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Posted On: 12/5/17 1:27 PM
Here are some of the top Class 1 teams to watch in the state of Missouri:
Walnut Grove: The defending state champions return a strong group, led by 2018 guard Logan Thomazin, who is the state’s new career leader 3-point shooter. Talented guard Hunter Gilkey also returns as a key player.
Advance: The Hornets were the runners-up at the state tournament a year ago. They return their top player in 2018 guard Armani Vermillion, who averaged 20 points a game.
Eminence: The Redwings advanced to the state quarterfinals a year ago. They will try to take the next step behind the play of 6’6″ 2019 Trent McBride and 6’1″ 2019 twins Grant and Wade Dyer.
North Andrew: The Cardinals return a strong group from last year’s Final Four team, led by 2018 point guard Ryan Hughes and 2018 forwards Jacob Powelson and Caleb Patterson.
Dora: An emerging power is one the horizon with its strong freshman class of guard Isaac Haney and triplets Bryson, Mason and Austin Luna.
Worth County: The Tigers were sectional qualifiers last season and they return key players such as 6’3″ 2018 Drake Kinsella, 6’4″ 2018 Cade Allee and 5’7″ 2018 Ryan McClellan.
Jamestown: The Eagles return a strong group from their conference championship team, led by 6’5″ 2018 forward Trenton Barbour and 2018 guard Garrett Wolfe.
Risco: The Tigers were one of the state’s most improved teams in 2017. Risco returns 5’10” 2019 sharpshooter Nathan Burnett and 6’2″ 2019 forward Morgan Ludwig.
Winston: The Redbirds have been one of the winningest teams in Class 1 in recent years. That winning should continue with the return of 5’10” 2019 guard Jacob Lewis.
St. Elizabeth; The Hornets are led by a talented young big in 6’6″ 2020 Ross Struemph along with 2018 guards Dakota and Mason Kemna.
Chamois: The Pirates return one of the top small-school forwards in Mid-Missouri in 6’5″ 2018 Aaron Brandt.
Greenfield: The Wildcats won 24 games last year and will return 6’2″ 2018 All-State guard Marcus Wright along with 6’5″ 2018 forward Colin White.
Lesterville: The Bearcats are making a bid to being one of the state’s most improved teams, having already won two early season tournaments to start the season.