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Posted: Wednesday, November 28, 2012 12:30 pm

It was a statement win for the Washington Blue Jays Friday at the 60th Annual St. Francis Borgia Thanksgiving Tournament.

Playing in the championship semifinals, the fifth-seeded Blue Jays knocked off top-seeded and two-time defending Class 5 state champion McCluer North, 56-51.

Washington (2-1) snapped McCluer North’s 27-game winning streak.

The Stars’ last loss came against Borgia in the championship game of last year’s Turkey Tournament, 48-46.

“Our guys should be proud of themselves. They feel good. They’ve earned it. They’ve worked hard in practice. We’ve got a real competitive group who plays hard together,” said Washington Head Coach Chip Sodemann. “I think people will be talking about us now. We just have to stay hungry and take it one game at a time.”

The Blue Jays were confident they could pull off the upset.

“We knew we could do something special. We were hyped up and ready to go. Everybody was ready,” said Washington senior Jared Walde. “We’re just a lot more mature and a lot older. We’re more experienced and we’re buying into what our coach is telling us. We have faith in it.”

McCluer North (2-1) held a 43-41 lead after three quarters, but the Blue Jays outscored the Stars 15-8 over the final eight minutes.

Washington hit big shots, both from the field and from the free-throw line, down the stretch.

The Blue Jays were 9-10 from the foul line during the contest.

Ronnie Suggs and Luke Hasenjaeger both converted from the foul line in the closing seconds for WHS to help seal the win.

“Down the stretch, we had to make some adjustments. We called some timeouts,” Sodemann said. “They were doing a good job against our zone to start. We made some adjustments there. We came up with opportunistic rebounds and Carpenter hit a big three late. Hasenjaeger hit some free throws down the stretch. We got them standing around just enough where they got on their heels a little.”

Brad Carpenter made the biggest difference from the field, nailing five three-pointers to lead the Blue Jays with 15 points.

“He’s lights out. He’s one of the better shooters I’ve seen in a long time,” Sodemann said of Carpenter. “I would not want to play him in a game of horse from the three-point line. He knows his role and that’s what he does. He did not get a lot of touches the first night, but they took Luke and Ronnie out of the game a little and Brad hit some big shots for us.”

Suggs added 10 points, going 4-5 from the free-throw line.

Luke Schroepfer pitched in with 10 points, hitting all three of his free-throw attempts.

Walde registered eight points and grabbed some crucial rebounds on both ends of the floor.

Hasenjaeger netted five points, hitting both of his attempts from the foul line.

Jacob Mulkey added four points. Patrick Menke scored two points. Austin Subke also played.

Suggs and Schroepfer represented WHS on the all-tournament team.

Rashad Lindsey, a 5-11 junior guard, paced the Stars with 20 points. He represented the Stars on the all-tournament team.

“(Lindsey) likes to get in the lane. He hit some runners. That’s where we were struggling in our zone, so we made some adjustments,” Sodemann said. “Then we got them standing around a little, which played into our hands. Walde and Schroepfer got some big rebounds in traffic.”

Chris Busbee added 11 points.

Dorian Holland scored seven points. Jordan Boone had six points.

“The game plan was pretty much the same between playing Cardinal Ritter and McCluer North. They’re very similar style teams. They want to get you to play fast,” Sodemann said. “Our game plan was to try to handle pressure, which we can improve a little bit. We just wanted to try to slow them down.”

The game was tied 16-16 after one quarter and Washington held a 26-25 halftime advantage.

The win over McCluer North gives the Blue Jays confidence moving forward.

“We just have to take it game by game,” Walde said. “I think we have the potential to do something special.”

Washington returns to action Tuesday, Dec. 4, at Parkway Central.

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Area Scoreboard

Boys Basketball

Monday, Jan. 26

^Rock Bridge 79, Northwest 27

^Lutheran South 76, Hillsboro 43

Owensville 41, Hermann 40

St. James 80, Montgomery County 39

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Jackson 65, Pacific 44

^Borgia 82,  Union 61

~Warrenton 69, Chamois 24

^Washington 49, St. Clair 45 (OT)

~Wright City 51, New Haven 37

*Bethel at Crosspoint    7:45 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 28

Fulton SA at Thomas Jefferson    6:30 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 29

^Northwest vs. Hillsboro   5:30 p.m.

~Chamois vs. New Haven    6 p.m.

~Warrenton vs. Wright City    6 p.m.

^Union vs. St. Clair    7 p.m.

~Hermann vs. Montgomery Co    7:30 p.m.

~Owensville vs. St. James    7:30 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 30

^Rock Bridge vs. Lutheran South    5:30 p.m.

^Borgia vs. Washington    7 p.m.

*Providence at Crosspoint    7:30 p.m.

Eagle Ridge at Fulton SA    7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 31

^Seventh-place game    2:30 p.m.

~Seventh-place game    2:30 p.m.

^Consolation    4 p.m.

~Consolation    4 p.m.

^Third-place game    5:30 p.m.

~Third-place game    5:30 p.m.

^Championship    7 p.m.

~Championship    7 p.m.

^Union Tournament

~Hermann Tournament

Monday, Feb. 2

New Haven at Silex   5:30  p.m.

Fulton SA at North County Christian    7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

Whitfield at Union    4 p.m.

*Crosspoint at Fulton SA    6:30 p.m.

Pacific at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

*Holt at Washington    7 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 5

*Fulton SA at Community Christian    6:30 p.m.

*Duchesne at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

*Rivers of Life at Crosspoint    7 p.m.

Wellsville at New Haven     6 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 6

*Union at New Haven    6 p.m.

*Pacific at St. James    6 p.m.

*Borgia at St. Mary’s    6:45 p.m.

*St. Clair at Sullivan    7 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 9

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Feb. 10

*St. Clair at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

*Hermann at Union    5:30 p.m.

Rock Bridge at Borgia    7:15 p.m.

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

Owensville at New Haven   6 p.m.

Girls Basketball

Monday, Jan. 26

^Holt 60, Pacific 57

^Warrenton 42, Union 40

~Owensville 64,  Montgomery Co 32

Borgia 62, Cardinal Ritter 41

^St. Clair 64, Lutheran South 45

~Hermann 57, Wright City 26

Washington 74, Wentzville Liberty 19

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Fulton SA at Barat    4:30 p.m.

~New Haven 42, Montgomery Co 34

*Bethel at Crosspoint    6:15 p.m.

~Chamois 61, Wright City 20

Wednesday, Jan. 28

^Pacific 62, Union 59 (OT)

Fulton SA at Thomas Jefferson    5 p.m.

^Lutheran South 54, Wentzville Liberty 40

~Owensville 54, New Haven 24

^Warrenton 51, Holt 44

~Chamois 50, Hermann 45

^Washington 54, St. Clair 31

Thursday, Jan. 29

*Borgia at Notre Dame    6:45 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 30

^Seventh-place game — Union vs. Wentzville Liberty   4 p.m.

~Consolation — Montgomery Co. vs. Wright City    5 p.m.

^Consolation — Pacific vs. Lutheran South    5:30 p.m.

*Providence at Crosspoint    6 p.m.

Eagle Ridge at Fulton SA    6 p.m.

~Third-place game — Hermann vs. New Haven   6:30 p.m.

^Third-place game — St. Clair vs. Holt   7 p.m.

~Championship — Owensville vs. Chamois   8 p.m.

^Championship — Washington vs. Warrenton    8:30 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 2

#Borgia vs. Patriettes    4 p.m.

#Cardinal Ritter vs. Union    5:20 p.m.

De Soto at St. Clair    5:30 p.m.

Fulton SA at North County Christian    6 p.m.

#Washington vs. Parkway South    6:40 p.m.

Chamois at New Haven    7 p.m.

#Helias vs. Troy    8 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

*Crosspoint at Fulton SA    5 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 4

#Washington-Parkway South loser vs. Helias-Troy loser    4 p.m.

#Borgia-Patriettes loser vs. Cardinal Ritter-Union loser    5:20 p.m.

#Washington-Parkway South winner vs. Helias-Troy winner    6:40 p.m.

#Borgia-Patriettes winner vs. Cardinal Ritter-Union winner    8 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 5

*Pacific at St. James    6 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 6

Barat at Fulton SA    4:30 p.m.

*St. Clair at Sullivan    5:30 p.m.

*Rivers of Life at Crosspoint    5:30 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 7

#Seventh-place game    noon

#Consolation    1:30 p.m.

#Third-place game    3 p.m.

#Championship    4:30 p.m.

New Haven at Elsberry    5 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 9

*Hermann at Union    5:30 p.m.

*St. Clair at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

*Owensville at New Haven    6 p.m.

*St. Dominic at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Feb. 10

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt South    5:30 p.m.

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

^Washington Tournament

~Hermann Tournament

#Borgia Tournament

Wrestling

Tuesday, Jan. 27

*Pacific 42, St. Clair 33

Borgia 36, Hallsville 30

Helias 66, Borgia 21

Wednesday, Jan. 28

Borgia at Lutheran St. Charles    5 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 29

Union at Farmington/Summit    5 p.m.

*Pacific at St. James/Owensville    5:30 p.m.

Washington at Seckman    6 p.m.

St. Clair at De Soto    TBA

Friday, Jan. 30

St. Clair at Potosi/Festus    5 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 31

Pacific at Hazelwood East Tny    9 a.m.

Monday, Feb. 2

Borgia at O’Fallon Christian    5 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

Washington at Pacific    6 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 4

Borgia at AAA Tny    TBA

Thursday, Feb. 5

*Pacific at Union    6 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 7

Washington at Seckman Tny    9 a.m.

St. Clair at Francis Howell Central Inv    9:30 a.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 10

Pacific at Parkway Central Tri-Meet    5 p.m.

Girls Swimming

Tuesday, Jan. 20

Timberland 140, Washington 96, Ft. Zumwalt East 87

Thursday, Jan. 22

Oakville 120, Washington 115, University City 9, Mehlville 6

Saturday, Jan. 24

Washington 91, Borgia 80

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Washington 122, St. Charles West 46

Thursday, Jan. 29

Washington at Affton/Lutheran South    4:15 p.m.

Borgia at St. Dominic    8:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

Washington at McCluer North    3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 4

Borgia at MICDS/Duchesne (Rec-Plex)    8:30 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 6

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

Tuesday, Feb. 10

Borgia at Nerinx Hall    4 p.m.

Washington at GAC Meet    TBA

Wednesday, Feb. 11

Washington at GAC Meet    TBA

Thursday, Feb. 12

Borgia at AAA Meet    TBA

Washington at GAC Meet    TBA

*Conference Games

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