High-SchoolMissouri: Five Days of List-Mas

Five Days of List-Mas: Wild Card Edition!

December, 16, 2011
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Whether you’re putting together a grouping of best quarterbacks or worst albums, or you’re making that special list for Santa, there’s nothing quite like a good list. So in honor of the holiday season we’re bringing you lists all week long — Merry List-Mas!

Today: The best mascots in Missouri high school sports.

Any school can be a mascot like the Hawks or the Bulldogs. It takes a creative school to come up with something that is a little more exciting. And some of the Missouri schools have some awfully creative mascots. But which schools made our top five? Read below, and let us know if you think your school should have made the cut.
5. Putnam County Midgets

4. Maryville Spoofhounds

3. Roosevelt Roughriders

2. Yeshiva Blockbusters

1. West Plains Zizzers

Honorable mention: Archie Whirlwinds, Aurora Houn Dawgs, California Pintos, Campbell Camels, Clarkton Reindeer, Southern Reynolds Whippets

Brandon Parker covers Missouri for ESPNHS magazine and ESPNHS.com. Follow him on Twitter@brandoncparker or email him at brandon.c.parker@espn.com.

Five Days of List-Mas: Five best NBA players from Missouri

December, 15, 2011
12/15/11
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Whether you’re putting together a grouping of best quarterbacks or worst albums, or you’re making that special list for Santa, there’s nothing quite like a good list. So in honor of the holiday season we’re bringing you lists all week long — Merry List-Mas!

Today: The five best NBA players ever to come out of Missouri.

Cameron Biedscheid and Nolan Berry are standout basketball recruits who are headed to D-I colleges — and possibly beyond. Missouri has a long history of sending top high school players to the NBA. But who's been the best? Here's our list of the five best players from the Show Me State to play in the NBA.

5. Tyronn Lue
Credentials: Lue played at Raytown before heading to Nebraska, where he starred for three years before being chosen by the Denver Nuggets in the first round of the 1998 NBA Draft. He went on to play 13 seasons in the NBA, most notably with the L.A. Lakers, winning two titles and serving as the Allen Iverson stopper for three quarters in Game 1 of the 2001 NBA Finals...before getting crossed up and stepped over in the end.


4. Larry Hughes
Credentials: Hughes played at CBC before moving down the street to star at Saint Louis University. In one season, he dropped 20.9 points per game, leading the Sixers to draft him eighth overall in 1998. He went on to play 12 seasons for seven different teams and average 14.2 points for his career.

3. David Lee
Credentials: Lee balled out at Chaminade for four years before committing to play at Florida (Brad Beal, anyone?). He proved a solid player for the Gators, averaging 13.6 points and 9.0 boards as a senior in the season before Florida went on its repeat-title run. Lee was drafted 30th by the New York Knicks in 2000. After averaging a career-high 20.2 points and 11.7 rebounds, Lee signed a big contract to play with the Golden State Warriors last season.

2. Tyler Hansbrough
Credentials: Hansbrough was a beast at Poplar Bluff, leading the Mules to two Class 5 titles and averaging 28.2 points and 13.4 boards as a senior. Hansbrough was a beast at UNC, leading the Tar Heels to the 2009 NCAA title, becoming the leading scorer in UNC and ACC history, and winning the National Player of the Year as a junior. Hansbrough is evolving into a beast in the NBA. After being drafted 13th overall in 2009 and battling with injuries as a rookie, he averaged 11.0 points and 5.2 boards last year.

1. Bill Bradley
Credentials: If this name doesn't ring a bell, shame on you. This Crystal City alum has done it all, from winning an NBA championship to becoming a U.S. Senator to being inducted into the Hall of Fame. As the nation's top recruit in 1961, Bradley initially committed to Duke before switching to Princeton, where he was a three-time All-American and the 1965 Player of the Year. The Knicks drafted him in 1965, playing 10 seasons there and winning two NBA championships. He went on to serve as a senator in New Jersey from 1979 to 1997 and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1982.

Tomorrow: Wild Card! Check back tomorrow to find out what our list is.

Brandon Parker covers Missouri for ESPNHS magazine and ESPNHS.com. Follow him on Twitter@brandoncparker or email him at brandon.c.parker@espn.com.

Lee's Summit West vaults into new Missouri hoops rankings

December, 14, 2011
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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.

Click here for the full POWERADE weekly Missouri hoops rankings

Five Days of List-Mas: MO's underclass football stars

December, 13, 2011
12/13/11
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Whether you’re putting together a grouping of best quarterbacks or worst albums, or you’re making that special list for Santa, there’s nothing quite like a good list. So in honor of the holiday season we’re bringing you lists all week long — Merry List-Mas!

Today: The top underclassmen in high school football.

The state championships are over and the Class of 2012 had their run, but it’s never too early to start looking at the impressive players in the Class of 2013 and beyond. Who’s going to rule the gridiron in Missouri next season? We give you the early rundown of who to watch for.

5. Aarion Penton (JR), CBC, DB/RB
Credentials: Anchored defense that allowed 15.6 points per game, led Cadets to Class 6 title game

4. Ramon Alton (JR), Kirkwood, RB
Credentials: 1,177 rushing yards, 20 touchdowns, led Pioneers to Class 5 title game

3. Phoenix Johnson (JR), Webb City, RB
Credentials: 1,920 rushing yards, 33 touchdowns, led Cardinals to second straight Class 4 crown

2. Nick Ramirez (JR), Lee's Summit West, LB
Credentials: Offers from Missouri and Nebraska, state's top-ranked linebacker in his class, led Titans to Class 5 semifinals

1. Trent Hosick (JR), Staley, QB
Credentials: 2,403 rushing yards, 31 touchdowns, 1,422 passing yards, 10 passing touchdowns, led team to Class 5 crown

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Tomorrow: POWERADE state hoops rankings

Brandon Parker covers Missouri for ESPNHS magazine and ESPNHS.com. Follow him on Twitter @brandoncparker or email him at brandon.c.parker@espn.com.

Five Days of List-Mas: MO's A-List

December, 12, 2011
12/12/11
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Whether you’re putting together a grouping of best quarterbacks or worst albums, or you’re making that special list for Santa, there’s nothing quite like a good list. So in honor of the holiday season we’re bringing you lists all week long — Merry List-Mas!

Today: A-Listers.

In the NFL, Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers are A-Listers. In the NBA, it’s LeBron James and Kobe Bryant. But who are the A-Listers in Missouri? That’s where today’s list comes in. Regardless of sport, here’s our list of the top five A-List athletes in the state. Can you think of an A-Lister we didn’t mention? Let us know in the comments.

5. Zach Herriot (SR), Rockhurst, Cross Country
Credentials: Won Class 4 state XC title and Gatorade State Runner of the Year in 2010, finished ninth at 2011 Nike Cross Nationals,

4. Durron Neal (SR), DeSmet, Football
Credentials: Oklahoma recruit, U.S Army All-American, can play five positions

3. Evan Boehm (SR), Lee's Summit West, Football
Credentials: No. 51 in ESPNU 150, nation's top-ranked offensive guard, Under Armour All-American, led Titans to 2010 Class 5 state title

2. Cameron Biedscheid (SR), Cardinal Ritter, Basketball
Credentials: Notre Dame recruit, No. 62 player in ESPNU 100, led Lions to Class 3 title in 2010

1. Dorial Green-Beckham (SR), Hillcrest, Football/Basketball
Credentials: Nation's all-time leader in career receiving yards (6,356), No. 3 overall recruit in ESPNU 150, state record holder in single-season receiving yards (2,233) and career touchdowns (72), two-time Gatorade State POY, led Hornets to Class 4 hoops title in 2010

Click here to check out some of the other states in our Five Days of List-Mas.

Brandon Parker covers Missouri for ESPNHS magazine and ESPNHS.com. Follow him on Twitter@brandoncparker or email him at brandon.c.parker@espn.com.

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