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St. James Sports

Cross country gets under way Tuesday in Sullivan

    The St. James High School cross-country team is getting ready for the season-opening meet in Sullivan next Tuesday.  The team is running four to seven miles a day, both hill and distance runs, in preparation.

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Football Tigers win opener in Cuba 12-6 - PHOTO GALLERY

    It was ugly, but a win is a win. Ugly is the only way to classify the St. James Tigers opening football game in Cuba last Friday night. The Tigers had two touchdowns called back on penalties, lost a key turnover on a penalty and turned the ball over in the end zone as they were going in to score, but still managed to beat the Wildcats 12-6.
    “It was a hard-fought game, but I really feel like our guys had a never-say-die attitude,” Coach Greg Harlan said. “Defensively we played a lot better than I thought we did at the jamboree. We forced a lot of turnovers, two interceptions and two fumble recoveries, so any time you force three or four or five turnovers you have a pretty good chance to win the football game, which it turned out we did.”
    Despite all the miscues, the Tigers had nearly 300 yards of total offense. They also played well on defense with two forced fumbles (one that was recovered) and two interceptions. And they dominated on special teams, which was a rough spot for the Wildcats from their opening drive, when they snapped the ball over their punter’s head.
    Both of the Tigers’ touchdowns came on pass plays from quarterback Brett Karnes to receiver Jake Money. Karnes hit Money in stride on about a 45-yard throw for a 78-yard touchdown in the second quarter and the pair hooked up in the third quarter for another 20-yard TD. The duo amounted to the team’s entire passing attack as Karnes hit Money five times in 12 total attempts for a total of 153 yards.
    “I still think there are some things we need to work on,” Harlan said. “Offensively, we have got to finish. We had lots of opportunities and truthfully I felt like we could have could have scored a few more times, but we kind of shot ourselves in the foot with a penalty or we fumbled the ball or something like that. I think once we get past that part of it and get more comfortable on the offensive side of the football, we’ll be more okay than most people realize.”
    Cuba didn’t get on the board until late in the fourth quarter when they scored on a seven-yard run. Neither team was able to convert on any of their extra-point and two-point conversion attempts.
    The Tigers also ran for nearly 150 yards. Karnes led the team in rushing with 49 yards on 18 carries, while Garrett Ubben had 45 yards on 11 attempts. Dawson Lynch ran seven times for 36 yards and Money had three carries for 10 yards.
    On defense, Cameron Orlando led the team with eight tackles and one assist, while Marcus Bradshaw had seven tackles, including one for a loss, one assist and two forced fumbles. Sam Williams had two tackles, Ubben four tackles with one for a loss, Money six tackles with one for a loss, one assist and two interceptions, Dan McCarthy five tackles and one assist, Seth Thompson five tackles, one assist and one fumble recovery, Tyler Glidden one tackle and three assists, Derek Hale one tackle for a loss, Scott Sieber one tackle and three assists, Noah Bartle one tackle and Steven Huffman one tackle.
    On special teams, Hale had three kickoffs for a total of 145 yards and Noah Bartle had four punts for 140 yards. Money had two punt returns for 13 yards.
    In other Four-Rivers Conference action on Friday, Union fell to Parkway West 49-39, Borgia defeated Owensville 48-12, Park Hills Central beat Sullivan 34-27, Hermann beat Montgomery County 61-12, Washington defeated St. Clair 26-21 and Pacific won at De Soto 28-20.
    The Tigers hosted Cuba on JV action Monday night. St. James won that game 40-0.
    The Tigers will play their first home game of the season at 7 p.m. Friday when they host Houston, which fell to Hollister 26-22 last week. There will be a tailgate party and field dedication before the game.

Volleyball squads drop opener to Steelville - PHOTO GALLERY

    The Lady Tigers volleyball team opened the season by hosting the Steelville Lady Cardinals on Monday.  The Lady Cardinals took the varsity match in two sets, 25-8 and 25-16.

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Lady Tigers beat Rolla 3-2 - PHOTO GALLERY

    The St. James High School softball team is off to a 2-2 start after taking on Rolla last Friday and playing three games in the New Haven tournament on Saturday. The Lady Tigers defeated the Bulldogs and wound up fourth in New Haven.

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