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Posted: Wednesday, January 30, 2013 8:35 am

A fixture at third base for the Missouri champion Post 218 Senior Legion team and Borgia High School, Jack Kopmann is hoping to make his mark at the college level.

Kopmann, a 2012 Borgia graduated, signed last summer to play at Westminster College in Fulton.

Kopmann said playing college baseball was a goal.

“That’s what I really wanted to do going into college other than my education,” Jack said.

Kopmann has had a decorated career with both Post 218 and Borgia. He started at third base last summer as Post 218 won the Missouri Senior Legion state title for the first time since 1989.

“It’s been great pitching,” Kopmann said about Post 218’s success this summer. “We’ve hit well and fielded OK. I think it’s pitching. We’ve had solid outings from all of our starters. You win with pitching. I’m glad we have pitchers who can get it done this year.”

He platooned with Dylan Bielicke at the position in 2011 when Washington finished second to Festus.

“I think competition brings out the best in everybody,” Jack said. “I had to fight for my playing time and Dylan did well. It was hard to beat him out. At the end of the year, it came down to fielding and I think I was just a little better at it. We hit about the same. Defense can change the game. I’m glad I got that done.”

At Borgia, he helped the Knights win the 2011 district title. Borgia fell in the district semifinals last spring.

“We had a good run but it came down to a few mistakes which ended up costing us the game against Fatima,” Kopmann said. “That was depressing.”

Jack indicated he received good coaching with both teams.

“It helps with Coach (Mike) Gardner, Coach (Jeff) Leimkuehler and Rob (Borgia Head Coach Rob Struckhoff), too,” Jack said. “Any time I have a question about if I dropped my hands or was out too early, they would help me. My dad helps, too. We go and hit a lot and then work on my fielding. My dad (Joe Kopmann) helps me with that, too.”

Kopmann hopes to play third base at Westminster, but is open to doing whatever it takes to help the team.

“Third base is the position I like the most,” Jack said. “It’s the hot corner. I like being able to charge the ball and make the hard plays with the long throws and such.”

Jack feels he has a good attitude toward playing baseball.

“I think my attitude is my strength,” Kopmann said. “I don’t get down on myself. I think I’m pretty positive. If one thing is not going my way, I just try to get back at it and do something good.”

At Borgia, Kopmann also played football as a kick returner and defensive back. He said he enjoyed being a member of the 12-1 team which went to the quarterfinals last fall.

“That was always fun,” Kopmann said. “I liked it. It was a big adrenaline rush looking up at the ball and then looking down to see a lot of defenders coming at you. It was a lot of fun. I liked that a lot. I’m going to miss that. Coach (Dale) Gildehaus was an entertaining coach. Although baseball is what I love to do the most, football was a fun thing to experience here at Borgia. I’m glad I did it.”

At Westminster, Kopmann hopes to eventually go into medicine.

“I’m thinking premed, but it’s pretty much an open book,” Jack said. “Everything takes work. I just have to work at it.”

Jack’s parents are Joe and Kelly Kopmann.


Area Scoreboard

62nd Annual Borgia Pepsi Thanksgiving Tournament

Blue Division

Pool 1

McCluer North



Pool 2

Cardinal Ritter


Rockwood Summit

Gold Division

Pool 1




Pool 2


North Tech


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.


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