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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


Friday, Sept. 19

*Ft. Zumwalt S at Washington    7 p.m.

Cardinal Ritter at Borgia    7 p.m.

*St. Clair at Union    7 p.m.

*Pacific at Sullivan    7 p.m.

*Hermann at Owensville    7 p.m.

Ash Grove at St. James    7 p.m.

Cuba at Brentwood    7 p.m.

*St. Charles West at Warrenton    7 p.m.

South Callaway at Wright City     7 p.m.

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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