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Posted: Wednesday, April 18, 2012 1:00 pm

Union High School now has new head basketball coaches in place for the 2012-13 season.

The Union R-XI school board officially approved the hiring of Grant Young and Christopher Simmons Monday night.

Young, a Union graduate, will take over the girls basketball position. Simmons, most recently a college assistant, will become the new boys basketball head coach.

Grant Young

Since graduating from Union, Young has run up a strong record as a small school coach.

“It’s a great opportunity to bring my experience and success as a coach back to my hometown. I look forward to meeting with the players and implementing my system with the Lady Wildcats basketball program,” Young said. “We want the community to come watch an exciting and intense brand of basketball these girls will put on the court over the upcoming years.”

Union Athletic director Chris Arand agrees.

“Coach Young will bring an exciting brand of basketball to Union that fans will enjoy watching,” said Arand. “He is a very bright, energetic, and highly successful coach, and we are very excited to have a proven winner in our program. Not only is he a great coach, but he is even a better person.”

Young most recently was at Purdy High School, where he led that team to a 73-17 record, one Class 2 state title, two district titles and three conference titles. He has twice been honored as the Class 2 coach of the year and has received two conference coach of the year awards there as well.

Young also served as the athletic director at Purdy. In addition to basketball, Young also has coached softball, baseball and golf.

Young started his coaching career at Wheatland High School, where he was athletic director and coached both the boys and girls basketball teams. In 2002, he led both teams to district titles. The boys team ended up making it to Columbia, finishing fourth in Class 1. He went 52-30 with the girls team and 76-64 on the boys side. The boys also earned two conference and two district titles to go along with a MSHSAA sportsmanship award.

After he was at Wheatland, Young went to Neosho, where he led that squad to a 38-17 record and its first-ever district title.

“We are very excited to get someone with Grant’s experience and success to take over our program,” Arand said.

Young replaces Jolene Smith, who resigned after the 2011-12 season.

“Coach Jolene Smith is leaving the program in great shape and we are looking forward to Coach Young to come in and do great things,” said Arand.

Christopher Simmons

Selected to take over the Union boys program, Christopher Simmons will be taking his first high school varsity coaching job with Union.

“Coach Simmons comes to us with the highest recommendations from his former coaches and colleagues not only as a quality coach, but as a person of high moral character,” said Arand. “During our interview process, Christopher rose to the top as the person we believe that is the best person for the job. We believe that not only does he have the knowledge and skills to be great coach, but we also believe he has the ability to help build positive relationships and be a tremendous role model to our student athletes.”

Simmons, a Sedalia native, most recently was with Greenville College in Greenville, Ill., There, he ran the junior varsity program as well as assisting with the varsity team. He also worked with individual player development, strength and conditioning and directed summer camps.

Simmons is a graduate of Sacred Heart High School in Sedalia, where he played basketball. He played collegiately at William Jewell College and at Greenville College. He received all-conference and all-region honors at Greenville.

Simmons takes over for John Barnes, who was released from his coaching duties at the end of the 2011-12 season.

“We had a very outstanding group of candidates apply for this position and Christopher Simmons was the one who everyone felt was the right person for the job,” Arand said. “I talked with Coach Simmons after the board meeting last night and he is very excited to get started as soon as he can.”

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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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