Bob Sechrest Jr. Central Christmas Tournament Day One Preview

(Park Hills) The 67th annual Bob Sechrest Jr. Central Christmas tournament tips off on Monday with eight games and you listen to all of them on regional radio. We’ll broadcast the daytime games on AM 800 KREI.

Four girls quarterfinals start with top seed and second ranked South Iron playing number eight Arcadia Valley at 10:00. We’ll be on the air with your first Fliegs Equipment Pregame Show at 9:45. The Panthers come in at 8-1 with their only loss to a large class school out of Kansas. Coach Jimbo Blackwell says his team is not only talented, but also hungry…

After six tries Arcadia Valley is looking for it’s first win, but the Tigers got within one point of Ste. Genevieve last time out. Coach Ricky Turnbough describes how they need to fine tune their game…

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The second game is four seed Steelville (ranked 10th in the state by the coaches) against five seed Festus. Steelville enters the tournament at 7-2.

Coach Zach Kennedy says they always manage to play a thriller this week….

Festus fell to Herculaneum in their last game before the tournament and comes in at 5-3. Coach Steve McFarland says his players haven’t seen many teams like Steelville…

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Our third game of the day features the host and two seed Central Lady Rebels taking on the 7th seed Ste. Genevieve Dragons. For the 7-1 Rebels, this will be their first home game. Coach Josh Mapes is looking forward to playing on their home court…

Ste. Genevieve is 5-2.

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The first round of girls play concludes with 3rd seed Potosi against 6th seed Fredericktown around 2:30. Potosi has started strong at 6-1 and already owns a win over Fredericktown, 52-46 at the Fredericktown tournament. Coach Allie Golden says this is a competitive matchup…

Fredericktown won their first four games, but has lost six in a row coming in. They are 4-6, but nearly knocked off state ranked West County in their last game. Coach Micah Reutzel still feels good about his team…

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Next up is the beginning of the first round on the boys side at 4:00 on J-98. The top seed Central Rebels are taking on the 16 seed Perryville Pirates. Rebels coach Brad Gross says getting the #1 seed was important…

Central are 6-1. The Pirates are just 2-7 but they’ve played some of the area’s top teams already. Pirates coach Brett Hale says their schedule has made them tougher…

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The 8/9 matchup has Herculaneum and North County taking the floor about 5:30. North County is even up at 4-4 after their win over DeSoto at the MAC Rotary shootout. Coach Dan Johnson expects this one to go like a normal 8 versus 9…

Herculaneum is 6-1 with their last win also over DeSoto. Coach Jason Jarvis says they want to get the tempo up in this one…

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Next it’s the 4th seeded Steelville Cardinals (ranked 6th in Class Three) battling it out against the 13 seed Jefferson R7 BlueJays. Steelville are 6-1 and led by Dream Teamer Landon Mabe, but coach John Tolly says they play with energy that comes from everyone on the team…

Jefferson are 3-8. Coach Sean Breeze says they can’t let Steelville speed them up…

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Day number one comes to and end with 5th seed Ste. Gen against #12 Farmington. The Dragons are 7-1 and the Knights are 2-6, but looked good in a win over Fox at the MAC Rotary Shootout. Knights coach Garrett Callahan says good things happen when his team passes…

While there is a wide disparity in the records and the seeds, Ste. Genevieve coach Rob Coleman cautions not to buy into that too much…

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