Though Woodard missed a significant portion of the season with a severe hamstring injury, he appears to be full strength, at least based on his 22 points in last week's win over Midwest City. Both losses came with Woodard injured, and during his absence, other players were asked to play more important roles, which improved the Bulldogs' overall depth.
At No. 3 in the rankings, Putnam City is busy being Putnam City. The Pirates have the longest winning streak of the trio, dating back to its sole defeat on Jan. 11. And as it usually is with A.D. Burtschi-coached teams, their success is based on a couple of dangerous scorers and a group of talented, experienced role players. PC might be the only team in the state that can challenge Midwest City's depth.
But while the Pirates have played an incredibly tough schedule, we've yet to see them against Midwest City or Memorial, two teams that split their regular-season series.
So the challenge is clear for the other 29 teams in Class 6A.
Apologies for the 1990s movie reference, but unless there's a Keyser Soze waiting to reveal himself, this year's gold ball looks to be going to one of the usual suspects.