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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.

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Area Scoreboard

Football

Friday, Sept. 19

*Ft. Zumwalt S 56, Washington 7

Borgia 42, Cardinal Ritter 6

*Union 55, St. Clair 35

*Sullivan 27, Pacific 10

Owensville 19, Hermann 16

St. James 28, Ash Grove 7

Brentwood 41, Cuba 24

*St. Charles West 49, Warrenton 7

South Callaway 55, Wright City 6

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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