FRIDAY DEC. 30
NORMANDY CHRISTMAS TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIP GAME, AT NORMANDY HIGH SCHOOL, 6 P.M.—The oldest tournament in town celebrates its 78th year with what should be a bang. The best teams in the city take on some of the best teams from Memphis and Chicago. Top seeded Soldan is expected to make it through with no problems but don’t be fooled. The field is deep enough that anyone can get beat at any time. The venue is among the best in the region as well. Normandy’s court is set up in such a way that it’s like being at the theater.
MERAMEC HOLIDAY FESTIVAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME, AT MERAMEC COMMUNITY COLLEGE, 7 P.M.—The premier boys tournament in town should provide one humdinger of a championship game. The field is loaded with top quality players and teams and should be nothing short of electric.
MICDS HOLIDAY TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIP GAME, AT MICDS, 7:30 P.M.—Meramec has the biggest fish, but MICDS has its own lineup of heavy hitters. There is more of a mix of large and small schools at this tournament.
MICDS HOLIDAY TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIP GAME, AT MICDS, 6 P.M.—In its first season, the girls’ tournament at MICDS could finish with an instant classic. Top seeded Westminster is expected to take on host and No. 2 seed MICDS in what has the makings of a nice rivalry. MICDS lost two games last season, one of which was the district title game. Both of those defeats came at the hands of Westminster.
SATURDAY, DEC. 31
GIRLS’ BASKETBALL MERCY ACADEMY (KENTUCKY) AT ST. JOSEPH’S ACADEMY, 3:30 P.M.—If you’re a girls hoop fan looking for a ball game on New Year’s Eve, then you’re in luck! The only game on the docket this day is happening at the home of the Angels. St. Joe’s, which could be fresh off a great run at the Viz Christmas Tournament, will be back in action against one of the best teams from Louisville.
TUESDAY, JAN. 3
BOYS’ BASKETBALL MARQUETTE AT WEBSTER GROVES, 7 P.M.—There have been two teams to beat Webster on its home court since 2004. One was Maplewood- Richmond Heights. The other? The Marquette Mustangs. With standout post Ryan Rosburg leading the charge, the Mustangs will head over to Roberts Gym with eyes on tackling the Statesmen once more.
SLUH AT VIANNEY, 7 P.M.—If you haven’t taken the time to go watch the Golden Griffins, then you’re missing out. Vianney is one of the most entertaining and hard working teams you’ll see on the court this season. They are also chasing a bit of history. Vianney has never won the Metro Catholic Conference. This year’s team will be its best chance.
CBC AT CHAMINADE, 7 P.M.—The two programs that dominated the MCC the past three years have fallen on more difficult times this season. CBC is young but has shown some spunk and could be a truly dangerous team come the end of the season. Chaminade is well into a full rebuilding season that’s going to require taking some serious lumps along the way. Regardless of how well either team is playing leading into this game, you’re going to see an immediate uptick in intensity. These two programs have taken their rivalry to another level the last couple of years.