The St. James Middle School boys basketball teams hit the court against Steelville for their first game of the season on November 25. The seventh-grade boys started out slow, but gained the lead and held on for the win 39-28, while the eighth-grade team started strong and lost their lead in the fourth quarter, sending the win home with Steelville 36-33.
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It was a game of two halves between a pair of state-ranked teams when the St. James High School girls basketball squad hosted Licking in the season-opener for both on November 26 in St. James.
No one saw the postseason run of the St. James High School boys basketball team coming last season—including head coach Ben Smith.
Now, no longer fighting the inexperience that dogged the Tigers much of last season, they have four starters and seven varsity lettermen back with a quest to return to the state quarterfinals.
It was a tough start and fast finish for the St. James High School girls basketball team, which led to the 14th district championship in program history.
With a brand-new home facility to practice in, the St. James High School wrestling team heads into the 2019-20 campaign with better roster numbers and more varsity starters to build around.