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De Smet is off to good start to its basketball season, opens MCC play against Vianney

The De Smet Spartans open Metro Catholic Conference play against visiting Vianney. The Spartans (5-1) are off to their best start in several seasons. Vianney (1-3) has played one MCC game, losing 79-43 to Chaminade. The tipoff between De Smet and Vianney is at 7 p.m. Friday (Dec. 7). De Smet began the basketball season by winning the Centralia Thanksgiving Tournament. De Smet won all four games it played. The Spartans defeated the host Orphans 69-43 in the championship game. The Spartans were led by senior guard Evan Asleson. He scored a career-high 24 points. He was named the tournament’s ...

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Basketball standout Collier has her Incarnate Word Academy No. 24 retired

In a basketball career at Incarnate Word Academy filled with many firsts and records, Napheesa Collier set another one. Collier, a Connecticut college basketball star, returned home to play first the first time since graduating from Incarnate Word Academy and it proved to be a memorable trip down memory lane. Collier, who is from O’Fallon, was an all-state performer and Gatorade Player of the Year during her high school basketball days at Incarnate Word Academy. With Collier in town for a women’s college basketball game against the Saint Louis University Lady Billikens, she was honored by her former high school. ...

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Parkway Central boys basketball team off to solid start this season

The Parkway Central boys hit the road for three tough games after winning the Parkway Tip-Off Classic. The Colts defeated Parkway South, Parkway West and Parkway North to open the season. “The boys were excited after each win, but did a nice job of staying focused on the next task,” said Parkway Central coach Aaron Mueller, who is in his first year at the helm. “We will have to do the same this week as we go on the road three times at Lafayette, Lindbergh, and St. Charles.” Mueller moved up from being an assistant coach to head coach with ...

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Parkway Central girls off to fast start by winning first three basketball games

The Parkway Central girls basketball team got started off this season on a good note by winning all three games in the Parkway Tip-Off Classic. Colts coach Brian Guilfoyle was looking for his squad to start strong. “We wanted to compete at a high level every night and give our best effort,” Guilfoyle said. Parkway Central opened with a 54-39 win over Parkway South. “The girls did a nice job against a strong South team,” Guilfoyle said. “It was a good way to start the season off.” The Colts followed that with a 58-43 victory over Parkway West. “We did ...

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2018-19 high school girls basketball preview

The Incarnate Word Academy Red Knights won their fifth girls basketball state championship in the last six years last winter. It was No. 9 overall for the program in state titles. The goal this season, coach Dan Roles said, is the same. Win another one. “That’s always our goal,” Rolfes said. The Red Knights have three seniors who signed letters of intent to play in college next fall. Rikki Woltman will be going to Purdue. Marissa Warren will go to De Paul and Kiki Britzmann will attend Belmont. Incarnate Word has eight players, including two starters back from the 27-5 ...

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2018-19 high school boys basketball preview

Chaminade finished second at state last winter and coach Frank Bennett has two starters back to help the Red Devils attempt to make another deep run in the postseason. The Red Devils lost 101-90 to Webster Groves in the Class 5 championship game. Bennett said he has a good group of players to work with this season. “I am looking forward to the opportunity to work with our guys,” Bennett said. “The team chemistry is good and they enjoy playing for each other.” Mike Potsu is entering 15 year as head coach of the Whitfield Warriors, who finished 21-8 last ...

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Chaminade opens season in Chicago Elite Classic; ranked No. 1 in first Class 5 poll

It will be rise and shine for the Chaminade Red Devils in their high school basketball season opener. The Red Devils begin play in the 2018-19 season Saturday (Dec. 1) in the Chicago Elite Classic at Bloomington High School. Chaminade will play Bloomington at 10:30 a.m. Coach Frank Bennett said the early tip-off will not be a problem for his squad. “Our pregame routine stays the same,” said Bennett, who is entering his sixth year as the Chaminade head coach. The Classic is a good showcase for high school basketball, Bennett said. He is happy to have his team be ...

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Principia Honor Flight Classic is more than just boys basketball; it helps to honor veterans

The Principia Honor Flight Classic is about to take off for its second edition. Action begins Tuesday (Dec. 4) with four first-round games in the eight-team tournament. Coach Kyle Johnson said his Panthers are enthusiastic about playing at home in the tournament again. Principia is the defending tourney champions. “We are very excited to host the tournament again this year,” Johnson said. “It was awesome to win the inaugural tournament last year. We graduated nine seniors so most of the kids we have on the team this year did not get to experience the tournament last year. “They are hoping ...

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