High-SchoolMissouri: POWERADE FAB 50

Final Missouri POWERADE baseball rankings

June, 6, 2012
6/06/12
12:34
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After games on Sunday, June 3

Another baseball season is in the books and while Westminster Christian ended up partying like it was 2011, Rockwood Summit pulled off a major upset en route to making program history.

Rockwood Summit knocked off favorite Liberty by scoring 10 runs on 10 hits before beating Parkway North for its first Class 4 crown and the No. 1 ranking in the state. Meanwhile, Westminster capped an unbelievable 26-game win streak by repeating as Class 3 champs.

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

1. Rockwood Summit (Fenton) 21-11 (7)
Falcons rallied for 4-3 win against Parkway North to take home Class 4 crown. After losing their final two regular season games, the Falcons defeated previous No. 1 teams Vianney and Liberty en route to the title.

2. Westminster Christian (St. Louis) 29-3 (2)
Wildcats capped season with 26th straight win and second straight Class 3 title by beating Lutheran South 10-4.

3. Liberty 28-4 (1)
Bluejays entered the playoffs as the favorite but fell to Rockwood Summit 10-3 in the Class 4 semifinals before holding Willard in the third-place game.

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Missouri Week 10 POWERADE baseball rankings

May, 30, 2012
5/30/12
4:28
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After games on Saturday, May 26

After a fun regular season, upset-filled district round and tightly played first few rounds of the postseason, we are down to the final four. Beginning this weekend, a quartet of teams in Classes 1-4 will vie for the coveted state crown. Liberty, ranked No. 22 in the POWERADE FAB 50, enters as the favorite in Class 4 while Westminster and its 24-game win streak appears poised to defend its Class 3 title.

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

1. Liberty 27-3 (1)
Behind Spencer Schwandt's seven strikeouts, the Bluejays beat Rockhurst 4-2 and advanced to the Class 4 final four for the second straight year. They will face Rockwood Summit on Friday.

2. Westminster Christian (St. Louis) 27-3 (3)
Wildcats easily downed Mexico, 11-1, to move on to Class 3 semifinal round against Marshall on Friday. Win streak is now at 24 games.

3. Savannah 23-4 (6)
Savages are back in the Class 3 semifinals after beating Oak Grove 9-3. They will face Lutheran South on Friday.

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Missouri Week 9 POWERADE baseball rankings: Upsets abound

May, 22, 2012
5/22/12
4:32
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After games on Saturday, May 19

A new Class 4 champion will be crowned this season following a wild, upset-filled district round. Seven of the No. 1 seeds saw their seasons end early, including reigning state champ Francis Howell, previous No. 1 Francis Howell Central and No. 2 Vianney.

As a result (and as expected come this time of year), the rankings were shook up this week, with only Liberty, ranked No. 34 in the POWERADE FAB 50, standing pat at its top spot.

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

1. Liberty 25-3 (1)
Bluejays held off Oak Park and Staley to win their district crown and move on to the Class 4 state playoffs.

2. Lee's Summit West 24-5 (3)
Titans blew through district tournament, beating three opponents by a combined count of 33-2.

3. Westminster Christian 25-3 (4)
Wildcats enter the Class 3 state playoffs on a 22-game win streak. Tate Matheny is batting .614 with 10 home runs and 47 RBIs.

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Missouri Week 8 POWERADE baseball rankings: Liberty back on top

May, 16, 2012
5/16/12
1:09
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After games on Saturday, May 12

When it comes to the regular season, Liberty stands as the champion after turning a 4-0 week into another Suburban Big Six Conference crown, a district tournament win against Platte County and the No. 45 spot in the POWERADE FAB 50 rankings.

Meanwhile previous No. 1 Francis Howell Central saw its season come to an abrupt end after falling to eighth-seeded St. Charles West in the Class 4 District 8 tournament. So is the fun and fate of the postseason.

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

1. Liberty 23-3 (2)
Bluejays re-emerge as top team after earning its fourth straight Suburban Big Six Conference crown and beating Platte County to open district tournament play.

2. Vianney (Kirkwood) 22-6 (3)
Golden Griffins have won three straight and face Rockwood Summit in district tournament play on Tuesday.

3. Lee's Summit West 22-5 (4)
Winners of seven straight, top-seeded Titans are the host team for the Class 4 District 14 tournament.

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Missouri Week 6 POWERADE baseball rankings

May, 2, 2012
5/02/12
12:05
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After games on Saturday, April 28

With about a week remaining in the regular season, games are starting to matter a little bit more with playoff seeding and positioning at stake.

Liberty remains atop the rankings, but the Bluejays might be hoping that they don't encounter Lee's Summit in the postseason. For the second time this season, Liberty lost last week and for the second time this season, it came at the hands of Lee's Summit.

Another matchup to watch is Eureka and Parkway South, who will meet twice on Tuesday and Wednesday in games that will almost certainly impact next week's top 10.

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

1. Liberty 17-2 (1)
Lee's Summit appears to have the Bluejays' number, as the Tigers once again handed Liberty a one-run loss last week. Before that, Class 4's top squad scored 27 combined runs in easy wins against Park Hill and Central.

2. Francis Howell Central (St. Charles) 16-4 (3)
Spartans notched two big wins against Timberland and No. 3 Vianney before falling to Fort Zumwalt West, marking their first loss in seven games. A pivotal match against Howell North looms on Tuesday.

3. Vianney (Kirkwood) 16-5 (2)
Golden Griffins ran win streak to five games before being cooled off by No. 2 Francis Howell Central in an 11-4 loss.

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Missouri Week 5 POWERADE baseball rankings: Liberty enters FAB 50

April, 25, 2012
4/25/12
11:37
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After games on Saturday, April 21

A cluster of games between top 10 teams gave some clarity to the playoff picture while opening the door for a new team to take over the top spot.

The Liberty Blue Jays, led by Nathan Winfrey, have been on a roll and pushed their current win streak to 10 games by sweeping the competition at the Northland Baseball Tournament. Liberty now sits at No. 47 in the latest POWERADE FAB 50 with a chance to avenge their lone loss of the season this week when it plays Lee's Summit.

Vianney returned to its winning ways by defeating previous No. 1 SLUH and previous No. 6 Francis Howell in consecutive contests. This should add even more intrigue to what should be a closely contested Class 4 postseason.

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

1. Liberty 14-1 (2)
Bluejays move into top spot riding 10-game win streak, including last week's triumph at the Northland Baseball Tournament.

2. Vianney (Kirkwood) 14-4 (4)
Golden Griffins ended two-game slide by beating previous No. 1 SLUH and No. 6 Francis Howell in consecutive close matchups.

3. Francis Howell Central (St. Charles) 14-3 (3)
Spartans have won 10 of last 11, including last week's victory against rival and No. 7 Francis Howell.

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Missouri Week 4 POWERADE baseball rankings

April, 17, 2012
4/17/12
4:50
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After games on Saturday, April 14

Vianney has had a tough slate of games this year, to say the least. Eight of their 15 games have been against teams with winning records, inlcuding Howell North (three times), Howell Central and Lee's Summit West. The will remain tough this week, as the Golden Griffins face No. 1 SLUH on Tuesday and No. 6 Francis Howell on Wednesday.

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

1. SLUH 10-1 (1)
Recorded its third straight shutout by beating Warrenton 10-0. Junior Billikens will put eight-game win streak on the line Tuesday against No. 4 Vianney.

2. Liberty 9-1 (4)
Blue Jays have won five in a row and look to find more success in this week's Northland Baseball Tournament.

3. Francis Howell Central (St. Charles) 10-3
Spartans fell 6-0 to Troy last week but bounced back with win against Rockwood Summit, making for their sixth win in seven games.

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Missouri Week 3 POWERADE baseball rankings

April, 11, 2012
4/11/12
12:07
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After games on Saturday, April 7

Last year, SLUH's 24-0 start ended abruptly in the Class 4 quarterfinals with its first and only loss to eventual champ Francis Howell. This year, with only six seniors graduated, expectations were tempered with the loss of ace Sash Kuebel and the preseason surgery of Mitch Klug.

Apparently, this has all mattered little for the Junior Billikens, who are off to a similar hot start at 8-1 behind the play of pitcher Brian Howard and debut in this week's POWERADE FAB 50 at No. 49.

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

1. SLUH 8-1 (2)
Junior Billikens have overcome injuries and won six straight games.

2. Vianney (Kirkwood) 10-2 (1)
Golden Griffins saw their 10-game win streak snapped in a loss to Chaminade. Two of their next four games come against ranked opponents (No. 1 SLUH and No. 6 Francis Howell).

3. Francis Howell Central (St. Charles) 9-3 (4)
Spartans will put their five-game win streak on the line against No. 6 Francis Howell on Saturday.

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Final POWERADE Missouri final hoops rankings

March, 20, 2012
3/20/12
12:34
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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 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
12:54
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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
4:15
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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 8 hoops rankings: McCluer North takes over top spot

January, 31, 2012
1/31/12
1:31
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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
4:56
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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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Charleston debuts in Week 5 Missouri hoops rankings

January, 10, 2012
1/10/12
12:48
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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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