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Posted: Saturday, November 17, 2012 11:45 am

Pacific certainly doesn’t have the biggest boys basketball team in the area, but the Indians do have skills and athleticism to rely on for the 2012-13 campaign.

Three starters return from last season’s squad that went 17-9 overall and won the Four Rivers Conference championship with a 7-0 record.

“We’re not big, so we have to play smart basketball. We have to play as a team, block out and do the fundamentals right,” said Pacific Head Coach John VanLeer. “We’re excited about the season. We had our best practice (Monday). Hopefully we can build off that and have a good season.”

Pacific was in first place in the preseason Four Rivers Conference poll, voted on by the league’s head coaches.

“Hopefully we’ll get a chance to defend our conference title. Winning the conference always is one of our goals,” VanLeer said. “There are a lot of great coaches and good teams in the conference. It’s never easy.”

Pacific has 13 players on the varsity roster, five seniors, seven juniors and one sophomore.

The Indians’ top returner is sophomore 6-2 guard Cullen VanLeer, who averaged 16.8 points and 5.3 assists per game last season as a freshman.

“Hopefully Cullen will take his game to a new level this year. He had a solid freshman season,” VanLeer said about his son. “He’s a better basketball player this year. He’s gotten stronger. He played against good competition over the summer. I’m looking for him to be a leader and our quarterback on the floor.”

Other returning starters are senior 6-3 forward Zeth Boyer and junior 6-2 forward Jeffrey Hinkle.

“Zeth and Jeffrey both will play in the post. Both are athletic and quick,” VanLeer said. “Zeth moves from the wing to the post. He’s accepted it and has done a nice job in practice. Jeffrey also has looked solid in practice. I think Zeth and Jeffrey both will score more than they did last year.”

Expecting to fill out Pacific’s starting lineup at the beginning of the season are 6-2 senior guard Neil DeBold and 5-10 junior guard Tanner Brown.

“Neil started a few games for us last year and did a good job. We moved him this season from the post to the wing,” VanLeer said. “Tanner was the leading scorer on the junior varsity team last year. He’s looked good so far in practice. I think he’ll be able to score some points.”

Other varsity returners are 6-0 senior guard Brendan Jett-Kell, 5-9 senior guard Brandon Colter and 5-9 junior guard Zach Kraus.

“Zack will be a our backup point guard. We’ll also play him and Cullen together at times,” VanLeer said. “Brendan is a good shooter and understands the game. Brandon also shoots the ball well.”

Varsity newcomers are 6-0 senior forward Stephen Watson, 6-4 junior forward Logan Armstrong, 6-2 junior forward Brett Mann, 6-1 junior forward Stephen Johnson and 5-10 junior guard Chris Klenke.

“Logan will be our first big man off the bench,” VanLeer said. “At 6-4, he’s our tallest player. He’s capable of scoring and can shoot the ball. We’ll really need him to rebound.”

VanLeer said the team has strengths and weaknesses as the season approaches.

“We have to start shooting the ball better. That’s probably our biggest weakness right now. I was encouraged that we really shot it well at (Monday’s) practice. Once we get going, we have several kids who can put the ball in the basket,” VanLeer said. “With our athleticism, I think we’ll be solid defensively. Hopefully that will be a strength.”

Pacific is seeded sixth for the Borgia Turkey Tournament, opening against third-seeded St. Louis Christian Thanksgiving night at 7:30 p.m.

“We’ll have our hands full with St. Louis Christian. Their coach reported they have five players between 6-5 and 6-11 and two players who have received Division I offers. Our tallest player is 6-4,” VanLeer said. “It will be a good game for us to see where we are.”

Pacific also will play in tournaments at Owensville and Union.

Nonconference games are against Jefferson City at the Sullivan Shootout Dec. 22, Festus, Salem, Farmington, Washington, Cape Girardeau Central, Borgia, Mexico and De Soto.

Pacific will host the Class 4 District 9 Tournament this season. Other schools in the district are Borgia, Union, St. Clair, Sullivan and Owensville.


Area Scoreboard

Area Sports Schedule

American Legion Baseball

Ninth District Senior Legion Tournament

Thursday, July 17

At Westhoff Park

G1 (1) West 11, (8) Pacific 1

G2 (4) St. Charles 17, (5) Elsberry 2

At St. Peters Rec-Plex

G3 (3) Washington 4, (6) Wentzville 0

G4 (2) Daniel Boone 8, (7) St. Peters 2

Friday, July 18

At St. Peters Rec-Plex

G5 Elsberry 8, Pacific 3

G6 St. Peters 9, Wentzville 1

At Westhoff Park

G7 St. Charles 4, West 1

G8 Daniel Boone 7, Washington 4

Saturday, July 19

At St. Peters Rec-Plex

G9 Washington 9, Elsberry 4

G10 West 9, St. Peters 6

G12 West 14, Washington 1

At Westhoff Park

G11 St. Charles def. Daniel Boone (fft)

Sunday, July 20

Rest at Westhoff Park

G13 Championship — West 2, St. Charles 1 (13 innings)

Monday, July 21

G14 If-Needed Game — St. Charles 13, West 12

Note—Zone Tournament qualifiers — West, Daniel Boone and St. Charles.

Ninth District Junior Legion Tournament

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 4, St. Peters 3

G14 Championship — Washington 3, Elsberry 1

Washington wins district, to host Zone 1 Tournament at Borgia. Schedule below.

Junior Legion Zone 1 Tournament

At Borgia

Thursday, June 17

G1 Elsberry Post 226 10, Chillicothe Post 25 2

Friday, June 18

G2 Washington Post 218 5, Elsberry 1

G3 Chillicothe 5, Elsberry 4

Saturday, June 19

G4 Championship — Washington 16, Chillicothe 0 (5 innings)

Washington advances to State Tournament in Jackson.

Junior Legion State Tournament

At Jackson

Thursday, July 24

G1 Springfield Glendale vs. Jackson, 3 p.m.

G2 Sedalia vs. Eureka, 5:30 p.m.

Friday, June 25

G3 Washington vs. G1 winner, noon

G4 G1 loser vs. G2 loser, 2:30 p.m.

G5 G2 winner vs. G3 winner, 5 p.m.

G6 G3 loser vs. G4 winner, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, June 26

G7 G5 loser vs. G6 winner, 1 p.m.

G8 Championship — G5 winner vs. G7 winner, 3:30 p.m.

Sunday, June 27

G9 If-Needed Game — G8 winner vs. G8 loser, 1 p.m.

Freshman Legion Ninth District Tournament

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 8, St. Peters 3

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

Saturday, July 12

G13 St. Charles 10, Elsberry-Winfield 1

G14 Championship — St. Charles 5, Washington 2

Sunday, July 13

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

Missouri Freshman

Legion State Tournament

At Rotary Recreational

Complex - Ronsick Field

Wednesday, July 16

G1 Creve Coeur Post 397 16, St. Robert Post 331 2

G2 Ste. Genevieve Post 150 4, St. Charles Post 312 0

G3 Jackson Post 158 1, vs. Springfield Glendale Merchants 0

G4 Washington Post 218 9, Eureka Post 177 4

Thursday, July 17

G5 Springfield Glendale 11, St. Robert 1 (St. Robert eliminated)

G6 St. Charles 10, Eureka 2 (Eureka eliminated)

G7 Ste. Genevieve 4, Creve Coeur 2

G8 Washington 12, Jackson 10

Friday, July 18

G9 Jackson 12, Springfield Glendale 0 (Springfield Glendale eliminated)

G10 Creve Coeur 8, St. Charles 3 (St. Charles eliminated)

G11 Ste. Genevieve 3, Washington 2

G12 Creve Coeur 11, Jackson 7 (Jackson eliminated)

Saturday, July 19

G13 Washington 8, Creve Coeur 3 (Creve Coeur eliminated)

G14 Championship—Washington 5, Ste. Genevieve 2

Sunday, July 20

G15 Championship Game 2—Washington 3, Ste. Genevieve 0

Great Midwest Football League

July 19

Missouri Cyclones 34, Illinois Justice 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 First

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    First

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    PPD

7-12    at Division Meet, Pacific    Third

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.

*Indicates League Games

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