St. Thomas Academy does not have the perfect, or near-perfect, record one might expect from a team ranked No. 3 in Class 3A, but with every loss being competitive and coming against a Class 4A school — four of which are currently ranked in the Top 10 — the reason for the Cadets' ranking becomes clear.
The growth of Sam Vascellaro (16 ppg), Jack Thompson (14.8 ppg) and George Stewart (14.1 ppg) has been a boon for St. Thomas Academy and will give the Cadets (5-5, 2-0) a strong chance to return to the Class 3A state tournament.
Mahtomedi started the season well, as it won four straight games before falling 71-63 to Columbia Heights on Dec. 15. The No. 10-3A Zephyrs (7-3, 0-1) have gone 3-3 starting with that loss, but a win against a talented Metro East Conference and Class 3A rival could set up another winning run.