Q. Last Friday, the East St. Louis Flyers beat my son’s Collinsville team 80-69 to wrap up a perfect 14-0 Southwestern Conference season in boys high school basketball. What school last had a perfect SWC record?
— John Davis
A. For that, you have to pay tribute to Edwardsville’s nearly flawless season of 2005-2006, says Mark Lanxon, athletic director at Belleville West High School.
For four months, the Tigers demolished the competition as it raced to an undefeated conference finish. Ranked as high as sixth in the state, Edwardsville then tore through the post-season regional and sectional tourneys before whipping East St. Louis 53-41 at the Class AA Carbondale Super Sectional to run its record to 30-0.
Among the team’s leaders was Dustin Maguire, who, after three stellar years at Civic Memorial in Bethalto, decided he wanted to test himself against tougher competition and switched to Edwardsville his senior year. He promptly became the Tigers’ scoring leader with 16.2 points a game, was second in rebounding and shot 50 percent from beyond the 3-point arc. To add to the heartwarming tale, there also was Mark Schaefer, whose dad, Paul, played in three sectionals for the Tigers from 1980 to 1982 and wound up as the school’s second-leading scorer in history.
Unfortunately, the team’s dream of a state title and perfect season died in the quarterfinals when Chicago Marshall ran to a 65-54 win to end the Tigers’ season at 30-1. Chicago Simeon eventually won the title while Marshall, Simeon’s victim in the semis, finished third.
As it turned out, Lanxon was the perfect source to answer your question. Before Edwardsville accomplished the feat, the Belleville West boys posted perfect conference marks in 2000-2001 and again in 2003-2004, he told me. But even that did not come close to matching the Edwardsville girls basketball squad, which last month — if you can believe it — claimed its sixth consecutive undefeated Southwestern Conference title.
Q. I’d like to know what happened to Mason and Remy on the KLOU 103.3 morning show. They haven’t been on for a while and nothing was mentioned about them leaving or why they are no longer on the show.
— Marge Gundlach, of Mascoutah
A. Depending on your tastes and schedule, this may not be music to your ears. As of Jan. 16, your favorite duo ditched its morning show on KLOU, so you are left with two options: You can move down the dial to 93.7, where the two continue their long-running afternoon show on KSD-FM, The Bull. Or you can move to Chicago, where they have just launched another morning show on WEBG-FM (95.5), the Windy City’s Big Country.
If you didn’t know, country was where the two got their start in St. Louis. In 2009, Mason was doing the afternoon drive while Remy did the night shift at WBNQ, a Top 40 station in Bloomington-Normal. For whatever reason, the two thought they might make an entertaining team so they linked up and moved to St. Louis to start a morning show at KSD-FM on April 26, 2010.
They quickly became known for the song parodies they began putting on their YouTube Webisode series, including one dedicated the St. Louis Cardinals mascot, Fredbird, along with their annual videos of the Bull Float Trip Jams and S(tuff) St. Louisans Say. By June 2012, they had grabbed the title of Best Morning Show in St. Louis by St. Louis Magazine. They also are known for their celebrity interviews, although these have drawn headlines for the wrong reasons: Their fans probably still remember the time in May 2012 when Remy thought he was interviewing Kate Upton, when he was actually talking with Brooklyn Decker.
It didn’t slow them a bit. In February 2013, the two were asked to take over the 2-7 p.m. afternoon drive on KSD, where they remain firmly entrenched. Last May, they also began that morning show on KLOU but dropped it in January to expand their national audience with a morning show in Chicago. Like most media celebrities, they can be followed on Facebook, Twitter and at www.937thebull.com.
More Hope:In my note on the Mount Hope Cemetery records last week, I neglected to mention the hard work that the dedicated members of the St. Clair County Genealogical Society did to make them available now at the Belleville Public Library. Teri Bromley, chair of the group’s cemetery and church records, tells me the group spent months on the expensive task of scanning, digitizing and microfilming the cemetery’s ledgers from 1897 to 2009. In addition, Diane Walsh prepared the user’s guide to the microfilm. It’s just more evidence that those trying to climb their family tree can always turn to this group for help.
In the famous Scopes Monkey Trial in 1925 in Tennessee, how long did the jury deliberate before finding substitute science teacher John Scopes guilty of teaching evolution in a state-funded school?
Answer to Thursday’s trivia: During World War II, Rene Brousseau was working at a Quebec City bakery when he came up with the idea for a chocolate-coated, cream-filled vanilla cake that he called the Mae West. It was thought that he named it after the bawdy actress, but his son later said that the puffy, rich dessert reminded his father of a life preserver that also was known as the Mae West. In any case, the treat is still made by Vachon Inc., although the original custard filling has been replaced by one more resembling that found in Twinkies. And in 1980, the spelling was changed to May West to avoid legal fights with the West heirs after the actress died in 1980. You can find a picture of a May West Club Sandwich with two layers of strawberries and whipped cream between three May West halves at www.vachon.com/en/pastries/may-west/#regulier.