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Posted: Wednesday, January 2, 2013 4:00 pm

Washington advanced to the semifinals of the Meramec Holiday Tournament with a pair of close victories.

The fourth-seeded Blue Jays (9-2) won for the seven consecutive time, knocking off 12th-seeded Marquette 40-38 last Friday in a quarterfinal contest.

Washington defeated 13th-seeded McCluer in the opening round, 41-38, in overtime.

“It’s good because you go from one day to playing an extremely athletic McCluer team to a completely different style against a Marquette team that packs it in and doesn’t let you run what you want to run,” said Washington Head Coach Chip Sodemann. “Some nights it’s not pretty and we’re not playing as well as we have or the way we’re capable of, but we’re finding a way down the stretch. Whether its Luke Schroepfer hitting a big shot or making free throws like we did the other night. We’re somehow finding a way and that’s the mark of a good team.”

Ronnie Suggs led Washington in the scoring column against Marquette with 17 points to go with four rebounds, three assists and two steals.

Luke Schroepfer scored 13 points, all in the second half, and grabbed four rebounds.

Brad Carpenter finished the game with seven points.

Luke Hasenjaeger collected three points and five rebounds.

Jared Walde was held scoreless, but had two rebounds and made his usual solid contributions inside the lane.

Jacob Mulkey, Austin Subke and Cory Epperson also played.

Schroepfer had the game’s biggest basket. With the Blue Jays trailing 38-37, Schroepfer drilled a three-pointer from the right elbow with 1:02 remaining in the fourth quarter to give the Blue Jays a 40-38 lead, which turned out to be the final score.

“Luke is a good shooter. He’s been doing it his whole career,” Sodemann said. “He missed some shots. Brad missed some shots. Ronnie missed some shots. Hazy missed some shots. But they all had the confidence to shoot under pressure.”

After not scoring in the first half, Schroepfer stepped it up offensively in the second half.

“That’s what everybody is going to do. They’re going to take Luke out. They’re going to take Ronnie out. They’re not going to let us run our stuff,” Sodemann said.

Marquette (6-3) attempted an open three-point shot for the win as time ran out, but missed the shot.

“I held my breath and was praying that it wasn’t going in. Hazy was in the right spot for the rebound,” Sodemann said. “We were lucky again, lucky to advance. We know the next one is going to be a heck of a challenge.”

Tanner Stabenow scored 13 points to lead the Mustangs. Matt Hink added 11 points and nine rebounds.

Marquette held leads of 11-9 after one quarter and 19-15 at halftime.

Washington owned the third quarter, outscoring Marquette 14-5 to grab a 29-24 lead heading into the final eight minutes.

Three-pointers by Suggs at the end of the third quarter and Schroepfer at the start of the fourth gave the Blue Jays a 32-24 lead before Marquette chipped away and eventually took a brief one-point advantage.

“What we keep taking about is finding a way,” Sodemann said. “We practice it. We put a couple of minutes on the clock and work on late-game situations. The guys just have the presence of mind to make the right play at the right time.”

The tournament’s top four seeds, CBC, Hazelwood Central, DeSmet and Washington, all advanced to the semifinals.

“It guarantees us four games. Our goal was to be playing on the last day, regardless of where we’re playing. That means you’ve beaten some quality teams. Having a chance to play here on Sunday is a good thing,” Sodemann said. “We’re just trying to be prepared for districts down the line, so hopefully our guys are learning from this experience.”

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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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