It’s a first in the history of the Missouri State High School Activities Association. The Stanberry Bulldogs have won state championships in football and boy’s basketball, both in unbeaten fashion. Never before had that feat been accomplished by one school.
On Saturday night at Mizzou Arena in Columbia, the Bulldogs finished a 31-0 basketball season with a 69-49 win over Walnut Grove, earning Stanberry’s first state championship in boys basketball since 1971. The Bulldogs broke away from Walnut Grove with a 12-4 surge in the second quarter, and closed the door with 27 points in the fourth quarter. Daniel Hailey had 19 points, Alex McQuinn 15, and Brad Hailey 11 for the Grand River Conference champions. Dallas Meinders led #3 ranked Walnut Grove with 35 points. Walnut Grove ends the season with 30 wins against only 3 losses.
The Class 1 girls state championship goes to Mound City, after the Lady Panthers completed a 1 loss season with a 57-45 win over Naylor on Saturday night. Mound City took control of the game in the second half, pulling away from a 22-20 halftime lead for the double-digit win. Kameron Freemyer led the Lady Panthers with 20 points, while Kendey Eaton had 18 points. For Naylor, Callee Pickrell had 18 points, Hannah Cunningham 11, and Kabrien Rogers 10.
The Crane girls have won four straight Class 2 state titles, finishing their accomplishment with a 78-57 win over Neelyville. The Hartville Eagles are the Class 2 boys state champions, taking the title with a 64-37 win over Iberia on Saturday afternoon.
In an “instant classic”, the Tolton Catholic Trail Blazers, led by top-5 national recruit Michael Porter Jr.’s 31 points, downed the defending state champion Barstow Knights in the Class 3 state title game 62-60. In front of 11,000 fans, Tolton won the city of Columbia’s first state championship in over 50 years. Barstow was led by senior forward Jeriah Horne’s 39 points. Horne will head to the University of Nebraska to play for the Cornhuskers next year.
Strafford won the Class 3 girls state title with a 50-46 win over Saxony Lutheran on Saturday at Mizzou Arena.
Class 4 and 5 will head for Mizzou Arena and the “Show-Me Showdown” from Thursday, March 17th to Saturday, March 19th. The St. Joseph Benton girls and St. Joseph Lafayette boys will represent the Midland Empire Conference in the Class 4 event.