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Posted: Wednesday, March 20, 2013 9:15 am | Updated: 9:16 am, Wed Mar 20, 2013.


It’s what binds Hermann, Sullivan, St. Clair and Borgia together.

It’s what Washington, Union, Owensville and others want.

Expect the turf discussion to come to the forefront, especially if the wet spring season continues.

Turf already has proven worthy of saving games. The Union-St. Clair girls soccer game was moved from Union to St. Clair Monday. Otherwise, it would have gone into athletic limbo, the type of thing which causes headaches for athletic directors. A league game, it would have to be made up at some point.

With turf in consideration, it was a simple matter of Greg Dunigan and Chris Arand agreeing to swap home dates. The return game now will be played in Union instead of St. Clair.

Making the commitment to go to turf is not for the squeamish, or for those without a large balance in their checkbooks.

Sure, turf has come a long way since CBC became the first high school in the St. Louis region to install a turf field in 2003.

Hermann became the first local school to add turf and now has been joined by Sullivan, St. Clair and Borgia.

The turf field projects frequently come with a huge local commitment. Many schools have used the opportunity to add in all-weather tracks and some have added full stadium upgrades as part of the process. Of course, this adds to the overall cost, but the potential for hosting events becomes much greater.

Hermann, Sullivan and Borgia now have tracks capable of hosting large meets during the spring.

Turf even can be extended to baseball and softball. Without the Jesuit High School Field in New Orleans, who knows if they ever would have been able to complete the American Legion Baseball Mid-South Regional last summer?

There are other immediate benefits as well. Gym classes can be held on the fields as long as the weather isn’t horrible at that time. Turf gives practice facilities for everything from sports teams to marching bands.

The fields don’t have to be watered, fertilized, cut or lined. But there are maintenance costs in grooming the fields to make sure the rubber pellets which support the artificial grass blades are in good order.

The fields also serve as a possible revenue stream for their schools.

One day, in the not-too-distant future, it could be rare to see a football game played on grass with real mud.


Condolences go out to the family of Robynn Greer, who recently passed away.

Robynn was the head coach of the Washington Swim Team through most of this past season until she was hospitalized prior to the last regular-season meet.

Greer announced her retirement from the position at the close of the season and Jennifer Alferman-Molitor, who had led the team through the final two meets, took over.

Coaching the local summer swim teams is anything but easy, but Robynn was a consummate professional. With Washington, that included handling over 100 swimmers during long meets at hot, crowded pools while trying to keep everything moving in a proficient manner.

And our Tuesday deadlines certainly didn’t make getting the results ready and sent to us any easier. As soon as one meet was over, the leadership team had to work on getting everything ready for the next meet, from preparing heat cards to organizing the way the team was going to go to the next event.

The Washington Swim Team has been very fortunate over the years that there hasn’t been much turnover among its coaches. Even as the sport and the competitive level of the swimmers and leagues changed, the Washington Swim Team always has been a good, orderly group. I know that goes beyond the coaches to the parent leadership as well.

I know the feeling is echoed throughout the community. It’s hard to handle having an outstanding person like Robynn departing.


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