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Posted: Wednesday, November 28, 2012 3:00 pm

St. Louis Christian made quite an impression in its first season playing in the St. Francis Borgia Pepsi Cola Thanksgiving Tournament.

The third-seeded Cougars (4-0), a team full of size, speed and athleticism, knocked off fifth-seeded Washington (2-1) in the championship game Saturday night, 61-44.

“There was a lot of good competition here. It’s a great team win for us,” said St. Louis Christian Head Coach Casey Autenrieth. “We were a little worried coming into the tournament. We’re a little young and inexperienced. We haven’t had a lot of practice time together. I was real proud of my guys and the way they came together.”

St. Louis Christian is not a MSHSAA school, but it is a MSHSAA affiliate, the first to ever play in the Turkey Tournament.

Because of their affiliation status, the Cougars are allowed to play against MSHSAA schools.

St. Louis Christian, a program able to bring in players from all over the world, has five players standing between 6-5 and 6-11.

“The size helps. We play against teams from all over the country. Believe it or not, we’re undersized in a lot of those games. We really are,” Autenrieth said. “We stress ball movement, team defense, unselfishness and really stress the team concept.”

Needless to say, the Cougars were a tough matchup for their three tournament opponents, Pacific, Borgia and Washington.

“Especially with no days to prepare, not that a day to prepare would have helped us. You can’t really prepare for being out-jumped and out-athleted,” said Washington Head Coach Chip Sodemann. “It’s tough after an emotional game for us against McCluer North the night before to turn around and play those guys.”

Javier Martinez, a 6-6 senior forward, scored 26 points for the Cougars against Washington and was named the tournament’s most valuable player.

Anthony Pratt, a 6-7 sophomore forward, added 15 points and also was named to the all-tournament team.

Ronnie Suggs led the Blue Jays with 22 points, going 8-10 from the free-throw line.

Luke Schroepfer finished the game with 11 points.

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

Brad Carpenter added six points. Cory Epperson scored three points. Jared Walde had two points.

Luke Hasenjaeger, Patrick Menke, Jacob Mulkey, Christian Hardesty and Austin Subke also played.

The championship game never was in doubt. The Cougars jumped to leads of 11-0 and 17-3 before settling for a 19-7 advantage after one quarter.

Washington outscored Christian 13-12 in the second quarter and trailed 31-20 at intermission.

“We dug ourselves a hole that we just couldn’t get out of,” Sodemann said. “I think we took 25 field goals in the first half and 15 of them were threes. If even three or four more of those go down, you’re looking at a different ballgame. Sometimes that’s the way the ball bounces. Our defense, usually what we try to pride ourselves on, was not able to pick us up.”

A basket by Suggs 14 seconds into the third quarter pulled the Jays to within single digits, 31-22, but they got no closer.

The Cougars led 45-26 after three quarters.

Revaun Garaway, Christian’s 5-8 senior point guard, did a solid job distributing the ball to the big weapons, including Martinez, Pratt and 6-11 junior Ikkena Okwarabezi.

Sodemann said playing a team like St. Louis Christrian will only help the Blue Jays.

“I think it was good for us to play a team like that. We know what it’s like to play at that high of a level,” he said. “We can do nothing but learn from it, correct our mistakes and get ready for the next game.”

The Blue Jays will not see another team like St. Louis Christian, not even at the Meramec Tournament in late December.

“I think we can compete for a good seed at Meramec, having beaten McCluer North and Cardinal Ritter,” Sodemann said. “I don’t know if there are any teams quite like (St. Louis Christian) at Meramec.”

Sodemann liked what he saw from the Blue Jays during the tournament.

“We really played well. I was proud of the way we hung in there against Cardinal Ritter and McCluer North when we could have folded a couple of times,” Sodemann said. “Overall, it was a good tournament for us. We were seeded fifth and got second, which is a positive to finish higher than what you were seeded.”

Meanwhile, St. Louis Christian will travel across the Midwest for games this season.

“This year we’ll be in Mississippi, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Illinois and Kansas,” Autenrieth said. “In two weeks, we head to Wichita, Kan., to play the preseason No. 10 team in the country, Sunrise Christian Academy, out of Wichita. We feel better about that game now that we’ve had three good games here under our belt in a hostile environment.”

So will the Cougars be back for next year’s Turkey Tournament?

“For sure. It’s a great event. I’ve been to tournaments all over the country and this was one of the best I’ve ever been to,” Autenrieth said. “We were thrilled to be a part of it. Borgia hosts a fabulous event. The hospitality was fantastic.”

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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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