Washington, MO

20 Year Shamrock State Champion Reunion at Mizzou Arena

Photo by Kyle Quick

Pictured left to right (back to front) Michael Baynes, Matt Rothermel, Tim Scheer, Tony Gumper, Kris Doerr, Zach Zuroweste, Assistant Coach Tim Strobel, Kurt Koch, Coach Ray Steinhoff, Josh Zastrow, Ryan Menke, Kyle Wolfe, Chris Kase, Chad Seitter, Assistant Coach Derek Bailey, Dione Winters Kandlbinder, Danielle Winters Amann, Tatum Scheer, Taylor Scheer, Olivia Zastrow, Owen Zastrow, Hayden Wolfe, and Greyson Wolfe.

Not pictured: Jason Young and Jamie Nugent who lives in Texas.

COLUMBIA, MO. – Saturday at the Show-Me Showdown at the Mizzou Arena New Haven’s 1997 State Championship team took a walk down memory lane as they were recognized at halftime of the men’s Class 1 state championship game.  It may have not been on the same court but the memories were still there.

20 years ago, KLPW’s John Covington created a tribute to the State Champion Shamrocks. Press play to listen.

Afterwards, retired coach Ray Steinhoff said out of the 19 players, coaches and managers associated with the ’97 team, 17 of them were able attend. 

Winning a state championship and reuniting with friends meant so much to a manager Zach Zuroweste that he flew back home just for the 20-year reunion from Seattle, WA.

Steinhoff added, “It tickles me to have 17 of the 19 come back that it still means something to them 20 years later.”

It was 20 years ago when the Shamrocks defeated Bishop Hogan in overtime 74-71.  Two memories from that game are still talked about to this day.

How could anyone forget “the charge” called on Bishop Hogan with seconds left in regulation on a layup that would have given them the state title. 

Then it was sophomore Tim Scheer who score 45 points, the second most points (at the time) in a state title game.  In fact, his picture is still in MSHSAA’s record book printed every year.

More than anything Steinhoff said he is most proud of who each person has become.

Steinhoff said, “EVERY one of those 17 are "highly" successful in their chosen fields of work.  Most all of them find ways to give back to their communities or the youth    in some way or another.  Amazing group of people.  We are very proud coaches!"

John Covington has the call on the charge taken by Tim Scheer.  Note:  This is the correct video.


Possibly the future of Shamrock basketball.

Left to right: Two of Tim Scheer’s daughters; Tatum Scheer and Taylor Scheer, Josh Zastrow’s two kids Olivia Zastrow and Owen Zastrow and two of Kyle Wolfe’s two sons Hayden Wolfe and Greyson Wolfe


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