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Posted: Sunday, November 18, 2012 12:00 am

With varsity experience on their side, the Washington Blue Jays hope the 2012-13 boys basketball season is a breakout one.

Washington lost just two seniors and return most of their scoring from last season’s team that went 10-15 overall and 4-3 in the GAC North.

“This is my third year here and we have a lot of kids on the varsity team who have been with me the whole time,” said Washington Head Coach Chip Sodemann. “They know my terminology and they know what to expect. It’s made our practices very competitive.”

Washington is seeded fifth at the Borgia Turkey Tournament, opening against fourth-seeded Cardinal Ritter Wednesday, Nov. 21, at 7:30 p.m.

The Blue Jays have three full-time starters back this season and a total of five players who have started on the varsity level in the past.

The team’s top two scorers are back this season in senior 6-3 guard Luke Schroepfer (14.8 points and 4.6 rebounds per game) and junior 6-5 guard Ronnie Suggs (12.3 ppg).

“The biggest thing I expect from Luke and Ronnie this season is leadership. They both know what to expect in practice. They both know how to prepare for road games. I want them both to be leaders,” Sodemann said. “I also want them to make sure they get everyone on the floor involved. I want them to make plays not only for themselves, but for our other guys. That will take some of the load off of them.”

Also returning to the starting lineup is senior 6-4 forward Jared Walde, who averaged 5.9 points and 6.1 rebounds per contest last season.

“We know what we’re going to get from Jared,” Sodemann said. “He’s a great kid who always gives everything he has on the floor.”

Other varsity returners who have started in the past are senior 6-0 forward Luke Hasenjaeger (3.6 ppg) and junior 5-11 guard Brad Carpenter (8.4 ppg).

“We’re playing Luke out of position. He’s seeing time in practice on the inside. He’s a smart player who’s picking it up. Our inside players have been injury prone in the past, so we need a couple more bodies to learn those spots,” Sodemann said. “Brad has the ability to shoot the ball from long distance. When he’s open, we want him to take those three-point shots to help stretch the defense.”

Junior 6-5 center Dane Meyer and junior 5-11 guard Patrick Menke both have seen varsity playing time, but both were slowed by injuries last season.

Varsity newcomers are senior forward Trevor Lampkin, junior guards Cory Epperson and Christian Hardesty, junior forwards Austin Subke and Jacob Mulkey and sophomore guard Cole Schroepfer.

Sodemann said the Blue Jays don’t have a true point guard.

“We’ll have a point guard by committee. Any one of our guards can bring the ball up,” Sodemann said. “Instead of a traditional point guard, we’ll have three point guards at different times.”

In addition to their own tournament in January, the Blue Jays also will play in the Borgia Turkey Tournament to start the season and the Meramec Tournament during the holiday break.

Washington also plays in GAC-Suburban Shootout against Lafayette Dec. 15 at the St. Charles Family Arena, the Sullivan Shootout Dec. 22 against Lindbergh and the MFA Oil/Break Time Shootout at Mizzou Arena Jan. 27 against Rock Bridge.

Washington competes in the GAC Central, playing two games each against Ft. Zumwalt North, Ft. Zumwalt South and Holt.

“We play a tough schedule. The three tournaments we’re in all are very solid. We have nonconference games against teams like Parkway Central, Lindbergh, Rock Bridge and Lafayette. Our three conference opponents will be very solid. It’s probably the toughest division in the GAC. We hope our schedule prepares us for our district tournament.”

Washington has been assigned to Class 5 District 10 with Northwest, Rolla, Lebanon and Waynesville.

This season’s district tournament will be played at Rolla High School.

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Area Scoreboard

Football

Friday, Oct. 3

*Ft. Zumwalt E at Washington    7 p.m.

*St. Mary’s at Borgia    7 p.m.

*Union at Owensville    7 p.m.

*Hermann at St. Clair    7 p.m.

Festus at Pacific    7 p.m.

*Sullivan at St. James    7 p.m.

Cuba at Lincoln    7 p.m.

*Warrenton at Winfield    7 p.m.

*Wright City at Van-Far    7 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 26

Union 54, Washington 14

*Borgia 45, Duchesne 7

*St. Clair 57, St. James 55 (2 OT)

*Pacific 40, Owensville 34

*Hermann 24, Sullivan 12

Cuba 74, Liberty Wentzville 7

Parkway West 20, Warrenton 7

Mark Twain 32, Wright City 18

Friday, Sept. 19

*Ft. Zumwalt S 56, Washington 7

Borgia 42, Cardinal Ritter 6

*Union 55, St. Clair 35

*Sullivan 27, Pacific 10

Owensville 19, Hermann 16

St. James 28, Ash Grove 7

Brentwood 41, Cuba 24

*St. Charles West 49, Warrenton 7

South Callaway 55, Wright City 6

Softball

Wednesday, Oct. 1

*Washington at Holt    4:30 p.m.

De Soto at Pacific    4:30 p.m.

Sullivan at Affton    4:30 p.m.

St. James at Steelville    4:30 p.m.

St. Clair at Montgomery Co    5 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 2

Owensville at Borgia    3:45 p.m.

Union at Salem    4:30 p.m.

Cuba at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

Rockwood Summit at Pacific    4:30 p.m.

Sullivan at Rolla    4:30 p.m.

Father Tolton at Hermann    4:30 p.m.

St. James at Crocker    4:30 p.m.

New Haven at Montgomery Co    5 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 3

Belle at New Haven    5 p.m.

Pacific, Sullivan at Rolla Tny    TBA

Saturday, Oct. 4

Pacific, Sullivan at Rolla Tny    TBA

Monday, Oct. 6

Hermann at Borgia    3:45 p.m.

Union at Washington    4:30 p.m.

St. Clair at Festus    4:30 p.m.

Linn at New Haven    5 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 7

*Borgia at St. Dominic    4:30 p.m.

District Tournaments

Class 4 District 4

Wednesday, Oct. 8

(5) Rolla at (4) Northwest, 4:15 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 9

Rolla-Northwest winner at (1) Lafayette, 4:15 p.m.

(3) Washington at (2) Eureka, 4:15 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 10

Championship, Eureka, 4:15 p.m.

Class 3 District 7

At St. Dominic

Wednesday, Oct. 8

(4) Borgia vs. (5) Wentzville Liberty, 2:30 p.m.

(3) Winfield vs. (6) O’Fallon Christian, 4:30 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 9

(1) St. Dominic vs. Borgia-Liberty winner, 2:30 p.m.

(2) Warrenton vs. Winfield-O’Fallon Christian winner, 4:30 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 10

Championship, 4 p.m.

Volleyball

Wednesday, Oct. 1

Hillsboro at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 2

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt N    5 p.m.

*St. Clair at Union    5 p.m.

*Pacific at Sullivan    5:30 p.m.

*Hermann at Owensville    5:30 p.m.

*St. James at New Haven    5:30 p.m.

*St. Dominic at Borgia    6:30 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 3

Missouri Baptist JV at ECC    3 p.m.

Lewis & Clark at ECC    7 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 4

Indian Hills at ECC    9 a.m.

^Southwestern Illinois at ECC    1 p.m.

St. Clair Tny    TBA

Hermann at Lebanon Tny    TBA

Crosspoint at MAC Tournament    TBA

Monday, Oct. 6

New Haven at Linn    5 p.m.

Borgia at Trinity    5:30 p.m.

Hazelwood West at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

Helias at Hermann    5:30 p.m.

Owensville at Blair Oaks    5:30 p.m.

Belle at St. James    5:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 7

*Washington at Holt    5 p.m.

*St.Clair at St. James    5 p.m.

*Owensville at Union    5:30 p.m.

*New Haven at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

*Sullivan at Hermann    5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 8

*Mineral Area at ECC    6:30 p.m.

Boys Soccer

Wednesday, Oct. 1

Warrenton at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

Columbia Independent at Fulton SA    4:30 p.m.

Washington at Union    5 p.m.

Sullivan at North County    5 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 2

*Pacific at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Union at Sullivan    5 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 3

Lincoln at ECC    4 p.m.

Calvary Lutheran at Fulton SA    4:30 p.m.

Crosspoint at Heritage    5 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 5

Lincolnland at ECC    1 p.m.

Monday, Oct. 6

FRC Classic, St. Clair    TBA

Tuesday, Oct. 7

#St. Louis United B at Crosspoint    4:30 p.m.

*Thomas Jefferson at Fulton SA    4:30 p.m.

*Holt at Washington    5 p.m.

*St. Dominic at Borgia    6:15 p.m.

FRC Classic, St. Clair    TBA

Wednesday, Oct. 8

FRC Classic, St. Clair    TBA

Cross Country

Wednesday, Oct. 1

St. James Inv    4 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 4

Washington at Parkway West Inv    9 a.m.

Pacific at Potosi Inv    11 a.m.

Borgia, Union Capital City Challenge    TBA

Tuesday, Oct. 7

Hermann Inv    4 p.m.

St. Clair, St. James at Cuba Inv    4 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 8

Borgia at AAA Meet, Lutheran SC    TBA

Boys Swimming

Monday, Sept. 29

Wednesday, Oct. 1

*Borgia at Lutheran SC/Christian    TBA

Saturday, Oct. 4

Borgia, Washington at Ft. Zumwalt N Inv    9 a.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 7

Washington at CBC    4 p.m.

*Conference Games

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