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Posted: Friday, November 23, 2012 7:45 pm

Ronnie Suggs and the fifth-seeded Washington Blue Jays were more than ready for the start of the 60th Annual St. Francis Borgia Pepsi Cola Thanksgiving Tournament.

Playing against fourth-seeded Cardinal Ritter Wednesday in the opening round, Suggs scored 36 points in leading the Blue Jays to a 76-63 victory.

Suggs surpassed his previous career-high of 22 points in the first half alone, scoring 23 points in the first 16 minutes.

“I was pumped for the game,” Suggs said. “I think we were all ready to play.”

The Blue Jays (1-0) take on top-seeded McCluer North in the championship semifinals Friday at 6 p.m. The Stars defeated eighth-seeded St. Clair in the opening round, 60-23.

Cardinal Ritter (0-1) plays St. Clair in the consolation semifinals Friday at 3 p.m.

Washington was 33-38 from the free-throw line while Cardinal Ritter was 10-11.

Suggs was 15-17 from the free-throw line and knocked down three three-pointers.

“Ronnie was feeling it, you could tell that early. This year with him, he’s just healthy. He’s also the most focused that I’ve ever seen him,” said Washington Head Coach Chip Sodemann. “I’m excited about the energy that he wants to play with. I think he’s going to have a nice year. He played his role. He scored when it was there. He passed when he was guarded. He played his role well, and he knocked down some shots to build his confidence.”

Suggs praised his teammates following the game.

“I have to give the credit to my teammates. Without them, I wouldn’t have gotten the shots that I did,” Suggs said. “I felt good. I’ve worked a lot on my shot. I worked with Scott (older brother and current University of Washington guard Scott Suggs) for two weeks in Seattle. I feel like I’ve improved my game a lot.”

Luke Schroepfer added 15 points for Washington, going 9-10 from the foul line.

Jared Walde finished with 11 points, going 3-4 from the line.

Brad Carpenter scored seven points, all in a stretch of two minutes in the third quarter to give the Blue Jays a spark.

Patrick Menke added five points, going 3-4 from the line. Jacob Mulkey had two points.

Luke Hasenjaeger and Cory Epperson also played.

“We’ve talked a lot about buying into our roles and how guys need to play their roles,” Sodemann said. “If they do that to the best of their ability, we’re going to have a chance for a decent year.”

Charles Jones paced Cardinal Ritter with 19 points. Jamar Luckett added 14 points. Jalen Rayford finished with nine points. Brandon Farbush scored eight points.

“We didn’t know a lot about Cardinal Ritter coming into the game. We knew they had good players and good athletes,” Sodemann said. “Our guys had opportunities where they could have folded, especially when they made some runs and got some steals. Our guys hung tough. I was really proud of them.”

Suggs scored 13 points in the first quarter, leading the Blue Jays to a 17-12 lead.

The Lions cut the lead to 19-17 early in the second quarter, but a pair of three-pointers by Suggs in the final two minutes helped Washington to a 33-27 halftime advantage.

Cardinal Ritter got as close as 41-38 on a pair of three-pointers by Luckett with 4:48 left in the third quarter, but got no closer during the second half.

Seven quick points by Carpenter helped the Blue Jays extend their lead to 56-48 after three quarters.

Washington had a 60-54 lead with 5:22 remaining in the fourth quarter and ended the game with a 16-9 run, highlighted on baskets by Menke, Suggs and Walde.

“Overall, we handled their pressure OK. We try to beat pressure by going to score, and we did that. Sometimes that can be a backbreaker for them when they’re trying to fight back into the game,” Sodemann said. “By us going down and getting some layups, it kind of took the wind out of their sails. We need to be in better shape so we can be at full speed at the end of the game.”

Sodemann expects a major challenge from McCluer North, the two-time defending Class 5 state champions.

“They’re super athletic. They play a style similar to ours, so we’ve seen fullcourt pressure every day in practice. Hopefully that will be an advantage for us,” Sodemann said. “They have guys who can shoot from the outside. It’s going to be a challenge. I know our guys are excited. They’ve beaten us the last couple of years in this tournament. Hopefully we’ll have a little payback for them.”

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Area Scoreboard

Football

Friday, Sept. 19

*Ft. Zumwalt S 56, Washington 7

Borgia 42, Cardinal Ritter 6

*Union 55, St. Clair 35

*Sullivan 27, Pacific 10

Owensville 19, Hermann 16

St. James 28, Ash Grove 7

Brentwood 41, Cuba 24

*St. Charles West 49, Warrenton 7

South Callaway 55, Wright City 6

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

Softball

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.

Volleyball

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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