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Red-hot Francis Howell starts fast, blazes to 11th straight victory

    Francis Howell swingman Sam Hefner and his Viking teammates were grumpy and embarrassed after suffering a 17-point loss at the hands of Duchesne in the MICDS Holiday Tournament back on Dec. 23. That setback forced the Vikings to take a good hard look at themselves in the mirror and do some soul-searching during a players meeting where opinions were not sugar-coated. “We had a tough loss and we knew we were better that what we played, so we recommitted as a team to go out and practice, play hard, go all-out and give everything we have,” said Hefner. ...

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CBC knocks off Borgia to claim Borgia Tournament Gold division crown

While many folks were enjoying Turkey and Thanksgiving weekend activities the CBC basketball team was getting some early action in on the hardwood. Early indications are that the Cadets look well set to defend their Class 4 championship this winter. CBC traveled to St. Francis Borgia early during Thanksgiving week and won three games in six days to claim the Gold Divison championship of the 62nd annual Borgia Turkey Tournament. The Cadets opened the tournament with a win over Washington on Monday (Nov. 24), Soldan on Thursday (Nov. 27) , and defeated host Borgia on Saturday night to win the ...

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Boys Basketball preview

It’s time to tip off another high school boys basketball season. CBC won the Class 5 state championship last year and the Cadets’ coach Justin Tatum has two starters back. Tatum is casting his squad as underdogs who will “need to play with a chip on our shoulder” this season. Chaminade will be competing with CBC for supremacy in the Metro Catholic Conference. Coach Frank Bennett’s Red Devils will be led by senior Jayson Tatum, the son of the CBC coach. Lafayette Coach Scott Allen’s team should be solid again; while De Smet Jesuit coach Kevin Poekler will have a ...

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Chaminade’s Tatum lists his top choices of colleges

Chaminade’s Jayson Tatum, who is ranked No. 1 junior class of 2106 by Scout.com., revealed his top 10 choices for a college to play at Monday (Sept. 1) on Twitter. Tatum listed his choices in alphabetical order. More importantly for local basketball fans, Missouri, Illinois and Saint Louis University are on the list. Here are the other schools: Arizona, Connecticut, Duke, Kansas, Kentucky, North Carolina, and Wake Forest. All of the programs are among the top annually in the nation. The 6-foot-9 Tatum had an eye-turning sophomore season. He scored almost 26 points a game along with 10.4 rebounds. The ...

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Glotta commits to Austin Peay for basketball

The recruiting process will not continue into the fall for Fort Zumwalt North guard Zach Glotta. Glotta, a standout senior-to-be backcourt player for the Panthers has given a verbal commitment to Ohio Valley Conference member Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tn. Glotta, who spent his summer playing for the Gateway basketball club 17 and under team, will begin his senior season as a four-year starter running the Zumwalt North offense at point guard under the direction of his dad, Coach Charles Glotta. In his junior season, Glotta averaged 15.1 points,  2.6 rebounds, 3.6 steals, and 4.5 assists per game ...

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Beal does not make roster of U.S. men’s national basketball team

Chaminade graduate Bradley Beal did not make the roster for the U.S. men’s national basketball team. The Americans have 16 players left in their roster pool after cutting three players Tuesday (Aug. 5). In addition to Beal, who plays for Washington, the other two cut were Washington’s John Wall and Bradley Beal, and Atlanta’s Paul Millsap. The remaining players will report to Chicago for practices that begin Aug. 14. They have to get down to 12 before the World Cup of Basketball begins Aug. 30 in Spain. The players remaining are: Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant, Chicago’s Derrick Rose, Cleveland’s Kyrie ...

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Glotta, Steinberg, Barnes receive basketball offers

  The month of July was a busy and productive one for several West County and St. Charles County area prep basketball players. Several area players performed quite well during the July evaluation period and as a result gained new offers from different schools around the country. Zach Glotta from Fort Zumwalt North has been polishing his skills with the Gateway club this summer and Glotta, a 5-foot-10 senior guard, recently picked up an offer from Austin Peay State University in Tennessee. 6-foot-8  Zach Steinberg from Lafayette is busy playing with the Missouri Impact this summer. Steinberg offered a scholarship from ...

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De Smet Jesuit’s Jimmy Barton returns for chance to play Mizzou basketball

Jimmy Barton is spending his summer in Columbia getting adjusted and doing what he loves – playing basketball. The De Smet Jesuit graduate and Des Peres native is planning to walk onto the Missouri Tigers this season. The all-time single season and career assist leader at De Smet decided to leave Houston Baptist after his freshman season and play closer to home. “I’ve been in Columbia since June 30,” Barton said. “I’m really excited to be a part of Missouri.” A 5-foot-10, 160-pound point guard, Barton said, “Houston Baptist was a good experience for a year. It just wasn’t a ...

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