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Posted: Sunday, August 10, 2014 12:00 pm

With two of the school’s three teams playing fall schedules, it’s the busy season at East Central College.

Volleyball and men’s soccer teams are busy practicing while preparing for the start of the 2014 schedule.


The Falcons of Lisa Mathes-Peters begin defense of their NJCAA Division II District O and Region 16 titles Aug. 22 in Ft. Scott, Kan., in a two-day tournament there. The event replaces the Johnson County Tournament on the schedule.

Last year, the Falcons tied for 13th in the NJCAA Division II national tournament, finishing with a record of 20-27.

So far, Mathes-Peters and the Falcons have had to deal with adversity. Returner Paige Schmelzle (Ste. Genevieve) had to have an emergency appendectomy and will be out of action for four weeks.

Additionally, signing Alyssa Arnold decided to attend a four-year school rather than come to play for the Falcons.

However, there has been some good news as well.

Madeline Halford (Mountain Grove), a 6-1 middle hitter, has transferred into ECC. She’s a sophomore who played for Drury University last season, recording 206 kills, 48 total blocks and 47 digs while starting 20 matches. Mathes-Peters describes her as an impact hitter.

“Our main focus right now is improving our ball control because at this time it is not our strong suit,” Mathes-Peters said. “I am excited about the fact that we will be able to hold our own out of system with teams and in regards to blocking until our ball control improves.”

Mathes-Peters knows defense is going to be a concern after many of the team’s primary passers graduated last season.

Two returning defensive players, vying for the libero jersey, have drawn praise so far.

“As far as players who are looking strong and consistent so far I would say Alyssa Schrader (Troy) and Paige Mueller (Holt) are doing a great defensive job with 100 percent effort after every ball,” Mathes-Peters said. “They are not where they need to be in regards to serve receive yet but their effort and communication at practice is great.”

Overall, Mathes-Peters said others have impressed as well.

“Our most consistent all around kids so far, by no means where they need to be though, would be Abby Toppmeyer (Ft. Zumwalt North), Maddie Halford, Clare Stowe (Union), Taylor Davis (Lafayette) and Sam Kolo (Edwardsville, Ill).”

Mathes-Peters said she uses statistical analysis in practices to see which players are being efficient.

“We have many other players who are just now starting to pick up their game or have been injured a bit and are not at 100 percent,” Mathes-Peters said. “We really will have a tough battle for all the hitting positions because once a few of the girls pick up on hitting and blocking the faster tempo sets they will be up for those starting positions as well.”

The Falcons will hold an alumnae scrimmage Aug. 15 at 6 p.m.

“I am very excited to see how we play in our Blue and Black Alumnae match,” Mathes-Peters said.


Head Coach Kean Barclay said the early workouts have been going well.

“Training has been encouraging so far,” Barclay said. “I’m excited at the overall depth we’ve got for this season. The quality in the team is an improvement from last year and it’s going to be fun to see the guys push each other to get to the next level. “

Barclay said there will be plenty of chances for newcomers to step up and impress.

“With 17 freshmen, we’re expecting guys to be able to perform right out of the gates and we’re going to need some quality leadership from our five returners. I’m thrilled to have all the guys here on campus and I think it’s going to make for an eventful season.”

Returning sophomores this season are Matt Lauber (Union), Dylan Cassidy (Lucan, Dublin, Ireland), Aaron Bannister (Baxter, Kidderminster, England), Albert Cantu III (Mt. St. Mary, Moore, Okla.) and Gino Bono (Northwest).

“So far I’ve seen some excellent potential in a few freshman players like Emmanuel (Okpara) and Jake (Erwin),” Barclay said. “They’ve impressed me over the first two days, and I’m hoping more guys will rise up to this level.”

Okpara is from St. Mary’s Porlaoise in Kilminchy, Ireland while Erwin is a Borgia graduate.

The freshman group includes Union graduate Nathan Saleniuc, who is trying to earn a spot on the roster.

The Falcons host Harris-Stowe State University Saturday, Aug. 16, in a preseason match at 4 p.m.

The first real match will be Aug. 24 at home against Heartland. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.


Area Scoreboard

62nd Annual Borgia Pepsi Thanksgiving Tournament

Blue Division

Pool 1

McCluer North



Pool 2

Cardinal Ritter


Rockwood Summit

Gold Division

Pool 1




Pool 2


North Tech


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

Thursday, Dec. 18

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

%Washington vs. TBA    4 p.m.

%Borgia vs. Poplar Bluff    5:30 p.m.

%St. Clair vs. TBA    TBA

%Sullivan Shootout

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

Pattonville vs. Farmington, 4 p.m.

Sullivan vs. Owensville, 5:30 p.m.

Principia vs. Pattonville, 7 p.m.

Borgia vs. Cuba, 8:30 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 18

*St. James at New Haven    6 p.m.

*Pacific at Union    7 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 19

Washington at Francis Howell    7 p.m.

Sullivan Tournament    TBA

Saturday, Dec. 20

Union at Waynesville    5 p.m.


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.

Washington at Kennedy    6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 17

Washington at Lindbergh    4 p.m.

*Conference Games

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