It was a crazy weekend of prep sports as De Smet clinched a share of the Metro Catholic Conference while the John Burroughs girls’ basketball team needed a last-second shot to win the Queen of Hearts tournament. The mats were busy, and many girls’ wrestlers clicked their tickets to the state championship meet next weekend.

This week will get off to a fast start as the Mid-States Club Hockey Association second round will begin Monday evening with big games in both playoffs while the girls’ swimmers will kick off the state championships with the state meet starting Thursday at the St. Peters Rec Plex.

It’s time for this week’s edition of the Monday Morning Wrap-Up brought to you by Triad Bank.

De Smet relied on a big shooting night from Justin Duff as the Spartans grabbed at least a share of the MCC title with a 68-66 victory over CBC this past Friday evening.

De Smet raced out to a 19-13 lead at the end of the first quarter and extended their advantage to 36-29 at the break. The Cadets cut into the lead by outscoring the Spartans 17-14 in the third quarter to make the score 50-46, but De Smet was able to hit some big shots and free throws down the stretch to come away with the win. Duff finished the evening with 25 points including five three-pointers while Patrick Origliasso added 19 points and three steals to help the Spartans improve to 17-5 on the year and 5-1 in the league. De Smet just needs to win one of their last two conference games against Chaminade and Vianney to earn their first MCC title since 2006.

On the girls’ side of things at the Queen of Hearts tournament held at Villa Duchesne, John Burroughs needed an Alice Crowley jumper with seven seconds remaining in the game to defeat Pattonville 47-46 and claim the tourney title. In a contest that was tight throughout, the Bombers took a 21-20 advantage into the halftime locker room. Pattonville evened the game at 35-35 at the end of the third quarter and held a one-point lead in the latter stages of the contest before Crowley hit a mid-range jumper with seven seconds remaining in the game to push the Bombers to the title. Breaunna ward paced the Burroughs attack with 13 points while Allie Turner added 10 markers while Crowley finished the afternoon with seven points to help the Bombers improve to 22-2 on the year.


The MSHSAA girls’ wrestling district tournaments took place this past weekend with many of the top names moving on to the state meet next weekend at Mizzou Arena.

In the Class 1 district at St. Clair, the host Bulldogs took home the team title with 149 points with Ste. Genevieve earning the runner-up spot with 103 points. In the Class 1 district at North Point, Brookfield won the team title with 172 points while Southern Boone grabbed the second spot with 141.5 points.

In Class 2 district action, Washington won their district Northwest with 156.5 points with Marquette fishing second with 143.5 points and Lafayette earning third place with 127 points. Julia Donnelly got the Blue Jays off to a great start by winning the 110 lb. weight class with a pinfall while Kendra Bliss won the 125 lb. title with a 4-2 decision. Maddy Barton aided the Marquette efforts by claiming the 130 lb. weight class with a pinfall while Rebecca Strong and Ali Haiser each won their respective weight classes to aid the Mustangs to their second-place finish.

In the other district at Holt, Howell Central took home the team title with 203 points while Holt earned second place with 179 points and Troy finished third in the team standings with 11 points. Sophia Miller opened the scoring in the finals by winning the 110 lb. weight class with a 6-0 decision with Kailey Benson following that up by winning the 115 lb. weight class by a pinfall. Makenzie Solis gave the Spartans their third individual title by winning the 170 lb. division via pinfall. Marissa Sanabria aided the Holt efforts by winning the 130 lb. weight class with Maria Slaughter claiming the title in the 140 lb. weight class.

Action in the Mid-States Club Hockey playoffs continues this week with a few big matchups in the Challenge Cup starting things off Monday evening. No.2 seed Kirkwood starts their play in the second round Monday evening as the Pioneers will take on No. 7 seed Parkway South at 6:30 p.m. at Queeny Park while No. 3 seed De Smet will battle No. 6 seed Chaminade in the nightcap at Queeny Monday at 8:45 p.m. The winners of those two contests will play in the winner’s bracket semifinals Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Centene while in the other winner’s side semi, top-seeded CBC will take on No. 4 seed SLUH Tuesday evening at Centene starting at 6:40 p.m. In the loser’s bracket, Lindbergh and Marquette will play Wednesday at Affton starting at 8:40 p.m. with hopes of advancing in the tourney.

In the Wickenheiser Cup tournament, No. 2 seed MICDS will open its play in the second round as the Rams will open their two-game series against No. 7 seed Holt Monday at 8:45 p.m. at South County. The two teams will play the second game of the series Tuesday at 6:50 p.m. at Webster Groves. No. 4 seed Clayton starts their two-game series against No. 5 seed Lafayette Monday at 7:50 p.m. at the Maryville Ice Center and will play the second game of the series Tuesday at 9 p.m. at Maryville. No. 3 seed Fort Zumwalt West starts its two-game series against No. 6 seed Fort Zumwalt South Tuesday at 9 p.n. at Queeny and the two teams will square off in the second contest of the series Monday, Fen. 20 at 9 p.m. at Centene. The top seed Oakville will play No. 8 seed John Burroughs in the second game of their series Tuesday evening at Affton starting at 7:20 p.m. The Tigers won the opening game of the series against the Bombers by a score of 5-3 and a win will advance them into the semifinals.

The MSHSAA girls’ state swimming and diving championships will begin Thursday afternoon at the St. Peters Rec Plex with many of the top swimmers and divers looking to claim state titles. We will have a preview of the state meet coming up on Wednesday.

Jim Powers
Jim Powers

Jim Powers has been covering prep sports in the St. Louis area for 15+ years and a part of the Missouri State High School Activities Association Championship Broadcasts for the past 11 years. Powers is also a part of the Fox 2 Verlo Mattress Prep Zone Friday nights at 10:10 during the football and basketball seasons. If you have a prep sports story, please contact Jim at Follow Jim at @hssportscaravan