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Posted: Thursday, August 14, 2014 12:00 pm

Saturday marked the step up for the Washington football Blue Jays.

Zach Schneider’s team put on full pads for the first time and started the second phase of practice.

“We went full pads on Saturday and today,” Schneider said Monday afternoon. “Its been a transition, but it is getting better. We have to get the kids used to the contact part of the game. We have really focused on tackling technique and proper angles more than anything.”

The Blue Jays had a small scrimmage at the end of Saturday’s practice session with each group seeing between 10 and 15 plays.

“Our Varsity guys did some good things," Schneider said. “Jared Rennick ran the ball well and both Austin Finder and Seth Bollmann caught the ball well. Defensively, we were a little rusty with tackling, but made huge improvements today. Jay Jacquin did some good things on the defensive line. We saw some real progress by our younger levels, as they are starting to figure everything out. The biggest thing, with everyone, is just developing some consistency.”


Kym Blankenship hopes 13 is a lucky number.

That’s how many players she has on this year’s Washington High School varsity volleyball team.

“We had 13 come out and we kept all 13,” Blankenship said. “We’ve got to define roles. Obviously, we have to build kids and keep kids in the program to develop.”

Washington has five seniors with outside hitter Jenna Barnhart, outside-rightside hitter Sarah Borgerding, defensive specialist Emily Scheible, setter Emily Voss and rightside hitter Andrea Zoellner coming back this fall.

Blankenship feels she has good leadership among the five and with each at a different position, that should help Washington develop for the future.

“I think we have depth at every position,” Blankenship said. “We have veterans to help the younger players and I like that. It really helps out.”

Blankenship feels that having both of last year’s setters back to run this year’s 6-2 offense should be very beneficial.

Junior Paige Carpenter joins Voss in running the offense.

“Having the setters back will be a big help, too,” said Blankenship. “A lot of our kids haven’t played together much in the past, so having the setters should help with the team chemistry.”

Carpenter and middle hitter Amanda Vollmer are the two returning juniors who started on the varsity last season. Vollmer saw extensive club experience during the offseason and is expected to make a big impact this season.

The biggest early-season position fight could be for the libero jersey, where a trio of defensive specialists are vying to replace graduated all-conference and all-area libero Erica Diener.

The trio includes Scheible and juniors Olivia Ancell and Tyelar Steiger.

“All three have been pretty even for what we need at the position,” Blankenship said. “It should be a toss-up for the first couple of weeks.”

Blankenship sees junior Jenna Haas as another potential key player. She will play middle hitter opposite Vollmer.

“Jenna is making a big transition from junior varsity to varsity,” Blankenship said. “She brings a lot of speed and power. She’s going to need it. The game speeds up considerably from junior varsity to varsity.”

Juniors Abby Hopkins (setter-defensive specialist) and Macy Robinson (rightside hitter) and sophomore Kate Baer (rightside-outside hitter) round out the roster. Baer is expected to see playing time as Borgerding recovers from an injury.

“We have a great group of kids and hard workers,” Blankenship said. “They are competitive.”

The Lady Jays have been moving around for practices due to work at Blue Jay Gym. Practices have been at Washington Middle School and Little Blue Jay Gym until the normal spot is ready to go once again.

Washington goes to the Rolla Jamboree Monday, Aug. 18.

Girls Golf

Coach Adam Fischer has selected the inaugural Washington girls golf team with two seniors, three juniors and two sophomores on the 2014 squad.

Allison Hancock and Jessica Slaughter are the seniors who will lead the Lady Jays to the links.

Carolyn Williams, Taylor Feighery and Aubree Kitchell are the juniors while Emma Jones and Madi Deters are sophomores on the squad.

Fischer said the cooperation of Wolf Hollow Golf Club has been key to getting the program going.

“I would just like to thank Wolf Hollow Golf Course for their great hospitality and tremendous generosity while we use their facilities all season,” said Fischer. “They have welcomed us with open arms and are always there to help the program when we need something. Without their support, girls golf would not have been started so easily at WHS.”

Boys Swimming

With 10 swimmers already on the roster, Washington Coach Lane Page hopes to continue adding as the season gets closer.

“I hope to get some more swimmers,” Page said. “The swimmers we have already are searching for more bodies. I used to get swimmers from other sports who had a change of heart, were looking for something else, and decided to take up swimming.”

Page stated in the past swimmers came from all different backgrounds.

“On occasion it was the person who wasn’t getting enough playing time in another sport,” Page said. “Also, football players who wanted extra conditioning would come out. Sometimes I would provide a place for a student who had basic swimming experience and was looking for an activity (and so were the parents).”

Page continues to look for anyone to join the team.

“My policy with this team is that it is never too late to join our ranks, and I can work around any schedule for meets, etc. We want to have maximum flexibility to make sure that the program takes off,” Page said.

The initial 10 swimmers are Tent Althen, Colin Broeder, Ryan Coates, Reese Gardner, Dean Hoffman, David Meyers, Griffen Scheel, Nick Sikes, Grant Smith and Andrew Tchiblakian.

Managers are Emily Moreland and Andrew Hoffman.

Boys Soccer

Washington’s boys soccer team had 45 come out on the opening day last Monday with 13 seniors, nine juniors seven sophomores and 16 freshmen.

Derek Schriewer said the players came in ready to go.

“Our miles times are considerably better as a collective this year and we look to have a lot more skill in camp this week,” Schriewer said.

The coach reported there would be cuts made this past weekend with about five players expected to be released.

Schriewer said starting practices a week early wasn’t tough overall.

“Honestly it hasn’t been too bad besides overlapping with the Fair,” Schriewer said.


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

%Washington vs. TBA    4 p.m.

%Borgia vs. Poplar Bluff    5:30 p.m.

%St. Clair vs. TBA    TBA

%Sullivan Shootout

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 at New Haven    6 p.m.

*Pacific at Union    7 p.m.

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