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Posted: Thursday, February 2, 2012 3:55 pm

FRIDAY, FEB. 3

BOYS’ BASKETBALL VIANNEY AT BORGIA, 7:30 P.M.—Vianney has been the best basketball team on this side of the state this season and heads into one of its toughest road games at Borgia. The Knights are a traditional small-school power that has been to the final four the past three years and played for the state championship each time, winning once. For hoop heads everywhere, Borgia is a must visit.

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL PRINCIPIA AT VISITATION, 6:30 P.M.—Principia is playing some of the best basketball in town and not many people even know about it. A Class 2 program, the Panthers have had their way with nearly everyone on the schedule. With dreams of crashing the final four, a nonconference tilt with the Vivettes should prove a good test as the playoffs inch ever closer.

SATURDAY FEB. 4

BOYS’ BASKETBALL MAPLEWOOD-RICHMOND HEIGHTS VS. WHITFIELD AT HAZELWOOD CENTRAL, 3 P.M.—These two small–school heavyweights will renew their rivalry as part of a Shootout at Hazelwood Central. The Blue Devils are trying to make it back to the Promised Land after winning backto- back Class 3 state titles in 2008 and 2009. To win that second title, MRH steamrolled a really good Whitfield team, which is still searching for its first championship.

CARDINAL RITTER AT HAZELWOOD CENTRAL, 6 P.M.—One of the area’s best programs, Cardinal Ritter finishes off a brutal stretch of its regular season schedule by taking on a school that’s more than twice its size. The Lions, led by Notre Dame recruit Cameron Biedscheid, will have their hands full with the large and in charge Hawks.

MICDS VS. JOHN BURROUGHS AT WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY, 8 P.M.—The second of two meetings this winter, MICDS eked out a win over the Bombers the first time around. Now, in the rematch, you can be sure Burroughs will be giving everything it has to avenge that loss.

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL

MICDS VS. JOHN BURROUGHS AT WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY, 6:30 P.M.—The ladies take the court first in this rivalry double- header. The first meeting was won easily by MICDS despite its starters not having such a great game. Can the Bombers rally and pull the upset?

TUESDAY, FEB. 7

BOYS’ BASKETBALL MARQUETTE AT PARKWAY SOUTH, 7 P.M.—In a Suburban West Conference showdown, Marquette and Mizzou recruit Ryan Rosburg take on a Patriots team that is playing out of its mind, albeit under the radar. The Patriots put on a nice display at the Ameritime Classic last week and will be a force come playoff time.

MICDS AT LUTHERAN NORTH, 7 P.M.—After stunning the sluggish Crusaders in their first meeting, the Rams won’t be able to sneak up on their Metro League rival. Expect Lutheran North to defend its home court, where it has lost just once this season.

THURSDAY, FEB. 8

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL NERINX HALL AT INCARNATE WORD, 6 P.M.—Incarnate Word has been a house of horrors for the Markers. The Red Knights have made life miserable on their MWAA rival, oftentimes beating them so badly the mercy rule goes into effect. This year, Nerinx Hall is eyeing some postseason magic but must find some confidence somewhere. A win at Incarnate would be a great place to start.

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