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Posted: Saturday, December 29, 2012 5:32 pm | Updated: 9:11 pm, Tue Jan 1, 2013.

By Craig Vonder Haar

Missourian Sports Writer

It was another fast start for Washington during its first-round game against McCluer Wednesday at the Meramec Holiday Tournament.

The fourth-seeded Blue Jays (8-2) jumped to an 18-3 lead after one quarter, and this time, they needed every one of those points to fight off the 13th-seeded Comets at St. Louis Community College-Meramec.

Washington hit a dry spell after the first quarter, scoring just 23 points over the final 28 minutes, but still pulled off a 41-38 overtime victory.

“We had a good start. We hit some shots early and then they switched to that zone and we just put the breaks on,” said Washington Head Coach Chip Sodemann. “We missed some shots. It’s the same thing that happened against Zumwalt East (36-33 win). They went to a 1-3-1 zone and we got tight. Guys who normally make shots didn’t make any and then we started pressing a little bit.

“We were lucky to hang on, but in this tournament, I’ll take lucky. We’re moving in the right direction. We have to be better on Friday.”

Washington will play 12th-seeded Marquette (6-2) in the tournament quarterfinals Friday at 4 p.m. The Mustangs knocked off fifth-seeded Vianney Wednesday in the opening round, 52-49.

“It will be a tough match,” Sodemann said. “We’ll figure out what they do and go from there.”

The Washington-Marquette winner advances to the tournament semifinals against the CBC-Webster Groves winner Saturday at 7 p.m. The quarterfinal loser will play Saturday at 1:30 p.m.

The complete tournament schedule can be found online at www.emissourian.com.

Ronnie Suggs led Washington in the scoring column with 14 points, 12 in the first half, to go with three rebounds and two steals.

Luke Schroepfer finished the game with 12 points, three rebounds and three assists.

Brad Carpenter added eight points.

Jared Walde collected six points, 10 rebounds and two assists.

Jacob Mulkey scored one point. Luke Hasenjaeger, Austin Subke and Cory Epperson also played.

McCluer (0-6) was led by 6-1 guard Andrew Weaver, who scored 11 points. Chauncey Turner, a 6-0 guard, added 10 points.

Washington held the lead over McCluer throughout the first three quarters.

Both teams held slim leads during the fourth quarter.

The Comets led 33-31 with 34 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter.

With time running down, the Blue Jays missed an outside shot, but Suggs grabbed the offensive rebound and scored to tie the game 33-33 with 11 seconds left to play.

Without calling a timeout, the Comets quickly pushed the ball to the other end and missed a contested 15-foot jump shot as time ran out, sending the game to overtime.

The Blue Jays felt good about going to overtime.

“It was kind of like a breath of fresh air, a new life,” Sodemann said. “We put four minutes on the clock in practice a lot and play four-minute games. It worked out well. We came out on the right side.”

Both teams hit three-pointers early in overtime to keep the game tied, 36-36.

Washington scored its final five points from the free-throw line, three by Schroepfer and two by Walde. Schroepfer scored six of the Blue Jays’ eight points in overtime.

McCluer’s Shacquille Edwards had an open three-point shot as time ran out in overtime, but the ball rimmed in and out, giving Washington the win.

In the end, it was Washington’s defense that was the difference in the victory.

“If you’re not shooting well, your defense is what keeps you in the game. We had some big stops and rebounds,” Sodemann said. “They had some silly turnovers that I’m sure they’d like to have back, but that’s part of the game.”

The Blue Jays jumped to a 14-1 lead in the first six minutes and led 18-3 after one quarter.

“In years past, we haven’t started games so hot, so it’s nice to have some good starts this season,” Sodemann said. “We just have to figure out a way to put four good quarters together. We have to learn how to handle the basketball, keep attacking and take good shots.”

McCluer chipped away in the second and third quarters, making the score 22-14 at halftime and tied the game 26-26 after three quarters.

The Comets’ ability to slow down the Blue Jays with their zone defense allowed them to get back into the game.

“That’s the purpose of a 1-3-1, to get you out of your rhythm and to get you standing around. Coach (Brent) Rueter is a good coach. He coached at Lutheran North for a long time and won a lot of games. He definitely saw something in us to make the switch to the zone,” Sodemann said. “We made a couple of big plays. Ronnie got a big rebound at the end to tie it. Walde and Schroepfer both hit a couple of free throws. That’s what it takes to win games.”

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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 vs. Daniel Boone Post 262, 5 p.m.

G2 Jefferson City Post 5 vs. Hannibal Post 55, 8 p.m.

Friday, July 25

G3 St. Charles Post 312 vs. G1 winner, 5 p.m.

G4 G1 loser vs. G2 loser, 8 p.m.

Saturday, July 26

G5 G2 winner vs. G3 winner, 10 a.m.

G6 G3 loser vs. G4 winner, 4 p.m.

G7 G5 loser vs. G6 winner, 7 p.m.

Sunday, July 27

G8 Championship — G5 winner vs. G7 winner, 1 p.m.

G9 If-Needed Game — G8 winner vs. G8 loser, 4 p.m.

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 Springfield Glendale vs. Jackson, 3 p.m.

G2 Sedalia vs. Eureka, 5:30 p.m.

Friday, June 25

G3 Washington vs. G1 winner, noon

G4 G1 loser vs. G2 loser, 2:30 p.m.

G5 G2 winner vs. G3 winner, 5 p.m.

G6 G3 loser vs. G4 winner, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, June 26

G7 G5 loser vs. G6 winner, 1 p.m.

G8 Championship — G5 winner vs. G7 winner, 3:30 p.m.

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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