High-SchoolMissouri: BASKETBALL Weekly Rankings

Final POWERADE Missouri final hoops rankings

March, 20, 2012
3/20/12
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After games on Sunday, March 18

The Class 1, 2 and 3 tournaments were decided over the weekend and with Charleston hanging on to dethrone defending Class 3 champ Hogan Prep, the Bluejays stood pat in the rankings, along with everyone else. In Class 2, Billings won while Scott County Central pushed their streak to four straight Class 1 state titles.

On the national front, a few upsets allowed two-time defending Class 5 champion McCluer North to move up to No. 33 in the POWERADE FAB 50 rankings.

Here are the final rankings (last week's rankings in parentheses):

1. McCluer North (Florissant) 28-1 (1)
Stars ended season on 26-game win streak and repeated as Class 5 champs by beating Nixa.

2. Vianney (Kirkwood) 27-2 (2)
Golden Griffins had their best season ever but fell short of a title after a Class 5 quarterfinal loss to eventual champ McCluer North.

3. Nixa 30-2 (3)
Thirty-game win streak was snapped in the Class 5 final by McCluer North. With Jalen Norman and Austin Ruder, back, Eagles are the early favorites for next year.

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After games on Sunday, March 11

While one team chased history, another fought to make sure history didn't repeat itself. In the end, they both accomplished their tasks.

McCluer North capped an impressive string of 26 wins with its second straight Class 5 title, beating Nixa 69-60. Nixa entered the contest on a win streak as well (30 straight), but it wasn't enough to overcome Jordon Granger (26 points, 16 rebounds) and the experience of a team that's won three state championships and made four title-game appearances in the last six years. The Stars moved up to 35th in the POWERADE FAB 50 rankings.

In the Class 4 final, Soldan finally got over the hump and won its first state crown in 31 years. The last two seasons had seen the Tigers settle for third place, but behind a tough regular-season schedule and Paul McRoberts' 18 points, Soldan was able to hold off Dorial Green-Beckham and Hillcrest by the score of 55-42.

Classes 1-3 are winding down their state tournaments, and perhaps the shot of all tournaments came in the Class 1 quarterfinal. Check out the video above for Brandon Shank's halfcourt buzzer beater to lift St. Joseph Christian past Jefferson, which made the No. 1 slot in SportsCenter's Top Plays.

Here are this week's rankings (last week's rankings in parentheses):

1. McCluer North (Florissant) 28-1 (1)
Stars marched to their second straight Class 5 title by beating Nixa 69-60 behind Jordon Granger's 26 points and 16 rebounds.

2. Vianney (Kirkwood) 27-2 (2)
Golden Griffins had their best season ever, but Class 5 quarterfinal loss to eventual champ McCluer North left them short of a title.

3. Nixa 30-2 (3)
Eagles saw their 30-game win streak in a Class 5 title-game loss to McCluer North.

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After games on Sunday, March 4.

McCluer North coach Randy Reed told me before the year that, in hopes of focusing on the new goal and season at end, his team was going to act like they never won the Class 5 title in 2011. But as the season wore on, at times it seemed like the rest of the state acted like the Stars weren't the defending champs, either.

After going under the radar for much of the season, the spotlight has returned to the Stars, who have won 24 straight (including a big quarterfinal win against a tough Vianney squad), are ranked No. 38 in the POWERADE FAB 50 and are two wins away from a repeat title.

Also under the radar and just across the Class 5 bracket is Nixa. The Eagles began the season with a loss, but have yet to taste defeat again, winning 29 straight and avenging their lone loss by downing Rock Bridge in the quarterfinals.

Here are this week's rankings (last week's rankings in parentheses):

1. McCluer North (Florissant) 26-1 (1)
Stars defeated Vianney 63-54 behind Jordon Granger's 18 points to earn 24th straight win and spot in the Class 5 final four. The defending champs face Lee's Summit West on March 8.

2. Vianney (Kirkwood) 27-2 (2)
Golden Griffins saw their best season in school history come to end with a loss to top-ranked McCluer North in the Class 5 quarterfinals.

3. Nixa 29-1 (3)
Led by Jalen Norman's 31 points, the Eagles avenged their lone loss of the year by beating Rock Bridge in overtime to move to Class 5 semifinals. Next up: a Marquette squad they beat by 22 earlier this season.

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Missouri Week 12 hoops rankings: McCluer North enters FAB 50

February, 28, 2012
2/28/12
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After games on Sunday, Feb. 26

Following several surprising district round developments, the Sweet 16 kicks off for the remaining Class 4 and 5 teams this Wednesday.

McCluer North kept up its winning ways, holding off McCluer in the Class 5, District 8 finals behind Jordon Granger's 25 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks to vault to No. 45 in the POWERADE FAB 50 rankings. The Stars will continue their trek to defend their state title against Fort Zumwalt South on Wednesday. But get this — should the Stars win, it could mean a quarterfinal matchup with No. 2 Vianney, which meets Troy Buchanan on Wednesday.

A similarly huge quarterfinal matchup could take place on the other side of the Class 5 bracket should the seeds hold true. A win for Nixa and Rock Bridge would mean a rematch of their season opener, when Rock Bridge handed Nixa its lone loss of the season.

One Class 5 team to watch out for is CBC. The Cadets knocked off Webster Groves in last week's district final and have played Vianney in each of their three regular-season matchups.

Here are this week's rankings (last week's rankings in parentheses):

1. McCluer North (Florissant) 24-1 (1)
Stars continue to roll, stretching their win streak to 22 games by holding off rival McCluer in the Class 5, District 8 final. The drive to defend their state title begins Wednesday against Fort Zumwalt South.

2. Vianney (Kirkwood) 26-1 (2)
Golden Griffins took care of business en route to the Class 5, District 5 tournament crown. A first-round win against Troy-Buchanan on Wednesday could mean a huge quarterfinal matchup with top-ranked McCluer North on Saturday.

3. Nixa 27-1 (3)
Eagles breezed through the Class 5, District 11 tournament. They face the Webb City in Wednesday's sectional round and a win could mean a quarterfinal matchup with No. 4 Rock Bridge, the only team to beat Nixa this season.

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Missouri Week 11 hoops rankings: District playoffs begin

February, 21, 2012
2/21/12
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After games on Sunday, Feb. 19

The district playoffs began this week, making for several rematches and tons of intense play. Most eyes will be on the loaded Class 5, District 8 bracket, which includes No. 1 McCluer North, No. 4 McCluer and an upstart Hazelwood Central team. Defending Class 5 champ McCluer, winners of 20 straight, handled defeated both teams in the regular season but both contests were close, meaning Friday's final could be a memorable one.

Here are this week's rankings (last week's rankings in parentheses):

1. McCluer North (Florissant) 22-1 (1)
Stars enter this week's loaded Class 5, District 8 tournament on 20-game win streak and with second straight Suburban North Conference title.

2. Vianney (Kirkwood) 24-1 (2)
Golden Griffins begin play in this week's Class 5, District 5 tournament with their first Metro Catholic Conference crown.

3. Nixa 25-1 (3)
Eagles closed out the regular season with their 25th straight win. They will face Kickapoo on Wednesday in the Class 5, District 11 tournament.

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Missouri Week 10 hoops rankings: Lee's Summit North makes debut

February, 14, 2012
2/14/12
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After games on Sunday, Feb. 12

To say there are some hot teams in Missouri would be an understatement. There's defending Class 5 champ McCluer North, which has (literally) looked unbeatable of late behind an 18-game win streak and Jordon Granger's 13.8 points and 7.3 rebounds per game.

There's also Vianney, which has put together two quality wins against Borgia and DeSmet since having its 18-game win streak snapped, as well as Nixa, which has won 23 straight games since losing its season opener.

And this week, there's Lee's Summit North making its debut in the top 10. The Broncos knocked off previously ranked Rockhurst and could earn another big victory Tuesday when they face Blue Springs South.

Here are this week's rankings (last week's rankings in parentheses):

1. McCluer North (Florissant) 20-1 (1)
Red-hot Stars have now won 18 straight. After six days off, they take on Chaminade and Ritenour this week.

2. Vianney (Kirkwood) 22-1 (2)
After earning at least a share of the first MCC title with a win against DeSmet, the Golden Griffins take on SLUH on Tuesday and CBC on Friday.

3. Nixa 23-1 (3)
The Eagles, winners of 23 straight, have beaten eight of their last nine opponents by at least 20 points. Next up: Ozark on Tuesday, Webb City on Friday.

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After games on Sunday, Feb. 5

With about two weeks of regular-season play, the Missouri high school basketball scene is entering a critical stretch. Momentum is always key entering the playoffs — just ask the New York Giants, or even defending Class 5 champ McCluer North. That's why several key matchups this week could prove critical in March.

McCluer, which moved to the No. 5 spot in this week's rankings, will look to gain some steam when it faces No. 7 Soldan on Friday. The Comets are riding a five-game win streak, but Soldan has been battle-tested of late, downing East St. Louis (Ill.) and CBC, which beat McCluer, before barely losing to a talented Whitney Young (Ill.) squad.

Rock Bridge welcomed back Travis Jorgenson last week after the star junior guard missed a month with a hand injury. But the Bruins lost in Jorgenson's first game back, as Raytown South's Earl Peterson went off for 31 points to send Rock Bridge to its second loss in four games. Whether the Bruins can reestablish their chemistry with Jorgenson and get back on track will be key come playoff time.

Here are this week's rankings (last week's rankings in parentheses):

1. McCluer North (Florissant) 19-1 (1)
Stars pushed win streak to 17 games with big win against Hazelwood Central. Next up: Riverview Gardens on Thursday.

2. Vianney (Kirkwood) 21-1 (2)
Golden Griffins downed Borgia and Washington on consecutive days. Tough stretch continues with Friday's contest against Nolan Berry and DeSmet.

3. Nixa 20-1 (3)
After blowing out Neosho by 40, the Eagles travel to Carthage on Tuesday.

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Missouri Week 8 hoops rankings: McCluer North takes over top spot

January, 31, 2012
1/31/12
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After games on Sunday, Jan. 29

As weird as it may sound for a defending state champ, McCluer North has quietly moved back up to state's No. 1 spot. For whatever reason, some had written off the Stars after they fell to Borgia in November, but 16 straight wins later, the Stars appear to be peaking at the right time as they did during last year's title run.

Led by Jordon Granger's 13.9 points and 8.1 rebounds per game, the Stars have downed rival McCluer and Cardinal Ritter, which knocked off former No. 1 Vianney this past week. Cameron Biedscheid led the way with 26 points while the Lions also got a career-high 22 points from Charles Jones. The loss knocked Vianney out of the POWERADE FAB 50 rankings.

Here are this week's rankings (last week's rankings in parentheses):

1. McCluer North (Florissant) 18-1 (2)
Defending Class 5 champs return to top spot with a 16-game win streak in hand. Big game against Hazelwood Central looms on Thursday.

2. Vianney (Kirkwood) 18-1 (1)
Golden Griffins fell for the first time this season in a 69-66 loss to Cardinal Ritter. Look to bounce back Wednesday against Clayton.

3. Nixa 19-1 (5)
Eagles keep on winning, and in a big way, topping their last five opponents by an average of 24 points.

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Missouri Week 7 hoops rankings: No. 1 Vianney streaks into record books

January, 24, 2012
1/24/12
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After games on Sunday, Jan. 22

Put simply, Vianney has been close to untouchable on the hardwood this season. And with Friday's win against Chaminade, this year's version of the Golden Griffins now sit in uncharted territory.

The top-ranked Golden Griffins notched their 17th straight Friday, moving past the mark set during the 1997-98 campaign. Tony Cochran and Brad Woodson put up monster performances, scoring 30 and 27 points, respectively, to help secure the historic victory. With the win, the Golden Griffins are No. 41 in the latest POWERADE FAB 50 rankings. But the moment wasn't filled with all good news, as senior point guard Richard Dorhauer went down with an ankle injury that could sideline him.

These rankings were done before the big Monday matchup between No. 2 McCluer North and No. 7 McCluer, but win or lose, McCluer's week is far from over. The Comets host No. 6 Webster Groves on Friday.

Here are this week's rankings (last week's rankings in parentheses):

1. Vianney (Kirkwood) 17-0 (1)
With Friday's 69-48 victory against Chaminade, the Golden Griffins won their 17th contest to start the season, breaking the school record for most consecutive wins. Next up: Kirkwood on Tuesday.

2. McCluer North (Florissant) 15-1 (2)
After a week off, the Stars play three games this week against No. 7 McCluer, Vashon and Hazelwood East.

3. Lee's Summit West 16-0 (3)
The Titans registered two close wins against Raytown South (58-57) and Blue Springs South (53-51) to remain undefeated. Next up: Ruskin on Tuesday.

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Week 6 Missouri hoops rankings: McCluer North, Nixa on a roll

January, 18, 2012
1/18/12
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After games on Tuesday, Jan. 17

The first two weeks of the season didn't go exactly as McCluer North and Nixa, two strong Class 5 contenders, had expected. Defending champ McCluer North fell to Borgia in its third contest while Nixa began the season with an L against Rock Bridge.

Since then, both teams seemingly have been invincible, reeling off long win streaks as we hit the midseason mark of the year. The Stars have won 13 straight while Nixa has gone unbeaten in 14 consecutive contests after clutch shooting allowed the Eagles to pull out a two-point win against Kickapoo on Tuesday.

Of course, the state's best record and streak this season belongs to Vianney, which now sits at 16-0 and 41st in the POWERADE FAB 50 rankings.

Here are this week's state rankings (last week's rankings in parentheses):

1. Vianney (Kirkwood) 16-0 (1)
The Golden Griffins easily downed Farmington and Lindbergh. Up next: Chaminade on Friday.

2. McCluer North (Florissant) 15-1 (2)
Stars have hit their stride, beating Hazelwood East and Pattonville before downing Cameron Biedscheid and Cardinal Ritter by the count of 68-50 on Monday. Next up: Vashon on Friday.

3. Lee's Summit West 13-0 (3)
Titans remained unbeaten with last week's 22-point win against Park Hill.

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Charleston debuts in Week 5 Missouri hoops rankings

January, 10, 2012
1/10/12
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After games on Monday, Jan. 9.

Most of the top 10 teams have started the new year off right. Top-ranked Vianney keeps on winning and now sits at 14-0 and 43rd in the POWERADE FAB 50 after Monday's victory against Eureka. Defending Class 5 champ McCluer North, which has won 10 straight, appears to be hitting its stride. And Lee's Summit West is making a case for the top ranking with its 12-0 start.

Charleston's victorious ways have catapulted it into the state rankings at No. 10 this week. Much thanks goes to Greg Tucker, who is putting together a monster season. In a December win against Meridian (Ill.), the senior guard dropped 40 points and he's averaging 20.4 points on the year.

Here are this week's rankings (last week's rankings in parentheses):

1. Vianney (Kirkwood) 14-0 (1)
Golden Griffins are 3-0 in the new year, highlighted by a 66-59 win against Breese Central (Ill.) this past Saturday.

2. McCluer North (Florissant) 12-1 (2)
Stars look like they did during last year's Class 5 title run, riding a 10-game win streak entering Tuesday's contest against Hazelwood East.

3. Lee's Summit West 12-0 (4)
Titans look to continue undefeated run against Park Hill on Tuesday.

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Vianney is new No. 1 in Missouri Week 4 hoops rankings

January, 3, 2012
1/03/12
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After games ending Jan. 2

Last season, Vianney began its season with five losses in its first six games. So far this year, defeat is a foreign subject to the Golden Griffins.

Off to their best start in at least six years, Vianney used a big win against previously undefeated Webster Groves and the first loss of the season for previous No. 1 McCluer to take over this week's top spot in Missouri. Tony Cochran and George Suggs have led the charge, with Cochran pacing the Golden Griffins with 17.4 points per game and Suggs holding things down on defense with team highs in rebounding (6.7 rpg) and blocks (2.3 bpg).

Also noteworthy are the efforts of Soldan and CBC. Soldan may not have won the Normandy Holiday Invitational, but the Tigers hold their own against national No. 16 Memphis Ridgeway in the title game, pushing the Tennessee power to double overtime after the Roadrunners had routed their previous opponents. As for CBC, the Cadets enter the rankings after handing McCluer its first loss of the season and and playing Vianney close in the Meramec tournament.

Here are this week's rankings (last week's rankings in parentheses):

1. Vianney (Kirkwood) 11-0 (2)
Golden Griffins move into top spot after winning the Meramec Holiday Festival. Title run included a big victory against No. 4 Webster Groves. Next up: SLUH on Tuesday.

2. McCluer North (Florissant) 10-1 (7)
Defending Class 5 champs were victorious at the Collinsville Schnucks Tournament in Illinois and have won eight in a row.

3. Rock Bridge (Columbia) 10-1 (3)
Bruins won Great 8 Classic despite playing without star guard Travis Jorgenson (thumb injury).

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Webster Groves debuts in Missouri Week 3 hoops rankings

December, 27, 2011
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McCluer and Vianney continued their undefeated starts to the season, but another team is making noise with an unblemished start: Webster Groves.

The Statesmen were supposed to be in rebuilding mode this year, but instead they have shot up to No. 4 in the rankings behind the trio of Demetrius Robinson (15.4 ppg), Peter Fairbanks (14.6 ppg) and Rayshawn Simmons (13.0 ppg). They will start the new year off with a major test against 6-1 Marquette.

Here are this week's rankings (last week's rankings in parentheses):

1. McCluer 6-0 (1)
After two-week layoff, Comets keep hold on top spot with Monday's win against Washington.

2. Vianney 7-0 (2)
Golden Griffins take undefeated record into Tuesday's game against Parkway West. Tony Cochran leads the way, averaging 16.7 points.

3. Rock Bridge 7-1 (4)
Bruins lost to out-of-state foe Basehor-Linwood (Kan.) before downing Raymore-Peculiar.

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Lee's Summit West vaults into new Missouri hoops rankings

December, 14, 2011
12/14/11
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After a later start to its season, Lee's Summit West is off to type of start most expected from a team starring a trio like Shaq Harrison, Austin Panko and Nathan Jackson. The Titans easily handled a solid Raymore-Peculiar squad, 68-40, before holding off Rockhurst by two points on Monday.

The rest of the top five stood pat, as McCluer, Vianney, Soldan and Rock Bridge extended their undefeated starts. But watch out for Webster Groves, which is 3-0 and knocking on the top 10 door.

Here's how this week's rankings shake out (last week's rankings in parentheses):

1. McCluer (Florissant) 5-0 (1)
The Comets survived a scare before rallying for an overtime win against Hyde Park (Ill.). Demetrius Floyd scored 31 points in the victory.

2. Vianney (Kirkwood) 5-0 (2)
The Golden Griffins squeaked by CBC, 59-56.

3. Soldan (St. Louis) 4-0 (3)
The Tigers beat Morgan Park (Ill.) 59-44 in the Midwest Showdown Shootout.

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McCluer takes over top spot in Missouri hoops rankings

December, 8, 2011
12/08/11
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As was the case in the preseason, a team from McCluer remains atop our Missouri state basketball rankings. But after a few games, it's McCluer, not defending Class 5 champ McCluer North, that has established itself as the state's frontrunner.

The Comets have been unstoppable, beating their opponents by an average of 33 points behind the combo of Demetrius Floyd and Chantel Stanciel. Also shooting up the rankings is Vianney, which takes over the No. 2 spot after a big win against previous No. 2 DeSmet on Wednesday, as well as No. 4 Sikeston, which went 30-0 last year en route to the Class 4 title and has won its first four games this season.

Here's how the first batch of rankings shake out (preseason rankings in parentheses):

1. McCluer (Florissant) 3-0 (NR)
Comets have established themselves as state's top team by beating first three opponents by average of 33 points.

2. Vianney (Kirkwood) 4-0 (NR)
Vaulted up rankings with big win against previous No. 2 DeSmet.

3. Soldan International (St. Louis) 2-0
The Tigers are off to a quick start after finishing third in Class 4 last year.

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