Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

City (Is) Slicker Emerging Young Stars Fuel Urban Renewal

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

City (Is) Slicker Emerging Young Stars Fuel Urban Renewal

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Fueled by extraordinary talent, basketball made a comeback in the city this season. Fans flocked to watch such standouts as Cardinal Ritter's Jahidi White and Chris Carrawell, Vashon's Antonio Bobo and Markese Watkins.

The energy of a White dunk or a Carrawell cut to the basket made Cardinal Ritter one of the area's most entertaining teams. The Lions rolled to a 25-4 record and a berth in the Missouri Class 2A quarterfinals.

Vashon, meanwhile, was one of the area's most celebrated teams during the regular season, and the Wolverines didn't disappoint in the postseason, winning a fifth Missouri Class 4A championship to finish 27-2.

Bobo, a 6-foot-8 forward, scored 20 to help rally Vashon to a 58-54 victory over Hazelwood Central in the title game.

The versatile Watkins, a 6-7 junior center, was a standout down the stretch and attracted many major-college scouts.

White, Carrawell, Bobo and Watkins are joined by Beaumont's Raterrell Gray on The Post-Dispatch's 1993-94 City All-District team.

A glance at the team:

Raterrell Gray, Beaumont: Gray, a forward, was among the area's most underrated players, leading Beaumont to a 12-9 record and a berth in the O'Fallon District final against Vashon.

"He was just a flexible player," Beaumont coach Bob Cole said. "We used him at forward for his rebounding, but sometimes we used him as a guard to bring the ball upcourt. He was the best scorer for us. We relied on him more this season to just put the ball in the basket."

Gray averaged 16.7 points and five rebounds for the Bluejackets. He's 6-5, but at 175 pounds, he still needs to bulk up.

Antonio Bobo, Vashon: Bobo used the state tournament as his personal stage. His 12-footer at the buzzer to beat St. Charles West was one of the biggest shots in Vashon history.

"He came in begging to take the shot," Vashon coach Floyd Irons said. "In all my years of coaching, that shot ranks right up there among the tops." Bobo scored 25 points and had 20 rebounds against West.

After playing center for three seasons, Bobo learned how to face the basket, and the results were a scoring average of 16.7 points per game. He averaged 11. …

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