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Posted: Wednesday, March 13, 2013 8:00 am | Updated: 8:44 am, Wed Mar 13, 2013.

High school basketball in our area is over.

The season ended Saturday for our three remaining teams, Borgia’s boys and New Haven’s and Sullivan’s girls.

It was an impressive second half of the season for the Knights. They got hot at the Washington Tournament in the middle of January.

After losing in the first round to Howell Central, the light seemed to turn on. Borgia went 14-3 for the remainder of the season.

The Knights found ways to win games. St. Clair had them on the ropes in the district semifinals, but they pulled through.

Jordan Miller had a memorable buzzer beater to defeat Hillcrest in the sectional round.

Borgia trailed Republic by just one point after three quarters in the quarterfinal game, but a return trip to Columbia wasn’t meant to be.

Sullivan’s girls played good basketball throughout the season, finishing with just five losses.

For the second time this school year, Webb City stopped Sullivan in the Class 4 state quarterfinals, which also happened during the football campaign.

The two schools won’t meet in the baseball playoffs. Webb City is Class 5. Sullivan is Class 4.

New Haven’s girls lost to Crane, falling in the Class 2 state championship game for the second straight season.

Plenty of tears were shed after the game, but playing for a state title in two straight years is an incredible accomplishment.

Most high school basketball players never win a district championship, or even play in a district championship game, much less get a chance to play in a state championship contest two years in a row.

The Lady Shamrocks were more determined to win state this year. And they’ll be shooting for a third straight appearance next season.

“I definitely had more desire,” said New Haven junior guard Rachel Steinhoff. “It kind of eats away at you. Since last year, every day you’re thinking I want to get back there. And we did, and I’m proud of that. I’m glad I have another year. It’s going to be the same thing trying to get back.”

Steinhoff, the daughter of Ray Steinhoff (New Haven Boys Basketball Coach and Athletic Director), will be a determined player next season as a senior.

“My dad has won state three times in basketball and my brother (Ryan) won under my dad. I don’t want to miss out on that,” she said. “He’s proud. He’s happy I get to experience this. He knows how much I want it. He’s a nervous parent, that’s for sure. He said it’s harder to be a parent than to be a coach.”

The Lady Shamrocks, who always are battle-tested by playing in the Four Rivers Conference, had another memorable postseason.

“The Neelyville game (quarterfinals) was a really exciting game,” said New Haven senior Kierstin Monzyk. “When we played that game, I thought there was no way we’d face anyone better. But we came here and saw Crane.”

Not to be overlooked is St. James’ girls, who capture third-placed honors in Class 3 with a win Friday over North Tech.

The Class 4-5 boys and girls state tournament takes place this weekend in Columbia.

My prediction for state champions are Sikeston’s boys and Incarnate Word’s girls in Class 4 and DeSmet’s boys and Rock Bridge’s girls in Class 5.


The brackets for the NCAA Tournament will be unveiled Sunday.

Thankfully, Mizzou doesn’t have any more road games. Hopefully the Tigers will play better on neutral courts.

Phil Pressey is a good player and I hope he returns to Mizzou for his senior season. But by the way he’s performed at the end of some games, I’m sure there are some MU fans that hope he enters the NBA Draft.

I’m calling it right now. Mizzou will play either Kansas or Saint Louis in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

What a season it’s been for the Billikens, who are the outright Atlantic 10 regular season champions and the top seed for this week’s conference tournament.

It’s a fitting tribute to their former coach, the late Rick Majerus.

The Billikens have a real shot to do some major damage in the NCAA Tournament.

Other teams I like to make a tournament run are Gonzaga, Duke, Georgetown, Louisville, Michigan State and Oklahoma State.

Teams that could exit earlier than expected are Indiana, Michigan, Miami, Kansas, Ohio State and Syracuse.


Area Scoreboard

62nd Annual Borgia Pepsi Thanksgiving Tournament

Blue Division

Pool 1

McCluer North



Pool 2

Cardinal Ritter


Rockwood Summit

Gold Division

Pool 1




Pool 2


North Tech


Monday, Nov. 24

CBC 77, Washington 52

Tuesday, Nov. 25

Cardinal Ritter vs. Rockwood Summit, PPD

Washington 63, Soldan 62

Borgia 83, Union 50

Wednesday, Nov. 26

Carnahan 71, Normandy 46

Pacific 64, Rockwood Summit 22

North Tech 67, Union 37

Thursday, Nov. 27

McCluer North 95 Carnahan 68

CBC 82, Soldan 55

Borgia 50, North Tech 45

Friday, Nov. 28

McCluer North 93, Normandy 39

Pacific 70, Cardinal Ritter 57

Saturday, Nov. 29

Blue Consolation — Rockwood Summit 47, Normandy 38

Gold Consolation — Soldan 78, Union 59

Gold Third Place — North Tech 63, Washington 57

Blue Third Place — Cardinal Ritter 71, Carnahan 46

Blue Championship — McCluer North 64, Pacific 58 (OT)

Gold Championship — CBC 67, Borgia 66

Boys Basketball

Monday, Dec. 8

Lutheran S 64, St. Clair 48

Borgia 61, Carnahan 51

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Lafayette 44, Washington 35

Friday, Dec. 12

Potosi 72, St. Clair 45

*Washington 69, Ft. Zumwalt North 65

Montgomery Co 62, New Haven 61

*St. Mary’s at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

Bourbon 75, Union 74

Glendale 63, Pacific 46

Saturday, Dec. 13

New Haven 46, Barat 40

Nixa 56, Pacific 46

Tuesday, Dec. 16

*Pacific 70, New Haven 35

*Hermann 67, St. Clair 49

*Ft. Zumwalt South 61, Washington 50

*Union 81, St. James 74

Friday, Dec. 19

*Owensville at St. Clair    4 p.m.

Washington vs. Parkway Central, GAC/Suburban Shootout, St. Charles Family Arena, 5:30 p.m.

*St. James at New Haven    6 p.m.

*Pacific 76, Union 57

Saturday, Dec. 20

Sullivan Shootout

Owensville vs. Rockwood Summit, 11:30 a.m.

Lindbergh 67, St. Clair 46

Jefferson City vs. Jackson, 2:30 p.m.

Washington 56, Lutheran South 54

Poplar Bluff 59, Borgia 49

Sullivan vs. Affton, 7 p.m.

Girls Basketball

Saturday, Dec. 6

Cor Jesu 63, Borgia 60

New Haven 46, Moberly 39

Monday, Dec. 8

Pacific 73, Rolla 40

St. Clair 68, Dixon 37

Washington 54, New Haven 15

Tuesday, Dec. 9

*Borgia 59, Rosati-Kain 38

Union 53, Northwest 44

Thursday, Dec. 11

*Borgia 60, Notre Dame 53

Union 81, Bourbon 53

Friday, Dec. 12

New Haven 45, Principia 30

*Washington 59, Ft. Zumwalt North 32

Saturday, Dec. 13

West Plains 76, Pacific 37

Monday, Dec. 15

*Pacific 46, New Haven 28

*St. Clair 59, Hermann 50

*St. James 64, Union 37

Sullivan Tournament

Cuba 48, Principia 27

Borgia 68, Patriettes 29

Sullivan 56, Pattonville 43

Owensville 78, Farmington 54

Wednesday, Dec. 17

Sullivan Tournament

Farmington 61, Pattonville 39

Sullivan 68, Owensville 64

Principia 55, St. Louis Patriettes 42

Borgia 56, Cuba 38

Thursday, Dec. 18

*St. James 72, New Haven 21

*Union 49, Pacific 48

Friday, Dec. 19

Francis Howell 55, Washington 48

Sullivan Tournament

Seventh Place — Pattonville vs. St. Louis Patriettes, 4 p.m.

Consolation — Farmington vs. Principia, 5:30 p.m.

Third Place — Owensville vs. Cuba, 7 p.m.

Championship — Borgia 62, Sullivan 35

Saturday, Dec. 20

Union at Waynesville    5 p.m.


Monday, Dec. 8

Maplewood 48, Borgia 30

Brentwood 47, Borgia 36

Winfield 48, St. Clair 36

St. Clair 42, St. James 40

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Pacific 55, North County 10

Jackson 63, Washington 12

Farmington 63, Washington 6

Wednesday, Dec. 10

Borgia 36, Lutheran St. Charles 34

Winfield 54, Borgia 30

Thursday, Dec. 11

Union 72, Ft. Zumwalt East 9

Union 52, Principia 30

Union 54, Winfield 27

Saturday, Dec. 13

Union Tournament    9 a.m.

Borgia at McCluer S-Berkeley Tny    9 a.m.

Pacific at Farmington Tny    9 a.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 16

Owensville 61, St. Clair 16

Union 48, Owensville 27

Union 65, St. Clair 18

Friday, Dec. 19

Washington at Raytown S Tny    TBA

Union at Cape Central Tny    TBA

Pacific at Ft. Zumwalt E Tny    TBA

Saturday, Dec. 20

Washington at Raytown S Tny    TBA

Union at Cape Central Tny    TBA

Pacific at Ft. Zumwalt E Tny    TBA

Girls Swimming

Monday, Dec. 8

Washington at Eureka    4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Washington at Nerinx Hall    4 p.m.

LSC/OFC 134, Borgia 101, St. Dominic 83

Monday, Dec. 15

Borgia at Notre Dame (Forest Park)    4 p.m.

Kennedy 88, Washington 84

Wednesday, Dec. 17

Lindbergh 128, Washington 48

*Conference Games