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Posted: Wednesday, September 11, 2013 8:30 am

Put aside the final result of last Friday’s football game between Washington and Timberland, it definitely was a night to celebrate.

A strong Timberland team defeated the Blue Jays, 48-0.

But that wasn’t what most folks will remember about the evening.

It marked the first varsity football game on Washington’s new turf field.

Not only is there a new turf field, but there’s also a new track, new bleachers on the visitors side and a new entrance to the stadium.

“I can’t say enough about our school district and our community for the support behind our great facility,” said Washington Football Coach Zach Schneider. “It has to be one of the better facilities in the state. It’s beautiful and I’m tickled to be a part of it.”

Washington High desperately needed a new field and a new track. All the planning and hard work paid off.

“To see the field come together the way it has is very rewarding,” said Washington Activities Director Bill Deckelman. “Everyone I have talked to has said that it’s over the top. It’s really spectacular. I think the visual appearance of the whole facility is what really makes it stand out. The entrance way, the colors, the track, the markings on the field, it all brings it together.”

The name of the facility is Frank Rauch Field at Jim Scanlan Stadium.

It was appropriate, and somewhat ironic, that on the night the new field was celebrated, so too was the 40th anniversary of Washington’s 1973 football team that won the Class 3A state championship.

Many members from the 1973 team were on hand, as were head coach Jim Scanlan and assistant coaches John Carter, Ray Eickmeyer and Tim Crone.

Scanlan’s entire family, including his wife Bonnie, also were on hand.

“It was a very special night. Dad has been looking forward to seeing his former players for many weeks. The 1973 team has a very special place in Dad’s memory, one he will never forget,” said Janel Brown, one of Scanlan’s three daughters. “Dad could not stop smiling all night long. Not only did he enjoy seeing the team, but he also enjoyed spending time with his assistant coaches. Coach Carter, Coach Eickmeyer, Coach Crone and Coach (Ken) Bebermeyer played a big role in building the Washington football program, too. All of those men coached for many years and also impacted the lives and futures of their athletes.

“The cheerleaders of 1973 and the former players who organized the celebration did an excellent job. Everyone seemed to have a great time. Mom said it best after the celebration that in all these years, neither she nor Dad would have ever expected the stadium to be named after him. Our family is very grateful to the Washington School District for all of their hard work and the amazing job they have done at Scanlan Stadium.”

Members of the 1973 team, and their families, got together before Friday’s game for a tailgate party just outside of Scanlan Stadium.

“It was a neat thing for our school to have those guys back. I think they were all excited to be here. It turned into a mini reunion for them. It was like a festival atmosphere,” Deckelman said. “Our coaching staff and kids appreciated having them back. We had a great crowd. Thanks to everyone for coming.”

Approximately 20 minutes before Friday’s game started, 1973 team members Dennis Brune, Carey Curran and Larry Curran spoke to the current WHS team in the locker room.

The entire video of the pregame talk can be found online at www.emissourian.com.

Here’s a bit of what each 1973 Blue Jay player told the current team:

Dennis Brune — “I’m going to tell you what Blue Jay pride means to me. No. 1, it means you work hard, but almost more importantly, you work together. Football is the ultimate team sport, and if you work together, you’ll be successful. No. 2, you never give up, never. You play the whole game. If you play the whole game, you’re going to be in the game. And lastly, be prepared. That’s what your coaches help you with. Luck happens when you’re prepared.”

Carey Curran —  “More than anything I learned is that talent alone does not win football games. That’s what I love about this sport. Hard work, desire and heart win football games. You do what it takes to win. You play with heart and emotion. That’s what made us successful. We were predicted to lose against Helias in the state championship game. They had two all-state sprinters in their backfield. They only had one touchdown. Talent alone does not win football games. We were not the most talented team, but there was nobody in the state who had more drive, preparation, determination and heart on the football field. That’s what makes football special.”

Larry Curran — “Team work, effort, commitment — if you give all three of those and give everything that you can do on every play, you can be successful. Go, Jays.”

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Area Scoreboard

62nd Annual Borgia Pepsi Thanksgiving Tournament

Blue Division

Pool 1

McCluer North

Normandy

Carnahan

Pool 2

Cardinal Ritter

Pacific

Rockwood Summit

Gold Division

Pool 1

CBC

Soldan

Washington

Pool 2

Borgia

North Tech

Union

Monday, Nov. 24

CBC 77, Washington 52

Tuesday, Nov. 25

Cardinal Ritter vs. Rockwood Summit, PPD

Washington 63, Soldan 62

Borgia 83, Union 50

Wednesday, Nov. 26

Carnahan 71, Normandy 46

Pacific 64, Rockwood Summit 22

North Tech 67, Union 37

Thursday, Nov. 27

McCluer North 95 Carnahan 68

CBC 82, Soldan 55

Borgia 50, North Tech 45

Friday, Nov. 28

McCluer North 93, Normandy 39

Pacific 70, Cardinal Ritter 57

Saturday, Nov. 29

Blue Consolation — Rockwood Summit 47, Normandy 38

Gold Consolation — Soldan 78, Union 59

Gold Third Place — North Tech 63, Washington 57

Blue Third Place — Cardinal Ritter 71, Carnahan 46

Blue Championship — McCluer North 64, Pacific 58 (OT)

Gold Championship — CBC 67, Borgia 66

Boys Basketball

Monday, Dec. 8

Lutheran S 64, St. Clair 48

Borgia 61, Carnahan 51

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Lafayette 44, Washington 35

Friday, Dec. 12

Potosi 72, St. Clair 45

*Washington 69, Ft. Zumwalt North 65

Montgomery Co 62, New Haven 61

*St. Mary’s at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

Bourbon 75, Union 74

Glendale 63, Pacific 46

Saturday, Dec. 13

New Haven 46, Barat 40

Nixa 56, Pacific 46

Tuesday, Dec. 16

*Pacific 70, New Haven 35

*Hermann 67, St. Clair 49

*Ft. Zumwalt South 61, Washington 50

*Union 81, St. James 74

Friday, Dec. 19

*Owensville at St. Clair    4 p.m.

Washington vs. Parkway Central, GAC/Suburban Shootout, St. Charles Family Arena, 5:30 p.m.

*St. James at New Haven    6 p.m.

*Pacific at Union    7 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 20

Sullivan Shootout

Owensville vs. Rockwood Summit, 11:30 a.m.

St. Clair vs. Lindbergh, 1 p.m.

Jefferson City vs. Jackson, 2:30 p.m.

Washington vs. Lutheran South, 4 p.m.

Borgia vs. Poplar Bluff, 5:30 p.m.

Sullivan vs. Affton, 7 p.m.

Girls Basketball

Saturday, Dec. 6

Cor Jesu 63, Borgia 60

New Haven 46, Moberly 39

Monday, Dec. 8

Pacific 73, Rolla 40

St. Clair 68, Dixon 37

Washington 54, New Haven 15

Tuesday, Dec. 9

*Borgia 59, Rosati-Kain 38

Union 53, Northwest 44

Thursday, Dec. 11

*Borgia 60, Notre Dame 53

Union 81, Bourbon 53

Friday, Dec. 12

New Haven 45, Principia 30

*Washington 59, Ft. Zumwalt North 32

Saturday, Dec. 13

West Plains 76, Pacific 37

Monday, Dec. 15

*Pacific 46, New Haven 28

*St. Clair 59, Hermann 50

*St. James 64, Union 37

Sullivan Tournament

Cuba 48, Principia 27

Borgia 68, Patriettes 29

Sullivan 56, Pattonville 43

Owensville 78, Farmington 54

Wednesday, Dec. 17

Sullivan Tournament

Farmington 61, Pattonville 39

Sullivan 68, Owensville 64

Principia 55, St. Louis Patriettes 42

Borgia 56, Cuba 38

Thursday, Dec. 18

*St. James 72, New Haven 21

*Union 49, Pacific 48

Friday, Dec. 19

Washington at Francis Howell    7 p.m.

Sullivan Tournament

Seventh Place — Pattonville vs. St. Louis Patriettes, 4 p.m.

Consolation — Farmington vs. Principia, 5:30 p.m.

Third Place — Owensville vs. Cuba, 7 p.m.

Championship — Borgia vs. Sullivan, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 20

Union at Waynesville    5 p.m.

Wrestling

Monday, Dec. 8

Maplewood 48, Borgia 30

Brentwood 47, Borgia 36

Winfield 48, St. Clair 36

St. Clair 42, St. James 40

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Pacific 55, North County 10

Jackson 63, Washington 12

Farmington 63, Washington 6

Wednesday, Dec. 10

Borgia 36, Lutheran St. Charles 34

Winfield 54, Borgia 30

Thursday, Dec. 11

Union 72, Ft. Zumwalt East 9

Union 52, Principia 30

Union 54, Winfield 27

Saturday, Dec. 13

Union Tournament    9 a.m.

Borgia at McCluer S-Berkeley Tny    9 a.m.

Pacific at Farmington Tny    9 a.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 16

Owensville 61, St. Clair 16

Union 48, Owensville 27

Union 65, St. Clair 18

Friday, Dec. 19

Washington at Raytown S Tny    TBA

Union at Cape Central Tny    TBA

Pacific at Ft. Zumwalt E Tny    TBA

Saturday, Dec. 20

Washington at Raytown S Tny    TBA

Union at Cape Central Tny    TBA

Pacific at Ft. Zumwalt E Tny    TBA

Girls Swimming

Monday, Dec. 8

Washington at Eureka    4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Washington at Nerinx Hall    4 p.m.

LSC/OFC 134, Borgia 101, St. Dominic 83

Monday, Dec. 15

Borgia at Notre Dame (Forest Park)    4 p.m.

Kennedy 88, Washington 84

Wednesday, Dec. 17

Lindbergh 128, Washington 48

*Conference Games

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