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Posted: Wednesday, August 15, 2012 7:00 pm

Besides lessons learned at the regional level, there are several positives for Washington. Of the 17 players who ended the season on the active roster, 14 are eligible to return next season.

The three “graduates” are Cody Gardner, Mike McGilvray and Dustin Howard.

Gardner, who played this past spring at Truman State University, turned into one of Washington’s top pitchers this season. Gardner’s last three starts were hard-luck losses in the zone, state and regional tournaments.

McGilvray, a Washington High School graduate (not playing college baseball as of this moment), was a defensive anchor in center and batted in the cleanup spot during Washington’s run to the state championship. Few teams challenged his arm to try to score, even at the regional level. He had one of Washington’s hits in the final game against Columbia.

Howard, another WHS graduate who will be playing at Hannibal-LaGrange, patrolled right field for most of the season with Washington and came through with one of Washington’s two hits in the final game. Had the bang-bang call at first base in the eighth inning gone Washington’s way, he would have ended with two hits.

“Hopefully everyone will come back and we can make another run at winning the state championship,” Post 218 Manager Mike Gardner said. “However, I would like to stress that this should not discourage anyone from trying out for next year’s team. We need to have the best 18 players to win another championship.”

And that means that the team will be searching outside the bounds of Washington to secure the best players. If things remain the same, players from Union, New Haven, Pacific, St. Clair and Sullivan as well as other schools would be eligible to play for Post 218.

Two players who have competed for Post 218 in the past but chose to play with club teams this past summer are Zach Walde and Brock Hopkins. Walde is a pitcher and Hopkins plays first base. It’s possible either or both could come back next season.

Additionally, six players from the Post 218 Junior Legion team will have to move up next year due to being too old to play at that level.

Moving up are Kevin Birk, Peter Coulter, Sam Katzung, Grant Ruediger, Garrett Schoenfeld and Justin Schuler.

Competition at positions should make Post 218 even stronger next season. And, with a number of players moving on to college, even this year’s reserves should be much more experienced by the time they get to the Legion season due to filling more important spots at their respective high schools.

That means there could be tough competition for playing time next season.

Three of Washington’s top pitchers could be back next season. They are Borgia graduates Brendan Kleekamp (Lindenwood) and Brendan Feldmann (MCC-Maple Woods) and Borgia senior Tony Helfrich.

A number of others who have seen varying degrees of time on the hill also could return, including Trent Leimkuehler (Borgia/Jefferson College), Matt Jones (Borgia), Luke Hasenjaeger (Washington), Zach Pointer (Washington) and Andrew Sumner (Washington).

Behind the plate, Leimkuehler and Jones could return. They split duties there this past season. Leimkuehler just graduated from Borgia while Jones will be a senior this fall. Normally, the one not catching served as the designated hitter and on-call closer.

The infield is an area of considerable depth and youth for Washington. Three of the four starting infielders will return to their respective high schools this year. They are first baseman Noah Borgerding (Borgia), second baseman Dilan Bollmann (Washington) and shortstop Grant Eckelkamp (Borgia).

Third baseman Jack Kopmann is a recent Borgia graduate and he will continue his career at Westminster College this fall.

Besides those three, Sumner also plays second base.

The outfield is an area of opportunity.

Sam Deschenes, who recently graduated from Borgia and will attend Lindenwood University, is the only starter returning from this year’s team.

From there, Post 218 has options among its returners. Leimkuehler has played outfield in the past and could return there. Kleekamp also has played outfield, but will pitch in college.

Other players returning with outfield experience include Hasenjaeger, Helfrich, Pointer and David McNeal (homeschool).

Of course, the makeup of next year’s team likely will be impacted by others coming out for the team and if anyone eligible to return chooses not to do so.


Area Scoreboard

Boys Basketball

Monday, Jan. 26

^Rock Bridge 79, Northwest 27

^Lutheran South 76, Hillsboro 43

Owensville 41, Hermann 40

St. James 80, Montgomery County 39

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Jackson 65, Pacific 44

^Borgia 82,  Union 61

~Warrenton 69, Chamois 24

^Washington 49, St. Clair 45 (OT)

~Wright City 51, New Haven 37

*Bethel at Crosspoint    7:45 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 28

Fulton SA at Thomas Jefferson    6:30 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 29

^Hillsboro 49, Northwest 34

~New Haven 35, Chamois 28

~Wright City 47, Warrenton 41

^Union 63,  St. Clair 60

~Hermann 63 vs. Montgomery Co 5

St. James 57, Owensville 35

Friday, Jan. 30

^Rock Bridge vs. Lutheran South    5:30 p.m.

^Borgia vs. Washington    7 p.m.

*Providence at Crosspoint    7:30 p.m.

Eagle Ridge at Fulton SA    7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 31

^Seventh-place game    2:30 p.m.

~Seventh-place game    2:30 p.m.

^Consolation    4 p.m.

~Consolation    4 p.m.

^Third-place game    5:30 p.m.

~Third-place game    5:30 p.m.

^Championship    7 p.m.

~Championship    7 p.m.

^Union Tournament

~Hermann Tournament

Monday, Feb. 2

New Haven at Silex   5:30  p.m.

Fulton SA at North County Christian    7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

Whitfield at Union    4 p.m.

*Crosspoint at Fulton SA    6:30 p.m.

Pacific at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

*Holt at Washington    7 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 5

*Fulton SA at Community Christian    6:30 p.m.

*Duchesne at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

*Rivers of Life at Crosspoint    7 p.m.

Wellsville at New Haven     6 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 6

*Union at New Haven    6 p.m.

*Pacific at St. James    6 p.m.

*Borgia at St. Mary’s    6:45 p.m.

*St. Clair at Sullivan    7 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 9

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Feb. 10

*St. Clair at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

*Hermann at Union    5:30 p.m.

Rock Bridge at Borgia    7:15 p.m.

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

Owensville at New Haven   6 p.m.

Girls Basketball

Monday, Jan. 26

^Holt 60, Pacific 57

^Warrenton 42, Union 40

~Owensville 64,  Montgomery Co 32

Borgia 62, Cardinal Ritter 41

^St. Clair 64, Lutheran South 45

~Hermann 57, Wright City 26

Washington 74, Wentzville Liberty 19

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Fulton SA at Barat    4:30 p.m.

~New Haven 42, Montgomery Co 34

*Bethel at Crosspoint    6:15 p.m.

~Chamois 61, Wright City 20

Wednesday, Jan. 28

^Pacific 62, Union 59 (OT)

Fulton SA at Thomas Jefferson    5 p.m.

^Lutheran South 54, Wentzville Liberty 40

~Owensville 54, New Haven 24

^Warrenton 51, Holt 44

~Chamois 50, Hermann 45

^Washington 54, St. Clair 31

Thursday, Jan. 29

*Notre Dame 50, Borgia 45

Friday, Jan. 30

^Seventh-place game — Union vs. Wentzville Liberty   4 p.m.

~Consolation — Montgomery Co. vs. Wright City    5 p.m.

^Consolation — Pacific vs. Lutheran South    5:30 p.m.

*Providence at Crosspoint    6 p.m.

Eagle Ridge at Fulton SA    6 p.m.

~Third-place game — Hermann vs. New Haven   6:30 p.m.

^Third-place game — St. Clair vs. Holt   7 p.m.

~Championship — Owensville vs. Chamois   8 p.m.

^Championship — Washington vs. Warrenton    8:30 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 2

#Borgia vs. Patriettes    4 p.m.

#Cardinal Ritter vs. Union    5:20 p.m.

De Soto at St. Clair    5:30 p.m.

Fulton SA at North County Christian    6 p.m.

#Washington vs. Parkway South    6:40 p.m.

Chamois at New Haven    7 p.m.

#Helias vs. Troy    8 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

*Crosspoint at Fulton SA    5 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 4

#Washington-Parkway South loser vs. Helias-Troy loser    4 p.m.

#Borgia-Patriettes loser vs. Cardinal Ritter-Union loser    5:20 p.m.

#Washington-Parkway South winner vs. Helias-Troy winner    6:40 p.m.

#Borgia-Patriettes winner vs. Cardinal Ritter-Union winner    8 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 5

*Pacific at St. James    6 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 6

Barat at Fulton SA    4:30 p.m.

*St. Clair at Sullivan    5:30 p.m.

*Rivers of Life at Crosspoint    5:30 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 7

#Seventh-place game    noon

#Consolation    1:30 p.m.

#Third-place game    3 p.m.

#Championship    4:30 p.m.

New Haven at Elsberry    5 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 9

*Hermann at Union    5:30 p.m.

*St. Clair at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

*Owensville at New Haven    6 p.m.

*St. Dominic at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Feb. 10

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt South    5:30 p.m.

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

^Washington Tournament

~Hermann Tournament

#Borgia Tournament


Tuesday, Jan. 27

*Pacific 42, St. Clair 33

Borgia 36, Hallsville 30

Helias 66, Borgia 21

Wednesday, Jan. 28

Borgia at Lutheran St. Charles    5 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 29

Summit 39, Union 34

Owensville 41, Pacific 38

Pacific 45, St. James 28

Friday, Jan. 30

St. Clair at DeSoto   5 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 31

Pacific at Hazelwood East Tny    9 a.m.

St. Clair at DeSoto 9 a.m.

Monday, Feb. 2

Borgia at O’Fallon Christian    5 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

Washington at Pacific    6 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 4

Borgia at AAA Tny    TBA

Thursday, Feb. 5

*Pacific at Union    6 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 7

Washington at Seckman Tny    9 a.m.

St. Clair at Francis Howell Central Inv    9:30 a.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 10

Pacific at Parkway Central Tri-Meet    5 p.m.

Girls Swimming

Tuesday, Jan. 20

Timberland 140, Washington 96, Ft. Zumwalt East 87

Thursday, Jan. 22

Oakville 120, Washington 115, University City 9, Mehlville 6

Saturday, Jan. 24

Washington 91, Borgia 80

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Washington 122, St. Charles West 46

Thursday, Jan. 29

Washington at Affton/Lutheran South    4:15 p.m.

Borgia at St. Dominic    8:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

Washington at McCluer North    3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 4

Borgia at MICDS/Duchesne (Rec-Plex)    8:30 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 6

Washington at Ft. Zumwalt South    3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 10

Borgia at Nerinx Hall    4 p.m.

Washington at GAC Meet    TBA

Wednesday, Feb. 11

Washington at GAC Meet    TBA

Thursday, Feb. 12

Borgia at AAA Meet    TBA

Washington at GAC Meet    TBA

*Conference Games