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Posted: Friday, December 21, 2012 6:00 pm

A legendary football coach received a major honor in front of a big crowd Tuesday night.

The football stadium at Washington High School was officially named after former head football coach and athletic director Jim Scanlan.

The official name of the complex is Rauch Field at James Scanlan Stadium.

The announcement came prior to Washington’s boys basketball contest against Pacific. Scanlan was on hand to be recognized. He was joined by family members and a number of friends, former players and fellow coaches.

“Dad felt very honored. He definitely didn’t expect anything like this to happen. We thank everyone at Washington,” said Janel Brown, one of Scanlan’s three daughters. “Dad just always went about his business and did what was best for his students and players. I think that’s why he was, and still is, respected so much.”

Scanlan was Washington’s head football coach from 1965-86 and head track and field coach from 1963-74.

His WHS football teams had a cumulative record of 158-49-2, capturing nine conference and three district titles.

The 1973 Blue Jays team claimed the Missouri Class 3A state championship with an 11-0 record, and the 1974 and 1978 squads finished second in the state.

In his 22 seasons as Washington’s head coach, the Blue Jays had just two losing seasons.

Scanlan also served 21 years as Washington’s athletic director and 12 years as an assistant principal before his retirement in 1998.

“To see a legend like Coach Scanlan be honored in that way was one of the best highlights of my time spent in Washington over the last 14 years,” said Washington Activities Director Bill Deckelman. “I know how much Coach means to so many in this community and to be a small part of that fills you up with a great feeling of pride.”

A 1954 graduate of McKinley High School in St. Louis, where he was a standout on the football and track and field teams, Scanlan was inducted into the Truman State University Hall of Fame in 1998.

He was a lineman on the Bulldogs football team and a field event performer throwing the shot put and javelin for the track and field squad.

After graduating, he was a graduate assistant at Truman while he worked on his master’s degree. Following his days at Truman, he worked for the New Cambria, Brookfield and Washington school districts.

Scanlan was named the 1978 Sporting News Coach of the Year and the 1987 Missouri Athletic Director of the Year.

On hand Tuesday for the festivities were current WHS football coach Zach Schneider (2009-present) along with former Blue Jay head coaches Ray Eickmeyer (1987-1990), Jim Gephardt (1991-97) and Jeff Duncan (2001-08).

“Coach Scanlan is the life of the football program at Washington High School,” Schneider said. “The history associated with the Blue Jay Football program is widely respected throughout the state and it is directly linked to the success he had. Coach Scanlan plays a large role still today as we strive to meet the standards he set.”

Also on hand were Scanlan’s longtime assistant coach John Carter along with former Union Head Coach Del Rinne and current Borgia Head Coach Dale Gildehaus.

“You can see his influence by the number of former coaches and other special guests that showed up to help honor him,” Deckelman said.

“Jim Scanlan represents what we all want out of our football players and programs. He is tough, respected and deep down inside a very loving man,” Duncan said. “He was always very supportive when I was the head coach at Washington. I really enjoyed visiting with him and learning the history about the football program. He would make regular visits to the office and we would sit and talk about football, Washington and life. I always appreciated his honesty.”

Duncan said Scanlan taught him many valuable coaching lessons.

“In 2001, we just beat Ladue in double overtime during the first round of the playoffs. In the fourth quarter of that game, we faced a fourth down and inches in our own territory. We tried to draw Ladue offsides and instead our center snapped the ball. It was not a good situation,” Duncan said. “Coach Scanlan walked into my office the next day and said, ‘Jeff, what were you thinking trying to draw them offsides?’ That’s the clean version of what he said. He knew what we were trying to do. He went on to explain how the negatives of doing that were far greater than the benefits. Coach Scanlan has always taught me a lot about football and kids.”

Jim and his wife, Bonnie (Westermeyer), have been married for 42 years. They have three daughters; Julie, Jayne and Janel, and three grandchildren; James, Harry and Madeleine. Son-in-laws Scott Brown and Brian Weindel also attended the ceremony.

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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 76, Union 57

Saturday, Dec. 20

Sullivan Shootout

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

Lindbergh 67, St. Clair 46

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

Washington 56, Lutheran South 54

Poplar Bluff 59, Borgia 49

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

Francis Howell 55, Washington 48

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 62, Sullivan 35

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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