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Hermann's Andrew Budnick tries to help himself by laying down a sacrifice bunt in the game against Van-Far last week.

After shaky start, Hermann’s Budnick settles in

Posted on April 14, 2015 at 2:45 pm

Call it the Freaky Friday factor: It’s a home game, but it’s not really a home game. Thanks to some schedule juggling to get in a baseball game despite a wet field north of here, the Hermann Bearcats wound up wearing their road grays Friday, even though they were playing at Dick Ochsner Field, their home diamond. Home team or visiting squad, the Bearcats behind sophomore Andrew Budnick overcame a

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  • Sophomore Andrew Budnick paints a near-perfect picture of a Bearcat win

    Posted on April 7, 2015 at 3:14 pm

    Bearcats pitcher Andrew Budnick fires a pitch to a St. James Tiger in Monday afternoon's 4-0 Hermann victory.

    It might not have been a masterpiece painted Monday afternoon by sophomore pitcher Andrew Budnick against the St. James Tigers, but it was about as close as anyone can get. Budnick faced only four batters over the minimum in throwing a 4-0 shutout. After Budnick retired the side in order in the top of the 1st inning, his teammates put together a walk, a single and double to get on

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  • Van-Far game reset; all JV games scratched for the season

    Posted on April 1, 2015 at 8:39 am

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    It didn’t take long for the baseball schedule to get overhauled — and in a big way. Almost 20 Junior Varsity games put on the schedule at the beginning of the season have been scratched, the result of too few players. One of those JV game dates, April 10, now will be used as the on-again, off-again make-up date for the game between Hermann and Van-Far, which so far has

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  • Pacific runs strong in Hermann Open

    Posted on March 31, 2015 at 3:11 pm


    Hermann Bearcat Grant Uthlaut ran away with the 800-meter run in last week’s Hermann Open, finishing about 9 seconds ahead of Owensville’s  Brannon Brocato. But it was the Pacific Indians that put together the scores to claim three of the four divisions of the Open, finishing second by 12 points to New Haven in the Junior Varsity Women’s Division. In the Varsity Men’s Division, Pacific piled up 176 points to

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  • Bearcats split Classic finals with runs scored in bunches

    Posted on March 31, 2015 at 3:07 pm

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    In the early part of a high school baseball season, runs are like bananas — they tend to come in bunches. Take this past Saturday’s Four Rivers Classic playoff games of 3rd-Place teams Hermann, St. James and Owensville. Pitchers’ duels they were not. Owensville bested Hermann in the second game in the Dutchmen’s 7th-inning at bat, pushing across six runs to take the contest 13-12. If a Bearcat pitcher is

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  • Bearcats hope for better hospitality on home field

    Posted on March 25, 2015 at 8:38 am

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    The Hermann Bearcats were looking to even their record on the very young season Tuesday afternoon  — that is, if Mother Nature cooperated — when Rolla paid a visit as part of the Four Rivers Classic. The Bearcats dropped their season opener and first game of the Classic Friday afternoon 7-1 to Washington on the Blue Jays’ home field. ‘Cats Head Coach Alan Speckhals Monday afternoon was keeping an eye

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  • Owensville’s Josh Vinyard named new Bearcats head boys basketball coach

    Posted on March 25, 2015 at 8:23 am

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    Josh Vinyard has been named the new head coach of the Hermann Bearcats boys basketball team, succeeding Tim Wenkel who took a leave of absence at the Christmas break. Vinyard was hired Tuesday night during a special session of the Gasconade County R-1 School District board. The Varsity Bearcats finished the 2015 portion of the season under the collective guidance of Associate Head Coaches Steve Heidger, Duane Kraettli and Larry

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  • Louisville rebounds, now back in fourth straight Sweet 16

    Posted on March 24, 2015 at 5:18 pm


    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A Louisville squad given little chance of advancing past its first NCAA Tournament game is still hanging around, poised to make a Final Four run. That’s what tournament wins can do for a squad. With victories over UC Irvine and Northern Iowa, the Cardinals’ outlook is much different than it was after losing two of three entering the tournament. Fourth-seeded Louisville (26-8) is preparing for a

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  • Bearcats open season with limited options with lineup

    Posted on March 17, 2015 at 2:03 pm

    Bearcat Dakota Eickermann takes a swing during a practice session this week.

    With the season opener two days away, Bearcats’ baseball Head Coach Alan Speckhals is in a most unusual position: When the looks down the bench while the ‘Cats are in the field, Speckhals won’t see many faces looking back. Only four, to be exact. As the hardball season begins Friday on the road in Washington with the traditional Four Rivers Classic Tournament, Hermann boasts only a baker’s dozen Bearcats —

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