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Posted: Wednesday, September 18, 2013 8:30 am

Is there a hex?

Does anyone want to be at the top of the Missourian Area Football Poll?

On this page, you’ll find our fourth poll among area media members this season. In the previous three polls, the team ranked at the top has lost its next game.

And you believe MasseyRatings.com, it’s going to happen again this week.

Holt is projected to beat Washington, 32-21, which should tumble the whole poll again next week.

It’s getting to a point where we need a diagram for the voters to try and untangle everything. And if the voters are having a hard time, imagine how tough it is for the fans?

We started the polls back around 1990 and have run them in different sports as something to generate interest in area sports teams.

The polls have changed in their scope. Schools have been added and sometimes removed from the poll if we can’t find enough information about them. I believe the readers still enjoy seeing them and it fosters a lot of conversation.

Just remember that a poll is a collection of views by different voters, no matter the level. We really won’t have an absolute idea on who really is No. 1 until the end of the season when we can review what happens. It’s sure fun to try and speculate though.

You’re probably not going to see any local teams in the state rankings, done by a committee of media members around the state. They’ve been very careful in separating themselves from the old Missouri Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association polls.

Honestly, we have some decent teams, but not ones worthy enough of Top 10 consideration at the state level right now. I don’t know if that will change by the end of the season. There are some outstanding individual players, but no outstanding teams.

Another feature you see in our paper is the weekly projections. We use MasseyRatings.com and CalPreps.com for these numbers.

Give MasseyRatings credit. They pick games from the start of the season. CalPreps.com won’t project games until October, after half of the season has finished.

So far, MasseyRatings.com has been 17-9 for the season and went 6-1 (discounting the Borgia game, see below).

Here are the MasseyRatings.com projections for this week.

•Holt 32, Washington 21

•Borgia at St. Mary’s (no projection)

This one is interesting because they had these teams playing each other last week rather than this week. Actually, it’s thrown the whole AAA Large Division schedule off kilter in its system.

• Union 34, Pacific 13;

• Sullivan 34, St. Clair 28;

• St. James 35, Owensville 28;

• South Callaway 42, Hermann 14;

• Warrenton 40, St. Charles 28;

• Wright City 27, Van-Far 20;

• Windsor 28, Cuba 21.

Believe it or not, the district football standings are out there. They’re not easy to find on the MSHSAA website. You’ve got to go to individual school pages, click on the 11-man football schedule and then find the small “show district standings” link near the bottom of the page.

Doing this, you’ll find the current district standings.

Those should give a better idea of how our area teams stack up in their districts by using the official MSHSAA points system.

And right now, it’s not good.

Washington’s the pick of the litter and is ranked second in its Class 5 district behind Camdenton and comfortably ahead of Lebanon. If the season ended today, the Blue Jays would have a first-round bye and then host the Lebanon-Rolla winner in the second round.

Class 4 District 3 has five of our area teams.

Westminster Christian would be the top seed for the playoffs starting in Week 10.

The top area team would be St. Clair, ranked third behind Ladue.

St. Clair has a slight edge on Priory, which would have the final home berth for Week 10.

Ranked fifth through eighth are Sullivan, Union, Pacific and Borgia.

It’s a similar story in Class 3 District 2, where St. James is fourth and Owensville is eighth.

As of right now, Hermann would have a home playoff game as a fourth seed in its Class 2 district.

There has to be a better way to get the district standings out to the public because I know there is massive speculation of where everyone stands as of this point in the season. We’ve still got six games to play in the regular season before the playoff brackets are set for Week 10, so there’s plenty of room for change. Injuries could change things around dramatically as well. I know Duchesne was able to beat Borgia with a sophomore quarterback. I think he’ll be good down the road but they’ll probably feel better if Clay Stulce could come back by the end of the regular season.

Anything still can happen. Knowing the nature of high school sports, it probably will happen.

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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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