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.