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Reed Guides Archers to Region XVI Title
March 04, 2014
|Randy Reed II led the Archers with 20 points in their 76-74
win over Penn Valley to capture the Region XVI title over
Randy Reed took the mantle of head coach at St. Louis Community College in search of a new challenge.
Reed, a former NJCAA All-American while playing for longtime coach Bob Nelson at STLCC-Forest Park, had proven to be one of the premier prep coaches in the St. Louis area during his time at McCluer North High School, where he guided the Stars to three state championships.
Following the retirement of NJCAA Hall of Famer Randy Albrecht, Reed took his coaching game to the collegiate level, and wasted no time in quickly finding success there, as well.
In a season that began rather auspiciously, Reed guided the Archers through a rocky final three weeks of the regular season, and capped it with a Region XVI championship in a 76-74 win over Penn Valley this past weekend. The regional title is the first for STLCC since the school moved to a districtwide athletics program in 2011.
Randy Reed II, the coach’s son, led the Archers with 20 points and seven rebounds. Three other Archers finished in double figures: Jake Hensel, 15 points; Cortez Conners, 12; and Tevin Evans, 11. Reed and Conners were named to the All-Region XVI first team.
In defeating Penn Valley in the regional finals, the road to the Region XVI title was paved by defeating a team the Archers had lost to by 15 in the previous meeting between the two teams.
The win placed the Archers in a matchup at Mid-South Community College on March 8 at North Arkansas College for the District 13 championship. A win would earn Reed and STLCC a berth to the NJCAA Tournament.
Reed had developed a significant following at the high school level, one that helped him to attract some of the premier high school talent in the area soon after taking the job. With Connors already signed at California-Bakersfield and his son weighing offers from multiple schools, the Archers likely have a pair of NCAA Division I players currently on their roster.
“I kind of topped out,” Reed said of his time coaching with McCluer North upon first taking the Archers job. “This is a new horizon for me, and that’s why I took the job. I’m very happy to get this opportunity.”
In search of a challenge greater than the one he had conquered thrice at the prep level, Reed has shown himself to be more than up to the task he currently faces.