Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Borgia Faces Chillicothe, Trying to Complete 3a Title Double Play

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Borgia Faces Chillicothe, Trying to Complete 3a Title Double Play

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Borgia High's boys basketball team, last season's Missouri Class 3A champion, opened its season Monday without four expected starters. One, Ben Kandlbinder, had mononucleosis.

The three others had football diagrams dancing in their minds.

And the Knights still won the first-round game in their Thanksgiving tournament by 61 points.

Borgia has much for which to give thanks this year.

The boys basketball team won that 3A title in March. The girls team also reached the 3A final four. The volleyball team won another state championship earlier this month.

The topper could come today at Plaster Field in Springfield. Borgia (13-0), ranked No. 1 in its class, will meet Chillicothe (11-1) at noon for the 3A football championship.

Chillicothe has reached this championship game in six other seasons and has won five state titles, most recently in 1991. Borgia never had won a playoff game until last season, when they advanced to the quarterfinals.

"It certainly has been a dream kind of a season," Borgia coach Dale Gildehaus said. "You always go through adversity, times that are up and down. But a lot of these guys were through the basketball championship last year, and they've had a lot of success in summer baseball. They know how to stay focused.

"The kids have enjoyed the Thanksgiving tournament in the past. I'm sure a part of some of them would like to be out there. But they've kept their minds on football"

The Knights have been one of the state's most productive offense teams all season. They have averaged 38 1/2 points and 379 yards a game. They are 67 yards shy of 5,000 yards total offense and could end the season with a 2,000-yard rusher, 2,000-yard passer and 1,000-yard receiver.

Brock Olivo, a senior running back, leads the state with 2,414 yards rushing and 37 touchdowns. At 6 feet 1 and 193 pounds, he has the size and speed to attract major-college recruiters. …

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