(CRYSTAL CITY) The Crystal City boys basketball team has a new face running the show in former Lesterville head coach Lee Richardson. Coach Richardson took the position back in mid-May and brought along his son Drew, who is a 6’2, 185 lb junior wingman. Drew averaged 6.8 points a game, 5.6 rebounds a game, and 1.7 steals per game as a sophomore for the Bearcats last year.

Drew Richardson isn’t the only new Hornets player on varsity this year as coach Richardson pulled Blake Eisenbeis and Logan Anderson up from the JV squad.

Coach Richardson talks about his point of emphasis for the next two weeks ahead of their season opener in the Rolla “Duke” Herbert Tournament.

The Rolla “Duke” Herbert Tournament begins Monday at Crystal City with the Hornets getting it all started as the 6th-seed against the Grandview Eagles. KJFF will broadcast the opening round beginning at 4:45 on Monday the 26th.

The Crystal City girls basketball team will be relying on last year’s leading scorer Kaley Krieg to carry the load offensively for the 2018-19 season. 16th-year head coach Ken Jones lost a pair of impact players to graduation in daughter and forward Maebry Jones as well as 5’0 guard Grace Lay.

But coach Jones does get a friendly face back in senior Taylor Sloan who has suffered two ACL tears during her Hornets high school career.

The talent for the Hornets doesn’t stop with Sloan and Krieg. Coach Jones is quite high on juniors Reece Elliott and Ashleigh Damazyn and the toughness they bring every night.

Crystal City girls basketball will begin the season participating in the Valle Catholic Tournament which begins on Monday the 26th. Listen to the full interviews with Lee Richardson and Ken Jones Thursday at 4:15 on KJFF Sports Talk.