The St. Louis area will be well represented at this weekend’s Missouri State High School Activities Association state championships, which will be held at Missouri State University in Springfield.
There will be seven schools from St. Louis taking the court this weekend at the JQH Arena as four boys’ teams and three girls teams vie for state championships in the Class 4-5 state tournament.
CBC (23-7) and Francis Howell (28-2) will square off in the boys Class 5 state semifinals on Friday at 3:30 p.m. The winner of that game will face either Columbia Rock Bridge (23-3) or Lee’s Summit West (28-3) for the state championship on Saturday at 5:15 p.m.
The Cadets are making their first appearance in the Final Four since 2014 when they won the state championship. They are led by 6’3” junior guard Caleb Love, who scored 30 points in the Cadets’ victory over Mehlville in the state semifinals. Francis Howell is making its first ever appearance in the Final Four. The Vikings are a well-balanced unit that has had a different leading scorer in every game of the postseason.
In the Class 4 boys Final Four, Ladue (20-8) will take on St. Mary’s (17-13) on Friday at noon. The winner will face either defending champion Grandview (27-2) or Logan Rogersville (20-8) for the state championship on Saturday at 1:40 p.m.
Both Ladue and St. Mary’s are making its first ever Final Four appearances. St. Mary’s is led by senior guard Yuri Collins, a Saint Louis University recruit who has been averaging more than 30 points a game in the state playoffs. Ladue is one of the best defensive teams in the state. They are led by 6’1” junior point guard Jaylen Boyd, who leads a balanced scoring attack.
Parkway Central’s girls will be making its first appearance in the Final Four of the Class 5 state tournament this weekend. The Colts (23-6) will face Jefferson City (28-1) on Friday at 3:30 p.m. in the state semifinals. The winner will face either Republic (22-8) or North Kansas City (27-2) for the state championship on Saturday at 8:10 p.m.
Parkway Central is making its first appearance in the Final Four. The Colts feature one of the area’s top post players in 6’3” junior Jayla Kelly, who is averaging 13 points and 12 rebounds a game. Senior guard Olivia Stephens scored 17 points in the Colts’ victory over Jackson in the state quarterfinals.
In the Class 4 girls’ Final Four, Incarnate Word Academy (28-2) and Miller Career Academy (19-7) will be making return trips to Springfield. The two teams will face each other in the state semifinals on Friday at 3:30 p.m. The winners will face either Logan Rogersville (23-7) or Lincoln College Prep (21-4) for the state championship on Saturday at 4:30 p.m.
Incarnate Word will try to add to its dynasty by achieving the three-peat after winning state titles in 2017 and 2018. The Red Knights are led by the stellar senior trio of guard Marissa Warren, forward Kiki Britzmann, center Rickie Woltman and junior Kate Rolfes, who are all averaging in double figures.
Miller Career Academy is back in the Final Four after finishing in third place last season. The Phoenix are led by senior Daisha Seltzer, who is averaging 13 points a game, and juniors Ajanae Garrett and Antuanae Garrett, who combined to average 18 points a game.