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Posted: Wednesday, January 9, 2013 1:00 pm

A well-rested St. Clair team gave Washington a run for its money Monday in the opening round of the Washington Boys Basketball Tournament.

But the top-seeded Blue Jays prevailed over the eighth-seeded Bulldogs at Washington High School, 64-49.

“I remember last year St. Clair was a seven seed and gave Westminster fits in the first round. We knew we were in for a tough game,” said Washington Head Coach Chip Sodemann. “They got us taking poor shots early. We did a better job in the second half settling down. They fought hard all the way until the end. I was proud of the way our guys responded to it.”

Washington (11-4) plays fifth-seeded Bayless (9-3) in the championship semifinals Friday at 6 p.m.

“Bayless gave us fits last year. We hit a couple of late threes to put us over the top,” Sodemann said. “We’re going to be in for a hard-fought game.”

St. Clair (3-7) takes on fourth-seeded St. Charles (10-5) in the consolation semifinals Thursday at 6 p.m.

“We have another tough game, but we’re excited about the challenge,” said St. Clair Head Coach Casey Korn. “We were right there with a really good Washington team. We got a lot better over break. Wins and losses haven’t shown that yet. I’m proud of the way our kids didn’t quit. They competed.”

Luke Schroepfer led all players with 18 points for the Blue Jays, 13 in the first half.

Jacob Mulkey finished the game with 11 points. Ronnie Suggs added 10 points.

Brad Carpenter pitched in with seven points. Jared Walde and Luke Hasenjaeger both netted five points. Austin Subke added four points. Christian Hardesty scored two points. Cory Epperson had one point.

“We know teams are going to key in on Luke and guard Ronnie really hard. We have to have guys with the confidence to step up and make some plays. Mulkey did that tonight. Cory Epperson had a couple of nice plays,” Sodemann said. “We had guys with the confidence to contribute and that’s what we need down the stretch.”

The Bulldogs also had three players in double figures with Brandon York leading the way with 11 points. Adam Brott and Ben Feddersen both scored 10 points.

Evan Murphy finished the game with six points. Neyko Dominguez added five points. Reno Jones, Austin Gotway and Will Rolley each had two points.

“Ben had an ankle injury early in the season, which slowed him down. He’s starting to use his body more and understand the pace of the game. If he does what we need him to do, I’ll be really happy,” Korn said. “We need that inside threat. Brandon is more of a shooter. If Ben can get in the post and score, it’s really going to help our team.”

Washington held leads of 18-13 after one quarter, 31-19 at halftime and 47-34 after three quarters.

It was St. Clair’s first game since the Sullivan Shootout Dec. 22. It was the Blue Jays’ sixth game since that point.

“If you’re playing well, you want to keep playing. If you’re not, a break allows you to work on some things,” Sodemann said. “We knew this was going to be a grind. It’s been a tough stretch since Christmas and we still have another 10 days. We have to make sure we’re all on the same page and ready to go.”

St. Clair was prepared, but the Blue Jays made the plays.

“I’ve seen Washington play seven times. It seems like they’ve played four times the games we’ve played. Our stretch is coming up,” Korn said. “We knew they were a good team. We did not execute our scouting report early. We left Luke (Schroepfer) open for a couple of shots and when we run our zone defense, we have to find Carpenter. We executed better in the second half. You can’t hold a player like Suggs to zero points, but Adam Brott did an unbelievable job guarding him. I was extremely proud of his effort.

“We didn’t make shots and they did. We tried to make somebody other than Schroepfer, Carpenter and Suggs score. You have to keep Walde off the boards. Their other kids made shots when they needed to make shots.”

St. Charles-Bayless

Bayless knocked off St. Charles in Monday’s other first-round contest, 60-52.

Patrick Triplett, a 6-4 junior guard, collected 18 points, nine rebounds and eight assists for the Bronchos.

Munir Hirkic, a 5-10 senior guard, added 16 points. Edin Mehmedovic, a 6-4 junior forward, scored 11 points. Muhamed Poljo, a 6-4 junior forward, had 10 points.


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