Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Fatally Injured Classmate Inspires Another St. Charles West Team

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Fatally Injured Classmate Inspires Another St. Charles West Team

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Notes from last week's Missouri Class 3A-4A high school basketball tournament:

Win For Tim: For St. Charles West guard Ryan Robertson, the Warriors' 4A championship victory over Vashon 58-51 Saturday brought fond memories of classmate Tim Rallo, who was killed in a car accident in June.

St. Charles West's wrestling team dedicated the state wrestling meet last month to Rallo - and won the school's first-ever state championship Feb. 16-18.

Tim's brother, Charlie Rallo, dedicated the meet to his brother by winning the Class 3A 135-pound weight class.

One month later, the West basketball team was crowned 4A state champion - and Robertson, who scored 11 of his game-high 24 points in the final four minutes, also remembered his friend and classmate.

Robertson said: "The day before the playoffs started, I got a letter from Mr. Rallo, Tim Rallo's dad, and he wanted to tell me to play with all my heart and guts and soul - just like Tim did. I was out on the court, and I must have thought about that every time. When I'd get tired, I'd think about all the injuries I've had to endure in my career. I used that as an inspiration to push myself. Tim was a great, great friend of mine and a tremendous wrestler. His family is great, and I'm just so happy that we won state."

Board Chairmen: One decisive factor in St. Charles West's victory over Vashon was rebounding. The Warriors held a 36-28 advantage on the boards, including 23-7 on the Wolverines' end. This despite Vashon's frontline of 6-foot-8 Markese Watkins, 6-6 Lamont Bonner and 6-8 Maurice Sandford, who came in for foul-plagued Danny Davidson, a 6-4 forward. Watkins was the only Wolverine in double figures in rebounding with 11. He scored 15 points.

West's trio of 6-4 Troy Robertson, 6-7 Jim Shemwell and 6-2 Dan Weber combined for 25 rebounds.

In last year's 79-77 semifinal loss to Vashon, St. Charles West was outrebounded 43-28.

From Robertson . . . With Love: Robertson's 11-point flurry in the final four minutes, including three 3-pointers, may have overshadowed his defensive work: Robertson held Vashon junior guard Anthony Love scoreless from the field. Love, who is 5-10, finished with one point, missed on all nine of his attempts from the floor and was 0 of seven for 3s. …

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