VILLA DUCHESNE VS. ST. PIUS X (KANSAS CITY), NOON AT THE SHOW-ME CENTER—The first match of round-robin play at the state semifinals gets underway at noon. Villa Duchesne is back for the second time in three seasons. The Saints, 33-5-1, will also play against Lutheran South High School and Pleasant Hill High School to determine who plays for the state championship on Saturday. That match will be played at 4:30 p.m.


DE SMET AT EUREKA, 7 P.M.—They don’t come much better than this in the first round of Class 6 action. The Spartans, 8-2, bounced off the canvas last week to slap around Mehlville High School and return to the playoffs. They haven’t missed the postseason since 2006. Eureka High School, 7-3, provides a formidable challenge, however. The Wildcats are a bit of a mystery heading into the playoffs as they lost their starting quarterback, Seth Pratt, for a pretty good stretch. Eureka is tough to beat at home but was sent packing at this very same point last year by a Lindbergh team De Smet Jesuit thumped the following week.

HAZELWOOD CENTRAL AT CBC, 7 P.M.—Left for dead about the fourth week of the season, Hazelwood Central High School, which has played for the Class 6 state championship the last three seasons (and won it twice), pushed its record to 5-5 and somehow managed to slug its way back into the postseason. Its reward? A date with a team that has played one tight ball game since Week 1. CBC, 10-0, spent the regular season killing everyone not named Fort Zumwalt West High School and Lafayette High School. The Cadets have an incredible dynamic offense and a defense with plenty of nasty in it. This should be a dream matchup, but something tells me CBC wins and wins big.

OAKVILLE AT SLUH, 7 P.M.—It’s a sweet, sweet redemption for the Junior Billikens. After losing on the last day of the regular season at Lindbergh and missing the postseason St. Louis University High and its high-octane offense are back in action. It puts its freshly minted 7-3 mark on the line against Oakville High School, 5-5. The Junior Billikens have displayed a broad skill set the last few weeks. Though they can pass and run the ball with anyone, maybe their best quality is their ability to execute under the greatest of pressure. That’s a skill that will prove to be the difference between winning and going home.



STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS, OAK HILL GOLF CENTER IN JEFFERSON CITY, 9 A.M.-1 P.M.—The finest harriers in Missouri will take to one of the toughest courses to find out who’s the best this day. The conditions have been all over the map the last few years. One year it’s raining and cold, while the next it’s so hot you’d swear it was August. You never know what you’re going to get when it comes to the weather, but you can bank on a gigantic group of athletes run an amazing 5K over this sprawling course.


STATE CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH, 2 P.M. AT JOHN BURROUGHS—The field hockey season comes to an end with what we can expect will be a bang. There is as much parity in the game now as ever before and none of the top seeds can take an opponent lightly. This match should be a doozy. No one would be surprised if it came down to penalty strokes.


FOOTBALL: CLASS 1 THROUGH 5 SECTIONALS AT TBD, 7 P.M.—The second round of the playoffs is underway for teams in the smaller classifications. These games will be held all across the area as we are treated to, in many cases, rematches of games that were played in the district round. Among the games we might get are MICDS and Ladue Horton Watkins.


BOYS SOCCER: SECTIONAL ROUND AT TBD, 7 P.M.—The joy of winning a district championship will be put away, at least for this night, when the first round of the playoffs gets underway. All the games from Class 1 up to Class 3 will be held at the same time at different venues across the region. Please check out or for updated brackets and schedules.