With the 2013 spring season coming to an end, the annual Boonville Spring Sports Reception hinted as much last night as coaches in baseball, golf, tennis, soccer and track and field reflected on the season that was and the upcoming postseason.
Of course who better to lead off than the Boonville Lady Pirates soccer team, who will host the first round of the Class 1 District 8 Tournament Monday at the BHS Sports Complex.
While closing out the regular season at 10-8 overall and 5-7 in the North Central Missouri Conference, head coach Tim Brown said in soccer, as with any sport when you get to a higher level, it is difficult to score.
In fact, he said, one can basically judge how well the season is going to go by estimating a team’s ability to put the ball in the net.
“Do you have players who can score?” Brown said. “Yes or no. After graduating such high-scoring attackers over the past couple years, this season, we asked ourselves that very question about the Boonville Lady Pirates soccer teams. And our answer was: we sure hope so. Even though we have had some difficulty getting goals, our defense has been pretty solid, and we’ve created chances, and we’ve luckily gotten the goals when we really needed them.”
As for the JV team, they also closed out the season with a winning record at 6-3-4 overall. Brown said of the 10 matches that they either won or tied, they only allowed one goal from their opponents, and they scored 15. Brown went on to say that while scoring 15 goals in 10 matches may not be terribly impressive, only allowing one certainly is, and it says a lot for the team’s organization, composure, and hustle on defense. He said the leading JV goal scorer was junior Jessi Matney with five; the leader in assists was sophomore Alyssa Dell with three; and freshman goalkeeper Haylee Thomas recorded nine JV shutouts this season.
Brown also went on about the Lady Pirates team receiving the No. 1 seed in the district tournament. He said this was a first for the program.
“This is also the first time in my coaching career that a particular anomaly has occurred: we have not won a match that I feel we should have lost, and we have not lost a match that I feel we should have won. That may not mean much to most, but basically, we are beating the teams that we should beat, and we have only lost to the teams that played better than us. Hopefully, that trend continues through the end of the season, and maybe we can even steal a win or two if we come across some teams that are more skilled.”
As for the Pirate Award, Brown said the winner for soccer this year goes to a player who has been on the fence about playing soccer ever since he met her four years ago. He said when the mood is right, senior Bailey Pfeiffer is one of the fiercest competitors. She is currently leading the team in goals with 17 and assists with eight and most of the team’s successful attacks this season have gone through her.
As for the Boonville Pirates tennis team, they have struggled for the most part this season while finishing 1-11 overall and 0-6 in the NCMC.
However, head coach Stephanie Green said like all good teams it takes a lot of practice, a lot of learning and a lot of progression and even though the team wasn’t as successful in putting wins on the board overall as a team, they certainly made a lot of progress with a very young team.
“Our varsity players consists of 12 players because we play a 12 deep lineup in the NCMC,” Green said. “We play six singles players and six doubles teams in all of our NCMC matches. We are a young team.”
Green also presented junior Nathan Green, who played the No. 2 position for the Pirates, with the Pirate Award for the 2013 season.
The Boonville boys and girls track teams also made great strides this season.
With the district track meet Saturday at Mexico, Lady Pirates track coach Melissa Baker said the season has been the same song but different verse every day because of the weather, but the girls stuck together and they became a team.
Baker added that injuries this season have also affected the team and when you don’t have very many numbers, you hate to have people get hurt.
“All season long we have talked about peaking at some big meets that we need to peak at,” Baker said. “One would be conference and the other is districts and then we like to see improvement every track meet. We also had three all-conference performances this year and I think we only had seven girls running around the track so that’s pretty good. Addyson Reardon placed second in the 100-meter hurdles. Millie Moyer placed third in the 300 hurdles and Sarah Ellebracht placed second in the pole vault. Addy also broke the school record at conference. She broke it last year and then she broke it again this year with a time of 16.07 seconds, which is good and if she can run that again this weekend she has a chance to make it to sectionals.
“Sarah also had her personal record of 8’-6” in the pole vault so that was awesome for both of them. All of the girls have worked very hard and they have all improved their times and their distances and their throws. I am proud of each one of them and they are a great group of girls.”
As for the Pirate Award, Baker said junior Devin Ellebracht consistently exemplified a positive attitude and strong work ethic throughout the season.
As for the Boonville Pirates track team, who recently finished sixth in the NCMC Track Meet, head coach Steve Smith said looking back over the spring that actually started only a couple of weeks ago, injuries have also set his team back while ending the season with 15-16 kids.
However, after mixing and matching it up, Smith said these kids improved in 15 of the 18 track events.
At conference last week in Kirksville, Smith said junior Nathan Jones placed second in the triple jump while Austin Hinkle took first in the 100-meter dash. He went on to say that this is the first 100-meter conference champion since Justin Alberts did it in 2001.
“We are going to get prepared for districts,” Smith said. “We have a number of events that we are in the top eight in and we have a few events that have a great chance of moving on to the sectional meet the following Saturday.”
Smith also recognized Jones as the leading point getter on the team this spring and the recipient of the Pirate Award.
As for the Boonville Pirates golf team, they also made great strides this season under head Seth Pirtle by finishing 2-2 overall and 2-1 in the NCMC.
Pirtle said with the entire varsity team returning from 2012 the 2013 golf season was a great success.
“We improved on our overall record from 2011-12,” Pirtle said. “The biggest accomplishment for the team was defeating Mexico at home, but even better I am proud to say these golfers improved on their score overall.”
With that being said, Pirtle announced that sophomore Brett Windsor was selected as the Pirate Award winner for the 2013 season. While qualifying for state for the second year in a row, Pirtle said Windsor’s goal for the two-day tournament at Sedalia Country Club on Monday and Tuesday is to win state and make all-state honors.
The Boonville Pirates varsity and JV baseball team also had a winning season in 2013.
Boonville JV coach George Monk, who spoke first, said the JV team closed out the season at 9-8 overall and 6-5 in the NCMC.
“This year because of the hard work of some of these guys we kind of felt that at the end of the year that we would have a solid nine but we actually had a solid 14,” Monk said. “We didn’t have anybody that was a standout on the JV squad and nobody deserved time on the bench because they all worked very hard, so the lineup was very hard to make out and if you had an opportunity to see our last game everybody played.”
As for the Boonville Pirates varsity baseball team, they are currently 13-8 overall and 8-4 in the NCMC.
With only two actual practices at the park this spring, head coach Tim Edwards said it has been a tough season due to the weather but it has been an outstanding season.
“It’s been tough to get in any rhythm,” Edwards said. “We would go from one week where we wouldn’t play a game and the next week we would play six. However, we have been playing some pretty good baseball as of late. We have won eight out of our last 10 and have had some pretty good wins against good teams. A couple of our better wins were the Rock Bridge game. We have had some pretty good teams here the last-six years and won a lot of ballgames, but we have never beat Rock Bridge until this year, so our boys stepped up and it was a great game over there and beat them and they are ranked fifth in Class 5. The win in Kirksville 6-1 was also a great win, which by the way was their only conference loss.”
Edwards also recognized senior Jalen Poindexter for leading the team in both average at .388 and RBIs with 25 along with Dallas Franklin for having the lowest ERA at 1.75. He said Jordan Copeland is currently 2-0 while Caleb Hein, Chase Snapp and Dallas Franklin also have the most wins with three. As a team, Edwards said the Pirates are hitting .293 and have an ERA of 2.94.
While the all-conference, all-district and all-state teams have yet to be announced, Edwards said senior Zach Nixon was recently selected to the Academic All-State Team in Class 4.
As for the Pirate Award winners, Edwards said seniors Jalen Poindexter and Zach Nixon, both three-year starters, were the recipients this season of the honor.