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Posted: Wednesday, June 26, 2013 12:00 pm | Updated: 1:10 pm, Wed Jun 26, 2013.

One of the reasons you, the reader, is able to enjoy these sports columns is the work of Dutch Borcherding.

A trailblazer in the field of community sports journalism, Dutch died Saturday at the age of 93.

Dutch is survived by his wife, Delores, and two sons, Bradley and Bruce, along with their wives, and six grandchildren.

Visitation will be at Miller Funeral Home Wednesday from 4-8 p.m. with an American Legion and VFW walk-through at 7 p.m.

Burial, with full military honors, will be at the St. Peter’s United Church of Christ Cemetery at 10 a.m. Thursday. The services will follow at the church at 10:30 a.m.

For 33 years, Dutch was sports editor here at The Missourian and his “In the Sports Mill With Dutch” was one of the staples of his sections.

Dutch came to The Missourian after starting his journalism career with the New Haven Leader.

During his time at The Missourian, Dutch presided as the sports page turned into sports pages and eventually a full section. I had the privilege of being able to work with Dutch for a week after being hired here in July of 1990. I stepped into Dutch’s spot on staff as rookie sports reporter when he retired Aug. 1, 1990 and John Neier moved into the editor’s spot. I consider that week to have been a major lesson in how to do things.

I knew Dutch was loved here. When he retired, they published a special in-house paper lauding his career.

Professionally, Dutch was one of the founders of the Missouri Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association and once served as that organization’s president.

Dutch always saw the positive side of things. You’ve got to have that attitude to work in community journalism. The most upset I ever saw Dutch was when he had to miss attending the Borgia Turkey Tournament for the first time since it started.

Dutch had a number of great stories he shared over the years, many concerning baseball, probably his favorite sport. He used to talk about Burleigh Grimes. Ol’ Stubblebeard once owned a farm in the New Haven area and when he was pitching for the Cardinals, he would bring his teammates out there from time to time.

One time, Grimes brought his Cardinals manager Frankie Frisch out and they were hunting quail. Frisch took to shooting the quail on the ground. When Grimes told him that wasn’t the way you do it, Frisch quipped he was going to shoot them any way he could!

Dutch told the story better.

Dutch was one of the originators of the current youth baseball and softball system in Washington and the Washington Hall of Fame baseball/softball award is named after him. You can see that near the council chambers at Washington City Hall.

One of the reasons I also keep the precipitation stats and write the rain and river stories for The Missourian is because Dutch did it before me. His precise and concise records became the basis of what we cite when we talk about “records kept since 1951” in the stories.

Another thing Dutch did here was to help with job work and his Thursdays were spent helping Pastor Herman Otten work on Christian News, which was printed here. I followed Dutch into that as well. I know Pastor Otten has a number of great sports stories, too.

What you may not know about Dutch is that he was a very loyal man. He continued to do volunteer work for the American Red Cross even after he retired from the paper. He told me when I wrote a Senior LifeTimes piece on him that the Red Cross took care of him when he was a prisoner of war in Germany.

He spent 15 months as a POW following the crash landing of his B-24 bomber during World War II. He served as a tailgunner on his plane after going into the military during World War II.

After getting out of the service, Dutch completed course work at Ranken Trade School in 1952 before going into newspaper work.

Dutch was good at reporting and the entire community is glad he decided to continue with that career.

In recent years, Dutch’s visits through The Missourian became less frequent, but it always still was a pleasure to chat with him when he came through the sports department.

Dutch definitely will be missed.


Area Scoreboard

62nd Annual Borgia Pepsi Thanksgiving Tournament

Blue Division

Pool 1

McCluer North



Pool 2

Cardinal Ritter


Rockwood Summit

Gold Division

Pool 1




Pool 2


North Tech


Monday, Nov. 24

CBC 77, Washington 52

Tuesday, Nov. 25

Cardinal Ritter vs. Rockwood Summit, PPD

Washington 63, Soldan 62

Borgia 83, Union 50

Wednesday, Nov. 26

Carnahan 71, Normandy 46

Pacific 64, Rockwood Summit 22

North Tech 67, Union 37

Thursday, Nov. 27

McCluer North 95 Carnahan 68

CBC 82, Soldan 55

Borgia 50, North Tech 45

Friday, Nov. 28

McCluer North 93, Normandy 39

Pacific 70, Cardinal Ritter 57

Saturday, Nov. 29

Blue Consolation — Rockwood Summit 47, Normandy 38

Gold Consolation — Soldan 78, Union 59

Gold Third Place — North Tech 63, Washington 57

Blue Third Place — Cardinal Ritter 71, Carnahan 46

Blue Championship — McCluer North 64, Pacific 58 (OT)

Gold Championship — CBC 67, Borgia 66

Boys Basketball

Monday, Dec. 8

Lutheran S 64, St. Clair 48

Borgia 61, Carnahan 51

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Lafayette 44, Washington 35

Friday, Dec. 12

Potosi 72, St. Clair 45

*Washington 69, Ft. Zumwalt North 65

Montgomery Co 62, New Haven 61

*St. Mary’s at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

Bourbon 75, Union 74

Glendale 63, Pacific 46

Saturday, Dec. 13

New Haven 46, Barat 40

Nixa 56, Pacific 46

Tuesday, Dec. 16

*Pacific 70, New Haven 35

*Hermann 67, St. Clair 49

*Ft. Zumwalt South 61, Washington 50

*Union 81, St. James 74

Friday, Dec. 19

*Owensville at St. Clair    4 p.m.

Washington vs. Parkway Central, GAC/Suburban Shootout, St. Charles Family Arena, 5:30 p.m.

*St. James at New Haven    6 p.m.

*Pacific 76, Union 57

Saturday, Dec. 20

Sullivan Shootout

Owensville vs. Rockwood Summit, 11:30 a.m.

Lindbergh 67, St. Clair 46

Jefferson City vs. Jackson, 2:30 p.m.

Washington 56, Lutheran South 54

Poplar Bluff 59, Borgia 49

Sullivan vs. Affton, 7 p.m.

Girls Basketball

Saturday, Dec. 6

Cor Jesu 63, Borgia 60

New Haven 46, Moberly 39

Monday, Dec. 8

Pacific 73, Rolla 40

St. Clair 68, Dixon 37

Washington 54, New Haven 15

Tuesday, Dec. 9

*Borgia 59, Rosati-Kain 38

Union 53, Northwest 44

Thursday, Dec. 11

*Borgia 60, Notre Dame 53

Union 81, Bourbon 53

Friday, Dec. 12

New Haven 45, Principia 30

*Washington 59, Ft. Zumwalt North 32

Saturday, Dec. 13

West Plains 76, Pacific 37

Monday, Dec. 15

*Pacific 46, New Haven 28

*St. Clair 59, Hermann 50

*St. James 64, Union 37

Sullivan Tournament

Cuba 48, Principia 27

Borgia 68, Patriettes 29

Sullivan 56, Pattonville 43

Owensville 78, Farmington 54

Wednesday, Dec. 17

Sullivan Tournament

Farmington 61, Pattonville 39

Sullivan 68, Owensville 64

Principia 55, St. Louis Patriettes 42

Borgia 56, Cuba 38

Thursday, Dec. 18

*St. James 72, New Haven 21

*Union 49, Pacific 48

Friday, Dec. 19

Francis Howell 55, Washington 48

Sullivan Tournament

Seventh Place — Pattonville vs. St. Louis Patriettes, 4 p.m.

Consolation — Farmington vs. Principia, 5:30 p.m.

Third Place — Owensville vs. Cuba, 7 p.m.

Championship — Borgia 62, Sullivan 35

Saturday, Dec. 20

Union at Waynesville    5 p.m.


Monday, Dec. 8

Maplewood 48, Borgia 30

Brentwood 47, Borgia 36

Winfield 48, St. Clair 36

St. Clair 42, St. James 40

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Pacific 55, North County 10

Jackson 63, Washington 12

Farmington 63, Washington 6

Wednesday, Dec. 10

Borgia 36, Lutheran St. Charles 34

Winfield 54, Borgia 30

Thursday, Dec. 11

Union 72, Ft. Zumwalt East 9

Union 52, Principia 30

Union 54, Winfield 27

Saturday, Dec. 13

Union Tournament    9 a.m.

Borgia at McCluer S-Berkeley Tny    9 a.m.

Pacific at Farmington Tny    9 a.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 16

Owensville 61, St. Clair 16

Union 48, Owensville 27

Union 65, St. Clair 18

Friday, Dec. 19

Washington at Raytown S Tny    TBA

Union at Cape Central Tny    TBA

Pacific at Ft. Zumwalt E Tny    TBA

Saturday, Dec. 20

Washington at Raytown S Tny    TBA

Union at Cape Central Tny    TBA

Pacific at Ft. Zumwalt E Tny    TBA

Girls Swimming

Monday, Dec. 8

Washington at Eureka    4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Washington at Nerinx Hall    4 p.m.

LSC/OFC 134, Borgia 101, St. Dominic 83

Monday, Dec. 15

Borgia at Notre Dame (Forest Park)    4 p.m.

Kennedy 88, Washington 84

Wednesday, Dec. 17

Lindbergh 128, Washington 48

*Conference Games