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Posted: Friday, March 21, 2014 4:30 pm

Washington High School’s new track and turf field will be put to good use this spring.

The girls soccer team along with the boys and girls track and field squads will compete at their new and improved facility for the first time.

The baseball and golf teams also are preparing for the spring season.

Baseball

Scott Bray’s Blue Jays tuned up for the baseball season with a recent jamboree against Rolla and Northwest.

“We played pretty well against Rolla and let down a bit against Northwest. Overall, I’m pleased with where we are at this point,” Bray said. “Our pitchers all threw the ball well at the jamboree. Our hitters had decent plate coverage and put the ball in play.”

Bray will lean on his senior leaders, especially during the early part of the season.

“I expect seniors Aaron Meyer, Brian Trigg and Sam Katzung to lead us, but we have other seniors who should contribute as the season progresses,” Bray said.

Washington also has a solid junior class on the team.

“Our top juniors should play quite a bit,” Bray said. “Those kids are Austin Finder, Camron Shipley, Seth Bollmann and Ryan Becszlko, with a couple of others also getting shots at places during the season.”

Bray said that sophomores Ryan Jones and Will Davis also figure in the varsity plans.

“Ryan and Will have done a decent job adjusting to the varsity speed of play and should see some time if they keep progressing,” Bray said. “Freshman Matt McGilvray played in the jamboree and did very well for being young.”

Washington opens its baseball season in the Four Rivers Classic. The Blue Jays play Friday at Hermann and host Rolla Monday at 4:30 p.m. The finals are scheduled for Saturday, March 29.

“We have a long way to go and it seems as if the kids are pushing each other for spots, which is always a good thing,” Bray said. “We just need to keep working and trying to get better each day.”

Girls Soccer

With many varsity returners back in the mix, Chris Lanemann’s girls soccer squad has high hopes.

“I’m really excited about the upcoming soccer season. I have 11 returning players from last year’s team and some very good players from last year’s junior varsity team,” Lanemann said. “Practices have been going very well. Having a turf field to practice on helps a lot. I expect us to challenge for the GAC Central crown.”

Washington has senior players who will lead the offensive attack.

“We have our top scorer from last year’s team back in Halee Nurnberger. I expect her to increase her scoring output,” Lanemann said. “We also have two dynamic center mids returning in Brianna Pagan and Arika Elliott. I expect those two young ladies to be heavily involved in our goal scoring this year.”

Overall team depth should be a strength for the Lady Jays.

“We have Salena Pottebuam returning at the forward position, and I fully expect her to play a bigger role in our scoring,” Lanemann said. “Defensively, we have some very solid performers in sweeper Ashton Leslie, stopper Savannah Thibault and wing backs Sierra Thibault and Jenna Barnhart.

“At wing mid, Martha Noelker returns and will definitely figure prominently in scoring. We’ve added a very dynamic player in wing mid Cassidy Nurnberger, who is a freshman. I also will be counting on major contributions in the midfield from Bailey Carico and Megan Kalish, both are returning varsity players.”

Senior goalie Mary McGilvray also is a varsity returner.

Washington opens its soccer season Friday at home against Ft. Zumwalt North. The Lady Jays host Pacific Thursday, March 27, at 5 p.m.

Golf

Tim Buschmann’s Blue Jays hope to continue the success they’ve enjoyed on the golf course over recent seasons.

“The season is off and running. We’ve missed only one day due to weather and spent one day in the weight room due to course conditions,” said Buschmann. “All other days have been spent at Wolf Hollow either on the range or playing on the course.”

The Blue Jays’ top returner is senior Brad Carpenter, a two-time all-state performer who has signed to play golf at Missouri State University in Springfield.

Carpenter earned Class 4 all-state honors with a tie for 10th place last season and tied for third place as a sophomore.

“Brad will continue to be our team’s No. 1 golfer and is looking to win state this season,” Buschmann said. “Strong competition in the new format of the GAC will be good for Brad to compete with other golfers at his caliber.”

Joining Carpenter as a returning senior is Sebastian Hommes. Juniors Hunter Mahon and Eric Hasenjeager also saw varsity time last season.

Buschmann said freshman Matt Hoemann is competing for a varsity spot.

“We had a large turnout with 22 players, including three girls who showed interest,” Buschmann said. “Aubree Kitchell made the junior varsity team for the second year. Doug Warden at Wolf Hollow allows us to basically keep all of the players, placing some on the practice squad.”

Washington opens its golf season Wednesday, March 26, at Franklin County Country Club against Borgia, St. Clair and Cuba at 3:30 p.m.

Track and Field

Numbers are down a bit for the Washington track and field team, but anticipation for the season is high.

“We’re really excited. We have one of the best track facilities in the state,” said Washington Head Coach Mike Olszowka. “We have a strong, albeit small group of returning athletes. We have a good group of young kids who are working hard in big part due to the great attitude and leadership of the upperclassmen.”

Olszowka said the top returners from last season are Travis Elbert, Caleb Curran and Tate Kitchell for the boys team and MC Landolt, Jenna Haas, Megan Bauche, Josie Plowman, Abi Brown and Abby Stricker for the girls team.

“The weather has been cooperating so far, so we’ve been getting in some good practices,” Olszowka said. “Our numbers are way down compared to normal. We had a large number of kids who did not come out, including eight seniors who would have been in their fourth year of track. This will put us in tight situations when setting up for meets, but it has also motivated the kids we have to work harder and maintain a great attitude through some very tough workouts. All in all, we are very happy with the kids who have been with us gutting it out every day.”

Washington opens its track and field season at the Washington University Invitational Saturday at 9 a.m. The team competes at a Pacific quad meet Tuesday at 4:15 p.m.

The first home meet is the Washington Pentathlon Saturday, April 5, at 9 a.m.

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Area Scoreboard

Football

Week 10 Schedule Playoff Round 1

Friday, Oct. 24

Washington at Battle, 7 p.m.

Kennedy at Borgia, 7 p.m.

Pacific at Union, 7 p.m.

St. Clair at Westminster

Priory at Sullivan

Salem at St. James

Southern Boone at Owensville

Transportation and Law at Hermann

Moberly at Warrenton

Wright City at O’Fallon Christian

Friday, Oct. 17

Francis Howell N 24, Washington 20

Westminster 35, Borgia 14

*Union 35, Hermann 32

*St. Clair 26, Owensville 12

*Pacific 34, St. James 22

Helias 56, Sullivan 3

Ft. Zumwalt East 42, Warrenton 0

*Clopton-Elsberry 20, Wright City 0

Saturday, Oct. 18

Cuba at Hogan Prep    2 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 10

Holt 21, Washington 14

Borgia 42, St. Clair 7

Union 68, St. James 20

Hermann 32, Pacific 24 (OT)

Sullivan 38, Owensville 12

Orchard Farm 28, Warrenton 3

Wright City 22, North Callaway 18

Father Tolton 35, Cuba 0

Friday, Oct. 3

*Ft. Zumwalt East 62, Washington 35

*Borgia 49, St. Mary's 11

*Union 56, Owensville 16

*Hermann 38, St. Clair 0

Festus 39, Pacific 14

*Sullivan 40, St. James 10

Cuba 46, Lincoln 38

*Warrenton 47, Winfield 6

*Van-Far 24, Wright City 18

Friday, Sept. 26

Union 54, Washington 14

*Borgia 45, Duchesne 7

*St. Clair 57, St. James 55 (2 OT)

*Pacific 40, Owensville 34

*Hermann 24, Sullivan 12

Cuba 74, Liberty Wentzville 7

Parkway West 20, Warrenton 7

Mark Twain 32, Wright City 18

Softball

Sectional Games

Wednesday, Oct. 15

Bolivar 17, Sullivan 2

Mexico 5, Warrenton 4

Thursday, Oct. 16

Pacific 12, Rosati-Kain 0

Saturday, Oct. 18

Quarterfinal — De Soto 5, Pacific 2

District Tournaments

Softball

Class 4 District 4

Wednesday, Oct. 8

(4) Northwest 11, (5) Rolla 3

Saturday, Oct. 11

(1) Lafayette 3, Northwest 1

(2) Eureka 4, (3) Washington 0

Monday, Oct. 13

Championship — Eureka 5, Lafayette 0

Class 3 District 3

At Lutheran South

Wednesday, Oct. 8

(4) Affton 3, (5) Bishop DuBourg 2

(3) Pacific 21, (6) Bayless 0

Sunday, Oct. 12

(1) Lutheran South 11, Affton 1

Pacific 1, (2) Notre Dame 0

Championship — Pacific 2, Lutheran South 1

Class 3 District 7

At St. Dominic

Wednesday, Oct. 8

(4) Borgia 9, (5) Wentzville Liberty 8

(3) Winfield 15, (6) O’Fallon Christian 1

Saturday, Oct. 11

At Borgia

(1) St. Dominic 12, Borgia 3

(2) Warrenton 11, Winfield 2

Championship — Warrenton 1, St. Dominic 0

Class 3 District 9

At Sullivan

Wednesday, Oct. 8

(4) St. James 12, (5) Owensville 3

(3) Sullivan 11, (6) St. Clair 1

Saturday, Oct. 11

At Union High School

St. James 10, (1) Union 5

Sullivan 5 (2) Salem 4 (8 innings)

Championship — Sullivan 11, St. James 6

Class 2 District 10

At New Bloomfield

Wednesday, Oct. 8

(4) New Bloomfield 5, (5) Belle 0

(3) South Callaway 9, (6) Hermann 0

Saturday, Oct. 11

South Callaway 7, (2) Linn 2

(1) Fatima 6, New Bloomfield 1

Championship — Fatima 7, South Callaway 4

Class 1 District 4

At Community R6, Laddonia

Wednesday, Oct. 8

(4) Wellsville-Middletown 8, (5) New Haven 2

(3) Van-Far 4, (6) Community R6 2

Saturday, Oct. 11

(1) Clopton 13, Wellsville 0

(2) Silex 10, Van-Far 0

Championship — Silex 3, Clopton 0

Volleyball

Monday, Oct. 13

De Soto def. St. Clair, 25-20, 25-14

Warrenton at Union    5:30 p.m.

Ft. Zumwalt North def.  Pacific, 25-19, 25-21 

Fatima at New Haven    5:30 p.m.

Owensville at Cuba    5:30 p.m.

Borgia def. Hermann, 25-15, 25-11

Tuesday, Oct. 14

Panthers Home School at Crosspoint    4:30 p.m.

*Washington def. Ft. Zumwalt East, 25-23, 25-10

*Pacific def. St. Clair, 25-20, 25-20

*Sullivan def. Union, 25-14, 25-22

*St. James at Hermann    5:30 p.m.

*New Havent def. Owensville

*Rosati-Kain def. Borgia, 25-22, 25-21

Wednesday, Oct. 15

ECC at Culver-Stockton JV    6:30 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 16

*Washington def. Ft. Zumwalt S, 25-10, 25-12

Hillsboro def. St. Clair, 25-12, 25-21

Villa Duchesne def. Borgia, 23-25, 25-13, 26-24

Friday, Oct. 17

ECC at Illinois Central Tny    TBA

Saturday, Oct. 18

Crosspoint at MAC All-Star Match    TBA

ECC at Illinois Central Tny    TBA

District Tournaments

Class 4 District 3

At Rockwood Summit

Monday, Oct. 20

(4) Eureka vs. (5) Pacific, 5 p.m.

(2) Northwest vs. (7) Parkway South, 6:15 p.m.

(3) Washington vs. (6) Rockwood Summit, 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 21

(1) Lafayette vs. Eureka-Pacific winner, 5 p.m.

Northwest-Parkway South winner vs. Washington-Rockwood Summit winner, 6:15 p.m.

Championship, 7:30 p.m.

Class 3 District 8

At Union

Monday, Oct. 20

(4) Union vs. (5) St. Clair, 5 p.m.

(2) Sullivan vs. (7) Salem, 6:15 p.m.

(3) Owensville vs. (6) St. James, 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 21

(1) Borgia vs. Union-St. Clair winner, 5 p.m.

Sullivan-Salem winner vs. Owensville-St. James winner, 6:15 p.m.

Championship, 7:30 p.m.

Class 2 District 6

At Lutheran St. Charles

Monday, Oct. 20

(4) Barat vs. (5) Wright City, 5 p.m.

(2) Hermann vs. (7) Bowling Green, 6:30 p.m.

(3) Whitfield vs. (6) Montgomery County, 8 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 21

(1) Lutheran St. Charles vs. Barat-Wright City winner, 5 p.m.

Hermann-Bowling Green winner vs. Whitfield-Montgomery Co. winner, 6:30 p.m.

Championship, 8 p.m.

Class 1 District 9

At Calvary Lutheran, Jefferson City

Monday, Oct. 20

(4) Smithton vs. (5) Otterville, 6 p.m.

(3) Chamois vs. (6) Bunceton, 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 21

(1) New Haven vs. Smithton-Otterville winner, 6 p.m.

(2) Calvary Lutheran vs. Chamois-Bunceton winner, 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 23

Championship, 7 p.m.

Boys Soccer

Thursday, Oct. 9

St. Louis United at Fulton SA    4:15 p.m.

Crosspoint at Thomas Jefferson    4:30 p.m.

*Ft. Zumwalt South 5, Washington 1

Perryville 2, Borgia 0

Saturday, Oct. 11

Troy 2, Washington 1

*ECC 2, Jefferson 1

MAC Tournament    TBA

Monday, Oct. 13

Pacific at Ft. Zumwalt N    4:30 p.m.

St. Clair at Hillsboro    5 p.m.

De Soto at Sullivan    5 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 14

ECC at Lewis & Clark    4 p.m.

Fulton SA at Valley Park    4 p.m.

*Ft. Zumwalt E 5, Washington 2

*Union 5, Sullivan 1

St. Clair at Festus    5 p.m.

Bayless at Pacific    5 p.m.

*Duchesne 2, Borgia 0

Crosspoint at Invitational Tournament    TBA

Wednesday, Oct. 15

*Holt 2, Washington 1

Crosspoint at Invitational Tournament    TBA

Thursday, Oct. 16

*Pacific 3, Union 1

Borgia 1, O'Fallon Christian 0

Belton at Sullivan    5:30 p.m.

Fatima at St. James    5 p.m.

Crosspoint at Invitational Tournament    TBA

Friday, Oct. 17

ECC 2, Missouri Baptist JV 1

Barat at Fulton SA    4:30 p.m.

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt N    5 p.m.

Crosspoint at Invitational Tournament    TBA

Saturday, Oct. 18

Washington 1, Borgia 0 (Penalty kicks)

Cross Country

Saturday, Oct. 18

Borgia Inv, 9 a.m. Varsity races at 9:45 a.m. (boys), 10:15 a.m. (girls)

Boys Swimming

Friday, Oct. 17

Borgia at Ft. Zumwalt N    3:30 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 18

Borgia at Ft. Zumwalt W Inv    10:30 a.m.

*Conference Games

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