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Posted: Friday, November 16, 2012 4:30 pm

Can Union native Grant Young lead the Union basketball Lady ’Cats to victory this season?

Young, who has a very successful record during his career, takes over the Union girls basketball program this season from Jolene Smith.

“I am very excited to bring my coaching experience back to my hometown,” Young said. “Being a hometown kid I would love for the community to support what we have going as a program.”

Young has a 237-129 record as a head coach, which includes girls coaching stints at Wheatland, Neosho and Purdy. He also coached the Wheatland boys.

Young last was at Purdy High School, which he led to a 73-17 record and a Class 2 state title in 2011. He was named Missouri Basketball Coaches Association and Missouri Sportswriters and Sportscasters Class 2 girls coach of the year that season.

He also coached the Wheatland boys to a MSHSAA Class 1 state tournament in 2002.

At Purdy, Young also was the school’s athletic director. And, at Wheatland, he coached both the boys and girls teams. He also has girls coaching experience with Neosho and won a district title there.

Young’s assistant coaches are Collin Flynn, Nick Kelley and Tracy Jefferies.

Young has a seasoned group for this campaign with the Lady ’Cats. Of the 12 players on the varsity team, 11 played last season with Union’s top level squad. Union had only one major loss to graduation, guard Taylor Timmons, who averaged 5.6 points , 3.3 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 1.2 assists per game.

Union returns everyone else.

Quickness should be a positive for the team while height could be a disadvantage. Union’s tallest player is 5-11 with two others at 5-10 and two more at 5-9. “The players have bought into the high-intensity level and tempo of the system we are implementing,” Young said. “At the offensive end we have worked extensively on the dribble drive motion. We have potent outside threats and quick penetrators that can get to the hoop. Defensively we have incorporated our hybrid match-up zone. The girls have really enjoyed learning the new defensive style. Our aggressiveness will allow our match-up to extend and eliminate the size discrepancy in a lot of teams we face. Our size will be a weakness, but if we work on blocking out well we can utilize our quickness during transition.”

Sophomore Bethany Coons came up early in her freshman season to score 11.1 points per game while adding 2.1 steals per contest. She’s a projected starter at a guard position.

Senior forward Rachael Bassett was second in scoring last year at 11.0 points. She led the team in rebounding with 6.8 boards per contest. Bassett will start at the post position. She has the chance to reach 1,000 points for her career this season.

Senior Alyssa Coons averaged 9.7 points and 1.9 steals per game last season and projects to start at the point guard spot.

Senior Abbie Brack averaged seven points and 2.2 rebounds last season. She is a returning guard starter.

Union has only three forwards this season with Bassett, senior Jillian Johnston (1.4 points, 1.4 rebounds per game) and junior Maddy Weinhold listed to play forward.

The rest of the team consists of guards.

Senior Briana Lakebrink played in 17 games last year.

Junior Kaila AuBuchon was in 20 varsity games last season.

Junior Megan Altemueller saw action in three varsity games. She will start the season as a swing player on both the varsity and JV teams.

Senior Whitney Vitt, the team’s tallest player, was on last year’s team but left early in the season after averaging 10 points per game. She projects to start at the shooting forward spot.

Junior Anna Houston was on the roster last year but did not have any stats. She will see action with the JV team as well.

The only varsity newcomer is junior guard Ali Overschmidt (JV-varsity swing player this season), although sophomores Bri Clark, Kayla Kelly, Hannah Lopez and Emily Nowak also could see some playing time.

Even Kara Poole, who saw action in eight games last season, is back with the program as a student assistant. Other student assistants are Kirsten Dierberg and Jerica Reeser.


Area Scoreboard


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


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.


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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