FRIDAY, JAN. 20
CBC AT DE SMET, 7 P.M.—This is the third and final regular season meeting between these two powerhouses. The Cadets and Spartans have split their previous two matchups with CBC scoring the win in the semifinals of the Meramec Holiday Festival and De Smet taking their first Metro Catholic Conference game. The young Cadets have proven to be better than expected this winter. The Spartans are out to show they have what it takes to make a return trip to Columbia for the first time in a long time.
WESTMINSTER AT MICDS, 7 P.M.—Two of West County’s best small schools bump heads in a nonconference matchup that could have postseason implications. This is the only meeting between these two teams. The only way they would rematch is in the district tournament in February at MICDS.
WEBSTER GROVES AT UNIVERSITY CITY, 8 P.M.—Webster hasn’t lost a Suburban South Conference game in 10 years. The only team that consistently throws a scare into the Statesmen is U. City. The Lions boast league player of the year Travon Williams. But the Statesmen counter with Rayshawn Simmons, the guy who’s gunning for the league player of the year honors.
CBC VS. SLUH AT AFFTON HOCKEY RINK, 8 P.M.—The rubber match between these two bitter rivals. Both of their previous meetings have been intense affairs as SLUH jumped the Cadets 5-1. CBC turned around and knocked off the Junior Billikens 3-1, avenging their only loss on the winter.
TUESDAY, JAN. 24
MAPLEWOOD-RICHMOND HEIGHTS AT BRENTWOOD, 6:30 P.M.—This rivalry runs hot but it’s rather one-sided. The Blue Devils have had their way with the Eagles on the court over the years. Only in 2010 did Brentwood manage a win over MRH, but it was a big one. The Eagles took out the two-time defending Class 3 state champions in the district tournament.
INCARNATE WORD AT FORT ZUMWALT WEST, 6:30 P.M.—The Red Knights are the two-time defending Class 5 state champions. To reach the final four last season Incarnate Word needed a buzzer-beating 3-pointer from Nakia Bell to knock off Fort Zumwalt West in the state quarterfinals.
THURSDAY, JAN. 26
MCCLUER VS. WEBSTER GROVES AT SCOTTRADE CENTER, 3:45 P.M.—These two area powers bump heads in the Coaches vs. Cancer Shootout. Led by former SLU standout Erwin Claggett, McCluer is one of the best teams in town this winter. Webster is among the elite every year and has a history of coming up big in these showcase events.
CARDINAL RITTER VS. VIANNEY AT SCOTTRADE CENTER, 7 P.M.—Big and small collide as Notre Dame recruit and Ritter standout Cameron Biedscheid leads his Lions against the best large-school program in St. Louis. Vianney has been on an impressive roll. With a roster loaded with seniors, the Golden Griffins are playing every game like it’s their last.
WESTMINSTER VS. MICDS AT SCOTTRADE CENTER, 9:30 A.M.—These two rivals bump into one another for the second time this season. Westminster has had the Rams number the past two winters and even ended their season in the district title game last February.
BOLINGBROOK, ILL. VS. ST. JOSEPH’S ACADEMY AT SCOTTRADE CENTER, 3:45 P.M.—The suburban Chicago juggernaut heads south to take on the top girls team in town. St. Joe has championship aspirations, and giving Bolingbrook all it can handle would be a great way to show everyone just how good the Angels can be.