Football, softball and volleyball teams finish with winning records
The fall season officially came to an end Thursday night with coaches in football, softball, volleyball, soccer, cross-country, dance and cheerleading recognizing their athletes for a job well done during the Boonville Fall Sports Reception.
Although the fall season had its share of ups and downs, the Boonville Pirates football team along with the Lady Pirates volleyball and softball teams all had success on the field by finishing with winning records.
The Lady Pirates volleyball team will go down as the winningest team in the fall at 20-8-2 overall, followed by the Lady Pirates softball team at 15-11 overall and the Pirates football team at 6-5.
As for other teams competing in the fall, the Boonville boys soccer team recorded its best-ever finish in its five-year history by finishing 6-17 overall and 1-11 in the North Central Missouri Conference. As for the Boonville Lady Pirates tennis team, they closed out the season under head coach Stephanie Carey at 5-12 overall and 1-5 in the NCMC.
While finishing second in the district tournament this season behind the Fulton Hornets, the Lady Pirates volleyball team also placed second in the Eldon Tournament and third in the Warrensburg Tournament in 2012.
Although the Lady Pirates fell short in the district tournament, head coach Susie Stone said the girls worked hard and still closed out the season by finishing second in the NCMC at 9-3.
As for the JV team, Stone said the Lady Pirates closed out the season at 14-8 and worked hard and showed a lot of improvement as the season progressed. "We took second in the JV tournament at Hickman and that was a nice way to end the season," Stone said.
In addition to the success on the court, the Lady Pirates also had several members of the team recently selected to the Missouri Volleyball Coaches Association Academic All-State Team for the 2012 season. To receive this award, Stone said the following players had to play in 60 percent of the games and finishing with a GPA of 3.6 or better. Heading the academic all-state team for the Lady Pirates were seniors Sam Ivy and Bailey Pfeiffer, juniors Kristin Hoff, Taylor Fry, Anna Davis and Raven Stone and sophomores Anna Terlep, Morgan Edwards and Kylie Hohensee.
The Lady Pirates volleyball team also closed out the season with a GPA of 3.47.
Stone also presented the "I Can Award" this season to senior Mariah Root. A two-year starter for the Lady Pirates, Stone said this award goes to a player who did whatever was asked of them and always said "I can do that."
"This player this season sometimes had a large role and sometimes had a smaller role," Stone said. "She never had a bad attitude, she was very mature on the court and was always coachable. She put the team first and did not get caught up in what is in it for me. She was definitely a team player."
As for the Pirate Pride Award, Stone said this year's coaching staff decided to give the award to seniors Zoe Root and Bailey Pfeiffer.
Stone said this award goes to someone who represents the team and program with strong leadership and skills. "Both of these players have been large parts of the team's success this season, as it is their job to run the offense," Stone said. "They are both in love with the game of volleyball and have made a difference in the program."
The Lady Pirates also had several players receive post-season honors. Players selected to the all-conference team this season for Boonville were Pfeiffer and Hoff, who were both first-team selections, and Mariah Root, a second team selection.
Pfeiffer and Hoff were also selected to the all-district team as well as the Class 3 All-Region team along with Mariah Root and Morgan Edwards.
As for the Lady Pirates softball team, head coach Christie Zoeller said the team had a lot of positives both at the varsity and JV level.
While finishing 7-5 in the NCMC this fall, Zoeller said as a team the Lady Pirates outscored their opponents 195-162 and also broke two records for most stolen bases with 132 and team batting average with a .350 clip.
Zoeller also praised the play of sophomore Addy Reardon, who broke the career record for most triples with 13 and a .461 batting average.
As for post-season honors, senior Emily Gerhardt, sophomores Addy Reardon and Olivia Imhoff and freshman Havyn Monteer were selected to the all-conference team for the 2012 season. Gerhardt, Imhoff, Monteer and Reardon also joined senior Madison Lester and freshman Michelle Surratt on the all-district team. Meanwhile, on the All-Region team, Reardon was the only player to reap the award for the Lady Pirates.
As for the Pirate Pride Award in softball, Zoeller recognized two players for their play on the field this season in seniors Emily Gerhardt and Madison Lester.
Boonville Pirates football coach Devin Brown also praised his players for their play throughout the season. Although the Pirates had their season come to an end last week in the semifinal round of the district playoffs, losing to Centralia 20-17, Brown said for everybody who watched or listened to the game they saw a good football game between two good teams.
Of course the Pirates also had success in the NCMC this season by finishing third behind both Hannibal and Moberly at 4-2. The Boonville JV team also closed out the season with a winning record at 4-3 overall.
Of course with the post-season still going on in football, the Pirates will have to wait next week to see who made the North Central Missouri All-District Football Team.
As for the all-conference team, Boonville had four players selected on offense and five on defense. Heading the all-conference on offense for the Pirates were seniors Kelsey Callaway at running back, Damario Walker at wide receiver and Tanner Green and Kyle Cook both on the offensive line. Meanwhile, on defense, Walker was a repeater at the defensive back position along with senior Jalen Poindexter at linebacker. Seniors Jared Oser and Jay Barnhart also returned at the defensive end position while junior Tyler Peterson joined the team for the first time at linebacker.
With that being said, Brown announced to the crowd that Walker was selected as the Team's MVP while Kelsey Callaway was the Offensive MVP and Jalen Poindexter as the Defensive MVP.
As for the Boonville Pirates soccer team, head coach Tim Brown probably feels like his team finally turned the corner this season while recording its best finish in team history. And for the first time in program history, the Pirates also won a conference game by beating the Kirksville Tigers in the regular-season finale.
As for the JV team, they were in almost every game but because of inexperience were unable to finish while closing out the season at 1-13-2 overall.
Nonetheless, Brown was quit to praise the play of sophomore Tyler Drew, who was selected to the NCMC All-Conference team for the 2012 season.
While breaking the all-time scoring record for goals in a season with 23, Brown said Drew is also three goals shy of the all-time career record of 32 goals and two away from the all-time assist record of nine.
As for the Pirate Pride Award, Brown looked no further than to his leading scorer for the season, which just so happened to be Drew.
As for the Boonville Pirates Cross-Country team, head coach Dustin Davis took over the program during mid-season but still saw progress from each and every runner on the team.
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Davis, who collapsed during his speech, said some of the runners took almost two minutes off their time during the season.
Davis also praised sophomore Holly Krumm and junior Rory Concannon for being named to the all-conference team after finishing seventh and eighth, respectively.
As for the Boonville Lady Pirates tennis team, head coach Stephanie Green said she was proud of the players for competing each and every match despite being younger than most teams they played this season.
The Lady Pirates closed out the 2012 season at 5-12 overall and 1-5 in the NCMC.
As for Pirate Pride Award, Green presented this year's award to senior Missy Richerson.
Last but not least, coach Joni Jones awarded the Pirate Pride Award in cheerleading to Haley Coburn and Nina Martin. Meanwhile, in Dance, Jones presented the Pirate Pride Award to Cortney Huston.