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Notebook: Webster's Shell to Play in Hoops Showcase

Webster Groves senior Kendal Shell will play in the Midwest High School All-Star Classic on March 26.

senior basketball standout Kendal Shell will play one more game while still representing the Statesmen.

The Midwest High School All-Star Classic is scheduled for March 26 at St. Louis Community College at Meramec, and will feature four all-star basketball games featuring local talent. The second game of the day will begin at 4:30 p.m. and is the Midwest Unsigned Hype game, which will showcase players from the St. Louis area that have not committed to any college against similar players from Kentucky.

Shell was named to the Suburban South Conference’s first team after averaging 10.1 points and 3.6 assists in his senior season. Webster Groves finished 24-5, including a 7-0 mark to take first place this season in the Suburban South. The Statesmen lost, 80-76, to Chaminade in the district championship game.

Senior forward Jason Meehan, meanwhile, made the Suburban South honorable mention basketball team for Webster Groves, just six weeks after announcing he will play Division I football.

If you missed it, Meehan, a stellar middle linebacker, announced at the end of January his commitment to play for Northern Illinois University. Meehan led the Statesmen with 123 tackles and 10 sacks, and added five interceptions. New Northern Illinois coach Dave Doeren, who has been Wisconsin’s defensive coordinator the past three seasons, plans to keep Meehan at the middle linebacker position.

In his final season of basketball, Meehan averaged 8.2 points and 5.8 rebounds per game.

Can Webster Hockey keep Going?

The Webster Groves hockey club fell short this winter in its quest to reach the Challenge Cup championship. Now, the question is whether the Skatesmen program will last until next season.

Webster Groves was eliminated in the Mid-States Club Hockey Association Challenge Cup semifinals by top-seeded CBC, which dominated the two-game series. The No. 12-seeded Skatesmen finished with a record of 14-10-4 and it was their first trip to the Challenge Cup semifinals since 2003.

Webster Groves coach Dave Garth has expressed concern about the program’s low numbers, and raised the possibility that the program may need to take an extended break. That would be an unfortunate circumstance considering that Garth has led the program for the past 27 seasons (since 1983-84). However, the team will lose 12 seniors to graduation and is on the borderline of not having enough players to have a full team going into next season.

Stay tuned, as Kirkwood-Webster Groves Patch will follow-up on this story later this spring.

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