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Posted: Wednesday, April 24, 2013 3:00 pm

Two major sports-related items were approved by the Washington School Board during its meeting Monday night.

The news that affects the entire athletic department is that Rauch Field will get a complete makeover with the installation of a turf field, a track, lights, bleachers on the visiting sideline and a sidewalk and fence around the perimeter of the field.

Additionally, the school board approved the hiring of Grant Young as new varsity boys basketball coach and Adam Meyer as the junior varsity boys basketball coach.

Grant Young

Young comes to Washington from Union, where he coached the girls basketball program for one season.

The Lady ’Cats had a 16-9 overall record and a 4-3 mark in the Four Rivers Conference during the 2012-13 season.

A 1996 Union High School graduate, Young has a 253-138 record as a head coach, which includes girls coaching stints at Union, Wheatland, Neosho and Purdy. He also coached the Wheatland boys.

“I appreciate the opportunity Chris Arand and the staff gave me at Union,” Young said. “I’m excited and pumped to be going to Washington and to get back into coaching boys basketball. They have a great basketball tradition at Washington and I’m looking forward to being a part of that.”

Prior to coaching at Union, Young was at Purdy High School, which he led to a 73-17 record and a Class 2 state title in 2011. He was named Missouri Basketball Coaches Association and Missouri Sportswriters and Sportscasters Class 2 girls coach of the year that season. He also served as Purdy’s athletic director.

Young started his coaching career at Wheatland High School, where he was athletic director and coached both the boys and girls basketball teams.

In 2002, he led both teams to district titles. The boys team ended up making it to Columbia, finishing fourth in Class 1. He went 52-30 with the girls team and 76-64 on the boys side. The boys also earned two conference and two district titles to go along with a MSHSAA sportsmanship award.

After he was at Wheatland, Young went to Neosho, where he led that girls program to a 38-17 record and its first-ever district title.

Washington had approximately 30 to 35 applicants and interviewed six candidates.

“Grant won a state championship at Purdy and coached both the boys and girls teams at the same time at Wheatland. He’s a hard worker who’s not afraid to put in the time,” said WHS Activities Director Bill Deckelman. “I’m confident he’ll continue to make our boys basketball program a success. He wants to coach kids, not just basketball. He’s a young guy who will relate well to our kids.”

Meyer, a Borgia graduate who played on the 1998 state championship basketball team, comes to Washington from Montgomery County High School, where he was the head boys basketball coach.

Meyer and current Lady Jays Basketball Head Coach Adam Fischer were teammates on the 1998 Borgia squad.

“Adam has head coaching experience and is from the area,” Deckelman said. “I think we have a dynamic duo with Adam and Grant coaching the JV and varsity teams.”

Turf, Track Reaction

As expected, the WHS coaching staff is thrilled with the turf and track addition.

Work is expected to begin Monday, April 29. The hope is to have it completed by Sept. 6.

“It’s awesome. I feel a sense of pride that we’re able to do great things for our kids,” Deckelman said. “A new track definitely was needed. The grass field might look green from a distance, but it wasn’t a quality surface for our kids. This will benefit the entire student body with seven periods of PE classes as well as band class and practices.”

The girls soccer team hopes to play their final home games at the city park. The track and field team will hold practices both at WHS and at Borgia.

Friday night football games, along with junior varsity and freshman action, will have a different look.

“I would like to thank the Washington School Board, the administration and the WHSAA for having the vision to start this process and see the importance of having a great track/field complex. This will put us on par or above the facilities of our conference and areas schools, which is very important,” said WHS Football Coach Zach Schneider. “I would also like to point out that in the end, this facility is about expanding and improving our students’ experience at Washington High School. It will give all student-athletes at WHS a great feeling to compete on a state-of-the-art facility, while giving them something they can be very proud of.

“Not only will the facility benefit our school, but it will also benefit our community. Having been around the building and remodeling of new facilities in the past, the lure of this facility may play a key role in bringing new families into our community. In the end, I know there could be a very vocal group of people who will denounce this project. But ultimately, it’s what is best for the students in the School District of Washington.”

Track and field meets will return to WHS next year.

“We are very excited about the school district’s decision to install new turf and a new track. This gives not only athletes and coaches new opportunities, but our music programs, and most importantly our physical education classes will benefit from this decision as well,” said Washington Track Coach Mike Olszowka. “Any time you install a new state-of-the-art facility of any kind, you attract a lot of new people wanting to be a part of it. We will now be able to host home track meets. I think just the appearance of the facility will draw more kids to track and field, helping us to continue to build on an already strong program.  

“On behalf of the track coaches and track teams, I would like to thank Dr. (Lori) VanLeer and her administration team, as well as the Washington School Board for giving us the tools we need to continue to build better student athletes and all-around better kids.”

The WHS soccer program also benefits.

“Having a turf field next year is going to be tremendous for our soccer program. It gives us a great surface not only to play our games on, but to practice on as well,” said WHS Soccer Coach Chris Lanemann. “It will solve the problems we had with practicing in bad weather, like we had at the beginning of the season this year.”

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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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