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Posted: Thursday, November 21, 2013 3:00 pm

Can Head Coach Dave Neier and his Borgia boys basketball Knights pull off the unexpected once again?

Borgia (20-9 overall, 6-2 in the Archdiocesan Athletic Association Large Division) stood 5-4 at the Christmas break, yet found a way to run to within a game of the MSHSAA Class 4 state tournament before getting stopped.

The Knights fell in the state quarterfinals to eventual champion Republic.

“Everybody will have to do his part on this team,” Neier said. “We have a lot of people who have a chance to play. Everybody will have to perform their roles.”

Entering his 27th season, Neier will try to find magic once again this year. The 600-win head coach and hall of famer has his entire staff back this season with Bill Kimminau handling the junior varsity team, Stan Westhoff as the freshman coach and former players Luke Meyer and Eric Kimminau helping on the varsity level.

“My goal is to get better each practice and every game,” Neier said. “We want to give ourselves the chance to be a good team at the end of the season.”

On the court, the Knights have a pair of seniors as returning starters.

Zac Schweissguth, a 5-10 guard, comes back after a breakthrough season last year. Averaging 7.5 points per game, Schweissguth was the team’s third-leading scorer at the end of the season.

“At the end of the year last season, he was really shooting the ball well,” Neier said. “He is one of our keys. He has to play well for us to have success.”

He hit 15 three-point baskets, but seemed most comfortable driving to the bucket and scoring, or getting fouled.

Besides his scoring, Schweissguth also averaged 2.3 assists, 1.1 steals and 1.9 rebounds per contest.

Inside, senior center Joe Helfrich is the top returner. Helfrich averaged 6.1 points and 4.7 rebounds per game last season. He also averaged one assist, 0.7 of a steal and 0.34 of a blocked shot per contest.

“We need him to play aggressive inside,” Neier said. “He is one of our better players around the basket.”

Borgia has three other seniors with varsity experience.

Adam Meyer, a 6-4 forward, started for a good part of the season. He averaged 1.9 points, 1.1 rebounds, 0.3 of a steal, 0.2 of an assist and 0.4 of a blocked shot per game while playing a defensive role.

“Adam is a very capable athlete,” Neier said. “He has good height and wingspan. He really could come on for us.”

Tyler Breckenkamp, a 6-3 guard, is a three-point shooter. He averaged 1.4 points and 0.6 of a rebound per game. He hit five three-point baskets, fifth on the team last season.

Kevin Birk, a 6-3 senior, is another defensive specialist. He averaged one point, 1.9 rebounds, 0.7 of an assist and 0.5 of a steal per game last year.

Birk missed the high school soccer season while playing academy soccer, but has been given the green light to play high school basketball.

“Kevin is so valuable because of his communications skills,” Neier said. “He gets that from playing soccer.”

Neier said all three are key players.

From there, the Knights are looking at varsity newcomers.

Schweissguth’s likely guard companion in the starting lineup will be 6-2 sophomore guard Walton Eckelkamp.

Neier indicated his son, 5-11 junior Jake Neier, and 6-2 junior Clayton Voss will be the second unit at the guard spots.

Spencer Juergens, a 6-3 junior, is expected to see action at a forward spot. Another 6-3 player, sophomore Luke DeLine, has been brought to the varsity unit.

Two other players, junior guard Alex Moss and sophomore forward Trey Hunter, will miss a good portion of the season with injuries.

Moss is going to have surgery on both feet and should be out until around the district playoffs. Hunter suffered a back injury and will be out until at least January.

Borgia opens the season in the 61st Annual St. Francis Borgia Pepsi Tournament.

The Knights will face St. Clair next Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. and Miller Career Academy on Thanksgiving at 7:30 p.m.

Borgia will play a final game against the team finishing in the same place from Pool C (Washington, O’Fallon Christian or Union) on Saturday.

“I think there will be some great games,” Neier said about the tournament. “There is good competition among the teams entered into the tournament. That adds to the excitement. I think there will be great matchups every night and two great games on Thanksgiving.”

Besides the Borgia-Miller Career Academy game, Washington will open the night at 6 p.m. by taking on O’Fallon Christian.

“Brad Bruns has done a great job of getting teams entered into the tournament and excited about playing in it,” said Neier. “I wouldn’t be surprised if we were back to 16 teams next year.”

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Area Scoreboard

Area Sports Schedule

American Legion Baseball

Ninth District Senior Legion Tournament

Thursday, July 17

At Westhoff Park

G1 (1) West 11, (8) Pacific 1

G2 (4) St. Charles 17, (5) Elsberry 2

At St. Peters Rec-Plex

G3 (3) Washington 4, (6) Wentzville 0

G4 (2) Daniel Boone 8, (7) St. Peters 2

Friday, July 18

At St. Peters Rec-Plex

G5 Elsberry 8, Pacific 3

G6 St. Peters 9, Wentzville 1

At Westhoff Park

G7 St. Charles 4, West 1

G8 Daniel Boone 7, Washington 4

Saturday, July 19

At St. Peters Rec-Plex

G9 Washington 9, Elsberry 4

G10 West 9, St. Peters 6

G12 West 14, Washington 1

At Westhoff Park

G11 St. Charles def. Daniel Boone (fft)

Sunday, July 20

Rest at Westhoff Park

G13 Championship — West 2, St. Charles 1 (13 innings)

Monday, July 21

G14 If-Needed Game — St. Charles 13, West 11

Zone 1 Senior Legion Tournament

At Lindenwood University, St. Charles

Thursday, July 24

G1 West 13, Daniel Boone Post 262 8

G2 Jefferson City Post 5 11, Hannibal Post 55 2

Friday, July 25

G3 West 11, St. Charles Post 312 1

G4 Daniel Boone 10, Hannibal 2

Saturday, July 26

G5 Jefferson City 9, West 2

G6 St. Charles 11, Daniel Boone 0

G7 West 6, St. Charles 2

Sunday, July 27

G8 Championship — West 11, Jefferson City 0

G9 If-Needed Game — Jefferson City 14, West 12

Jefferson City advances to state tournament in Sedalia.

Ninth District Junior Legion Tournament

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 4, St. Peters 3

G14 Championship — Washington 3, Elsberry 1

Washington wins district, to host Zone 1 Tournament at Borgia. Schedule below.

Junior Legion Zone 1 Tournament

At Borgia

Thursday, June 17

G1 Elsberry Post 226 10, Chillicothe Post 25 2

Friday, June 18

G2 Washington Post 218 5, Elsberry 1

G3 Chillicothe 5, Elsberry 4

Saturday, June 19

G4 Championship — Washington 16, Chillicothe 0 (5 innings)

Washington advances to State Tournament in Jackson.

Junior Legion State Tournament

At Jackson

Thursday, July 24

G1 Jackson 3, Springfield Glendale 2

G2 Eureka 7, Sedalia 0

Friday, June 25

G3 Jackson 8, Washington 3

G4 Springfield Glendale 8, Sedalia 3

G5 Jackson 4, Eureka 2

G6 Washington 8, Springfield Glendale 0

Saturday, June 26

G7 Eureka 11, Washington 10 (9 innings)

G8 Championship — Jackson 7, Eureka 6

Jackson advances to Regional Tournament in Leavenworth, Kan.

Sunday, June 27

G9 If-Needed Game — G8 winner vs. G8 loser, 1 p.m.

Freshman Legion Ninth District Tournament

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 8, St. Peters 3

G11 Washington 6, St. Charles 0, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 12

G13 St. Charles 10, Elsberry-Winfield 1

G14 Championship — St. Charles 5, Washington 2

Sunday, July 13

G15 If-Needed Game — St. Charles 2, Washington 0

Missouri Freshman

Legion State Tournament

At Rotary Recreational

Complex - Ronsick Field

Wednesday, July 16

G1 Creve Coeur Post 397 16, St. Robert Post 331 2

G2 Ste. Genevieve Post 150 4, St. Charles Post 312 0

G3 Jackson Post 158 1, vs. Springfield Glendale Merchants 0

G4 Washington Post 218 9, Eureka Post 177 4

Thursday, July 17

G5 Springfield Glendale 11, St. Robert 1 (St. Robert eliminated)

G6 St. Charles 10, Eureka 2 (Eureka eliminated)

G7 Ste. Genevieve 4, Creve Coeur 2

G8 Washington 12, Jackson 10

Friday, July 18

G9 Jackson 12, Springfield Glendale 0 (Springfield Glendale eliminated)

G10 Creve Coeur 8, St. Charles 3 (St. Charles eliminated)

G11 Ste. Genevieve 3, Washington 2

G12 Creve Coeur 11, Jackson 7 (Jackson eliminated)

Saturday, July 19

G13 Washington 8, Creve Coeur 3 (Creve Coeur eliminated)

G14 Championship—Washington 5, Ste. Genevieve 2

Sunday, July 20

G15 Championship Game 2—Washington 3, Ste. Genevieve 0

Great Midwest Football League

July 19

Missouri Cyclones 34, Illinois Justice 0

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 First

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    First

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    PPD

7-12    at Division Meet, Pacific    Third

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.

*Indicates League Games

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