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Posted: Wednesday, June 18, 2014 11:45 am

 Call it the unofficial start to the prep football season.

Yes, the 2014 high school football season doesn’t officially kick-off until August. But if you ask any of the coaches who attended this past weekend’s East Central Football Camp, the season has now arrived.

The East Central Football Camp was held over the weekend at four sites, with Borgia hosting local scrimmages again this year. Other sites are Parkway West, Hermann and Ft. Zumwalt East.

In all, 32 teams participated in this year’s camp, which features full-contact scrimmages. Area teams participating were Washington, Borgia, Union, Pacific, Owensville, Hermann, St. James and Wright City.

The annual football camp is regarded by all of those involved as the unofficial start to the prep football season. Longtime Borgia Coach Dale Gildehaus is one of the organizers of the event.

“This is basically the kick-off for the season,” Gildehaus said. “The kids were excited. This was the eighth year and I honestly thought this was our best one yet. I couldn’t have been more pleased.”

Gildehaus said he liked what he saw out of his Knights.

“This is the best we’ve looked in years,” Gildehaus said. “I thought we ran the ball well and I thought Justin Baylard threw the ball well. Everybody caught the ball well, too. Our line played well and it was a whole team thing. Defensively, we changed defenses and looked good. Overall, I couldn’t have been more pleased. But we can still improve.”

Borgia squared off against O’Fallon Christian, Miller Career and Pacific on Friday. The hosts took on Affton, Pacific and Washington on Saturday.

A large crowd took in the Washington-Borgia scrimmage on Saturday night. It’s safe to say both teams were pumped up for the match-up.

“It was a great atmosphere for those kids on Saturday night,” Gildehaus said. “It’s our Super Bowl here. That was a lot of fun for both teams.”

Washington took on Affton, Berkeley and Union on Friday, before taking on Pacific, Affton and Borgia on Saturday.

Washington Coach Zach Schneider said the camp’s arrival each June gets all those involved thinking about the upcoming high school season.

“This is definitely the beginning of our 2014 season,” Schneider said. “In all reality, this is really the time coaches will find out what type of team they have. Between football activities and strength/speed training, student-athletes can really improve themselves throughout the summer.”

Schneider noted he saw several positives out of his team this past weekend. At the same time, there are definitely things to work on, too.

“We did some good things and we did some things that we will need to improve on to be successful next fall,” he said. I felt we had a pretty successful Friday evening on offense. We were able to move the ball on the ground and through the air, but most importantly we were able to punch the ball in the end zone when we had the opportunity. Defensively we were not very fundamentally sound.”

The Blue Jays were back at it on Saturday.

“Saturday, we improved defensively, but were unable to get off the field when we had opportunities to make stops,” Schneider said. “Offensively, we took several steps backward. We were able to move the ball, but some of our issues from last fall popped up again in poor decision-making and ball security. Not having two of our proven offensive players, Seth Bollmann and Austin Finder (both at Legion baseball), didn’t help. However, I was hoping some individuals would step up and fill those shoes.”

Washington also held its own summer team camp in recent weeks, too.

“Overall, I was very pleased with what we accomplished over the past three weeks,” Schneider said. “We have a lot to build on, we have a lot to fix, but we have a ways to go until we face St. Clair in Week 1.”

Schneider added it’s not yet time for the athletes to concentrate on football alone, though.

“While it’s important to get our work in, I don’t want to dominate our kids’ time,” Schneider said. “I want them to be able to work on other sports, go on vacation, and, in general, just be kids. It’s safe to say student-athletes are stretched very thin during the summer.”

Union and Pacific’s teams also participated at Borgia Friday and Saturday.

A freshman camp was also held on Saturday morning. Gildehaus noted that his team and Washington both have good numbers in their respective freshman classes.

Along with Gildehaus, Jeff Duncan, a former Washington coach now at Parkway West, has also been instrumental in making the camp possible. Duncan noted the camp provides teams a competitive environment at a reasonable cost.

“The camp ran very smooth,” Duncan said. “We had perfect weather this weekend. There were 32 teams spread across four campuses with a little more than 1,500 players participating.”

Like Gildehaus and Schneider, Duncan regards the annual event as the beginning of each season.

“It’s great to get a feel for what your team looks like this early in the summer,” he said. “I like the fact that it allows us to start evaluating our players at each level. We were able to get some quality reps against some very good football teams.”

Gildehaus noted that the camp remains affordable for the local players.

“We only charge $30 per athlete,” he said. “They get three games on Friday and three games on Saturday. Our kids don’t have to travel and they get a meal each day and a T-shirt. We have officials, we have insurance and if you go to a college camp it will cost $200. We love it this way. And this camp only makes our kids better.”

Prep football teams will now turn their attention to 7-on-7 leagues.

And for those who were wondering, official football practices begin on Monday, Aug. 4. The first games will be held on Friday, Aug. 22.


Area Scoreboard

Area Sports Schedule

American Legion Baseball

Ninth District Senior Legion Tournament

Thursday, July 17

At Westhoff Park

G1 (1) West 11, (8) Pacific 1

G2 (4) St. Charles 17, (5) Elsberry 2

At St. Peters Rec-Plex

G3 (3) Washington 4, (6) Wentzville 0

G4 (2) Daniel Boone 8, (7) St. Peters 2

Friday, July 18

At St. Peters Rec-Plex

G5 Elsberry 8, Pacific 3

G6 St. Peters 9, Wentzville 1

At Westhoff Park

G7 St. Charles 4, West 1

G8 Daniel Boone 7, Washington 4

Saturday, July 19

At St. Peters Rec-Plex

G9 Washington 9, Elsberry 4

G10 West 9, St. Peters 6

G12 West 14, Washington 1

At Westhoff Park

G11 St. Charles def. Daniel Boone (fft)

Sunday, July 20

Rest at Westhoff Park

G13 Championship — West 2, St. Charles 1 (13 innings)

Monday, July 21

G14 If-Needed Game — St. Charles 13, West 11

Zone 1 Senior Legion Tournament

At Lindenwood University, St. Charles

Thursday, July 24

G1 West 13, Daniel Boone Post 262 8

G2 Jefferson City Post 5 11, Hannibal Post 55 2

Friday, July 25

G3 West 11, St. Charles Post 312 1

G4 Daniel Boone 10, Hannibal 2

Saturday, July 26

G5 Jefferson City 9, West 2

G6 St. Charles 11, Daniel Boone 10

G7 West 6, St. Charles 2

Sunday, July 27

G8 Championship — West 11, Jefferson City 0

G9 If-Needed Game — Jefferson City 14, West 12

Jefferson City advances to state tournament in Sedalia.

Senior Legion State Tournament

At Liberty Park, Sedalia

Thursday, July 31

G1 Jefferson City Post 5 11, Lee’s Summit Post 189 Aux. Outlaws 2

G2 Festus Post 253 9, Joplin Miners 2

Friday, Aug. 1

G3 Jefferson City vs. Festus, noon

G4 Lee’s Summit vs. Joplin, 3 p.m.

G5 G3 loser vs. G4 winner, 6 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 2

G6 Championship — G3 winner vs. G5 winner, 1 p.m.

G7 If-needed game — G6 winner vs. G6 loser, 4 p.m.

Ninth District Junior Legion Tournament

Tuesday, July 8

At Union High School

G1 (1) Elsberry 3, (8) New Haven 0

At Ronsick Field

G4 (3) Washington 7, (6) Wentzville 1

G4 (2) Union 8, (7) Hannibal 1

At St. Peters Rec-Plex

G2 (5) St. Peters 8, (4) St. Charles 6

Wednesday, July 9

At New Haven

G5 Wentzville 4, New Haven 0

G6 St. Charles 8, Hannibal 7 (9 innings)

At Ronsick Field

G7 St. Peters 5, Elsberry 2

G8 Washington 2, Union 1

Remainder at Ronsick Field

Thursday, July 10

G9 Union 7, Wentzville 1

G10 Elsberry 3, St. Charles 2

Friday, July 11

G11 Washington 12, St. Peters 11 (10 innings)

G12 Elsberry 6, Union 3

Saturday, July 12

G13 Elsberry 4, St. Peters 3

G14 Championship — Washington 3, Elsberry 1

Washington wins district, to host Zone 1 Tournament at Borgia. Schedule below.

Junior Legion Zone 1 Tournament

At Borgia

Thursday, June 17

G1 Elsberry Post 226 10, Chillicothe Post 25 2

Friday, June 18

G2 Washington Post 218 5, Elsberry 1

G3 Chillicothe 5, Elsberry 4

Saturday, June 19

G4 Championship — Washington 16, Chillicothe 0 (5 innings)

Washington advances to State Tournament in Jackson.

Junior Legion State Tournament

At Jackson

Thursday, July 24

G1 Jackson 3, Springfield Glendale 2

G2 Eureka 7, Sedalia 0

Friday, June 25

G3 Jackson 8, Washington 3

G4 Springfield Glendale 8, Sedalia 3

G5 Jackson 4, Eureka 2

G6 Washington 8, Springfield Glendale 0

Saturday, June 26

G7 Eureka 11, Washington 10 (9 innings)

G8 Championship — Jackson 7, Eureka 6

Jackson advances to Regional Tournament in Leavenworth, Kan.

Sunday, June 27

G9 If-Needed Game — G8 winner vs. G8 loser, 1 p.m.

Freshman Legion Ninth District Tournament

Tuesday, July 8

At Elsberry Legion Field

G1 (1) St. Charles 7, (8) St. Peters 0

G2 (4) Elsberry-Winfield 4, (5) Wentzville 3

At Elsberry Khoury League Field

G3 (3) Hannibal 3, (6) Warrenton 2

G4 (2) Washington 10, (7) West 1

Wednesday, July 9

At Elsberry Khoury League Field

G5 St. Peters 17, Warrenton 6

G6 Wentzville 5, West 4

At Elsberry Legion Field

G7 St. Charles 10, Elsberry-Winfield 2

G8 Washington 3, Hannibal 0

Remainder at Elsberry Legion Field

Thursday, July 10

G9 St. Peters 11, Hannibal 9

G10 Elsberry-Winfield 13, Wentzville 4

Friday, July 11

G12 Elsberry-Winfield 8, St. Peters 3

G11 Washington 6, St. Charles 0, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 12

G13 St. Charles 10, Elsberry-Winfield 1

G14 Championship — St. Charles 5, Washington 2

Sunday, July 13

G15 If-Needed Game — St. Charles 2, Washington 0

Missouri Freshman

Legion State Tournament

At Rotary Recreational

Complex - Ronsick Field

Wednesday, July 16

G1 Creve Coeur Post 397 16, St. Robert Post 331 2

G2 Ste. Genevieve Post 150 4, St. Charles Post 312 0

G3 Jackson Post 158 1, vs. Springfield Glendale Merchants 0

G4 Washington Post 218 9, Eureka Post 177 4

Thursday, July 17

G5 Springfield Glendale 11, St. Robert 1 (St. Robert eliminated)

G6 St. Charles 10, Eureka 2 (Eureka eliminated)

G7 Ste. Genevieve 4, Creve Coeur 2

G8 Washington 12, Jackson 10

Friday, July 18

G9 Jackson 12, Springfield Glendale 0 (Springfield Glendale eliminated)

G10 Creve Coeur 8, St. Charles 3 (St. Charles eliminated)

G11 Ste. Genevieve 3, Washington 2

G12 Creve Coeur 11, Jackson 7 (Jackson eliminated)

Saturday, July 19

G13 Washington 8, Creve Coeur 3 (Creve Coeur eliminated)

G14 Championship—Washington 5, Ste. Genevieve 2

Sunday, July 20

G15 Championship Game 2—Washington 3, Ste. Genevieve 0

Great Midwest Football League

July 19

Missouri Cyclones 34, Illinois Justice 0

Swim Team Schedules

Washington Swim Team

Date    Opponent    Time/Result

6-9    at Oaks Landing    Washington 192-100

6-16    Westglen    Washington 259-206

6-23    at Fox Creek    Washington 311-225

6-30    at Chadwick    Chadwick 264-258

7-7    Cherry Hills    Washington 291-140

7-11 at Division Meet, Westminster Christian First

Pacific Swim Team

Date    Opponent    Time/Result

6-9    Lake of the Woods    LOtW 176-130

6-16    at Union    Union 289-220

6-23    Bridle Creek    Pacific 371-124

6-30    at Arbor Oaks    Pacific 282-241

7-7    at Indian Hills    Cancelled, weather

7-12    Division Meet    First

Union Swim Team

Date    Opponent    Time/Result

6-9    at Arbor Oaks    Union 180-120

6-16    Pacific    Union 289-220

6-23    at Lake of the Woods    LoTW 312-201

6-30    Indian Hills    Union 322-275

7-7    Bridle Creek    PPD

7-12    at Division Meet, Pacific    Third

Pacific Diving Team

Date    Opponent    Time

6-14    at MAC West    MAC West 40-30

6-21    at Lindgate    Lindgate

6-28    at Cool Dell    9 a.m.

7-13    at Championships    8 a.m.

*Indicates League Games

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