February 28, 2011 - In February, the North Technical basketball teams ended their regular seasons with a tribute to the seniors who helped the two basketball programs shine in the 2010-2011 season. After falling under the shadow of the Lady Golden Eagles’ tremendous season last year, the Eagle Boys decided to have a breakout season of their own by posting the best regular season record of any North Technical boys’ basketball team in history. With a 71-55 win over Douglass on Friday’s Senior Night game, the Eagle Boys posted an 18 win to 6 loss record and handed the outgoing seniors their final home game victory. The accomplishments of the boys' regular season include a consolation championship in the Lutheran SC Nike-Cougar Classic Tournament, and a consolation championship in the Bank Of Old Monroe Winfield Classic Tournament. The team will be losing nine seniors to graduation including Rodney Marable, John Kennedy, Charlton Little, LeAundre Cotton, Aaron Simpson, Sheron Thomas, Sean Boone, Dorian Brown, and DeAngelo Hudson. Marable and Little were among the leading scorers on the team, averaging 10.4 and 18.1 points respectively. These nine outgoing seniors will be handing the reigns of next year’s team to the likes of sophomore Deven Simms, who lead the Golden Eagles in both scoring and rebounds throughout the year. Simms is also among the leading rebounders in the St. Louis area (10.1 avg). The boys’ team will next go on the road to begin District Tournament play against John Burroughs on Monday night (8 p.m.) at Whitfield. With a successful season already in-hand, the North Technical Eagles look to extend their remarkable run by pushing their way into the post-season and giving their loyal fans even more to cheer about.
For the Lady Golden Eagle seniors, success on the basketball court has become routine. The current crop of seniors remember their playoff run from last year, when they won their first ever District 3 Championship, and made a run through the March basketball playoff brackets before losing to Macon in the quarter finals. The Lady Eagles hosted their Senior Night game on February 9, against the Normandy Vikings. The Eagles easily outplayed the Vikings (76-37) to ensure a home win for the outgoing seniors on their special night. In the regular season, the Lady Eagles posted a 16 win to 9 loss record, just shy of the astounding win-loss record achieved last year. Season accomplishments include the Fort Zumwalt North Tournament Championship, and a third place finish in an earlier Lutheran St. Charles Tournament. The Eagles also posted a thrilling road win over the Cardinal Ritter Lions (58-56) in their final game of the season. Cardinal Ritter played in last year’s Class 3 final, only to lose to Mt. Vernon High in that state championship game. This year’s outgoing seniors are Danielle Baker, Angela Randall, Brandi Riddle, Brittany McNutt, Cara Patterson, Jasmine Baylor, and Yelena Rosado. Some of these seniors recently achieved a few noteworthy individual accomplishments. Rosado, who earlier signed with Southeast Missouri State (SEMO), surpassed the 1,000 point mark, an accomplishment never achieved by any other Lady Eagle in the history of the program. Rosado also was recently voted by the Principia District Seed Committee as the Class 3, District 6, Most Valuable Player for the 2010-2011 Basketball Season. Seniors Brittany McNutt and Angie Randall were also named by the committee to the Class 3, District 6, All-District Team. Brittany McNutt is one of the top St. Louis area rebounders (10.7 avg). Angie Randall ranks among the top St. Louis area leaders in assists (4.44 avg) and steals (3.96 avg). North Technical was ranked second by the Principia District Seed Committee, and will play Lutheran North on March 1st (6:30 p.m.) at Principia. It is clear that these two Golden Eagle squads can already be proud of their season accomplishments, even as they look for more success in their respective District Tournaments. No matter how the season finally ends, the seniors will have much to be proud of when they leave North Technical High to pursue their future goals. Congratulations to boys' coach Jeff McCaw, girls' coach George Merritt, their staff, and the Golden Eagles basketball teams for a tremendous and memorable season!