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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

Boys Basketball

Monday, Jan. 26

^Rock Bridge 79, Northwest 27

^Lutheran South 76, Hillsboro 43

Owensville 41, Hermann 40

St. James 80, Montgomery County 39

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Jackson 65, Pacific 44

^Borgia 82,  Union 61

~Warrenton 69, Chamois 24

^Washington 49, St. Clair 45 (OT)

~Wright City 51, New Haven 37

*Bethel at Crosspoint    7:45 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 28

Fulton SA at Thomas Jefferson    6:30 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 29

^Hillsboro 49, Northwest 34

~New Haven 35, Chamois 28

~Wright City 47, Warrenton 41

^Union 63,  St. Clair 60

~Hermann 63 vs. Montgomery Co 5

St. James 57, Owensville 35

Friday, Jan. 30

^Rock Bridge 80, Lutheran South 59

^Borgia 46, Washington 43 (OT)

*Providence at Crosspoint    7:30 p.m.

Eagle Ridge at Fulton SA    7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 31

^Seventh-place game — St. Clair vs. Northwest   2:30 p.m.

~Seventh-place game    2:30 p.m.

^Consolation — Union vs. Hillsboro    4 p.m.

~Consolation    4 p.m.

^Third-place game — Washington vs. Lutheran South   5:30 p.m.

~Third-place game    5:30 p.m.

^Championship — Borgia vs. Rock Bridge    7 p.m.

~Championship    7 p.m.

^Union Tournament

~Hermann Tournament

Monday, Feb. 2

New Haven at Silex   5:30  p.m.

Fulton SA at North County Christian    7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

Whitfield at Union    4 p.m.

*Crosspoint at Fulton SA    6:30 p.m.

Pacific at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

*Holt at Washington    7 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 5

*Fulton SA at Community Christian    6:30 p.m.

*Duchesne at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

*Rivers of Life at Crosspoint    7 p.m.

Wellsville at New Haven     6 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 6

*Union at New Haven    6 p.m.

*Pacific at St. James    6 p.m.

*Borgia at St. Mary’s    6:45 p.m.

*St. Clair at Sullivan    7 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 9

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Feb. 10

*St. Clair at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

*Hermann at Union    5:30 p.m.

Rock Bridge at Borgia    7:15 p.m.

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

Owensville at New Haven   6 p.m.

Girls Basketball

Monday, Jan. 26

^Holt 60, Pacific 57

^Warrenton 42, Union 40

~Owensville 64,  Montgomery Co 32

Borgia 62, Cardinal Ritter 41

^St. Clair 64, Lutheran South 45

~Hermann 57, Wright City 26

Washington 74, Wentzville Liberty 19

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Fulton SA at Barat    4:30 p.m.

~New Haven 42, Montgomery Co 34

*Bethel at Crosspoint    6:15 p.m.

~Chamois 61, Wright City 20

Wednesday, Jan. 28

^Pacific 62, Union 59 (OT)

Fulton SA at Thomas Jefferson    5 p.m.

^Lutheran South 54, Wentzville Liberty 40

~Owensville 54, New Haven 24

^Warrenton 51, Holt 44

~Chamois 50, Hermann 45

^Washington 54, St. Clair 31

Thursday, Jan. 29

*Notre Dame 50, Borgia 45

Friday, Jan. 30

^Seventh-place game — Union 66, Wentzville Liberty 31

~Consolation — Montgomery Co. vs. Wright City    5 p.m.

^Consolation — Lutheran South 55, Pacific 49

*Providence at Crosspoint    6 p.m.

Eagle Ridge at Fulton SA    6 p.m.

~Third-place game — Hermann vs. New Haven   6:30 p.m.

^Third-place game — Holt 63, St. Clair 49

~Championship — Owensville vs. Chamois   8 p.m.

^Championship — Washington 61 Warrenton 50

Monday, Feb. 2

#Borgia vs. Patriettes    4 p.m.

#Cardinal Ritter vs. Union    5:20 p.m.

De Soto at St. Clair    5:30 p.m.

Fulton SA at North County Christian    6 p.m.

#Washington vs. Parkway South    6:40 p.m.

Chamois at New Haven    7 p.m.

#Helias vs. Troy    8 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

*Crosspoint at Fulton SA    5 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 4

#Washington-Parkway South loser vs. Helias-Troy loser    4 p.m.

#Borgia-Patriettes loser vs. Cardinal Ritter-Union loser    5:20 p.m.

#Washington-Parkway South winner vs. Helias-Troy winner    6:40 p.m.

#Borgia-Patriettes winner vs. Cardinal Ritter-Union winner    8 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 5

*Pacific at St. James    6 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 6

Barat at Fulton SA    4:30 p.m.

*St. Clair at Sullivan    5:30 p.m.

*Rivers of Life at Crosspoint    5:30 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 7

#Seventh-place game    noon

#Consolation    1:30 p.m.

#Third-place game    3 p.m.

#Championship    4:30 p.m.

New Haven at Elsberry    5 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 9

*Hermann at Union    5:30 p.m.

*St. Clair at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

*Owensville at New Haven    6 p.m.

*St. Dominic at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Feb. 10

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt South    5:30 p.m.

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

^Washington Tournament

~Hermann Tournament

#Borgia Tournament

Wrestling

Tuesday, Jan. 27

*Pacific 42, St. Clair 33

Borgia 36, Hallsville 30

Helias 66, Borgia 21

Wednesday, Jan. 28

Borgia at Lutheran St. Charles    5 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 29

Summit 39, Union 34

Owensville 41, Pacific 38

Pacific 45, St. James 28

Friday, Jan. 30

St. Clair at DeSoto   5 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 31

Pacific at Hazelwood East Tny    9 a.m.

St. Clair at DeSoto 9 a.m.

Monday, Feb. 2

Borgia at O’Fallon Christian    5 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

Washington at Pacific    6 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 4

Borgia at AAA Tny    TBA

Thursday, Feb. 5

*Pacific at Union    6 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 7

Washington at Seckman Tny    9 a.m.

St. Clair at Francis Howell Central Inv    9:30 a.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 10

Pacific at Parkway Central Tri-Meet    5 p.m.

Girls Swimming

Tuesday, Jan. 20

Timberland 140, Washington 96, Ft. Zumwalt East 87

Thursday, Jan. 22

Oakville 120, Washington 115, University City 9, Mehlville 6

Saturday, Jan. 24

Washington 91, Borgia 80

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Washington 122, St. Charles West 46

Thursday, Jan. 29

Washington at Affton/Lutheran South    4:15 p.m.

Borgia at St. Dominic    8:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

Washington at McCluer North    3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 4

Borgia at MICDS/Duchesne (Rec-Plex)    8:30 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 6

Washington at Ft. Zumwalt South    3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 10

Borgia at Nerinx Hall    4 p.m.

Washington at GAC Meet    TBA

Wednesday, Feb. 11

Washington at GAC Meet    TBA

Thursday, Feb. 12

Borgia at AAA Meet    TBA

Washington at GAC Meet    TBA

*Conference Games

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