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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

Area Sports Schedule

Baseball

Monday, April 14

Washington at Pacific, PPD

North County at St. Clair, PPD

Union 5, Waynesville 3

Tuesday, April 15

Borgia 4, Washington 2

Cuba 7, St. Clair 1

*Pacific 14, Owensville 0

Wednesday, April 16

Borgia 11, Kennedy 1

Lutheran S 6, Washington 0

Thursday, April 17

*Union 11, Owensville 1

*New Haven 5, St. Clair 4

*Pacific 5, St. James 4

Saturday, April 19

Union vs. Washington (at TR Hughes Ballpark), 12:30 p.m.

Girls Soccer

Monday, April 14

Washington 5, Borgia 3

*Union 12, St. James 0

*Sullivan 1, Owensville 0 (2 OT)

Tuesday, April 15

*Washington 2, Ft. Zumwalt East 0

*Union 10, Owensville 0

Thursday, April 17

*Washington 2, Ft. Zumwalt S 1 (PKs)

Union 10, North County 0

#St. Clair 3, Maplewood 1

Pacific at Troy Tny    TBA

Friday, April 18

Washington 2, Sullivan 1

#St. Clair vs. Ritenour, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 19

#St. Clair vs. TBA, TBA

Golf

Monday, April 14

*Washington 176, Holt 179 (medalist W-B. Carpenter 42)

Tuesday, April 15

Borgia 209, Kennedy 250 (medalist B-C. Voss 35)

*Pacific/Sullivan at St. Clair, 4 p.m.

*Hermann at Union, 4 p.m.

Wednesday, April 16

Wash at FZS Tny, TBA

Thursday, April 17

Warrenton Tny, 8 a.m.

Track and Field

Tuesday, April 15

Union Relays (Winners: B-Potosi 101; G-Washington 119)

Saturday, April 19

Washington at Kirkwood    TBA

Boys Volleyball

Wednesday, April 9

Duchesne def. Borgia, 25-19, 25-16

Thursday, April 10

Seckman def. Borgia, 25-15, 21-25, 25-13

College Softball

Wednesday, April 16

*ECC split with St. Charles

Thursday, April 17

*ECC split with St. Louis

*Conference Games

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