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Washington High School hosted the annual Russell C. Nix Relays on Wednesday, April 18.

The track and field event followed a format in which every event was a relay.

Timberland’s girls and Pacific’s boys captured team titles.

Washington placed third in the girls division and fourth in the boys division.

Click on the attached link below for the boys and girls results from the Nix Relays.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 4/19/18




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The  Washington High School varsity and junior varsity baseball teams played against Ft. Zumwalt South in GAC Central action on Tuesday and Wednesday, April 17 and 18.

Results on April 16 were Washington varsity dropping a 7-1 decision to Ft. Zumwalt South at Ronsick Field and Washington JV dropping a 7-2 decision at Zumwalt South.

Results on April 18 were Washington varsity falling at Ft. Zumwalt South 13-3 and Washington JV dropping a 15-7 decision to Ft. Zumwalt South at Ronsick Field.

Photos from Washington’s varsity game April 17 at Ronsick Field are below.



























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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 4/19/18




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The Washington High School boys golf team played their home opener of the springs sports season at Wolf Hollow Golf Club against Ft. Zumwalt North on Tuesday, April 10.

Washington’s varsity and junior varsity teams, coached by Tim Buschmann, both posted wins over Ft. Zumwalt North.

The varsity Blue Jays won by a score of 161-195.

The junior varsity Blue Jays won by a score of 190-229.

In the varsity meet, Washington’s Logan McPherson was the medalist with an even par round of 35 over nine holes.

Also playing for the varsity Blue Jays were John Meyer with 38, Brennan Strubberg with 42, Nathan Blocker with 46 and Ryan Glatz with 48.

Washington’s junior varsity golfers were Aidan Piar-Shaw with 43, Alex Nettell with 45, Toby Miller with 46, Cole Maune with 56 and Braden Marquart with 57.

Photos from Washington’s golf meet against Ft. Zumwalt North are below.

Logan McPherson




John Meyer




Brennan Strubberg




Nathan Blocker




Ryan Glatz




Aidan Piar-Shaw



Alex Nettell



Toby Miller



Cole Maune



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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 4/11/18




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The Washington High School boys and girls basketball programs had a combined five student athletes named to the Academic All-State Team, presented by the Missouri Basketball Coaches Association.

Members of the Washington High School girls basketball team named to the Academic All-State Team were Bria Hasenjaeger and Mary Beth Reust.

Members of the Washington High School boys basketball team named to the Academic All-State Team were Ty Rinne, Zach Harms and Conlan Jarvis.

The head coach must be a member of the Missouri Basketball Coaches Association to get students on the Academic All-State Team.

To be a part of the basketball Academic All-State Team, students must meet specific criteria.

*Senior standing

* Started 90 percent of his or her team’s games or played in 75 percent of the total team quarters played.

* Possesses outstanding moral character.

* Grade-point average of 3.25.

*The athlete also must have one or more of the following verified minimum scores:

- ACT score of 27 composite or above

- SAT score of 1,920 composite or above

- PSAT score of 185 selection index or more.

Washington High School basketball players named to the Academic All-State Team. Front row, from left, are Ty Rinne, Conlan Jarvis and Zach Harms. Back row, from left, are Mary Beth Reust and Bria Hasenjaeger.

Washington High School basketball players named to the Academic All-State Team. From left are Zach Harms, Conlan Jarvis, Mary Beth Reust, Bria Hasenjaeger and Ty Rinne.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 4/6/18




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Washington High School hosted a six-team boys and girls track and field meet in cold and windy conditions on Tuesday, April 3.

Joining Washington at the meet were Borgia, Union, Hermann, Warrenton and Fulton School.

Warrenton won the varsity boys division with a team score of 176. Washington finished second with 148 followed by Union with 128, Borgia with 56 and Hermann with 12.

Union claimed the varsity girls title with a team score of 143. Washington placed second with 138 followed by Warrenton with 125, Borgia with 84, Hermann with 2 and Fulton School with 1.

Washington cruised to the junior varsity boys team crown with a score of 207. Warrenton finished second with 99 followed by Union with 96, Hermann with 41, Borgia with 14 and Fulton School with 9.

Washington easily won the junior varsity girls team title with a score of 279. Union placed second with 75 followed by Borgia with 37 and Fulton School with 16.

Click on the attached link below for the complete results. Photos from the meet are below.
























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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 4/5/18




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The Washington High School Athletic Association will host its 25th Annual Dinner Auction, “25 Years of Supporting Student Athletes,” on Saturday, April 21, at St. Gertrude’s Parish Center.

The silent auction begins at 5 p.m. followed by dinner at 6:45 p.m. and the oral auction at 8 p.m.

The cost is $30 per person or $240 for a table of eight. Guests must be 21 years of age to attend. Sports attire is encouraged. All proceeds benefit Washington High School and Middle School athletics.

To make reservations, send payment and name to Stacy Schiermeier, 821 Scenic Ridge Drive, Washington, MO 63090.

For more information, contact Stacy Schiermeier at 636-358-2467 or Darrell Hasenjaeger at 314-550-5328.

Click on the attached link below to a see a flyer for the 25th Annual Washington High School Athletic Association Dinner Auction.

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Published: 4/5/18




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Washington High School girls soccer player Sarah Becszlko is the Washington Missourian Athlete of the Week, sponsored by First State Community Bank.

Becszlko, a sophomore forward/midfielder, has three goals and two assists so far this season in helping the Lady Jays to a 6-2 record.

“Sarah continues to be a spark plug our team needs on any given night. She has continued to be a matchup nightmare for the other teams on the outside of the field,” said Washington Girls Soccer Coach Adam Fischer. “Sarah has been able to utilize her speed and soccer skill to put pressure on the other teams. She does a lot of things on the field that do not show up on the state sheet, but her energy and overall effort is never topped by the other teams.”


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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 4/4/18




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The Washington High School cheerleaders are holding a pair of painting fundraisers on April 13 and 14.

All proceeds benefit the WHS Cheerleading program.

The Paint Night Fundraiser takes place Friday, April 13, at the Elks Lodge in Washington (1459 West 5th Street) from 7-9 p.m.

It’s recommended to arrive 30 minutes early to pay, get a drink and get seated. Drinks must be purchases from the Elks.

The cost is $35 per person, which includes all supplies (brushes, easels and canvases).

A Mommy and Me Painting Party takes place Saturday, April 14, at Washington West Elementary School from 10 a.m.-noon.

It’s a great way to spend time with your child, grandchild, niece or nephew in grades first through sixth.

It’s recommended to arrive 30 minutes early to pay and get seated. Snacks and drinks are provided.

The cost is $60 per adult and child, which includes all supplies (brushes, easels and canvases).

For more information or to reserve a spot at either or both of the painting events, send an email to Washmocheercoach@gmail.com.

Click on the attached links below for the flyers.


 


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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 4/3/18




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Jim Scanlan, legendary football coach from Washington High School, passed away Thursday, March 29. He was 82 years of age.
Scanlan was Washington's head football coach from 1965-86 and head track and field coach from 1963-74.
His WHS football teams had a cumulative record of 158-49-2, capturing nine conference championships and three district titles.
The 1973 Blue Jays team claimed the Missouri Class 3A state championship with an 11-0 record, and the 1974 and 1978 squads finished second in the state.
In his 22 seasons as Washington's head coach, the Blue Jays had just two losing seasons.
Scanlan also served 21 years as Washington's athletic director and 12 years as an assistant principal before his retirement in 1998.
“When I first came to Washington High School 15 years ago, I knew of Coach Scanlan, but didn’t really know him well. During my time as an assistant principal, I had the pleasure of many conversations with Coach, and I learned quickly that the iconic Blue Jay wasn’t afraid to tell me what I needed to hear. I also quickly realized he had a big heart and loved his family more than anything,” said School District of Washington Superintendent Dr. Lori VanLeer.

“On behalf of the School District of Washington, I wish to extend our deepest condolences to his family during this difficult time. We will always carry the many memories of Coach Scanlan with us. We are most grateful for his service and dedication to the District and our community for many years.”

Scanlan served 10 years as state director for the National Federation of Interscholastic Coaches, eight years as a Missouri delegate to the National Convention for the NIAAA and 16 years on the board of directors for the NIAAA, including two years as president. He also served as vice president of the Missouri Football Coaches Association.
In December of 2012, a ceremony for Scanlan took place prior to a Washington varsity basketball game to announce that the football stadium at WHS was officially named after him.

Unfortunately, Coach Scanlan had already retired when I arrived in 1999, but his legacy was not lost on me. I was fortunate to meet him several times during my first year. He was the type of person who gained your respect immediately,” said Washington Activities Director Bill Deckelman.

“When I became the AD at Washington, I felt it was important to honor those who served before me with the job I did. Coach Scanlan was no exception. I have served in the MIAAA in various positions since this was an organization that Coach was a part of establishing in the state. I was blessed with getting to know his daughters, who have worked for Washington or coached sports against us, and feel closer to Coach because of those relationships. One of the highlights of my 19 years at WHS was being able to name the renovated stadium project after Coach Scanlan. This will ensure that generations of Blue Jays will also be told the stories about how Coach Scanlan led the Jays during his career here. Washington High School and the Blue Jays athletics department send our condolences to the Scanlan family.”

Scanlan was a 1954 graduate of McKinley High School in St. Louis, where he was a standout on the football and track and field teams.

Scanlan then attended Northeast Missouri State University in Kirksville (presently known as Truman State University), where he was inducted into the school’s athletic hall of fame in 1998. He was a lineman on the Bulldogs football team and a field event performer throwing the shot put and javelin for the track and field squad.

After graduating from Northeast Missouri, Scanlan was a graduate assistant there while he worked on his master's degree. Following his days at Northeast, Scanlan worked for the New Cambria, Brookfield and Washington school districts.

Scanlan was named the 1978 Sporting News Coach of the Year and the 1987 Missouri Athletic Director of the Year.
Other Scanlan honors included:
• 1970 — Northeast Missouri State’s Gridiron Booster Club Outstanding Alumnus;
• 1987 — Missouri Interscholastic Athletic Administrators 25-Year Award of Merit;
• 1992 — Missouri High School Football Coaches Hall of Fame Award;
• 1992 — National Interscholastic Association of Athletic Administrators State Award of Merit;
• 1993 — St. Louis Metro Football Coaches Hall of Fame Award; and
• 1996 — Missouri State High School Activities Association Distinguished Service Award.
Scanlan is survived by his wife, Bonnie (Westermeyer) Scanlan; daughters Julie Weindel, Jayne Markum-Scanlan and Janel Brown; son-in-laws Brian Weindel and Scott Brown; daughter-in-law Wendy Markum-Scanlan; and grandchildren James and Harry Weindel, and Madeleine and Jameson Brown.

Scanlan's memorial mass will take place Tuesday, April 3, at St. Francis Borgia Church at 10 a.m.

Memorials can be sent to Loving Hearts Outreach, School Backpack Program, which feeds needy students over the weekends and the summer. The address is 1902 West Main Street, Washington, MO 63090.

The Scanlan Family is being served by Miller Funeral Home. 


Jim Scanlan

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 3/30/18




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Washington High School is off to a fast start to the varsity girls soccer season.

The Lady Jays kicked off the season with overtime wins over Mehlville 2-1 and Liberty 3-2 followed by a 4-0 victory over Pacific.

Sam Winistoerfer scored both goals in the win over Mehlville on Friday, March 16. Jessie Donnelly had an assist.

Mary Beth Reust made six saves in goal.

Washington opened GAC Central action on Wednesday, March 21, with the 3-2 home overtime win over Liberty.

“We started out fairly quick in this game, but hit a major lull 20 minutes in. Liberty dominated us until we were able to tie the game with five minutes left,” said Washington Head Coach Adam Fischer. “We didn’t play smart, tactical soccer like we want to, but we found a way to win the game when we didn’t have our best.”

Jessie Donnelly scored the game-winning goal seven minutes into overtime.

Taylor Bauer and Caitlyn Vodnansky also scored for Washington. Megan Yenzer, Bauer and Winistoerfer each had an assist.

Reust made four saves in goal.

“I liked the fight we had. We didn’t give up when things went bad and we found a way to make the plays we needed to,” Fischer said. “Caitlyn and Jessie had great runs and were able to put two nice passes into the net. Taylor Bauer struck a beautiful head ball on Sam Winistoerfer’s corner kick early in the game to get us started. Overall, a win is always a good thing and I love the fight I’ve seen in the kids.”

Washington posted a 4-0 home win over Pacific on  Thursday, March 22.

Scoring goals were Jena Monehan, Caitlyn Vodnansky, Winistoerfer and Bauer. Assists were by Morgan Riegel, Jessie Donnelly and Winistoerfer.

Madison Sprung (first half) and Reust (second half) combined for the shutout in goal.

Photos from Washington’s game against Pacific are below.

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Published: 3/23/18




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Washington High School girls soccer player Sam Winistoerfer is the Washington Missourian Athlete of the Week, sponsored by First State Community Bank.

Winistoerfer, a junior midfielder, scored both goals in the Blue Jays’ season-opening 2-1 overtime win over Mehlville and added an assist in a 3-2 overtime victory over Liberty.

“In our first game, Sam was able to score early in the game directly from a corner kick. Her second goal was the game-winner six minutes into overtime,” said Washington Soccer Coach Adam Fischer. “Sam will play a big role for us in the middle of the field all year. Her experience and vocal leadership skills will be something we look to all season.”


Sam Winistoerfer

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 3/22/18




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The Washington High School cross country team had 12 student athletes named to the Academic All-State Team, presented by the Missouri Track and Cross Country Coaches Association.

To be a part of cross country academic all-state team, students must meet specific criteria.

*Athletes must be nominated by their head coach, who must be a current member of the Missouri Track and Cross Country Coaches Association.

*The athlete must have competed in a state series meet during the recently completed season. Districts, Sectionals or State satisfy this requirement.

*The athlete must meet one of the following criteria:

- 25 or higher on the ACT

- 1,150 or higher on the SAT

- A 3.6 cumulative grade-point average (non-rounded, non-weighted) at the end of the fall semester for cross country.

Members of the Washington High School cross country squad named to the Academic All-State Team were:

McKenna Jacquin

Morgan Holdmeyer

Claire Ayers

Colleen Kuchem

Mia Reed

Mikayla Reed

Anna Sullentrup

Pavel Buechter

Ben Marquart

Ethan Beers

Noah Little

Ben Griffen


Pictured are members of the Washington High School cross country squad named to the Academic All-State Team. Front row, from left, are Anna Sullentrup, McKenna Jacquin and Mia Reed. Middle row, from left, are Claire Ayers, Colleen Kuchem, Morgan Holdmeyer and Mikayla Reed. Back row, from left, are Noah Little, Ben Griffen, Ben Marquart, Pavel Buechter and Ethan Beers.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 3/20/18




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The final day of the 2017-18 school year in the School District of Washington currently stands at Tuesday, May 22.

The School District of Washington’s district calendar is designed to have students attend 177 school days of education. The SDOW made a request to the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to not make up the missed day on March 8, but instead change Wednesday, April 4, from an early out day to a full day, therefore keeping the district in compliance with the required 174 school days and 1,044 attendance hours.

While nine out of 10 of our schools have numerous hours over the required 1,044, the Four Rivers Career Center would have fallen 18 minutes short, therefore prompting the change of April 4 to a full day.

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education approved the School District of Washington’s request.

Staff, students and parents should be advised that if any more time is missed this school year, it will have to be made up.

The make-up days going forward will be May 23-25 followed by March 26-27.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 3/13/18




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Tryouts for the Washington High School cheerleading team for the 2018-19 school year will take place April 9, 10 and 12 from 6-8 p.m. in the Little Blue Jay Gymnasium at WHS. All three days are mandatory.

Students must have a current physical on file to be able to try out for the team. Contact the WHS Activities Office for questions regarding a physical at 636-231-2180.

For more information on the cheer tryouts, contact Coach Katelyn Huber at washmocheercoach@gmail.com.

Click on the attached links below for the flyer and to register.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 3/12/18




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Washington High School Theater Department’s production of A Seussified Pride and Prejudice was canceled for Thursday, March 8. Tickets for the March 8 show will be honored for the March 9 or 10 shows.

Show dates are now March 9-10 at 7:30 p.m. at the C.J. Burger Theater at WHS.

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Published: 3/9/18




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All scheduled events in the SDOW for today and tonight (March 8), including all athletic practices and games, Storm Mode, Band Night, and the play "A Seussified Pride and Prejudice" have been called off. Further updates will appear here when they become available.

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Published: 3/8/18




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Tryouts for the Washington High School Jaywalkers dance team for the 2018-19 school year will take place in the Little Blue Jay Gymnasium at WHS on the following dates and times:

*Wednesday, April 11: 6-8 p.m.

*Friday, April 13: 6-8 p.m.

*Saturday, April 14: 2-4 p.m.

Students must attend all three sessions and have a current physical on file to be able to try out for the team. Contact the WHS Activities Office for questions regarding a physical at 636-231-2180.

Students must bring a copy of your current grades and a letter of recommendation from a current teacher.

For more information on the Jaywalkers tryouts, contact Coach Jo Phinney at jophinney@sbcglobal.net.

There will be a parent meeting for team members on Monday, April 16, at 7:30 p.m.

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Published: 3/1/18




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A state bound pep assembly for the wrestling, girls swimming and dance teams was held at Washington High School on Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 14.

Each program was recognized during the school wide assembly.

Four members of the Washington wrestling team competes at the MSHSAA Wrestling Championships Thursday-Saturday, Feb. 15-17, at Mizzou Arena in Columbia.

Representing the Blue Jays will be Tate Hendricks, Michael Boehlein, Dana Cates and Gunnar Noud. Coaches are Josh Ohm, Paul LaVigne, Kurt Hey, Joe Callahan, Doug Hanify and Nick Hanify.

Four members of the Washington girls swim team competes at the MSHSAA Swimming and Diving Championships Thursday-Saturday, Feb. 15-17, at the Rec-Plex in St. Peters.

Representing the Lady Jays in the pool will be Aubrie Moreland, McKenzie Dohm, Madeline Tchiblakian and Hannah Struckoff. The four of them will compete in the 400-meter relay. Moreland also will compete in the 200-meter and the 500-meter events. Coaches are Lane Page and Samantha Loepker.

The Jaywalkers Dance Team competes at the Missouri Dance Team Association State Championships Saturday, Feb. 24, at the St. Charles Family Arena.

Representing WHS on the dance team will be Rachel Bauche, Michelle Dew, Megan Duncan, Campbell Hamai, Gabriella Henzel, Sarah Hoemann, Lydia Lock, Andrea Kampschroeder, Natalie Nothum, Katie Rushing, Anna Schneider, Elise Thierbach, Katie Tyree and Grace Ziglin. Coaches are Jo Phinney and Amy Oesterly.

Click on the attached links below for more information the wrestling, swimming and dance state championships.

Photos from the pep assembly are below.









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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 2/15/18




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Washington High School’s varsity and junior varsity girls and boys basketball teams played in GAC Central action at Wentzville Liberty High School on Friday, Feb. 9.

Washington’s boys and girls junior varsity teams both defeated Liberty.

In varsity action, Washington defeated Liberty in the girls game, 67-31. The boys game went Liberty’s way in a 64-41 win over the Blue Jays.

The highlight of the varsity girls game was Washington senior Nichole Brinker reaching 1,000 points for her career. Brinker joins Reese Arnold and Jackie Arnold as 1,000-point scorers on the Washington girls team.

Brooke Robinson had the hot hand for Washington against Liberty, knocking down five three-pointers and finishing the game with 19 points. Jackie Arnold scored 22 points to pace Washington. Reese Arnold added 10 points. Brinker had nine points, eight rebounds and seven assists.

Conlan Jarvis and Ryan Hoerstkamp both scored 10 points to pace Washington’s boys against Liberty. Cason Suggs, Zach Subke and Ty Rinne each added five points.

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Published: 2/14/18




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Washington High School boys basketball player Tommy Ruether is the Washington Missourian’s Athlete of the Week, sponsored by First State Community Bank.

Ruether, a 5-8 senior guard, has taken over the point guard duties for the Blue Jays. He helps control the tempo of the game and takes care of the ball while setting up the offense. He’s also one of the team’s top three-point shooters.

During the Washington Tournament in January, Ruether scored 18 point against Francis Howell Central and 13 points against Union to help the Blue Jays reach the championship game and finish in second place. His efforts landed him on the all-tournament team.

Ruether is averaging seven points per game and has a free-throw percentage of 82 percent.


Tommy Ruether

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Published: 2/8/18




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Washington played in the Webster Winter Challenge Varsity Girls Basketball Tournament January 30, February 2 and February 3 at Webster Groves High School.

The Lady Jays suffered losses to Incarnate Word 72-39 in the first round and to Parkway Central 59-50 in the consolation semifinals. They ended the event on a positive note, defeating Cor Jesu in the seventh-place game, 64-47.

Incarnate Word defeated Kirkwood in the tournament's championship game.

Jackie Arnold represented Washington on the all-tournament team.

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Published: 2/7/18




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Competing at the Four Rivers Family YMCA, the Washington High School girls swim team won a meet over Borgia 94-77 on Friday, Feb. 2.

Washington seniors recognized for senior night were Hannah Struckhoff, Olivia Diederich, Holly Hoerstkamp and Bailey Bair.

Other swimmers on the Washington roster are Mikala Brune, McKenzie Dohm, Darby Eime, Clairese Kluba, Jenna Loepker, Aubrie Moreland, Kylee Perriman, Elizabeth Sander, Molly Struckhoff, Zoe Sykes and Maddy Tchiblakian.

The Blue Jays are coached by Lane Page and Sam Loepker.

Photos from Washington’s swim meet against Borgia are below.


Washington seniors recognized for senior night, from left, were Hannah Struckhoff, Holly Hoerstkamp, Olivia Diederich and Bailey Bair.
























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Published: 2/6/18




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Washington High School will hold its Second Annual Color the Campus 3.1K Run/Walk on Friday, April 13, on the WHS campus at 6 p.m.

Proceeds benefit the Al Matzes Memorial Scholarship. Over $1,000 was raised last year.

The start and finish line will be at Washington High School. The course for the timed run and untimed walk will be around the campus of the high school and middle school.

Packet pick up and race day registration takes place from 5:15-5:45 p.m. The run/walk begins at 6 p.m. Wear your best Blue Jay apparel to be eligible for prizes. There will be food and drinks at the finish line for the participants.

Awards and prizes will be given to the top male and female overall finisher, as well as the top three male and females in each age category: 9 and under, 10-13, 14-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59 and 60 and older.

Special prizes will be given to most spirited, most colorful and best Blue Jay pride.

The entry fee, if received by March 21, is $10 for children ages 10 and under, $15 for students ages 6-18, and $20 for adults. The fee is $25 if received after March 21. Participants who register before March 21 will receive a T-shirt.

Click the attached links below to register online, or click the link below to print the registration form and send it to WHS.

Send completed registration forms with payment to Washington High School, c/o Samantha Loepker, 600 Blue Jay Drive, Washington, MO 63090. Make checks payable to Washington High School.

For more information, contact Samantha Loepker via e-mail at samantha.loepker@washington.k12.mo.us.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 2/5/18




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Fall sports teams at Washington High School earned MSHSAA Scholastic Achievement Awards for the 2017 fall sports season.

Depending on the team grade-point average, the squads were designated either outstanding or distinguished.

 

Outstanding (3.25-4.0 GPA)

Varsity Girls Cross Country - 3.95

Varsity Volleyball - 3.77

Varsity Girls Golf - 3.72

Junior Varsity Boys Cross Country – 3.67

Junior Varsity Girls Cross Country - 3.63

Freshman Volleyball – 3.56

Varsity Boys Cross Country - 3.49

Junior Varsity Girls Golf - 3.45

Varsity Softball - 3.43

Junior Varsity Boys Soccer - 3.38

Junior Varsity Softball - 3.29

Junior Varsity Volleyball - 3.25

 

Distinguished (3.00-3.24)

Varsity Boys Soccer - 3.16

Freshman Football - 3.15

Varsity Boys Swimming - 3.03

​Varsity Football – 3.02

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Published: 1/26/18




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Wrestling for the first time at home this season, Washington hosted a three-school meet against GAC Central rivals Ft. Zumwalt North and Liberty in varsity and junior varsity wrestling action on Wednesday, Jan. 17.

The varsity Blue Jays lost duals to Ft. Zumwalt North 60-12 and to Liberty, 57-21.

The JV Blue Jays lost duals to Ft. Zumwalt North 36-35 and to Liberty, 48-28.

Washington’s Chris Griesenauer (160 pounds) won by pin over FZN in the varsity dual. Evan Hey (126) won by forfeit.

In the varsity meet against Liberty, Washington’s Tate Hendricks (106) won by pin and Cory Hardesty (170) won a 3-1 decision. Michael Boehlein (195) and Andrew Inman (220) both won by forfeit.

In the JV meet against FZN, Washington’s winners were Owen Bartlett (120), Timmy Boehlein (132), Kaden Golic (160), Hunter Caldwell (113), Robert Bira (126), Ryan Gratzer (220) and Johnathon Jakob (exhibition).

In the JV meet against Liberty, Washington’s winners were Caldwell (113), Boehlein (132), Oliver Mace (145), Caleb Hlavaty (152) and Gratzer (285).

Click on the attached link below for Washington's complete results from the tri meet at WHS.

Photos from Washington’s varsity meet against Ft. Zumwalt North are below.

The Blue Jays wrestle at home again on Jan. 30 against Pacific at 6 p.m. and Feb. 2 against Borgia, Union and Willard at 5 p.m.



























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The Fourth Annual Washington Girls Basketball Varsity Tournament, sponsored by First State Community Bank, is scheduled for the week of January 22-26.

All eight of the tournament’s teams will play on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, Jan. 22, 24 and 26.

Click here for the tournament bracket.

Waynesville is the tournament’s top seed followed by Holt, Washington, Lutheran South, Pacific, Warrenton, Ursuline and Parkway West.

First-round games are scheduled for Monday, Jan. 22. Waynesville meets Parkway West at 4 p.m. followed by Lutheran South-Pacific at 5:30 p.m., Holt-Ursuline at 7 p.m. and Washington-Warrenton at 8:30 p.m.

The consolation and championship semifinals will be played Wednesday, Jan. 24. The consolation semifinal games are at 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. The championship semifinals are at 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.

The tournament concludes Friday, Jan. 26. The seventh-place contest begins at 4 p.m. followed by the consolation game at 5:30 p.m., the third-place contest at 7 p.m. and the championship game at 8:30 p.m.

Click on the attached link below for the bracket for the Fourth Annual Washington Girls Basketball Varsity Tournament, sponsored by First State Community Bank.

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Washington High School’s dance team, the Jaywalkers, will hold a Winter Dance Clinic on Tuesday and Thursday, Jan. 23 and 25, in the Little Blue Jay Gymnasium at WHS from 6-7:30 p.m. Students should meet in the Little Blue Jay Gym lobby to check in at 5:45 p.m.

The Mini-Jaywalkers dance clinic is open to girls in grades Pre-K through eighth grade.

Showing off what they learned at the dance clinic, the Mini-Jaywalkers will perform during the Washington Girls Basketball Tournament on Friday, Jan. 26.

The cost is $35 per student, which includes a T-shirt and free admission to the games on Jan. 26. Make checks payable to WHS Dance Team.

To register, send payment along with the completed registration form, which can be found by clicking the link below, to Washington High School, Activities Office, 600 Blue Jay Drive, Washington, MO 63090. Registration also can take place on the first night of the clinic.

For more information, contact Jaywalkers Coach Jo Phinney at jophinney@sbcglobal.net.

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Washington competed in the 16-team Visitation Girls Basketball Tournament Dec. 23-28, considered by many to be the strongest girls basketball tournament in Missouri.

Doug Light’s Lady Jays went 1-3 in the tournament to finish in eighth place. They opened the event with a 63-57 victory over Webster Groves, and followed with losses to eventual champion Edwardsville, Ill., 61-23, Hazelwood Central 58-51 and Parkway North, 63-59.

Washington seniors Jackie Arnold and Reese Arnold were named to the second team all-tournament team.

In the win over Webster Groves, Jackie Arnold and Reese Arnold both scored 19 points. Nichole Brinker flirted with a triple double, finishing with 10 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists. Brooke Robinson added nine points. Mary Beth Reust scored six points.

Reese Arnold paced Washington against Edwardsville with 11 points.

Against Hazelwood Central, Jackie Arnold paced the Lady Jays with 23 points. Reese Arnold scored 21 points. Brinker added six points, 10 rebounds and five assists. Bria Hasenjaeger grabbed five rebounds.

In the Parkway North game, Reese Arnold led Washington with 22 points and eight rebounds, pushing her career points total to 999. She went over 1,000 points in Tuesday’s game against Holt. Jackie Arnold scored 19 points. Nichole Brinker had 13 points, seven assists and five rebounds. Brooke Robinson added five points. Emmy Hopkins and Hasenjaeger both had two rebounds.

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Washington High School girls basketball players Jackie Arnold and Reese Arnold are the Washington Missourian’s Athletes of the Week, sponsored by First State Community Bank.

Reese, a 5-6 senior guard, was named to the Visitation Tournament’s second-team all-tournament team, scoring 72 points in four games. She was given the Ledbetter Winning Play Award, selected by tournament officials and administrators, and is given to the player who best represented the standard of 100 percent effort while on the floor.

Reese surpassed 1,000 career points during Washington’s home game against Holt on Tuesday, Jan. 2. For the season, she is averaging 12.4 points 5.6 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.2 steals per game.

Jackie, a 5-6 senior guard, also was named to the Visitation Tournament’s second-team all-tournament team, scoring 66 points in four games.

Jackie leads the Lady Jays in scoring through the team’s first nine games. She’s averaging 16.4 points per game to go with 4.1 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.3 steals.


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Jackie Arnold, top, and Reese Arnold

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Competing at the DeSmet Holiday Tournament December 27 and 28, the Washington varsity wrestling squad registered a third-place team finish.

Josh Ohm’s Blue Jays recorded a team score of 206.5. Ft. Zumwalt North claimed the team title with 233.5 points. Marquette was second with 228.5 points.
DeSmet finished in fourth place followed by Fox, McCluer North, Hancock, Francis Howell North, Hazelwood Central, North County, Sumner, Hazelwood East, Westminster, Valley Catholic, Webster Groves and DeSmet JV.

Ten of the Blue Jays' 14 wrestlers were medalists.

Tate Hendricks (106 pounds) took second place, winning three matches in the tournament. He lot to DeSmet’s Colton King in the finals.

Chris Griesenauer (160) claimed second place with five victories. He lost to DeSmet’s Cory Peterson in the finals.

Dana Cates (138) claimed fourth-place honors, winning our matches. He lost a 10-9 decision in the third-place match to Fox’s Matthew Florek.

Louis Obermark (145) captured fourth-place honors with four victories. He lost to Ft. Zumwalt North’s Derick Buda-Smith in the third-place match.

Jack Carico (170) took fourth place with four victories. He lost to North County’s Cole Cresswell in the third-place match.

Collin Muller (182) claimed fourth place with four victories. He lost a 4-2 decision to Hazelwood Central’s William Peebles in the third-place match.

Michael Boehlein (195) placed fourth with four victories. He lost to Hancock’s Davonte Trotter in the third-place match.

Tommy Kelpe (126) took fifth-place honors, winning five matches. He defeated Westminster’s Clayton Perona by a 15-5 major decision in the fifth-place match.

Mia Reed (113) placed sixth, losing to Ft. Zumwalt North’s Deven Kulp in the fifth-place match.

Logan Kuhn (285) finished in sixth place, falling to Marquette’s Zach Worley in the fifth-place match.

Ben Griffen (120) took seventh place, winning two matches overall. He pinned Hazelwood East’s Dorian Smith in the seventh-place match.

Andrew Inman (220) placed seventh with two wins.

Tyler Ramsey (152) finished in ninth place, pinning Fox’s Shayden Stranger.

James Johnson (132) placed 10th with one victory.

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Washington High School girls basketball player Jackie Arnold is the KLPW Radio Athlete of the Week.

Arnold, a 5-6 senior guard, leads the Lady Jays in scoring through the team’s first nine games. She’s averaging 16.4 points per game to go with 4.1 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.3 steals.

Arnold is shooting 44 percent from the field and 68 percent from the free-throw-line. She has played a major role in Washington’s success during her junior and senior seasons.

Arnold scored 23 points and added five assists in a 46-27 win at New Haven, collected 13 points in a 53-46 win at Holt, scored 14 points in a 51-43 win at New Haven, and had 19 points in a 63-57 win over Webster Groves in the opening round of the Visitation Tournament.


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Washington High School boys basketball player Cason Suggs is the Washington Missourian’s Athlete of the Week, sponsored by First State Community Bank.

Suggs, a 6-7 senior forward, opened the season by being named to the all-tournament team at the Borgia Turkey Tournament, averaging 16 points per game.

In the Blue Jays’ home opener against Union, Suggs collected 23 points and nine rebounds in a 61-55 victory.

For the season, Suggs is averaging 17 points and nine rebounds per game, helping the Blue Jays to a 4-4 record.

“Cason has anchored the team in scoring and on the boards,” said Washington Boys Basketball Coach Grant Young. “His hard work in the offseason has really jumped up his game offensively, ranking him as one of the top threats in the area in the paint.”


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Washington High School varsity girls basketball player Nichole Brinker is the Washington Missourian’s Athlete of the Week.

Brinker, a 5-6 senior guard, collected 20 points, 10 rebounds and three assists in leading the Lady Jays to a 51-43 victory at Hermann, shooting 7-10 from the field. She added 18 points, eight rebounds and five assists in a 53-46 win over Holt and 13 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists in a 46-27 victory over New Haven in previous games.

Since moving to point guard over the last three games, Brinker is averaging 17 points, nine rebounds and five assists per game.

“Nichole is the kind of player who makes everyone better,” said Washington Head Coach Doug Light. “She has taken over the point guard position and has been a great floor leader.”


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Playing in the 8th Annual GAC/Suburban Challenge at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Washington dropped a 52-48 contest to Parkway North on Friday, Dec. 15.

The Blue Jays (4-3) fell behind 15-4 in the early stages of the game, but followed with a 19-8 run of their own to pull even at halftime, 23-23.

The two teams went back and forth in the second half with the Vikings (4-2) emerging with the victory.

Cason Suggs paced Washington in the game with 14 points. Alec Brinkmann added 11 points. Zach Harms scored nine points.

The Blue Jays played without Zach Subke and Conlan Jarvis, both out with injuries.

The Washington High School cheerleaders and Jaywalkers also performed at the game.

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Playing in the Norm Stewart Classic at Columbia College, the Washington Lady Jays fell short in a 39-34 basketball loss to Columbia Hickman on Sunday, Dec. 3.

The Lady Jays (1-1) trailed throughout the game, including 24-15 at halftime and 32-21 after three quarters, but rallied in the fourth quarter.

Chipping away at the Kewpies, Washington cut the lead to 37-34 with 1:15 remaining in the fourth quarter, but got no closer.

"Our kids competed hard. They didn't give up," said Washington Head Coach Doug Light. "We cut the lead down to three points, but they hit their free throws down the stretch."

Jackie Arnold led the way for the Lady Jays with 20 points. Reese Arnold added six points. Nichole Brinker finished with four points. Jessie Huxol scored three points. Mary Beth Reust had one point.

Hickman 6-4 freshman Shannon Yockey scored 14 points and was named the Gary Filbert player of the game. She received a medal and a $100 scholarship payable to the school of her choice.

"We didn't shoot the ball very well. This group of kids we have can shoot. We just have to shoot better and knock down some shots," Light said. "Defensively, once we switched from zone to man, we played very well on that end of the floor. Hickman struggled against our man defense."

The game was part of 48 hours of continuous basketball at Columbia College, which began Friday, Dec. 1, at 6 p.m., and concluded Sunday, Dec. 3, at 6 p.m. The Washington-Hickman game had a 2 p.m. start time on Sunday, Dec. 3.

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 participated in this year’s event.

"It's a fun event to be in," Light said. "Anything with Norm Stewart's name attached to it is going to be a quality event."

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It was a big night of special recognitions at the School District of Washington’s Board of Education meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 29.

The Board recognized the Washington High School boys soccer team along with staff members, Jana Monzyk, Elementary Gifted Facilitator, and Stefanie Virgen, Gifted and Language Arts Teacher.

The WHS boys soccer team finished their season with a second-place finish at the MSHSAA Class 3 State Championships on Saturday, Nov. 11. Click here for the story.

Jana Monzyk, Elementary Challenge Facilitator, was the recipient of the Outstanding Launch Teacher Award on Sunday, Nov. 5, at the Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Awards and Recognition Banquet during the PLTW State Conference. Awards were given to outstanding teachers, counselors, and administrators as nominated by their peers.

Monzyk and Michelle Bobo, also an Elementary Challenge Facilitator, gave two presentations at the conference titled, “Let’s Launch Into PLTW K-5 Curriculum.” Click here for the story.

Stefanie Virgen, Gifted and Language Arts teacher at Washington Middle School, was named the School District of Washington’s recipient of the Emerson Electric Excellence in Teaching Award. She was recognized at the awards program Sunday, Nov. 12, at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in St. Louis. Click here for the story.

Photos from the special recognitions at the Board of Education meeting are below.


The Washington High School boys soccer team finished their season with a second-place finish at the MSHSAA Class 3 State Championships. The players are pictured with members of the Board of Education.


Jana Monzyk, front row, second from left, Elementary Challenge Facilitator, was the recipient of the Outstanding Launch Teacher Award. She’s pictured with Board of Education members. Front row, from left, are Dan Contarini, Monzyk, Susan Thatcher and Trish Mitchell. Back row, from left, are Bob Oreskovic, Scott Byrne and John Freitag.


Stefanie Virgen, front row, second from right, Gifted and Language Arts teacher at Washington Middle School, was named the School District of Washington’s recipient of the Emerson Electric Excellence in Teaching Award. She’s pictured with Board of Education members. Front row, from left, are Susan Thatcher, Dan Contarini, Virgen and Trish Mitchell. Back row, from left, are Bob Oreskovic, Scott Byrne and John Freitag.

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Opening the season at the Borgia Thanksgiving Tournament, the Washington High School varsity boys basketball team claimed consolation honors with a 2-1 record.

"I'm so proud of our boys for digging in and fighting for two wins in the tournament," said Washington Head Coach Grant Young. "Coming back and winning Saturday is a big confidence boost moving forward."

The sixth-seeded Blue Jays opened the event with an 86-47 loss to eventual tournament champion and third-seeded McCluer North.

Senior forward Cason Suggs paced the Blue Jays with 18 points. Freshman forward Ryan Hoerstkamp scored nine points in his varsity debut.

Washington bounced back in the consolation semifinals with a 60-40 victory over the St. Louis Blue Knights.

Suggs scored 19 points to lead the Blue Jays.

Junior forward Alec Brinkmann added 15 points. 

In the consolation game on Saturday, Nov. 25, Washington topped Normandy in overtime, 50-47.

Senior guard Zach Harms nailed a three-pointer in the final seconds to tie the game and send it into overtime. He finished the game with 15 points.

Suggs scored 16 points for the Blue Jays.

The Blue Jays played the tournament without returning varsity starter Conlan Jarvis, who was out with a hip injury.

Suggs represented Washington on the all-tournament team.

See the photos below of Washington’s game against the St. Louis Blue Knights.

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Washington High School soccer player Jared Lopez is the Washington Missourian Athlete of the Week, sponsored by First State Community Bank.

Lopez, a senior midfielder, played a key role in Washington’s memorable season that ended with a record of 25-9 and a second-place finish in Class 3.

“Jared is a very fun person to have in the program. His laugh is infectious. His effort is second to none and that’s obvious to anyone who caught any game this year,” said Washington Head Soccer Coach Derek Schriewer. “In one of the most difficult positions on the field, Jared always found a way to be involved in every game - even most plays of every game.”

The following is what Schriewer said about Lopez at the team’s postseason banquet”

“The effort and commitment exhibited by this young man every game for 80 minutes was simply remarkable. For a player to play 70 plus minutes in the center midfield position in our system is a formidable task that rewards with at least five miles of running. He did that almost every game this year and won the respect of teammates from every corner of the field.”


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Washington’s boys soccer season ended with a second-place finish at the MSHSAA Class 3 Championships.

And did the Blue Jays ever produce some incredible moments.

Washington (25-9) dropped a 1-0 decision to Parkway Central (21-8-1) in the Class 3 state championship game Saturday, Nov. 11, at World Wide Technology Soccer Park in Fenton.

“All and all, riding on the Mid-America bus, playing at this facility, getting to see the St. Louis FC locker room, the entire experience was very precious,” said Washington Head Soccer Coach Derek Schriewer. “We feel honored that we had the chance to be here. Not too many people get to experience what we experienced here. It’s been a great season, and we’re looking forward to another one.”

The only goal of the championship game came in the 54th minute when Parkway Central scored on a corner kick.  Adam Burnett booted in front of the net to Matthew Deay, who headed it in for a goal.

“In a lot of ways, we played our game plan. We just lost a mark in the corner kick situation that led to their one goal,” Schriewer said. “We found a little more rhythm in the second half. We figured out what our passing sequences should be based on their formation. We played pretty solid.”

The Blue Jays had scoring chances in the match, especially down the stretch, but couldn’t punch in the equalizer.

“Our guys made things very difficult for them toward the end of the game with our pressure. We fought until the end and created chances in the closing minutes,” Schriewer said. “We played a great defensive game, but just weren’t able to find the back of the net.”

Christian Longseth was in goal for the Blue Jays against Parkway Central, registering eight saves.

Conlan Jarvis fired four shots in the game. Gabe Lopez and Jake Fregalette both added two shots. Jared Lopez, Noah Bay and Jeremiah Collins each had one shot.

“Our seniors have been amazing. To watch them develop and the way they’ve handled themselves, they’re a special group. I’m sad to see them go,” Schriewer said.

“We had hundreds of students and hundreds of fans here supporting us in both games. We filled up two sections on the back side and we still had the student section behind us,” Schriewer added. “The school and the town really pulled together and rallied around this team. Kudos to our kids. They made things so special that we had so many people cheering for us.”

Semifinal Game Against Harrisonville

Washington’s semifinal game against Harrisonville on Friday, Nov. 10, was one for the ages.

Trailing 2-0 and playing a man down for 81 minutes due to a red card issued, the Blue Jays rallied for a thrilling 4-3 victory in double overtime.

Washington tied the game 2-2 on goals by Conlan Jarvis and Jeremiah Collins, but the Wildcats reclaimed the lead 3-2 in the 64th minute.

Putting on severe offensive pressure, the Blue Jays tied the game 3-3 on a goal by Collins with seven seconds remaining on the clock.

“I saw the kid on my back. I knew he thought I was going to cut right because I’d been going right down that line trying to cross it for the whole game. So I just cut left,” Collins said. “I was a little selfish and took the shot. I knew I could put it in. The state semifinals, to get to the finals, that’s probably the biggest goal I’ve ever scored. We kept fighting the entire time. We didn’t stop. It was incredible.”

“It’s absolutely insane. We literally fought to the final seconds,” Schriewer said. “You never know what scenarios you’re going to be in. That’s what we talked about all week leading up to the game. I tried to share my experiences of being at the Final Four in the past, and I think that helped them mentally.”

With all of the momentum, Washington won the game in the second sudden-death overtime session on a goal by Jarvis, assisted by Jake Fregalette, in the 100th minute.

“Jake Fregalette beat a couple of guys on the wing and then he slid it across,” Jarvis said. “The ball was bouncing around, the goalie came out and I tried to do anything I could to get my foot on it and ended up putting it in. It was an amazing feeling.”

The game-winning goal by Jarvis tied Joe Morgan’s school record for most goals in a single season with 30.

“What a way to tie the record, scoring the winning goal to get to the state championship game,” Schriewer said. “Conlan is an amazing player. He’s so crafty. He’s smooth on the ball and is a real asset to us.”

Ottmar Escalante was in goal for Washington in the semifinal game, registering five saves.

Collins and Jarvis both had nine shots in the game.

“Jeremiah is a dynamic player,” Schriewer said. “He plays center back for his club team. He really wants to win, so he wants to be on that back line all the time. But we knew we needed to do something, so we moved him up. Clearly, he created more than enough chances to make a difference.”

Washington controlled possession against Harrisonville, even with a player short.

“It’s just the fight we have in us. We knew it was going to be tough, but we did everything we could to fight back and we ended up getting the win,” Jarvis said.

“We knew if we kept fighting and played our game, things would work out for us in the end,” Collins said. “They were getting tired. You could tell that after we came back from that two-goal deficit. We knew we had them.”

“Even after one half, we saw some of their guys getting fatigued. We felt like that could be a factor in the second half and if we got it to overtime,” Schriewer said. “We’re down 3-2 and a lot of teams would’ve given up at that point. Half of our guys were hobbling around, but they had no give-up in sight. We created a few chances in the last five minutes to potentially tie it, and didn’t put those away. But we finally got it with seven seconds to play.

“Our kids won’t ever forget this one. I’ll never forget the four-overtime game I was a part of. This double overtime and late-game equalizer, what a way to get a chance to play for a state championship. The kids deserve it.”

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Washington High School soccer player Jeremiah Collins is the KLPW Radio Athlete of the Week.

Collins is a junior defender who can play anywhere on the field. He moved up to forward in Washington’s Class 3 semifinal game against Harrisonville (4-3 double overtime win) and scored two goals, including the tying goal with seven seconds remaining in the second half.

Collins finished the season with 20 goals and 20 assists, leading the Blue Jays to a second-place team finish in Class 3.

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Washington High School cross country runner Mikayla Reed is the Washington Missourian’s Athlete of the Week, sponsored by First State Community Bank.

Reed, a senior, capped her standout cross country career with a third-place finish in the Class 4 girls race of the MSHSAA Cross Country Championships at Oak Hills Golf Center in Jefferson City in a time of 18:26.

Reed finished her cross country career as a four-time all-state runner, including three top five finishes and a state title in 2016. She was a three-time GAC Central champion and a two-time district champion.

This season, Reed won individual conference, district and sectional titles while leading the Lady Jays to conference and district team crowns and a runner-up sectional team finish. The team also placed fifth at the state meet in Class 4.

Reed, who holds a 4.0 grade-point average in the classroom, will continue her cross country and educational career at the University of Missouri.


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Scoring a goal on each half proved to be enough for the Washington Blue Jays in their MSHSAA Class 3 quarterfinal boys soccer game against North County on Saturday, Nov. 4, at Scanlan Stadium on the WHS campus.

The Blue Jays advance to the state soccer tournament for the first team in the history of the boys soccer program with a 2-0 victory over North County (22-4).

“We’ve really pulled together to become a true collective unit. They get on each other at practice a little, but they really come together when it’s time to play. They support each other and believe in each other,” said Washington Head Coach Derek Schriewer. “We rotate a lot of guys in the game and everyone believes when another person rotates in, we’re not dropping off at all. We still have the high quality we expect from our starters. I think that’s really been a difference maker. The last two teams we’ve played subbed less than five times.”

Click here for a video of Washington players reacting to the quarterfinal win.

Washington (24-8) will play Harrisonville (25-3) in the Class 3 semifinals Friday, Nov. 10, at noon at the World Wide Technology Soccer Park in Fenton.

Harrisonville knocked off East (Kansas City) in its quarterfinal match, 2-1. The Wildcats defeated Marshall 1-0 in the sectional round. The three losses have come against Smith-Cotton 7-3, Rolla 2-1 and Excelsior Springs, 2-1. They also have defeated Excelsior Springs. Some of their other standout wins include Marshall (twice), Carthage, Staley, Blue Springs South, Pleasant Hill and Grain Valley.

“They’re good. The have a very good record and play a good schedule,” Schriewer said of Harrisonville. “It’s probably going to be game that can go either way.”

Washington enters the state tournament having won 19 of its last 21 games after starting the season with a 5-6 record.

The other Class 3 semifinal game features Parkway Central (19-8-1) versus Republic (23-4) Friday, Nov. 10, at 2 p.m.

The Class 3 state tournament concludes Saturday, Nov. 11, with the third-place game at 10 a.m. and the state championship contest at 2 p.m. Click here for the Class 3 bracket.

“The idea of getting a banner in the gym is crazy for these kids. They go to all of these sporting events and see all the names on the banners. They just want to be a part of that, and now they will,” Schriewer said. “I told our guys in the postgame conversation that we’re guaranteed a spot up there, but what’s it going to say? That’s what we have to think about going forward.”

Washington grabbed a 1-0 lead over North County in the 28th minute when Trent Lewis lobbed a free Kick in front of the net to Michael Andrews, who headed the ball into the net for a goal. It marked the third straight game Andrews has scored on a head ball.

“Three straight games, three straight headers,” Schriewer said. “I don’t think there are many teams who have somebody that can stop Michael in those situations. He’s just a monster.”

The score remained 1-0 at halftime.

The Blue Jays made the score 2-0 in the 53rd minute when Jeremiah Collins scored on a penalty kick after Conlan Jarvis was taken down in the goalie box.

Ottmar Escalante registered his second straight shutout in goal for Washington.

Washington’s midfielders and defenders were in shut down mode, allowing very little opportunities to North County’s offensive attack.

“Between Ottmar (Escalante), Miah (Jeremiah Collins), (Zach) Harms, Trent (Lewis) and Cody (Pilgram), they can really shut it down,” Schriewer said. “The fact that we can tune up our defense when we have to and slide Michael (Andrews) back there, it’s a luxury that not too many teams have. That’s what makes this team pretty special.”

Click here for a video of reaction from some of the Blue Jay players after the game.

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Washington High School’s varsity girls cross country team participated in the MSHSAA Cross Country Championships on Saturday, Nov. 4, at Oak Hills Golf Center in Jefferson City.

Competing in Class 4, Washington senior Mikayla Reed capped her standout cross country career with a third-place finish in the girls race in a time of 18:26.

Blue Springs South’s Victoria Findley and Danielle Hotalling took the top two spots in times of 18:09 and 18:24, respectively.

Reed finished her cross country career as a four-time all-state runner, including three top five finishes and a state title in 2016. She was a three-time GAC Central champion and a two-time district champion.

The Lady Jays finished in fifth place in the Class 4 team standings with a score of 150. The top four teams earned state trophies.

I think we were all a little disappointed even though we were the No. 5 team in the state of Missouri,” said Washington Coach Mike Olszowka. “We knew we could have done better, but we are not going to let that overshadow the great success we had this season.”

Park Hill South captured the Class 4 girls championship with a score of 92. Raymore-Peculiar placed second with 114 followed by Lee’s Summit West with 135 and Blue Springs South with 138.

“It was a little bittersweet being our senior year for some of us and knowing this was going to be our last race,” Mikayla Reed said. “We really wanted to put it out there. It may not have turned out exactly the way we wanted, but we’re still really proud of all of our accomplishments throughout the entire year and our entire careers.”

The top 25 finishers in each state race earned all-state honors.

Washington junior Claire Ayers ran to a 33rd-place finish in a time of 19:59. Freshman Mia Reed finished 42nd in 20:07. Senior Morgan Holdmeyer ended 56th in 20:21. Senior Colleen Kuchem was 97th in 20:52. Freshman McKenna Jacquin finished 126th in 21:27. Senior Anna Sullentrup placed 160th in 22:31.

“I told the girls before the race started it was 5,000 meters,” Olszowka said. “That was all we were concerned about. We wanted to push the thought that this is the state championships out of our mind and not worry about the crowd or the large field. We were only worried about running a race and this is just like any other race.”

“I’m so proud of my teammates,” Mikayla Reed said. “The future looks really good for Washington cross country. “We had a lot of our younger runners here supporting us. It was nice to have them here and them getting to see the state meet for the first time. The state meet is something special.”

Photos of Washington runners at the state meet and Mikayla Reed on the medal stand are below. Click on the attached link below for complete Class 4 girls results from the MSHSAA Cross Country Championships.





































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Washington High School boys soccer continues to make history.

Adding on to its school record for wins in a season, the Blue Jays advanced to the state quarterfinals for the first time ever with a 1-0 victory over Webster Groves in a Class 3 sectional contest Tuesday, Oct. 31, at St. Louis University High School.

“I’m so proud of my guys. We had a game plan and watched film on them. We really thought we had the tactical mindset to go out and get the win,” said Washington Head Coach Derek Schriewer. “They are a very good team. Possession wise, they dominated in moving the ball around. But where they were moving it wasn’t important and we were comfortable with where we were. They didn’t have many great opportunities. In fact, our counter looked more dangerous than some of their possession sequences.”

“Bringing this back to Washington and keeping the momentum going, it’s crazy,” said Washington junior midfielder Michael Andrews. “To come here and beat a top team like this, it means a lot to us. We knew we had it in us.”

“It’s hard to explain. I’m just so excited,” said Washington senior forward Conlan Jarvis. “At the beginning of the year, I thought this was a possibility. We looked strong when we all got together at the beginning. We started the season a little slow. Toward the middle, we really got going. We’ve been playing great soccer ever since.”

Washington (23-8) will host North County (22-3) in a quarterfinal contest Saturday, Nov. 4, at Scanlan Stadium on the WHS campus at 5 p.m. The winner moves on to the MSHSAA Soccer Championships Nov. 10-11 at the World Wide Technology Soccer Park in Fenton. Click here for the Class 3 bracket.

North County defeated Windsor in the sectional round, 3-0. It’s the second straight quarterfinal appearance for the Raiders, who lost last year in the quarters to eventual state champion Rockwood Summit, 3-0.

“It’s going to be great to play at home,” Jarvis said of Saturday’s quarterfinal game. “Hopefully we get a big crowd and get the energy going.”

The lone goal of the sectional game came in the 38th minute when Washington’s Jeremiah Collins crossed a corner kick to Michael Andrews, who headed the ball into the net.

“To know that you have a connection with someone else on the field like I have with (Collins), it’s a blessing,” Andrews said. “You don’t really have to think. You know he’s going to put it on your head and all I have to do is get there and put it in.”

Prior to the corner kick, Webster goalie Samuel Gomez was issued a yellow card for interference when he charged and blocked a shot on a Blue Jays’ indirect kick inside the box. As a result, Gomez was briefly sent out of the game, which was the time the Blue Jays scored on a corner kick.

The indirect kick came when Gomez was called for picking up a direct pass from a teammate.

“He’s the best goalie we’ve seen all year. We would have had trouble without that one opportunity,” Schriewer said. “He made a mistake on a set piece and got himself a yellow card, which had to take him out of the game. And we scored on the play that he was off the field. Kudos to us for seizing the one opportunity we had, and it proved to be the difference maker.”

The one goal was all the Blue Jays needed, who fought off Webster’s offensive attack, thanks to the effort of their defensive scheme and goalie Ottmar Escalante. The Statesmen controlled possession for most of the contest, but did not have many serious scoring chances.

“We were smart and picked up their possession around midfield. They could have passed around on their side of the field all day long, but it doesn’t go anywhere. That’s what we watched for most of the game,” Schriewer said.

“We put out game plan into effect. We were going to let them possess, and then take our chances on counters,” Jarvis added. “We ended up putting one in on a corner. Set pieces sometimes win games and lose games. We’ve had our share of losses on set pieces. This time, it worked out for us.”

“Our whole plan was to get an early goal and hold them if we could,” Andrews said. “We had to play as hard as we could. We knew they were going to come out hard and try to attack us. We held them off until the game was over.”

Schriewer credited the Washington players for executing the game plan.

“It’s all about the kids. We give them a game plan, but their ability to go out there and execute it on the field is unbelievable,” Schriewer said. “Brian (Assistant Coach Brian Dougherty) was great with me in coming up with some in-game changes. I really think our tactics were spot on. They never had great chances.”

“Going into the season, we had no clue what was going to happen. We didn’t know if we were going to win games or if we were going to lose games. We knew we had to put everything into it and we weren’t going to stop,” said Andrews.

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Washington High School soccer player Conlan Jarvis is the KLPW Radio Athlete of the Week.

Jarvis, a senior forward, leads the Blue Jays in goals with 28, to go along with 15 assists on the season in helping the team to its second straight district championship. He has 14 game-winning goals, which leads the St. Louis metro area.

Jarvis is Washington’s all-time leader in career assists.

“Conlan defines leadership from his composure on the field during games, to laughing with teammates off the field, to pushing himself and teammates physically in training,” said Washington Head Soccer Coach Derek Schriewer. “He's a natural born leader paired with athleticism and intelligence that makes him a standout wherever he goes and in whatever he's doing. On the field, his strong stature makes things difficult for defenders. But it’s his pace that made him one of the best goal-scorers in school history. Yet, he's the career assists leader, which shows his unselfishness. He’s an incredible talent and a great person.”

The Blue Jays (22-8) play a Class 3 sectional match against Webster Groves (14-5-4) Tuesday, Oct. 31, at 6 p.m. at St. Louis University High School.


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Competing at the Class 4 Sectional 1 Cross Country meet at Parkway Central High School on Saturday, Oct. 28, Washington’s girls ran to a second-place team finish to qualify for the state meet.

The top four teams and the top 30 individuals qualified for the MSHSAA Cross Country Championships Saturday, Nov. 4, at Oak Hills Golf Center in Jefferson City.

The Lady Jays, who won the District 2 championship last week, registered a team score of 61 to place second at the sectional. Parkway West won the sectional crown with 47 points. Eureka finished third with 82 points and Kirkwood was fourth with 87.

Washington senior Mikayla Reed, the defending Class 4 state champion, won the sectional race in a time of 18:48, which was 11 seconds ahead of second-place finisher Abby Juedemann of Lindbergh.

Washington junior Claire Ayers finished in sixth place in a time of 19:40.

Also for the Lady Jays, senior Morgan Holdmeyer placed 11th in 19:49. Freshman Mia Reed was 13th in 19:50. Freshman McKenna Jacquin ended 44th in 20:54. Senior Colleen Kuchem placed 60th in 21:25. Senior Anna Sullentrup finished 63rd in 21:44.

All seven Lady Jays will compete at the state meet. The top 25 finishers will earn all-state medals. The top four teams will receive state trophies. Washington’s girls placed third in Class 4 at last year’s state meet.

Sophomore Noah Little was Washington’s lone representative in the boys sectional race. He finished four spots and 12 seconds away from a state berth, placing 34th in a time of 17:13.

At the state meet on Saturday, Nov. 4, Washington will run in the Class 4 girls race at 11:20 a.m. The Class 4 awards ceremony is scheduled for 1 p.m.

Photos of Washington runners at the sectional meet are below.


Lady Jays Place Second at Sectional

Running at the sectional meet for the Lady Jays, from left, were Mia Reed, Anna Sullentrup, Morgan Holdmeyer, Mikayla Reed, Colleen Kuchem, McKenna Jacquin and Claire Ayers. 


























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Washington made it back-to-back boys soccer district championships with a come-from-behind victory over Pacific on Wednesday, Oct. 25.

Playing in the Class 3 District 4 championship game at Scanlan Stadium on the WHS campus, the top-seeded Blue Jays overcame a 1-0 deficit with a pair of goals in the final 22 minutes to capture a 2-1 victory over the second-seeded Indians.

“It didn’t take overtime, but we were prepared for it. We’ve been in plenty of one-goal games before and talked at halftime about how we needed just one goal to tie it. Once we got one, our energy level remained high and we continued to play the way we have all year,” said Washington Head Soccer Coach Derek Schriewer. “We really turned it around in the second half. We did a great job supporting each other and were able to get a couple of goals from it.”

Washington (22-8) advances to the Class 3 sectional round and a matchup against Webster Groves (14-5-4) Tuesday, Oct. 31. The game will be played at St. Louis University High School at 6 p.m. Click here for the Class 3 bracket.

Webster Groves knocked off defending Class 3 state champion Rockwood Summit in a penalty kick shootout, 2-1, to claim the District 3 crown.

The Blue Jays lost to Rockwood Summit in last year’s sectional round.

“It feels great to win another district championship. We’ll be ready for our next game,” said Washington junior midfielder Jeremiah Collins, who figured in both goals with one goal and one assist. “We expected a tough game against Pacific. They work hard and they fight hard. They’re like us in they don’t stop until the game is over.”

“Our goal all along has been to get back to this point. We’ve done a good job focusing on each game and taking care of the task at hand,” Schriewer said. “Now we get a few days to think about our next game and the joy it’s going to bring to everyone to get back there and see if we can get a victory this season.”

In the district title contest, Pacific grabbed a 1-0 lead on a goal by Jacob Hoehne in the 23rd minute.

The score remained the same at halftime and into the second half until the 58th minute when Jeremiah Collins booted a corner kick in front of the Pacific goal, where Michael Andrews was there to head the ball into the net and tie the game.

“I put it right on Michael’s head and he did the job,” Collins said.

“Andrews is a strong header of the ball. Once he gets a hold of it, if it’s on frame, you expect it to go in,” Schriewer said. “Sure enough, it found its way through two defenders and the keeper. The force he had on it was good enough to get by.”

The Blue Jays took the lead for good, 2-1, in the 73rd minute, just seven minutes remaining, when with a full head of steam, Collins blasted a shot past the Pacific keeper and into the net.

“I saw two guys coming toward me, but no one from the right side, so I just hit my shot and I got it,” Collins said.

“Jeremiah has provided great moments like that all year long. It’s just a joy to watch. He gets so excited about it,” Schriewer said.

Christian Longseth was in goal for Washington.

“Our back line, the four guys back there, they’ve play almost all 80 minutes all year long. We gave up only one goal in two tough games in this district tournament. Christian also came up with some big saves,” Schriewer said. “All in all, it was a good enough game to get by. I wouldn’t say it was perfect by our standards, but I think we deserved it by the way we played in the second half.”

The WHS boys soccer program has come a long way over the last few years.

“I’ve been at the helm of this program now for five years and been a part of it for seven, and to say it’s changed dramatically would be an understatement,” Schriewer said. “The program has really turned around. When I started, we were winning five or games a year, now we’re sitting at 22 wins this year. It’s been a special season. We continue to play well and win games. We’ve been on quite a tear.”

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Washington High School cross country runner Claire Ayers is the Washington Missourian Athlete of the Week, sponsored by First State Community Bank.

Ayers, a junior, has been a top performer during her three seasons in the WHS cross country program. She was an all-state runner in both her freshman and sophomore seasons, finishing in seventh place both years.

This season as a junior, Ayers earned All-GAC Central honors by finishing in fifth place at the conference meet at Washington High School in a time of 21:14. She followed that with a sixth-place performance in the Class 4 District 2 meet at Big Driver in a time of 20:26.

The Lady Jays won both the conference and district team championships and will compete in sectional competition Saturday, Oct. 28, at Parkway Central High School. The state meet takes place Saturday, Nov. 4, at Oak Hills Golf Center in Jefferson City. The Lady Jays placed third in Class 4 last season.

“Claire missed the entire track season last spring due to a stress fracture injury. She continues to get stronger physically and mentally every week,” said Washington Cross Country Coach Mike Olszowka. “Claire has been all-conference and all-district all three years of her career. She has accomplished all of that while maintaining a perfect 4.0 grade-point average.”


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Washington’s softball season came to an end with a 5-2 loss to Marquette in a Class 4 sectional contest Wednesday, Oct. 11, at Marquette High School.

The Lady Jays (20-9) jumped to a 2-0 lead in the top of the second inning on a single by Sarah Becszlko followed by a two-run homer over the left-field fence by Ellie Quaethem.

Marquette (26-3) answered in the bottom of the second inning on a two-run homer to right-center field by Annah Junge.

The home runs by both starting pitchers made the score 2-2, which remained the score until Marquette took the lead for good with three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning.

Some misplays in the field by the Lady Jays helped the Mustangs score three unearned runs in the fifth inning.

“We’ve played great defense all year and to have one inning with errors kind of stinks, but that’s softball for you. We’ve won games when we took advantage of the other team’s errors. That’s just the way it goes,” said Washington Head Softball Coach Phil King. “Marquette is a great team. They got even with us after we beat them in this game last year. They’re 26-3 and have beaten a lot of good teams. They were second in state two years ago.”

Quaethem pitched the first five innings for Washington, allowing five runs, two earned, on five hits with one walk and three strikeouts. Taylor Hendrix tossed a scoreless sixth inning, allowing one hit and registering two strikeouts.

Junge pitched all seven innings for Marquette, allowing two runs on three hits with two walks and 10 strikeouts.

Jessie Huxol, Becszlko and Quaethem each had one hit for Washington. Quaethem added two RBIs and a run. Becszlko scored a run. Jena Monehan drew a pair of walks.

“The girls are disappointed, especially the seniors, but I hope they understand how great of a season we had. We won our first-ever GAC conference title, our first conference title since 2001, we reached 20 wins for the second year in a row and we won a district title for the second year in a row,” King said. “It hurts to lose, but very few teams get to end the season with a win. We can’t focus on our last game. We have to focus on the season as a whole and we had a phenomenal season.

“We have a great group of girls. This senior group has been very successful with back-to-back 20-win seasons. We’re losing a lot with the seniors we have, but the future still looks great.”

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Washington High School soccer player Zach Harms is the Washington Missourian’s Athlete of the Week, sponsored by First State Community Bank.

Harms, a senior defender, has played a large role for the Blue Jays’ big season as they take aim at a second straight district championship.

“Zach has been absolutely crucial for our team this year. He has logged the most minutes of the season by anyone. He has been an absolute anchor for our back line and keeping some great players shut out,” said Washington Head Soccer Coach Derek Schriewer. “He’s not the type of player to put up goals and assists, but his ability to put my game plan into effect from the back line moving forward has been remarkable and crucial to our great season. Zach deserves some recognition for the solid defensive soccer he’s played.”


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Make it two straight district championships for the Washington High School softball squad.

Playing in the championship game of the Class 4 District 4 Tournament at Eureka High School on Friday, Oct. 6, the second-seeded Lady Jays knocked off top-seeded Eureka 12-1 in six innings.

“We’re playing awesome softball right now. It’s similar to last year when we made our run to state. We just don’t have a hole on this team. We have nine solid batters in our lineup,” said Washington Head Softball Coach Phil King. “It’s a fun time for us. It’s our second district title in school history and our second in a row.”

Washington (20-8) will play Marquette (25-3) in a Class 4 sectional contest Wednesday, Oct. 11, at Marquette High School at 4:15 p.m. It’s a rematch of last year’s sectional game, won by the Lady Jays, 2-1, at Lakeview Park.

Click here for the MSHSAA Class 4 softball playoff bracket.

Holding a 2-1 lead over Eureka after four innings on a two-run homer by Jena Monehan, Washington broke it open with three runs in the top of the fifth inning and seven runs in the top of the sixth.

The highlights were two-run home runs by Ellie Quaethem and Taylor Hendrix.

“We had really good momentum from the Northwest game (10-0 win in district semifinals). Our hitting continues to improve and our pitching and defense have been great,” said Washington senior center fielder Nichole Brinker. “We’re excited to be going back to the playoffs and hopefully getting to state like we did last year.”

Brinker scored a pair of runs in the game, making her the school’s career leader in runs scored with 85. She already holds the school record in career hits with 147 and career stolen bases with 68.

“It’s really exciting to hold those records,” Brinker said. “Going into the season, I didn’t think I was even close to breaking them. I just keep playing hard and my teammates are backing me up all the way. It’s been a great experience.

Quaethem pitched all six innings for the Lady Jays to earn the win over Eureka, allowing just one run.

“I thought I pitched pretty well. I could have done better, but I like the way the game ended. We won, so that’s all that really matters,” Quaethem said. “It was nice to get that 2-1 lead. Having the lead always helps when you’re pitching.”

“Ellie pitched phenomenal,” King added. “She’s been doing a great job for us. She steps up when she needs to and does her thing.”

The winner of Wednesday’s Washington-Marquette game advances to the Class 4 quarterfinals on Saturday, Oct. 14, against the Seckman-Cor Jesu sectional winner.

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Washington High School softball player Nichole Brinker has been named the KLPW Radio Athlete of the Week.

Brinker, a senior center fielder and four-year varsity player, has played a major role in the Lady Jays’ success on the softball diamond, winning back-to-back district championships. This season, she has a batting average of .435, an on-base percentage of .495 and a slugging percentage of .471. She also 13 stolen bases and 12 RBIs.

Brinker, who holds a 4.0 grade-point average, owns school records in career hits (147), career stolen bases (68) and career runs (85). She also is a member of the WHS girls golf team, where she qualified for the sectional tournament this fall in her first season on the team. Brinker also plays on the WHS basketball team during the winter season.

Nichole is the daughter of Mike and Lisa Brinker.


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The Washington Blue Jays select boys basketball program will hold tryouts for traveling competitive teams for the upcoming winter season for fourth-, fifth-, and sixth-grade boys.

The tryouts will be held on Monday, Oct. 23, and Wednesday, Oct. 25, at the Blue Jay Gymnasium at WHS. Times of the tryouts are fourth grade from 5-6 p.m., fifth grade from 6-7 p.m. and sixth grade from 7-8 p.m. Students trying out must attend both dates.

Each teach will keep 8-10 players. This is a select competitive team, so cuts will occur. There will be some cost involved, usually for uniforms and weekend tournaments.

The WHS boys basketball coaching staff will run the tryouts, along with each grade level coach.

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For more information, contact WHS Boys Basketball Coaches Grant Young at grant.young@washington.k12.mo.us or Adam Meyer at adam.meyer@washington.k12.mo.us.

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It was a dominating performance for the Washington Lady Jays as they hosted the GAC Central Cross Country Meet on Thursday, Oct. 5.

Complete results can be found by clicking on the attached links below.

The course was scattered throughout the Washington High School and Middle School campuses, starting and finishing at Scanlan Stadium.

In the varsity girls race, Washington took five of the first six spots and had six all-conference medalists by placing in the top 14.

The Lady Jays claimed the top two finishes with Mikayla Reed cruising to the victory in a time of 18:52.

Mia Reed finished in second place in 20:40.

Morgan Holdmeyer placed fourth in 21:01. Claire Ayers was fifth in 21:14. Colleen Kuchem ended sixth in 21:28.

Also earning all-conference medalist honors for the Lady Jays was McKenna Jacquin, finishing 14th in 22:30.

Anna Sullentrup finished 23rd in 23:28.

Washington scored 18 points to easily claim the varsity girls team crown. Liberty finished second with 52 points followed by Holt with 81, Ft. Zumwalt South with 89 and Ft. Zumwalt North with 117.

In the varsity boys race, Washington’s Noah Little earned all-conference medalist honors by finishing in third place in a time of 17:48.

Also running for the Blue Jays were Pavel Buechter (15th in 19:09), Ben Griffen (18th in 19:35), Ethan Beers (29th in 20:18), Tyler Lottmann (30th in 20:24) and Ben Marquart (32nd in 21:47).

Sean Deeken of Ft. Zumwalt North won the varsity boys race in 17:22.  

Ft. Zumwalt North captured the varsity boys team crown with 34 points. Ft. Zumwalt South finished second with 55 points followed by Liberty with 74, Holt with 78 and Washington with 93.

Washington’s Jackson Montgomery-Smith won the junior varsity boys race in a time of 19:29. Alex Davis placed 12th in 20:49.

In the junior varsity girls race, Washington had three runners finish in the top seven.

Kristen Monzyk placed third in 23:42. Allison Meyer was fourth in 23:51. Sami Montgomery ended seventh in 24:19.

Washington’s girls finished second behind Liberty and the boys were third behind Ft. Zumwalt South and Holt in the junior varsity team standings.

For complete results from the GAC Central Cross Country meet, click on the attached links below.

Photos of Washington runners in the varsity races are below.

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The 49th annual Washington Marching Band Festival takes place Saturday, Oct. 7.

The festival features a parade competition and a field competition.

As the hosts, the Washington High School Marching Blue Jays will give exhibition performances in both the parade and field competitions. They are not eligible for awards.

The parade begins at 8:30 a.m. Washington will be the last entry in the parade and should step off at approximately 10:15 to 10:30 a.m. The parade will begin at Main and Cedar. It will continue on Main Street, turn on Jefferson Street to Eighth Street and end at Sunnyside.

The Washington Marching Blue Jays will perform on the field at approximately 9:05 p.m.

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Washington High School volleyball player Hannah Struckhoff is the Washington Missourian’s Athlete of the Week, sponsored by First State Community Bank.

Struckhoff, a senior libero, has been a key player in helping the Lady Jays to another successful season and their pursuit of a GAC Central championship.

“Hannah is one of the best liberos I have coached at Washington. She has a wicked serve that often put teams scrambling to make the play,” said Washington Volleyball Coach Kym Blankenship. “Hannah has such a good read on defense and gets digs that most other players let hit the ground. She has laser focus passing and the most consistent passing on the team.

“Hannah gives great insight to other teams’ offense tendencies that help us develop defensive game plans for our matches. She is hard-working and holds herself to a high standard. She has great grades and is involved in her school. She is one of our team captains.

"Hannah is an excellent person to look up to for our younger players on what it takes physically and mentally to play at a high level. She makes for a great role model with her work ethic and is an all-around sweet young lady. I am so happy to be her coach for this season and since middle school.”

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The Washington High School Jaywalkers dance team and varsity cheerleaders are hosting a family trivia night on Saturday, Oct. 21, at the WHS Nix Cafeteria.

Doors open at 6 p.m. Trivia begins at 6:30 p.m. The cost is $10 per adult and $5 per student. There will be 10 players per table.

Pay at the door or pre-payment can be dropped off at the WHS Activities Office. Please label WHS Cheer/Dance Trivia Night. Spaces can be reserved and questions directed to washmocheercoach@gmail.com.

Water and soda will be available for purchase. Popcorn will be provided. Feel free to bring your own food and drink. Alcohol is not allowed.

All proceeds will be divided between the Jaywalkers and the cheerleaders for their trip to Nationals in February.

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Washington High School hosted the Tri-County Invitational cross country meet on Monday, Sept. 25.

The course for the boys and girls middle school and 9-10 grade races comprised of an area from Jim Scanlan Stadium to around the middle school and the 14th Street practice field.

Washington’s girls captured the team title in the 9-10 grade division.

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Washington High School soccer player Conlan Jarvis is the Washington Missourian’s Athlete of the Week, sponsored by First State Community Bank.

Jarvis, a senior forward, played a big role in helping the Blue Jays to a second-place finish in the Sullivan Division of the CYC Tournament Sept. 20-23. He registered six goals and six assists during the five games of the tournament, including a hat trick in a 3-0 win over Affton.

Jarvis continued his red-hot play at home during matches Sept. 26 against Ft. Zumwalt North, scoring four goals in a 6-2 win, and Sept. 27 against Union, where he netted another goal in a 5-0 victory. He ends the month of September with 18 goals on the season.


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Playing at the Class 2 District 1 Girls Golf Tournament at Aberdeen Golf Club in Eureka, Washington registered a fourth-place team finish and qualified three individuals for sectional competition.

The top two teams and the top 15 individuals from non-qualifying teams advanced to the sectional tournament Monday, Oct. 2, at the Missouri Bluffs Golf Club in St. Charles.

Rockwood Summit captured the district crown with a team score of 335. Cor Jesu placed second and also qualified to the sectional tournament as a team with a score of 371.

Eureka placed third with a team score of 375 followed by Washington (379), Seckman (380), Lindbergh (388), Fox (391), Oakville (396), Farmington (414), Mehlville (421), Northwest (421) and Union (452).

Washington’s sectional qualifiers were Nichole Brinker, Madison Sprung and Jordan Aholt.

Brinker and Sprung both earned all-district honors by finishing in a tie for 11th-place with a round of 91. Aholt advanced with a score of 96. The cut line was 98.

Also playing for Washington were Emmy Hopkins with a score of 101 and Bria Hasenjaeger with a score of 108.

Seckman’s Claire Solovic posted the top score with a 69.

“Our three girls who qualified all played pretty solid rounds of golf. All three struggled on one hole, but were able to overcome that to shoot well on the other 17 holes,” said Washington Golf Coach Adam Fischer. “Bria and Emmy both had a few tough holes and just didn’t quite make enough good shots down the stretch to qualify. Bria and Emmy have been great teammates, role models, and students while with our golf program. They will be missed next year.”


Madison Sprung, Sectional Qualifier


Nichole Brinker, Sectional Qualifier


Jordan Aholt, Sectional Qualifier

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 9/28/17




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Playing at the CYC Boys Soccer Tournament Sept. 20-23, Washington notched a second-place finish, posting a 4-1 record.

The Blue Jays registered wins of 6-0 over Fox, 3-0 over Affton, 4-0 over St. Pius and 2-0 over Alton before falling in the championship match to GAC Central rival Liberty, 1-0.

Noah Bay and Jeremiah Collins both netted two goals against Fox while Marcus Berariu and Zach Subke both added one.

Christian Longseth registered the shutout in goal against Fox, St. Pius and Alton

Against Affton, Conlan Jarvis posted a hat trick, scoring all three goals.

Ottmar Escalante had the shutout in goal.

Jarvis scored two more goals in the win over St. Pius. Josh Beuke and Berariu also scored.

Jarvis and Subke scored in the win over Alton.

“Wednesday went as we hoped with two shutout wins over Fox and Affton to achieve the maximum 10 points in two games,” said Washington Head Soccer Coach Derek Schriewer. “Our third game was Thursday against St Pius, who entered the tourney 8-2. Our boys played phenomenally despite the short turnaround. We created four goals in the first half and ensured we would advance. By maintaining a third straight shutout, we advanced as the No. 1 seed in our first time advancing beyond the pool play of the CYC.

“On Friday, we faced defending champions Alton.The game was a very tense one and evenly matched from size, physicality and ability. The win put us in the final against GAC rival Liberty, who had also posted four shutouts en route to the final. Our boys were utterly exhausted as we started the game, but because we had played three games in 3 days already once this year, we knew our legs would get under us at some point."

It was a competitive match between Washington and Liberty.

“They controlled possession in the first half, but couldn't create many good chances. With about 15 minutes left in the half, they broke the tie from a corner kick served swiftly into the box where a player headed into the top corner for their 1-0 lead," Schriewer said. "We outlasted them in our first match of the year and created a comeback in the last 10 minutes, so we believed our fitness would shine through in the second half. It did as we controlled possession and dominated the second half. Two great opportunities to equalize were missed. To lose 1-0 to a two-loss team isn't all too discouraging from my perspective, but the boys wanted that championship so bad. Nonetheless, it’s a great week where we made school history by simply advancing.”

Photos from the CYC Tournament are below.


Washington Blue Jays - Second place in Sullivan Division of CYC Soccer Tournament.

Washington's Conlan Jarvis moves in for a goal at the CYC Tournament.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 9/27/17




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Homecoming festivities at Washington High School concluded with the football game and dance on Friday, Sept. 22.

In addition to the varsity football game between the Blue Jays and Ft. Zumwalt South, a number of activities took place during the evening:

The WHS Jaywalkers and Mini-Jaywalkers performed a dance routine;

The WHS Choir sang the national anthem with the NJROTC presenting the colors;

The WHS alumni band performed with the Marching Blue Jays;

The WINGS Hall of Honor inductees were recognized;

The Homecoming Court was introduced.

Washington lost the football game to Ft. Zumwalt South, 42-6.

Following the game at the homecoming dance, WHS seniors Cason Suggs and Nichole Brinker were crowned king and queen.

Photos below are from the Homecoming festivities on Friday, Sept. 22.































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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 9/26/17




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Washington High School volleyball player Savannah Christian has been named the KLPW Athlete of the Week.

Christian, a 6-5 senior middle hitter, helped the Lady Jays to the Hermann Tournament championship on Sept. 21 for the third straight season.

After sweeping their pool play matches, the Lady Jays defeated Hermann in the semifinals and Borgia in the finals with both matches going three games.

For the season, Christian is first on the team in blocks and second in kills. She’s committed to play volleyball at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville.


Savannah Christian

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Published: 9/26/17




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For the third straight season, Washington captured the championship of the Hermann Volleyball Tournament by defeating Borgia in the finals.

Playing at Hermann High School on Thursday, Sept. 21, the Blue Jays knocked off Borgia, 25-21, 11-25, 25-12 in the championship match.

Washington advanced to the championship match by defeating Hermann in the semifinals, 25-20, 22-25, 25-19.

“It’s such a good tournament. Borgia is exceptionally tough this year and getting through Hermann in the semifinals was no cakewalk,” said Washington Head Coach Kym Blankenship. “There’s a good group of players at this tournament and it’s always challenging. It means something to win it.”

The Lady Jays won their pool on Monday, Sept. 18, with wins over Union, Pacific and New Haven.

Overall, the Lady Jays went 5-0 in the tournament.

“It means so much to win this tournament,” said Washington senior libero Hannah Struckhoff. “Being a senior, this is one of the things we were looking at the most. We wanted to win this three years in a row. It’s exciting to do it. This is how we wanted it to be.”

Both of Washington’s matches on the final night went to a third and deciding game. Blocking was the key in the win over Borgia.

“We knew we had to come out strong in the third game,” Struckhoff said. “We really focused on blocking, because that was a big reason why we lost the second game. Once we adjusted our blocking, that’s what helped us win the third game.”

“The second game was hard on us because we had a hard time adjusting to their offense. Once our block was able to key in on that in the third game, things turned around for us. We talked about some blocking strategies and the girls responded,” Blankenship said. “The girls decided that we’ve been here all night and we were just going to do what we do and play our game. I told them let’s put it all out there and if we have to drag ourselves out of this gym because we gave it everything we had, then that’s what we’ll do win or lose.”

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 9/22/17




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As part of Homecoming Week festivities at Washington High School, the annual powder puff football game between the senior and junior girls took place at Scanlan Stadium on Wednesday, Sept. 20.

The players dressed in pink and purple jerseys and had an enjoyable time playing in the flag-football contest.

Some of the WHS male students served as the coaches.

The seniors won the powder puff game over the juniors, 15-12.

The powder puff game was sponsored by No Excuses with proceeds going toward that program at WHS.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 9/21/17




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Washington High School’s Fall Homecoming Parade took place on Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 20.

Many different clubs, organizations and fall sports teams at WHS and the School District of Washington were represented in the parade, which began at Main and Cedar and ended at the high school.

The Homecoming football game between Washington and Ft. Zumwalt South is Friday, Sept. 22, at 7 p.m.

Pictures below are from the Washington High School Homecoming Parade.







































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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 9/21/17




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Washington High School soccer player Jeremiah Collins is the Washington Missourian’s Athlete of the Week, sponsored by First State Community Bank.

Collins, a junior midfielder, helped the Blue Jays to a third-place finish at the Hillsboro Tournament Sept. 11-16. He had three goals and two assists against De Soto and added another goal against Festus in pool play. In the third-place contest, Collins played center back and assisted on both of Washington’s goals on long through balls in a 2-1 victory over Hillsboro.

Collins registered four goals and four assists in the four games of the tournament, helping the Blue Jays to a 3-1 record.

“Jeremiah had an incredible week, which is quite remarkable for a junior in his first varsity season,” said Washington Head Soccer Coach Derek Schriewer.

Jeremiah Collins

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Published: 9/20/17




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Washington High School hosted the GAC North-Central Girls Golf Tournament on Tuesday, Sept. 19, at Wolf Hollow Golf Club.

Liberty secured the conference championship by placing first in the team standings with a score of 326. Washington finished in second place with a team score of 367. Holt placed third with 403 followed by Ft. Zumwalt North with 406 and Ft. Zumwalt South with 413. Ft. Zumwalt East and Warrenton had golfers at the meet, but not enough to field a full team.

Overall, the day went as I expected. Liberty came out on top and won the conference for the season. However, we played some pretty nice golf ourselves,” said Washington Coach Adam Fischer. “All five of our golfers were able to shoot great rounds, and all five of our golfers would have been a little lower if they could have lessened their mistakes on one or two holes. Overall, it was great day of golf for Washington."

Washington was led in the tournament by Madison Sprung, who carded an 18-hole round of 87, which was good for a fourth-place overall finish.

Bria Hasenjaeger finished in ninth place overall with a round of 92.

Nichole Brinker and Jordan Aholt both fired rounds of 94. Brinker placed 11th overall and Aholt was 12th.

Emmy Hopkins finished the day with a round of 99.

Sprung, Hasenjaeger, Brinker and Aholt each were medalists.

Posting the tournament’s top round was Liberty’s Madeline Larouere, who carded a score of 75. Liberty had the top three individual scores and four of the top five.

Photos of Washington’s five golfers at the conference tournament are below.

Madison Sprung





Bria Hasenjaeger





Nichole Brinker





Jordan Aholt





Emmy Hopkins




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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 9/20/17




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Washington High School’s Fall Homecoming Week is Sept. 18-22 with the football game and dance scheduled for Friday, Sept. 22. The football Blue Jays take on Ft. Zumwalt South at 7 p.m.

This year's Homecoming theme is "Out of This World.” 

The Homecoming Court will be introduced at halftime of the game with Coronation at the dance following the game.

Homecoming dance tickets for students will be on sale starting Monday, Sept. 18, through Friday, Sept. 22, in Northington Lobby before school.

The Homecoming Court is as follows:

Jonathan Amlong and Nichole Brinker;

Colton Bunkley and Emmy Hopkins;

Cameron Briggs and Olivia Jacquin;

Zach Harms and Lydia Juengling;

Brandon Repp and Emma Krajcir;

Ty Rinne and Colleen Kuchem;

Cason Suggs and Lydia Lock;

Griffin Tinkey and Olivia Robinson.

The Homecoming Parade is Wednesday, Sept. 20, at 3 p.m. It will begin on Main and Cedar. It will continue on Main Street, turn on Jefferson Street to Eighth Street to Sunnyside and to Washington High School.

Also as part of the Homecoming festivities, the annual WHS Powder Puff football game between the juniors and seniors, sponsored by No Excuses, takes place Wednesday, Sept. 20, starting at 6 p.m. A bonfire will follow at the 14th Street practice field at approximately 7:30 p.m.

September 18-22 will be spirit week at Washington High School. The themes for each day are as follows:

Monday – Black Out
Tuesday – Tie Dye
Wednesday – Jersey Day
Thursday – Throwback to the 80s
Friday - Blue Jay Pride.

Photos of the Washington High School Fall Homecoming Court are below.


Pictured is the Washington High School Fall Homecoming Court. Front row, from left, are Cason Suggs, Lydia Lock, Lydia Juengling, Zach Harms, Emma Krajcir and Brandon Repp. Middle row, from left, are Colton Bunkley, Emmy Hopkins, Colleen Kuchem, Nichole Brinker, Olivia Robinson, Olivia Jacquin and Cameron Briggs. Back row, from left, are Ty Rinne, Jonathan Amlong and Griffin Tinkey.




Griffin Tinkey and Olivia Robinson


Brandon Repp and Emma Krajcir


Cameron Briggs and Olivia Jacquin


Jonathan Amlong and Nichole Brinker


Colton Bunkley and Emmy Hopkins


Zach Harms and Lydia Juengling


Ty Rinne and Colleen Kuchem

Cason Suggs and Lydia Lock

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Published: 9/15/17




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Washington High School softball player Nichole Brinker is the Washington Missourian’s Athlete of the Week, sponsored by First State Community Bank.

Nichole Brinker, a senior center fielder, became the program’s leader in career hits during the Lady Jays’ 16-0 win over Hazelwood Central at the Francis Howell Central Tournament on Friday, Sept. 8.

Brinker picked up career hit No. 129, breaking the career mark previously held by MC Landolt.

Brinker also is closing in on the school’s all-time stolen base record of 64, held by Lauren Austin.

For the season, Brinker has a batting average of .365 (23 for 63) and a .437 on-base percentage with eight walks, eight RBIs, eight stolen bases and 13 runs scored in helping the Lady Jays to a 13-7 overall record and 6-0 mark in the GAC Central.


Nichole Brinker

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 9/14/17




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The Washington High School Little Blue Jay Cheer Clinic will take place Tuesday and Thursday, Oct. 3 and 5, from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Little Blue Gymnasium at WHS.

The clinic is open to grades pre-K through sixth. Children will learn cheers, chants, jumps and stunts.

The fee is $35 per student, which includes a T-shirt. Checks may be made payable to WHS Cheer.

Students attending the clinic will perform prior to Washington’s varsity football game on Friday, Oct. 6, at approximately 6:25 p.m.

Click on the attached link below for more information on the WHS Little Blue Jay Cheer Clinic along with a registration form. An online form also is attached below. If using the online form, send check to the address below or pay on the first day of the clinic.

Registration forms can be turned in on the first day of the clinic or mailed to Washington High School, Attn: Activities Office, 600 Blue Jay Drive, Washington, MO 63090.

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 9/11/17




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Nichole Brinker, a senior for the Washington High School varsity softball team, became the program’s leader in career hits during the Lady Jays’ 16-0 win over Hazelwood Central at the Francis Howell Central Tournament on Friday, Sept. 8.

Brinker picked up career hit No. 129, breaking the career mark previously held by MC Landolt.

Brinker, a center fielder, also is closing in on the school’s all-time stolen base record of 64, held by Lauren Austin.

“Nichole came into high school as a right-handed batter. With her speed and hand-eye coordination, we asked her to try batting left-handed and becoming a slap hitter. She was able to pick it up almost immediately, which is very impressive. When I told other varsity coaches that she literally just started slapping, they couldn't believe it,” said Washington Head Softball Coach Phil King. “Now four years later, she broke the school's all-time hits record and still has about 8-10 games to add to it. What a great accomplishment.”

Nichole also is a member of the golf and basketball teams at WHS. She’s the daughter of Mike and Lisa Brinker.


Nichole Brinker


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Published: 9/11/17




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MSHSAA has released its annual Interscholastic Youth Sports Brain Injury Report regarding the impact of student athlete concussions and head injuries and the efforts that have been made to minimize damages from school sports injuries.

Click on the attached link below to see the 2016-17 Interscholastic Youth Sports Brain Injury Report.

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Published: 9/8/17




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The Washington High School boys swimming team had their one and only home meet of the season at the Four Rivers YMCA against Borgia on Friday, Sept. 1.

Borgia defeated the Blue Jays in the meet, 101-68.

Photos of Washington swimmers in the meet are below.

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Published: 9/7/17




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It’s been a good start to the season for the Washington High School varsity softball squad.

Coming off a season where the Lady Jays placed fourth in Class 4, the Lady Jays are off to a 9-5 start heading into the Sept. 7 game against Ft. Zumwalt East, including a 4-0 mark in the GAC Central.

Washington posted a 9-3 victory over Ft. Zumwalt South at Lakeview Park on Thursday, August 31.

Photos from Washington’s win over Ft. Zumwalt South are below, as are some pictures from the junior varsity game.

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Published: 9/6/17




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Madison Sprung of the Washington High School girls golf team has been named the Washington Missourian’s Athlete of the Week.

Sprung, a senior, was the medalist (low round of the day) in three consecutive meets on three consecutive days Aug. 22-24, helping the Lady Jays to a 6-0 record.

Sprung carded nine-hole rounds of 42, 44 and 45 during the three meets.

“Madison worked incredibly hard on her golf game all summer and has quickly become the leader on our team,” said Washington Coach Adam Fischer. “It’s very rewarding to see her hard work all summer paying off.”


Madison Sprung

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Published: 9/1/17




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Washington fell behind early and never fully recovered in a 47-14 varsity football loss at Pacific High School on Friday, Aug. 25.

Pacific (1-1) jumped to a 21-0 lead in the first quarter.

Quarterback Cory Hardesty scored both of the Blue Jays’ touchdowns on runs of 56 yards and one yard.

Hardesty’s 56-yard touchdown run brought the Blue Jays to within 21-7 early in the second quarter, but Pacific returned the ensuing kickoff 70 yards for a touchdown to make the score 28-7.

The one-yard touchdown run cut Pacific’s lead to 28-14 with 4:56 left in the second quarter.

Washington trailed 35-14 at halftime and 41-14 after three quarters.

The Blue Jays (0-2) visit Warrenton (2-0) Friday, Sept. 1, at 7 p.m.

Photos below are from Washington’s game at Pacific.

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Published: 8/28/17




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Washington opened its 2017 girls golf season with wins on Tuesday, Aug. 22, Wednesday, Aug. 23, and Thursday, Aug. 24.

The Lady Jays placed first in a three-team meet at Wolf Hollow Golf Club on Aug. 22 with a team score of 199. Borgia finished second with 221 and Warrenton was third with 276.

On Aug. 23, the Lady Jays defeated Troy, 175-223.

In the opening meet with Borgia and Warrenton, Washington’s Madison Sprung was the meet’s medalist with a nine-hole score of 45.

“Madison played a great round of golf,” said Washington Golf Coach Adam Fischer. “She gave herself some chances at birdie early, and then held it together after having one poor hole.”

Also playing for the Lady Jays in the varsity meet were Jordan Aholt with 50, Bria Hasenjaeger with 51, Nichole Brinker with 53, Emmy Hopkins with 54 and Brooke Robinson with 58.

“Nichole and Brooke played in their first ever golf matches and shot a pretty decent score considering they had never played in a high school golf match. I expect both of them to keep improving as the season goes on,” Fischer said. “Jordan was not happy with her round, but she really only had three holes that she played poorly.  The rest of the holes she had birdie putts and made par or bogey on. Overall, I was happy with the scores by all the players.  We still have a lot of work to do to play better golf, but I think we have the golfers that will keep working at it."

The results were better for Washington the next day against Troy.

Sprung once again earned medalist honors with a round of 41, edging Brinker’s score of 42.

Aholt finished with a nine-hole round of 45 followed by Hasenjaeger with 47, Hopkins with 49 and Robinson with 57.

"We played much better as a team compared to the night before. We were on the front nine at Wolf Hollow and looked more comfortable playing that nine,” Fischer said. “Madison, Nichole, Emmy (broke 50 for first time), Bria (broke 50 for first time), and Jordan all had good rounds. Brooke keeps improving every time she touches the course. She struggled putting, but did well in the other aspects of the game. I was proud of the course management by all the girls. We made the smart shot instead of the tough shot all evening."

Washington won again Aug. 24 at Franklin County Country Club with a team score of 198. Union placed second with 213 followed by Borgia with 218 and Lutheran St. Charles with 238.

Sprung was the medalist again with a score of 44.

Other scores for the Lady Jays were Hopkins with 49, Aholt with 52, Hasenjaeger with 53, Robinson with 54 and Jessica Frick with 59.

Photos from Washington’s meet against Troy are below.

Click on the attached link below for the Washington girls golf web page.

Madison Sprung




Jordan Aholt



Bria Hasenjaeger





Emmy Hopkins





Nichole Brinker






Brooke Robinson




Jessica Frick



Josie Newman


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Published: 8/25/17




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The Washington High School varsity volleyball squad opened its 2017 season with home matches against Marquette on Friday, Aug. 18, and Francis Howell Central on Tuesday, Aug. 22.

The Lady Jays lost to Marquette, 25-22, 25-22, but rebounded to defeat Howell Central, 25-17, 25-18.

Photos from both matches are below.

Click on the attached link below for the Washington High School volleyball web page.

Washington vs. Marquette

















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Published: 8/24/17




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Picking up where they left off from last season’s district championship run, the Washington High School varsity soccer Blue Jays opened the 2017 season with a 3-2 victory over GAC Central Rival Wentzville Liberty on Saturday, Aug. 19.

The Blue Jays trailed 2-1 at halftime, but won the game with a pair of goals in the second half.

Scoring goals for Washington were Zach Subke, Jeremiah Collins and Conlan Jarvis. Jared Lopez and Matt Ruth both had an assist. Christian Longseth was in goal.

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Published: 8/23/17




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Washington High School’s dance team, the Jaywalkers, will hold a Fall Dance Clinic on Saturday, Sept. 16, in the Little Blue Jay Gymnasium at WHS from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Mini-Jaywalkers dance clinic is open to girls in grades Pre-K through eighth grade.

Showing off what they learned at the dance clinic, the Mini-Jaywalkers will perform before (approximately 6:30 p.m.) the WHS Homecoming football game on Friday, Sept. 22.

The cost is $40 per student, which includes a T-shirt and free admission to the Homecoming football game. The cost is $35 for girls who attended the Jaywalkers Summer Dance clinic and still have their shirt. Make checks payable to WHS Dance Team.

To register, send payment along with the completed registration form, which can be found by clicking the link below, to Washington High School Dance Clinic, Activities Office, 600 Blue Jay Drive, Washington, MO 63090.

 

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Washington High School opened its varsity football season with a 43-14 loss to Union Friday, Aug. 18, at Scanlan Stadium on the WHS campus.

The Blue Jays jumped to a 14-0 lead and held the two-touchdown advantage midway through the second quarter until Union scored three quick touchdowns to lead 20-14 at halftime.

Washington scored on a four-yard pass from quarterback Cory Hardesty to Bryce Meyer followed by a six-yard run by Logan Gratza.

On Monday, Aug. 21, Washington’s junior varsity football team defeated Union 22-0 while the freshman squad lost to Francis Howell, 14-0.

The varsity Blue Jays return to action Friday, Aug. 25, at Pacific at 7 p.m.

Photos below are from the varsity’s season opener against Union.

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Published: 8/22/17




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Fall sports practices at Washington High School kicked off on Monday, July 31.

WHS offers seven sports during the fall season; football, volleyball, softball, cross country, boys soccer, boys swimming and girls golf.

All seven fall head coaches at WHS return from last year.

Football - Derick Heflin;

Volleyball – Kym Blankenship;

Softball – Philip King;

Cross Country – Mike Olszowka;

Boys Soccer – Derek Schriewer;

Boys Swimming – Lane Page;

Girls Golf – Adam Fischer.

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Published: 8/3/17




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Washington High School football and volleyball camps took place during the week of July 17-21

Football camp, led by WHS Football Head Coach Derick Heflin and his coaching staff, took place July 17-19 for grades 5-8 at Scanlan Stadium.

Volleyball camp, led by WHS Head Volleyball Coach Kym Blankenship and her coaching staff, took place July 17-20 at the Blue Jay Gymnasium. It was open to girls entering grades 5-12. The camp was divided into three sessions, grades 5-7, 8-9 and 10-12.

Group pictures from the camps are below.


Washington High School Football Camp Grades 5-8


Washington High School Volleyball Camp Grades 5-7


Washington High School Volleyball Camp Grades 8-9


Washington High School Volleyball Camp Grades 10-12

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Posted by: Craig Vonder Haar, District Admin, School District of Washington
Published: 7/20/17




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Competing at a MCCA (Missouri Cheerleading Coaches Association) Regional at St. Francis Borgia Regional High School on Wednesday, July 19, the Washington High School varsity cheerleaders finished in third place in the 4A Small Division.

With their third-place finish, the WHS varsity cheer team qualified for the state event October 28 at the Hearnes Center in Columbia on the University of Missouri campus.

Washington’s junior varsity team finished honorable mention in the Large Division during their performance on Wednesday, July 19, at Borgia.

“Varsity improved this year in a lot of areas we’ve traditionally struggled in,” said Washington Cheer Coach Katelyn Huber. “We’re excited to fine-tune our stunts over the next few months for state.”

Varsity team members are Anna Dyson, Haylee Page, Allison Williams, Ellie Nieder, Kamryn Mitchell, Brennan Randolph, Anastazia Alsop, Annie Overstreet, Lauren Hassler, Bailey Bair, Lauren Busch, Ashlyn Hartley, Grace Friese, Katelyn Garrett, Peyton Griesenauer and Sophie Koritz.

Photos from the varsity performance are below.

Junior varsity team members are Josee Reeser, Jordan Loges, Zoe Frank, Alyssa Sandbank, Kayla Kleekamp, Halle Narup, Brooke Peterson, Paige Whitall, Caitlin Moser, Lainee Teumer, Ashton Baker and Madeline Eckelkamp.

The Washington varsity cheer team is coached by Katelyn Huber. The junior varsity squad is coached by Madi Darnell. Cheyenne Parks is the freshman cheer coach.

More information on the Missouri Cheerleading Coaches Association can be obtained by clicking on the attached link below.


Washington High School Varsity Cheer


Washington High School Junior Varsity Cheer






 

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Published: 7/20/17




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The Washington High School Athletic Association will hold its 24th Annual Golf Tournament on Saturday, Aug. 12, at Wolf Hollow Golf Club.

The cost for the three-person scramble is $100 per person, which includes 18 holes of golf with a cart, lunch, dinner and drinks.

Proceeds benefit Washington High School and Middle School athletic teams and facilities.

Registration and lunch begins at 11 a.m. The shot gun start is 12:30 p.m.

Cash awards will be given to first-, second- and third-place teams in each flight. It will be flighted based on the number of participants.

There will be closest to the hole and longest drive contests along with skins, 50/50 and other games.

Sponsorships also are available. See the attached flyer below for more information.

Click on the attached link below for a registration form and for more information on the tournament.  

The registration deadline is July 29.

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Washington High School wrestling, softball and dance camps took place during the week of July 10-14.

Wrestling camp, led by WHS Wrestling Coach Josh Ohm, took place July 10-13 in the WHS wrestling room and was open to students entering grades K-12. The camp was split into two sessions, K-7 and 8-12.

Softball camp, led by WHS Softball Coach Phil King, took place July 10-12 at Dutzow Ballpark. It was open to girls entering grades 3-10. The camp was divided into two sessions, 3-6 and 7-10. WHS varsity softball players helped run the camp.

The Jaywalkers Dance camp, led by Jaywalkers Coach Jo Phinney, took place July 11-13 at the WHS Little Blue Jay Gymnasium. The camp was open to girls Pre-K through sixth grade. Current members of the Jaywalkers team helped with the camp.

Group pictures from each of the three camps are below.


Washington Jaywalkers Dance Camp


Washington Softball Camp


Washington Wrestling Camp Grades K-7


Washington Wrestling Camp Grades 8-12

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The Washington High School varsity boys basketball team played a scrimmage against a high school boys basketball team from Belgium on Tuesday, July 11, at the Blue Jay Gymnasium.

The group from Belgium included 22 students, 12 boys and 10 girls, along with coaches.

The Belgium players and the WHS boys worked out together for 90 minutes prior to the scrimmage, focusing on shooting and ball-handling. The scrimmage between the Blue Jays and the Belgium boys squad followed.

The scrimmage consisted of four 10-minute quarters. The clock only stopped on free throws and time outs. Two referees were on hand to call the scrimmage.

The scrimmage between the two teams was competitive throughout with the Blue Jays claiming a 57-46 victory over the Belgium team.

The girls from Belgium followed by competing in a coed scrimmage.

The teams posed for a group photo prior to the scrimmage and exchanged merchandise, mostly T-shirts.

The group from Belgium visited Missouri as part of a two-week summer tour. They stopped by different high schools and tourist sites during their visit.

The group photo below is of the Blue Jays with the boys and girls from Belgium along with coaches and school representatives.

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Washington High School’s dance team, the Jaywalkers, will hold a Mini-Jaywalkers Summer Dance Clinic July 11-13 at the Little Blue Jay Gymnasium at Washington High School.

The clinic runs from 9-11 a.m. each day and is open to girls Pre-Kindergarten through sixth grade.

The Jaywalkers will teach the campers dances, chants, correct dance techniques and movements and more. Each participant receives a T-shirt.

The cost is $40 per camper. If paying by check, make it payable to WHS Dance Team.

Registration can take place online by clicking here or send name of camp and payment with camper’s name, age or grade, school, T-shirt size, parent or guardian’s name, and phone number to Washington High School, Activities Office, 600 Blue Jay Drive, Washington, MO 63090.

Click on the attached link below for all of the athletic camps offered this summer at WHS.

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The Washington High School football program once again participated in the annual East Central Football Camp, which took place at various high schools in the St. Louis area, including St. Francis Borgia, on June 16 and 17.

The camp was started several years ago by then Washington Head Coach Jeff Duncan, who now is at Parkway West, and Borgia head Coach Dale Gildehaus.

It gives high school football players on the varsity, junior varsity and freshman levels to compete for two days on the football field against other schools in controlled scrimmages.

Washington Head Football Coach Derick Heflin and his coaching staff held workouts for the team leasing up to the East Central Football Camp.

Heflin and his staff will hold a youth football camp at WHS in July. Grades 5-8 will run July 17-19 from 9-11 a.m. Grades K-4 will run July 20 from 9:30-11:30 a.m.

Click here for more details on WHS Summer Camps.

Photos below are from Washington varsity against Borgia and Trinity at the East Central Football Camp on Saturday, June 17.














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Spring sports teams at Washington High School earned MSHSAA Scholastic Achievement Awards for the 2017 spring sports season.

Depending on the team grade-point average, the squads were designated either outstanding or distinguished.

Outstanding (3.25-4.0 GPA)

Varsity Girls Track - 3.9

Varsity Girls Soccer – 3.4

Junior Varsity Boys Track – 3.4

Varsity Boys Golf – 3.3

Junior Varsity Girls Track - 3.3

Distinguished (3.00-3.24 GPA)

Varsity Baseball – 3.2

Varsity Boys Track – 3.0

Junior Varsity Girls Soccer – 3.0

Junior Varsity Boys Golf – 3.0

Freshman Baseball – 3.0

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Washington High School held a track and field camp for boys and girls entering grades 3-8 on June 12-14.

WHS track and field coaches Mike Olszowka and Jim Ogle ran the camp.

The students participated and were instructed on a number of different track and field events.

Photos below are a group shot of the campers and of them working on the high jump.







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Washington High School junior Mikayla Reed has been named the Washington Missourian’s Female Athlete of the Year for the 2016-17 school year.

Union’s Deric Purnell was named the Missourian’s Male Athlete of the Year.

Reed had a junior year for the record books for the WHS cross country and track and field teams. In her junior year alone, she was a three-time state champion and a five-time all-state performer.

Competing at the MSHSAA Cross Country Championships at Oak Hills Golf Center in Jefferson City during the fall season, Reed dominated the Class 4 girls race, winning in a time of 18:02, 25 seconds ahead of second-place finisher Victoria Findley of Blue Springs South.

Reed led the Lady Jays to the podium by finishing in third place in the Class 4 team standings with a score of 142, one point ahead of fourth-place Park Hill South (143).

During the spring track and field season, Reed earned four state medals and captured two state titles at the Class 4 Championships at Jefferson City High School.

Reed was the Class 4 girls state champion in both the 1,600-meter run in a time of 5:02.52 and the 3,200-meter run in a time of 11:04.06.

Reed also claimed all-state honors in the 800-meter run, placing third in 2:18.22, and was a member of the Lady Jays’ 3,200-meter relay team that finished in fifth place in 9:41.88. Joining Reed were fellow juniors Anna Sullentrup, Morgan Holdmeyer and Colleen Kuchem.


Mikayla Reed

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Washington High School held its summer boys basketball camp in the Blue Jay and Little Blue Jay Gymnasiums June 5-7.

The camp was open to boys entering grades 3-8 for the 2017-18 school year.

The three-hour morning session was for grades 3-6. The three-hour afternoon session was for grades 7-8.

WHS Boys Basketball Coach Grant Young ran the camp with the help of his assistant coaches and some of his current high school players.

Campers received a Washington Basketball T-shirt along with prizes from games and contests.


Washington Basketball Camp Grades 3-6


Washington Basketball Camp Grades 7-8

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Washington High School’s memorable, historic girls soccer season ended with a third-place finish at the MSHSAA Class 3 Soccer Championships June 2-3 at Swope Soccer Village in Kansas City.

The Lady Jays (22-5-1) played to a scoreless draw Saturday, June 3, in the Class 3 third-place game against Ft. Zumwalt South. No overtime was played. As a result, the two teams shared third-place honors.

Click here for a video on comments about the team’s experience at state from WHS Head Coach Adam Fischer along with players Megan Yenzer, Sam Winistoerfer, Morgan Riegel, Abbey Baldwin and Taylor Bauer.

Washington lost 3-0 in the semifinals to Notre Dame de Sion on Friday, June 2. At the time, Notre Dame de Sion was ranked No. 1 in the USA Today Super 25 National Poll.

Webster Groves, which defeated Ft. Zumwalt South on penalty kicks in the semifinals, upset Notre Dame de Sion to win the state championship, 2-1.

The Lady Jays were the first team in the history of the WHS girls soccer program to reach the state semifinals.

Photos from Washington’s third-place game against Ft. Zumwalt South are below.

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Washington High School soccer player Katie Baer is KLPW Radio’s Athlete of the Week.

Baer, a Class of 2017 graduating senior, played a huge role for the Lady Jays’ memorable season as the team’s starting goalie.

Baer finished the season with a 21-5-1 record in leading Washington to the MSHSAA Class 3 Soccer Championships and a third-place finish. She made 159 saves and allowed just 14 goals in 27 games.

Baer will continue her soccer career at Goshen College in Goshen, Ind.

Click on the attached link below for more details on Baer being named KLPW Radio’s Athlete of the Week.


Katie Baer

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A send-off for the Washington girls soccer team was held at the high school on Thursday afternoon, June 1.

Family members, faculty and students were on hand to see the team off as they headed to Kansas City for the MSHSAA Class 3 Soccer Championships.

Escorted by the Washington Police Department, the Lady Jays and the coaching staff climbed aboard their Mid-American Coaches bus and began their journey to Kansas City as the crowd cheered and held up signs of support.

Click here for more details on Washington’s quarterfinal win over Bolivar.

Washington (22-4) takes on Notre Dame de Sion (22-0) in the Class 3 semifinals Friday, June 2, at 4 p.m.

The other Class 3 semifinal contest features Washington’s fellow GAC Central school Ft. Zumwalt South (14-12-2) against Webster Groves (22-1) Friday, June 2, at 6 p.m.

On Saturday, June 3, the third-place contest will be played at noon and the championship game at 4 p.m.

Click here for the Class 3 bracket.

The state soccer tournament will be held at Swope Soccer Village in Kansas City. The address is 6310 Lewis Road, Kansas City, MO 64132.

Click here for details on the MSHSAA Soccer Championships.

Photos from the Washington soccer send-off are below.









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Washington High School’s girls soccer journey through the Class 3 playoffs will continue this weekend in Kansas City.

The Lady Jays advanced to the MSHSAA Class 3 Championships with a 2-1 home victory over Bolivar Saturday, May 27, at Washington High School.

Click here for a video on comments about the game and reaching state from Washington Head Coach Adam Fischer and senior players Cassidy Nurnberger, Katie Baer and Emma Pabst.

Washington (22-4) moves on to the state semifinals and will take on two-time defending Class 3 state champion and unbeaten Notre Dame de Sion (22-0) Friday, June 2, at 4 p.m.

Notre Dame de Sion has not allowed a goal in the postseason, registering shutout wins in both of its district games along with the sectional and quarterfinal contests. The Storm have 17 shutouts in their 22 games and have not allowed more than one goal in any of their games.

The other Class 3 semifinal contest features Washington’s fellow GAC Central school Ft. Zumwalt South (14-12-2) against Webster Groves (22-1) Friday, June 2, at 6 p.m.

All four teams will play again Saturday, June 3, with the third-place contest at noon and the championship game at 4 p.m.

Click here for the Class 3 bracket.

The state soccer tournament will be held at Swope Soccer Village in Kansas City. The address is 6310 Lewis Road, Kansas City MO 64132.

In Washington’s quarterfinal win over Bolivar, the Lady Jays struck first in the 11th minute when Sam Winistoerfer rifled a shot that bounced off both sides of the goal post and into the net to make the score 1-0.

Bolivar (18-2) tied the game 1-1 in the 31st minute.

The game was knotted 1-1 at halftime.

Washington scored the go-ahead and game-winning goal in the 61st minute with 19 minutes remaining on a goal by Pabst.

Baer was in goal for Washington.
Washington's Taylor Bauer scored in the 55th minute that would've given the Lady Jays the lead, but it was disallowed.

Bolivar senior Brionna Halverson, who has signed to play soccer at Saint Louis University, entered the quarterfinal game with 54 goals on the season (including 10 hat tricks) and 162 goals for her career, which ranks eighth in state history, according to the Missouri State High School Activities Association website. She was held scoreless against Washington and didn’t have many scoring chances in the game.

Photos of Washington’s quarterfinal win over Bolivar are below.

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Published: 5/31/17




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What a weekend it was for the Washington High School track and field team at the MSHSAA Track and Field Championships.

Competing at the Class 4 state track and field meet May 26-27 at Jefferson City High School, Washington earned all-state honors in all eight events it competed in, which included three individual state championships.

The top eight finishers in each event earned all-state honors.

Leading the way was junior Mikayla Reed, who earned four state medals and captured two state titles.

Reed was the Class 4 girls state champion in both the 1,600-meter run in a time of 5:02.52 and the 3,200-meter run in a time of 11:04.06.

Reed also claimed all-state honors in the 800-meter run, placing third in 2:18.22, and was a member of the Lady Jays’ 3,200-meter relay team that finished in fifth place in 9:41.88. Joining Reed were fellow juniors Anna Sullentrup, Morgan Holdmeyer and Colleen Kuchem.

Reed also won the Class 4 girls cross country state title in the fall, giving her three state crowns and five all-state medals during the 2016-17 school year.

Also claiming a state title was senior Adam Gauzy, who won the Class 4 boys 400-meter dash in a time of 49.18.

Gauzy, who is headed to Wichita State University to compete on the track and field team, also earned all-state honors in the 200-meter dash, finishing in seventh place in 22.48.

Washington senior Clayton Duchatschek also earned all-state honors in two events.

Duchatschek, who will continue his track and field career at Lindenwood University, finished sixth in the 1,600-meter run in a school record time of 4:20.41 and eighth in the 3,200-meter run in a school record time of 9:19.49.

Washington’s girls finished in a sixth-place tie with Warrensburg and Ft. Zumwalt South in the final Class 4 team standings with 30 points.


Mikayla Reed: Class 4 girls state champion in 1,600-meter run and 3,200-meter run. All-state in 800-meter run. All-state in the 3,200-meter relay with Anna Sullentrup, Morgan Holdmeyer and Colleen Kuchem.

(Washington Missourian Photo)


Mikayla Reed: Class 4 girls state champion in 1,600-meter run and 3,200-meter run. All-state in 800-meter run. All-state in the 3,200-meter relay with Anna Sullentrup, Morgan Holdmeyer and Colleen Kuchem.

(Washington Missourian Photo)

Adam Gauzy: Class 4 state champion in 400-meter dash. All-state in 200-meter dash.

(Washington Missourian Photo).


Adam Gauzy: Class 4 state champion in 400-meter dash. All-state in 200-meter dash.

(Washington Missourian Photo).


Clayton Duchatschek: All-state in the 1,600-meter run and the 3,200-meter run.

(Washington Missourian Photo).


Washington Lady Jays: All-state in the 3,200-meter relay. From left are Anna Sullentrup, Colleen Kuchem, Mikayla Reed and Morgan Holdmeyer.

(Washington Missourian Photo).

Washington Lady Jays: All-state in the 3,200-meter relay. From left are Brooke Robinson, Colleen Kuchem, Morgan Holdmeyer, Anna Sullentrup, Mikayla Reed and Olivia Robinson.

(Washington Missourian Photo).

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Adam Gauzy, a Washington High School graduating senior, is the Washington Missourian Athlete of the Week, sponsored by First State Community Bank.

Gauzy, a member of both the WHS baseball and track and field teams during the spring sports season, qualified for the state track meet in both the 200- and 400-meter dash. He is the GAC Central champion and the sectional champion in both events.

Gauzy and some of his WHS track and field teammates will compete at the Class 4 State Meet Friday and Saturday, May 26 and 27, at Jefferson City High School.

In the classroom, Gauzy carried a 4.0 grade-point average at WHS and was the Vice-President of the Class of 2017.


Adam Gauzy

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Washington girls soccer made some history while turning in a dominating performance in its MSHSAA Class 3 home sectional game against Glendale on Tuesday, May 23.

The Lady Jays became the first team in the history of the girls soccer program to win a playoff game, cruising to a 3-0 victory.

Washington (21-4) advances to the Class 3 quarterfinals, where it will host Bolivar (18-1) Saturday, May 27, at 1 p.m. at Washington High School.

Bolivar won its sectional contest over Neosho, 5-0.

“We’re excited for the kids and the school. It’s a good thing for the community. The kids have kept themselves focused. We’re fortunate that we’re able to host both the sectional and the quarterfinal games. That’s just the way it worked out,” said Washington Head Coach Adam Fischer. “The No. 1 thing we tell them before we go on the field is that we’re a big family and we have to have fun. These games are not won if you’re not having fun. You can’t play tight. You just have to have fun.”

Saturday’s quarterfinal winner advances to the MSHSAA Class 3 Soccer Championships in Kansas City Friday and Saturday, June 2 and 3.

“In my four years here, I never thought we’d be this far. It’s amazing. Now that we’re here, we want to keep winning,” said Washington senior forward Cassidy Nurnberger. “Saturday is going to be amazing, especially since we’ll be on our home field. Hopefully we can get the Sixth Man (student pep club) out here. It’s going to be fun.”

The Lady Jays took a 1-0 lead over Glendale when Cassidy Nurnberger scored in the 29th minute.

“I moved the ball down the sideline and crossed it to one of my teammates. Sarah Becszlko hit the post with a shot. I got to the ball and did everything I could to get it in the back of the net,” Nurnberger said.

Washington made the score 2-0 in the 35th minute when Jena Monehan made a crossing pass to Cierstyn Jacquin, who knocked the ball into the net for a goal.

Washington held a 2-0 halftime advantage.

The Lady Jays made it 3-0 with a goal 17 minutes into the second half, in the 57th minute overall, on a goal by Monehan.

Katie Baer registered the shutout in goal for Washington.

“As a team, we played extremely strong. We’ve been mentally preparing for this game and it’s exciting to win. We had possession probably 90 percent of the time. We’ve been communicating together a lot more,” Nurnberger said.

“We did a great job challenging them. I think we wore out their defenders pretty early,” Fischer said. “We put a lot of shots on net and made their keeper save most of them. When you do that, you’re going to score goals. I’m going to say we had over 20 shots on goal. With the defense we have, if we can get that number of shots on goal, we’re probably going to score three or four goals and it’s pretty tough to score on us.”

The many weapons on the field has made it difficult to defend the Lady Jays.

Since the beginning of the season, I never wanted to be the only one to score,” Nurnberger said. “I’m not selfish. I don’t care who scores. I just want the ball in the net.”

“Cassidy is taking her chances when they come, but with Jena (Monehan), Caitlyn (Vodnansky), Sarah (Becszlko), the Nye girls (Paige and Parker) and Cierstyn (Jacquin), we have so many kids stepping up who are dangerous weapons,” Fischer said. “We have Megan (Yenzer) on set plays, who is deadly. We have (Taylor) Bauer on corner kicks. We have a lot of kids stepping up who are playing great soccer around one of the better kids in Cassidy, who has really been unselfish.”

Photos from Washington’s sectional soccer game against Glendale are below.

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Washington grabbed an early lead and never looked back in securing a 3-1 victory over Union in the girls soccer championship game of the Class 3 District 9 Tournament Wednesday, May 17, at Washington High School.

The Lady Jays jumped to a 3-0 lead 17 minutes into the match and cruised from there.

“It feels great. Dropping to Class 3 put us in with more of a group that we can compete with,” said Washington goalie Katie Baer. “Winning a district championship really brings everyone’s spirits up and makes us want to work even harder.”

It’s Washington’s first girls soccer district championship since 1988 and the second district soccer title this school year after the boys team did it during the fall sports season.

Winning a district championship is something special for the kids on the team,” said Washington Head Coach Adam Fischer. “We have had six seniors lead us on and off the field all year in a very positive and productive way. Having the leadership of the seniors, mixed with the younger talent on the team, has really been fun to watch all season.”

The Lady Jays (20-4) will host a Class 3 sectional contest Tuesday, May 23, against the District 10 champion, either Parkview (9-13-1) or Glendale (8-9-1).

“We’re going to go as far as we can,” Baer said. “We’re going to work really hard and see where it takes us.”

Washington took a 1-0 lead over Union in the third minute on a goal by Jena Monehan.

The Lady Jays made it 2-0 in the 20th minute when Sam Winistoerfer scored on a corner kick.

Just two minutes later in the 17th minute, Megan Yenzer scored on a free kick to make it 3-0.

The score remained 3-0 until Union’s Karlie Peth scored with four minutes remaining in the second half.

I really feel like the game came down to our ability to get off to a great start early in the game. We used our speed well on the outside and gave ourselves three good chances to score within the first five minutes of the game,” Fischer said. “Scoring the first goal allowed us to play with even more confidence, and allowed us to settle into the way we wanted the game to be played.”

Baer said Washington’s defense played a key role.

“I was prepared to face a lot of shots, but my defense backed me up and played great like they always do,” she said.

Our theme this year is to improve each time we take the field, and we have done a good job of learning from some early mistakes in the season,” Fischer said. “We still have a ways to go, but the kids are up for the challenge and ready to get back to work."

Photos below are from Washington’s district championship game against Union.

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What a way to finish a standout high school athletic career.

Washington High School senior Matt Hoemann, a three-sport athlete, concluded his WHS athletic career with a fourth-place finish in the individual standings at the MSHSAA Class 4 Golf Championships at Twin Hills Golf & Country Club in Joplin on Monday and Tuesday, May 15 and 16.

Hoemann was tied for the lead after the first of two rounds on Monday, firing an even-par round of 72.

During the final round on Tuesday, Hoemann carded a five-over-par round of 77.

Hoemann’s 36-hole total of 149 was good for sole possession of fourth place, just three shots behind Chaminade’s Joe Terschluse, who won the Class 4 title with a score of 146. Glendale’s Alex Locke and Rockhurst’s Jacob Propeck tied for second place with scores of 148.

Hoemann, who also was a member of Washington’s football and wrestling teams, will continue his golf career by attending the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg.

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Matt Hoemann



Class 4 All-State Medalists (Hoemann front row fourth from right).


Matt Hoemann at state. (Front row far left).

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Doug Light is the new varsity head girls basketball coach at Washington High School. He was approved by the Board of Education on Wednesday, May 24.

Light spent the last two seasons as an assistant coach for the WHS girls basketball program under Adam Fischer, who recently resigned after five years at the helm. Fischer will remain the girls golf and soccer coach at WHS. Light also will coach eighth-grade girls basketball in the fall.

“I’m really excited. Words can explain it. I feel really blessed to be given this opportunity,” said Light, who teaches business at WHS. “Adam made this a job people want. I really like working for this district and the kids here are awesome. I’m excited to get started.”

Light has been in education for 41 years. He’s been a varsity girls basketball head coach for 31 years at Union, Borgia, Jefferson City and Helias. He’s served as athletic director at Borgia, Parkway South and Helias.

In his 31 years as a head girls basketball coach, Light has a career record of 572-258. He’s won 11 district championships, lost in the state quarterfinals twice to the eventual state champion, reached the Final Four a total of four times, and notched two third-place state finishes.

Light was inducted into the Missouri Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame in 2011.

“Doug has a lot of experience coaching girls basketball and has been a part of many successful seasons,” said Washington Activities Director Bill Deckelman. “He’ll also be coaching eighth-grade girls basketball, which will help connect the bridge between middle school and high school. The interaction he’s had with the kids here is exciting. They really like and respect him.”

Light already is hard at work with his new job.

“We’ve begun to have individual player meetings. June will be a busy month. We’ll play in a league at Hermann, we’ll have our Washington Camp June 19-21 and we’re going to the Notre Dame Camp June 23-25, which is something we did at Helias and those girls loved it.”

Light will inherit a senior-dominated team for the 2017-18 season. The program loses just three graduating seniors from the 2016-17 team that reached the sectional playoff round.

“We have a good group coming back, and we welcome any newcomers to the program,” Light said. “Because we’ll have so many seniors, we’ll have to identify the next group coming up to see what we have.”

As far as coaching philosophy, not a great deal will change under Light’s direction.

“I really stressed defense with my past teams and will continue to do that,” Light said. “I like how this team is able to spread the floor and attack the rim. I’ll run sets I’ve used in the past, but we’ll also do a lot of the same things. This is probably the best shooting team I’ve had. We have kids who can bust it from the perimeter. We don’t have a huge post presence, but if we can create space, I think we’ll be able to have success in the post. Losing Kyra (Hardesty) to graduation, we’ll probably have a point guard by committee team.”

Dallas Stapp will return as an assistant coach under Light. With Martina Roth retiring, a new junior varsity coach has not yet been hired, but Light said he does have a candidate in mind.

Doug and his wife Sabrina, who works as a secretary at the Four Rivers Career Center, have three daughters; Emily, Maggie and Molly.


Doug Light

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Washington High School senior Clayton Duchatschek is the Washington Missourian Athlete of the Week, sponsored by First State Community Bank.

A member of the WHS track and field team, Duchatschek has been one of the top runners in the track and cross country programs during his high school career. He recently finished in third place in the 2,000-meter steeplechase at the Kansas Relays. He holds the school record for best time in the steeplechase. Duchatschek also is a standout in the long-distance individual and relay running events. In the classroom, he holds a 3.96 grade-point average. Duchatschek will continue his cross country and track career at Lindenwood University.


Clayton Duchatschek

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Published: 5/11/17




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The Washington High School Scholar Bowl team capped their memorable season with a state championship on Saturday, May 6.

Competing at the MSHSAA Class 4 State Championships at the University of Missouri, Washington captured the Class 4 title by defeating Ladue in the championship match, 490-350.

Team members for the Blue Jays were seniors Joe Stitz, Matt Dew and Cole Phinney and junior Jonathan Amlong. The team is coached by David Dennis, who provided the information for this story.

Stitz earned an earned an All-State medal as the No. 2 scorer in preliminaries and an All-Star medal as the No. 2 scorer for all five rounds. Phinney earned an All-State medal as the No. 9 scorer in preliminaries.

Washington and Ladue were tied at halftime 210-210, and the Blue Jays managed to get a 20-point lead going into the fourth quarter.  

In the fourth quarter, Washington grabbed the first four tossups and all of the bonus points, and led by 140 points with 180 possible points left. 

Washington needed one more tossup to put it away. Ladue got the next three, but Amlong got tossup No. 48 in the game - on the Mandarin Chinese language - to clinch Washington’s first ever Scholar Bowl MSHSAA State Championship.

Washington earned a spot at the state event after beating Francis Howell at regionals on April 26, and by winning districts prior to that. There are 103 schools in Class 4, and we were down to eight teams remaining at state.

Those eight remaining teams had three preliminary matches at the state event.

This was Washington's third time ever attending state, and was for the second year in a row.  In 1996 and 2016, WHS had gone 0-3 in the prelim matches.  

Washington’s first-ever victory in a game at state came early with a first-round win over Carl Junction, 660-110. After a hard-fought win over Rolla in round 2 (440-330), the Blue Jays beat North Kansas City in round three, 490-240.  After the prelim games, Washington and Ladue were both 3-0, and Washington was given the No. 1 seed based on points scored. 

Washington was scheduled to face Hickman in the semifinals, but Hickman didn't know they were the No. 4 seed until five minutes before the scheduled start time. The Kewpies had figured that Rolla, who had beaten them in round 3, would be the eventual No. 4 seed and players started to go home.  They weren't able to get four players into the room before the start of the game, forcing a forfeit. It was the first-ever forfeit in MSHSAA state history.

The Blue Jays won the semifinal match by forfeit.


Team members, seated from left, are Cole Phinney, Matt Dew, Joe Stitz and Jonathan Amlong. Standing is Coach David Dennis.


Coach David Dennis, left, and team member Jonathan Amlong with the Class 4 state championship trophy.

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Washington High School girls soccer player Taylor Bauer is the Washington Missourian Athlete of the Week, sponsored by First State Community Bank.

Bauer, a sophomore stopper for the Lady Jays, has played an important role for the team this season, as they currently stand with a record of 13-4-1.

“Taylor is one of our calming forces on defense. With her speed, her teammates know they can take a few more chances to get the ball knowing Taylor will have their back,” said Washington Head Soccer Coach Adam Fischer. “Taylor also is a force on corner kicks when we move her up. She has scored four goals on corner kicks this season. She has sat out maybe a total of 10 minutes all season, and continues to play at a high level every game.”


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Playing in the Class 4 District 4 Boys Golf Tournament Tuesday, May 2, at Wolf Hollow Golf Club, Washington advanced to the sectional round with a second-place team finish.

The top two teams and the top 15 individuals not from the qualifying teams qualified for Class 4 sectional competition.

Rock Bridge claimed the district championship with a team score of 321. Washington placed second with a score of 329, three strokes ahead of third-place Timberland with 332.

Battle finished fourth with a score of 354 followed by Holt with 357, Liberty with 370, Hickman with 371, Ft. Zumwalt South with 381, Ft. Zumwalt West with 385 and Troy with 424.

The Blue Jays were led by Matt Hoemann, who shot a seven-over-par round of 78 to finished in a second-place tie in the individual standings.

Logan McPherson and John Meyer were in a four-way tie for fifth place with a nine-over-par round of 80.

Trevor Brauer carded a round of 91. Jonathan McGowan finished with a 95.

Rock Bridge’s Ross Steelman posted the top score with a four-over-par round of 75.

Washington will play at the Class 4 Sectional 2 Tournament Monday, May 8, at the Missouri Bluffs Golf Club starting at 9 a.m.


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Washington High School senior golfer Matt Hoemann is the KLPW Radio Athlete of the Week.

Hoemann shot a two-under-par 69 at the GAC Central Championships at Wolf Hollow Golf Club, leading the Blue Jays to the league title. He also was named the GAC Central Golfer of the Year.

On the golf course, Hoemann has proven to be a complete player. Whether it’s with his driver off the tee, with his putter on the green, or anywhere in between, Hoemann has been the Blue Jays’ top performer during the course of the season.  

A three-sport athlete during his senior year at WHS (also a member of the football and wrestling teams) Hoemann will continue his education and golf career at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg.

Click on the attached link below for more information on Matt Hoemann as the KLPW Athlete of the Week.


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The Washington High School varsity golf team captured the GAC Central title during the conference meet Thursday, April 27, at Wolf Hollow Golf Club.

The Blue Jays cruised to a first-place finish with a team score of 319. Holt placed second with a score of 334.

Leading the way was Matt Hoemann, who claimed medalist honors with an 18-hole round of 69. Hoemann also was crowned the GAC Central golfer of the year.

Also for the Blue Jays, John Meyer finished with a round of 81. Jonathan McGowan shot an 83. Logan McPherson carded an 86. Trevor Brauer shot an 88.

Hoemann and Meyer were named to the first-team GAC Central All-Conference team. McPherson was a second-team selection.

In the GAC Central junior varsity tournament, Washington’s Shawn Polston earned an 11th-place medal and Alex Nettell earned a 12th-place medal.


Washington Blue Jays - GAC Central Golf Champions

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Published: 4/28/17




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Washington High School hosted the annual Russell C. Nix Relays on Wednesday, April 19.

The track and field event followed a format in which every event was a relay.

Capturing first-place team finishes were Owensville in the boys division and Union in the girls division.

Click on the attached link below for the boys and girls results from the Nix Relays.

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Washington High School freshman Sophia Olszowka is the Washington Missourian athlete of the week, sponsored by First State Community Bank.

A member of the WHS track and field team, Olszowka earned three medals at the Union Relays in the pole vault, javelin and as a member of the 400-meter relay team. She broke the school record in the javelin by over six feet.

A few days later during the Dale Collier Invitational at Kirkwood High School, Olszowka placed second in the javelin, breaking her own school record by over a foot. She currently is the No. 2 ranked freshman in Missouri.

Olszowka holds a 4.0 grade-point average in the classroom.


Sophia Olszowka

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Washington High School hosted a home track and field meet on Tuesday, April 4.

Joining the WHS boys and girls varsity and junior varsity teams were Borgia, Union, Warrenton and Hermann.

Union took first place in both the varsity boys and girls team standings.

Washington placed first in both the junior varsity boys and girls team standings.

Washington’s varsity girls finished second while the varsity boys were fourth.

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Washington High School cheerleading tryouts for the 2017-18 school year are scheduled for Saturday, April 29, at the Blue Jay Gymnasium beginning at 8 a.m.

Clinic dates are Tuesday, April 25, and Thursday, April 27, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Blue Jay Gymnasium.

Students must be at the clinics and the tryouts. They also must have have a completed, updated physical on file to try out for the team. For questions regarding physicals, call the WHS Activities Office at 636-231-2180.

New this year, tryout packets must be turned in the first day of clinics. Click on the attached link below for the packet.

For more information on WHS cheerleading tryouts, email washmocheercoach@gmail.com.

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Washington High School girls soccer player Cassidy Nurnberger is the KLPW Radio Athlete of the Week.

Nurnberger, a senior midfielder, has 10 goals and four assists in the Lady Jays’ first nine games, leading the team to a 7-1-1 overall record. She had two goals and two assists in a 5-0 victory over Parkway North at the Parkway College Showcase on Saturday, April 1.

Nurnberger will continue her education and soccer career at the University of Missouri.

Click on the attached link below to listen to the KLPW interview with Nurnberger and Washington Soccer Coach Adam Fischer.


Cassidy Nurnberger

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Published: 4/4/17




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Winter sports teams at Washington High School earned MSHSAA Scholastic Achievement Awards for the 2016-17 season.

Depending on the team grade-point average, the squads were designated either outstanding or distinguished.

 

Outstanding (3.25-4.00)

Varsity Girls Basketball - 3.77

Varsity Dance Team - 3.70

Varsity Girls Swimming - 3.58

Junior Varsity Boys Basketball - 3.53

Junior Varsity Girls Basketball - 3.50

Varsity Boys Basketball - 3.47

 

Distinguished (3.00 - 3.24)

Varsity Cheer - 3.24

9th Grade Boys Basketball - 3.21

Junior Varsity Cheer - 3.20

9th Grade Girls Basketball - 3.15

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The Washington High School varsity girls soccer team is off to a hot start to the 2017 season.

The Lady Jays take a 5-1-1 overall record into the Parkway College Showcase Friday and Saturday, March 31 and April 1.

The players have been working extremely hard at practice and carrying that work ethic into the games,” said Washington Head Coach Adam Fischer. “We’ve played seven games in 14 days, so everyone has contributed in some way to help this team get to where they are this early in the season. In the seven games, we’ve given up one goal."

The team did not allow a goal in its first six games of the season, jumping out to a 5-0-1 record. The Lady Jays defeated Mehlville 2-0, Pacific 3-0, Jefferson City 1-0 in overtime, Northwest 1-0, and Ft. Zumwalt East 2-0. They played to a scoreless draw against Wentzville Liberty.

Washington suffered its first loss of the season, and gave up its one and only goal, in a 2-1 loss in penalty kicks at home against Holt on Thursday, March 30.

Cassidy Nurnberger, who has signed to play soccer next year at the University of Missouri, scored the Lady Jays’ goal against Holt.

Katie Baer was in goal against Holt. She’s registered five shutouts this season, has allowed one goal, and sports a 4-1-1 record. Mary Beth Reust has the team’s other shutout in goal.

Fischer is being assisted by Suzanne Pelley and Erin Wesselschmidt.

Click on the attached link below, which includes the Lady Jays’ soccer roster and schedule.

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Published: 3/31/17




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Washington High School girls soccer player Katie Baer is the Washington Missourian Athlete of the Week, sponsored by First State Community Bank.

Baer, a senior goalie, has been a big reason for the success of the Lady Jays, who are off to a 5-0-1 start to the season.

In her five games in goal, Baer has registered five shutouts and owns a 4-0-1 record. Mary Beth Reust has the other shutout in goal.

Washington has not allowed a goal in its first six games of the season entering its home contest against Holt on Thursday, March 30.


Katie Baer

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The Washington High School varsity baseball team opened their 2017 spring season by winning two games in the annual Four Rivers Classic.

The Blue Jays notched wins at home over Festus 3-1 and at Owensville, 4-2. Ryan Lohrer was the winning pitcher against Festus. Matt McGilvray earned the win over Owensville.

The finals of the Four Rivers Classic were rained out on March 18 and rescheduled for Friday, April 14, at Pacific High School.

Washington’s junior varsity team opened the season by winning the St. Clair Tournament, defeating Pacific 11-1, Union 10-9 and St. Clair 7-3.

Washington baseball is coached by Scott Bray and assisted by Dane Gough, Tim Zumsteg, John Alfermann and Doug Tollison.

Click on the attached link below for the WHS baseball page, which includes schedules and rosters.

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The Washington High School golf team opened their spring sports meet with a meet against Borgia on Tuesday, March 21, at Wolf Hollow Golf Club.

Borgia won the meet over the Blue Jays, 150-153.

Washington senior Matt Hoemann shot a three-under par round of 35. Fellow senior Trevor Brauer carded an even-par 38.

Washington won the junior varsity meet over Borgia, 188-199.

Varsity members of the WHS golf team are seniors Hoemann, Brauer and Jonathan McGowan and juniors Logan McPherson and John Meyer.

Junior varsity members are senior Scott Vanek, juniors Jonathan Amlong, Ethan King and Shawn Polston, and sophomores Nathan Blocker, Tyler Coomes, Braden Kazmaier and Alex Nettell.

Washington is coached by Tim Buschmann.

Click on the attached link below for the WHS boys golf page, which includes the schedule and roster. Varsity pictures from Washington’s meet against Borgia are below.


Matt Hoemann


Matt Hoemann


Matt Hoemann


Trevor Brauer


Trevor Brauer


Trevor Brauer


Jonathan McGowan


Jonathan McGowan


Jonathan McGowan


Logan McPherson


Logan McPherson


Logan McPherson

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The IAABO (International Association of Approved Basketball Officials) released its Gateway Athletic Conference boys and girls players and coaches of the year for the 2016-17 season for the North, South and Central Divisions.

Washington High School junior guard Reese Arnold was named the GAC Central girls basketball player of the year. Arnold averaged 17.9 points and 6.3 rebounds this season, both were team highs. From three-point range, Arnold was 83 for 177 for 46.9 percent on the season and also shot 85.9 percent from the free throw line, going 67 for 78. She also added 1.86 assists per game and 1.79 steals per contest.

Washington’s Adam Fischer was named the GAC Central Coach of the Year. Fischer led the Lady Jays to a 25-4 overall record and a 10-0 mark in the league. The team won its fourth straight district championship this season.

Click on the attached link below for the complete list of the IAABO player and coach of the year awards for the Gateway Athletic Conference.

Reese Arnold: IAABO GAC Central Player of the Year


Adam Fischer: IAABO GAC Coach Player of the Year

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Published: 3/10/17




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Washington’s hopes of a long girls basketball postseason run came to an end in a Class 5 sectional loss to Kirkwood on Wednesday, March 8, at St. Charles West High School.

Led by the hot shooting junior guard Jayla Everett, who scored 30 points (19 in the first half), Kirkwood advanced with a 65-51 victory over the Lady Jays.

Washington grabbed the lead in the early minutes of the game, but Kirkwood came back to take a 16-9 lead after the first quarter and never trailed again. The Pioneers held leads of 32-22 at halftime and 53-36 after three quarters.

Washington pulled to within 11 points in the fourth quarter and had opportunities to get closer, but couldn’t capitalize.

​When you are playing in the state playoffs, you have to be able to follow a game plan on both ends of the floor. We followed our game plan defensively for about half the game. The half we did not follow the game plan was when we lost the game,” said Washington Head Coach Adam Fischer. “We had way too many mental mistakes to win a ballgame against a team like Kirkwood. Offensively, we played well at times, but again some mental lapses with our positioning cost us the game at times."

The Lady Jays (25-4) were led by Jackie Arnold, who finished the game with 18 points. Reese Arnold added 13 points. Brooke Robinson and Mary Beth Reust both hit two three-pointers to finish with six points. Kyra Hardesty scored five points. Nichole Brinker had three points.

Washington played without senior forward Emma Boehmer, who suffered an ankle injury during the team’s district championship game against Lafayette.

It was the final game in a Washington uniform for seniors Hardesty, Boehmer and Cortney Eckelkamp.

In addition to Everett’s 30 points, Lauryn Miller added 14 points and Natalie Bruns scored 12 points for the Pioneers (25-3), who take on Jefferson City (25-3) in the Class 5 quarterfinals Saturday, March 11, at Lindenwood University at 2:45 p.m.

Overall, our kids have nothing to hang their heads about for the season they had. Finishing the year at 25-4 is something they can be proud about,” Fischer said. “We played some tough competition this year, and were able to pull out some tough wins. The senior class leaves the school winning a district championship all four years they were in high school."

Click on the link below for the MSHSAA Class 5 girls bracket.

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For the fourth straight season, the Washington Lady Jays are district girls basketball champions.

Playing in the title game of the Class 5 District 5 Tournament Thursday, March 2, at Eureka High School, the top-seeded Lady Jays knocked off second-seeded Lafayette, 48-32.

This will be the first senior class who leaves here with four district titles. It just goes to show the hard work the kids have put in over the last four years. They earned it,” said Washington Head Coach Adam Fischer. “We've played good competition all year to get ready for the postseason, and we're happy to come out on top.”

Washington (25-3) advances to the Class 5 sectional round against Kirkwood (24-3) Wednesday, March 8, for a 7:45 p.m. contest at St. Charles West High School.

The address to St. Charles West High School is 3601 Droste Rd., St. Charles, MO 63301.

Jackie Arnold and Reese Arnold both scored 14 points and Kyra Hardesty added 12 points for Washington against Lafayette. Nichole Brinker finished with four points. Emma Boehmer and Brooke Robinson both scored four points.

It feels really great. This was our expectation at the beginning of the year, and it feels great that we were able to fulfill our expectation. It feels really great to be able to win four districts in a row,” Hardesty said. “We're definitely a lot shorter than the past three years, but I think we're definitely a lot quicker going up and down the floor. Plus we have great three-point shooters, so that helps get us through the games.”

Washington’s three seniors are Hardesty, Boehmer and Cortney Eckelkamp.

Cortney doesn't play much, but she's fought just as hard as anyone in this program, and she's never complained. She does a lot of things in practice to help us, which is vital,” Fischer said. “Kyra and Emma have been varsity starters for us since they were freshmen. Our three seniors have played major roles in helping to build this program.”

Washington’s girls lost to Kirkwood 54-35 in the sectional round last season at St. Charles West.

“It's going to be a battle. We have to go there and play well,” Fischer said. “Hopefully the games we've played this year has us ready to play them on Wednesday.”

The Lady Jays reached the Class 5 state quarterfinals in 2015, losing to Parkway North, and the Class 5 sectional round in 2014, falling to Rock Bridge.

Photos from Washington’s district championship game are below.

Click on the attached links below for the MSHSAA Class 5 girls basketball championship bracket and the WHS girls basketball web page.


District Champions

Front row, from left, are Jackie Arnold, Nichole Brinker, Kyra Hardesty and Brooke Robinson. Middle row, from left, are Tess Marquart (manager), Morgan Holdmeyer (manager), Emmy Hopkins, Bria Hasenjaeger, Morgan Riegel, Olivia Robinson, Mary Beth Reust and Jessica Frick (manager). Back row, from left, are Dallas Stapp (assistant coach), Jennifer Heflin (assistant coach), Cortney Eckelkamp, Jessie Huxol, Emma Boehmer, Reese Arnold, Kailey Robinson, Adam Fischer (head coach), Drew Fischer (manager), Martina Roth (assistant coach) and Doug Light (assistant coach).


District Champions

Front row, from left, are Jackie Arnold, Nichole Brinker, Kyra Hardesty and Brooke Robinson. Middle row, from left, are Emmy Hopkins, Bria Hasenjaeger, Morgan Riegel, Olivia Robinson and Mary Beth Reust. Back row, from left, are Cortney Eckelkamp, Jessie Huxol, Emma Boehmer, Reese Arnold and Kailey Robinson.




























 

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Published: 3/3/17




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The Washington High School Jaywalkers Dance Team captured state championship honors in the Division 4 Kick Routine during the Missouri Dance Team Association’s State Competition at the St. Charles Family Arena on Saturday, Feb. 25.

The Jaywalkers, coached by Jo Phinney and Amy Oesterly, registered a Division 4 first-place performance in Kick and third place in Pom.

Additionally, the Jaywalkers received the Class 4 Team Academic Award for holding a 3.9 team grade-point average.

Team members for the WHS Jaywalkers are Rachel Bauche, Michelle Dew, Megan Duncan, Campbell Hamai, Gabriella Henzel, Sarah Hoemann, Molly Landolt, Lydia Lock, Meghan Mauldin, Payton Owens, Ellie Scheer, Anna Schneider, Elise Thierbach, Haley Woll and Grace Ziglin.

“I am so proud of this team for achieving one of the season’s original goals, which was winning at state. The girls worked hard all season,” Phinney said. “Also, I loved seeing how excited the girls were to win the academic award. It shows how much they believe in being student athletes.”

Tryouts for the 2017-18 WHS Jaywalkers are scheduled for April 6, 8 and 9 at the high school. For more information, contact Jo Phinney at jophinney@sbcglobal.net.


WHS Jaywalkers First Place in Division 4 Kick Routine


WHS Jaywalkers Third Place in Division 4 Pom Routine


WHS Jaywalkers Class 4 Team Academic Award, 3.9 Grade-Point Average.


WHS Jaywalkers Class 4 Team Academic Award, 3.9 Grade-Point Average.

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Eight wrestlers represented Washington High School at the MSHSAA Wrestling Championships Feb. 16-18 at Mizzou Arena.

Competing in the Class 3 ranks, Washington had two wrestlers earn all-state medalist honors by placing in the top six of their respective weight classes.

The Blue Jays finished 13th in the Class 3 team standings with 43 points.

Earning all-state honors were senior Cody Hey, who placed fourth at 113 pounds, and senior Calvin Obermark, who placed fifth at 132 pounds.

Washington won five of its eight first-round matches and was 2-3 in the quarterfinal round.

Hey and Obermark represented the Blue Jays in the semifinal round.

Also competing for Washington at the state meet were senior Joe Omer (120), sophomore Tommy Kelpe (126), senior Jonathan Kelpe (138), senior Austin Gaebe (145), sophomore Jack Carico (170) and senior Alec Holtmeyer (220).

Click the link below and then click on "Live Results" for complete results from the state meet.

Photos from all eight of the Blue Jays' at the MSHSAA Wrestling Championships are below.

Cody Hey: All-State fourth place 113 pounds



Calvin Obermark: All-State fifth place 132 pounds




Joe Omer, 120 pounds




Tommy Kelpe, 126 pounds




Jonathan Kelpe, 138 pounds




Austin Gaebe, 145 pounds




Jack Carico, 170 pounds




Alec Holtmeyer, 220 pounds




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It was a big weekend for the Washington High School wrestling squad.

Competing at the Class 3 District 1 Tournament in Farmington on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 10 and 11, the Blue Jays captured the team title and had eight wrestlers qualify for state competition by placing in the top four of their respective weight classes.

Washington claimed the team crown with a score of 182.5, easily topping second-place De Soto with 155.5.

Hillsboro finished third with 145.5 points followed by Farmington with 142.5, Sikeston with 120, Windsor with 106, Union with 105.5, Pacific with 94.5, Rockwood Summit with 94, Webster Groves with 75.5, Festus with 50, Cape Girardeau Central with 21, St. Mary’s with 16, North County with 14.5 and Gateway with 10.

“It was a great weekend for us. I think we may have surprised everyone but ourselves with just how good we can be. We’ve had a lot of success in Farmington with this being our third district title in five years,” said Washington Head Coach Josh Ohm. “We knew it was going to be hard to beat us with six in the finals. It was a great feeling with us basically wrestling a dual in the finals for the first half.”

Washington’s eight state qualifiers are Tommy Kelpe, Jonathan Kelpe, Cody Hey, Joe Omer, Alec Holtmeyer, Calvin Obermark, Austin Gaebe and Jack Carico.

Six of the eight state qualifiers for the Blue Jays reached the district finals in their respective weight classes.

Claiming individual district titles were Tommy Kelpe (126 pounds) and Jonathan Kelpe (138 pounds).

Tommy Kelpe (27-20) pinned Pacific’s Jai Thompson (38-13) in the finals.

Jonathan Kelpe (42-9) won a 3-1 decision over Rockwood Summit’s Sourya Magallapu (41-4) in the finals.

“Having both of the Kelpes win district titles is a special thing and a great memory for our team and for their family,” Ohm said.  

Reaching the finals and placing second for the Blue Jays were Cody Hey (113), Joe Omer (120), Calvin Obermark (132) and Alec Holtmeyer (220). Hey, Omer and Holtmeyer all lost by one-point decisions in the finals.

Hey (32-5) lost an 8-7 decision in the finals to Farmington’s Bradly Harman (36-7).

Omer (39-12) lost a 1-0 decision in the finals to Hillsboro’s Dylan Owens (42-1).

Holtmeyer (41-10) lost a 3-2 decision in the finals to Hillsboro’s Paul Stewart (27-7).

Obermark (30-21) was defeated by Rockwood Summit’s Sam Frankowski (41-3) in the finals.

Washington’s Austin Gaebe (145) and Jack Carico (170) both notched third-place finishes.

Gaebe (19-17) won a 1-0 decision over Sikeston’s Justin Faulkner (39-9) in the third-place match.

Carico (21-21) won a 6-3 decision over Sikeston’s Trent Elliott (32-23) in the third-place match.

I could not be more proud of not only how we wrestled on the mat, but how we came together as a team and the excitement that we had for everyone in every match,” Ohm said. “As great as it was, I feel confident that if we have these eight young men continue to believe in themselves, then there is more to come.”

Also wrestling for Washington at the district tournament were Tate Hendricks (106), Matt Hoemann (152), Matt McGilvray (160), Gunnar Noud (182), Michael Boehlein (195) and Connor Muller (285).

As proud of the eight qualifiers as I am, I’m just has proud of our six non-qualifiers. Out of those six, they all scored points for us,” Ohm said. “Tate, who had been sick, still came back to wrestle his best meet of the year. Matt Hoemann and Matt McGilvray are both first-year wrestlers who came out as seniors and both got at least two wins and scored in the bonus.

“Michael Boehlein wrestled better than we’ve ever seen him and got two falls and knocked off a seated wrestler. Gunnar also won two matches and if he was somewhere else in the bracket, it could of been a different story. Connor was literally 12 seconds of riding time away from being a state qualifier.

“So I know it’s easy to get excited for our qualifiers and they deserve that, but without the other six putting in great meets, we would not have won a district title.”

The MSHSAA State Wrestling Championships take place Thursday-Saturday, Feb. 16-18, at Mizzou Arena in Columbia.

Click on the attached link below for more information on the MSHSAA State Wrestling Championships.

Blue Jays Win District Title

The Washington Blue Jays captured the Class 3 District 1 Wrestling championship in Farmington.

District Champions


Pictured are Washington’s individual district wresting champions. From left are Tommy Kelpe, Head Coach Josh Ohm and Jonathan Kelpe.

State Qualifiers


Pictured are Washington’s state qualifying wrestlers. Front row, from left, are Tommy Kelpe, Joe Omer and Calvin Obermark. Back row, from left, are Jonathan Kelpe, Austin Gaebe, Alec Holtmeyer, Jack Carico and Cody Hey.

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Playing in a girls basketball tournament loaded with state-ranked teams, Washington secured a third-place finish with a 64-59 victory over Rock Bridge at the Webster Winter Challenge at Webster Groves High School on Saturday, Feb. 4.

Four of the eight teams in the tournament are state ranked and a fifth team is right on the edge of cracking the top 10 in Class 5.

The field included Incarnate Word (No. 1 in Class 4), Kirkwood (No. 2 in Class 5), Washington (No. 3 in Class 5) and Rock Bridge (No. 5 in Class 5). St. Joseph’s Academy also was in the tournament and is close to being state-ranked in Class 5.

Washington (18-3) posted wins over St. Joseph’s Academy and Rock Bridge, and lost to Incarnate Word.

“We’re disappointed with the loss to Incarnate, but we came back 16 hours later and beat a 17-4 team that’s ranked in the top five in the state, so we’re proud about that,” said Washington Head Coach Adam Fischer. “It was a good tournament for us and we’re looking forward to what we have ahead of us for the rest of the season.”

The Lady Jays opened the tournament with a 63-59 over St. Joseph’s Academy.

Reese Arnold led Washington against St. Joe’s with 25 points. Kyra Hardesty added 17 points and six assists. Jackie Arnold collected 15 points and seven rebounds. Nichole Brinker had six points and six rebounds.

Playing against Incarnate Word in the semifinals, Washington fell short, 76-73. The game was tied 33-33 at halftime, but IWA went on a 28-17 third-quarter run, which was the difference. The Lady Jays turned a 17-point deficit into a three-point loss at the end.

Reese Arnold paced Washington with 28 points. Jackie Arnold scored 19 points. Brooke Robinson gave WHS a spark with nine points on three three-pointers. Hardesty also had nine points. Brinker scored five points.

In the third-place game against Rock Bridge, Reese Arnold finished with 23 points. Hardesty added 17 points and eight assists. She also went over 300 career three-point field goals in the game. Jackie Arnold scored nine points. Emma Boehmer, Brinker and Robinson each scored five points.

“We faced three teams who were a lot bigger than us,” Fischer said. “Nichole, Brooke, Emma and Bria (Hasenjaeger) really battled against those bigger kids all week, which put us in position to win those games.”

Reese Arnold and Hardesty were named to the all-tournament team.

Kirkwood won the tournament championship with an overtime victory over Incarnate Word.

Photos from Washington’s game against Rock Bridge are below.

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Washington High School varsity boys basketball player Conlan Jarvis is the Washington Missourian Athlete of the Week, sponsored by First State Community Bank.

Jarvis, a 6-1 junior guard, is averaging 14 points and four assists per game for the Blue Jays, helping the team to an 11-10 overall record. He was named to the all-tournament team in all three tournaments the Blue Jays played in this season at Borgia, Washington and Union.

Jarvis scored 17 points in the championship game of the Washington Tournament, a loss to St. Charles, and 22 points in the third-place game of the Union Tournament, a victory over Waynesville.

In GAC Central play, Jarvis scored 19 points in leading the Blue Jays to only their second-ever win over Ft. Zumwalt South. He also made a game-winning three-pointer to break a tie with three seconds left in the game in a win over Ft. Zumwalt East.


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Washington High School girls basketball player Kyra Hardesty is the KLPW Radio athlete of the week.

Hardesty, a 5-4 senior guard, is a four-year varsity player who is averaging 14.7 points, 6.5 assists and 1.7 steals through the first 20 games of the season in leading the Lady Jays to a 17-3 record.

During last week’s Webster Winter Challenge, in wins over St. Joseph’s Academy and Rock Bridge, Hardesty scored 17 points in both games and added nine points in a three-point loss to Incarnate Word on her way to being named to the all-tournament team. She also was an all-tournament team selection earlier in the season at the Washington Tournament.

Hardesty, who holds a 3.5 grade-point average, is shooting 55 percent from the field this season, including 62 percent on two-point attempts and 48 percent on three-point attempts. She surpassed 300 career three-point baskets made during the win over Rock Bridge. She’s also shooting 86 percent from the free-throw line.

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Washington High School’s one and only home girls swimming meet for the 2016-17 season was a successful one on Friday, Feb. 3.

Swimming in front of a large crowd at the Four Rivers Family YMCA in Washington on senior night, the Lady Jays registered an 84-83 victory over Borgia.

Washington, coached by Lane Page, has shown steady improvement as the season has progressed. The Lady Jays also posted recent victories over St. Charles West and Affton.  

Photos of Washington swimmers in the meet against Borgia are below.

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Washington’s victory over Waynesville in the third-place game of the Union Boys Basketball Tournament on Saturday, Jan. 28, marked the 300th career win for WHS Head Coach Grant Young.

In his career, Young has been a head coach at five schools for 18 basketball seasons (nine boys seasons and nine girls seasons) covering 15 years. He coached both boys and girls at the same time for three years at Wheatland.

Young, currently in his fourth season as the WHS varsity boys head coach, has an overall coaching record of 300-190 entering the home game Tuesday, Feb. 7, against Ft. Zumwalt East.

In addition to Washington and Wheatland, Young has been a head basketball coach at Neosho, Purdy and Union.

“It’s really nice to have hit that 300-win mark, but it couldn't have happened without the amazing coaching staffs, supportive administration, and kids willing to buy in to our philosophy,” Young said. ‘Together’ is a word that we’ve said in our huddles for 15 years now.”

On his coaching resume, Young has seven seasons with 20 or more wins, six district titles, five conference crowns, three appearances in the state quarterfinals, two Final Four appearances and one state championship.

Young led the Purdy girls to a Class 2 state championship in the 2010-11 season, and was named the Class 2 coach of the year that year. He also coached the Wheatland boys to a Class 1 fourth-place finish during the 2006-07 season.

Young was presented a 300-win game ball from WHS Activities Director Bill Deckelman prior to the Feb. 3 home game against Ft. Zumwalt South. See the photos below.



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Niche recently came out with its rankings of school districts in Missouri and the United States.

Niche combines rigorous analysis with authentic reviews to highlight the best places to live and go to school.

The School District of Washington ranked No. 29 in the 2017 best school districts in Missouri, and received an overall grade of “A-“.

An “A” grade was given in health and safety. An “A-“ grade was given in academics, and resources and facilities.

A “B+” grade was given in teachers, college readiness and food. A “B” grade was given in administration, sports, and clubs and activities.

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Washington High School’s varsity boys basketball team secured a third-place finish at the Union Tournament on Saturday, Jan. 28.

The top-seeded Blue Jays (10-8) knocked off third-seeded Waynesville in the third-place contest, 48-31.

Conlan Jarvis paced the Blue Jays against Waynesville with 22 points, 15 of which came from the free-throw line.

Washington opened the tournament by defeating Owensville 60-32. The Blue Jays lost to Borgia in the semifinals, 66-32.

Jarvis scored 17 points and Austin Lewis added 12 points against Owensville. Lewis scored 11 points against Borgia.

"I'm very proud of how our boys showed perseverance and rebounded in the third-place game after having such a letdown versus Borgia in the semifinals," said Washington Head Coach Grant Young. "We held Waynesville to four single-digit quarters, allowing only 31 points."

Cason Suggs and Jarvis represented Washington on the all-tournament team.

The win over Waynesville was the 300th career victory for WHS Head Coach Grant Young. He will be recognized at the Blue Jays’ next home game on Friday, Feb. 3.


Washington Blue Jays celebrate third place at Union Tournament and Grant Young's 300th career win.

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Competing at the Route 141 Rumble at Rockwood Summit High School on Saturday, Jan. 28, the Washington High School wrestling squad captured second-place team honors.

Ft. Zumwalt South won the team crown with 223.5 points, edging the Blue Jays with 220.5 points.

“It’s extremely frustrating to finish second once again by such a small margin. We fell a match short in wining our first tournament of the season,” said Washington Head Coach Josh Ohm. “Overall, we had some really good performances, but we still need to find consistency where we all wrestle our best on the same day and we will have much better team results.”

Joe Omer and Alec Holtmeyer were Washington’s individual champions.

Omer claimed the 120-pound crown with a 12-5 decision over Pacific’s Noah Patton. He also reached 100 career victories during the tournament.

“Jomer put in a dominant performance. He pinned his way to the finals and then put in a great match against Noah Patton of Pacific to get the 12-5 decision,” Ohm said. “Patton is extremely tough wrestler who we believe is going to accomplish a lot over the next few weeks, so for Jomer to go out there and beat him for the second time this year and lead his team, we are very happy.”

Holtmeyer took the 220-pound title by pinning Ft. Zumwalt South’s Nathan West.

Reaching the finals of their respective weight classes and settling for second-place finishes were Cody Hey (113 pounds), Tommy Kelpe (126), Jon Kelpe (138) and Connor Muller (285).

“I was very happy with Tom Tom. He is working through some injuries, but never complains and continues to win and found himself in the finals,” Ohm said. “Tom Tom is definitely improving at the right time and we are excited to see him at districts next weekend.”

Washington’s third-place wrestlers were Calvin Obermark (132) and Austin Gaebe (145).

Finishing fourth were Dana Cates (132), Gunnar Noud (182) and Michael Boehlein (195).

Overall, the Blue Jays had seven wrestlers advance to the semifinals of their respective weight classes.

We continue to improve and keep our goals in sight. As a team, we are very confident that we still have our best wrestling ahead of us and that we will surprise quite a few people with our performance in Farmington next week.”

Farmington is the site of the Class 3 District 1 Tournament, which takes place Friday and Saturday, Feb. 10 and 11.


Washington Wrestling Blue Jays - second place finish at Route 141 Rumble.

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Playing in the Third Annual First State Community Bank Girls Basketball Tournament, Washington’s bid for a third straight tournament title fell short with a 58-54 loss to top-seeded Pacific in the championship game Friday, Jan. 27, at Washington High School.

The second-seeded Lady Jays (15-2) reached the title game with wins over seventh-seeded Ursuline Academy in the first round 68-46 and third-seeded Warrenton in the semifinals, 61-53.

Overall, the competition in our tournament made for a successful week for all of the teams that played in it,” said Washington Head Coach Adam Fischer. “We came out and played really well in our first two games of the tournament. In our last game against a great Pacific team, we just didn't execute well on both ends of the floor for 32 minutes.”

Jackie Arnold had the hot hand against Ursuline, knocking down six three-pointers and scoring 32 points. Reese Arnold added 10 points. Kyra Hardesty collected seven points and 10 assists. Morgan Riegel scored six points. Nichole Brinker had five points and six assists.

In the Warrenton victory, Hardesty led the charge with 28 points and six assists. Brinker finished with 12 points. Reese Arnold scored 10 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Jackie Arnold had eight points. Emma Boehmer added three points, eight rebounds and seven blocks.

The win over Warrenton marked the 100th career victory for Fischer.

Playing in front of a large crowd, the championship game against Pacific was close all the way. Trailing by nine points with just under six minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, the Lady Jays went on a 10-0 run in less than two minutes to take a one-point lead. But Pacific (15-2) regained the lead and held on for the win.

Jackie Arnold scored 18 points and Hardesty added 17 points for the Lady Jays. Both players were named to the all-tournament team. Brinker finished with seven points. Reese Arnold and Boehmer both scored six points.

“When we made mistakes, Pacific did what all great teams do and capitalized on them,” Fischer said. “We will need to clean things up if we plan on winning some big games down the stretch in conference and district play.”

Click on the links below for Washington Missourian photos from Washington's games at the First State Community Bank Tournament at WHS.


Washington Lady Jays - second place at Washington High School's First State Community Bank Tournament.

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Adam Fischer, head coach of the Washington High School varsity girls basketball team, reached 100 career victories following his team’s 61-53 win over Warrenton in the semifinals of the First State Community Bank Tournament at Washington High School on Wednesday, Jan. 25.

Fischer accomplished the feat in less than five full seasons as a head coach. He’s currently in his fifth season at Washington.

Following the game, Fischer was presented a 100-win game basketball from WHS Activities Director Bill Deckelman. He also received a basketball that was signed by his current players and some of his past players.

Photos of Fischer celebrating 100 career victories are below.


Adam Fischer, right, is presented a 100-win game basketball from WHS Activities Director Bill Deckelman.


Adam Fischer with his son, Drew.


Adam Fischer with his current varsity players and assistant coaches.

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Fall sports teams at Washington High School earned MSHSAA Scholastic Achievement Awards for the 2016 fall sports season.

Depending on the team grade-point average, the squads were designated either outstanding or distinguished.

 

Outstanding (3.25 - 4.0)

JV Girls Cross Country - 3.95

Varsity Girls Cross Country - 3.85

Varsity Volleyball - 3.71

Varsity Girls Golf - 3.67

JV Volleyball - 3.62

Varsity Boys Cross Country - 3.59

JV Boys Cross Country - 3.57

JV Girls Golf - 3.48

9th Volleyball - 3.28

 

Distinguished (3.0 - 3.24)

JV Softball - 3.24

Varsity Softball - 3.22

Varsity Boys Soccer - 3.17

Varsity Football - 3.04

9th Grade Football - 3.0

 

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Playing in the 46th Annual Washington Boys Basketball Tournament, sponsored by First State Community Bank, the varsity Blue Jays reached the championship game and settled for second-place honors.

The fifth-seeded Blue Jays opened the tournament in dramatic fashion, knocking off fourth-seeded Borgia 54-53 on a layup by Austin Lewis as the final buzzer sounded.

Washington advanced to the semifinals, where it defeated top-seeded St. Charles, 61-51.

In the championship game on Monday, Jan. 16, the Blue Jays fell short to second-seeded Westminster, 71-63.

“I’m very proud of the boys coming together and playing so well as a team defensively and controlling the glass,” said Washington Head Coach Grant Young. “It was a good tournament for us. Hopefully we can carry this momentum into the remainder of our season.”

Cason Suggs and Zach Harms both scored 15 points to lead Washington in the win over Borgia. Suiggs also grabbed 11 rebounds. Austin Lewis and Dayton Turner both scored six points. Conlan Jarvis added five points.

In the victory over St. Charles, Jarvis paced the Blue Jays with 17 points. Austin Lewis finished with 13 points. Suggs scored 12 points.

In the championship game, Suggs led the Blue Jays with 25 points. Jarvis finished with 17 points. Harms scored 14 points.

Suggs and Jarvis represented Washington on the all-tournament team.

Click on the attached link below for the WHS boys basketball webpage, which features schedules, rosters and a video previewing the varsity basketball season.

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Cason Suggs is the KLPW Radio Athlete of the Week.

Suggs is a 6-6 junior forward on the Washington High School varsity boys basketball team.

Suggs played a big role in leading the Blue Jays to a second-place finish at the 46th Annual Washington Tournament, averaging 17.3 points per game in three games on his way to being named to the all-tournament team.

Suggs scored 15 points and 12 points in victories over Borgia and St. Charles, respectively. He then connected for 25 points in the championship game, a 71-63 loss to Westminster.

For the season, Suggs is averaging 12 points and seven rebounds per game.

In the classroom, Suggs holds a 3.8 grade-point average.

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Cason Suggs

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Washington High School girls basketball player Brooke Robinson is the Washington Missourian Athlete of the Week.

Robinson, a 5-8 junior forward, played a big role for the Lady Jays coming off the bench in recent GAC Central road victories over Holt and Ft. Zumwalt North.

“In the game against Holt, Brooke came off the bench and hit two three-pointers on her way to scoring eight points in the second half to help us when the team was saddled with major foul trouble,” said Washington Coach Adam Fischer. “Against Ft. Zumwalt North, Brooke helped hold their best player to below her average in the second half. Brooke didn’t have a lot of stats in the game, but her defensive effort helped us secure the win.”


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Washington registered a fifth-place finish at the Visitation Academy Girls Basketball Christmas Tournament, which took place Dec. 17 and Dec. 26-28.

The fourth-seeded Lady Jays (8-1) went 3-1 in the tournament, notching wins over Metro 56-43, Cor Jesu 41-40 and Whitfield, 57-53.

Washington overcame a 20-point deficit in the second quarter to defeat Whitfield. Kyra Hardesty led three Lady Jays in double figures with 19 points. Jackie Arnold added 13 points and 12 rebounds. Nichole Brinker had 10 points and 12 rebounds.

In the win over Cor Jesu, Reese Arnold nailed a three-pointer with 29 seconds left in the game to give Washington a 41-40 lead, which turned out to be the final score. Reese Arnold finished the game with 24 points and 10 rebounds. Hardesty added nine points and six assists. Brinker scored seven points.

Washington opened the tournament with a 56-43 win over Metro. Reese Arnold led the way with 24 points. Jackie Arnold added 12 points and 11 rebounds. Kyra Hardesty scored 12 points.

In the second round, the Lady Jays suffered their first loss of the season, a 60-55 setback to fifth-seeded Pacific. Reese Arnold led Washington with 21 points. Jackie Arnold scored 12 points. Kyra Hardesty scored 11 points. Bria Hasenjaeger had nine points.

Top-seeded Incarnate Word won the tournament title by defeating second-seeded Kirkwood in the championship game.

Reese Arnold was named a first-team all-tournament selection. Hardesty was named to the second team and also received the 100 percent award, given to the player who played the hardest in all four tournament games.

Photos from Washington’s games against Cor Jesu and Whitfield are below.

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The Washington High School wrestling Blue Jays competed in the Lindbergh High School Holiday Tournament on Dec. 27 and 28.

The Blue Jays finished in second place in the final team standings behind Jackson.

Leading the way were Joe Omer and Jon Kelpe, who reached the finals of their respective weight classes and finished in second place.

Also for the Blue Jays, Matt McGilvray registered a third-place finish. Jack Carico secured fourth place. Tommy Kelpe, Calvin Obermark and Alec Holtmeyer each notched a fifth-place finish. Michael Boehlein and Connor Muller both placed sixth. Tate Hendricks placed seventh. Matt Hoemann and Connor Dierkes were in eighth place.

Photos from the Lindbergh Tournament are below.

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Blue Jays place second at Lindbergh Tournament.


















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Washington High School students Jon Kelpe and Kyra Hardesty are the Washington Missourian Athletes of the Week, sponsored by First State Community Bank.

Kelpe, a senior wrestler, was an individual champion at 138 pounds at the Raytown South Holiday Wrestling Tournament, going 7-0 on the weekend with six falls. He won the title match by an 11-8 decision over a state-ranked wrestler from Smith Cotton.

“Jon dominated the entire bracket, pinning his way to the finals, where he picked up an 11-8 win in which he came very close to pinning twice a wrestler from Smith Cotton who is a highly-ranked Class 4 wrestler,” said Washington Wrestling Coach Josh Ohm. “That may have been the biggest win of the weekend for us and to do it the way Jon did was very impressive. Down at 138, Jon is going to be a lot for anyone to handle.”

With the tournament title, Kelpe improved his record to 18-4 on the season.

The Blue Jays finished in second place in the team standings at Raytown South.

Hardesty, a 5-4 senior guard for the girls basketball team, is averaging 14.5 points and 6.3 assists per game in helping the Lady Jays to a 6-0 record to start the season.

“Kyra is the team leader, team point guard, and handles the ball most of the time for us,” said Washington Girls Basketball Coach Adam Fischer. “With that said, she only has seven turnovers total in six games. Her ability to handle the pressure of the other teams without giving them easy baskets is what makes our team hard to guard at times.”


Jon Kelpe


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Washington High School girls basketball player Reese Arnold is an athlete of the week award winner for KLPW, the Washington Missourian and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Arnold, a 5-6 junior guard, is averaging 26.5 points per game in the Lady Jays’ first four games of the season, helping the team to a 4-0 record.

Arnold connected for nine three pointers and scored 35 points in a GAC Central home victory over Holt on Friday, Dec. 9, 73-46.

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Washington High School girls basketball player Jackie Arnold has been named the Washington Missourian Athlete of the Week, sponsored by First State Community Bank.

Arnold, a 5-5 junior guard, scored 23 points on 5-7 shooting from three-point range to help the Lady Jays to a 63-56 victory over defending Class 5 state champion Kickapoo at the Norm Stewart Classic in Columbia. She was named the Gary Filbert MVP of the game for her performance by the staff at Columbia College.

Arnold is averaging 15 points per game in Washington’s first three contests in helping the Lady Jays to a 3-0 record.

"Jackie has had a great start to the season for us on the offensive end of the floor,” said Washington Head Girls Basketball Coach Adam Fischer. “In the Kickapoo game, she really showcased both parts of her game. She drove the ball well to the basket and made the outside shot when it presented itself to her."


Jackie Arnold

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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.

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

​"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.

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“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.