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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


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


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.


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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