Preview capsules for Missouri boys district previews

Posted: Feb. 17, 2013 12:43 am Updated: Mar. 3, 2013 1:15 am

Herald-Whig Sports Writer


The Pairings

At La Plata, Mo.

Monday, Feb. 18

No. 1 Marion County vs. No. 8 Brashear, 4:30 p.m.

No. 2 Atlanta vs. No. 7 Bevier, 8:15 p.m.

No. 3 North Shelby vs. No. 6 Madison, 7 p.m.

No. 4 La Plata vs. No. 5 Macon County, 5:45 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 20

Marion County/Brashear winner vs. La Plata/Macon County winner, 6 p.m.

North Shelby/Madison winner vs. Atlanta/Bevier winner, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 22

Semifinal winners, 6:30 p.m.

The Breakdown

º Marion County (17-7) -- The Mustangs are led by seniors Kason Spratt and Clay Pollard, who have scored more than 1,000 points in their careers. Marion County returns four of five starters from a group that reached the Class 1 quarterfinals last season.

º Atlanta (11-14) -- Behind Lance Weber, Dylan Hruska and Collan Thrasher, the Hornets finished 6-1 to win a share of the Tri-County Conference.

º North Shelby (16-9) -- Rebounding from an 0-5 start, North Shelby has won 16 of its past 21 games, including two wins over Marion County. Michael Orr, Josiah Linberger and Alan Trenhaile will all contribute for the Raiders.

º La Plata (11-9) -- Sophomore center Tanner Riggins leads a young La Plata squad. Seth Brown, Hunter Howe and Matt Safley also contribute for the Bulldogs.

º Macon County (8-10) -- Junior guard Daniel Hernandez, 6-foot junior Caleb Klingsmith and 5-10 junior forward Dakota Kincanon give the Raiders some size in the front court.

º Madison (3-15) -- The Panthers finished in fifth place in the Central Conference.

º Bevier (12-11) -- The Wildcats finished 3-4 in the Tri-County Conference. Brett Peukert scored 27 points against Atlanta this season and will be counted on to help Bevier in the postseason.

º Brashear (3-14) -- Senior guard Hayden Housman leads Brashear by averaging nearly 15 points per game.


The Pairings

At Louisiana, Mo.

Tuesday, Feb. 19

No. 1 Canton vs. No. 8 Wellsville, 6 p.m.

No. 2 Lousiana vs. No. 7 Van-Far, 9 p.m.

No. 3 South Shelby vs. No. 6 Paris, 7:30 p.m.

No. 4 Clopton vs. No. 5 Silex, 4:30 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 21

Canton/Wellsville winner vs. Clopton/Silex winner, 6 p.m.

South Shelby/Paris winner vs. Louisana/Van-Far winner, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 23

Semifinal winners, 6 p.m.

The Breakdown

º Canton (23-1) -- Tyler Niemann, David McReynolds and Austin Hoewing lead an eager group hoping to overcome a disappointing loss to Cairo Northeast in last year's district final. The Tigers are undefeated against Missouri opposition, with their lone loss coming to Keokuk.

º Louisiana (15-9) -- The host Bulldogs rely on 6-3 forward Tristan Castiglia, Greg Pitzer and Brendan Ross to do most of the scoring. Louisiana finished fourth in the Clarence Cannon Conference with a 5-3 record.

º South Shelby (19-5) -- The Clarence Cannon Conference champions are led by senior forward Andre McClure, who averages 14 points and 10 rebounds per game. South Shelby averages 58.8 points and 13.5 assists per game. Wyatt Proper (11 points per game) also averages in double figures.

º Clopton (8-13) -- Jack Hicks has provided the Hawks with a bright spot on offense, averaging over 10 points per game. Levi Adams and Rheed Leake will also be counted on to contribute for Clopton.

º Silex (9-15) -- Austin Fleming (14.8 points per game), Ryan Eisenbath (11.8) and Matt Huber (11.5) also average in double figures for the Owls. Silex shoots 34 percent from the field on the season.

º Paris (3-20) -- The Coyotes have struggled offensively this season, averaging 37 points per game and shooting 30 percent from the field. Brant Francis averages 10 points per game and is the only Paris player who averages in double figures.

º Van-Far (6-13) -- The Indians prefer to play at a slower pace and keep games in the 40s. Van-Far has struggled defensively at times this season.

º Wellsville (5-16) -- Junior Gavin Oliver average 11.5 points per game for the Tigers. Zach Smith leads the team with 6.6 rebounds per game and also contributes 7.2 points per game.


The Pairings

At Queen City, Mo.

Monday, Feb. 18

No. 2 Marceline vs. No. 7 Westran, 4:30 p.m.

No. 3 Putnam County vs. No. 6 Milan, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 19

No. 1 Cairo vs. No. 8 Schuyler County, 4:30 p.m.

No. 4 Knox County vs. No. 4 Scotland County, 7 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 21

Marceline/Westran winner vs. Putnam County/Milan winner, 4:30 p.m.

Cairo/Schuyler County winner vs. Knox County/Scotland County winner, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 23

Semifinal winners, 2 p.m.

The Breakdown

º Cairo Northeast (20-4) -- All-State forward Brad Roberts leads the Bearcats with nearly 20 points per game. Cairo won the Central Activities Conference title for the first time in seven years.

º Marceline (17-8) -- Brett McGlothin averages 19.2 points, 6.5 rebounds and 3.2 assists for a team that finished 6-4 in the Lewis and Clark Conference. Chase Hilsabeck also averages 11.8 points and 3.6 assists per game.

º Putnam County (16-5) -- Deion Hunt, a 6-7 senior center, and Corey Lewis, a 6-5 guard, give the Midgets a lot of size in the front court. Trey Ream is a threat from the perimeter, while Cody Quint helps facilitate the offense.

º Knox County (11-9) -- Royce Poore and Lee Tague both average in double figures in scoring for an Eagles team that has struggled at times against a tough schedule. Knox County went 0-5 against teams in Illinois.

º Scotland County (9-10) -- Lucas Howard and Jacob Blessing lead a Tigers team that has been up and down this season.

º Milan (6-15) -- Holden Stallbaumer has been a bright spot for the Wildcats, who have struggled to score due to a lack of size. Brett Sinclair and Jordan Eddy will also contribute for Milan.

º Westran (7-16) -- Jacob Denslow leads the Hornets with 10.6 points per game. Westran averages 46.8 points per game and finished 4-5 in the Lewis and Clark Conference.

º Schuyler County (4-17) -- Garrett Wilson, a 6-5 forward, is a strong presence underneath, but the Rams have struggled to find scoring around the perimeter.


The Pairings

At Palmyra, Mo.

Monday, Feb. 18

No. 1 Palmyra vs. No. 8 Brookfield, 4:30 p.m.

No. 2 Macon vs. No. 7 Bowling Green, 8:30 p.m.

No. 3 Highland vs. No. 6 Monroe City, 7:10 p.m.

No. 4 Mark Twain vs. No. 5 Clark County, 5:50 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 20

Palmyra/Brookfield winner vs. Mark Twain/Clark County winner, 6 p.m.

Highland/Monroe City winner vs. Macon/Bowling Green winner, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 23

Wednesday's winners, 6 p.m.

The Breakdown

º Palmyra (16-9) -- The Panthers aren't afraid to shoot the basketball. Palmyra averages 63.2 shot attempts per game and averages 63.8 points per game. Junior guard Brock Butler averages a team-high 18.2 points per game, while sophomore Trevor Meny is second with 16.8. Bazil Keller (9.7 points per game) also adds punch for the Panthers.

º Macon (8-15) -- Craig Smith, a 6-foot-2 guard, averages 10.8 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game for an inconsistent Tigers team. Tyrone Walker also averages 10.1 points per game for Macon.

º Highland (13-9) -- The Cougars have plenty of firepower on offense. Derick Smith (15.6 points per game), Brandon Davie (15.7) and Austin Richmiller (14.5) all average in double figures for Highland. Smith leads the team in rebounding, averaging 5.6 per game.

º Mark Twain (9-13) -- The Tigers finished in seventh place in the Clarence Cannon Conference with a 3-5 mark. Mark Twain had a seven-game home winning streak snapped end in the final game against South Shelby. Austin and Logan Epperson provide the Tigers with a scoring threat.

º Clark County (11-14) -- Kyle Kovar, Chase Bevans and Luke Ross have given the Indians balance on scoring this season. Clark County struggled to close games at times.

º Bowling Green (10-13) -- Corey Brown, Corey Buchannan, David Goddard and Adam Holt have all scored in double figures in at least one game for the Bobcats this season.

º Brookfield (2-19) -- The Bulldogs stumbled to a 1-8 record in the Clarence Cannon conference. Brookfield's two wins this season were against Mark Twain and Windsor.


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