FRIDAY, OCT. 21
STATE SOFTBALL SEMIFINALS AT THE KILLIAN COMPLEX IN SPRINGFIELD, TBD—The best softball teams in the Missouri will take the field in Springfield in the state semifinals. Class 1 through Class 4 will determine who plays for the state championships throughout the day. For complete schedules, visit STLhighschoolsports.com.
WEBSTER GROVES AT PARKWAY CENTRAL, 7 P.M.—After running roughshod over the Suburban South for the umpteenth season, Webster Groves High School receives its toughest test against a rejuvenated Parkway Central High School. The Colts and standout wide receiver Brandon Sheperd are enjoying the best season in the program for quite some time. This matchup against the powerful Statesmen in the second week of district play will more than likely determine who wins the district championship and the first round-bye that comes with it.
LADUE VS. CLAYTON AT GAY FIELD, 7 P.M.—These rivals once again butt heads during district play. Last season the Rams pinned a 40-point loss on the Greyhounds in districts and then beat them by two touchdowns in the Class 4 quarterfinals. Clayton High School has struggled to find its consistency this fall. Now that the playoffs are here, though, the season has officially restarted. Funny things happen in rivalry games.
SLUH AT DE SMET, 7 P.M.—This is the year the Junior Billikens have had their eyes on for a prolonged postseason run. With the senior core of players they have on both sides of the ball, this would appear to be their best chance at rolling the dice in the playoffs. To get there, though, they’re going to have to find a way to beat two really, really good teams. One of them is De Smet Jesuit, a program they haven’t beat since 2007. Spartans coach Pat Mahoney said super-stud Durron Neal is finally healthy, which means he’s as dangerous as ever and the Spartans are as tough as any contender in Class 6.
CBC AT LAFAYETTE, 7 P.M.—If the juggernaut that is the CBC football team is going to be given a game before the playoff bracket is unveiled, then I’d imagine this is where they’ll get it. Lafayette High School has suffered some injuries but has the skill personnel to make any opponent nutty. The Lancers have been cruising through a solid Suburban West Conference.
SATURDAY, OCT. 22
STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS AT KILLIAN COMPLEX IN SPRINGFIELD, TBD—The state championships will be determined by the winners of Friday’s semifinals. For complete schedules, visit STLhighschoolsports.com.
BOYS SOCCER: DE SMET AT MARQUETTE, 3 P.M.—De Smet might be the best team in town and attacking midfielder Louis Berra might be the best player in town. Marquette High School might be the best public school team in town with its own outstanding offensive player in Keith Grieshaber. Just a sophomore, Grieshaber has already scored 20 goals and could push for 30 if things go well. To be blunt, there just aren’t many young players who can put the ball in the net with that kind of regularity. He’s proven to be a special player this year.
THURSDAY, OCT. 27
FOOTBALL: U. CITY VS. LADUE AT SLUH, 7 P.M.—The last time Ladue took the field at St. Louis University High School, it played one of its worst games of the season. This time the opponent is their size (Class 4 instead of Class 6) and Ladue is ‘hosting’ this game. This is the final game of district play.
MICDS VS. CLAYTON AT GAY FIELD, 7 P.M.—As if playing your rival on Friday isn’t hard enough, Clayton has a short week to turn around and prepare for one of the best teams in the state. The Greyhounds sent the Rams home with no playoffs last season with a three-point win. MICDS has spent this fall exacting revenge on those who did it wrong.