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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.

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Area Scoreboard

62nd Annual Borgia Pepsi Thanksgiving Tournament

Blue Division

Pool 1

McCluer North

Normandy

Carnahan

Pool 2

Cardinal Ritter

Pacific

Rockwood Summit

Gold Division

Pool 1

CBC

Soldan

Washington

Pool 2

Borgia

North Tech

Union

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.

Wrestling

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

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