Tuesday, April 16, 2013
The longtime coach will not be back coaching at the Creve Coeur school in the fall.
Late Tuesday afternoon, Chaminade College Preparatory School announced that longtime basketball coach Kelvin Lee "will be exploring other coaching opportunities" and will not be back on the Red Devil sidelines. Lee, coached 16 seasons at the Creve Coeur school, guided the program to a state championship in 2009, and this past season won conference and district championships. The school named assistant Frank Bennett as his successor. Lee spoke briefly with Patch by phone Tuesday and said he wasn't asked to leave. I've enjoyed 16 great years at Chaminade, he said, but added that he "felt in my heart, it was time." Lee said he hadn't had a chance to talk with his players, including a nucleus which was bolstered by news that Jayson Tatum, the…
Thursday, February 28, 2013
District tournament finals on Rams home floor features two high-flying teams. Plan on arriving early.
The Class 5, District 2 championship game, Chaminade at Ladue Friday night is 24 hours away, and Rams’ coach Chad Anderson is already totally amped. He expects great things, especially when playing on their brand new home maple floor. For the first time in some 15 years, the Rams were able to host a district championship. The event has gone off flawless to date. In the semifinals, Ladue came out firing and smothered St. Louis U. High 67-51. In the other semifinal match, Chaminade evened the record with Riverview Gardens for the season 1-1 with an 82-56 whipping. Both games were played Tuesday night at Ladue. Chaminade is 17-8, and features plenty of younger players. Ladue is riding the crest of a 21-5 season. Anderson loved the play of his…
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
The Red Devils tip off against Riverview Gardens tonight at 8 p.m. Patch will also have game coverage as De Smet Jesuit takes on Parkway West and CBC tangles with Parkway Central.
The Chaminade Red Devils (16-8) begin a ride into the postseason with an 8 p.m. tilt against Riverview Gardens (11-15) in the second District semifinal game played Tuesday at Ladue Horton Watkins High School. Head Coach Kelvin Lee, just named Metro Catholic Conference Coach of the Year, will see if he can take his Freshman-laden team all the way on the road to a state title in Columbia. He'll rely on a backcourt of youth and experience, featuring the first freshman to win MCC Player of the Year honors in Jayson Tatum, along with steady senior shooting guard Andy Kleinlein. Both earned First Team All MCC honors. The winner plays Friday against the winner of SLUH/Ladue. SLUH (15-2) is coached by one of Lee's former players at St. Louis …
Sunday, February 24, 2013
The Metro Catholic Conference also named all-conference teams, coach of the year and newcomer of the year.
The Metro Catholic Conference announced honors over the weekend, including all-conference teams, Player of the Year, Newcomer of the Year and Coach of the Year. 1st Team: Andy Kleinlein- Chaminade Jayson Tatum- Chaminade Jimmy Barton- DeSmet Jesuit Nolan Berry- De Smet Jesuit Patrick McCaw- CBC Jordan Barnett- CBC 2nd Team: Jack Hummel- Chaminade Brad Woodson- Vianney Sean O'Brien- Vianney Austin Sotile-SLUH Ray Dolby- CBC Alec Bausch- De Smet Jesuit Honorable Mention: Damon Patterson- Chaminade Zachary Greiner- SLUH Tanner Cochran- Vianney Zach Fischer- CBC Brandon Shackleford- DeSmet Jesuit Newcomer of the Year- Jayson Tatum- Chaminade Co-Players of the Year- Jimmy Barton/Jayson Tatum Coach of the Year: Kelvin Lee-Chaminade
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
A freshman class trio, led by Jayson Tatum, arrives to help reinvigorate the 2012-2013 squad.
When Kelvin Lee looked to his bench last season, he didn't have a lot to work with in the 2011-2012 campaign. Coming off a season where a Bradley Beal-led squad reached the state quarterfinals, the Red Devils slumped to 9-17 last season. Lee doesn't expect to have last season's trouble with depth or the team's won-loss record as play tipped off Monday. Chaminade opened on the road against Pattonville and defeated the Pirates 56-37, led by 16 points from power forward Jayson Tatum. Lee's Red Devils have reloaded in a big way, led by the Freshman Tatum, who scored an invitation to try out for one of Team USA's junior squads after an impressive summer hoops camp showing. Read: Chaminade's Jayson Tatum Prepares For Shot With Team USA Tatum can…
Thursday, February 2, 2012
Tributes are coming in to remember the late Billikens coach.
When Chaminade Boys Varsity Basketball Coach Kelvin Lee first learned of the opportunity to join Charlie Spoonhour's staff at St. Louis University in 1992, he was told he'd be crazy not to take it. "You’re going to learn basketball because he’s a genius, but he knows how to treat people," Lee said Wednesday he was told at the time. Spoonhour had been in failing health following a lung transplant and died in North Carolina Wednesday morning. Lee said he learned through members of the Spoonhour coaching tree Tuesday night that the former SLU, Missouri State and UNLV coach was still fighting, but that it wasn't a good sign when Spoonhour's son, Jay, a junior college coach, was called away from his team Tuesday night. The St. Louis Post-…
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Spartans make it two in a row to start new calendar year, behind point guard Jimmy Barton’s game-high 20 points and 10 assists.
On a night when it seemed no one from either team could miss from long-range, the De Smet basketball team did just enough from inside the three-point arc Tuesday night, to overcome a record shooting night by visiting crosstown rival Chaminade to pull out a 64-54 win in a critical Metro Catholic Conference game. “They were struggling to get points in the paint,” De Smet head coach Kevin Poelker said. “But credit to them, they devised a way to get themselves some open looks from outside, and they didn’t miss them.” No they did not. The Red Devils hit a school-record 15 three-pointers (on 31 attempts) on Tuesday, to stay in a game that seemed destined to be a De Smet blowout from the outset. In fact, it was Spartan junior point guard Jimmy …
Friday, December 23, 2011
6’8 Nolan Berry had 25 points and 10 rebounds, and 6’11 Eric Moeller had 21 points to lead Spartans to 79-70 win over Red Devils.
When local basketball preseason prognosticators voted De Smet the No. 1 team in the area before the start of the season, they likely had visions of the Spartans’ massive frontline of 6’8 Nolan Berry, 6’11 Eric Moeller, and 6’6 Alec Bausch wreaking havoc on opposing defenses all season long running through their heads. After two early losses though, De Smet isn’t the top-ranked team in the area anymore, but on Thursday night, the Spartans’ big boy lineup did dominate the action against rival Chaminade, in what proved to be an impressive 79-70 victory over the Red Devils. “I thought there were definitely moments where we played our game,” De Smet head coach Kevin Poelker said. “To their credit, they did some really tough things defensively …
Monday, August 15, 2011
Ex-Chaminade basketball player Kenny Lee is part of the inaugural "Man to Man" wheelchair game, featuring local celebs.
The "Man to Man" Celebrity Wheelchair Basketball event on Saturday afternoon at Harris Stowe State University couldn’t help but be competitive, considering how many ex-pro athletes were playing. But raising money for some good people was the main point of the day, while having fun was merely a given. The players, some with years of experience and some first-timers, played on teams that were a mix of local ex-Cardinals, media personalities, college players, and a handful of experienced wheelchair basketball players. Each played in the wheelchairs made for the sport. Kenny Lee, who was paralyzed after a serious car accident, and former Cardinals player Lonnie Maclin, who recently suffered a debilitating stroke, were two of the recipients of …
Thursday, June 23, 2011
The parallels between Bradley Beal and current NBA player David Lee are remarkable.
As one of the greatest high school basketball players in St. Louis-area history begins his transition to college, there is one individual who understands precisely what recent Chaminade graduate Bradley Beal is experiencing. In fact, the parallels between Beal and current NBA player David Lee are undeniably remarkable. Exactly 10 years ago, it was Lee who was arguably the biggest name on the St. Louis prep basketball landscape while also playing at Chaminade for coach Kelvin Lee (no relation). Following his stellar prep career, Lee played for Florida and coach Billy Donovan. Beal will also play for Donovan and Florida beginning this fall. In yet another twist of irony, David Lee’s father, Gary, has been coaching Beal throughout his time at…