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Posted: Friday, February 22, 2013 7:00 pm

Pacific was victorious in its final boys basketball game of the regular season, but also suffered a huge loss in the injury department.

Sophomore guard Cullen VanLeer, who averages 18 points and nearly five assists per game, suffered an injury to his right knee during the game and will miss the remainder of the season.

The Indians (16-9) won their home game over De Soto (15-10), 47-35.

Late in the first quarter, VanLeer got a steal and moved in for a layup.

“On his way up, he felt something pop,” said John VanLeer, Cullen’s father and Pacific’s head coach. “There wasn’t much contact with another player. He might have gotten clipped on the arm, but not enough for a foul to be called.”

VanLeer’s injury is a tibial tubercle fracture. There’s a broken bone where the patellar tendon connects to the top of the tibia, which likely will require surgery.

The hope is for VanLeer to return in time for the district golf tournament this spring. He was a state qualifier last year as a freshman.

“It’s very disappointing. Cullen has put a lot of time in basketball. But that’s life. Unfortunately, things like this happen sometimes,” VanLeer said. “We have to move on as a team. Hopefully we can play with some extra inspiration. We want to play for Cullen and prove that we’re a complete basketball team. Cullen knows the game very well. He’ll be an extra coach for us on the bench.”

VanLeer, who ends his sophomore season with 887 career points, appears to be in good spirits.

“He’s OK. He’s taking it pretty well,” John VanLeer said. “We’re glad he’s a sophomore and not a senior.”

Coach VanLeer said that Cullen had a message for his team the night of his injury.

“Cullen asked me to tell the team that even though he’s done for the season, the team isn’t,” VanLeer said.

John VanLeer, always a confident individual, still has faith in the Indians.

“We’ll be up for the challenge. We still have a lot of good athletes and players on our team. I expect us to play well,” VanLeer said. “We don’t have anyone who can do what Cullen can do. We’re not going to have anyone hit 26-foot three-pointers. The kids just have to step up and play their roles a little better. I’m confident in our guys. If we play solid defense, I still think we can do well and win.”

VanLeer said after the injury, the Indians played a solid game.

“We outplayed and outscored a good De Soto team with 15 wins 33-25 after Cullen’s injury. Our defense was really good,” VanLeer said. “Zach Kraus did a good job at point guard, taking over for Cullen. Tanner Brown also played a little at the point.”

Tanner Brown paced Pacific with 10 points and four assists.

Zach Kraus added nine points, three rebounds and two steals.

Logan Armstrong netted eight points.

Zeth Boyer, Noah Boyer and VanLeer each scored six points. Zeth added five rebounds and two assists. Noah had four assists.

Jeffrey Hinkle had two points and three rebounds.

Also playing were Neil DeBold, Brendan Jett-Kell, Stephen Watson, Brandon Colter and Brett Mann.

Pacific shot 36 percent from the field and was 10-23 from the free-throw line.

The Indians held leads of 14-10 after one quarter, 30-20 at halftime and 40-26 after three quarters.

“I thought our kids reacted pretty well after losing our best player. We still played pretty well,” VanLeer said. “We struggled from the free-throw line. If we would have hit our free throws, we would have blown them out.”

The Indians’ junior varsity team ended the season with a record of 14-10 overall and 6-1 in the Four Rivers Conference.

Pacific hosts next week’s Class 4 District 9 Tournament. The second-seeded Indians received a first-round bye and will play either third-seeded Sullivan or sixth-seeded Owensville in the semifinals Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

“I think it’s wide open. (Seth) Mesey is hurt for Sullivan, so I’m not sure of his status. We’re without Cullen,” VanLeer said. “St. Clair and Borgia are strong. If Union plays well, they have a shot. It’s a good district. I think there will be some good games.”

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Area Scoreboard

Area Sports Schedule

American Legion Baseball

Senior Legion

Tuesday, July 1

*Daniel Boone 14, Pacific 3

*Washington 20, Sullivan 5

Wednesday, July 2

*Daniel Boone 8, Pacific 2

*Washington 11, St. Peters 1

Thursday, July 3

*Washington 11, St. Charles 0

Friday, July 4

*Pacific at St. Peters    1:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 5

*Washington 20, Pacific 1

Sunday, July 6

*Washington 11, Warrenton 2

Monday, July 7

Washington 9, Creve Coeur 7

Blue Springs Wood Bat Tournament

Wednesday, July 9

Washington 7, Gravette Lions 0

Thursday, July 10

Washington 4, Post 339 West (Bellevue, Neb.) 2

Friday, July 11

Washington 14, Geiger Redi-Mix (Leavenworth, Kan.) 0

Washington 4, Hawthorne Outlaws (Lee's Summit) 2

Saturday, July 12

Quarterfinals — Quincy (Ill.) 4, Washington 1

Junior Legion

Tuesday, July 1

*Union 5, New Haven 0

*Union 7, New Haven 4

*St. Charles 12, Pacific 5

Thursday, July 3

*Union 13, Hannibal 2

*Union 10, Hannibal 3

*Elsberry at Pacific    7 p.m.

Saturday, July 5

*Daniel Boone at Pacific (DH)    10 a.m.

Union 6, Crocker 5

Union 13, Crocker 7

Freshman Legion

Tuesday, July 1

*Washington 16, Pacific 1

Wednesday, July 2

*Washington 11, St. Peters 0

Ninth District Tournament Schedules

Junior Legion

Tuesday, July 8

At Union High School

G1 (1) Elsberry 3, (8) New Haven 0

At Ronsick Field

G4 (3) Washington 7, (6) Wentzville 1

G4 (2) Union 8, (7) Hannibal 1

At St. Peters Rec-Plex

G2 (5) St. Peters 8, (4) St. Charles 6

Wednesday, July 9

At New Haven

G5 Wentzville 4, New Haven 0

G6 St. Charles 8, Hannibal 7 (9 innings)

At Ronsick Field

G7 St. Peters 5, Elsberry 2

G8 Washington 2, Union 1

Remainder at Ronsick Field

Thursday, July 10

G9 Union 7, Wentzville 1

G10 Elsberry 3, St. Charles 2

Friday, July 11

G11 Washington 12, St. Peters 11 (10 innings)

G12 Elsberry 6, Union 3

Saturday, July 12

G13 Elsberry def. St. Peters

G14 Championship — Washington 3, Elsberry 1

Washington wins district, to host Zone 1 Tournament at Borgia next week.

 

Ninth District Tournament Schedules

Freshman Legion

Tuesday, July 8

At Elsberry Legion Field

G1 (1) St. Charles 7, (8) St. Peters 0

G2 (4) Elsberry-Winfield 4, (5) Wentzville 3

At Elsberry Khoury League Field

G3 (3) Hannibal 3, (6) Warrenton 2

G4 (2) Washington 10, (7) West 1

Wednesday, July 9

At Elsberry Khoury League Field

G5 St. Peters 17, Warrenton 6

G6 Wentzville 5, West 4

At Elsberry Legion Field

G7 St. Charles 10, Elsberry-Winfield 2

G8 Washington 3, Hannibal 0

Remainder at Elsberry Legion Field

Thursday, July 10

G9 St. Peters 11, Hannibal 9

G10 Elsberry-Winfield 13, Wentzville 4

Friday, July 11

G12 Elsberry-Winfield def. St. Peters

G11 Washington 6, St. Charles 0, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 12

G13 St. Charles def. Elsberry-Winfield

G14 Championship — St. Charles 5, Washington 2

Sunday, July 13

G15 If-Needed Game — St. Charles 2, Washington 0

Swim Team Schedules

Washington Swim Team

Date    Opponent    Time/Result

6-9    at Oaks Landing    Washington 192-100

6-16    Westglen    Washington 259-206

6-23    at Fox Creek    Washington 311-225

6-30    at Chadwick    Chadwick 264-258

7-7    Cherry Hills    Washington 291-140

7-11 at Division Meet, Westminster Christian

Pacific Swim Team

Date    Opponent    Time/Result

6-9    Lake of the Woods    LOtW 176-130

6-16    at Union    Union 289-220

6-23    Bridle Creek    Pacific 371-124

6-30    at Arbor Oaks    Pacific 282-241

7-7    at Indian Hills    Cancelled, weather

7-12    Division Meet    8 a.m.

Union Swim Team

Date    Opponent    Time/Result

6-9    at Arbor Oaks    Union 180-120

6-16    Pacific    Union 289-220

6-23    at Lake of the Woods    LoTW 312-201

6-30    Indian Hills    Union 322-275

7-7    Bridle Creek    6 p.m.

7-12    at Division Meet, Pacific    8 a.m.

Pacific Diving Team

Date    Opponent    Time

6-14    at MAC West    MAC West 40-30

6-21    at Lindgate    Lindgate

6-28    at Cool Dell    9 a.m.

7-13    at Championships    8 a.m.

Great Midwest Football League

July 5

Missouri Cyclones 22, Midwest Chargers 14

July 12

Missouri Cyclones at Missouri Valley Pitbulls, St. Charles High School, 5 p.m.

Ninth District Standings

July 1, 2014

District Games Only

Senior Legion

Team    Wins    Losses

West    11    2

Daniel Boone 262    9    3

Washington 218    11    5

St. Charles 312    9    5

Elsberry 226    8    5

Wentzville 323    5    5

St. Peters 313    7    7

Pacific 320    3    10

Warrenton 122    0    10

Sullivan 18    1    12

2014 Final Standings

Junior Legion

Team    Wins    Losses

Elsberry 226    20    2

Union 297    19    3

Washington 218    18    4

St. Charles 312    14    8

St. Peters 313    12    10

Wentzville 323    12    10

Hannibal 55    10    12

New Haven 366    9    13

Daniel Boone 262    5    14

Warrenton 122    3    16

Pacific 320    3    15

Sullivan 18    0    20

Freshman Legion

Team    Wins    Losses

St. Charles 312    20    0

Washington 218    17    3

Hannibal 55    16    4

Elsberry-Winfield 226    14    6

Wentzville 323    9    11

Warrenton 122    8    12

West    7    13

St. Peters 313    6    14

New Haven 366    5    15

Pacific 320    4    16

Elsberry 226    4    16

*Indicates League Games

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