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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.

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Area Scoreboard

Football

Friday, Sept. 19

*Ft. Zumwalt S 56, Washington 7

Borgia 42, Cardinal Ritter 6

*Union 55, St. Clair 35

*Sullivan 27, Pacific 10

Owensville 19, Hermann 16

St. James 28, Ash Grove 7

Brentwood 41, Cuba 24

*St. Charles West 49, Warrenton 7

South Callaway 55, Wright City 6

Friday, Sept. 12

*Ft. Zumwalt North 49, Washington 0

*Borgia 35, St. Dominic 0

*Union 27, Pacific 19

*Sullivan 47, St. Clair 21

Hermann 65, Wentzville Liberty 7

*Owensville 29, St. James 28 (OT)

Cuba 22, Windsor 6

*Warrenton 14, St. Charles 6

*Bowling Green 55, Wright City 0

Friday, Sept. 5

Warrenton 14, Washington 6

Borgia 13, Maplewood-Richmond Heights 0 (forfeit)

*Union 32, Sullivan 19

*Pacific 20, St. Clair 18

*Hermann 52, St. James 20

Owensville 35, Cuba 8

*Wright City 36, Montgomery Co. 0

Friday, Aug. 29

Sullivan 30, Washington 8

Borgia 56, Union 13

Ozark 41, St. Clair 0

Potosi 34, Pacific 13

Hermann 54, Cuba 12

Blair Oaks 42, Owensville 0

St. James 36, Houston 18

Warrenton 28, Troy 0

Orchard Farm 36, Wright City 18

Friday, Aug. 22

Washington 26, St. Clair 21

Borgia 48, Owensville 12

Parkway West 49, Union 39

Pacific 28, De Soto 20

Park Hills Central 34, Sullivan 27

St. James 12, Cuba 6

Hermann 61, Montgomery Co 12

Warrenton 26, St. Dominic 23

Trinity 28, Wright City 24

Softball

Tuesday, Sept. 16

*Borgia at Notre Dame    4:30 p.m.

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt N    4:30 p.m.

*Union at Owensville    4:30 p.m.

*Pacific at New Haven    4:30 p.m.

*St. James at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Hermann at Sullivan    4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 17

Washington at Warrenton    4:30 p.m.

Sullivan at Northwest    4:30 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 18

*St. Dominic at Borgia    3:45 p.m.

*Union at Hermann    4:30 p.m.

*St. Clair at New Haven    4:30 p.m.

*St. James at Pacific    4:30 p.m.

*Owensville at Sullivan    4:30 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 19

Union at Ft. Zumwalt N Tny    TBA

South Callaway at New Haven    5 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 20

Union at Ft. Zumwalt N Tny    TBA

St. James Tny    TBA

Monday, Sept. 22

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt S    4:30 p.m.

Union at North County    4:30 p.m.

Warrenton at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

Principia at Sullivan    4:30 p.m.

Hermann at Cuba    4:30 p.m.

Owensville at Cuba    4:30 p.m.

St. James at Bourbon    4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 23

*Borgia at Duchesne    4:30 p.m.

*Holt at Washington    4:30 p.m.

*Pacific at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Owensville at New Haven    4:30 p.m.

*Hermann at St. James    4:30 p.m.

Volleyball

Tuesday, Sept. 16

*Sullivan at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt E    5 p.m.

*New Haven at Union    5:30 p.m.

*Pacific at Hermann    5:30 p.m.

*Owensville at St. James    5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 17

Washington at Duchesne    5 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 18

*St. Clair at Owensville    5 p.m.

*Union at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

*Hermann at New Haven    5:30 p.m.

*St. James at Sullivan    5:30 p.m.

O’Fallon Christian at Borgia    6:30 p.m.

Washington at Gateway Match Up    TBA

Friday, Sept. 19

Eagle Ridge at Crosspoint    5:15 p.m.

Providence at Crosspoint    7:15 p.m.

Washington at Gateway Match Up    TBA

Saturday, Sept. 20

New Haven Round Robin    9 a.m.

ECC at Wentworth    1 p.m.

ECC vs. Graceland JV (Wentworth)    3 p.m.

Washington at Gateway Match Up    TBA

St. Clair at Seckman Tny    TBA

Monday, Sept. 22

St. Clair at Salem    5 p.m.

Bourbon at Sullivan    5:30 p.m.

Dixon at St. James    5:30 p.m.

Hermann Tournament    TBA

Tuesday, Sept. 23

Cuba at St. James    5:30 p.m.

Crosspoint at Bethel    5:30 p.m.

Crosspoint vs. Thomas Jefferson    6:30 p.m.

Hermann Tournament    TBA

Boys Soccer

Tuesday, Sept. 16

Crosspoint at Fulton St. Albans    4:30 p.m.

Tolton Catholic at Borgia    5:30 p.m.

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt E    6 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 17

*St. Louis at ECC    4:30 p.m.

Union at Affton    5 p.m.

St. Clair at De Soto    5 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 18

*St. Clair at St. James    5 p.m.

Dixon at Sullivan    5 p.m.

Borgia at Trinity    6:15 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 19

Eagle Ridge at Crosspoint    4:30 p.m.

Tolton at Fulton SA    5 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 20

*Ft. Zumwalt S at Washington    10 a.m.

Crowder at ECC    2 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 22

Hillsboro at Union    5 p.m.

CYC Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Sept. 23

*Fulton SA at Thomas Jefferson    4:30 p.m.

North County at Union    5 p.m.

*St. James at Pacific    5 p.m.

*Borgia at St. Dominic    6:15 p.m.

CYC Tny    TBA

Cross Country

Thursday, Sept. 18

St. Clair at Lutheran North    4 p.m.

New Haven, St. James at Steelville Inv    4 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 20

Festus Inv.    9 a.m.

Hermann at Fulton Inv    9 a.m.

Thursday, Sept. 25

Washington at Rolla Inv    4 p.m.

Union, Owensville, St. James at Belle Inv    4 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 27

Hancock Inv    8:30 a.m.

Pacific at Viburnum Inv    10:30 a.m.

Monday, Sept. 29

St. Clair at Elsberry Inv    4 p.m.

St. James at Dixon    4 p.m.

Girls Golf

Tuesday, Sept. 16

*Borgia at St. Dominic    3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 17

Duchesne at Borgia    3:30 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 18

Ft. Zumwalt S at Washington    3:30 p.m.

Borgia at AAA Meet, Lutheran SC    TBA

Wednesday, Sept. 24

Washington at GAC Central Meet    TBA

Thursday, Sept. 25

*Duchesne at Borgia    3:30 p.m.

Boys Swimming

Saturday, Sept. 20

Borgia at Ft. Zumwalt W    8:30 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 29

Washington at Ft. Zumwalt South    3:30 p.m.

*Conference Games

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