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Posted: Thursday, November 21, 2013 3:15 pm

Coming off a district championship boys basketball season, Washington hopes to continue its momentum with a new head coach leading the way.

Grant Young replaces Chip Sodemann as the Blue Jays’ head coach. Sodemann left WHS to become the basketball coach at Liberty High School in Wentzville.

Young comes to Washington from Union, where he coached the girls basketball program for one season. The Lady ‘Cats had a 16-9 overall record and a 4-3 mark in the Four Rivers Conference during the 2012-13 season.

A Union High School graduate, Young has a 253-138 record as a head coach, which includes girls coaching stints at Union, Wheatland, Neosho and Purdy. He also coached the Wheatland boys.

“I’m really excited to be at Washington and we’re all anxious to see what we got and what we need to work on. We have the talent to do some good things. We play a tough schedule,” Young said. “We had a good summer, which helped with the transition of a new system and new schemes. Our expectations for the season are high.”

Washington returns three starters from last season’s 19-10 district championship team that lost to Hickman in the Class 5 sectional round.

Leading the way is 6-6 senior guard Ronnie Suggs, who has already verbally committed to play at the University of Missouri.

Suggs, who averaged 17 points per game last season, will attend a prep school next year before heading to Columbia.

Brad Carpenter, a 6-0 senior guard who will play golf at Missouri State next season, also returns to the starting lineup. He averaged eight points per game last season and is one of the top three-point shooters in the area.

Jacob Mulkey, a 6-1 senior guard, also is a returning starter.

“We have two future Division I athletes with Ronnie and Brad. We’ll rely on both of them to score. Throw in Jacob, and we have three good athletes and leaders coming back,” Young said. “Ronnie is going to get a lot of attention from our opponents, but he has the ability to find open players. With the dribble drive offense we have, we have kids who can hit the three. Carp was a 43 percent three-point shooter last season. Our offense is set up to penetrate and kick, and we have guys who can do it.”

Other seniors on the team are 6-0 guard Patrick Menke, 6-4 forward Austin Subke, 6-4 forward Dane Meyer and 5-10 guard Christian Hardesty.

Every senior on the team has varsity experience. Menke and Hardesty should help with the scoring and Subke gives the team a scoring and rebounding threat from the inside.

Juniors on the squad are 5-11 guard Cole Schroepfer, 6-1 forward Mike Morgan, 6-2 forward Camron Shipley and 6-3 forward Jacob Huxol.

Also on the varsity roster are 5-11 sophomore guard Isaiah West and 5-9 freshman guard Trey Walsh.

“We have kids like Suggs and Mulkey who can attack the basket. Carp can shoot from anywhere. Walsh and West are spot up shooters,” Young said. “We have to be a physical team. Subke has stepped up and looks good in the post. We need him to rebound and give us an inside presence. We’re really focusing on defense, rebounding and allowing just one shot per possession to allow us to get into transition. Our defense has to set up our offense.”

Young said he expects other players to get varsity experience this season.

“We have a combined varsity and junior varsity roster that features 22 kids,” Young said. “You’re going to see some of our guys split time between the two teams.”

Other sophomores on the roster are Daniel Diener, Brendon Brinker, Mitch Barrow, Koby Lang, Clayton Walde, Will Davis, Christian Withers, Derrick Hillerman and Jacob Mohesky.

Washington is in the Gold Division of the Borgia Thanksgiving Tournament and opens Monday at 8:30 p.m. against Union. The Blue Jays meet O’Fallon Christian Thanksgiving night at 6 p.m.

The tournament concludes Saturday, Nov. 30, with the Gold consolation game at 1:30 p.m., the third-place contest at 3 p.m. and the championship game at 7:30 p.m.

“We have a very good schedule this season,” Young said. “We play at the Scottrade Center Jan. 9 against Holt. We also play Kirkwood at the GAC-Suburban Shootout and Jefferson City at the Sullivan Shootout.”

Washington plays at a jamboree against Pacific and Kirkwood Friday at Pacific starting at 5 p.m.

Young is being assisted by Mike Scheer, Adam Meyer and Clint Schneider. Cory Epperson, who played on the varsity team last season, suffered a torn ACL during the summer and will be the team manager this season.


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 at Union    7 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 20

Sullivan Shootout

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

St. Clair vs. Lindbergh, 1 p.m.

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

Washington vs. Lutheran South, 4 p.m.

Borgia vs. Poplar Bluff, 5:30 p.m.

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

Washington at Francis Howell    7 p.m.

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 vs. Sullivan, 8:30 p.m.

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