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Posted: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 9:24 am | Updated: 9:26 am, Wed Feb 13, 2013.

Chris Simmons and his Union Wildcats are breathing a sigh of relief following the team’s first Four Rivers Conference win Friday in Owensville.

The Wildcats (5-16, 1-4) knocked off the Dutchmen (5-16, 0-5) to complete a Union sweep, 31-24.

“It was an ugly game all around,” Simmons said. “Both teams shot poorly, there was very little flow to the game, and it was very physical. I was proud of how our boys kept their composure throughout the game and continued to battle. They fought really hard and in the end, we made some plays that put us up when we needed to.”

Simmons said the Wildcats sealed the win late in the contest.

“Late in the game, we got a couple big plays from Zig (Nick Ziegler) and TJ (Vitt) going to the rim,” said Simmons. “Our bigs did a great job of controlling the glass which has been an emphasis. Despite it being so ugly, I was proud of the kids. It was our first conference win of the season, which is always the toughest.”

However, Union lost a rescheduled home game Monday to Whitfield, 59-47. That game originally was on the schedule for Jan. 29, but Whitfield chose not to travel to Union with the possibility of strong storms projected for that night.

Things changed dramatically in the second half.

“In the second half, we played absolutely no team defense and offensively, we made countless unforced turnovers,” Simmons said. “We played without any competitive spirit whatsoever in the second half and responded poorly to Whitfield’s better play. They played harder and with more passion than we did. We held them to 15 points in the first half because of our defense, but in the second half, we gave up 44 points and most of them were scored from within five feet of the rim.”

Owensville

Playing Friday at Owensville, the Wildcats gave Union a sweep of the night’s action. Union also won the girls game which started the evening’s event.

Friday’s game also likely played a role in Union being seeded above Owensville in Saturday’s Class 4 District 9 seed meeting at Pacific. Union was ranked fifth while Owensville drew the sixth seed.

Neither team could score in the first quarter of Friday’s game, but found the basket in the second quarter.

Union took a 13-4 lead to the intermission. Owensville rallied in the third quarter and cut Union’s lead to one point, 20-19.

Union received a big rebounding effort, pulling down 28 boards. Of that, 23 came on the defensive end.

Senior Brandon Ford led the Wildcats with nine points, 10 rebounds and two blocked shots.

Ziegler netted nine points with eight rebounds and two assists.

Vitt closed the game with five points, two assists, two rebounds and a steal.

Junior Brian Borgmann scored four points with three rebounds and an assist.

Sophomore Blake Hulsey scored four points and added one rebound and one steal.

Senior Ashton Dehn recorded four rebounds and two steals.

Also playing was junior Dylan Small.

Cole Farris led Owensville with 10 points, all scored in the second half.

Tanner Goodman scored six points in the second half.

Drew Garner added five points while Dalton Littrell scored two and Nathan Smith ended with one point.

Whitfield

Union led 14-9 after one quarter and 24-15 at the half.

But Whitfield rallied in the second half. The Warriors outscored Union in the third quarter, 21-10, to go ahead, 36-34. The Warriors continued to dominate the second half with a 23-13 fourth quarter.

Ford led the Wildcats with 12 points while adding six rebounds and an assist.

Ziegler had 11 points.

 five assists and two rebounds.

Other Wildcats in the scoring column were Borgmann with nine points, Hulsey with six, Vitt with five and Kory Lucas with two points.

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Area Scoreboard

Football

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

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

Volleyball

Tuesday, Aug. 26

Potosi def. Union, 18-25, 25-18, 25-15

Francis Howell C def. Washington, 25-19, 25-22

Farmington def. Pacific, 25-23, 22-25, 25-8

New Haven at Cuba    5:30 p.m.

Owensville at Bourbon    5:30 p.m.

St. James at Salem    5:30 p.m.

Borgia def. Cardinal Ritter, 25-3, 25-3

Wednesday, Aug. 27

ECC def. Central Methodist JV, 25-12, 25-14, 25-15

Thursday, Aug. 28

Potosi at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Borgia def. Notre Dame, 25-15, 25-8

*Washington def. Ft. Zumwalt South

Union def. Battle, 25-17, 25-11

Pacific def. Seckman, 25-17, 20-25, 30-28

Hermann at Jefferson City    5:30 p.m.

Belle at New Haven    5:30 p.m.

Linn at Owensville    6 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 29

Mississippi Valley at Crosspoint    5 p.m.

Softball

Saturday, Aug. 23

Union Tournament

Union Sports Complex

G1 Washington 21, St. Clair 0

G2 Pacific 15, Liberty 3

G3 Farmington 15, Union 0

G4 Park Hills Central 4, Borgia 2

G5 Liberty 6, St. Clair 5

G6 Union 9, Borgia 2

G7 Washington 5, Pacific 4

G8 Farmington 5, Park Hills Central 2

Consolation — Union vs. Liberty Postponed due to heat

Seventh Place — Borgia 16, St. Clair 0

Championship — Farmington 5, Washington 0

Third Place — Park Hills Central 7, Pacific 6

Monday, Aug. 25

*Borgia 5, Notre Dame 4 (8 innings)

Union 14, Rolla 7

New Haven at Cuba    4:30 p.m.

St. James at Salem    4:30 p.m.

Belle at Owensville    5 p.m.

Sullivan at Westminster Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Aug. 26

*Ft. Zumwalt S 5, Washington 2

Warrenton 4, Union 3

Duchesne 10, Pacific 5

Steelville at Owensville    4:30 p.m.

Vienna at St. James    4:30 p.m.

Wright City 6, St. Clair 2

New Bloomfield at New Haven    5 p.m.

Hermann at Montgomery Co    5 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 27

Borgia at Pacific, PPD to Sept. 5

Thursday, Aug. 28

St. Clair 3, Borgia 2

*Ft. Zumwalt N at Washingto, PPD

Bourbon at Hermann    4:30 p.m.

Owensville at Linn    4:30 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 29

Pacific at Lutheran South    4:15 p.m.

New Haven at Wellsville    4:30 p.m.

Belle at St. James    4:30 p.m.

Washington at Battle Tny    TBA

Saturday, Aug. 30

Washington at Battle Tny    TBA

Boys Soccer

Tuesday, Aug. 26

*Union 1, St. James 0

Fredericktown 4, St. Clair 1

Pacific 2, Hillsboro 0

Sullivan at SLUH    5 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 27

Borgia at Union, PPD

Thursday, Aug. 28

Union at De Soto    5 p.m.

Pacific at North County    5 p.m.

*St. James at Sullivan    5 p.m.

*St. Mary’s 4, Borgia 0

Friday, Aug. 29

Mississippi Valley at Crosspoint    4:30 p.m.

ECC at McKendree JV    7 p.m.

#Washington at Francis Howell North, 4:15 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 30

Washington at Pky W/Northwest Tny    TBA

Cross Country

Friday, Aug. 22

Sullivan at Fleet Feet Inv    4 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 28

Borgia at Parkway Central Inv    TBA

Friday, Aug. 29

St. Clair at First Capitol Inv    4 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 30

Washington at Lafayette Inv    9 a.m.

Girls Golf

Monday, Aug. 25

Borgia 215, Washington 241

Thursday, Aug. 28

Borgia 280, Lutheran St. Charles 284, Washington 292

Boys Swimming

Friday, Aug. 29

Borgia, Washington at Ft. Zumwalt E Inv    3:30 p.m.

*Conference Games

@Fort Scott Tournament

#Parkway West/Northwest Tournament

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