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Posted: Wednesday, November 20, 2013 9:30 pm

Young again.

If two words had to be used to describe the Union boys basketball Wildcats, those would be the words.

Head Coach Chris Simmons returns two starters from last year’s 6-19 team which went 2-5 in the Four Rivers Conference.

“We have a whole slew of kids moving up from last year’s JV and most of them are going to have to be thrown in the fire from the beginning,” Simmons said. “They were all very committed over the summer and we really improved which has better prepared us for the season and has hopefully reduced the learning curve for these kids.”

The Wildcats open the season next Monday, Tuesday and Saturday in the Borgia Turkey Tournament. The Wildcats have rejoined that event this year and have been assigned to Gold Division Pool C.

Union will face:

• Washington Monday at 8:30 p.m.; and

• O’Fallon Christian Tuesday at 6 p.m.

Additionally, Union will play a third game on Saturday. The time will depend on where Union finishes in the pool.

Simmons, in his second year at Union and fourth season in the coaching ranks, returns junior Nick Ziegler and senior Brian Borgmann.

“These two are the cornerstones of our team because of their experience and skill level,” Simmons said. “Both of them have spent a lot of time working on their game and have made large steps forward in their game. They have both done a great job of leading the younger guys and I believe that both will have a great season.”

Ziegler, a 5-11 guard, led the Wildcats in scoring last season with 13.1 points per game. Additionally, he averaged four rebounds per game, to rank second on the team in that category. He dished out 2.3 assists per game while averaging 0.8 of a steal per contest.

Borgmann, at 6-9, brings the height. He averaged 5.2 points per game with 3.8 rebounds per contest. He also had 1.3 blocked shots per game to go with 0.5 of an assist and 0.2 of a steal per contest.

Overall, the Wildcats have just two seniors on this year’s team. Joining Borgmann is Trey Fink, a 6-0 senior forward.

With so many youngsters, Simmons has simple goals for this season.

“This may sound very cliche, but my goal for this season is to go out every day in practice and get better,” Simmons said. “With us having such a young group of kids, it is essential that we have that mentality every day. This team has a journey approach rather than a destination approach.”

The Wildcats have gotten some unexpected help as well. Alex Moss, a 6-0 junior guard, has come to the Wildcats from Bourbon.

“Austin will make a contribution to our team this year,” Simmons said. “He plays very hard and has a good nose for the ball, but is still learning the game and learning how to play at the higher levels.”

Union’s younger newcomers to the varsity level are:

• Junior Tanner Bunch (5-11 guard);

• Junior Andrei Ciot (6-0 forward);

• Junior Kevin Curran (5-11 guard);

• Sophomore Dillon Breeden (6-0 guard); and

• Sophomore Nick Kretzler (6-0 forward).

Additionally, Simmons will have freshman Ethan Hughes, a 6-1 guard, playing as a swing player between the varsity and JV levels.

“He has done an excellent job in practice of taking everything in,” Simmons said. “He has a lot of upside because he can shoot the ball and has good size for a guard.”

Assistant coaches this year are Cedric Brown, former Union Head Coach Steve Neier and former Union standout Jordan Connell.

Overall, Simmons is impressed with what he’s seen so far.

“We have not seen any selfishness in this group and I truly believe that this is a group that will fight for each other,” Simmons said. “The key will be for each player to excel at his role, which I think we can do.”

Simmons said Union will make mistakes, but hopes the team learns lessons.

“We are going to make a lot of mistakes because of our youth, but how we learn to respond to those mistakes will determine our success,” Simmons said. “We will have our rough spots, but we also will have some times where it will all come together. I like the group that we have. It will take some time, but the farther we get into the season, the better we will get.”


Area Scoreboard


Friday, Sept. 19

*Ft. Zumwalt S at Washington    7 p.m.

Cardinal Ritter at Borgia    7 p.m.

*St. Clair at Union    7 p.m.

*Pacific at Sullivan    7 p.m.

*Hermann at Owensville    7 p.m.

Ash Grove at St. James    7 p.m.

Cuba at Brentwood    7 p.m.

*St. Charles West at Warrenton    7 p.m.

South Callaway at Wright City     7 p.m.

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


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.


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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