Welcome to Scribbles of the Scribe, where STLhighschoolsports.com columnist David Kvidahl tries to run down what’s making news in high school sports.
1. Marquette duo dominate Rim Rock
Every year the Rim Rock Farm High School XC Classic draws some of the best distance runners in the Midwest. And, it seems, every year St. Louis holds its own. Whether it’s Emily Sisson or the boys from SLUH, St. Louis is home to great distance runners.
Last week’s meet featured a pair of locals tearing up the prestigious meet. Marquette’s Adam Roderique and Noah Kauppila finished first and second, respectively, in the top division.
Kauppila, who won at the Forest Park XC Festival earlier this fall, was expected to contend for the title. Roderique was expected to be among the best, but he had never beaten his teammate.
Saturday, Roderique finally broke through. The senior harrier crossed the finish line in 15 minutes 26 seconds. Kauppila was two seconds behind.
Congrats to the dynamic Mustang duo.
2. Corey Frazier is a mad man
With the release of basketball districts last week it got me thinking about who we expect to be among the best teams. Well, Maplewood-Richmond Heights should be the top small school in the area, if not the best boys basketball team regardless of size.
Coach Corey Frazier sure thinks they’ll be, and he’s assembled a schedule that’s borderline madness.
The Blue Devils are scheduled to open their season at the first-ever MRH Round-Robin. They’ll take on Riverview Gardens, Soldan and Lee, Alabama. You might remember Lee as it came up to St. Louis twice last year, once to play Soldan and once to play De Smet at the Ramey Shootout.
Then they’ll play at the Webster Classic, Waynesville Shootout against an opponent to be determined and then take on Southwind from Memphis, Tenn. at the Ramey Shootout. Southwind boasts two high level Division I prospects.
There is a trip to the Poplar Bluff Showdown, games at Sikeston, Chaminade and McCluer. Plus home and home games with Brentwood, and Senior Night will take place against Hazelwood Central.
That’s as loaded a schedule as you’ll find in these parts. Here’s hoping the Blue Devils live up to expectations.
3. Junior Billiken bonanza
A big congratulations goes out to the St. Louis University High boys soccer team. The Junior Billikens stunned nationally ranked rival Chaminade 3-1 in the semifinals of the CYC/Bob Guelker Memorial Tournament and then knocked off CBC 1-0 in the title game.
SLUH coach Charlie Martel said he’s never had two more gratifying wins in all his time at the helm. This soccer season is a strange one now that many of the area’s top players are suiting up for the St. Louis Scott Gallagher Academy team and forfeiting their high school season. Every program in town lost kids, but Chaminade lost less than most.
The prevailing logic was that it’s Chaminade’s world, we’re just living in it. But Friday and Saturday showed that the landscape is as open as it’s ever been.
4. Thursday night throwdown
Speaking of SLUH, the fighting football Junior Billikens host De Smet on Thursday night. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. It’s the first time these two teams have played since last year when SLUH won the regular season game in dramatic fashion at De Smet and then won the rematch in the quarterfinals of the Class 6 playoffs at SLUH.
This year’s game will be markedly different as both teams lost an inordinate amount of talent to graduation. SLUH is a totally different team. De Smet is a totally different team.
The game will be won, as most of them are, up front. With De Smet’s Andy Bauer and SLUH’s Alec Abeln anchoring their respective offensive lines, both sides are led by Division I recruits. Abeln is committed to Mizzou, while Bauer is being chased by nearly every Division I program imaginable. Well, at least every Division I program that likes 6-foot-5, 295-pound road pavers.
SLUH might have the most dynamic athlete on the field in Raymond Wingo. De Smet boasts an awfully tough running back in Marcus Jester.
This could be another instant classic in the making.
5. Second half adjustments
Whatever the CBC football team’s coaching staff is doing at halftime is obviously working. The Cadets, 5-0 and the No. 1 team in Class 6 and our STLhighschoolsports.com large-schools rankings, have outscored their past two opponents 75-6 in the second half. Lindbergh got a 28 spot pinned on it in a 35-0 loss. Vianney got it the worst. The Golden Griffins had the nerve to score a touchdown early in the third quarter to cut the Cadet lead to 7-6. Well, 47 unanswered points later, the Cadets walked away with a 54-6 win.
If you throw in the thrashing of SLUH, the Cadets push their second half dominance to 105-13. It’s been a spectacular first half of the season for CBC. One wonders just what they’ll unleash in the second half.
6. Fear the Bomb
The John Burroughs-MICDS rivalry is among the best in town. Saturday the two schools locked horns in girls tennis, field hockey, boys soccer and football at the palatial campus of MICDS.
Both the Bombers field hockey team and boys soccer team walked off with 1-0 wins. The football team rolled to a 42 point win over the Rams. MICDS did manage a 4-3 win in girls tennis.
Saturday was a pretty good day to be a Bomber.
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