Thursday, April 4, 2013
Cites conflict with full time job as too much of a time conflict.
Steve Stipanovich, head coach of the girls basketball team at Westminster Christian Academy has stepped down as coach, St.L Today reports. He was working in development at WCA, then took a job with Schneider Industries in 2012. His oldest daughter Sadie is going to Saint Louis University on scholarship; his next daughter Hannah will be a senior at WCA. Stipanovich led DeSmet to a 61-game win streak; was an All American at Mizzou and played a lengthy career for the Indiana Pacers of the NBA. Here is the report on St.L Today.
Sunday, January 20, 2013
Rams won MICDS Holiday Tournament championship game over Wildcats back in December, but Westminster returned the favor with a strong performance Friday night.
TOWN AND COUNTRY -- As the No. 1 seed and defending champion of the MICDS Holiday Tournament, the Westminster Christian Academy girls basketball team was the overwhelming favorite to win the event again this season. But the third-seeded hosts from MICDS had different plans, and pulled off one of the great surprises of the season by upsetting Westminster to win their own tournament for the first time. That victory happened to be the Rams' eighth in a row, and helped spark them on to three more, for an 11-game winning streak heading into Friday's rematch with the Wildcats at the WCA Gym. This time though, it was Westminster that made the big plays down the stretch of another tight ballgame, and earned itself a hard-fought 58-56 revenge …
Friday, January 11, 2013
Bombers' and Rams' boys and girls will begin the night with double-dip at McDonnell, while No. 7 Ladue hopes to play giant-killer against No. 2 CBC.
The first big night of the high school hoops season comes tonight, with a trio of big ballgames featuring some of the best teams from the Ladue-Frontenac-Olivette area. On a city-wide scale, most eyes will be trained on the championship game of the DC Wilcutt Tournament out at CBC High School in Town and Country, where the Ladue High boys will take on the No. 2-ranked CBC Cadets at 8 p.m. CBC was the area's preseason No. 1, with at least three top college prospects on their roster, including 6'7 swingman Jordan Barnett, 6'6 power forward Ray Doby, and 6'6 shooting guard Patrick McCaw. The Cadets lost their No. 1 ranking after falling in the championship game of the Meramec Tournament to Hazelwood Central back on December 30. Since then, …
Saturday, January 5, 2013
Rams moved to 11-1 by completely stifling South's offense, in what is now MICDS' ninth straight victory.
AFFTON -- The first few minutes of Friday's Metro League girls basketball game began the same way that almost every game this season has begun for MICDS, with the Rams struggling to find their rhythm on offense. There were several bad possessions at the beginning of the game for MICDS, including more than one that ended with either a turnover or a missed shot. Surprisingly, even with a full week off after the Rams won the MICDS Girls Holiday Tournament championship game back on December 29, the rusty period only lasted those first few minutes on Friday. Once MICDS did find its form, it blew right through Lutheran South, for a truly impressive, 52-24 win over the Lancers. "We really kind of struggled to find our rhythm in that first half," …
Monday, December 31, 2012
Wearing multiple hats seems to suit this MICDS administrator just fine.
In July of 2011, Scott Small took over the duties as Upper School principal at Mary Institute Country Day. That is a job unto itself. But Small leads a life much more complex than that. His life is kind of like a three-legged stool. One leg is for teaching and being an administrator. The second leg is that of girls' varsity basketball coach; and of course, the third leg is that of a dad and husband to wife Amy and two young daughters Addison and Alden. Patch.com recently cornered the coach/principal for a Q & A session. The two young daughters listened politely to the conversation. Ladue-Frontenac Patch: How long have you been principal; and a coach. Scott Small: This is my second year as principal and I’ve been coaching basketball now …
Saturday, December 29, 2012
Senior Elizabeth Greenberg came up huge for Ladue by making 13 of 16 free throws, including seven in the final minute of a 52-44 Ram victory over the Huskies.
OVERLAND -- If there’s one thing Ladue girls basketball coach Cord Dockery is certain of through the first half of the season when it come to his team, is that the Rams will always play up or down to their competition. Two weeks ago, Ladue was on a --game winning streak, but still managed to play one of its worst games of the season in a loss to 1-5 Notre Dame. But on other occasions against much better competition, the Rams have played extremely well and brought home wins against teams like Summit, Whitfield, Parkway West and Confluence. That trend continued on Friday afternoon in the championship game of the newly-minted Ritenour Holiday Tournament, as Ladue delivered a superb performance from start to finish, to claim a 52-44 tournament…
Friday, December 28, 2012
Rams will play host school in championship final, after getting past DuBourg in hard-fought early afternoon tussle.
OVERLAND -- For the first 30 minutes of Thursday's Ritenour Holiday Tournament game against Bishop DuBourg, Ladue High girls basketball coach Cord Dockery tried just about every trick in the book to get his Rams to dig in and play defense like he knew they could. Dockery called different defenses; he called several timeouts to set up the defensive possession like he wanted; he even played some unusual lineup combinations to hopefully get the Rams to dig in. In the final two minutes, the coach finally found a strategy that would work -- he challenged his crew to show what kind of guts they had. Dockery must have yelled the phrase "it's gut-check time" 20 or 30 times (probably wasn't really that many), but the point was clear, the coach …
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Sophomores Cate Meyer and Kaitlynn Walker combined for 27 points and several big buckets for the Rams, but it wasn't enough to overcome Notre Dame's red-hot shooting from three-point land.
After losing star center Taylor Robinson at the beginning of December for an issue head coach Cord Dockery described as "personal time", the Ladue High girls basketball team has had to re-work its strategy and philosophy the last few weeks, at what for most teams would be the worst possible time -- right smack dab in the middle of the season. And with no definite idea when to expect the return of Robinson, a 6-foot-3 Temple University recruit who averaged 20 points and nine rebounds a game last season, Ladue has had only a few practices and even fewer games to try to figure out just how to play without her. Last week, it seemed like the Rams might've figured some things out, as they picked up two big wins over John Burroughs and Parkway …
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Rams, who are without standout center Taylor Robinson, got 20 points from Liz Greenberg and 17 more from Kaitlynn Walker to end three-game losing streak.
The Ladue High girls basketball team began the 2012-2013 season on fire, winning its first three games and advancing to the final of the Fox Tournament two weeks ago. Standout senior Taylor Robinson, a 6'3 center whose headed to Temple University on a basketball scholarship next year, got hurt in that game and hasn't played since. And without her, the Rams had a difficult time in games against Pattonville and Parkway North -- both losses, that gave Ladue a surprising three-game losing streak. On Tuesday though, the Rams seemed to finally figure out how to play without their all-state center dominating post, thanks to huge nights by senior Liz Greenberg and sophomore Kaitlynn Walker, that led Ladue to an impressive 56-46 road win over John …
Sunday, December 9, 2012
Angels shake off slow start for big win over previously unbeaten league rivals from Nerinx.
FRONTENAC -- After beginning the season with three straight brilliant victories over Troy, Jefferson City and Ursuline Academy, the St. Joseph's Academy girls basketball team was bound to have a stinker somewhere along the way. And for the first five minutes of play on Saturday afternoon against MWAA rival Nerinx Hall, at the SJA Wellington Athletic Complex, it looked like that stinker might come in the Angels' matchup against the Markers. Instead though, the final 27 minutes were nothing but St. Joe brilliance, as the Angels rallied back and eventually pulled away from the Markers for a 59-40 victory. "I'm pleased," St. Joe head coach Julie Matheny said in an interview with Prepcasts.com following the game. "It's kind of par for the …