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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 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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