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Posted: Wednesday, April 10, 2013 7:30 am | Updated: 8:26 am, Wed Apr 10, 2013.

Washington School District Superintendent Dr. Lori VanLeer called it bittersweet.

During last Tuesday’s municipal election, voters approved Question 1 of the district’s two-part Prop R, Right Now for Children, which did not include a sales tax increase.

However, Question 2, which included a 25-cent tax rate increase, did not receive the required 57.1 percent majority to pass.

That means there will not be a new middle school constructed, which would have helped with the overcrowding issue the district faces.

Among other things, the approval of Question 1 will allow the district to build a new early childhood center and to upgrade to wireless technology in all buildings.

But what does this mean for the school district’s athletic department?

When contacted Monday afternoon, VanLeer said no decisions concerning the athletic facilities have been made at this point. There was nothing to report.

District officials and the school board need time to sort things out and come up with a plan for what will be best for the district as a whole.

While no decisions have officially been made, there are some fairly obvious things within the Washington athletic department that could definitely be improved.

To throw my two cents in the mix, I think the time has come for a makeover to the high school’s Rauch Field.

Specifically, I’d like to see a new turf field and a new track.

And I’d be willing to bet I’m not the only one who feels this way.

It’s time for Washington to have a state-of-the-art turf field, similar to the what we see at Borgia, St. Clair, Hermann, Sullivan and Warrenton.

Talking to many different coaches and school district officials throughout the area, a turf field makes all the difference.

Turf fields are the future. Slowly but surely, we’ll start to see fewer and fewer grass fields.

Washington High School’s current grass field takes a beating throughout the year.

It’s not just Friday night football games, either.

It’s also freshman and junior varsity football, boys and girls soccer, band practices and performances and also the annual band festival.

Installation of field turf also will help with the team’s practice schedules.

No team at Washington holds practice sessions on the current grass game field.

With turf, the football team can practice on their own game field. The band can hold practice sessions on it.

Maybe from time to time, the soccer teams can practice on the turf, instead of driving to Washington West.

I’ve even seen baseball and softball teams practice on the turf when fields are wet and muddy.

The high school also needs a new track. The current one is not in good shape.

Washington does not have a home track and field meet this season due to the condition of the track.

Last week’s Washington quad meet was moved to Warrenton High School. Next week’s Nix Relays will take place at Borgia High School.

Installing field turf won’t be cheap, but neither is the constant maintenance to the grass field.

It’s my hope that I’m preaching to the choir here.

If you took a survey among school district employees and students, I’m sure an overwhelming amount of them would be in favor of a new turf field and track complex.

When it’s all said and done, I think we’ll see a new turf field and track at Washington High School in the near future.

The district does a great job rallying around and supporting the athletic teams.

While the results from last Tuesday’s election weren’t a slam dunk victory for the school district, maybe it will be enough to make these changes at Rauch Field.

/sports

Area Scoreboard

Area Sports Schedule

American Legion Baseball

Senior Legion

Tuesday, July 1

*Daniel Boone 14, Pacific 3

*Washington 20, Sullivan 5

Wednesday, July 2

*Daniel Boone 8, Pacific 2

*Washington 11, St. Peters 1

Thursday, July 3

*Washington 11, St. Charles 0

Friday, July 4

*Pacific at St. Peters    1:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 5

*Washington 20, Pacific 1

Sunday, July 6

*Washington 11, Warrenton 2

Monday, July 7

Washington 9, Creve Coeur 7

Blue Springs Wood Bat Tournament

Wednesday, July 9

Washington 7, Gravette Lions 0

Thursday, July 10

Washington vs. Post 339 West (Bellevue, Neb.), Blue Springs South High School, 2 p.m.

Friday, July 11

Washington vs. Geiger Redi-Mix (Leavenworth, Kan.), Hidden Valley No. 1, 11:30 a.m.

Washington vs. Hawthorne Outlaws (Lee's Summit), Jim Moran Field (Hidden Valley), 7 p.m.

Saturday, July 12

Washington vs. TBA, TBA

Sunday, July 13

Semifinal Games, 11 a.m.

Championship, 2 p.m.

Junior Legion

Tuesday, July 1

*Union 5, New Haven 0

*Union 7, New Haven 4

*St. Charles 12, Pacific 5

Thursday, July 3

*Union 13, Hannibal 2

*Union 10, Hannibal 3

*Elsberry at Pacific    7 p.m.

Saturday, July 5

*Daniel Boone at Pacific (DH)    10 a.m.

Union 6, Crocker 5

Union 13, Crocker 7

Freshman Legion

Tuesday, July 1

*Washington 16, Pacific 1

Wednesday, July 2

*Washington 11, St. Peters 0

Ninth District Tournament Schedules

Junior Legion

Tuesday, July 8

At Union High School

G1 (1) Elsberry 3, (8) New Haven 0

At Ronsick Field

G4 (3) Washington 7, (6) Wentzville 1

G4 (2) Union 8, (7) Hannibal 1

At St. Peters Rec-Plex

G2 (5) St. Peters 8, (4) St. Charles 6

Wednesday, July 9

At New Haven

G5 New Haven vs. Wentzville, 6 p.m.

G6 St. Charles vs. Hannibal, 8:30 p.m.

At Ronsick Field

G7 Elsberry vs. St. Peters, 6 p.m.

G8 Washington vs. Union, 8:30 p.m.

Remainder at Ronsick Field

Thursday, July 10

G9 G8 loser vs. G5 winner, 6 p.m.

G10 G7 loser vs. G6 winner, 8:30 p.m.

Friday, July 11

G11 G7 winner vs. G8 winner, 6 p.m.

G12 G9 winner vs. G10 winner, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 12

G13 G11 loser vs. G12 winner, 2 p.m.

G14 Championship — G11 winner vs. G13 winner, 5 p.m.

Sunday, July 13

G15 If-Needed Game — G14 winner vs. G14 loser, 2 p.m.

Ninth District Tournament Schedules

Freshman Legion

Tuesday, July 8

At Elsberry Legion Field

G1 (1) St. Charles 7, (8) St. Peters 0

G2 (4) Elsberry-Winfield 4, (5) Wentzville 3

At Elsberry Khoury League Field

G3 (3) Hannibal 3, (6) Warrenton 2

G4 (2) Washington 10, (7) West 1

Wednesday, July 9

At Elsberry Khoury League Field

G5 St. Peters vs. Warrenton, 6 p.m.

G6 Wentzville vs. West, 8:30 p.m.

At Elsberry Legion Field

G7 St. Charles vs. Hannibal, 6 p.m.

G8 Hannibal vs. Washington, 8:30 p.m.

Remainder at Elsberry Legion Field

Thursday, July 10

G9 G8 loser vs. G5 winner, 6 p.m.

G10 G7 loser vs. G6 winner, 8:30 p.m.

Friday, July 11

G12 G9 winner vs. G10 winner, 6 p.m.

G11 G7 winner vs. G8 winner, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 12

G13 G11 loser vs. G12 winner, 1 p.m.

G14 Championship — G11 winner vs. G13 winner, 4 p.m.

Sunday, July 13

G15 If-Needed Game — G14 winner vs. G14 loser, 1 p.m.

Swim Team Schedules

Washington Swim Team

Date    Opponent    Time/Result

6-9    at Oaks Landing    Washington 192-100

6-16    Westglen    Washington 259-206

6-23    at Fox Creek    Washington 311-225

6-30    at Chadwick    Chadwick 264-258

7-7    Cherry Hills    Washington 291-140

Pacific Swim Team

Date    Opponent    Time/Result

6-9    Lake of the Woods    LOtW 176-130

6-16    at Union    Union 289-220

6-23    Bridle Creek    Pacific 371-124

6-30    at Arbor Oaks    Pacific 282-241

7-7    at Indian Hills    Cancelled, weather

7-12    Division Meet    8 a.m.

Union Swim Team

Date    Opponent    Time/Result

6-9    at Arbor Oaks    Union 180-120

6-16    Pacific    Union 289-220

6-23    at Lake of the Woods    LoTW 312-201

6-30    Indian Hills    Union 322-275

7-7    Bridle Creek    6 p.m.

7-12    at Division Meet, Pacific    8 a.m.

Pacific Diving Team

Date    Opponent    Time

6-14    at MAC West    MAC West 40-30

6-21    at Lindgate    Lindgate

6-28    at Cool Dell    9 a.m.

7-13    at Championships    8 a.m.

Great Midwest Football League

July 5

Missouri Cyclones 22, Midwest Chargers 14

Ninth District Standings

July 1, 2014

District Games Only

Senior Legion

Team    Wins    Losses

West    11    2

Daniel Boone 262    9    3

Washington 218    11    5

St. Charles 312    9    5

Elsberry 226    8    5

Wentzville 323    5    5

St. Peters 313    7    7

Pacific 320    3    10

Warrenton 122    0    10

Sullivan 18    1    12

2014 Final Standings

Junior Legion

Team    Wins    Losses

Elsberry 226    20    2

Union 297    19    3

Washington 218    18    4

St. Charles 312    14    8

St. Peters 313    12    10

Wentzville 323    12    10

Hannibal 55    10    12

New Haven 366    9    13

Daniel Boone 262    5    14

Warrenton 122    3    16

Pacific 320    3    15

Sullivan 18    0    20

Freshman Legion

Team    Wins    Losses

St. Charles 312    20    0

Washington 218    17    3

Hannibal 55    16    4

Elsberry-Winfield 226    14    6

Wentzville 323    9    11

Warrenton 122    8    12

West    7    13

St. Peters 313    6    14

New Haven 366    5    15

Pacific 320    4    16

Elsberry 226    4    16

*Indicates League Games

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