- Cape student sues, accuses school officials of slamming her to ground multiple times (04/28/16)46
- Bob Evans restaurant in Cape Girardeau among chain's 21 closings (04/26/16)9
- Missouri House votes to allow concealed weapons without permits (04/28/16)8
- Police report filed, but no charges in incident at Cape Central (04/29/16)40
- Two hurt in motorcycle wreck on Interstate 55 (04/25/16)1
- Senator introduces bill for I-57 that would connect Sikeston with Little Rock (04/28/16)4
- Law firm requests information about Cape's traffic cameras (04/25/16)3
- Local lawmakers split over failed medical marijuana bill; voters may have a say (04/26/16)19
- Local company makes eco-friendly kitty litter that cuts cat-box smell (04/25/16)
- Man accused of pointing BB gun at Chaffee resident (04/26/16)2
Bell City boys preview: Bogans, Liggins make Bell City state title contender in Class 1
Bell City may have lost coach David Heeb and star guard D.D. Gillespie to Scott County Central, but the Cubs and new coach Brian Brandtner should still be one of the state favorites in Class 1 heading into this season.
The Cubs lost just one senior from last year's team, and will have the services of 6-foot-9 center Will Bogans this season.
Bogans transferred to Bell City from Charleston last year during the middle of the basketball season and thus was not eligible to suit up for the Cubs.
The presence of Bogans, along with the leadership of four-year starter and returning first-team all-state forward Jeff Liggins, should make the Cubs the team to beat among area Class 1 schools.
"We're going to change how we do things, but I expect the same results, if not better," Brandtner said. "We made the final four last year. We lost some kids, but I expect us to be better. I expect us to be back."
For the first time since the Cubs started to make some noise on the state level in Heeb's second year as coach in 2001-02, the Cubs have a true big man. Bogans' size should give him the potential to simply dominate opposing small schools.
"Right now, we're trying to teach him to play fundamentally sound, but he's got unlimited potential and great size," Brandtner said. "He's been working hard, his attitude's great. I expect great things from Will."
BELL CITY BOYS
Coach: Brian Brandtner, first season
Assistant: Pat Niemczyk
Last season: 21-11, fourth in Class 1 state tournament
Conference: Stoddard County
Rest of roster
Nick Niemczyk, 5-11, So., G; Cody Bailey, 5-10, Jr., G; Gary Turner, 5-9, Sr., G; Eddie Green, 5-9, Jr., G; Jonathan Goodman, 6-0, Sr., C; Marty Dames, 6-1, So., F; Phillip Gross, 6-0, So., F; Lerome Segars, 6-0, Sr., F; Will Bogans, 6-9, Jr., C; Melvin Johnson, 5-8, Fr., G
Nov. 25 -- Riverbend Classic
Nov. 28-Dec. 2 -- Oran Invitational
Dec. 6 -- Advance, 6 p.m.
Dec. 10 -- Vianney (Heartland Hoopfest), 12:40 p.m.
Dec. 15 -- at Bernie, 6 p.m.
Dec. 26-30 -- SE Missourian Christmas Tournament
Jan. 8 -- Richland, 6 p.m.
Jan. 10 -- at Puxico, 6 p.m.
Jan. 17 -- at Woodland, 6 p.m.
Jan. 20 -- Bloomfield, 6 p.m.
Jan. 23-27 -- Stoddard County tournament
Jan. 31 -- Scott City, 6 p.m.
Feb. 3 -- Oran, 6:30 p.m.
Feb. 7 -- at Dexter, 6 p.m.
Feb. 10 -- at Risco, 6 p.m.
Feb. 17 -- at Kelly, 6:30 p.m.
Feb. 21 -- at Delta, 6:30 p.m.
Feb. 23 -- at Doniphan, 6 p.m.