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Posted: Saturday, February 23, 2013 5:00 pm

Pacific has home court advantage for next week’s Class 4 District 9 boys basketball tournament.

The Indians return to the district after two seasons away and are the second seed. As Pacific returned to the district for the next two seasons, Salem was shuffled out. That has kept the district at six teams.

Pacific is seeded second, but an injury earlier this week could change things. The Indians lost sophomore standout Cullen VanLeer to a season-ending knee injury.

Borgia is the defending district champion, beating Sullivan in last year’s championship game at Union, 44-33.

Borgia is the top seed for the Class 4 District 9 Tournament and has won four district titles in a row, reaching the MSHSAA Class 4 championship game for three seasons in a row (2009-11). The five-time state champions aren’t as unbeatable as in the past, but posted a respectable 17-8 overall record and went 6-2 in their first year of Archdiocesan Athletic Association competition to place second in the league.

The Knights will be receiving an emotional boost when Head Coach Dave Neier returns to the bench. He missed the final two games of the season due to surgery and the team is eager to have him back leading the squad.

The Knights will look to seniors Jordan Miller and Casey Kuchem to lead the way.

Miller averages 14.4 points per game and led the AAA Large Division in assists and steals per game.

Kuchem, who averages 11.1 points per game, can hit the outside shots but is a tough defender near the basket.

Borgia’s success is going to hinge on how others do. Borgia’s other three normal starters are senior John Baumstark (7.6 points per game) and juniors Zac Schweissguth (6.8 points per game) and Joe Helfrich (6.5 points per game).

The Knights also need to get positive production from their blue-collar defenders senior River Filla and juniors Adam Meyer and Kevin Birk to be able to win the district.

Host Pacific is the tournament’s second seed and the Indians are looking for their first district title since 1982.

Playing at home under energetic Head Coach John VanLeer should be a boost. The Indians are hosting the district event in the tight confines of “The Reservation,” which should be a help.

The Indians tied for second in the Four Rivers Conference at 5-2 in the loop. Pacific is 15-9 overall.

The Indians will have to replace Cullen VanLeer’s 18.5 points per game after he was hurt Tuesday.

The Indians get 8.5 points per game from junior Tanner Brown and 7.1 points per contest from senior Zeth Boyer.

Others to watch include juniors Jeffrey Hinkle and Logan Armstrong and sophomore Noah Boyer.

Four Rivers Conference co-champions Sullivan and St. Clair hold the next two seeds.

Sullivan is seeded third at 17-7. The Eagles claimed a share of the league title by going 6-1 in the Four Rivers Conference.

The Eagles feature a scoring trident with junior Justin Biermann (16.3 points per game), senior Seth Mesey (13.2 points per game) and senior Adam Weiland (10.9 points per game) leading the way.

Biermann is one of the team’s best outside shooters, but also averages 8.2 rebounds per game. Weiland averages 6.2 boards per contest while Mesey has pulled down 5.4 rebounds per game.

However, word is that Mesey may not be able to play due to injury. He did not play Wednesday night in Sullivan’s loss to Pattonville.

After that, senior JC Beckett is an outside shooting threat and averages 6.2 points per game.

Dino McKinney has a strong coaching pedigree having been in many close games during his career.

St. Clair has come on strong after a rough start and stands at 12-11 with a 6-1 league record.

The Bulldogs feature an athletic team with a number of scoring threats.

Senior Neyko Dominguez (15.5 points per game) is capable of hitting the outside shots or driving to the basket.

Senior Adam Brott (8.0 points per game) is a handful for any team to defend near the basket.

Senior Brandon York (7.6 points per game) is making up for missing much of last season due to injury.

The Bulldogs also can look to senior Evan Murphy, junior Ben Feddersen and junior Reno Jones, who average five points or more per game.

Fifth-seeded Union (5-18) has one of the taller teams around with 6-7 senior Brandon Ford (11.2 points, 8.7 rebounds and 3.9 blocks per game) and 6-9 junior Brian Borgmann (4.7 points, 3.3 rebounds per game) in the lineup.

Chris Simmons has a younger team and relies on a number of sophomores to provide key minutes. Nick Ziegler is the team’s leading scorer at 13.3 points per game. TJ Vitt (6.4 points per game) paces the team with 3.1 assists per game and Blake Hulsey (7.5 points per game) is the team’s leader in steals at 1.3 per game.

Rounding out the bracket is Owensville (5-18).

The Dutchmen are better than last season, but still have struggled. Sophomore Drew Garner (9.0 points per game), senior Dalton Littrell (7.2 points per game) and senior Cole Farris (6.4 points per game) are capable scoring threats for Owensville.

Junior Nathan Smith (3.5 points per game), Farris and freshman DeAndre Cox (4.6 points per game) are the team’s top rebounders.

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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 76, Union 57

Saturday, Dec. 20

Sullivan Shootout

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

Lindbergh 67, St. Clair 46

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

Washington 56, Lutheran South 54

Poplar Bluff 59, Borgia 49

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

Francis Howell 55, Washington 48

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 62, Sullivan 35

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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