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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

Boys Basketball

Monday, Jan. 12

%St. Charles 85, Bayless 32

%Westminster 64, Washington 44

Fulton SA at Providence    7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 13

Pacific 48, Eureka 38

%Borgia 72, St. Clair 36

#South Callaway 68, North Callaway 29

#Hermann 28, Russellville 13

Crosspoint 59, Heritage Christian Academy 18

%Francis Howell Central 87, Union 79

#New Bloomfield 63, Montgomery Co 59

#Harrisburg 48, New Haven 39

Thursday, Jan. 15

#North Callaway 65, Montgomery County 58

#South Callaway 84, New Bloomfield 58

Bethel at Fulton SA    6:30 p.m.

#Russellville 36, New Haven 34

#Harrisburg 51, Hermann 44

Friday, Jan. 16

%Washington 71, Bayless 43

%Union 65, St. Clair 52

*Crosspoint at Community Christian    6:30 p.m.

%St. Charles 67, Westminster 50

Providence at Fulton SA    7 pm.

#Seventh-place game — New Haven vs. Montgomery Co.    7:30 p.m.

Consolation game — Russellville vs. North Callaway    7:30 p.m.

%Borgia 60, Francis Howell Central 53

Saturday, Jan. 17

%Seventh-place game — Bayless 58, St. Clair 43

#Third-place game — Hermann vs. New Bloomfield   3:30 p.m.

%Consolation game — Washington 66, Union 59

%Third-place game — Westminster 66, Francis Howell Central 62

#Championship game — Harrisburg vs. South Callaway    6:30 p.m.

%Championship game — St. Charles 65, Borgia 40

Sunday, Jan. 18

Pacific vs. Jefferson City (Mizzou)    5:30 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 19

Union 86, Warrenton 62

Tuesday, Jan. 20

Park Hills Central 72, St. Clair 55

Fulton SA at Liberty Christian    6:30 p.m.

Crosspoint at CAGSL    7:30 p.m.

Linn 59, New Haven 38

Thursday, Jan. 22

Union 86, Cuba 72

Fulton SA at Rivers of Life    6 p.m.

Borgia 70, O'Fallon Christian 35

*Crosspoint at Thomas Jefferson    7 p.m.

Pacific 69, Wichita Independent 46

Friday, Jan. 23

Cuba at St. Clair    4 p.m.

Borgia at Trinity    6:45 p.m.

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

*Fulton SA at Crosspoint    7 p.m.

Pacific vs. Riverton at Frontenac Tny (Kan.)    8:30 p.m.

New Haven at Chamois    6 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 24

Pacific vs. TBA, Frontenac Tny (Kan.)    TBA

Monday, Jan. 26

^Rock Bridge vs. Northwest    5:30 p.m.

^Lutheran South vs. Hillsboro    7 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Jackson at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

^Borgia vs. Union    5:30 p.m.

~Warrenton vs. Chamois    6 p.m.

~Hermann vs. Owensville    6 p.m.

^Washington vs. St. Clair    7 p.m.

~Wright City vs. New Haven    7:30 p.m.

~Montgomery Co vs. St. James    7:30 p.m.

*Bethel at Crosspoint    7:45 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 28

Fulton SA at Thomas Jefferson    6:30 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 29

^Rock Bridge-Northwest loser vs. Lutheran South-Hillsboro loser    5:30 p.m.

~Warrenton-Chamois loser vs. Wright City-New Haven loser    6 p.m.

~Warrenton-Chamois winner vs. Wright City-New Haven winner    6 p.m.

^Borgia-Union loser vs. Washington-St. Clair loser    7 p.m.

~Hermann-Owensville loser vs. Montgomery Co-St. James loser    7:30 p.m.

~Hermann-Owensville winner vs. Montgomery Co-St. James winner    7:30 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 30

^Rock Bridge-Northwest winner vs. Lutheran South-Hillsboro winner    5:30 p.m.

^Borgia-Union winner vs. Washington-St. Clair winner    7 p.m.

*Providence at Crosspoint    7:30 p.m.

Eagle Ridge at Fulton SA    7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 31

^Seventh-place game    2:30 p.m.

~Seventh-place game    2:30 p.m.

^Consolation    4 p.m.

~Consolation    4 p.m.

^Third-place game    5:30 p.m.

~Third-place game    5:30 p.m.

^Championship    7 p.m.

~Championship    7 p.m.

%Washington Tournament

#South Callaway Tournament

^Union Tournament

~Hermann Tournament

Girls Basketball

Monday, Jan. 12

St. Clair 60, Lutheran South 49

Pacific 65, Lindbergh 40

@Washington 79, Patriettes 28

#Harrisburg 69,  Russellville 45

#New Bloomfield 54, Montgomery Co 29   

Fulton SA at Providence    6 p.m.

@Helias 47, Sullivan 42

#North Callaway 49 vs. New Haven 39 

#Hermann 44 vs. South Callaway 40

Tuesday, Jan. 13

Ursuline 63, Pacific 44

St. Clair 58, Ft. Zumwalt East 27

Heritage Classical at Crosspoint    5:30 p.m.

@St. Charles West 45, Union 38

@Borgia 57, Eureka 35

Wednesday, Jan. 14

#Russellville 43,  New Haven 24

#North Callaway 63, Harrisburg 57

# South Callaway 46, Montgomery Co 28

#New Bloomfield 58, Hermann 50

Thursday, Jan. 15

Bethel at Fulton SA    5 p.m.

St. Clair 54, Northwest 38

@Sullivan 64, Patriettes 32

@Union 56, Eureka 26

Friday, Jan. 16

@Helias 38, Washington 35

Providence at Fulton SA    5:30 p.m.

#Seventh-place game — New Haven 52, Montgomery County 40

#Consolation — Russellville vs.  South Callaway  6 p.m.

@Borgia 47, St. Charles West 37

Saturday, Jan. 17

@Seventh-place game — Eureka 69, Patriettes 39

#Third-place game — Hermann vs. Harrisburg   2 p.m.

@Consolation game — Sullivan 45, Union 38

@Third-place game — Washington 55, St. Charles West 37

#Championship — New Bloomfield vs. North Callaway    5 p.m.

@Championship — Borgia 37, Helias 36

Monday, Jan. 19

*Owensville 78,  St. Clair 68

Warrenton 51, Union 44

New Haven 44, Montgomery Cnty 40 

*Duchesne at Borgia    6:45 p.m.-rescheduled for Friday, Jan. 23

Tuesday, Jan. 20

Fulton SA at Liberty Christian    5 p.m.

Pacific 63, Parkway West 43

New Haven 35, Wellsville 26

Crosspoint at CAGSL    6 p.m.

Borgia 56, O'Fallon Christian 26

Wednesday, Jan. 21

Pacific 55, Eureka 40

Thursday, Jan. 22

*Washington 56, Ft. Zumwalt East 30

*Crosspoint at Thomas Jefferson    5:30 p.m.

Silex 45, New Haven 44

Borgia 67, Trinity 22

Friday, Jan. 23

*Fulton SA at Crosspoint    5:30 p.m.

*Duchesne at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 26

^Holt vs. Pacific    4 p.m.

^Union vs. Warrenton    5:30 p.m.

~Owensville vs. Montgomery Co    6 p.m.

Cardinal Ritter at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

^St. Clair vs. Lutheran South    7 p.m.

~Hermann vs. Wright City    7:30 p.m.

^Washington vs. Wentzville Liberty    8:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Fulton SA at Barat    4:30 p.m.

~New Haven vs. Montgomery Co    6 p.m.

*Bethel at Crosspoint    6:15 p.m.

~Hermann vs. Wright City    7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 28

^Holt-Pacific loser vs. Union-Warrenton loser    4 p.m.

Fulton SA at Thomas Jefferson    5 p.m.

^Washington-Wentzville Liberty loser vs. St. Clair-Lutheran South loser    5:30 p.m.

~Owensville vs. New Haven    6 p.m.

^Holt-Pacific winner vs. Union-Warrenton winner    7 p.m.

~Hermann vs. Chamois    7:30 p.m.

^Washington-Wentzville Liberty winner vs. St. Clair-Lutheran South winner    8:30 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 29

*Borgia at Notre Dame    6:45 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 30

^Seventh-place game    4 p.m.

~Consolation    5 p.m.

^Consolation    5:30 p.m.

*Providence at Crosspoint    6 p.m.

Eagle Ridge at Fulton SA    6 p.m.

~Third-place game    6:30 p.m.

^Third-place game    7 p.m.

~Championship    8 p.m.

^Championship    8:30 p.m.

@Union Tournament

#South Callaway Tournament

^Washington Tournament

~Hermann Tournament


Tuesday, Jan. 20

*Ft. Zumwalt North 39, Washington 36

*Union 41, St. James 24

*Union 49, Sullivan 24

Warrenton 48, Union 30

Thursday, Jan. 22

Priory/Windsor at Pacific    5 p.m.

Borgia at Festus    5 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 23

Union, Pacific at MICDS Tny    TBA

Saturday, Jan. 24

Union, Pacific at MICDS Tny    TBA

St. Clair at Ft. Zumwalt South Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Jan. 27

*Pacific at St. Clair    6 p.m.

Borgia at Helias Tri-Meet    6 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 28

Borgia at Lutheran St. Charles    5 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 29

Union at Farmington/Summit    5 p.m.

*Pacific at St. James/Owensville    5:30 p.m.

Washington at Seckman    6 p.m.

St. Clair at De Soto    TBA

Friday, Jan. 30

St. Clair at Potosi/Festus    5 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 31

Pacific at Hazelwood East Tny    9 a.m.

Girls Swimming

Tuesday, Jan. 20

Timberland 140, Washington 96, Ft. Zumwalt East 87

Thursday, Jan. 22

Oakville 120, Washington 115, University City 9, Mehlville 6

Saturday, Jan. 24

Washington vs. Borgia    noon

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Washington at St. Charles West    3:30 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 29

Washington at Affton/Lutheran South    4:15 p.m.

Borgia at St. Dominic    8:30 p.m.

*Conference Games