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Posted: Wednesday, January 29, 2014 5:32 pm | Updated: 9:30 pm, Tue Feb 4, 2014.

By Craig Vonder Haar

Missourian Sports Writer

Holding serve on its home floor, Washington has taken over sole possession of first place in the GAC Central boys basketball standings.

The Blue Jays (11-6, 4-0) followed up a win last Tuesday over Ft. Zumwalt North with a 75-66 victory Friday over Ft. Zumwalt South.

It was the first league loss for Zumwalt South (13-3, 2-1) while Zumwalt North stands at 1-1 in conference play.

In the GAC Central, each team plays the four other squads twice in a home-and-home series.

“I’m not sure the last time Washington has beaten North and South, and we did it in the same week,” said Washington Head Coach Grant Young. “The boys are excited about taking the conference lead in the GAC Central. We’ve had a lot of leadership with our seniors. The kids have put in a lot of time at practice.”

Washington was 31-34 from the free-throw line in the contest.

“I’d like to say that we practice free throws a lot, but really we don’t. We haven’t shot free throws in about a month,” Young said. “When your kids have confidence at the line, there’s not much work that needs to be done. That gives you extra time to work on what your weaknesses are. We’ve been grinding on our defense and our rebounding. That really made a difference for us. We gave them fits in the first half.”

It was a big game for Washington’s Ronnie Suggs, who scored 35 points, going 18-19 from the foul line.

“Early in the season, Ronnie settled for a lot of jumpers. We’ve been preaching to him to get a piece of the paint. His scoring has gone up because he’s been able to take people off on the drive,” Young said. “When he gets a piece of the paint, people help and he’s able to kick or get to the free-throw line.”

Mike Morgan finished the game with 19 points.

“This is a kid who’s playing with a chipped bone in his right leg that he’ll have surgery on at the end of the season,” Young said of Morgan. “He’s been playing through pain all season. He’ll be shut down for six months of rest after surgery. He’s a trooper. He’s just bleeding with confidence and really lighting it up.”

Brad Carpenter, who scored 10 points, surpassed Jordan Stapp for most career three-pointers in school history. Stapp’s record was 159. Carpenter also is on the verge of the single-season school record.

Patrick Menke added seven points. Jacob Mulkey scored four points.

Also playing were Austin Subke, Dane Meyer, Isaiah West and Christian Hardesty.

“Patrick made another big three for us and our kids really responded to it,” Young said. “You can see a light clicking on in our kids’ eyes.”

The Bulldogs had four players in double figures, led by Preston Whitfield’s 19 points.

Eli Hlinak finished with 14 points. Matt Galvin added 13 points. Marshawn Blackmon scored 11 points.

Washington held the lead throughout the contest.

Leading 15-9 after one quarter, the Blue Jays pushed the advantage to double digits midway through the second quarter and led 33-20 at halftime.

Washington led by as many as 17 points, 49-32, with 2:48 remaining in the third quarter.

The score was trimmed to 51-41 heading into the final eight minutes.

A three-pointer by Menke built the lead to 55-41 one minute into the fourth quarter.

The Bulldogs came back and cut the lead to 55-48 with 4:55 left and 64-58 with 1:52 remaining, but the Blue Jays sealed the win with free throws down the stretch.

Washington has the entire week off and will return to action Tuesday, Feb. 4, at Pacific at 5:30 p.m.

“We have a week off and we need to fine-tune things,” Young said. “Four games ago, after not playing well against St. Clair, we had Bayless, St. Charles or Borgia, Ft. Zumwalt North and Ft. Zumwalt South ahead of us. That’s a stretch of games where we easily could have gone 0-4. Instead, we went 3-1. That’s the confidence of our kids, them rallying together and buying in to what we’re preaching. Our hard work is making it fun. Our kids are responding well.”


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