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Posted: Wednesday, January 2, 2013 9:00 am

It was a year for everyone.

In 2012, there was something for just about everyone. But, the happiest fans were American Legion baseball followers, who celebrated two Washington Post 218 state championships.

Following are some of the highlights of the 2012 calendar year.

• Post 218 Does the Double — It was a summer to remember for Washington Post 218 as two of its three baseball teams earned state championships.

Post 218 had three total state championships (1957, 1989 Seniors and 2005 Juniors) entering the season. All three Post 218 teams won Ninth District regular season titles.

The Post 218 Freshmen (39-2) defeated Ste. Genevieve Post 150 in the winner-take-all game at the state tournament in Branson, 8-0, to capture Washington’s first-ever Freshman Legion state title. Kevin Juergens piloted the team to the state title.

It was only the second time that a Washington team won at the highest tournament offered at its age level.

The Post 218 Seniors, managed by Mike Gardner, captured the Ninth District and Zone 1 titles to reach the state tournament in Sedalia. The 2011 runner-up won its first two games to reach the championship contest. Washington lost to Creve Coeur, forcing a second game, but won 9-1 in the winner-take-all contest to secure the state title.

Post 218 finished the season at 39-10 after falling twice in the Mid-South Regional in New Orleans. The first loss came to eventual national champion Retif Oil, the host team, 6-1. American Legion National Player of the Year Emerson Gibbs pitched against Washington. The second loss was to Columbia, Tenn., Post 19.

Retif Oil and Columbia, Tenn., played each other for the regional title.

Washington’s third team, the Juniors managed by Phillip Kleekamp, also won the Ninth District regular season title and fell in the Zone 1 Tournament.

Daniel Boone Post 262 of Augusta finished second in the Junior Legion state tournament.

• Borgia Wins Golf Title — Borgia’s golf Knights captured the MSHSAA Class 3 state golf title at the Rivercut Golf Club in Springfield by one stroke over MICDS and three strokes over Westminster Christian.

The Knights were third in the standings after the first day with a score of 304, two strokes behind MICDS.

Cameron Stahlman tied for fourth overall with a score of 146. Bryce Dolan placed 10th with a two-day total of 148. Alex Buschman followed in 24th at 155 while Clayton Voss shot 160 to finish 38th and Alex Rennick shot 164 to finish 56th.

In the Class 4 state golf tournament, Washington’s Brad Carpenter finished third.

Rennick later recorded a hole-in-one on a par-4 at Wolf Hollow Golf Club during the summer.

• Cinderella Shamrocks — Nobody gave New Haven’s girls basketball team much of a chance of getting out of their own district, yet making it all the way to the MSHSAA Class 2 championship game.

The top seed for the Class 2 District 4 Tournament, New Haven defeated Viburnum and Bismarck to win the district title.

From there, the Lady Shamrocks edged Meadow Heights in the sectional, 49-48, and then won over South Pemiscot in the quarterfinals and Marionville in the semifinals, 53-52.

Harrisburg defeated New Haven for the state title, 43-32.

• Sullivan Girls Track — Sullivan’s rise to greatness under Pat Burke started well before the football season. Burke’s track Lady Eagles placed third at the MSHSAA Class 3 state track meet in Jefferson City last May.

Macy Ritter won the individual title in the long jump while finishing with four state medals.

The Lady Eagles also captured the Four Rivers Conference, district and sectional team titles.

• Wright, Repp Lead Wrestlers — St. Clair’s Mike Wright and Pacific’s Austin Repp placed second and third, respectively, to lead the area wrestling contingent in Columbia last February. A total of six area wrestlers claimed medals during the three-day state tournament at the Mizzou Arena in Columbia.

• Sullivan Football Reaches Quarterfinals — Everyone knew Pat Burke had a solid football team at Sullivan High School, but nobody had an inkling just how good the Eagles would be in 2012.

Sullivan went undefeated in the regular season, winning the Four Rivers Conference championship. In the playoffs, the Eagles defeated Pacific, Westminster and St. Clair to win the Class 4 District 3 title. In the quarterfinals at Webb City, the Eagles lost 35-6 to the eventual state champion. It was the closest game Webb City had on the way to winning the title.

Running behind an undersized, but overachieving offensive line, the Eagles were able to control the ball with a variety of players carrying the ball. Justin Biermann and Clayton Mayer both surpassed 1,000 rushing yards during the season.

• Falcons Fly to Titles — East Central College had a record softball season in the spring, winning the NJCAA Division II Region 16 and District titles to reach the national tournament. While the Falcons lost twice in Mississippi, it marked the first time since 1994 that ECC had played beyond the regional level.

Despite suffering the worst season since the program was restarted in 2007, the ECC volleyball Falcons won the NJCAA Division II Region 16 championship. ECC fell in the District O Tournament title contest to Northeastern Oklahoma A&M, thus missing out on a trip to the national tournament. Kean Barclay became the latest ECC soccer coach, leading the Falcons to a winning season.

• Blowing Into Town — The Missouri Cyclones of the Great Midwest Football League came to Washington in 2012 with another successful campaign. The Cyclones defeated the Midwest Chargers in overtime at Borgia to claim the conference title, but lost to the Detroit Ravens in the championship contest in Illinois.

The team has announced plans to stay in Washington in 2013, playing games at Borgia.

• The Fighter — Pacific High School graduate Justin Lawrence fought in UFC 150 as a featherweight, losing to Max Holloway. This came after Lawrence appeared on the FX network’s The Ultimate Fighter series.

• That’s Entertainment — Washington’s cheerleaders and Borgia’s dance team won their respective state championships during 2012. Also at the Missouri Dance Team Association championships, Washington and Pacific won category titles. Borgia’s cheerleaders placed second in their division.

• Near Misses — New Haven’s baseball Shamrocks and Borgia’s volleyball Lady Knights both reached state quarterfinals. Hermann’s girls basketball, volleyball, Borgia’s boys and girls basketball and Pacific’s girls basketball teams made the sectional rounds of their respective state tournaments. Union won a girls soccer district title, beating Borgia in overtime, but lost in the sectional to eventual state winner St. Dominic. Borgia’s boys soccer team won its district title.

• New Boss — Borgia hired Brad Bruns to replace Kurt Russell as its athletic director. Bruns is the fifth person to take the job since Ray DeGreeff. Bruns also was hired to coach volleyball, having a long successful history in that sport after leading ECC to three District O championships.

• Milestones — Borgia basketball Head Coach Dave Neier reached 600 wins by beating St. Dominic in the school’s first-ever Archdiocesan Athletic Association boys basketball game.

The St. Francis Borgia Pepsi Cola Thanksgiving Tournament reached its 60th anniversary this season with St. Louis Christian winning the title over Washington.

Borgia entered the AAA as a full member in the large division in 2012, tying for the girls volleyball title.

• Around the Sports World — Borgia graduate Matt Pickens continued as goalkeeper of the Colorado Rapids during the 2012 season.

New Haven graduate Kathleen Scheer concluded her collegiate basketball career at Duke. She subsequently signed to play pro basketball in Australia, but was ruled out for the season after suffering a knee injury.

Both Johannah Bangert (Washington) and Alyssa Speckhals (Hermann, East Central College) played volleyball in Ljungby, Sweden. Bangert played in 2011-12 while Speckhals is there for the 2012-13 season.

Union graduate Jordan Webb transferred from Kansas to Colorado, where he was named Pac-10 Conference offensive player of the week once during the season.

Former Borgia and Mizzou football standout Brock Olivo was hired as an assistant coach at Coastal Carolina.

Washington graduate Scott Suggs returned from missing the entire 2011-12 basketball season due to injury at the University of Washington. He has been one of the top scorers for the Huskies so far in the 2012-13 season.

Borgia graduate Nathan Scheer has started four games and has started at different positions so far this season for the Missouri State University basketball team.

He scored a season-high 15 points against Southern Illinois University-Carbondale Sunday, Dec. 30.

Hermann graduate Shelby Winkelmann transferred from the University of Nebraska to the University of Central Missouri, where she went from playing volleyball in Lincoln to basketball in Warrensburg. She’s off to a red-hot start for the Jennies, averaging 17.6 points per game. She scored 42 points in a win Dec. 8 over Emporia State.

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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 0

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.

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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