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Posted: Friday, March 1, 2013 6:00 pm | Updated: 10:06 pm, Fri Mar 1, 2013.

A fast start to the game saved the season and won the Washington Blue Jays a district basketball championship.

Playing in the Class 5 District 10 Tournament title game, the top-seeded Blue Jays (19-9) jumped to a 21-2 lead and held on in the end for a 39-36 victory over third-seeded Waynesville Thursday at Rolla High School.

“I’m so proud of our guys. I’m proud of their effort and their ability to hang on, because that’s what we did. I don’t think I’ve seen a start like that to any game, let alone a district final. It was enough to hang on,” said Washington Head Coach Chip Sodemann. “I’m proud of our kids. I’m proud of our program. I’m proud of our community, our school. Our fans were awesome. They traveled on a school night to support us and the girls team. It means a lot. Washington has won only three district championships in the last 30 years and this is No. 4.”

It’s the first district title since 2008 for the Blue Jays, who advance to the Class 5 sectional round against the District 9 winner Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Camdenton High School.

“My senior year, I’m fortunate to play with some great players who all trust each other. Everybody made plays down to the end. It just feels great to finally accomplish what I’ve been dreaming of,” said Washington senior Luke Schroepfer.

“It’s awesome. Our main goal for the season has been to win a district championship and here we are. It’s an amazing feeling,” said Washington senior Jared Walde.

“This has been our goal. It feels good. It feels good to bring another district title to Washington,” said Washington junior Ronnie Suggs. “In 2008 when we won it, I was the water boy. It feels good to actually be on a team to do it.”

Washington’s sectional opponent will be determined Saturday night. It likely will be Hickman or Rock Bridge, but could also be Camdenton or Jefferson City.

The Blue Jays lost to Rock Bridge earlier in the season at Mizzou Arena.

“To be the best, you have to beat the best,” Sodemann said. “We’ll prepare like we always do for whoever it is we play. We’ll keep competing.”

Schroepfer led Washington in the scoring column against Waynesville with 16 points. Suggs added 10 points.

Jacob Mulkey finished with five points. Brad Carpenter netted four points. Jared Walde and Patrick Menke both scored two points.

Luke Hasenjaeger and Austin Subke both played significant minutes, but did not score.

“It definitely was a team effort. Luke and Ronnie had amazing games. Mulkey came in and had some great shots,” Walde said. “We played great. It was one of our best team wins of the season.”

Waynesville (14-13) got nine points apiece from 6-8 forward Kellieon Williams and 6-7 forward Juwan Morgan.

The Tigers had no answer for Washington’s zone defense through the first 12 minutes of the game. Although they were taller, the Tigers settled for perimeter shots for most of the contest.

“That’s what we try to hang our hat on is defense and trying to make teams take tough shots,” Sodemann said. “For the most part, we executed our game plan. They took a lot of perimeter shots and I don’t necessarily know that’s their strength. That advantage went to us.”

Leading 4-2 early in the game, the Blue Jays went on a 17-0 run in a span covering nearly nine minutes. They led 15-2 after one quarter and 21-2 with 4:30 left in the second quarter.

“Coach did a great job scouting. We knew exactly every play they were going to do against us. That’s probably why we held them to two points,” Schroepfer said. “We came out fired up and ready to play. This was the best start we’ve had all season.”

Facing a 19-point deficit, Waynesville finally got its offense going and began to chip away at Washington’s lead.

A 13-3 run pulled the Tigers to within 24-15 at halftime.

Washington held the lead for the entire second half, but it was single digits all the way.

“Teams always are going to make runs. That’s just the game of basketball. That’s why you play two halves. We played an exceptional first half,” Suggs said. “We were ready to play. Coach gave us some good words and got us ready. We got a little sloppy toward the end of the third quarter, but we all kept our heads in the game and were able to pull it out.”

Waynesville continued its run to start the second half, outscoring the Blue Jays 8-2 over the first four minutes to make the score 26-23.

All together, it was a 21-5 Waynesville run after Washington’s 21-2 run to make it a three-point game.

The Blue Jays led 30-27 after three quarters.

Waynesville got to within one point twice during the fourth quarter, but could never pull even.

“Coach said they’re a scrappy team and they always come back,” Walde said. “We’ve won close games before, so we knew we could pull this one out.”

Washington scored two field goals in the fourth quarter, a three-pointer by Mulkey and a bucket by Schroepfer.

The Blue Jays led 35-34 with 2:31 left to play.

Free throws by Schroepfer, Carpenter and Walde were just enough to seal the win.

“They didn’t hurt us on the boards super bad. They got a bunch of rebounds in the second half as they were making their run,” Sodemann said. “We battled. We never gave up. We didn’t get rattled. We had a couple of silly turnovers, but we did what it took.

“Down the stretch, we made plays. Luke had a big three after he missed a layup. Jared made two big free throws that seemed to touch every part of the rim. It seemed like we did just enough to survive. At this point, all it takes is to survive and advance.”

Sodemann said past games this season helped the Blue Jays win the district title.

“Those games early, the close ones at the Turkey Tournament, if you learn something from those games and those situations, then you know what to expect,” Sodemann said. “Playing teams like CBC, DeSmet and McCluer at the Meramec Tournament, that’s what you do so when you get to this point, you’ve seen it all. You’ve seen good athletes, great shooters and well-coached teams. That’s the whole point of playing a tough schedule and it paid off for us.”

The Blue Jays once again found a way.

“The atmosphere was great. Both student sections were awesome. There was constant screaming and yelling. We could barely hear each other out there,” Schroepfer said. “Everybody made plays when we needed to and we won.”

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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 Wentzville 4, New Haven 0

G6 St. Charles 8, Hannibal 7 (9 innings)

At Ronsick Field

G7 St. Peters 5, Elsberry 2

G8 Washington 2, Union 1

Remainder at Ronsick Field

Thursday, July 10

G9 Union vs. Wentzville, 6 p.m.

G10 Elsberry vs. St. Charles, 8:30 p.m.

Friday, July 11

G11 St. Peters vs. Washington, 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 17, Warrenton 6

G6 Wentzville 5, West 4

At Elsberry Legion Field

G7 St. Charles 10, Elsberry-Winfield 2

G8 Washington 3, Hannibal 0

Remainder at Elsberry Legion Field

Thursday, July 10

G9 Hannibal vs. St. Peters, 6 p.m.

G10 Elsberry-Winfield vs. Wentzville, 8:30 p.m.

Friday, July 11

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

G11 St. Charles vs. Washington, 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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