COLUMBIA — Fr. Tolton Regional Catholic High School boys basketball played its first varsity game in school history on Nov. 27, 2012, and beat Prairie Home High School 60-51. Tolton finished the season with an 11-13 record, falling to Harrisburg in the opening round of the Class 2 District 7 tournament.
The Trailblazers open the 2013-14 season Tuesday with high expectations now that their core roster is a year older. And they once again start the season against Prairie Home.
Fr. Tolton Regional Catholic (0-0) at Prairie Home (1-0)
When: Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Prairie Home, Mo.
Tolton coach Tyler Clark said that he made it clear to his team to ignore the expectations and focus on each game separately.
"One important thing that we talked about is that we now have high goals this season, but our plan isn't to go 30-0 but rather 1-0 30 different times," Clark said. "There's a big difference in that."
Prairie Home started its season with a 44-40 win over Northwest High School on Nov. 26.
Tolton junior Josh Boyer said the Prairie Home Panthers' strength comes from their 3-point shooting and rebounding. Boyer said the Trailblazers intend to counter that with a combination of 3-point shooting and attacking the rim.
"I think we have a mixture of both," Boyer said, "which is nice, because if we focus on one thing, our offense won't flow as well."
The game is also the first of a five-game road trip for the Trailblazers, their longest of the season. Clark said that could play to Tolton's advantage.
"When you play on the road, you have less distractions," Clark said. "But of course, we love playing at home."
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