KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Statewide high school football preseason rankings, as compiled by a 13-member panel of sportswriters and broadcasters.


Rank, team points

1. Hamilton (6)123

2. Wellington-Napoleon (4)116

3. Valle Catholic (3)109

4. Salisbury62

5. Tipton50

T6. Miller47

T6. South Harrison47

8. South Shelby46

9. Hayti29

10. Skyline25

Others receiving votes: Westran (24), Archie (14), Polo (8), Milan (6), Thayer (1).


Rank, teamPoints

1. Lamar (11)127

2. Maplewood-RH (1)114

3. MV-Liberty (1)105

4. Lafayette County80

5. Caruthersville78

6. Blair Oaks60

7. Lawson37

8. North Callaway36

9. Holden35

10. Clark County21

Others receiving votes: Brookfield (9), South Callaway (2).


Rank, teamPoints

1. John Burroughs (13)130

2. Maryville112

3. Cassville96

4. Logan-Rogersville78

5. Oak Grove67

6. Centralia52

7. Richmond49

8. McCluer South-Berkeley36

9. Soldan28

10. Duchesne17

Others receiving votes: Clinton (15), Ste. Genevieve (13), School of Osage (11), Springfield Catholic (3).


Rank, teamPoints

1. Webb City (13)130

2. Helias90

3. Harrisonville86

4. Liberty North85

5. Raytown South81

T6. Bolivar61

T6. Vashon61

8. Borgia39

9. Sikeston29

10. MICDS23

Others receiving votes: St. Charles West (10), Hannibal (9), Savannah (5), St. Clair (4), Carthage (2).


Rank, teamPoints

1. Kirkwood (8)124

2. Staley (5)120

3. Lee’s Summit West103

4. Fort Osage91

5. Rockwood Summit79

6. Webster Groves61

T7. Hazelwood East41

T7. McCluer North41

9. Camdenton34

10. Park Hill South15

Others receiving votes: St. Joseph Central (4), Fort Zumwalt South (2).


Rank, teamPoints

1. CBC (9)122

2. Blue Springs (3)114

3. De Smet101

4. Rockhurst96

5. Lafayette62

6. Rock Bridge59

7. Blue Springs South (1)54

8. Jefferson City49

9. Francis Howell38

10. Ritenour9

Others receiving votes: Fort Zumwalt West (7), Hazelwood Central (4).




(St. Petersburg, FL) — Eric Hosmer’s RBI single in the top of the 10th gave the Royals a 1-0 win over the Rays in the second of a three-game series. Luke Hochevar struck out 10 over eight innings of one-hit ball in a no-decision. Kelvin Herrera got the win. Greg Holland earned his sixth save. Kansas City has won four-of-five. David Price fanned eight in eight frames of three-hit ball. Joel Peralta took the loss. Tampa Bay’s winning streak was stopped at five.

Royals starting pitcher Luke Hochevar says they are showing signs of improvement.


Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer says Luke Hochevar and David Price were locked in a pitcher’s duel.


Rays starting pitcher David Price talks about his outing.


David Price adds that catcher Jose Molina deserves a lot of credit for how well he’s pitched this season.


The rubber match will be this afternoon at 12:10 p.m. Central time. Royals pitcher Luis Mendoza gets the start against the Rays James Shields.


(St. Louis, MO)  — Adam Wainwright tossed a five-hitter as the Cardinals clobbered the Astros, 7-0, in the opener of a three-game series.  Wainwright struck out 12 and walked only one to improve to 12-and-10.  Yadier Molina went 3-for-4 with two RBI for the Cards, who have won two-of-three.  Skip Schumaker smacked a two-run single in the victory.  Lucas Harrell allowed six runs and eight hits in five innings to fall to 10-and-9.  Houston is 0-and-2 under interim manager Tony DeFrancesco.

Cardinals starting and winning pitcher Adam Wainwright says they need all the wins they can get.


Cardinals manager Mike Matheny says Adam Wainwright was nothing short of spectacular.


Astros starter and loser Lucas Harrell says it was a rough first inning.


Astros interim manager Tony DeFrancesco says Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright had a great game.


The Cardinals and Astros will go at it again at Busch Stadium. Cardinals hurler Kyle Lohse will take to the mound and face off with the Astros Bud Norris; first pitch is at 7:15.




(St. Louis, MO)  — The Rams continue to gear up for Saturday’s preseason game at Dallas.  Center Scott Wells, receiver Brandon Gibson and safety Darian Stewart are among the injured that have returned to practice.  The Rams’ final exhibition game is a week from tomorrow against Baltimore.


(Indianapolis, IN)  — The Colts made a trade with the Rams last night.  Indianapolis acquired cornerback Josh Gordy from St. Louis in exchange for an undisclosed draft pick in 2014.  Gordy had 43 tackles and three interceptions last season.




Renton, WA) — Rookie Russell Wilson will start at quarterback for the Seahawks in their preseason game against the Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on Friday.  The third-round pick out of Wisconsin has completed 22-of-33 passes for 279 yards with three touchdowns and one interception this preseason.  Free-agent pickup Matt Flynn had started the two previous exhibition contests.