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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

Boys Basketball

Monday, Jan. 26

^Rock Bridge 79, Northwest 27

^Lutheran South 76, Hillsboro 43

Owensville 41, Hermann 40

St. James 80, Montgomery County 39

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Jackson 65, Pacific 44

^Borgia 82,  Union 61

~Warrenton 69, Chamois 24

^Washington 49, St. Clair 45 (OT)

~Wright City 51, New Haven 37

*Bethel at Crosspoint    7:45 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 28

Fulton SA at Thomas Jefferson    6:30 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 29

^Northwest vs. Hillsboro   5:30 p.m.

~Chamois vs. New Haven    6 p.m.

~Warrenton vs. Wright City    6 p.m.

^Union vs. St. Clair    7 p.m.

~Hermann vs. Montgomery Co    7:30 p.m.

~Owensville vs. St. James    7:30 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 30

^Rock Bridge vs. Lutheran South    5:30 p.m.

^Borgia vs. Washington    7 p.m.

*Providence at Crosspoint    7:30 p.m.

Eagle Ridge at Fulton SA    7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 31

^Seventh-place game    2:30 p.m.

~Seventh-place game    2:30 p.m.

^Consolation    4 p.m.

~Consolation    4 p.m.

^Third-place game    5:30 p.m.

~Third-place game    5:30 p.m.

^Championship    7 p.m.

~Championship    7 p.m.

^Union Tournament

~Hermann Tournament

Monday, Feb. 2

New Haven at Silex   5:30  p.m.

Fulton SA at North County Christian    7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

Whitfield at Union    4 p.m.

*Crosspoint at Fulton SA    6:30 p.m.

Pacific at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

*Holt at Washington    7 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 5

*Fulton SA at Community Christian    6:30 p.m.

*Duchesne at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

*Rivers of Life at Crosspoint    7 p.m.

Wellsville at New Haven     6 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 6

*Union at New Haven    6 p.m.

*Pacific at St. James    6 p.m.

*Borgia at St. Mary’s    6:45 p.m.

*St. Clair at Sullivan    7 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 9

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Feb. 10

*St. Clair at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

*Hermann at Union    5:30 p.m.

Rock Bridge at Borgia    7:15 p.m.

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

Owensville at New Haven   6 p.m.

Girls Basketball

Monday, Jan. 26

^Holt 60, Pacific 57

^Warrenton 42, Union 40

~Owensville 64,  Montgomery Co 32

Borgia 62, Cardinal Ritter 41

^St. Clair 64, Lutheran South 45

~Hermann 57, Wright City 26

Washington 74, Wentzville Liberty 19

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Fulton SA at Barat    4:30 p.m.

~New Haven 42, Montgomery Co 34

*Bethel at Crosspoint    6:15 p.m.

~Chamois 61, Wright City 20

Wednesday, Jan. 28

^Pacific 62, Union 59 (OT)

Fulton SA at Thomas Jefferson    5 p.m.

^Lutheran South 54, Wentzville Liberty 40

~Owensville 54, New Haven 24

^Warrenton 51, Holt 44

~Chamois 50, Hermann 45

^Washington 54, St. Clair 31

Thursday, Jan. 29

*Borgia at Notre Dame    6:45 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 30

^Seventh-place game — Union vs. Wentzville Liberty   4 p.m.

~Consolation — Montgomery Co. vs. Wright City    5 p.m.

^Consolation — Pacific vs. Lutheran South    5:30 p.m.

*Providence at Crosspoint    6 p.m.

Eagle Ridge at Fulton SA    6 p.m.

~Third-place game — Hermann vs. New Haven   6:30 p.m.

^Third-place game — St. Clair vs. Holt   7 p.m.

~Championship — Owensville vs. Chamois   8 p.m.

^Championship — Washington vs. Warrenton    8:30 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 2

#Borgia vs. Patriettes    4 p.m.

#Cardinal Ritter vs. Union    5:20 p.m.

De Soto at St. Clair    5:30 p.m.

Fulton SA at North County Christian    6 p.m.

#Washington vs. Parkway South    6:40 p.m.

Chamois at New Haven    7 p.m.

#Helias vs. Troy    8 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

*Crosspoint at Fulton SA    5 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 4

#Washington-Parkway South loser vs. Helias-Troy loser    4 p.m.

#Borgia-Patriettes loser vs. Cardinal Ritter-Union loser    5:20 p.m.

#Washington-Parkway South winner vs. Helias-Troy winner    6:40 p.m.

#Borgia-Patriettes winner vs. Cardinal Ritter-Union winner    8 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 5

*Pacific at St. James    6 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 6

Barat at Fulton SA    4:30 p.m.

*St. Clair at Sullivan    5:30 p.m.

*Rivers of Life at Crosspoint    5:30 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 7

#Seventh-place game    noon

#Consolation    1:30 p.m.

#Third-place game    3 p.m.

#Championship    4:30 p.m.

New Haven at Elsberry    5 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 9

*Hermann at Union    5:30 p.m.

*St. Clair at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

*Owensville at New Haven    6 p.m.

*St. Dominic at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Feb. 10

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt South    5:30 p.m.

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

^Washington Tournament

~Hermann Tournament

#Borgia Tournament

Wrestling

Tuesday, Jan. 27

*Pacific 42, St. Clair 33

Borgia 36, Hallsville 30

Helias 66, Borgia 21

Wednesday, Jan. 28

Borgia at Lutheran St. Charles    5 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 29

Union at Farmington/Summit    5 p.m.

*Pacific at St. James/Owensville    5:30 p.m.

Washington at Seckman    6 p.m.

St. Clair at De Soto    TBA

Friday, Jan. 30

St. Clair at Potosi/Festus    5 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 31

Pacific at Hazelwood East Tny    9 a.m.

Monday, Feb. 2

Borgia at O’Fallon Christian    5 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

Washington at Pacific    6 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 4

Borgia at AAA Tny    TBA

Thursday, Feb. 5

*Pacific at Union    6 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 7

Washington at Seckman Tny    9 a.m.

St. Clair at Francis Howell Central Inv    9:30 a.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 10

Pacific at Parkway Central Tri-Meet    5 p.m.

Girls Swimming

Tuesday, Jan. 20

Timberland 140, Washington 96, Ft. Zumwalt East 87

Thursday, Jan. 22

Oakville 120, Washington 115, University City 9, Mehlville 6

Saturday, Jan. 24

Washington 91, Borgia 80

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Washington 122, St. Charles West 46

Thursday, Jan. 29

Washington at Affton/Lutheran South    4:15 p.m.

Borgia at St. Dominic    8:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

Washington at McCluer North    3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 4

Borgia at MICDS/Duchesne (Rec-Plex)    8:30 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 6

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

Tuesday, Feb. 10

Borgia at Nerinx Hall    4 p.m.

Washington at GAC Meet    TBA

Wednesday, Feb. 11

Washington at GAC Meet    TBA

Thursday, Feb. 12

Borgia at AAA Meet    TBA

Washington at GAC Meet    TBA

*Conference Games

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