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Posted: Sunday, July 27, 2014 12:00 pm

Same teams, different location.

That’s the theme of the Missouri Junior Legion State Tournament, which started Thursday in Jackson.

Four of the five teams feature players who competed in last year’s Freshman Legion State Tournament in Branson.

Eureka Post 177 won last year’s Freshman Legion state championship, beating Jackson Post 158 in the final game.

Also playing in last year’s state event were Springfield Glendale and Washington.

Glendale and Washington also played at the Junior Legion level year. Post 218 teams didn’t have the best of luck against the Springfield kids last year, losing both at the Junior and Freshman levels.

Washington Post 218 Manager Phillip Kleekamp remembers last year’s Junior Legion State Tournament, played in Joplin, for the wrong reasons.

“Last year, we had a good team,” Kleekamp said. “Unfortunately when we got to state, I think we tried to do too much. We didn’t play any of our best games there. This is a whole new group of kids. I don’t think we have anyone left from last year. We’re looking forward to getting there and showing the rest of the state what the Ninth District and Post 218 are all about.”

Eureka and Jackson (31-7) were in the same zone tournament and Eureka knocked out Jackson. Eureka defeated Ste. Genevieve in the championship series.

Sedalia Post 642 (41-7) knocked out the Independence Indians to advance.

Post 218 heads to Jackson with a 27-4 mark.

Kody Halmich feels Post 218 is peaking at the right time.

“During the regular season, our offense wasn’t quite there,” said Halmich. “Now, our offense is at its peak. We’re hitting it hard and we’re hitting it everywhere. We have a great pitching staff. Our relievers are good. All-around, we’re a pretty good team.”

Washington has made a couple of roster moves prior to the state tournament to fill in openings.

Drew Piontek of the Freshman Legion state championship team moves up for the event. Justin Baylard of the Senior Legion team is coming down.

“We always make sure to fill our roster will age-eligible players from both teams every year if a situation like this does arise,” Kleekamp said. “Both players have been on our roster since the early part of June when the official roster is due to the state.”

Additionally, Garrett Leimkuehler, on the roster, is out this weekend.

State Play

The event started Thursday with two games. Jackson edged Springfield Glendale, 3-2, and Eureka shut out Sedalia, 7-0.

On Friday, Washington opens play against Jackson at noon.

The losers’ bracket starts at 2:30 p.m. with Glendale taking on Sedalia.

The winners’ bracket final, between Eureka and the Washington-Jackson winner, goes at 5 p.m.

The day’s final game is between the loser of the Washington game and the winner of the 2:30 p.m. game. That will run at 7:30 p.m.

On Saturday, only three teams will remain. The winner of the Friday 7:30 p.m. game plays the loser of the Friday 5 p.m. game at noon in an elimination contest.

The winner of that game will turn around and play the Friday 5 p.m. game winner at 3:30 p.m. for the championship. If a second championship game is required, it will be played Sunday at 1 p.m.

The winner goes to Leavenworth, Kan., for the Regional Tournament.

Ste. Genevieve Post 150 won the Junior Legion title last year.

Melting Pot

One of the reasons Post 218 has been so successful this season is that it’s been able to bring together players from five different schools to become a strong team.

Schools sending players to Post 218 this season have been Borgia, Washington, St. Clair, Hermann and Wright City.

“It’s way different than high school,” St. Clair’s Halmich said. “There, you see everyone every day. Here, you’re a lot closer to your teammates because you only see them during practices and games, so you’ve got to make the most of your time and you get close to them.”

Kyle Tuepker, from Wright City, agrees.

“Even though everyone is from a different school, we seem to get together pretty good,” Tuepker said. “It seems like we have really good chemistry on the team and everyone plays well together.”


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