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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 11, 2020

THE MISSOURIAN

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Rolla Bulldogs Hold Off
Salem to Win District Title
By Bill Battle

Missourian Sports Editor

Rolla’s big first half
was just enough to earn
the Class 4 District 9
boys basketball championship Friday in Union,
54-49.
The Bulldogs (12-16)
will play in their hometown for Tuesday’s sectional game against Helias (20-6). That game,
at Missouri S&T, tips off
Tuesday at 7:45 p.m.
It’s the second meeting of the season between the teams. Helias
beat Rolla Feb. 20, 6247.
The
fourth-seeded
Bulldogs jumped out to
a huge lead against No.
2 Salem (13-14), gaining
a 20-point advantage
with five minutes to go
in the second quarter.
Rolla led 17-4 after
eight minutes and 36-17
at the half.
However, Rolla struggled to find the basket
on the other end.
Meanwhile,
Salem
was chipping away at
the lead. Rolla’s advantage eroded to seven
points, 41-34, through
three quarters.
It got even closer in
the fourth quarter.

Class 4
District 9
Basketball

At Union
Boys
Saturday, Feb. 29
(4) Rolla 66, (5) Owensville 51
(6) Union 40, (3) St. Clair 34
Tuesday, March 3
Rolla 50, (1) Sullivan 43
(2) Salem 61, Union 50 (OT)
Friday, March 6
Championship — Rolla 54,
Salem 49
Girls
Saturday, Feb. 29
(5) Salem 65, (4) St. Clair 61
(3) Union 55, (6) Owensville
25
Monday, March 2
(1) Rolla 64, Salem 26
(2) Sullivan 54, Union 46
Friday, March 6
Championship — Sullivan 43,
Rolla 30

Senior Reese Dodson
scored off of a steal and
then hit a three-point
shot to cut it to 50-49
with 58.7 seconds to
play.
However, that proved
to be Salem’s final basket. Rolla knocked down
four of six free throws
through the rest of the
game to survive, 54-49.
Rolla hit seven threepoint baskets, all in the
first half.
The Bulldogs went

13-26 from the freethrow line.
Junior Danny Foster
led the Bulldogs in scoring with 16 points. That
included three threepoint baskets.
Senior
Muluken
Pritchett was next with
12 points, including
three three-point baskets.
Senior Colby Shivers
scored 10 points while
going 6-12 from the freethrow line.
Sophomores
Gage
Klossner and Ty Locklear scored five points
apiece.
Junior Trey Brown
added four points while
senior Jack Hounsom
contributed two points.
For Salem, Dodson
led the way with 19
points, including three
of the team’s four threepoint baskets.
Junior Braiden Carmack was next with 11
points.
Senior Carter Chilton
scored nine points.
Junior Lucas Morrison was next with eight
points.
Sophomore
Garrett Connell posted two
points.
Salem went 1-4 from
the free-throw line.

Gaszak Signs
St. Clair senior Zoe Gazak recently signed a letter of intent to play soccer for East Central College. She becomes the first official signing of the
college’s new women’s soccer program. Seated with Zoe are her parents,
Erin and Jason. Standing are (left to right) East Central Head Coach Martin Clayes, St. Clair Head Coach Tim Isgrig and former St. Clair Assistant
Missourian Photo.
Coach Ted Brinker.

Area High School Coaches
React to East Central
Adding Women’s Soccer
By Bill Battle

Missourian Sports Editor

Area high school girls
soccer coaches see the
addition of women’s soccer at East Central College to be a positive for
the community.
Martin Clayes has
been named the overall head coach for both
the men’s and women’s
teams and he’s signed
his first player, St. Clair
senior Zoe Gaszak.
Overall, there has
been a very positive reaction to the school’s announcement it’s adding
the sport starting in the
fall of 2020.
“I couldn’t be more
excited about the addition of women’s soccer
at East Central,” Union
Head Coach Matt Fennessey said. “What an
exciting time for our
community. As an alumnus of East Central College, I can honestly say
that I had a great educational experience and
soccer was the reason
I ended up there. I feel
it’ll be the same way for
the young women who
decide to continue their
education there. They
will gain great experience through the soccer
program.”
Sullivan Head Coach
Bill Kackley helped his
father coach women’s
basketball at East Central.
“I think it is great
that they are starting
both programs (women’s
soccer and baseball),”
Kackley said. “I believe
it will open more oppor-

tunities for my players
and players around the
area. I don’t know how
many will take advantage of this opportunity
to go play at ECC, but
I am going to try and
guide them to take advantage of the opportunity.”
Washington
Head
Coach Adam Fischer
feels the program will
be received well in the
community.
“I think any time
that the community
can offer the kids in
our area a chance to
continue playing a
sport they love while
earning a degree it
is a plus,” Fischer
said. “We have loads
of talent in this area
with girls soccer and
allowing the kids to
stay close to home
and play can be exciting for the communities involved.”
St. Clair Head Coach
Tim Isgrig led his Lady
Bulldogs to the Class 2
quarterfinals last season.
“I think the addition
of women’s soccer is exciting for the area,” Isgrig said. “We have a lot
of quality players in our
area who are capable of
playing at the next level
and this gives the opportunity to do that close to
home.”
Fennessey was in
goal when the school finished third in the 2003
NJCAA Division I Men’s
Soccer Championships.
As a former player and
longtime coach, Fennessey sees East Cen-

tral as the perfect spot
for many of his players
to continue their careers.
“The real experience
will be the education
they receive, though,”
Fennessey said. “We
have a very strong area
in regards to women
soccer. I think our geographical location will
be able to add players to
the program each year.
I think the future coach
of the Lady Falcons
will look to add several
Franklin County athletes to his team. I’m
sure that number will
fluctuate from year to
year.”
Union has been one of
the area’s top programs
in recent history, one
any future ECC coach
would want to recruit.
The Lady ’Cats have
dominated the Four Rivers Conference and finished fourth in the last
two MSHSAA Class 3
State Championships.
Isgrig said his team
is ready to contribute to
the new program.
“We have one who is
interested in playing
there next year, and if
soccer was available
there the last couple
years, we would’ve had
two or three a year go
there to play,” Isgrig
said. “I like that it allows
the girls an opportunity
to continue playing a
sport that they love but
not going way in debt in
order to continue their
athletic career. With the
A-Plus program in most
of our area schools it will
give these girls a great

2X2s for February 2, 2020 (all

Driving the Baseline
Rolla’s Ty Locklear goes up for a shot while being defended by Salem’s
Lucas Morrison Friday during the Class 4 District 9 boys basketball championship game in Union. Rolla held on to defeat Salem for the district title,
Missourian Photo/Bill Battle.
54-49.
opportunity to play and
continue their academic
careers.”
Fischer said the Lady
Jays should be another
contributor to the East
Central program.
“I would hope three or
four would take advantage of a free education,
or close to free, to continue playing the sport
they love while starting
their college education,”
Fischer said.
Kackley is for oncampus housing as well.
“The only (other)
thing that I would
like them to do is
build some dorms to
house student athletes,” Kackley said.
“I believe that would
be very beneficial to
the college.”
Coaches are happy to
see the school adding a
sport which currently is
popular in the area.
“I would just like to
thank ECC for making
this decision,” Fischer said. “I know they
have had their ongoing discussions on this
for years, and I truly

hope our area student
athletes help keep this
program successful at
ECC.”
Fennessey is looking
forward to seeing the
new program in action.
“I’m really excited for
the college,” Fennessey
said. “They have done
a lot in the recent years
to bolster their educational programs. This
move shows a continued
effort to improve their
athletic department as
well. Very proud to say
I was a Falcon. I look
forward to watching the
girls this fall.”
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FRC Coaches
Benefit March 27

The second annual
Four Rivers Conference
Coaches
Basketball
Game will be held Friday, March 27, in New
Haven.
The game will tip off
at 7 p.m. Admission is
$2 for adults and $1 for
students.
All admission proceeds will be donated to
the area’s Special Olympics. The game is expected to be split between
North (Union, Owensville, Hermann, and
New Haven) and South
(Pacific, St. James, Sullivan, and St. Clair).

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