Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Pirates Working toward Winning Ways

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Pirates Working toward Winning Ways

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The St. Charles High Pirates aren't exactly where first-year coach Gary Wacker would like them to be. But they're getting there.

"It's tough for the kids because we're doing things differently than they're used to," said Wacker, who returned to St. Charles this season after posting a record of 207-97 in a previous 11-year stint at St. Charles from 1969 through 1980.

"I got the job late and I've brought in a lot of new ideas. Overall, we've done all right, but in certain situations, we seem to revert back to the old way of doing things. "We're probably not as far along as I'd have hoped we'd be," Wacker said, "but we're making progress and that's important. Basically, we've won the games we were supposed to win and maybe even a couple that we were n't supposed to win." The Pirates won a sloppy one Monday, beating St. Dominic 60-47 at Lindenwood College's new Robert F. Hyland Performance Arena. While St. Charles High's gym is under construction, the Pirates are playing their home games at Lindenwood this season. "We didn't play a great game, but I think St. Dominic had a lot to do with that," Wacker said. "They're a pretty scrappy team." The Pirates, who improved to 6-5, won because of their guards. Junior J.R. Wilcock (19 points) and seniors Duke McLarty (15 points) and Dennis Tankersley (12 points) combined for all but 14 St. Charles points. "It was by far the best game our guards have played together this season," Wacker said. "Dennis has played pretty well all season, but J.R. and Duke really stepped it up tonight. They played hard and they played well together." The guard trio combined for all the Pirates' points as they took a 15-12 lead after one quarter. Wilcock, who also had six steals Monday, had six of his team's eight points in the second quarter as the Pirates went to halftime leading 23-17. After a decent start, St. Dominic (6-8) really struggled. The Crusaders were plagued by poor shooting - from the field and from the line - and by turnovers. …

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