KSPR Boys Basketball Power Rankings – Week 10
(Teams are ranked by the KSPR Sports Department based on their relative strength to class size. Overall dominance, strength of schedule, quality wins, and momentum are factors in determining the order. Stats and details are based on information submitted by coaches. Feel free to email comments to email@example.com)
(Last week in parenthesis)
1. Nixa (1) – The class 5 top ranked Eagles closed out the regular season on a 25 game winning streak after wins over rival Ozark and Webb City. They will face Monday’s Kickapoo/Ozark winner in the class 5 district 11 semifinals Wednesday, 6:00 pm at Drury’s O’Reilly Family Event Center. BTW, the Eagles will need a 31-game winning streak to bring home a state title.
2. Billings (2) – The Wildcats capped a perfect run through the Southwest Central League with a 39 point win over Galena. They followed that up with a 60-59 last second victory over class 3 7th ranked Morrisville. Not a bad week!
3. Norwood (3) – The Pirates wrapped up the Summit Conference championship with wins over Mansfield and Conway last week. They will be the top seed and host in the class 2 district 10 tournament next week. Norwood is far and away the best team in that district with only 2 losses compared to 2nd seed Dora’s 9 losses.
4. Hillcrest (4) – The Hornets doubled up Camdenton Friday night. The proud Springfield north side community gave their home farewell to all-time great Dorial Green-Beckham. There is some unfinished business however as the Hornets enter the class 4 district 11 tournament at Republic as the 2nd seed behind the host Tigers.
5. Fair Play (6) – The Hornets only game was Friday night against Lakeland. After scouring the Earth I could not find the final result.
6. Glendale (7) – A great week for the Falcons! Wins over Joplin and Rolla ran GHS’s winning streak to 11 straight since dropping 3 in a row at the Tournament of Champions. The pair of wins also capped a perfect 9-0 run through the highly competitive Ozark Conference. The Falcons get a 1st round bye in the class 5 district 11 tournament and will face the Parkview/Branson winner Wednesday night at the O’Reilly Center.
7. Morrisville (5) – The Panthers fell 60-59 at Billings on a last second shot in their only action of the week. The big news came Saturday when Coach Hicks’ club was seeded 2nd in the class 3 district 11 tournament behind Strafford. I would love to be a fly on the wall in that meeting.
8. Republic (8) – The Tigers picked up a pair of close victories over class 5 opponents Willard and Branson last week. Congrats to senior Nick Yocum who scored his 1,000th career point in the rivalry win over Willard Tuesday. The Tigers are the top seed and host of the class 4 district 11 tournament this week.
9. Wheaton (9) – The Bulldogs beat Exeter and McAuley by an average of 40 points last week. They’ll wrap up the regular season this week before opening the class 2 district 12 tournament as the top seed. They are the heavy favorite as 1 of only 3 teams with winning records.
10. Southwest (10) – The Trojans picked up solid wins over Thomas Jefferson and Verona last week. They were dubbed as the 2-seed in the class 3 district 12 tournament behind only host Mt. Vernon. Making it out of a district that also includes Diamond, Seneca, and Clever won’t be easy by any means.
11. Kickapoo (13) – The Chiefs earned 20+ point wins over Rolla and Waynesville to close the regular season. Senior Ryan Rippee got a major milestone out of the way before the playoffs, becoming the school’s all-time leading scorer with 26 points Friday night. Rippee’s Poo Crew now turn their attention to the class 5 district 11 tournament where they will open up Monday night against Ozark.
12. Mt Vernon (14) – The Mountaineers have quietly put together a very successful season with only 4 losses to this point. Coach Brock’s boys whooped up on Carl Junction 68-34 last week led by Chandler Myers’ 22 points. They will be the host and top seed of the class 3 district 12 tournament next week.
13. Rogersville (15) – After blowing out Catholic the Wildcats squeaked by Bolivar Friday night to claim a share of the COC Small title. The Wildcats are the 4-seed in this week’s class 4 district 11 tournament at Republic.
14. Parkview (NR) – We can’t deny the Vikings any longer. Coach Brown’s fundamentally sound squad wrapped up a 21-5 regular season with wins over Jeff City, Waynesville and Lebanon last week. They aren’t real deep, but are top heavy with the 3-headed scoring tandem of Taylor Acord, Taylor Harville and Erik Durham. The Vikings are the 3-seed in the class 5 district 11 tournament and will open against Branson Monday night at Glendale.
15. Strafford (NR) – After blowing out Marionville early in the week the Indians celebrated a Mid Lakes Conference title Friday night after beating rival Fair Grove 78-76 on a last second 3-pointer by Brady Taylor. Coach Wilson’s crew looks to make another run to the state title game as the top seed and host of the class 3 district 11 tournament next week.
Dropped out: Fair Grove, Carthage
Knocking on the door: Diamond, Conway, Eminence, Seymour, Marshfield, Licking, Winona