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Posted: Wednesday, November 28, 2012 12:30 pm

It was a statement win for the Washington Blue Jays Friday at the 60th Annual St. Francis Borgia Thanksgiving Tournament.

Playing in the championship semifinals, the fifth-seeded Blue Jays knocked off top-seeded and two-time defending Class 5 state champion McCluer North, 56-51.

Washington (2-1) snapped McCluer North’s 27-game winning streak.

The Stars’ last loss came against Borgia in the championship game of last year’s Turkey Tournament, 48-46.

“Our guys should be proud of themselves. They feel good. They’ve earned it. They’ve worked hard in practice. We’ve got a real competitive group who plays hard together,” said Washington Head Coach Chip Sodemann. “I think people will be talking about us now. We just have to stay hungry and take it one game at a time.”

The Blue Jays were confident they could pull off the upset.

“We knew we could do something special. We were hyped up and ready to go. Everybody was ready,” said Washington senior Jared Walde. “We’re just a lot more mature and a lot older. We’re more experienced and we’re buying into what our coach is telling us. We have faith in it.”

McCluer North (2-1) held a 43-41 lead after three quarters, but the Blue Jays outscored the Stars 15-8 over the final eight minutes.

Washington hit big shots, both from the field and from the free-throw line, down the stretch.

The Blue Jays were 9-10 from the foul line during the contest.

Ronnie Suggs and Luke Hasenjaeger both converted from the foul line in the closing seconds for WHS to help seal the win.

“Down the stretch, we had to make some adjustments. We called some timeouts,” Sodemann said. “They were doing a good job against our zone to start. We made some adjustments there. We came up with opportunistic rebounds and Carpenter hit a big three late. Hasenjaeger hit some free throws down the stretch. We got them standing around just enough where they got on their heels a little.”

Brad Carpenter made the biggest difference from the field, nailing five three-pointers to lead the Blue Jays with 15 points.

“He’s lights out. He’s one of the better shooters I’ve seen in a long time,” Sodemann said of Carpenter. “I would not want to play him in a game of horse from the three-point line. He knows his role and that’s what he does. He did not get a lot of touches the first night, but they took Luke and Ronnie out of the game a little and Brad hit some big shots for us.”

Suggs added 10 points, going 4-5 from the free-throw line.

Luke Schroepfer pitched in with 10 points, hitting all three of his free-throw attempts.

Walde registered eight points and grabbed some crucial rebounds on both ends of the floor.

Hasenjaeger netted five points, hitting both of his attempts from the foul line.

Jacob Mulkey added four points. Patrick Menke scored two points. Austin Subke also played.

Suggs and Schroepfer represented WHS on the all-tournament team.

Rashad Lindsey, a 5-11 junior guard, paced the Stars with 20 points. He represented the Stars on the all-tournament team.

“(Lindsey) likes to get in the lane. He hit some runners. That’s where we were struggling in our zone, so we made some adjustments,” Sodemann said. “Then we got them standing around a little, which played into our hands. Walde and Schroepfer got some big rebounds in traffic.”

Chris Busbee added 11 points.

Dorian Holland scored seven points. Jordan Boone had six points.

“The game plan was pretty much the same between playing Cardinal Ritter and McCluer North. They’re very similar style teams. They want to get you to play fast,” Sodemann said. “Our game plan was to try to handle pressure, which we can improve a little bit. We just wanted to try to slow them down.”

The game was tied 16-16 after one quarter and Washington held a 26-25 halftime advantage.

The win over McCluer North gives the Blue Jays confidence moving forward.

“We just have to take it game by game,” Walde said. “I think we have the potential to do something special.”

Washington returns to action Tuesday, Dec. 4, at Parkway Central.

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Area Scoreboard

Football

Friday, Sept. 26

Union 54, Washington 14

*Borgia 45, Duchesne 7

*St. Clair 57, St. James 55 (2 OT)

*Pacific 40, Owensville 34

*Hermann 24, Sullivan 12

Cuba 74, Liberty Wentzville 7

Parkway West 20, Warrenton 7

Mark Twain 32, Wright City 18

Friday, Sept. 19

*Ft. Zumwalt S 56, Washington 7

Borgia 42, Cardinal Ritter 6

*Union 55, St. Clair 35

*Sullivan 27, Pacific 10

Owensville 19, Hermann 16

St. James 28, Ash Grove 7

Brentwood 41, Cuba 24

*St. Charles West 49, Warrenton 7

South Callaway 55, Wright City 6

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

Softball

Saturday, Sept. 20

Union at Ft. Zumwalt N Tny    TBA

St. James Tny    TBA

Monday, Sept. 22

*Washington 7, Ft. Zumwalt S 2

North County 2, Union 1

Warrenton 16,  St. Clair 0

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

*Duchesne 7, Borgia 3

*Washington 4, Holt 2

*Pacific 15, St. Clair 0

*Owensville 7, New Haven 3

*Hermann at St. James    4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 24

*Ft. Zumwalt East 8, Washington 7 (8 innings)

Pacific 11, Hermann 0

Valley Park 11, New Haven 1

Waynesville at St. James    4:30 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 25

*Borgia 16, Rosati-Kain 3

*Ft. Zumwalt E at Washington    4:30 p.m.

*Union 9, Sullivan 1  

Windsor 5, Pacific 3 

St. James at Linn    5 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 26

*Ft. Zumwalt N at Washington    4:30 p.m.

Owensville at Rolla Tny    TBA

Saturday, Sept. 27

Borgia, Hermann at Montgomery Co Tny    TBA

Owensville at Rolla Tny    TBA

Monday, Sept. 29

Borgia at Trinity    4:30 p.m.

Washington at Pacific    4:30 p.m.

St. Clair at Salem    4:30 p.m.

Sullivan at De Soto    4:30 p.m.

Hermann at Wright City    4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 30

Borgia at Union    4:30 p.m.

Washington at Rockwood Summit    4:30 p.m.

New Haven at Bourbon    4:30 p.m.

Volleyball

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

Washington def. Montgomery Co., 25-22, 25-14

Borgia def. Pacific, 25-13, 25-14

Washington def. Montgomery Co., 25-8, 25-14

Borgia def. Pacific, 25-13, 25-16

Pacific split with Montgomery Co., 25-9, 24-26

Borgia def. Washington, 25-16, 25-23

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

Hermann def. Owensville 25-19, 25-10

New Haven def. Union, 25-15, 25-17

Union split with Hermann, 25-22, 12-25

New Haven def. Owensville, 25-9, 25-9

Union def. Owensville, 25-23, 25-22

New Haven def. Hermann, 25-21, 25-15

Wednesday, Sept. 24

Sullivan at Northwest    4:15 p.m.

*Jefferson def. ECC, 25-17, 25-18, 25-19

Thursday, Sept. 25

Crystal City at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

Hermann Tournament

Consolation — Pacific def. Union, 25-20, 24-26, 25-20

Semifinal 1 — Borgia def. Hermann, 25-12, 25-20

Semifinal 2 — New Haven def. Washington, 23-25, 25-22, 26-24

Third-place match — Washington def. Hermann, 25-23, 25-15

Championship match — Borgia def. New Haven, 25-17, 25-23

Friday, Sept. 26

Crosspoint at Mississippi Valley    4:30 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 27

%Northeastern Oklahoma at ECC    10 a.m. (Seed Tournament)

%Longview at ECC    11:30 a.m.

%Cottey at ECC    2:30 p.m.

Owensville at Chamois Tny    TBA

Monday, Sept. 29

Union at Hillsboro    5 p.m.

Borgia at Lafayette    5:30 p.m.

Washington at Hermann    5:30 p.m.

St. Clair at Bourbon    5:30 p.m.

Cuba at Sullivan    5:30 p.m.

Owensville at Rolla    5:30 p.m.

ECC at Rend Lake    7 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 30

*Borgia at Notre Dame    4 p.m.

*Hermann at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

Eureka at Washington    5 p.m.

*Union at St. James    5:30 p.m.

*Owensville at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

*Sullivan at New Haven    5:30 p.m.

Crosspoint at Panthers Home School    5:30 p.m.

Boys Soccer

Monday, Sept. 22

Hillsboro 3, Union 1

Washington 0, Bayless 0

Tuesday, Sept. 23

*Fulton SA at Thomas Jefferson    4:30 p.m.

North County at Union    5 p.m.

*Pacific 1, St. James 0

*Borgia 2, St. Dominic 0

CYC Tny    TBA

Wednesday, Sept. 24

Warrenton at Sullivan    5 p.m.

CYC Tny    TBA

Thursday, Sept. 25

*St. Charles at ECC    4 p.m.

Valley Park at Fulton SA    4:15 p.m.

#Thomas Jefferson at Crosspoint    4:30 p.m. (Pacific)

*Pacific 3, Union 0

Borgia 6, Sullivan 0

CYC Tny    TBA

Friday, Sept. 26

*Eagle Ridge at Fulton SA    4:30 p.m.

St. James at Belle    5 p.m.

Crosspoint at Mississippi Valley    4:30 p.m.

CYC Tny    TBA

Saturday, Sept. 27

CYC Tny    TBA

Monday, Sept. 29

Northwest at Pacific    4:15 p.m.

*ECC at St. Louis (Florissant)    4:30 p.m.

*Borgia at Duchesne    6:15 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 30

Fulton SA at John Burroughs JV    4:15 p.m.

*St. Clair at Union    5 p.m.

*Sullivan at Pacific    5 p.m.

Calvery Lutheran at St. James    5 p.m.

*Borgia at St. Mary’s    6:15 p.m.

Cross Country

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

Wednesday, Sept. 24

GAC Meet — Ft. Zumwalt S 355, Ft. Zumwalt N 414, Holt 439, Washington 460, Wentzville Liberty 474

Thursday, Sept. 25

*Duchesne at Borgia    3:30 p.m.

Boys Swimming

Monday, Sept. 29

Washington at Ft. Zumwalt South    3:30 p.m.

*Conference Games

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