Boys hoops season down to the wire

At center, Valmeyer’s Jacob Rowold goes up for a shot Saturday against Gibault. (Corey Saathoff photo)

Only a couple of games remain in an abbreviated high school boys basketball season that looked unlikely to happen just a couple of months ago.

Waterloo, under first-year head coach Scott Spinner, have dropped five of their last six after falling 59-49 at Triad on Monday, 61-33 to one-loss Mascoutah on Tuesday and 54-50 to Highland on Thursday. The Bulldogs finish the season Saturday night at Valmeyer.

Waterloo’s leading scorers are Ty Lenhardt at 14.8 points per game and Logan Calvert at 10.8 points per game.

Valmeyer (8-6) is trending up with two wins in three games this week. The Pirates won 63-31 at home Monday against Dupo and 55-32 at home Tuesday against New Athens. On Thursday, the Pirates lost 56-53 at Lebanon.

Nathan Touchette led Valmeyer with 18 points Monday, with Henry Weber adding 11 points and 11 rebounds and Jacob Rowold adding 10 points, 11 rebounds and five steals. Rowold, Weber, Touchette and Jordan McSchooler all scored in double digits in Tuesday’s win.

Rowold, a senior, scored 17 points Thursday and is 32 points shy of 1,000 for his career.

Gibault (5-8) won Tuesday night at Father McGivney, 54-47. The Hawks close their season by hosting Mater Dei on Friday and playing at Columbia on Saturday afternoon. Ryan Bollinger scored 20 points, Kameron Hanvey had 11 points and freshman Gavin Kessler scored 10 points.

The leading scorers this season for Gibault are Hanvey at 13.4 points per game and Bollinger at 12.6 points per game.

Columbia (5-8) picked up a 56-52 win at home Tuesday on Senior Night. Jackson Homes and Jonah James, both seniors, led the way with 16 and 13 points, respectively. Holmes added 10 rebounds. James made four three-pointers. The Eagles shot 50 percent from the floor.

Columbia won 58-41 against Wesclin on Thursday. Holmes led the way with 17 points and 16 rebounds.

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Corey Saathoff

Corey is the editor of the Republic-Times. He has worked at the newspaper since 2004, and currently resides in Columbia. He is also the principal singer-songwriter and plays guitar in St. Louis area country-rock band The Trophy Mules.
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