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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.”

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Area Scoreboard

Boys Basketball

Monday, Jan. 26

^Rock Bridge 79, Northwest 27

^Lutheran South 76, Hillsboro 43

Owensville 41, Hermann 40

St. James 80, Montgomery County 39

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Jackson 65, Pacific 44

^Borgia 82,  Union 61

~Warrenton 69, Chamois 24

^Washington 49, St. Clair 45 (OT)

~Wright City 51, New Haven 37

*Bethel at Crosspoint    7:45 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 28

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

Thursday, Jan. 29

^Hillsboro 49, Northwest 34

~New Haven 35, Chamois 28

~Wright City 47, Warrenton 41

^Union 63,  St. Clair 60

~Hermann 63 vs. Montgomery Co 5

St. James 57, Owensville 35

Friday, Jan. 30

^Rock Bridge vs. Lutheran South    5:30 p.m.

^Borgia vs. Washington    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.

^Union Tournament

~Hermann Tournament

Monday, Feb. 2

New Haven at Silex   5:30  p.m.

Fulton SA at North County Christian    7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

Whitfield at Union    4 p.m.

*Crosspoint at Fulton SA    6:30 p.m.

Pacific at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

*Holt at Washington    7 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 5

*Fulton SA at Community Christian    6:30 p.m.

*Duchesne at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

*Rivers of Life at Crosspoint    7 p.m.

Wellsville at New Haven     6 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 6

*Union at New Haven    6 p.m.

*Pacific at St. James    6 p.m.

*Borgia at St. Mary’s    6:45 p.m.

*St. Clair at Sullivan    7 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 9

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Feb. 10

*St. Clair at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

*Hermann at Union    5:30 p.m.

Rock Bridge at Borgia    7:15 p.m.

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

Owensville at New Haven   6 p.m.

Girls Basketball

Monday, Jan. 26

^Holt 60, Pacific 57

^Warrenton 42, Union 40

~Owensville 64,  Montgomery Co 32

Borgia 62, Cardinal Ritter 41

^St. Clair 64, Lutheran South 45

~Hermann 57, Wright City 26

Washington 74, Wentzville Liberty 19

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Fulton SA at Barat    4:30 p.m.

~New Haven 42, Montgomery Co 34

*Bethel at Crosspoint    6:15 p.m.

~Chamois 61, Wright City 20

Wednesday, Jan. 28

^Pacific 62, Union 59 (OT)

Fulton SA at Thomas Jefferson    5 p.m.

^Lutheran South 54, Wentzville Liberty 40

~Owensville 54, New Haven 24

^Warrenton 51, Holt 44

~Chamois 50, Hermann 45

^Washington 54, St. Clair 31

Thursday, Jan. 29

*Notre Dame 50, Borgia 45

Friday, Jan. 30

^Seventh-place game — Union vs. Wentzville Liberty   4 p.m.

~Consolation — Montgomery Co. vs. Wright City    5 p.m.

^Consolation — Pacific vs. Lutheran South    5:30 p.m.

*Providence at Crosspoint    6 p.m.

Eagle Ridge at Fulton SA    6 p.m.

~Third-place game — Hermann vs. New Haven   6:30 p.m.

^Third-place game — St. Clair vs. Holt   7 p.m.

~Championship — Owensville vs. Chamois   8 p.m.

^Championship — Washington vs. Warrenton    8:30 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 2

#Borgia vs. Patriettes    4 p.m.

#Cardinal Ritter vs. Union    5:20 p.m.

De Soto at St. Clair    5:30 p.m.

Fulton SA at North County Christian    6 p.m.

#Washington vs. Parkway South    6:40 p.m.

Chamois at New Haven    7 p.m.

#Helias vs. Troy    8 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

*Crosspoint at Fulton SA    5 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 4

#Washington-Parkway South loser vs. Helias-Troy loser    4 p.m.

#Borgia-Patriettes loser vs. Cardinal Ritter-Union loser    5:20 p.m.

#Washington-Parkway South winner vs. Helias-Troy winner    6:40 p.m.

#Borgia-Patriettes winner vs. Cardinal Ritter-Union winner    8 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 5

*Pacific at St. James    6 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 6

Barat at Fulton SA    4:30 p.m.

*St. Clair at Sullivan    5:30 p.m.

*Rivers of Life at Crosspoint    5:30 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 7

#Seventh-place game    noon

#Consolation    1:30 p.m.

#Third-place game    3 p.m.

#Championship    4:30 p.m.

New Haven at Elsberry    5 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 9

*Hermann at Union    5:30 p.m.

*St. Clair at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

*Owensville at New Haven    6 p.m.

*St. Dominic at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Feb. 10

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt South    5:30 p.m.

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

^Washington Tournament

~Hermann Tournament

#Borgia Tournament

Wrestling

Tuesday, Jan. 27

*Pacific 42, St. Clair 33

Borgia 36, Hallsville 30

Helias 66, Borgia 21

Wednesday, Jan. 28

Borgia at Lutheran St. Charles    5 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 29

Summit 39, Union 34

Owensville 41, Pacific 38

Pacific 45, St. James 28

Friday, Jan. 30

St. Clair at DeSoto   5 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 31

Pacific at Hazelwood East Tny    9 a.m.

St. Clair at DeSoto 9 a.m.

Monday, Feb. 2

Borgia at O’Fallon Christian    5 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

Washington at Pacific    6 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 4

Borgia at AAA Tny    TBA

Thursday, Feb. 5

*Pacific at Union    6 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 7

Washington at Seckman Tny    9 a.m.

St. Clair at Francis Howell Central Inv    9:30 a.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 10

Pacific at Parkway Central Tri-Meet    5 p.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 91, Borgia 80

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Washington 122, St. Charles West 46

Thursday, Jan. 29

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

Borgia at St. Dominic    8:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

Washington at McCluer North    3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 4

Borgia at MICDS/Duchesne (Rec-Plex)    8:30 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 6

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

Tuesday, Feb. 10

Borgia at Nerinx Hall    4 p.m.

Washington at GAC Meet    TBA

Wednesday, Feb. 11

Washington at GAC Meet    TBA

Thursday, Feb. 12

Borgia at AAA Meet    TBA

Washington at GAC Meet    TBA

*Conference Games

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