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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

62nd Annual Borgia Pepsi Thanksgiving Tournament

Blue Division

Pool 1

McCluer North

Normandy

Carnahan

Pool 2

Cardinal Ritter

Pacific

Rockwood Summit

Gold Division

Pool 1

CBC

Soldan

Washington

Pool 2

Borgia

North Tech

Union

Monday, Nov. 24

CBC 77, Washington 52

Tuesday, Nov. 25

Cardinal Ritter vs. Rockwood Summit, PPD

Washington 63, Soldan 62

Borgia 83, Union 50

Wednesday, Nov. 26

Carnahan 71, Normandy 46

Pacific 64, Rockwood Summit 22

North Tech 67, Union 37

Thursday, Nov. 27

McCluer North 95 Carnahan 68

CBC 82, Soldan 55

Borgia 50, North Tech 45

Friday, Nov. 28

McCluer North 93, Normandy 39

Pacific 70, Cardinal Ritter 57

Saturday, Nov. 29

Blue Consolation — Rockwood Summit 47, Normandy 38

Gold Consolation — Soldan 78, Union 59

Gold Third Place — North Tech 63, Washington 57

Blue Third Place — Cardinal Ritter 71, Carnahan 46

Blue Championship — McCluer North 64, Pacific 58 (OT)

Gold Championship — CBC 67, Borgia 66

Boys Basketball

Monday, Dec. 8

Lutheran S 64, St. Clair 48

Borgia 61, Carnahan 51

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Lafayette 44, Washington 35

Friday, Dec. 12

Potosi 72, St. Clair 45

*Washington 69, Ft. Zumwalt North 65

Montgomery Co 62, New Haven 61

*St. Mary’s at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

Bourbon 75, Union 74

Glendale 63, Pacific 46

Saturday, Dec. 13

New Haven 46, Barat 40

Nixa 56, Pacific 46

Tuesday, Dec. 16

*Pacific 70, New Haven 35

*Hermann 67, St. Clair 49

*Ft. Zumwalt South 61, Washington 50

*Union 81, St. James 74

Friday, Dec. 19

*Owensville at St. Clair    4 p.m.

Washington vs. Parkway Central, GAC/Suburban Shootout, St. Charles Family Arena, 5:30 p.m.

*St. James at New Haven    6 p.m.

*Pacific at Union    7 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 20

Sullivan Shootout

Owensville vs. Rockwood Summit, 11:30 a.m.

St. Clair vs. Lindbergh, 1 p.m.

Jefferson City vs. Jackson, 2:30 p.m.

Washington vs. Lutheran South, 4 p.m.

Borgia vs. Poplar Bluff, 5:30 p.m.

Sullivan vs. Affton, 7 p.m.

Girls Basketball

Saturday, Dec. 6

Cor Jesu 63, Borgia 60

New Haven 46, Moberly 39

Monday, Dec. 8

Pacific 73, Rolla 40

St. Clair 68, Dixon 37

Washington 54, New Haven 15

Tuesday, Dec. 9

*Borgia 59, Rosati-Kain 38

Union 53, Northwest 44

Thursday, Dec. 11

*Borgia 60, Notre Dame 53

Union 81, Bourbon 53

Friday, Dec. 12

New Haven 45, Principia 30

*Washington 59, Ft. Zumwalt North 32

Saturday, Dec. 13

West Plains 76, Pacific 37

Monday, Dec. 15

*Pacific 46, New Haven 28

*St. Clair 59, Hermann 50

*St. James 64, Union 37

Sullivan Tournament

Cuba 48, Principia 27

Borgia 68, Patriettes 29

Sullivan 56, Pattonville 43

Owensville 78, Farmington 54

Wednesday, Dec. 17

Sullivan Tournament

Farmington 61, Pattonville 39

Sullivan 68, Owensville 64

Principia 55, St. Louis Patriettes 42

Borgia 56, Cuba 38

Thursday, Dec. 18

*St. James 72, New Haven 21

*Union 49, Pacific 48

Friday, Dec. 19

Washington at Francis Howell    7 p.m.

Sullivan Tournament

Seventh Place — Pattonville vs. St. Louis Patriettes, 4 p.m.

Consolation — Farmington vs. Principia, 5:30 p.m.

Third Place — Owensville vs. Cuba, 7 p.m.

Championship — Borgia vs. Sullivan, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 20

Union at Waynesville    5 p.m.

Wrestling

Monday, Dec. 8

Maplewood 48, Borgia 30

Brentwood 47, Borgia 36

Winfield 48, St. Clair 36

St. Clair 42, St. James 40

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Pacific 55, North County 10

Jackson 63, Washington 12

Farmington 63, Washington 6

Wednesday, Dec. 10

Borgia 36, Lutheran St. Charles 34

Winfield 54, Borgia 30

Thursday, Dec. 11

Union 72, Ft. Zumwalt East 9

Union 52, Principia 30

Union 54, Winfield 27

Saturday, Dec. 13

Union Tournament    9 a.m.

Borgia at McCluer S-Berkeley Tny    9 a.m.

Pacific at Farmington Tny    9 a.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 16

Owensville 61, St. Clair 16

Union 48, Owensville 27

Union 65, St. Clair 18

Friday, Dec. 19

Washington at Raytown S Tny    TBA

Union at Cape Central Tny    TBA

Pacific at Ft. Zumwalt E Tny    TBA

Saturday, Dec. 20

Washington at Raytown S Tny    TBA

Union at Cape Central Tny    TBA

Pacific at Ft. Zumwalt E Tny    TBA

Girls Swimming

Monday, Dec. 8

Washington at Eureka    4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Washington at Nerinx Hall    4 p.m.

LSC/OFC 134, Borgia 101, St. Dominic 83

Monday, Dec. 15

Borgia at Notre Dame (Forest Park)    4 p.m.

Kennedy 88, Washington 84

Wednesday, Dec. 17

Lindbergh 128, Washington 48

*Conference Games

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