Stein won't be back on Oak Ridge's bench

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

The high school basketball coaching scene received a shakeup last week when Oak Ridge decided not to bring back boys coach Robert Stein for a third season.

Stein, who was 15-35 in two seasons, helped the Blue Jays receive a No. 3 seed in the Class 1 District 2 tournament and led them to 10 wins this season, two years after Oak Ridge managed just two wins. Oak Ridge's 10 wins this season, which included runner-up honors in the Mississippi Valley Conference tournament, were the most wins for the program since a 16-10 finish in the 1994-95 season.

Stein said he hopes to find a coaching job in the area for next year.

Oak Ridge joins Leopold on the list of schools with vacancies. Veteran coach Carlton Thoma resigned at Leopold at the conclusion of a 4-19 season.

Final four notebook

* Despite boasting a combined enrollment of less than 400, St. Vincent and Marionville boasted likely the loudest crowd of the state final four for teams in Class 1, 2 and 3 this past weekend in Columbia, Mo. Although they had little to cheer about in an extremely poor offensive Class 2 championship game, St. Vincent's student section again was loudly behind the Indians.

* The combined 65 points scored by Marionville and St. Vincent in the Class 2 boys basketball championship game was the lowest combined score in a championship game since Bowling Green and Branson combined for 65 points in 1962. To put St. Vincent's 30-point performance into context, eight teams have scored more points in a single quarter during a final four game than St. Vincent finished with in Saturday's final.

* Area basketball fans who made the trip to the final four in Columbia last week may have received an early glimpse at another potential Bell City star player. William Bogan, who made the trip with the Cubs as a manager, should be eligible to play for the Cubs next year after transferring to Bell City in the middle of the season. Bogan towers over Bell City's players and likely stands at about 6 feet, 8 inches.

* While few things can take away the pain of missing out on a state final four berth, Delta girls basketball fans can feel better about their team's quarterfinal exit after seeing last weekend's state championship results.

Chadwick, which defeated Delta 45-29 in the quarterfinals, dismantled its two opponents in Columbia en route to the Class 1 state championship. Chadwick defeated DeKalb by 17 points then New Franklin by 19 points in the championship game, holding both opponents below 40 points.

* Scott County Central's state champion girls and boys basketball teams from 1985 were honored this past weekend in Columbia as part of the Courtside Traditions program. Several players from both squads were in attendance.

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