FRIDAY, JAN. 27
LUTHERAN NORTH AT JOHN BURROUGHS, 7 P.M.—John Burroughs should be packed for this Metro League showdown between district rivals. The visiting Crusaders have been one of the best teams on the court this winter, despite losing to MICDS last week. Burroughs, also a recent victim of MICDS, has put together an impressive winter, as well. This game will have league and district ramifications—a huge game for both programs.
WESTMINSTER AT PRINCIPIA, 6 P.M.—One of the best teams the past two winters,Westminster will be tested in its Metro League matchup with a stout Principia squad. The Panthers boast a potent offensive attack with Liz Gilman and Kara Johnson. Principia has three losses, two against Incarnate Word.
CLAYTON VS. LADUE AT AFFTON RINK, 9:45 P.M.—Rivals collide in what has been a tough season for both programs. But tonight, they can put it all behind them. In the season finale, the Greyhounds and Rams will face off for the last time. Clayton won the first matchup 5-4 in the first week of December. You can expect this game will be nip and tuck down the stretch.
SATURDAY, JAN. 28
ST. JOSEPH’S ACADEMY AT INCARNATE WORD, 2 P.M.—The two-time defending champs welcome their biggest rival in this clash of powers. The Angels are the last team to beat the Red Knights in the postseason (in 2009). St. Joe hasn’t won at Incarnate in at least the last eight years. They did, however, win the regular season meeting at St. Joe last year.
SOLDAN AT CBC, 7 P.M.—Justin Tatum leads his top-ranked Tigers against his alma mater. CBC continues to play well above expectations this winter with the emergence of some impressive sophomores who will only get better the next two years. For Soldan, the time is now. After back-to-back final fours and third-place finishes, this core senior group has one last shot at the ring.
TUESDAY, JAN. 31
WEBSTER GROVES AT PARKWAY NORTH, 7 P.M.—Every year we think Webster’s Suburban South Conference streak is going to be broken. And every year they manage to find a way to keep it going. After passing a stiff test last week at U. City, the Statesmen once again put it on the line on the road. The Vikings, led by its monster in the middle Darrell Johnson and his 15 points, 10 rebounds and 5 blocks per game, are as dangerous as they’ve been in years.
PRINCIPIA AT MICDS, 6 P.M.—The Panthers are tested once again, this time against Metro League rival MICDS. The Rams are younger than they’ve been in the past, but one steady senior presence they have is guard Campbell Torchin. A varsity veteran who’s been in pressure situations on the golf course and come through, Torchin will have to exude plenty of leadership, as Principia will pose plenty of problems for the Rams.
THURSDAY, FEB. 2
GIRLS’ BASKETBALL INCARNATE WORD AT URSULINE, 7 P.M.—One of the two best girls, basketball teams in the Metro Women’s Athletic Association, Incarnate Word heads into the edges of Kirkwood for a league game against Ursuline. The last time the Bears took on a powerhouse it didn’t end well. St. Joe pinned an 83-48 on them. But that was back in the first week of December. Ursuline has won a lot of games since then. It will be a good test for the Bears as they prepare for the possibility of seeing St. Joe in district play later this winter.