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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

Ninth District Senior Legion Tournament

Thursday, July 17

At Westhoff Park

G1 (1) West 11, (8) Pacific 1

G2 (4) St. Charles 17, (5) Elsberry 2

At St. Peters Rec-Plex

G3 (3) Washington 4, (6) Wentzville 0

G4 (2) Daniel Boone 8, (7) St. Peters 2

Friday, July 18

At St. Peters Rec-Plex

G5 Elsberry 8, Pacific 3

G6 St. Peters 9, Wentzville 1

At Westhoff Park

G7 St. Charles 4, West 1

G8 Daniel Boone 7, Washington 4

Saturday, July 19

At St. Peters Rec-Plex

G9 Washington 9, Elsberry 4

G10 West 9, St. Peters 6

G12 West 14, Washington 1

At Westhoff Park

G11 St. Charles def. Daniel Boone (fft)

Sunday, July 20

Rest at Westhoff Park

G13 Championship — West 2, St. Charles 1 (13 innings)

Monday, July 21

G14 If-Needed Game — St. Charles 13, West 11

Zone 1 Senior Legion Tournament

At Lindenwood University, St. Charles

Thursday, July 24

G1 West 13, Daniel Boone Post 262 8

G2 Jefferson City Post 5 11, Hannibal Post 55 2

Friday, July 25

G3 West 11, St. Charles Post 312 1

G4 Daniel Boone 10, Hannibal 2

Saturday, July 26

G5 Jefferson City 9, West 2

G6 St. Charles 11, Daniel Boone 0

G7 West 6, St. Charles 2

Sunday, July 27

G8 Championship — West 11, Jefferson City 0

G9 If-Needed Game — Jefferson City 14, West 12

Jefferson City advances to state tournament in Sedalia.

Ninth District Junior Legion Tournament

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 7, Wentzville 1

G10 Elsberry 3, St. Charles 2

Friday, July 11

G11 Washington 12, St. Peters 11 (10 innings)

G12 Elsberry 6, Union 3

Saturday, July 12

G13 Elsberry 4, St. Peters 3

G14 Championship — Washington 3, Elsberry 1

Washington wins district, to host Zone 1 Tournament at Borgia. Schedule below.

Junior Legion Zone 1 Tournament

At Borgia

Thursday, June 17

G1 Elsberry Post 226 10, Chillicothe Post 25 2

Friday, June 18

G2 Washington Post 218 5, Elsberry 1

G3 Chillicothe 5, Elsberry 4

Saturday, June 19

G4 Championship — Washington 16, Chillicothe 0 (5 innings)

Washington advances to State Tournament in Jackson.

Junior Legion State Tournament

At Jackson

Thursday, July 24

G1 Jackson 3, Springfield Glendale 2

G2 Eureka 7, Sedalia 0

Friday, June 25

G3 Jackson 8, Washington 3

G4 Springfield Glendale 8, Sedalia 3

G5 Jackson 4, Eureka 2

G6 Washington 8, Springfield Glendale 0

Saturday, June 26

G7 Eureka 11, Washington 10 (9 innings)

G8 Championship — Jackson 7, Eureka 6

Jackson advances to Regional Tournament in Leavenworth, Kan.

Sunday, June 27

G9 If-Needed Game — G8 winner vs. G8 loser, 1 p.m.

Freshman Legion Ninth District Tournament

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 St. Peters 11, Hannibal 9

G10 Elsberry-Winfield 13, Wentzville 4

Friday, July 11

G12 Elsberry-Winfield 8, St. Peters 3

G11 Washington 6, St. Charles 0, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 12

G13 St. Charles 10, Elsberry-Winfield 1

G14 Championship — St. Charles 5, Washington 2

Sunday, July 13

G15 If-Needed Game — St. Charles 2, Washington 0

Missouri Freshman

Legion State Tournament

At Rotary Recreational

Complex - Ronsick Field

Wednesday, July 16

G1 Creve Coeur Post 397 16, St. Robert Post 331 2

G2 Ste. Genevieve Post 150 4, St. Charles Post 312 0

G3 Jackson Post 158 1, vs. Springfield Glendale Merchants 0

G4 Washington Post 218 9, Eureka Post 177 4

Thursday, July 17

G5 Springfield Glendale 11, St. Robert 1 (St. Robert eliminated)

G6 St. Charles 10, Eureka 2 (Eureka eliminated)

G7 Ste. Genevieve 4, Creve Coeur 2

G8 Washington 12, Jackson 10

Friday, July 18

G9 Jackson 12, Springfield Glendale 0 (Springfield Glendale eliminated)

G10 Creve Coeur 8, St. Charles 3 (St. Charles eliminated)

G11 Ste. Genevieve 3, Washington 2

G12 Creve Coeur 11, Jackson 7 (Jackson eliminated)

Saturday, July 19

G13 Washington 8, Creve Coeur 3 (Creve Coeur eliminated)

G14 Championship—Washington 5, Ste. Genevieve 2

Sunday, July 20

G15 Championship Game 2—Washington 3, Ste. Genevieve 0

Great Midwest Football League

July 19

Missouri Cyclones 34, Illinois Justice 0

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

7-11 at Division Meet, Westminster Christian First

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    First

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    PPD

7-12    at Division Meet, Pacific    Third

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.

*Indicates League Games

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