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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

Area Sports Schedule

American Legion Baseball

Senior Legion

Tuesday, July 1

*Daniel Boone 14, Pacific 3

*Washington 20, Sullivan 5

Wednesday, July 2

*Daniel Boone 8, Pacific 2

*Washington 11, St. Peters 1

Thursday, July 3

*Washington 11, St. Charles 0

Friday, July 4

*Pacific at St. Peters    1:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 5

*Washington 20, Pacific 1

Sunday, July 6

*Washington 11, Warrenton 2

Monday, July 7

Washington 9, Creve Coeur 7

Blue Springs Wood Bat Tournament

Wednesday, July 9

Washington 7, Gravette Lions 0

Thursday, July 10

Washington 4, Post 339 West (Bellevue, Neb.) 2

Friday, July 11

Washington 14, Geiger Redi-Mix (Leavenworth, Kan.) 0

Washington 4, Hawthorne Outlaws (Lee's Summit) 2

Saturday, July 12

Quarterfinals — Quincy (Ill.) 4, Washington 1

Junior Legion

Tuesday, July 1

*Union 5, New Haven 0

*Union 7, New Haven 4

*St. Charles 12, Pacific 5

Thursday, July 3

*Union 13, Hannibal 2

*Union 10, Hannibal 3

*Elsberry at Pacific    7 p.m.

Saturday, July 5

*Daniel Boone at Pacific (DH)    10 a.m.

Union 6, Crocker 5

Union 13, Crocker 7

Freshman Legion

Tuesday, July 1

*Washington 16, Pacific 1

Wednesday, July 2

*Washington 11, St. Peters 0

Ninth District Tournament Schedules

Junior Legion

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 def. St. Peters

G14 Championship — Washington 3, Elsberry 1

Washington wins district, to host Zone 1 Tournament at Borgia next week.


Ninth District Tournament Schedules

Freshman Legion

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 def. St. Peters

G11 Washington 6, St. Charles 0, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 12

G13 St. Charles def. Elsberry-Winfield

G14 Championship — St. Charles 5, Washington 2

Sunday, July 13

G15 If-Needed Game — St. Charles 2, Washington 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

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    8 a.m.

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    6 p.m.

7-12    at Division Meet, Pacific    8 a.m.

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.

Great Midwest Football League

July 5

Missouri Cyclones 22, Midwest Chargers 14

July 12

Missouri Cyclones at Missouri Valley Pitbulls, St. Charles High School, 5 p.m.

Ninth District Standings

July 1, 2014

District Games Only

Senior Legion

Team    Wins    Losses

West    11    2

Daniel Boone 262    9    3

Washington 218    11    5

St. Charles 312    9    5

Elsberry 226    8    5

Wentzville 323    5    5

St. Peters 313    7    7

Pacific 320    3    10

Warrenton 122    0    10

Sullivan 18    1    12

2014 Final Standings

Junior Legion

Team    Wins    Losses

Elsberry 226    20    2

Union 297    19    3

Washington 218    18    4

St. Charles 312    14    8

St. Peters 313    12    10

Wentzville 323    12    10

Hannibal 55    10    12

New Haven 366    9    13

Daniel Boone 262    5    14

Warrenton 122    3    16

Pacific 320    3    15

Sullivan 18    0    20

Freshman Legion

Team    Wins    Losses

St. Charles 312    20    0

Washington 218    17    3

Hannibal 55    16    4

Elsberry-Winfield 226    14    6

Wentzville 323    9    11

Warrenton 122    8    12

West    7    13

St. Peters 313    6    14

New Haven 366    5    15

Pacific 320    4    16

Elsberry 226    4    16

*Indicates League Games

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