The St. Louis Surge are on the road this weekend in search of their third Women’s Blue Chip Basketball League National title.
The top eight teams in the WBCBL are in Charlotte, North Carolina for the national tournament, which will be held on Saturday and Sunday. The Surge received the No. 3 seed after winning the Midwest regional championship last week at Washington University. They will face the No. 6 seed Virginia Lady Warriors on Saturday at 10 a.m.
Should the Surge defeat the Warriors, they will face either, the No. 2 seed, Dallas Diesel or the No. 7 seed, Phoenix Elite, in the semifinals at 6 p.m. The championship game is set for Sunday at 1 p.m. (St. Louis time).
The Atlanta Monarchs received the No. 1 seed for the national tournament. The Surge and Monarchs have split two meetings during the regular season. Atlanta won the first meeting 107-99 in Atlanta on June 17. The Surge returned the favor the following week in St. Louis with a 98-81 victory.
The Surge have won national titles in 2014 and 2016. They narrowly missed a third national title last season when they were edged by the Georgia Soul in the championship game by one point.
Hurst, Arps help lead Chaos softball to national title
Congratulations to the St. Louis Chaos girls’ softball team on winning the USA Softball Junior Olympics Cup, which was held last week in Chesterfield. The Chaos defeated the Ohio Hawk 2-0 in the championship game. Two of the key players on the team were St. Louis American Players of the Year in softball. Makayla Hurst of Wentzville Timberland was our Player of the Year in 2017 and Micah Arps of Incarnate Word was The American’s Player of the Year in 2018.
Hurst is a power hitting first baseman who is headed to the University of Utah on a softball scholarship. After missing her senior high school season with injuries, she came back to have a strong year on the club circuit. Hurst had a .446 batting average with 15 home runs, 39 runs batted in, 39 runs scored and a slugging percentage of .739 with the Chaos.
Arps is a speedy outfielder who led Incarnate Word to a Final Four berth in the Class 3 state tournament, hitting two home runs with 33 RBI and 24 stolen bases for the Red Knights. Another key contributor for the Chaos was outfielder Rylea Smith, who will be a senior at Parkway North. She hit .524 and was among the St. Louis area’s leaders with 40 stolen bases during her junior season. She has already committed to the University of Kentucky.
Robinson takes silver at USATF Junior Olympics
Hazelwood West junior track standout Justin Robinson took home a silver medal in the 400-meter dash at the USATF Junior Olympics in Greensboro, North Carolina. Running for Gateway City United in the 15-16 age division, Robinson turned in a time of 46.2 seconds, coming in second to Sean Burrell, who won the race in 46.03 seconds.
Miller breaks another national record
Many of the St. Louis area’s top track athletes are in Des Moines, Iowa this week at the Amateur Athletic Union Junior Olympics. John Burroughs star Brandon Miller is already making his mark again as he easily won the title in the 1,500-meter run in the 15-16 age division. Running for the Ultimate Speed Academy, Miller won the race in 3 minutes 58.10 seconds, which was a national record in the age group. It was his seventh national title and sixth national record in the 1,500-meter run alone for Miller, who is also a young phenom in the 800-meter run. We will chronicle the further exploits of Miller and the other top area athletes in next week’s paper. Stay tuned.
Azubuike commits to Arkansas State
Lutheran North football standout Isaiah Azubuike has given a commitment to Arkansas State University. The 5’11,” 220-pound senior linebacker has been a stalwart on the Crusaders’ defense for the past two seasons. As a junior in 2018, Azubuike had 77 tackles, five sacks, two interceptions and two fumble recoveries. He also rushed for 221 yards and scored 10 touchdowns in limited duty as a running back. He also scored nine running backs as a sophomore.
Pat McCaw Pro-Am playoffs conclude this week
The inaugural season of the Patrick McCaw St. Louis Pro-Am Basketball League will conclude this week with its playoffs at the St. Louis College of Pharmacy (4588 Parkview Place). The first round games were held on Wednesday and Thursday nights with Ball So Hard vs. D. Row, 200 Proof vs. Tru Talent, YLie vs. Wellston and FTC vs. STL Stars. The semifinals will be held on Friday night at 5:45 and 7 p.m. The championship game is set for Saturday at 1:45 p.m.