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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 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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