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Local digest: Register for spring volleyball at SGCCC

By Editor | January 19, 2022

From staff reports Ste. Genevieve County Community Center will be offering a coed volleyball league, with matches set to begin on Monday, Feb. 7. All teams will play eight games plus a tournament. The cost is $140 per team, with Monday, Jan. 31, the registration deadline. For information, email Bryan Gegg at bgegg@sgccc.com.

Prep wrestling: Ste. Genevieve repeats as Duals champion

By Editor | January 12, 2022

By ERIC VICCARO eviccaro@stegenherald.com There were plenty of impressive milestones met — or even surpassed — on the home mat this past weekend. Gavin Gross, a 132-pounder, recorded his 100th career victory during the Ste. Genevieve Duals at Peggy J. Johnson Gymnasium on Saturday. What’s more, heavyweight Ryan Schmelzle continued to exert his dominance by…

Prep wrestling: Dragon girls claim Central title

By Editor | January 12, 2022

By ERIC VICCARO eviccaro@stegenherald.com PARK HILLS — Four Ste. Genevieve High School girls’ wrestlers earned first-place finishes at the Central Rebel Invitational on Saturday. Katlynn Lay spearheaded the Dragons’ performance at the meet, with three victories by fall in her 130-pound weight class. Lay pinned Central’s Savannah Scheldberg in 1:04, North County’s Memory Raker (1:45)…

Prep wrestling: Valle places 3rd at Ste. Gen Duals

By Editor | January 12, 2022

By ERIC VICCARO eviccaro@stegenherald.com Two Valle Catholic High School wrestlers recorded four pins on Saturday at the Ste. Genevieve Duals. Josh Bieser, who finished second in the state last March, and improving Jacob Calbreath both pulled off the feat in the 152- and 195-pound weight classes, respectively.  Noah Elbert also had a brilliant day, going…

Prep basketball: Valle boys bounce back

By Editor | January 12, 2022

By ERIC VICCARO eviccaro@stegenherald.com If there was a boys’ basketball team in need of a bounce-back week, it would be Valle Catholic. The Warriors opened Mineral Area Activities Association play with a pair of double-digit victories over Bismarck, 71-33, at home last Wednesday and West County, 66-56, on the road. “It was important for us…

Prep basketball: A split week for Dragons

By Editor | January 12, 2022

By ERIC VICCARO eviccaro@stegenherald.com The Ste. Genevieve High School boys’ basketball team split games last week, including a 61-35 victory over West County on Jan. 4 at Peggy J. Johnson Gymnasium. Aiden Boyer had already scored double-digit points less than three minutes into the game versus West County. The Dragons outscored the Bulldogs, 29-12, during…

High school basketball: Ste. Genevieve, Valle square off Saturday

By Editor | January 12, 2022

By ERIC VICCARO eviccaro@stegenherald.com Mother Nature defeated both the Ste. Genevieve and Valle Catholic girls’ basketball teams last week. A winter storm on Thursday postponed the only games of the week for both the Dragons and Warriors. Valle Catholic’s junior varsity/varsity doubleheader at Chaffee originally scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 6 was postponed. Ste. Genevieve was…

Local digest: Introduction to swim team begins in February

By Editor | January 12, 2022

From staff reports The Ste. Genevieve Stingrays summer swim program will be offering its “introduction to swim team” course in February. This is pending the number of swimmers who sign up, said Stingrays’ coordinator Erin Ingram on the club’s Facebook page. Matt Hoog, a junior at Valle Catholic High School, will be serving as head…

Photo of the week: Hunter’s smooth move

By Editor | January 12, 2022

Ste. Genevieve Middle School’s Jeffery Hunter goes up for two points during an eighth-grade boys’ basketball game on Tuesday, Jan. 4. The Dragons wrap up the regular season this week. See scores from games in the paper and online editions of the Ste. Genevieve Herald. (PHOTO BY ERIC VICCARO/Herald staff)

Prep wrestling: Basler Is A Wonder Woman

By Editor | January 6, 2022

By ERIC VICCARO eviccaro@stegenherald.com COLUMBIA — Ste. Genevieve High School wrestler Isabel “Izzy” Basler came into the Wonder Woman Tournament with high expectations. And Basler had a fine tournament for herself, finishing sixth in the 125-pound weight class. “We are very proud of Izzy,” Ste. Genevieve head coach Jared Bonnell said. “I know she would…

Prep wrestling: Ste. Gen Dual Tournament information

By Editor | January 6, 2022

INFORMATION BOYS WRESTLING What: 11th Ste. Genevieve Duals When: Saturday, 9:30 a.m. Where: Peggy J. Johnson Gymnasium Who’s Involved?: Ste. Genevieve, Valle Catholic, Dexter, Windsor, Mehlville and Owensville. What’s At Stake: Plaques will be given to the first- and second-place teams.  Format: Dual meet scoring, and three mats will run at once. Admission: $3 adults…

Prep wrestling: Ste. Gen duals will provide home cooking

By Editor | January 6, 2022

By ERIC VICCARO eviccaro@stegenherald.com The Ste. Genevieve High School boys’ wrestling team will be playing host to the 11th Annual Ste. Genevieve Duals this coming Saturday. The tournament also will feature Valle Catholic, Dexter, Windsor, Mehlville and Owensville in what shapes up to be a competitive field. “We love being able to wrestle at home,…

Youth wrestling: Weingarten Jaycees present check for mats

By Editor | January 6, 2022

The Ste. Genevieve Youth Wrestling Club recently received from the Weingarten Jaycees a generous $1,000 donation toward new mats for the program. From left, Derrick Wolk, Clint Wolk, Ethan Wolk, Stevie Wolk, Nolan Wolk, Michael Wolk, Lexi Wolk and Weingarten Jaycees president Brent Huck. If your business would like to support the youth wrestling program…

Local digest: Racing series banquet Sunday

By Editor | January 6, 2022

  From staff reports The Ste. Genevieve County Racing Series will recap the shortened 2021 series season this week. The banquet will take place from 2-5 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 9, 2022, at the Ste. Genevieve Jaycees Hall. This is a potluck dinner banquet.  The racing series will provide the main dish, and drinks and…

Prep basketball: Saxony downs Valle at Winter Warrior Classic

By Editor | January 6, 2022

By ERIC VICCARO eviccaro@stegenherald.com The Valle Catholic High School boys’ basketball team placed fourth in its own seven-team Warrior Winter Classic last week. Saxony Lutheran ran a pair of zone defenses that stymied Valle Catholic in the third-place game, and the Crusaders overwhelmed the Warriors 62-20 before a stunned crowd. “Saxony made it very difficult…

Prep basketball: Hillsboro eliminates Ste. Gen boys from placing

By Editor | January 6, 2022

From staff reports PARK HILLS — The Ste. Genevieve High School boys’ basketball team bowed out of the Sechrest Christmas Tournament with a 59-50 loss to Hillsboro in a fifth-place semifinal elimination consolation. The Dragons stood at 7-4 heading into Tuesday’s home game against West County. Ste. Genevieve also has a date with Farmington Friday…

Prep basketball: Valle girls place third at FSCB Tournament

By Editor | January 6, 2022

By ERIC VICCARO eviccaro@stegenherald.com FRANKCLAY — Sisters Mia and Ade Weiler both fueled the Valle Catholic High School girls’ basketball team to success at the First State Community Bank Tournament last week. For their hard work and diligence, the Weilers were named to the FSCB all-tournament team. “For the tournament, Ade was third on our…

Prep basketball: Dragon girls gain more experience

By Editor | January 6, 2022

From staff reports PARK HILLS — The Ste. Genevieve High School girls’ basketball team stayed stride for stride with Fredericktown for three quarters. However, the Blackcats outscored the Dragons 18-8 in the fourth quarter, pulling away for a 48-32 victory in an elimination consolation game at the 66th Annual Sechrest Holiday Tournament on Tuesday, Dec.…

Year In Review: Ste. Gen Girls Track & Field, Josh Bieser Top Stories

By Editor | December 30, 2021

By ERIC VICCARO eviccaro@stegenherald.com In the year 2020, the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic took center stage in all of our lives, from quarantine to senseless lockdowns and canceled games. This year as people stripped their faces of masks, exercised their personal freedom to get the vaccine — or not — and others gained confidence through natural…

Year In Review 2021: The Best Of The Rest

By Editor | December 30, 2021

OTHER TOP STORIES OF THE YEAR Story – Comment Ste. Genevieve and Valle Catholic football square off in playoffs — For the first time ever, the Dragons and Warriors squared off in a playoff game. With Valle Catholic elevated to Class 3, thanks to the Missouri State High School Activities Association, the schools also were placed…

Prep Basketball: Valle Boys Rally Past Herculaneum

By Editor | December 30, 2021

By ERIC VICCARO eviccaro@stegenherald.com The Valle Catholic High School boys’ basketball team rallied from a sizable deficit to defeat Herculaneum, 66-59, on Tuesday, Dec. 21 at home. In the process, the Warriors evened their record at 3-3 heading into their own home holiday tournament this week. Herculaneum’s Dylan Black made a layup inside giving the…

Prep Basketball: Dragon Boys Register Fourth Straight Victory

By Editor | December 30, 2021

By ERIC VICCARO eviccaro@stegenherald.com KINGSTON — The Ste. Genevieve High School boys’ basketball team won its fourth consecutive game on Tuesday, Dec. 21, downing Kingston, 56-37. The Dragons played effective defense on talented Cougar center Matthew Nelson, holding him to just six points — well below his season average. Meanwhile, Ste. Genevieve (6-2) guard Ricky…

Prep volleyball: Weibrecht Joins John A. Logan

By Editor | December 30, 2021

By ERIC VICCARO eviccaro@stegenherald.com CARTERVILLE, Ill. — Hailey Weibrecht became the third in-county volleyball player to sign with an area junior college during a special ceremony on Wednesday, Dec. 22. Weibrecht signed her National Letter of Intent to join the team at John A. Logan College located across the bridge in Illinois. The Volunteers finished…

Prep basketball: Valle Girls Top Perryville By Eight

By Editor | December 30, 2021

By ERIC VICCARO eviccaro@stegenherald.com The Valle Catholic High School girls’ basketball team earned a bounce-back victory on Monday, Dec. 20, topping Perryville 37-29 at home. “I actually consider that more than just a bounce-back win for us,” Valle Catholic head coach Brian Bauman said. “The way we’ve been playing gave me reason to believe we…

Prep Basketball: Bissett Scores 33, Sikeston Tops SG Girls

By Editor | December 30, 2021

From staff reports SIKESTON — Last year’s game between the Ste. Genevieve and Sikeston girls’ basketball teams was a taut affair, with the Bulldogs winning by three. As the Dragons start over from scratch this season, such drama didn’t materialize on Monday, Dec. 20. Sikeston, behind a 31-point second quarter and 33 points from Amyari…

High school football: Three Players Named First Team All State

By Editor | December 30, 2021

By ERIC VICCARO eviccaro@stegenherald.com These players are solid gold.  Both the Valle Catholic and Ste. Genevieve High School football teams received plenty of postseason honors from the Missouri Football Coaches Association and Southeast Missouri Area Football Coaches Association. The city produced three first-team, all-state players, two more on the second team and one third-team selection…

High school boys’ basketball: Dragons Survive Waterloo In OT

By Editor | December 22, 2021

By ERIC VICCARO eviccaro@stegenherald.com PERRYVILLE — Ste. Genevieve High School guard Blake Morganthaler sank a 3-pointer from the wing. Then Rudy Flieg scored on a second-chance bucket on the Dragons’ next possession.  That set the tone for overtime as Ste. Genevieve downed Waterloo, 61-54, in the finale of the Border War Shootout on Saturday evening…

High school basketball: Diewald Nets Eight 3-Pointers, Dooms Valle

By Editor | December 22, 2021

By ERIC VICCARO eviccaro@stegenherald.com PERRYVILLE — Max Diewald took matters into his own hands in lifting the Red Bud High School boys’ basketball team to a 70-61 victory over Valle Catholic at the Border War Shootout on Saturday. Diewald canned eight 3-pointers, and made 11 field goals in all, as part of a 30-point performance.…

High school wrestling: Growth continues for Valle Catholic

By Editor | December 22, 2021

By ERIC VICCARO eviccaro@stegenherald.com The Valle Catholic High School wrestling program continued to grow by leaps and bounds last week. The Warriors won both matches at a triangular at Festus High School last Wednesday, topping Oakville, 40-24, and the host Tigers, 42-32. “The kids kept the ball rolling with winning duals this season,” said Valle…

Spotlight: SGMS Sports

By Editor | December 22, 2021

SGMS SCOREBOARD WRESTLING Saturday, Dec. 11 At Jackson Tournament Placements First Anna Fischer, Blake Naeger, Brody Winters and Sawyer Bauman. Second Linley Wehner, Ragan Picou, Laurie Parker, Drake Meyer and Madden Wolk. Monday, Dec. 13 BOYS BASKETBALL At SGMS Gymnasium Caledonia 27, Ste. Genevieve 25, seventh grade Ste. Genevieve 44, Caledonia 24, eighth grade GIRLS…