FRIDAY, MARCH 23
URSULINE AT LINDBERGH, 4 P.M.— The Class 3 runner-up opens a new era under former Incarnate Word coach Annie Beekman. With standout midfielder Maddie Friedmann as the anchor, the Bears are aiming for another outstanding season. Lindbergh counters with Nina Tzianos, the top goalkeeper in the area. Ursuline slipped past Lindbergh in the playoffs last year.
SATURDAY, MARCH 24
ST. LOUIS UNIVERSITY HIGH AT LADUE, NOON—Two of the area’s premier programs square off for what should be an entertaining afternoon under the sun. SLUH has been to the quarterfinals the last three years and fallen short of the final four—one of its main goals. Brian Howard is the presumed ace of the pitching staff. A TCU recruit he went 10-0 with 1.54 ERA last spring.
LADUE AT VILLA DUCHESNE, NOON—Ladue boasts a talented young core of players that have spent the past few years growing up in the varsity game. After helping out as an assistant, coach David Aronberg is in his second year as the varsity skipper.
MONDAY, MARCH 26
LAFAYETTE AT FORT ZUMWALT WEST, 4:15 P.M.—After going 16- 10 last spring, Lafayette will be out for more. The Lancers are led by standout William DuPont who is among the area’s top prospects.
PARKWAY WEST AT OAKVILLE, 4:15 P.M.—These two Suburban West Conference rivals clash in what should be a great game. Parkway West is looking to bounce back after finishing under .500 last season. Oakville is an unknown as it lost its top hurler, Chad Gendron, to graduation.
PARKWAY WEST AT FORT ZUMWALT WEST, 5:30 P.M.—If you’ve ever wanted to see greatness in action, then you need to see Parkway West standout Steven Emde. Quick as a sprinter, and tough as a two-dollar steak, he’s outstanding and is only made better by the great players he has around him.
TUESDAY, MARCH 27
VIANNEY AT FRANCIS HOWELL NORTH, 4:15 P.M.—The state’s top ranked team after a third-place finish last year, Vianney enters the season with its eyes firmly on returning to Springfield and taking another shot at the state title. The Golden Griffins return a healthy core of dynamite ball players and coach Scott Brown did a masterful job last year in his first at the helm.
URSULINE AT ST. JOSEPH’S ACADEMY, 4 P.M.—Rivals collide as the Bears travel to the home of the Angels for an Metro Women’s Athletic Association game. St. Joe, a perennial contender, was beaten in district play last year by the Bears on penalty kicks at Nerinx Hall.
NERINX HALL AT VISITATION, 4 P.M.—The two-time defending Class 2 champions, the Vivettes are once again among the favorites to make it back to state and take their shot at a title. With standout Jade Klump leading the way and coach Dick Westbrook who has brought the Vivettes three titles in the last six years, Viz is going to be a tough matchup for just about anyone.
EUREKA AT COR JESU, 4 P.M.—A nice rivalry has developed between these two teams during the last handful of years. The Chargers have been beaten by Eureka each of the last two seasons; once at home and once on the road. Cor Jesu is eyeing a playoff run with Ole Miss recruit Jenn Miller and six seniors chasing another final four.