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2019-20 high school boys basketball capsules

The CBC Cadets, the reigning Class 5 Missouri state basketball champions, open their season Friday in what is billed as the “most exciting basketball showcase in America.”

CBC begins play in Thanksgiving Hoopfest in Duncanville, Texas. The Cadets play Justin F. Kimball High, of Dallas, at 2 p.m. Friday. At 3:15 p.m. Saturday, CBC meets Booker T. Washington, of Tulsa, Oklahoma.

The top high school players in the nation will be on hand as 36 boys and girls teams will take part in the two-day showcase at Sandra Meadows Arena in Duncanville, Texas. The event is 11 years old.

CBC returns three starters from last year’s Class 5 state championship team. The Cadets will be led by senior Caleb Love, who has signed a letter to play in college at North Carolina.

Coach Justin Tatum is entering his 13th season at the helm at CBC. He is looking forward to coaching this team that begins this season in Texas.

“I’m looking forward to challenge this group on and off the court,” Tatum said.

Several other teams begin play Tuesday (Nov. 26) in the Gerald Linneman Tip-Off Classic at Parkway West. Then most other teams begin play in December.

Eureka returns two starters from last year’s Class 5 District 3 championship team. The Wildcats fell to CBC in sectional round.
Coach Austin Kirby is entering sixth year as head coach at Eureka.

Marquette has two starters back from last year’s 20-6 squad that finished 6-0 to win Suburban Conference Yellow Pool. Coach Eric Schweain is beginning his third year with the program.

Priory coach Bob McCormack has four Rebels back from last year’s squad that tied for the Metro League championship. McCormack, who begins his seventh season with the Rebels, has had to practice without his full team for a few weeks. Priory’s soccer team reached the state championship game in Class 3 and the Rebels’ football team reached the Class 3 district championship game.

Their absence did not bother McCormack, a 35-year coaching veteran.

“Football and soccer just lost so we have to get those players in basketball shape,” McCormack said. “When you’re a small school like we are, we’ve been fortunate to have the athletes we have. It’s a total benefit for Priory.”

There is one new coach this season. MICDS’ Travis Wallace takes over after a seven-year stint as boys basketball coach at Jennings, his alma mater. Matt Hixenbaugh resigned last season after 13 years. He has taken a coaching position at Mount Pisgah Christian School in Georgia. MICDS was 188-148 and won the Metro League six times under Hixenbaugh. The Rams also won a district championship in 2010, just the third in program history.

Here are the conference alignments this season:
Suburban Conference Yellow pool: Hazelwood Central, Hazelwood West, Kirkwood, Parkway Central, Parkway North, Webster Groves.
Suburban Conference Red pool: Eureka, Ladue, Lafayette, Lindbergh, Marquette, McCluer North, Parkway South, Pattonville.
Suburban Conference Green pool: Clayton, Fox, McCluer, Mehlville, Oakville, Parkway West, Ritenour, Summit, Seckman.
Metro League: Lutheran North, Lutheran South, John Burroughs, MICDS, Principia, Priory, Westminster Christian Academy.
Metro Catholic: CBC, Chaminade, De Smet, St. Louis University High, Vianney.

Here are the Missouri State High School Activities Association’s district alignments that are new for this season:
Class 5
District 3: Eureka, Lafayette, Marquette, Parkway South, Parkway West.
District 4: Chaminade, Kirkwood, St. Louis University High, Webster Groves.
District 6: CBC, De Smet, Francis Howell North, Parkway Central, Pattonville.
Class 4
District 4: Pacific, Priory, Summit, St. Francis Borgia, Washington, Westminster Christian Academy.
District 5: Clayton, John Burroughs, Ladue, MICDS, Normandy, University City.
District 7: Fort Zumwalt East, McCluer, Parkway North, St. Charles, St. Charles West, St. Dominic.
Class 3
District 5: Bayless, Bishop DuBourg, Hancock, Lutheran South, Maplewood, Principia, Valley Park, Whitfield.

Here is a look at the teams this season:

CBC Cadets
2018-19 record: 24-9. Won Metro Catholic Conference with 8-0 record. Won Class 5 District 4 championship with 72-55 win over De Smet. Defeated Eureka 62-30 in sectional, Mehlville 69-56 in quarterfinals and Francis Howell 64-62 in semifinals. Lost 63-59 to Rock Bridge in Class 5 championship game.
Coach: Justin Tatum. Entering 13th season as head coach.
Assistant Coaches: Mike Cross, Josh Webster, Jharri Reed, Jacob Stoecklin
Returning players and starters: 4 players. 3 starters.
Offense: Quick hitters, screen and roll action.
Defense: Man to man and a multiple of different presses.
Team Captains: Caleb Love, Mike West.
Players to watch for this winter: Sophomore Larry Hughes Jr., sophomore Mikhail Abdul-Hamid, sophomore Rob Martin, sophomore Eric Holmes, junior Chevalier Brenson, senior Justin Smith, senior Kyle Henderson.
New comers expect to contribute this winter: Larry Hughes Jr., Mikhail Abdul-Hamid, Marshawn Sayles.
Players who signed to College- Caleb Love to University of North Carolina, Mike West to Kent State for football.
Team strengths: Our team depth is a major strength this year. Also, our returners has experience that will hopefully help with early success. We have a good amount of ball handlers and solid shooters.
Goals: To defend our MCC title and to contend for State tittle.
Favorite to win Metro Catholic Conference: CBC.
First Game: 2 p.m. Friday versus Kimbal at Duncanville, Texas.
Quote: “I’m looking forward to challenge this group on and off the court,” Tatum said. “We want to enjoy early and late success while building strong team chemistry.”

Chaminade Red Devils
2018-19 record: 13-12. Tied for second at 5-3 in Metro Catholic Conference. Lost 76-74 in overtime to Webster Groves in Class 5 District 5 semifinal.
Coach: Frank Bennett. Entering seventh year as head coach.
Assistant coaches: Graham Imming, Monroe Douglass, Shawn Keizer, Gary Lee, Stephen Mouser.
Returning number of players and starters: 8 players. 5 starters.
Offense: Fast pace.
Defense: Mixture of man to man and zone.
Team captains: Luke Kasubke, Harrison Vickers, Frazier Ott, Matteus Case, Damien Mayo
Players on team to watch this season: Tarris Reed, Damien Mayo, Luke Kasubke, Matteus Case, Harrison Vickers, Frazier Ott.
Newcomers expected to contribute: Nate Straughter.
Players on the team who have signed with a college: Luke Kasubke to Kansas State, Frazier Ott to Lindenwood.
Team strengths: Experience and depth.
Goals: Win conference and state.
Favorites to win the conference:
First game: 6 p.m. Dec. 12 versus Riverview Gardens.
Quote: “Our guys are working hard one day at a time to become the best team we can be in March,” Bennett said.

Eureka Wildcats
2018-19 record: 16-11. Finished sixth at 3-5 in Suburban Conference Red Pool. Defeated Parkway South 63-46 to win Class 5 District 3 championship game. Lost 62-30 to CBC in sectional round.
Coach: Austin Kirby. Entering sixth year as head coach.
Assistant coaches: Scott Allen, Rick Kirby, Trevor Noonan, Corey Choate
Returning number of players and starters: 9 players. 2 starters.
Offense: Dribble Drive motion. Princeton offense.
Defense: Man to man.
Team captains: Not applicable.
Players on team to watch this season: Senior guard Jhalon Asher-Sanders, junior guard Nate Parker.
Newcomers expected to contribute: Junior guard Luke Laudel.
Players on the team who have signed with a college: None.
Team strengths: Great team chemistry and will shoot the ball at four spots.
Goals: Win a district championship.
Favorites to win the Suburban Conference Red Pool: Ladue.
First game: Hillsboro Tournament the week of Dec. 9.
Quote: “We are excited to get our season started,” Kirby said. “With new players playing more significant roles, our goal is to improve throughout the season and be playing our best basketball during districts.”

Lafayette Lancers
2018-19 record: 11-15. Finished third at 3-2 in Suburban Conference Yellow Pool. Lost 64-57 to Eureka in Class 5 District 3 semifinal game.
Coach: Matt Landwehr. Entering fourth year as head coach.
Assistant coaches: Colten Hill, Greg Hrdlicka, Don Kreienkamp, Arive Kilongkilong, Sam Charlton
Returning number of players and starters: 7 players. 2 starters.
Offense: Motion offense and sets.
Defense: Man and zone.
Team captains: To be determined.
Players on team to watch this season: Senior G Dylan Stovall, senior G KD Diaby, senior F Mason Hewlett, junior F Aidan Rosen-McGinnis.
Newcomers expected to contribute: Junior F Drew Behl, junior G Sam Murray, junior G Drew Byous, junior F Michael Henneberry.
Players on the team who have signed with a college: Ryan Campbell to Maryville University.
Team strengths: Depth, shooting, and length.
Goals: Win a district and go beyond.
Favorites to win the Suburban Conference Yellow Pool: It is anyone’s league this year. Very balanced and tough league.
First game: Dec. 5 in Arvest Classic at Parkview High School in Springfield.
Quote: “I am excited to coach this group of young men,” Landwehr said. “We have a talented group of guys who have been working hard and are ready for the season to begin. Our team will look a little different than we have in the past, but we’re excited to see all of them work hard together to represent our school well and be winners on and off the court.”

Marquette Mustangs
2018-19 record: 20-6. Finished 6-0 to win Suburban Conference Yellow Pool. Lost 68-66 to Parkway South in Class 5 District 3 semifinal game.
Coach: Eric Schweain. Entering third year as head coach.
Assistant coaches: Joe Scotino, Derek Hoffman, Eric Berry, Kyle Devine.
Returning number of players and starters: 6 players and 2 starters.
Team captains: Not named yet.
Players on team to watch this season: Senior center Josh Merz, senior guard Jeremiah Jennings.
Newcomers expected to contribute: Senior guard Nick Boyles, junior guard Hunter Hacala, junior guard Brendan Harter, junior forward Owen Marsh, Junior Guard Cole Petch, Junior Forward Cade Woodfin, Junior Guard Alex Radovilsky, Junior Guard Isaiah Skinner, Junior Forward Carlos Bell, Junior Center Matt McClain. Sophomore Forward Gabe Czapla, Sophomore Forward Riley Schweain, Sophomore Forward Drew Young.
Players on the team who have signed with a college: None.
Team strengths: Eagerness to learn and work hard.
Goals: Get better each day.
Favorites to win the Suburban Conference Yellow Pool: Hazelwood Central, Parkway South.
First game: 6 p.m. Tuesday versus Troy.
Quote: I am really excited about the upcoming season. We have a few players that have a great deal of Varsity experience, a lot of new faces and some that will join us today due to our football team’s success (Josh Merz, Cade Woodfin, Matt McClain). All in all, I hope this conglomeration of players will find a way to get better as a team each day.

MICDS Rams
2018-19 record: 12-14. Finished sixth at 2-9 in Metro League. Lost 58-41 to Westminster Christian Academy in Class 4 District 5 first-round game.
Coach: Travis Wallace. Entering first year as head coach at MICDS.
Assistant coaches: Marshall Newman, Jahidi White, Eric Kimminau, Jahmall Thomas.
Returning number of players and starters : 7 players. 4 starters.
Team captains: Sam Wienstroer and Hassni Spann.
Players on team to watch this season: Sophomore guard Brandon Mitchell- Day, junior guard Nick Roper, junior forward Jack Pronger, junior forward Aaron Hendricks.
Newcomers expected to contribute: Freshman guard Steve Hall.
Players on the team who have signed with a college:
Team strengths: One of the biggest strengths will be team’s length. Have five guys 6-foot-5 or taller on our team. Another strength will be flexibility. Have multiple guys that can play three or four different positions.
Goals: To improve every day and finish in the top half of our league.
First game: 6:45 p.m. Dec. 2 versus Metro in MICDS Tip-Off Tournament.
Quote: “With so many guys returning I think this season will be a lot of fun,” Wallace said. “The players have been working hard all spring, summer, and fall. I’m excited to coach these kids because I’ve seen all the hard work they have put in.”

Parkway Central Colts
2018-19 record: 19-8. Finished second at 6-2 in Suburban Conference Red Pool. Lost 85-72 to De Smet in Class 5 District 4 semifinal game.
Coach: Aaron Mueller. Entering second year as head coach.
Assistant coaches: Ryan King, Jon Hardy, Ryan Boeckman.
Returning number of players and starters: 6 players. 2 starters.
Offense: Transition, Sets, motion.
Defense: Man to man.
Team captains: Devion Harris and Cameron Roberts.
Players on team to watch this season: Seniors forward Devion Harris, forward Cameron Roberts, guard Deuce Harris, guard Tyler Wessel, guard Hunter King, forward Brandon McKinley.
Team strengths: Team defense, offensive execution, post play.
Goals: Get better, grow together, and compete every day.
Favorites to win the Suburban Conference Red Pool: The conference has great balance from top to bottom, but the favorites are McCluer North, Ladue, and McCluer.
First game: 7 p.m. Nov. 26 versus Parkway West in Gerald Linneman Tip-Off Classic at Parkway West.
Quote: “We have a good balance of returning seniors and newcomers that are practicing hard and meshing well,” Mueller said. “We will lean on those six seniors. Devion Harris has a chance to be a force inside and out. He has really elevated his game. Cameron Roberts does a little bit of everything and plays with a constant motor. Deuce Harris will run the point and is doing a nice job of running the show. Tyler Wessel has the ability to really shoot the ball and is adding other dimensions to his game. Hunter King and Brandon McKinley will be sparkplugs with their energy and unselfish play.”

Parkway North Vikings
2018-19 record: 8-17. Finished fourth at 4-3 in Suburban Conference Blue Pool. Lost 67-30 to John Burroughs in Class 4 District 5 first-round game.
Coach: Russell Vincent. Entering seventh year as head coach.
Assistant coaches: Winston Rodgers, Dale McLin, Jim Parks.
Returning number of players and starters: 4 players. 2 starters.
Players on team to watch this season: Keashon Petty, Jalen Powell.
Newcomers expected to contribute: Sophomore guard Adebayo Popoola, Michael Berry.
Players on the team who have signed with a college: None.
Goals: To get better every day and be playing our best basketball when the district tournament starts.
Favorites to win the Suburban Conference Blue Pool: University City.
First game: 5:30 p.m. Nov. 26 versus Parkway South in Linneman Tip-Off Classic at Parkway West.
Quote: “The players have been working hard and we are excited to get the season started,” Vincent said.

Parkway South Patriots
2018-19 record: 11-17. Finished fifth at 2-4 in Suburban Conference Yellow Pool. Lost to Eureka in Class 5 District 3 championship game.
Coach: Matt Roach. Entering third year as head coach.
Assistant coaches: Phil McGuire, Mike Shanfeld, Mitch Stevens, Justin Moulder, Tom Howren, John Heath.
Returning number of players and starters: 5 players. 2 starters.
Team captains: Not named.
Players on team to watch this season: Senior guard Adam Sommer, senior center Isaiah Esker, senior guard Jack Crayton, senior guard Luke Davis, senior forward Derek Becker, junior G/F Sebastian Sutton.
Newcomers expected to contribute: Senior guard Luke Davis, junior guard Rhyan Shanklin.
Players on the team who have signed with a college: None.
Team strengths: Athleticism, transition, speed.
Goals: Compete in every game and work together as a team.
Favorites to win the Suburban Conference Yellow Pool: Hazelwood Central, Webster Groves.
First game: 5:30 p.m. Nov. 23 versus Parkway North in Linneman Tip-Off Classic at Parkway West.
Quote: “Our schedule is demanding with playing in the top Suburban conference,” Roach said. “We will have to work hard and prepare for every game. The team has been working really hard in practice and we are excited to get the season started. We have seven seniors on the roster this year so we are expected to have good leadership.”

Parkway West Longhorns
2018-19 record: 2-23. Finished last at 0-7 in Suburban Conference Red Pool. Lost 69-65 to Kirkwood in Class 5 District 4 first-round game.
Coach: John Wright. Entering 10th year as head coach.
Assistant coaches: Rich Rogers, Chris Sartorius, Melvin Bethany.
Returning number of players and starters: 7 players. 4 starters.
Offense: Sets and motion.
Defense: Tough m and some zone.
Team captains: To be determined.
Players on team to watch this season: Senior Matthew Loaney, junior Josh Gansen, sophomore Tre Bell, senior Henry Freedman, senior Jake Juenger, senior Brevin Stevens.
Newcomers expected to contribute: Junior Logan Wich, junior Nick Harms, junior Tavin Reed, junior Evan Conger, sophomore Luke Wright, sophomore Ja’Marion Wayne.
Players on the team who have signed with a college: None.
Team strengths: Strong team chemistry, tough defense, improved strength and quickness.
Goals: Play tough defense. Play hard and get better every day. Improve throughout the season so we are playing our best basketball when districts arrive.
First game: 7 p.m. Tuesday versus Parkway Central in Linneman Tip-Off Classic at Parkway West.
Quote: “I am excited to coach this group of guys,” Wright said. “We have some experience as well as newcomers who will make a difference. These guys are hungry to go out and compete.”

Principia Panthers
2018-19 record: 5-20. Finished last at 0-6 in Metro League. Lost 70-43 to Whitfield in Class 3 District 5 first-round game.
Coach: Kyle Johnson. Entering fourth year as head coach.
Assistant coaches: Sam Wade, Matt Gilman, Jordan Poznick.
Returning number of players and starters: 9 players. 3 starters.
Offense: 4 out 1 in motion.
Defense: Pressure man to man, 1-2-2 zone.
Team captains: Charley Hoffman.
Players on team to watch this season: Junior guard Charley Hoffman, sophomore center Isaac Legard, senior guard Howard James.
Newcomers expected to contribute: Sophomore guard Noah Omondi.
Players on the team who have signed with a college: None.
Team strengths: Hard working.
Goals: To get better each practice, win one conference game, win one tournament, win a district game.
Favorites to win the Metro League: Priory.
Next game: 7 p.m. Tuesday versus McKinley. Won opener 70-48 over College Crossroads Prep.
Quote: “I love working with these kids each day,” Johnson said. “They love to play the game and compete. I’m excited to see how our younger kids handle varsity level competition.”

Priory Rebels
2018-19 record: 17-8. Went 8-3 to tie for Metro League championship. Lost 67-56 to John Burroughs in Class 4 District 5 semifinal game.
Coach: Bob McCormack. Entering seventh year as head coach.
Assistant coaches: Vaughn Griesbauer, Steve Walsh.
Returning number of starters: 4 starters.
Offense: Motion, screens. Make the defense make decisions.
Defense: Mix it up — zone and man and some traps depending on the opponent.
Team captains: Charlie Ferrick and Michael Spencer.
Players on team to watch this season: Senior PG Ferrick, junior C Harrison Wilmsen, junior G/F Miles Kee.
Newcomers expected to contribute: Only lost two seniors from last year so looking to get right back into things.
Players on the team who have signed with a college: None.
Team strengths: Got some depth this year. Quickness. Our basketball IQ is really strong. We’re going to try and dictate both ends of the floor.
Goals: Win the conference. Be playing well late. District is different this year so that will be good to look forward to. Want to stay healthy.
Favorites to win the Metro League: Lot of good teams in the conference. Kind of a toss up. Will be wait and see thing. Play each team home and home. Will make for great competition.
First game: 7 p.m. Dec. 4 versus Father Tolton.
Quote: “Football and soccer just lost so we have to get those players in basketball shape,” McCormack said. “When you’re a small school like we are, we’ve been fortunate to have the athletes we have. It’s a total benefit for Priory. This is a fun group to coach. I’ve never been in a situation in my 35 years of coaching that you have such great kids. These kids are not only excellent students but excellent athletes. What they do in the classroom carries over to the basketball court. It’s a great situation here at Priory.”

Westminster Christian Academy Wildcats
2018-19 record: 17-10. Tied for third at 6-5 in Metro League. Lost 49-48 to Ladue in Class 4 District 5 semifinal game.
Coach: Dale Ribble. Entering fourth year as head coach.
Assistant coaches: James Smith, Scott Lawson, Mike Lemp.
Returning number of players and starters: 6 players. 1 starters.
Team captains: Brennan Orf, Matt George.
Players on team to watch this season: Senior F Brennan Orf, senior G Matt George, sophomore G Casen Lawrence, sophomore F EJ Williams, sophomore F Caleb Thompson.
Newcomers expected to contribute: Kobi Williams.
Players on the team who have signed with a college: Brennan Orf signed to play baseball at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.
Team strengths: Team has a lot of depth this season with many players who are capable of contributing.
Goals: Daily improvement and playing our best basketball at the end of the year
Favorites to win the Metro League: Lutheran North, MICDS, Priory.
First game: 7 p.m. Tuesday at Timberland.
Quote: “We are excited to start our season,” Ribble said. “Our players have been giving great effort with outstanding attitudes as we have started practice. We have the potential to be a really good team this year.”

Whitfield Warriors
2018-19 record: 20-9. Lost 59-57 in overtime to Hancock in Class 3 District 5 championship game.
Coach: Mike Potsou. Entering 15th year as head coach at Whitfield; 20th year coaching high school basketball.
Assistant coaches: Dave German, Gary Buchanan, Brandon Hogan, Marcus Hughes, Mike Martin, and Trey Adams.
Returning number of players and starters: 8 returning players. 2 starters.
Offense: Our offensive strategy will be to score as many points as possible.
Defense: Collectively prevent teams from scoring points as best as we can.
Team captains: Caden Bush, Terrell Hobson, Max Holton, Drew Newlin, David Vaughn.
Players on team to watch this season: We have a number of individuals ready to contribute, specifically the seniors: Caden Bush, Terrell Hobson, Max Holton, Drew Newlin, and David Vaughn.
Newcomers expected to contribute: Several freshman and sophomores will inject some energy and skill to the returning eight players from last year’s team
Players on the team who have signed with a college: None.
Team strengths: Chemistry, intelligence, speed, shooting and toughness.
Goals: To get a little better every day. Little by little, it becomes a lot.
Next game: 6:30 p.m. Dec. 11 versus Breese Mater Dei. Lost season opener Monday 77-72 to Jennings.
Quote: “I am fortunate to coach such great young men, who are of outstanding character and have performed well in the classroom,” Potsou said. “At the end of trimester one, we have eight members on our team who made our school’s honor roll. This team has a unique mesh of several returning players and a handful of younger players who will positively impact this year’s team. Our upperclassmen have shown great leadership while providing guidance to our younger players as they get acclimated to the daily commitment of being a varsity basketball player. As usual, we have a competitive schedule that will challenge this team throughout the entire season but ultimately prepare us for a playoff run come February.”

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