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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


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

Friday, Sept. 12

*Ft. Zumwalt North 49, Washington 0

*Borgia 35, St. Dominic 0

*Union 27, Pacific 19

*Sullivan 47, St. Clair 21

Hermann 65, Wentzville Liberty 7

*Owensville 29, St. James 28 (OT)

Cuba 22, Windsor 6

*Warrenton 14, St. Charles 6

*Bowling Green 55, Wright City 0

Friday, Sept. 5

Warrenton 14, Washington 6

Borgia 13, Maplewood-Richmond Heights 0 (forfeit)

*Union 32, Sullivan 19

*Pacific 20, St. Clair 18

*Hermann 52, St. James 20

Owensville 35, Cuba 8

*Wright City 36, Montgomery Co. 0

Friday, Aug. 29

Sullivan 30, Washington 8

Borgia 56, Union 13

Ozark 41, St. Clair 0

Potosi 34, Pacific 13

Hermann 54, Cuba 12

Blair Oaks 42, Owensville 0

St. James 36, Houston 18

Warrenton 28, Troy 0

Orchard Farm 36, Wright City 18

Friday, Aug. 22

Washington 26, St. Clair 21

Borgia 48, Owensville 12

Parkway West 49, Union 39

Pacific 28, De Soto 20

Park Hills Central 34, Sullivan 27

St. James 12, Cuba 6

Hermann 61, Montgomery Co 12

Warrenton 26, St. Dominic 23

Trinity 28, Wright City 24


Tuesday, Sept. 16

*Borgia at Notre Dame    4:30 p.m.

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt N    4:30 p.m.

*Union at Owensville    4:30 p.m.

*Pacific at New Haven    4:30 p.m.

*St. James at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Hermann at Sullivan    4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 17

Washington at Warrenton    4:30 p.m.

Sullivan at Northwest    4:30 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 18

*St. Dominic at Borgia    3:45 p.m.

*Union at Hermann    4:30 p.m.

*St. Clair at New Haven    4:30 p.m.

*St. James at Pacific    4:30 p.m.

*Owensville at Sullivan    4:30 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 19

Union at Ft. Zumwalt N Tny    TBA

South Callaway at New Haven    5 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 20

Union at Ft. Zumwalt N Tny    TBA

St. James Tny    TBA

Monday, Sept. 22

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt S    4:30 p.m.

Union at North County    4:30 p.m.

Warrenton at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

Principia at Sullivan    4:30 p.m.

Hermann at Cuba    4:30 p.m.

Owensville at Cuba    4:30 p.m.

St. James at Bourbon    4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 23

*Borgia at Duchesne    4:30 p.m.

*Holt at Washington    4:30 p.m.

*Pacific at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Owensville at New Haven    4:30 p.m.

*Hermann at St. James    4:30 p.m.


Tuesday, Sept. 16

*Sullivan at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

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

*New Haven at Union    5:30 p.m.

*Pacific at Hermann    5:30 p.m.

*Owensville at St. James    5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 17

Washington at Duchesne    5 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 18

*St. Clair at Owensville    5 p.m.

*Union at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

*Hermann at New Haven    5:30 p.m.

*St. James at Sullivan    5:30 p.m.

O’Fallon Christian at Borgia    6:30 p.m.

Washington at Gateway Match Up    TBA

Friday, Sept. 19

Eagle Ridge at Crosspoint    5:15 p.m.

Providence at Crosspoint    7:15 p.m.

Washington at Gateway Match Up    TBA

Saturday, Sept. 20

New Haven Round Robin    9 a.m.

ECC at Wentworth    1 p.m.

ECC vs. Graceland JV (Wentworth)    3 p.m.

Washington at Gateway Match Up    TBA

St. Clair at Seckman Tny    TBA

Monday, Sept. 22

St. Clair at Salem    5 p.m.

Bourbon at Sullivan    5:30 p.m.

Dixon at St. James    5:30 p.m.

Hermann Tournament    TBA

Tuesday, Sept. 23

Cuba at St. James    5:30 p.m.

Crosspoint at Bethel    5:30 p.m.

Crosspoint vs. Thomas Jefferson    6:30 p.m.

Hermann Tournament    TBA

Boys Soccer

Tuesday, Sept. 16

Crosspoint at Fulton St. Albans    4:30 p.m.

Tolton Catholic at Borgia    5:30 p.m.

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt E    6 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 17

*St. Louis at ECC    4:30 p.m.

Union at Affton    5 p.m.

St. Clair at De Soto    5 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 18

*St. Clair at St. James    5 p.m.

Dixon at Sullivan    5 p.m.

Borgia at Trinity    6:15 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 19

Eagle Ridge at Crosspoint    4:30 p.m.

Tolton at Fulton SA    5 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 20

*Ft. Zumwalt S at Washington    10 a.m.

Crowder at ECC    2 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 22

Hillsboro at Union    5 p.m.

CYC Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Sept. 23

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

North County at Union    5 p.m.

*St. James at Pacific    5 p.m.

*Borgia at St. Dominic    6:15 p.m.

CYC Tny    TBA

Cross Country

Thursday, Sept. 18

St. Clair at Lutheran North    4 p.m.

New Haven, St. James at Steelville Inv    4 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 20

Festus Inv.    9 a.m.

Hermann at Fulton Inv    9 a.m.

Thursday, Sept. 25

Washington at Rolla Inv    4 p.m.

Union, Owensville, St. James at Belle Inv    4 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 27

Hancock Inv    8:30 a.m.

Pacific at Viburnum Inv    10:30 a.m.

Monday, Sept. 29

St. Clair at Elsberry Inv    4 p.m.

St. James at Dixon    4 p.m.

Girls Golf

Tuesday, Sept. 16

*Borgia at St. Dominic    3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 17

Duchesne at Borgia    3:30 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 18

Ft. Zumwalt S at Washington    3:30 p.m.

Borgia at AAA Meet, Lutheran SC    TBA

Wednesday, Sept. 24

Washington at GAC Central Meet    TBA

Thursday, Sept. 25

*Duchesne at Borgia    3:30 p.m.

Boys Swimming

Saturday, Sept. 20

Borgia at Ft. Zumwalt W    8:30 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 29

Washington at Ft. Zumwalt South    3:30 p.m.

*Conference Games

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