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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, 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

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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