FRIDAY, JAN. 13
LAFAYETTE AT MARQUETTE, 7 P.M.—The Rockwood School District rivalry is always at its best when both of these teams are good. Fortunately for us, they are! Led by Joel Pennington and Luke Kreienkamp, the Lancers have been under the radar this season but are in contention for the Suburban West Conference title. To win it they’ll have to find a way past the stout Marquette Mustangs and their Mizzou-bound standout center Ryan Rossburg. Rossburg continues to average 24 points and 13 rebounds per game.
JOHN BURROUGHS AT MICDS, 8 P.M.—You know both football teams went to the state title game, right? You know that many of those athletes are playing for their basketball teams, right? So, you know that when these two rivals get together, we should be treated to a dynamite night of quality hoops.
LAFAYETTE AT MARQUETTE, 5:30 P.M.—Much like the boys’ game that follows, this should be entertaining, too. Both teams are contenders for the league title, and neither enjoys losing to the other. Lafayette has had four losses this season, two of them to highly ranked Fort Zumwalt West, one to top-ranked Incarnate Word and the other to Rock Bridge, a state power for years. Marquette doesn’t have the same firepower, but funny things happen in rivalry games.
JOHN BURROUGHS AT MICDS, 6:30 P.M.—This game marks the end of a brutal stretch of games for the Bombers. They had to play Principia and Westminster the week before tussling with their arch rival. Combined those three teams had a record at press time of 26 wins and eight losses.
MONDAY, JAN. 16
BOYS’ BASKETBALL MCCLUER NORTH AT CARDINAL RITTER, 1:30 P.M.—For those who have Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day off and have the need for some outstanding hoops, this is your chance to get some. The defending Class 5 champion McCluer North Comets take on Cardinal Ritter and Notre Dame-bound Cameron Biedscheid during a matinee tip.
TUESDAY, JAN. 17
LUTHERAN NORTH AT MICDS, 7 P.M.—Lutheran North is the defending MICDS Holiday Tournament champion and among the best small schools in the area. MICDS considers itself one of the better small schools, too, but hasn’t managed to pull off that big win just quite yet.
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 18
HAZELWOOD CENTRAL AT CBC, 5 P.M.—In the mess that is Class 5, both Hazelwood Central and CBC were thought to be in the early stages of rebuilding. Well, as the New Year has progressed, they both appear to be ahead of schedule. CBC nearly won the Meramec Holiday Festival, and Hazelwood Central has started to gain some momentum. Both of these young teams have better days ahead of them and that’s scary.
MAPLEWOOD-RICHMOND HEIGHTS AT SOLDAN, 6:30 P.M.—A battle of small school contenders, former Saint Louis University players Corey Frazier and Justin Tatum square off as coaches in what should be one of the more intense and entertaining games of the winter.
URSULINE AT COR JESU, 6 P.M.—These two regional rivals have seen their seasons go in different directions this winter. Ursuline is riding high with three dynamite scorers in Hannah Weisbrod (13 points per game), Jessica Moore (12 points per game) and Heather Pessigan (12 points per game). The Chargers enter this game with a wicked losing streak still stinging them. It’s always fun when these teams get together, but it could be a lopsided affair.