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Posted: Wednesday, December 4, 2013 9:00 am

It had been a while since we’ve seen the Washington and Borgia rivalry as intense as we saw last Saturday night.

Considering what was on the line, the Gold Division championship of the Turkey Tournament, there was plenty of excitement for the game.

Actually, there could have been absolutely nothing at stake and the gym still would have been full and the anticipation high.

The two schools did not play against each other in varsity boys basketball last season and haven’t met in varsity football for the past few seasons.

As another intense rivalry game, the Iron Bowl between Alabama and Auburn, was just wrapping up in unbelievable fashion, the Blue Jays and Knights were preparing to take the floor before a packed Ray DeGreeff Gymnasium.

In our little world, this was the rivalry game we were most looking forward to.

Heck, we had brothers Adam Meyer (Washington) and Luke Meyer (Borgia) facing off as assistant coaches. Can Alabama and Auburn say that?

“To have this kind of crowd is a benefit for our tournament,” said Borgia Head Coach Dave Neier. “We look at it as a huge plus for both schools and the community.”

It was the first time Washington and Borgia have met in the Turkey Tournament. The two teams usually are separated into different divisions.

“It was a fun atmosphere,” said Washington Head Coach Grant Young. “Coaches, players and fans don’t get too many of those. It was great for the kids to have a chance to experience this.”

Washington senior guard Brad Carpenter, one of the top three-point snipers in the area who already has signed to play golf at Missouri State University, was named the MVP of the Gold Division.

“We didn’t get a chance to play Borgia last year. We wanted that chance, but it didn’t happen. I’m glad we got to play them my senior year,” Carpenter said. “It’s unlike any other high school game. It was an awesome environment. The crowd was electric.”

Indeed it was. Both student sections were out in full force and represented their schools well.

The game was extremely competitive, as everyone expected.

The Knights had the early lead, and led by as many as eight points midway through the third quarter.

But the Blue Jays caught fire, went on a 13-0 run, and held on for the 53-46 win.

Carpenter and fellow senior Ronnie Suggs, a future Missouri Tiger, made some big shots down the stretch.

“It was very exciting. For us not to play them last year, it was a downer because we usually play them at least once a year,” Suggs said. “The last time we played them, we lost by like 30, so I was really anxious to play this game and glad we won.”

Borgia had the advantage for 2 1/2 quarters. Joe Helfrich was a beast on the inside. Walt Eckelkamp made some big shots.

But the Knights went cold in the last 12 minutes.

That’s basketball. It happens.

“We have a lot of work to do, but we showed a lot of promise in a lot of areas. This team showed they’re going to go out and play hard every night,” Neier said. “We know we have to shoot the ball better. That’s something we’ll continue to work on. We had some kids come off the bench and play some great roles for us, so I think we’re going to create some depth as the year goes along.”

While Borgia went cold, Washington got hot.

“Coach told us at halftime that we needed to do a better job on the boards. They were beating us on the offensive glass and the defensive glass,” Carpenter said. “We boxed out better and made some adjustments on defense with guarding some guys. Helfrich was hurting us in the high post. We needed to stop him.”

The Blue Jays are off to a great start under their new coaches, Young and Meyer.

“We love Coach Young and it’s been awesome playing for him so far. He’s a lot more vocal. He gets us ready to go,” Carpenter said.

“Coach (Young) is very loud, way louder than Coach (Chip) Sodemann. He gets his message out. He’s a fun guy,” Suggs added.

“I’m really proud of our kids for playing together early in the season. Learning a new system and being able to shoot well early shows the kids put time in the offseason,” Young said. “Now we need to build off this early success and want more.”

Maybe the Blue Jays and the Knights will play each other again in another tournament this season, or maybe they won’t.

Either way, Saturday night kind of marked the official start of the high school basketball season, and it should be a good one.

Washington and Borgia both will have solid seasons. Pacific is going to be good. Union is better than some of us expected. St. Clair has talent, a very good coach and will only get better.

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Area Scoreboard

Football

Friday, Sept. 19

*Ft. Zumwalt S 56, Washington 7

Borgia 42, Cardinal Ritter 6

*Union 55, St. Clair 35

*Sullivan 27, Pacific 10

Owensville 19, Hermann 16

St. James 28, Ash Grove 7

Brentwood 41, Cuba 24

*St. Charles West 49, Warrenton 7

South Callaway 55, Wright City 6

Friday, Sept. 12

*Ft. Zumwalt North 49, Washington 0

*Borgia 35, St. Dominic 0

*Union 27, Pacific 19

*Sullivan 47, St. Clair 21

Hermann 65, Wentzville Liberty 7

*Owensville 29, St. James 28 (OT)

Cuba 22, Windsor 6

*Warrenton 14, St. Charles 6

*Bowling Green 55, Wright City 0

Friday, Sept. 5

Warrenton 14, Washington 6

Borgia 13, Maplewood-Richmond Heights 0 (forfeit)

*Union 32, Sullivan 19

*Pacific 20, St. Clair 18

*Hermann 52, St. James 20

Owensville 35, Cuba 8

*Wright City 36, Montgomery Co. 0

Friday, Aug. 29

Sullivan 30, Washington 8

Borgia 56, Union 13

Ozark 41, St. Clair 0

Potosi 34, Pacific 13

Hermann 54, Cuba 12

Blair Oaks 42, Owensville 0

St. James 36, Houston 18

Warrenton 28, Troy 0

Orchard Farm 36, Wright City 18

Friday, Aug. 22

Washington 26, St. Clair 21

Borgia 48, Owensville 12

Parkway West 49, Union 39

Pacific 28, De Soto 20

Park Hills Central 34, Sullivan 27

St. James 12, Cuba 6

Hermann 61, Montgomery Co 12

Warrenton 26, St. Dominic 23

Trinity 28, Wright City 24

Softball

Tuesday, Sept. 16

*Borgia at Notre Dame    4:30 p.m.

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt N    4:30 p.m.

*Union at Owensville    4:30 p.m.

*Pacific at New Haven    4:30 p.m.

*St. James at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Hermann at Sullivan    4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 17

Washington at Warrenton    4:30 p.m.

Sullivan at Northwest    4:30 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 18

*St. Dominic at Borgia    3:45 p.m.

*Union at Hermann    4:30 p.m.

*St. Clair at New Haven    4:30 p.m.

*St. James at Pacific    4:30 p.m.

*Owensville at Sullivan    4:30 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 19

Union at Ft. Zumwalt N Tny    TBA

South Callaway at New Haven    5 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 20

Union at Ft. Zumwalt N Tny    TBA

St. James Tny    TBA

Monday, Sept. 22

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt S    4:30 p.m.

Union at North County    4:30 p.m.

Warrenton at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

Principia at Sullivan    4:30 p.m.

Hermann at Cuba    4:30 p.m.

Owensville at Cuba    4:30 p.m.

St. James at Bourbon    4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 23

*Borgia at Duchesne    4:30 p.m.

*Holt at Washington    4:30 p.m.

*Pacific at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Owensville at New Haven    4:30 p.m.

*Hermann at St. James    4:30 p.m.

Volleyball

Tuesday, Sept. 16

*Sullivan at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt E    5 p.m.

*New Haven at Union    5:30 p.m.

*Pacific at Hermann    5:30 p.m.

*Owensville at St. James    5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 17

Washington at Duchesne    5 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 18

*St. Clair at Owensville    5 p.m.

*Union at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

*Hermann at New Haven    5:30 p.m.

*St. James at Sullivan    5:30 p.m.

O’Fallon Christian at Borgia    6:30 p.m.

Washington at Gateway Match Up    TBA

Friday, Sept. 19

Eagle Ridge at Crosspoint    5:15 p.m.

Providence at Crosspoint    7:15 p.m.

Washington at Gateway Match Up    TBA

Saturday, Sept. 20

New Haven Round Robin    9 a.m.

ECC at Wentworth    1 p.m.

ECC vs. Graceland JV (Wentworth)    3 p.m.

Washington at Gateway Match Up    TBA

St. Clair at Seckman Tny    TBA

Monday, Sept. 22

St. Clair at Salem    5 p.m.

Bourbon at Sullivan    5:30 p.m.

Dixon at St. James    5:30 p.m.

Hermann Tournament    TBA

Tuesday, Sept. 23

Cuba at St. James    5:30 p.m.

Crosspoint at Bethel    5:30 p.m.

Crosspoint vs. Thomas Jefferson    6:30 p.m.

Hermann Tournament    TBA

Boys Soccer

Tuesday, Sept. 16

Crosspoint at Fulton St. Albans    4:30 p.m.

Tolton Catholic at Borgia    5:30 p.m.

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt E    6 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 17

*St. Louis at ECC    4:30 p.m.

Union at Affton    5 p.m.

St. Clair at De Soto    5 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 18

*St. Clair at St. James    5 p.m.

Dixon at Sullivan    5 p.m.

Borgia at Trinity    6:15 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 19

Eagle Ridge at Crosspoint    4:30 p.m.

Tolton at Fulton SA    5 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 20

*Ft. Zumwalt S at Washington    10 a.m.

Crowder at ECC    2 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 22

Hillsboro at Union    5 p.m.

CYC Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Sept. 23

*Fulton SA at Thomas Jefferson    4:30 p.m.

North County at Union    5 p.m.

*St. James at Pacific    5 p.m.

*Borgia at St. Dominic    6:15 p.m.

CYC Tny    TBA

Cross Country

Thursday, Sept. 18

St. Clair at Lutheran North    4 p.m.

New Haven, St. James at Steelville Inv    4 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 20

Festus Inv.    9 a.m.

Hermann at Fulton Inv    9 a.m.

Thursday, Sept. 25

Washington at Rolla Inv    4 p.m.

Union, Owensville, St. James at Belle Inv    4 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 27

Hancock Inv    8:30 a.m.

Pacific at Viburnum Inv    10:30 a.m.

Monday, Sept. 29

St. Clair at Elsberry Inv    4 p.m.

St. James at Dixon    4 p.m.

Girls Golf

Tuesday, Sept. 16

*Borgia at St. Dominic    3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 17

Duchesne at Borgia    3:30 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 18

Ft. Zumwalt S at Washington    3:30 p.m.

Borgia at AAA Meet, Lutheran SC    TBA

Wednesday, Sept. 24

Washington at GAC Central Meet    TBA

Thursday, Sept. 25

*Duchesne at Borgia    3:30 p.m.

Boys Swimming

Saturday, Sept. 20

Borgia at Ft. Zumwalt W    8:30 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 29

Washington at Ft. Zumwalt South    3:30 p.m.

*Conference Games

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