Rock Bridge seniors Matt Kelly and Karon Hayes played with Troy Buchanan's Neil Branham and Derek Deters last summer on the St. Louis Raptors AAU team. The Bruins play the Trojans on Friday in the semifinals of the Class 5 state boys basketball tournament at Mizzou Arena.
Austin Ray, a 6-foot-6 junior forward for the Bruins, scored 10 points in the 57-45 Rock Bridge victory over Branson on Saturday. The Bruins will be back home for the Show-Me Showdown next weekend at Mizzou Arena.
Rock Bridge lost to Branson 63-58 on Jan. 22 in what coach Jim Scanlon considers the team's low point of the season. After compiling a 10-game win streak, the Bruins face the last team that beat them, Branson, in the Class 5 quarterfinals on Saturday.
Freshman Nick Norton is a key contributor again in the 68-46 victory.
Chants of "We want Cheadle!" have been commonplace during the Rock Bridge boys basketball team's run to the Class 5 sectionals.
Fayette beat Douglass 87-49 on Tuesday night in the first round of the Class 2, District 7 tournament at Harrisburg High School.
After being down 17-3 in the first quarter, the Jefferson City Jays battled back to win 34-33 on Friday. Kristin Burnett led the Jays with 10 points and freshman guard Monique Townson added eight.
Sophomore point guard spurs early, late runs and Rock Bridge beat Jefferson City 71-48 for the Class 5 District 9 championship.
Former Missouri libero Tatum Anderson will take over as Rock Bridge head volleyball coach, replacing Vicki Reimler, who coached the Bruins from 1982 to 2002 and returned for a year in 2010, winning a district championship.
Aqua Corpening scored 22 points, but it was not enough as Hickman lost to Jefferson City 50-43 on Wednesday.
Despite offensive struggles, the Bruins (21-5) defeated Smith-Cotton (15-11) on Wednesday to advance to the Class 5 District 9 finals.
The Hickman girls basketball team ended its season with a 50-43 loss to Jefferson City on Wednesday night in the semifinals of the Class 5, District 9 tournament in Jefferson City.
The Rock Bridge girls basketball team won in the semifinals of the Class 5, District 9 tournament Wednesday night in Jefferson City, beating Smith-Cotton 37-21.
Chris Clark played almost the entire district semifinal game against Rock Bridge. His coach said he will become a "cornerstone" of Hickman's basketball program.
Wright wished the team well but said he wanted to focus more on teaching and his family.
Recently, Claire Ortbals has been leading the Hickman girls basketball team in scoring, giving the Kewpies a different look heading into district competition.
During the course of the regular season, the Rock Bridge girls basketball team has played 18 of its 25 games away from home. The long bus rides have brought the Bruins players closer.
Hickman beat Washington to snap a seven-game losing streak and advance to the Class 5, District 9 semifinals.
After winning the Class 4 215-pound state title Saturday, Hickman sophomore J'den Cox is halfway to his goal of becoming the seventh four-time Class 4 state champion.
As the Hickman boys basketball team prepares for the district tournament, they will undoubtedly rely on the stability of senior guard Marcus Whitt.