St. Louis University High School claimed the Mid-States Club Hockey Association Challenge Cup title while Priory took home the Wickenheiser Cup this past Friday to headline a terrific weekend of Pre Sports. On the hardwood, the Cardinal Ritter boys’ and the St. Joseph girls’ teams pulled off upsets in the district finals to advance to the state playoffs.

Time to get caught up in this week’s Monday Morning Wrap Up!

At the Centene Ice Center, the Jr. Bills claimed their third Challenge Cup title in the last five years with a 3-1 victory over DeSmet. SLUH opened the scoring in the first period as Daniel Sendobry scored midway through the period to give the Jr. Bills a 1-0 lead. After a quiet second stanza, the Spartans evened the contest Vito Biondo ripped a shot from the blue line just a minute into the third period to make the score 1-1. SLUH did not need much time to answer as Max Sextro scored just 46 seconds later to give the Jr. Bills a 2-1 advantage. Ben Winkelmann put the game away with an empty-net goal late in the contest to give SLUH the title.

The top-seeded Ravens needed a goal late in the second quarter and leaned on their outstanding defense to get a 2-1 win over Lafayette to earn their third Wickenheiser Cup. Ryan Lally got Priory going early in the first quarter to give the Ravens an early 1-0 lead. The Lancers evened the contest up in the second period as Greyson Elbe found the back of the net with a little more than five remaining in the stanza to tie the score at 1-1. Max Wagener broke the tie two minutes later with a goal off a Lancer turnover to put Priory out in front 2-1 and the Ravens held Lafayette scoreless in the final period to take home the title.

On the court, Cardinal Ritter grabbed an early lead and held on to defeat Westminster 50-48 to move on to the Class 5 state quarterfinals. The No. 3 seed Lions led 25-19 at the end of the first half and held off a frantic comeback from the top-seeded Wildcats to keep their hopes for a third consecutive state title alive. Jordan Nichols and Braxton Stacker each scored 16 points to pace the Ritter attack. The Lions will take on St. Dominic Saturday evening for the right to advance to the state final four.

In one of the most exciting district finals that we saw this year, Ft. Zumwalt South battled back after trailing Troy by seven at the end of the third quarter to earn a 60-59 win over the Trojans. The Bulldogs did not allow Troy to score over the final portion of the game while they outscored the Trojans 18-10 in the final stanza to earn the win. Peyton Blair led the Bulldogs with 21 points while Joey Friedel chipped in with 12 markers to propel Ft. Zumwalt South to the Class 6 quarterfinals Saturday afternoon against Chaminade at Maryville University.

In girls’ district final action, St. Joseph’s Academy exploded for a 20-8 lead after one quarter of play and held on to defeat Marquette 58-44 to move on to the Class 6 quarterfinals Saturday against Jackson. Zoe Stewart led three Angel scorers in double digits with 17 points while Kayla Jansen added 14 markers and Kiley Duchardt chipped in with 12 points to push St. Joe’s to the state quarters.

In the Class 5 district final at Webster Groves, the Statesmen grabbed a 23-11 lead after the first half and needed to weather a comeback bid from Lift for Life to defeat the Hawks 53-46 to advance to the quarterfinals against Cape Notre Dame Saturday at 1 p.m. at St. Louis Community College – Meramec. Eliza Maupin led the Webster Groves attack with 18 points while Ellie Paloucek added 17 markers and five assists to push the Statesmen to the quarterfinals.

In the Class 3 quarterfinals, Duchesne advanced to their first-ever state final four with a 51-42 victory over Cole Camp. The Pioneers advance to the semifinals and will take on Charleston, who defeated Bishop DuBourg, Thursday at 4 p.m. at JQH Arena in Springfield, Mo.

The MSHSAA Class 4 sectionals are set to take place Tuesday night as four girls’ teams look to advance to the quarterfinals Saturday. Lutheran South will take on St. James at Kirkwood in a contest set to start at 6 p.m. Cardinal Ritter and John Burroughs will head to Northwest High School Tuesday night in a 6 p.m. start, while Orchard Farm will play Hallsville at Troy High School starting at 6 p.m. as well.

On the boys’ side in Class 4, Lift for Life takes on Sullivan at Kirkwood in a 7:45 p.m. start while Vashon and MICDS will do battle at Northwest starting at 7:45 p.m. St. Charles West rounds out the local sectional teams as the Warriors travel to Troy to play Mexico at 7:45 p.m.

Over in Illinois, East St. Louis will look to advance to the state final four Monday night as the Flyers take on Sacred Heart-Griffin at the Bank of Springfield Center. Game time is set for 7:30 p.m. in the Super-Sectional. East St. Louis is coming off a 56-47 win over Chatham Glenwood in the sectional Friday night at Highland.

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 japowers2421@yahoo.com. Follow Jim at @hssportscaravan