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Posted: Wednesday, November 6, 2013 9:00 am

Although there’s business that still needs to be decided, the fall sports season is quickly coming to an end.

After this weekend, football and soccer will be the only fall sports still going.

Winter sports teams began practice sessions on Monday. Games will begin in less than three weeks.

In the meantime, it’s a big weekend ahead.

Borgia and Hermann play in the state volleyball tournament in Cape Girardeau.

While I’m far from a volleyball expert, I’d say that the Lady Knights have to be considered the favorite to bring home the Class 3 first-place trophy. They’ve already beaten fellow state qualifiers Carl Junction and Lutheran South this season.

St. Pius X (Kansas City) is the other team. You can’t overlook anyone. But if the Lady Knights do their thing, they should be a happy bunch when it’s all said and done.

The actual state championship match may have been the sectional contest against Villa Duchesne, which Borgia won, 26-24, 25-23.

Some will say that Hermann reaching the state in Class 2 was a bit of a surprise, but not for me.

The Lady Bearcats were in the same sectional with defending Class 2 state champion Fatima and with Lutheran St. Charles, a team that recently beat Borgia and was considered to be a serious state champion contender.

But Hermann was playing at home and I’m sure the players felt like they had something to prove. To count out Hermann volleyball in November is a serious mistake.

I know nothing about the other Class 2 teams at state, which are St. Pius X (Festus), Summit Christian and Fair Grove, but I won’t be surprised at all to see Hermann join Borgia as state champions come Saturday night.

Also on Saturday, the cross country state championships run in Jefferson City.

We don’t have a whole lot of area runners competing, but hopefully the ones we do have making the trip will do well.

The football playoffs are one of my favorite times of the high school year.

Unfortunately, only three area teams survived the first round of district action.

Sullivan in Class 4, St. James in Class 3 and Hermann in Class 2 are still alive and play district semifinal games Wednesday night.

St. James and Hermann both play against teams that lost state championship games last season.

John Burroughs, the Tigers’ opponent, fell to Maryville in the Class 3 championship game last year and is undefeated this season.

Blair Oaks, the Bearcats’ opponent, lost last year’s Class 2 title game to Lamar. Its only loss this season came in week one at Moberly, an undefeated Class 4 squad.

One of the best matchups in the state on Wednesday figures to be Sullivan hosting Westminster in Class 4 District 3.

Both teams are 8-2. Both teams have high-powered offenses and underrated defenses. Both teams have no intention of losing in the district semifinals.

As a voter in the state football poll this season, I’m pretty familiar with what’s going on across Missouri.

In Class 6, the team to beat is Blue Springs.

St. Louis’ best Class 6 teams are Hazelwood Central, Francis Howell, CBC and Eureka. Rock Bridge is my sleeper.

In Class 5, Lee’s Summit West and Fort Osage appear to be the heavy favorites.

St. Louis’ best shot lies with Webster Groves, Parkway Central, Kirkwood and Ft. Zumwalt East.

I have two Class 5 sleepers, Kickapoo and Kearney. Kickapoo is coached by former Washington coach Joel Wells.

In Class 4, Webb City is the favorite until someone can knock them out. Bolivar and Helias both have strong teams.

St. Louis’ best shot, in my opinion, is Ladue and Sullivan. One of those teams would meet up with Webb City in the quarterfinals.

In Class 3, Maryville and John Burroughs are the favorites. John Burroughs might be St. Louis’ best shot to win a state championship in any class.

O’Fallon Christian is having a great season. Watch out for Oak Grove and California.

In Class 2, Lamar has to be the favorite. Mountain View-Liberty and Blair Oaks also are contenders.

Brentwood is the Class 2 team no one is talking about.

In Class 1, Valle Catholic is the favorite. Westran and Hamilton also are contenders.

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Area Scoreboard

62nd Annual Borgia Pepsi Thanksgiving Tournament

Blue Division

Pool 1

McCluer North

Normandy

Carnahan

Pool 2

Cardinal Ritter

Pacific

Rockwood Summit

Gold Division

Pool 1

CBC

Soldan

Washington

Pool 2

Borgia

North Tech

Union

Monday, Nov. 24

CBC 77, Washington 52

Tuesday, Nov. 25

Cardinal Ritter vs. Rockwood Summit, PPD

Washington 63, Soldan 62

Borgia 83, Union 50

Wednesday, Nov. 26

Carnahan 71, Normandy 46

Pacific 64, Rockwood Summit 22

North Tech 67, Union 37

Thursday, Nov. 27

McCluer North 95 Carnahan 68

CBC 82, Soldan 55

Borgia 50, North Tech 45

Friday, Nov. 28

McCluer North 93, Normandy 39

Pacific 70, Cardinal Ritter 57

Saturday, Nov. 29

Blue Consolation — Rockwood Summit 47, Normandy 38

Gold Consolation — Soldan 78, Union 59

Gold Third Place — North Tech 63, Washington 57

Blue Third Place — Cardinal Ritter 71, Carnahan 46

Blue Championship — McCluer North 64, Pacific 58 (OT)

Gold Championship — CBC 67, Borgia 66

Boys Basketball

Monday, Dec. 8

Lutheran S 64, St. Clair 48

Borgia 61, Carnahan 51

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Lafayette 44, Washington 35

Friday, Dec. 12

Potosi 72, St. Clair 45

*Washington 69, Ft. Zumwalt North 65

Montgomery Co 62, New Haven 61

*St. Mary’s at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

Bourbon 75, Union 74

Glendale 63, Pacific 46

Saturday, Dec. 13

New Haven 46, Barat 40

Nixa 56, Pacific 46

Tuesday, Dec. 16

*Pacific 70, New Haven 35

*Hermann 67, St. Clair 49

*Ft. Zumwalt South 61, Washington 50

*Union 81, St. James 74

Friday, Dec. 19

*Owensville at St. Clair    4 p.m.

Washington vs. Parkway Central, GAC/Suburban Shootout, St. Charles Family Arena, 5:30 p.m.

*St. James at New Haven    6 p.m.

*Pacific 76, Union 57

Saturday, Dec. 20

Sullivan Shootout

Owensville vs. Rockwood Summit, 11:30 a.m.

Lindbergh 67, St. Clair 46

Jefferson City vs. Jackson, 2:30 p.m.

Washington 56, Lutheran South 54

Poplar Bluff 59, Borgia 49

Sullivan vs. Affton, 7 p.m.

Girls Basketball

Saturday, Dec. 6

Cor Jesu 63, Borgia 60

New Haven 46, Moberly 39

Monday, Dec. 8

Pacific 73, Rolla 40

St. Clair 68, Dixon 37

Washington 54, New Haven 15

Tuesday, Dec. 9

*Borgia 59, Rosati-Kain 38

Union 53, Northwest 44

Thursday, Dec. 11

*Borgia 60, Notre Dame 53

Union 81, Bourbon 53

Friday, Dec. 12

New Haven 45, Principia 30

*Washington 59, Ft. Zumwalt North 32

Saturday, Dec. 13

West Plains 76, Pacific 37

Monday, Dec. 15

*Pacific 46, New Haven 28

*St. Clair 59, Hermann 50

*St. James 64, Union 37

Sullivan Tournament

Cuba 48, Principia 27

Borgia 68, Patriettes 29

Sullivan 56, Pattonville 43

Owensville 78, Farmington 54

Wednesday, Dec. 17

Sullivan Tournament

Farmington 61, Pattonville 39

Sullivan 68, Owensville 64

Principia 55, St. Louis Patriettes 42

Borgia 56, Cuba 38

Thursday, Dec. 18

*St. James 72, New Haven 21

*Union 49, Pacific 48

Friday, Dec. 19

Francis Howell 55, Washington 48

Sullivan Tournament

Seventh Place — Pattonville vs. St. Louis Patriettes, 4 p.m.

Consolation — Farmington vs. Principia, 5:30 p.m.

Third Place — Owensville vs. Cuba, 7 p.m.

Championship — Borgia 62, Sullivan 35

Saturday, Dec. 20

Union at Waynesville    5 p.m.

Wrestling

Monday, Dec. 8

Maplewood 48, Borgia 30

Brentwood 47, Borgia 36

Winfield 48, St. Clair 36

St. Clair 42, St. James 40

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Pacific 55, North County 10

Jackson 63, Washington 12

Farmington 63, Washington 6

Wednesday, Dec. 10

Borgia 36, Lutheran St. Charles 34

Winfield 54, Borgia 30

Thursday, Dec. 11

Union 72, Ft. Zumwalt East 9

Union 52, Principia 30

Union 54, Winfield 27

Saturday, Dec. 13

Union Tournament    9 a.m.

Borgia at McCluer S-Berkeley Tny    9 a.m.

Pacific at Farmington Tny    9 a.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 16

Owensville 61, St. Clair 16

Union 48, Owensville 27

Union 65, St. Clair 18

Friday, Dec. 19

Washington at Raytown S Tny    TBA

Union at Cape Central Tny    TBA

Pacific at Ft. Zumwalt E Tny    TBA

Saturday, Dec. 20

Washington at Raytown S Tny    TBA

Union at Cape Central Tny    TBA

Pacific at Ft. Zumwalt E Tny    TBA

Girls Swimming

Monday, Dec. 8

Washington at Eureka    4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Washington at Nerinx Hall    4 p.m.

LSC/OFC 134, Borgia 101, St. Dominic 83

Monday, Dec. 15

Borgia at Notre Dame (Forest Park)    4 p.m.

Kennedy 88, Washington 84

Wednesday, Dec. 17

Lindbergh 128, Washington 48

*Conference Games

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