The Spartans have struggled to cover kickoffs this year, and that could haunt them in their first ever district playoff game.
Hickman High School's football team had a disappointing regular season, finishing 1-8. But the Kewpies have a chance to leave their struggles behind them in the playoffs.
The Rock Bridge High School football team is anchored by its offensive line, a group that is as talented as it is goofy.
Tolton has allowed just 14 points in its past five games and racked up three shutouts.
The Bruins rallied back from an early deficit Wednesday to defeat Smith-Cotton High School in the championship match and move on to the sectional tournament.
It's win or go home for all teams entering the district tournament. Only Battle High School will host a first-round game this weekend.
An added year of experience and a beefed up schedule in year two have the Spartans one week away from the first playoff game in the program's history.
During Rock Bridge High School's 40-26 loss to Christian Brothers College High School, Sophie Cunningham became the first female ever to score a point for the Bruins varsity football team.
Rock Bridge girl tennis recorded three top-four individual finishes at the state championships.
An early safety was all the Hawks needed in a 31-0 win over the Kewpies on Saturday.
After three long years mired in losing seasons, the Tolton football team (8-1) capped off its best year ever Friday with a win over Sacred Heart. The Trailblazers have won seven consecutive games.
Battle rushed for 384 yards, while giving up only 137 total yards.
Nick Wright and Becca Rubinstein finished second overall individually for the boys and girls, respectively.
The Bruins' victory is their third state team title in five years. Rock Bridge High School beat St. Joseph's Academy 5-0.
The Class 4, District 11 tournament will be held Oct. 27 and 29 at Muriel Williams Battle High School.
The Trailblazers (7-1) are riding on the energy of their best season ever but found it hard to contain themselves inside their gym this week.
Their .500 record aside, the Bruins are confident their talent and playoff experience will take them into November.
The Spartans have used Jerrion Nelson at five positions this year
The Hickman High School boys soccer team posted a 2-0 victory Wednesday over Muriel Williams Battle High School. A key assist from Tyler Robinson led to a headed goal from Nathan Haile, which set the Kewpies on the road to victory.
The Rock Bridge girls golf team battled the weather to finish seventh in the state tournament Tuesday, which was held at the Twin Hills Country Club in Joplin.