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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

Football

Friday, Sept. 19

*Ft. Zumwalt S at Washington    7 p.m.

Cardinal Ritter at Borgia    7 p.m.

*St. Clair at Union    7 p.m.

*Pacific at Sullivan    7 p.m.

*Hermann at Owensville    7 p.m.

Ash Grove at St. James    7 p.m.

Cuba at Brentwood    7 p.m.

*St. Charles West at Warrenton    7 p.m.

South Callaway at Wright City     7 p.m.

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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