SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The O-Zone Power Rankings are compiled by the staff each week based on a team's relative dominance by class. The school's are not compared head to head, but rather by how strong they are against similar competition as well as current momentum.
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- Billings, 11-1 (1) – The Wildcats dispatched New Covenant 88-75 in their lone matchup this week. Exeter and Crane are on the menu this week.
- Nixa, 10-1 (2) – The Eagles had the week off, but still saw plenty of action. In addition to being moved back into the top spot of the class 5 coaches poll, they also learned of their draw in the Bass Pro Tournament of Champions, opening against Bullitt East, Ky. At 8:00 pm on January 17th. Bullitt East features 6’9” Kentucky commit Derek Willis.
- Republic, 11-1 (3) – The Tigers roll into 2013 with a 45-31 win at Bolivar. A nice mix of size and guard play along with strong fundamentals has RepMo fans thinking state this season.
- Parkview, 12-1 (4) – The Vikings blasted Camdenton 58-27 in their only game last week. Defense is Coach Brown’s calling card. Parkview is allowing a mere 34 points per game this season.
- Strafford, 9-2 (6) – The Indians have been off since round two of the Blue and Gold. They return to action this week with non-conference matchups against Spokane and Blue Eye.
- Mt Vernon, 9-4 (8) –The good times keep on rolling for the Mountaineers with a 65-39 Big 8 win over Monett. It’s all coming together for Coach Brock’s boys as we all expected. Look for senior 3-sport star Shane Williams as this week’s O-Zone Athlete of the Week.
- Crane, 10-2 (7) – The Pirates are in the midst of a two week break. They’ll jump right back into the heat of things Friday visiting top ranked Billings.
- Clever, 11-2 (9) – The Jays were idle last week giving them plenty of time to think about this week’s games against Pleasant Hope and Galena.
- Hillcrest, 6-3 (10) – While it wasn’t quite the showdown it was last season, the Hornets did take care of OC rival Glendale 71-57 last Friday. The Hornets are the area’s other representative at next week’s Bass Pro Tournament of Champions. They’ll open on January 17th at 6:30 pm against Virginia power St. Paul VI. Some other news last week, senior Jonah Hill has returned after previously deciding not to play basketball.
- Fair Play, 9-1 (5) – Just hours after vaulting the Hornets into the top 5 they suffered their first loss; a 67-52 setback to Ash Grove in the Walnut Grove Tournament championship. Lynn Long’s talented team bounced back later in the week with a 70-55 win at Dadeville.
- Ozark, 7-5 (11) – The Tigers were idle last week. They’ll jump into the thick of the conference slate this week, hosting Webb City Tuesday before facing Rogersville later in the week.
- Hartville, 10-2 (12) – The Eagles picked up a 58-29 win over Willow Springs last week. They’ll open Gainesville Tournament action Monday night against Koshkonong.
- Webb City, 8-3 (13) – Like most, the Cardinals had a light week with their lone game coming in a 53-32 win over Mac County. The Cardinals will have a big chance to prove themselves Tuesday night at COC Large rival Ozark.
- Branson, 8-4 (14) – The Pirates continue to play well, picking up a 69-35 win south of the border (Yellville, Ar.). Coach McTague’s Bucco’s face a major test Tuesday night visiting Willard and fellow first year coach Lamont Frazier.
- Ash Grove, 11-4 (NR) – Coach Nicholson and the Pirates were one of the few area teams with a busy week. After capturing the Walnut Grove Tournament championship over Fair Play on New Year’s Eve they promptly stormed through the Miller Tournament with wins over Sarcoxie, Spokane and Purdy. While they lack marquee wins, you can’t deny the Pirates current 8-game winning streak.
Knocking on the door: Kickapoo, Hollister, West Plains, Diamond, Everton, Willard, Carl Junction, Spokane, Skyline