The ball racks are all shoved in the closets. The uniforms are all cleaned and stowed away. All the whistles are packed away for the season.
So what would basketball be like without some kinds of post-season awards?
Drum roll please, I present to you the first-ever “Jimmy’s,” awards for the local hoop stars and starlets from your local pundit, Baer Facts author, Jimmy Baer.
Where to begin?
Remember, there will be a male and female winner for each award. At this popsicle stand gender is equal.
The MVP’s of the season.
Easy: Sydney Stipanovich of St. Joseph’s Academy and Austin DaGue of Ladue.
Both are three year performers. Both players lifted their teams to lofty heights.
First Stipanovich. Sydney did it all with 14 points and 11 rebounds and a half-dozen blocks every night out. St. Joe finished second in the Class 5 state tournament. Next stop the Ivy League Penn Quakers.
DaGue led Ladue to a 21-6 record and a place in the district finals with Chaminade. Next stop, the Eagles of Emory University.
Most rugged on the board award:
Erin Nelson of St. Joe and Andrew Maddock of Ladue. Don’t get in the way when either decides to drive to the hoop. What a performance by Nelson in the Show-Me Showdown title game. Nelson's new home, the Billikens of Saint Louis U.
Best point guard award:
Emmie Haring of St. Joe and Cornell Johnson of Ladue. With a ball in their hand, look out. They were the glue in the offense.
Top underclass returner award:
Jordan Cosby of Ladue and Taylor Baur of MICDS. Two freshman with unlimited upside to improve and contribute next year and beyond.
Top seniors coming back:
Emily Kyman of MICDS, going for the 1,000 point plateau and Cornell Johnson of Ladue, already there.
Gave it their all award:
Definitely seniors Lizzie Greenberg of Ladue and Jimmy Carney from John Burroughs. They made games really fun to watch this season.
Best inside/out combo:
No doubt, Foye Oluokun, the high flying Burroughs player with the Windex on the glass and lane-driving (get out of my way) Ezekiel Elliott.
Coaches of the Year:
Burroughs Steve Wilcutt and St. Joseph’s Julie Matheny.
Frustrated Coach of the Year:
Has to go to Villa’s Jane Ellen Kuenzel and MICDS’ Matt Hixenbaugh.
Biggest Stage Award:
MICDS boys at Coaches vs Cancer at Scottrade Center. Mizzou Arena for the St. Joe girls in the Show Me Showdown finals.
Biggest thing to look for next season:
John Burroughs fabulous new performance center.
The “Jimmy” Baer “Team of the Year”:
Ladies and gentlemen, your St. Joe Angels, of course. Second best in all of Missouri.
The season is finally over.