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Knight named basketball coach at East Prairie

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Casey Knight instructs his Richland team during the Bloomfield Christmas Tournament in December. Knight was recently hired to coach East Prairie.
(David Jenkins, Staff)
EAST PRAIRIE -- A bigger school means more students, which has newly acquired East Prairie boys basketball coach Casey Knight excited about his opportunity to coach the Eagles next winter.

"I'm pretty pumped up about it," Knight said. "It's a larger, football school and they've got the athletes. They're basketball has been hit or miss but, one of the things I'd like to do is get the athletes out. The guys that play football are used to working hard. I want to track those athletes that want to come and play physical, hard-nosed basketball."

Knight is no stranger when it comes to East Prairie basketball. While facing them many times in his first two years at Richland High School, he noticed how many talented athletes the Eagles had to offer. Knight is looking forward to working with them.

"My first two years at Richland they (East Prairie) were very talented," he said. "I know this year they were down but, year in and year out I think in a bigger school where the kids are playing multiple sports, your going to have those athletes walking the halls if you can get them out and get them to work hard for you."

Knight has spent his last three years coaching at Richland where he compiled a career record of 31-40. Just this past season, he led the Rebels past the Zalma Bulldogs in the first round of the Class 1, District 3 tournament at Bell City High School only to fall to the eventual state champion Scott County Central Braves in the next round.

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