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Posted: Thursday, November 15, 2012 12:00 am

Last year, the McCluer North Stars won all but one game during a Class 5 state championship season.

This year, the Stars will be looking to avenge that one loss, which came to Borgia in the championship game of the St. Francis Borgia Pepsi Cola Thanksgiving Tournament.

McCluer North is the top seed for this year’s 60th annual event, which starts next Wednesday, Nov. 21.

The Stars lead an eight-team field, which is an increase of two schools from last year’s tournament.

Borgia, the defending champion, received the second seed.

Seeded third is tournament newcomer St. Louis Christian while another newcomer, Cardinal Ritter, is the fourth seed.

Leading the second half of the field is Washington at fifth, followed by Pacific at sixth, Carnahan at seventh and St. Clair at eighth.

Games start Wednesday, Nov. 21, with two contests scheduled.

McCluer North will play St. Clair to open the tournament at 6 p.m. Cardinal Ritter takes on Washington at 7:30 p.m.

On Thanksgiving, Borgia will take on Carnahan at 6 p.m. and St. Louis Christian will play Pacific at 7:30 p.m.

Friday’s action starts with consolation games at 3 p.m. (Wednesday losers) and 4:30 p.m. (Thursday losers). The semifinals are set for 6 p.m. (Wednesday winners) and 7:30 p.m. (Thursday winners).

On Saturday, the seventh-place game starts at 3 p.m. The consolation game is set for 4:30 p.m. The third-place game is set for 6 p.m. with the title game going at 7:30 p.m.

The Seeds

McCluer North was selected as the event’s top seed this season after winning the Class 5 state championship last campaign.

The Stars are led by veteran Head Coach Randy Reed. McCluer North won the Turkey Tournament in 2010.

“We will have a strong team again,” Reed said. “We have two excellent transfers who will make us very competitive.”

The Stars have had the past two tournament MVPs, both now playing NCAA Division I basketball in the Southeastern Conference. They are BJ Young (Arkansas) and Jordon Granger (Auburn).

Further information about the Stars was not available as of press time.

Second-seeded Borgia returns three players who started at various times during the season.

Seniors Casey Kuchem, Jordan Miller and John Baumstark started at different times during the season. Kuchem is a forward while Miller and Baumstark are guards.

Borgia Head Coach Dave Neier is two wins away from 600 for his career and could achieve that milestone during the tournament.

Neier states that the starting lineup will be supplemented by returning varsity players and players who have been promoted from last year’s 21-8 junior varsity squad.

The Knights likely will use many players in a rotation format this season with the tallest players ranging in the 6-5 to 6-3 range.

“The group has a chance to be a very strong team,” Neier said.

St. Louis Christian is a new school to the tournament and the first MSHSAA affiliate school to enter the event.

Christian played in the Owensville Tournament last year, winning the consolation title over Linn.

It was reported by Christian officials that the team has a lot of height with five players ranging from 6-5 to 6-11.

The team has three seniors, two who have received NCAA Division I offers. Four sophomores are expected to see significant playing time this season.

“I feel like we are one of the more talented teams in the area,” Christian Head Coach Casey Autenriet stated.

Cardinal Ritter, another new team to the tournament, has a long tradition of winning basketball under Head Coach Marvin Neals.

While the Lions won’t have the same style as last season after graduating Cameron Biedscheid (averaged over 31 points per game), but do have seven returners from last year’s 21-6 team. Two were starters.

The Lions won a district championship last year, but fell to Lutheran North in the sectional round.

“We will be small, but very competitive,” Neals stated. “We will be a pressing and fastbreak style team this year.”

Chip Sodemann’s Washington Blue Jays were awarded the fifth seed after balloting.

Washington went 10-15 last season and returns the bulk of its lineup. Four starters are back from that team. Sodemann said there are five key returning players in seniors Luke Schroepfer, Jared Walde and Luke Hasenjaeger and juniors Ronnie Suggs and Brad Carpenter.

Additional depth will come from last year’s reserves and junior varsity team.

“I think we will be competitive and look forward to a fun year with this group.” Sodemann said.

Seeded sixth was the defending Four Rivers Conference champion Pacific, which went 17-9.

The Indians have been picked to repeat as FRC champions in this year’s preseason coaches poll.

Head Coach John VanLeer reports that six of the nine losses came to teams which won over 20 games last season.

Three starters, senior Zeth Boyer, junior Jeffrey Hinkle and sophomore Cullen VanLeer, return this season.

VanLeer led the team with 16.8 points and 5.3 assists per game last season.

“We return 50 percent of our offense and should be much better defensively,” VanLeer said. “We should be capable of scoring in many different ways.”

Carnahan returns to the tournament this season after a one-year hiatus. Carnahan placed eighth in the 2010 tournament.

Head Coach Jonathan Griffin stated that Carnahan should be better than its seed position.

Carnahan was 14-8 last year and went 7-2 in the Public High League. Carnahan lost in the district championship game to Cardinal Ritter after beating Maplewood-Richmond Heights in the semifinals.

Six players return from last year’s team. Griffin feels that Steven Baynham and Trevor Roberts will be the team’s key offensive players.

“In comparison to last year’s team, I believe this team has a chance to be deeper and more talented,” Griffin said. “The reason is because we should have a rotation of players who can come in and have immediate impact off the bench. I believe because I have a year under my belt, I can prepare these players even better than I did last year. I believe my team can go all the way to state. The state of mind is we must work hard and intelligent every day when we get an opportunity.”

The eighth seed is St. Clair, which returns to the event this season.

Casey Korn is the new head coach of the Bulldogs and has four returning starters and eight seniors from last year’s 9-19 team.

St. Clair lost two key players due to injury during the season and has both back healthy this year.

Neyko Dominguez (14.8 points per game) and Adam Brott (9.9 ppg) were the top scorers last year. Brandon York (7.0 ppg) was one of the players who was injured and he only played five games before getting knocked out for the rest of the season.

“I think we have a great chance to be competitive this season with eight returning seniors, four returning starters and two all-conference players returning,” Korn said.


Area Scoreboard

Boys Basketball

Friday, Jan. 2

Sullivan at Washington    7 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 6

Community Christian at Fulton SA    5:30 p.m.

Cardinal Ritter at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

*Crosspoint at Liberty Christian    7:30 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 8

Fulton SA at Bethel    6:30 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 9

*Borgia at St. Dominic    6:45 p.m.

*Ft. Zumwalt S at Washington    7 p.m.

*Crosspoint at Eagle Ridge    7:45 p.m.

Fulton SA at Calvary Lutheran Tny    TBA

Saturday, Jan. 10

&Borgia vs. Lutheran N    TBA

Fulton SA at Calvary Lutheran Tny    TBA

Monday, Jan. 12

%St. Charles vs. Bayless    6 p.m.

%Westminster vs. Washington    7:30 p.m.

Fulton SA at Providence    7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 13

%Borgia vs. St. Clair    6 p.m.

#South Callaway vs. North Callaway    6 p.m.

#Hermann vs. Russellville    6 p.m.

Heritage Classical at Crosspoint    7 p.m.

%Francis Howell Central vs. Union    7:30 p.m.

#Montgomery Co vs. New Bloomfield    7:30 p.m.

#Harrisburg vs. New Haven    7:30 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 15

#South Callaway-North Callaway loser vs. Montgomery Co-New Bloomfield loser    6 p.m.

#South Callaway-North Callaway winner vs. Montgomery Co-New Bloomfield winner    6 p.m.

Bethel at Fulton SA    6:30 p.m.

#Hermann-Russellville loser vs. Harrisburg-New Haven loser    7:30 p.m.

#Hermann-Russellville winner vs. Harrisburg-New Haven winner    7:30 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 16

%St. Charles-Bayless loser vs. Westminster-Washington loser    4 p.m.

%Borgia-St. Clair loser vs. Francis Howell Central-Union loser    5:30 p.m.

*Crosspoint at Community Christian    6:30 p.m.

%St. Charles-Bayless winner vs. Westminster-Washington winner    7 p.m.

Providence at Fulton SA    7 pm.

#Seventh-place game    7:30 p.m.

Consolation game    7:30 p.m.

%Borgia-St. Clair winner vs. Francis Howell Central-Union winner    8:30 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 17

%Seventh-place game    2:30 p.m.

#Third-place game    3:30 p.m.

%Consolation game    4 p.m.

%Third-place game    5:30 p.m.

#Championship game    6:30 p.m.

%Championship game    7 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 20

Fulton SA at Liberty Christian    6:30 p.m.

Crosspoint at CAGSL    7:30 p.m.

%Washington Tournament

#South Callaway Tournament

Girls Basketball

Friday, Dec. 26

Seckman Tournament

Northwest 43, Mehlville 42

Festus 58, Patriettes 13

Seckman 36, Oakville 28

Pacific 73, Carnahan 38

Saturday, Dec. 27

Seckman Tournament

Mehlville 39, Patriettes 35

Oakville 73, Carnahan 38

Festus 47, Northwest 30

Pacific 51, Seckman 33

Monday, Dec. 29

Seckman Tournament

Seventh-place game—Carnahan vs. Patriettes    1:30 p.m.

Third-place game—Seckman vs. Northwest    1:30 p.m.

Consolation game—Oakville vs. Mehlville    3 p.m.

Championship game—Pacific vs. Festus   3 p.m.

Rolla Tournament

St. Clair vs. Waynesville    3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 30

Rolla Tournament

St. James-Sedalia loser vs. Waynesville-St.Clair loser    2 p.m.

St. James-Sedalia winner vs. Waynesville-St. Clair winner    5 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 31

Rolla Tournament

Consolation game    9 a.m.

Seventh-place game    9 a.m. at MS&T

Third-place game    12 p.m.

Championship game    3 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 2

Hermann at Washington    5:30 p.m.

New Haven at Bourbon    6 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 5

*Union at New Haven    6 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 6

*Holt at Washington    5:30 p.m.

*Crosspoint at Liberty Christian    5:30 p.m.

*Borgia at St. Dominic    6:45 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 7

Borgia at St. Clair    7 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 8

Fulton SA at Bethel    5 p.m.

Park Hills Central at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

Cuba at New Haven    6 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 9

*Ft. Zumwalt South at Washington    6 p.m.

*Crosspoint at Eagle Ridge    6:15 p.m.

Fulton SA at Calvary Lutheran Tny    TBA

Saturday, Jan. 10

Borgia vs. MICDS (St. Joseph’s Academy Shootout)    12:30 p.m.

Fulton SA at Calvary Lutheran Tny    TBA

Monday, Jan. 12

Lutheran South at St Clair    5:30 p.m.

Lindbergh at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

@Washington vs. Patriettes    5:30 p.m.

#Harrisburg vs. Russellville    6 p.m.

#New Bloomfield vs. Montgomery Co    6 p.m.

Fulton SA at Providence    6 p.m.

@Helias vs. Sullivan    7 p.m.

#North Callaway vs. New Haven    7:30 p.m.

#Hermann vs. South Callaway    7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 13

Pacific at Ursuline    4:30 p.m.

Ft. Zumwalt East at St. Clair    5:30 p.m.

Heritage Classical at Crosspoint    5:30 p.m.

@St. Charles West vs. Union    5:30 p.m.

@Borgia vs. Eureka    7 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 14

#Harrisburg-Russellville loser vs. North Callaway-New Haven loser    6 p.m.

#Harrisburg-Russellville winner vs. North Callaway-New Haven winner    6 p.m.

#New Bloomfield-Montgomery Co loser vs. Hermann-South Callaway loser    6 p.m.

#New Bloomfield-Montgomery Co winner vs. Hermann-South Callaway winner    6 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 15

Bethel at Fulton SA    5 p.m.

Northwest at St. Clair    5:30 p.m.

@Washington-Patriettes loser vs. Helias-Sullivan loser    5:30 p.m.

@St. Charles West-Union loser vs. Borgia-Eureka loser    7 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 16

@Washington-Patriettes winner vs. Helias-Sullivan winner    5:30 p.m.

Providence at Fulton SA    5:30 p.m.

#Seventh-place game    6 p.m.

#Consolation game    6 p.m.

@St. Charles West-Union winner vs. Borgia-Eureka winner    7 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 17

@Seventh-place game    1 p.m.

#Third-place game    2 p.m.

@Consolation game    2:30 p.m.

@Third-place game    4 p.m.

#Championship    5 p.m.

@Championship    5:30 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 19

*Owensville at St. Clair    5:30 p.m.

Union at Warrenton    6 p.m.

Montgomery Co at New Haven    6 p.m.

*Duchesne at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 20

Fulton SA at Liberty Christian    5 p.m.

Parkway West at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

New Haven at Wellsville    5:30 p.m.

Crosspoint at CAGSL    6 p.m.

O’Fallon Christian at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

@Union Tournament

#South Callaway Tournament


Friday, Dec. 26

Union, Pacific at Hillsboro Tny    TBA

Saturday, Dec. 27

Union, Pacific at Hillsboro Tny    TBA

Monday, Dec. 29

Washington at Lindbergh Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Dec. 30

Washington at Lindbergh Tny    TBA

Wednesday, Jan. 7

*Ft. Zumwalt South at Washington     6 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 8

Washington at Granite City    4:30 p.m.

Borgia at Hancock Tri-Meet    5 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 9

Washington at GAC Championships    TBA

Saturday, Jan. 10

Washington at GAC Championships    TBA

Tuesday, Jan. 13

Union at Liberty Quad    5 p.m.

Washington at Warrenton    6 p.m.

*Sullivan at Pacific    6 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 14

*Washington at Holt/Ft. Zumwalt East    6 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 15

Westminster at Pacific    6 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 16

Union at Branson    5 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 17

Borgia at Owensville Tny    9 a.m.

Washington, Pacific at 141 Rumble    TBA

Union at Branson Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Jan. 20

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt North    6 p.m.

Union at Sullivan/St. James/Warrenton    5 p.m.

Girls Swimming

Wednesday, Jan. 7

Borgia at Kennedy    6:30 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 9

Borgia/Washington at MICDS    4:15 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 12

Borgia at DuBourg    6 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 15

Washington at Clayton    4:15 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 16

Washington at Ft. Zumwalt West    3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 20

Washington at Ft. Zumwalt East/Timberland    3:30 p.m.

*Conference Games