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Washington made quite a statement on the girls basketball court late Friday night, Dec. 2.

Playing in the Norm Stewart Classic at Columbia College, the Washington Lady Jays rallied from a 16-point deficit to defeat Kickapoo, 63-56.

Kickapoo, the defending Class 5 state champions and the No. 1 ranked team in the Missouri Basketball Coaches Association Class 5 state poll, jumped out to a 22-6 lead in the first quarter.

Washington (2-0), ranked No. 7 in the MBCA Class 5 state poll, came storming back with hot shooting and stingy defense to win the game.

Kickapoo (2-2) held leads of 22-8 after one quarter and 37-33 at halftime before the Lady Jays grabbed a 46-44 advantage after three quarters.

“I’m extremely proud of the way our kids bounced back after being down 22-8 after one quarter,” said Washington Head Coach Adam Fischer. “We fought, scrapped, and clawed our way back into the game after digging ourselves a huge hole early.”

Leading the way for Washington were juniors Reese Arnold and Jackie Arnold, who finished the game with 24 points and 23 points, respectively.  Both were 5-7 from three-point range. Reese pulled down seven rebounds and Jackie had five rebounds.

Jackie Arnold was recognized as the Gary Filbert player of the game and received a medal and a $100 scholarship payable to the school of her choice.

Senior Kyra Hardesty collected nine points, nine assists and four steals while committing only three turnovers against Kickapoo’s pressure defense.

Junior Nichole Brinker scored six points while playing solid defense on key Kickapoo offensive players. Junior Bria Hasenjaeger added one point and three rebounds.  Also playing were Emma Boehmer and Brooke Robinson.

“Reese, Kyra, Jackie and Nichole were dynamite handling their pressure and moving the ball to the open kid. Those four were fun to coach as they shared the ball to perfection at times,” Fischer said. “Emma, Brooke and Bria were excellent on both ends dealing with the size Kickapoo had over us. Our defense was anchored by those three all night. They buckled down and only gave up 19 second half points."

The game was part of 48 hours of continuous basketball at Columbia College, which began Friday, Dec. 2, at 6 p.m., and concluded Sunday, Dec. 4, at 6 p.m.

The Washington-Kickapoo contest on Friday, Dec. 2, began at 10 p.m.

The event was started by Gary Filbert with the intention of honoring former University of Missouri Head Basketball Coach Norm Stewart by showcasing Missouri teams and raising money for the American Cancer Society through Stewart’s Coaches vs. Cancer program. Filbert also started the Show-Me State Games.

Boys and girls teams from Missouri and Iowa participated in this year’s event.

Photos from Washington’s game against Kickapoo are below.

Click on the link below for the WHS girls basketball web page, which includes a schedule, roster and a video previewing the season.


Washington opened its varsity girls basketball season with a 52-23 victory at Union High School on Tuesday, Nov. 29.

‚Äč"It was nice to finally get to play a game. Having the game delayed a week, and it was for a good reason by all means, gave us an extra week to practice against each other and get a little more cranky competing against each other,” said Washington Head Coach Adam Fischer. “We did our best to keep drills fresh and new so the kids had to think their way through them.” 

The Blue Jays were in control throughout the contest, holding leads of 22-6 after one quarter, 36-11 at halftime and 48-15 after three quarters.

The fourth quarter was played with a running clock.

Reese Arnold led Washington with 18 points. Kyra Hardesty finished with 15 points. Nichole Brinker added eight points. Brooke Robinson and Morgan Riegel both scored four points. Jackie Arnold had three points.

Click here for the Washington girls basketball roster.

“We started the game very well and moved the ball decently on offense. As the game progressed and the lead was greater for us, we really became sluggish on both ends of the floor,” Fischer said. “I would have loved to see us keep the intensity all four quarters, but that gives us something to build on as the season progresses."

Washington takes on defending Class 5 state champion Kickapoo Friday, Dec. 2, at 10 p.m. in the Norm Stewart Classic at Columbia College. The home opener is Tuesday, Dec. 6, against New Haven.

Click on the attached link below for the WHS girls basketball web page, which has schedules, rosters and a video previewing the season.

The photos below are from the varsity season opener against Union.


Washington opened its 2016-17 wrestling season with a home meet against Rolla and Owensville on Tuesday, Nov. 29.

The varsity Blue Jays lost to Rolla 48-18, but bounced back to defeat Owensville, 39-13. The junior varsity Blue Jays lost to Rolla 30-27, and defeated Owensville, 15-0.

Washington wrestling is coached by Josh Ohm. Click here for the 2016-17 WHS wrestling roster.

Click on the attached link below to see the WHS wrestling webpage, which includes a 2016-17 schedule, roster and a video about the team.

Photos below are from Washington’s home meet against Rolla and Owensville.


Washington High School opened its varsity boys basketball season Nov. 21-26 at the St. Francis Borgia Thanksgiving Tournament.

The Blue Jays went 1-2 in the tournament, falling to St. Louis Christian 52-41 and Pacific 66-33, but bouncing back to defeat Normandy in the seventh-place contest, 71-43.

Zach Harms had the hot hand for the Blue Jays against Normandy, finishing the game with 18 points on six three-pointers. Conlan Jarvis added 16 points. Connor Lewis scored 10 points.

Jarvis, a junior guard, represented Washington on the all-tournament team.

Varsity team members are Jarvis, Harms, Connor Lewis, Cason Suggs, Austin Lewis, Dayton Turner, Zach Subke, Andrew Nolan, Alec Brinkmann, Adam Gauzy, Noah Schroepfer, Tommy Ruether, Ty Rinne, Aleksandr Buechter and Pavel Buechter.

Grant Young is the varsity head coach. Assistant coaches are Adam Meyer, Mike Scheer, Bill Juengel and Colin Flynn.

Following a game at Union on Nov. 29, Washington’s home opener is Thursday, Dec. 8, against Holt.

Click on the link below for the WHS boys basketball web page.

Photos below are of Washington's victory over Normandy at the Borgia Thanksgiving Tournament.


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