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Posted: Saturday, November 17, 2012 1:30 pm

Casey Korn has talent to work with in his first season as head boys basketball coach at St. Clair High School.

Korn, a 2005 graduate of Northwest High School, replaces Greg Dunigan.

“The kids are working hard in practice. We have a lot to put in over a little amount of time,” Korn said. “We had half of our team in the first week of practice because of football. Those kids are picking it up. Hopefully this week will be better.”

Following his days at Northwest, Korn played basketball for one year and baseball for four years at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa, an NCAA Division III school.

Korn’s first coaching job was during his senior year at Cornell, when he was the freshman boys basketball coach at Mount Vernon High School in Iowa.

For the last three years, Korn has been the head varsity boys basketball coach at Calamus-Wheatland High School in Wheatland, Iowa.

During his first season at Calamus-Wheatland, Korn led the Warriors to the Iowa Class 1A state championship game, finishing in second place.

St. Clair had a record last season of 9-19 overall and 2-5 in the Four Rivers Conference.

The Bulldogs are learning to play under Korn’s system.

“First and foremost, we want to compete defensively. Whether we’re playing full-court, half-court, man-to-man or zone, we’re going to try to make it hard for our opponents to score,” Korn said. “Offensively, we’ll try to push the pace. The kids are adjusting to playing faster and seeing the floor like they need to do.”

Korn said the Bulldogs have seven players who have started games on the varsity level in the past.

Leading the way is senior 6-1 guard Neyko Dominguez, who averaged 14.8 points and 4.8 assists per game last year.

“Neyko was slightly injured at the end of the football season, but he’s getting his legs back and is doing well,” Korn said. “He’s played a lot of basketball. It’s nice to have him at the point. We’re going to put a lot on his shoulders.”

St. Clair has plenty of size at its disposal.

For that reason, 6-3 senior Adam Brott, who averaged 10 points per game last season, is moving from the post to the perimeter this season.

“Adam is making the transition from the post to the guard spot,” Korn said. “He’s learning. It’s going to be a process.”

Brandon York, a 6-4 senior forward, also was a starter last season.

“Brandon and Adam both will be essential to what we do. Hopefully they’ll stay healthy,” Korn said. “It’s no secret that other teams are going to focus on Neyko defensively. We need other options. We need other players to shoot the ball and score points.”

Other returning varsity players are 5-9 senior guard Austin Gotway, 6-1 senior guard Evan Murphy, 6-5 senior forward Will Rolley, 6-5 senior forward Evan Powell and 6-7 junior forward Ben Feddersen.

Rolley, Powell and Feddersen give the Bulldogs good size on the post.

“Our post players have to control the glass.We need them to solidy the center position,” Korn said. “You can’t run if you don’t rebound. We need to have 10 to 15 rebounds every night from those guys combined. Offensively, they’re not going to score 25 points apiece, but if we can walk away with double digit points from the center spot, we’ll be in good shape.”

One possible option to step in and provide a spark from the perimeter is 6-2 junior guard Reno Jones.

“Reno has worked hard and is knocking down shots in practice,” Korn said.

Other members of the 15-player team are senior guards Coty DeClue, junior guards Spencer Crumbaugh, Josh Bozada and Tyler Hinson and junior forward Harley Love.

St. Clair no longer will play in the Park Hills Central Tournament.

Instead, the Bulldogs will open the season at the Borgia Turkey Tournament. They also compete in tournaments at Washington and Union.

The Bulldogs are seeded eighth for the Borgia Tournament, opening Nov. 21 against top-seeded McCluer North.

“Early in the season, I want us to compete. I think we can make a run later in the season,” Korn said. “There’s going to be some growing pains, even with the amount of seniors we have. If the kids buy into what we’re doing, I think we’ll get better. Once everything clicks, we could be pretty good. I think we can compete with anyone if we play our game. If we don’t play our game, we can lose to anyone. Opening the season against McCluer North isn’t an easy road, but we’re excited about it.”

St. Clair, picked the finish fourth in the Four Rivers Conference, has been assigned to Class 4 District 9 with Borgia, Union, Pacific, Sullivan and Owensville.


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 — Washington vs. St. Charles, 1 p.m.

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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