tritz. The Jaguars were a buzz-beating three-pointer away from making it back to Columbia last year with their best team in years. After losing a significant core of seniors, they have returned this year as strong as ever. This game could be a potential playoff matchup.