The Boonville Fall Sports Reception culminated a season of highs and lows for Boonville teams playing in the fall season.
While the Lady Pirates volleyball team captured the district title and advanced to the sectional round of the state playoffs, the Lady Pirates softball team also recorded a 17-win season while finishing second in the district playoffs.
The Boonville boys and girls cross-country team also set a record for number of participants this season, totaling 13, while sending two runners to the state meet in Jefferson City. Meanwhile, in soccer, the Pirates made their first-ever appearance in the championship in the district tournament against top-ranked Southern Boone of Ashland.
Of course football and tennis also had several highlights throughout the season. For the Pirates football team, they had three games comes down to the final seconds. As for the Lady Pirates tennis team, they captured first in the Osage Tournament.
While starting off the tournament, Boonville soccer coach Tim Brown said the JV and varsity teams were very much improved from last season-both in ability and overall results.
He said last year the JV soccer team struggled and finished with a record of 1-13-2 and only scored five goals in those 16 matches. They were also shutout 12 times. However this year, Brown said the JV squad finished at 5-7-4 overall while scoring 21 goals and recording five shutouts.
As for the varsity team, they had its most successful season yet at 10-12 overall and 3-9 in the NCMC. Brown said it was the first time the Pirates had double-digit wins. It was also the first time Boonville had two players with double-digit goals.
“It was the first time we finished higher than last at the Camdenton Tournament; it was the first time we finished higher than last in the conference; and it was the first time we played in a district final,” Brown said. “Combine all of that with the fact that we only had one senior starter, and next year could be ever better.”
Brown also recognized the following athletes selected to the all-conference and all-district teams. Junior Tyler Drew and Nathan Green were the only all-conference selection for the Pirates, both earning second team. Drew was also selected all-district first team along with Alec Adair and Nathan Green. Players selected second-team all-district were Joshua Udinyiwe, Philip Udinyiwe and Nolan Shikles. Honorable-mention all-district were Braden Adams, Isaac Hinkle and Noah Lammers.
As for the Pirate Pride award winner, Brown said this year’s winner for soccer goes to a player who has just about the best reaction time he has ever seen. “He ends his high school career as the school’s all-time leader games started in goal, victories, shutouts, goals-against average, saves and save percentage,” Brown said. “He also became the first Pirate goalkeeper to make the all-conference team. This year’s Pirate Award goes to senior goalkeeper Nathan Green.”
As for the Boonville Lady Pirates volleyball team, they had its season cut short in the sectional round of the state tournament by losing to Carl Junction, who went on to finish second in state in Class 3.
Nonetheless, the Lady Pirates still managed to closeout the season at 21-12-2 overall and 6-4 in the NCMC, which was good enough for third place.
Boonville volleyball coach Susie Stone said the varsity and JV girls both worked really, really hard in the off-season to prepare for what took place this fall.
“We had a huge adjustment to this year from last year,” Stone said. “My girls were amazing when it came to adapting to changes and taking on new roles as individuals. We were so balanced offensively this year at the varsity level. They just worked really hard together, they worked really well together and we had some major success because they were unselfish. Every kid did their job night in and night out. They just stepped up and worked really well as a team. They also had some major success. Some of the successes that we had this year, we started off the season by placing second in the Holden Tournament. We also had great successes on the court and off the court. This is the sixth year for the dig for a cure match with Fulton and this year we raised $3,100.”
Stone said the team motto “One More Step” also applied to volleyball as well as life. She asked the girls to take one more step to get better in everything they do.
Stone also commented on the team’s finish in the NCMC. She said even though they stumbled a few times, they pushed their way through and persevered by placing third in the conference.
“Everyone single girl in our program determined our success as a team,” Stone said.
The Lady Pirates also had success in the classroom with nine players selected to the academic all-state team. They were: Emma Goff, Daryl Fagan, Makenzie Ficken, Kylie Hohensee, Anna Terlep, Anna Davis, Raven Stone, Taylor Fry and Kristin Hoff.
Terlep, Stone, Fry and Hoff were also selected to the all-conference team. Senior Anna Davis, meanwhile, joined the same group on the all-region team. And while the Lady Pirates knocked off Southern Boone to win the district title, Stone said Hoff and Fry were selected to the first team as all-district players.
Stone also recognized the four team captains for the 2013 season. She said Davis, Fry, Hoff and Stone combined for a four-year record of 86-21-6.
As for the Pirate Pride Award, Stone named two recipients this season in Taylor Fry and Kristin Hoff.
The Boonville Pirates football team also had several highs this season while beating the Fulton Hornets on the last play of the game and then holding Marshall out of the end zone in the final minute.
Of course the wins were few and far between for the Pirates, who finished the season at 4-6 overall and 3-3 in the NCMC.
Boonville Pirates football coach Devin Brown said the Pirates had some exciting wins but it didn’t end how they wanted it to.
“No season really does unless you are in the state championship game,” Brown said. “We beat Mexico 12-6 for the first time since Boonville has been in the conference. We also beat Fulton 42-39 on the last play of the game from Francis to Austin Hulbert catching the ball. We beat Marshall 28-27 the last game of the regular season and held them on a two-point conversion to win, so we had some exciting wins and got better as the year went on. I am proud of how they finished and what they have done and how they played.”
Brown also recognized the following players for their selection to the NCMC all-conference team. Heading the first team for the Pirates were senior Jacob Francis as a athlete, Austin Hulbert at wide receiver and Tyler Peterson at linebacker. Peterson also received second-team honors at tight end, as did Grady Kay on the offensive and defensive line and Andrew Broyhill on the defensive line/linebacker.
Brown said this year’s senior class also won 20 games in three years not to mention that Peterson also set two records this season for most solo tackles in a season with 129 and most tackles in a single game with 19.
Peterson was also selected MVP on defense while Francis was the MVP on offense.
As for the Boonville Lady Pirates tennis tea, they also hovered around the .500 mark for the season while finishing 4-6 overall and 2-4 in the NCMC.
Boonville head coach Stephanie Green said she loved this season.
“Almost every day Emily Shipman and I talked about how blessed we were to have wonderful girls on this team because they are so caring, they are kind, they are helpful and they are dedicated and they are a lot of fun to be around,” Green said. “We played some tough matches this season. We are in a really tough conference for tennis. Our conference routinely sends teams and individuals to postseason play, which is state, so to play in that conference we have to really step it up and we were very, very competitive this year in that conference.
“We lost by two two Kirksville, which is a pretty big deal. We also beat Hannibal for the first time since we have been in the NCMC, and we took first place in the Osage Tournament largely due to the fact that our No. 1 and 4 players Amy Shipman and Amanda Cook played each other in the championship match and our No. 1 doubles team of Carley Esser and Kelsey Gerlach also played for a championship that day, so that contributed a lot to our success in that tournament. Each day we saw tremendous growth in our young players as well. We have a good group of freshmen out, we have a good group of sophomores and they were really dedicated.”
Green also mentioned the player of junior Kelsey Gerlach at the No. 2 singles position. She said although the Lady Pirates didn’t get to play in the conference tournament, Gerlach was still chosen to the all-conference team.
As for the Pirate Award winners, Green said seniors Carley Esser and Amanda Cook both went above and beyond this season. “We were just all together this season because of these two young ladies,” Green said.
While cheerleading and dance have no record to speak of during the fall season, Melissa Groves said the dance team could be summed up in two words or phrases. She said the first one is growth and the second one is silly moments.
“I am certain that we made steps in improving and growing as a BHS dance program,” Groves said.
Groves also recognized Marina Heard as the Pirate Pride Award winner in dance.
As for the cheerleading squad, sponsor Abby Holman the season was definitely wonderful and it was a great experience. “They improved so much and they grew before my eyes,” Holman said. “I am so proud of them.”
Holman also named Brittany Hughes as the Pirate Pride Award winner in cheerleading this season.
In cross-country, the Boonville boys and girls reached new heights in several areas with a record number 13 runners participating this season.
First-year coach Emily Allsop said the team had a fantastic season. “One of the highlights this season was our third place finish for the girls in the conference meet,” Allsop said.
Allsop commented further about two individuals who led by example this season. Allsop said one was a man of very few words. She said this runner came to practice every day, he never had a complaint and just wanted to run and that runner was senior Rory Concannon, who was selected as the Pirate Pride Award winner.
Allsop also talked about senior Savannah Burnett, who was the honorary captain of the team. Allsop said Burnett took care of the team from Day 1. “She was also the one that every other girl tried to chase and stay up with,” Allsop said. “If they kept up with Savannah they knew they were racing well.”
Lastly, Allsop spoke about junior Holly Krumm, who finished sixth in the NCMC, sixth in districts and 68th overall at the state meet. “Holly was a team leader  from the first day of practice,” Allsop said, “and that’s why she was selected as the Pirate Pride Award winner.”
The Boonville Lady Pirates softball team also closed out the 2013 season with a winning record at 17-8 overall and 7-5 in the NCMC.
Although the Lady Pirates had their season cut short against Odessa in the district championship, head coach Christie Zoeller said she had a great team all the way around.
“We were lower in numbers than we have been in the past,” Zoeller said. “We only had 19 girls come out this year but they worked extremely hard throughout the whole season. We accomplished a lot of great things this year. We took first place for the seventh year in a row in the Lady Pirate Lead-Off Classic. We also got first place in the Higginsville tournament, which was right before districts.”
Zoeller said this group of girls also never wavered at the sign of defeat. She said they always fought hard until the end and were able to win the championship in the Higginsville Tournament because of that.
“We also beat two good rivals,” Zoeller said. “We beat Kirksville this year which we haven’t done for about three years and we beat Helias for the first time in seven years. We also finished second in districts this year. We got down in that game by a score of 8-1 in about the fifth inning and they fought hard. They stepped to the plate and these girls packed so much power at the plate. They are phenomenal hitters. They are smart batters and we were going to come back and get to within one, unfortunately we ended up losing by one run, but the fact that they never gave up and had the will to come out and keep going, that is one thing you can’t really coach and they had to do that on their own so I am very proud of them for that.”
Zoeller said the Lady Pirates were also able to break three team records this past season for most runs in a single season with 197, most triples in a season with 19 and best team batting average in a season with a .354 clip.
Boonville also had its share of players selected to the all-conference and all-district team. Players selected all-conference for the Lady Pirates were Taylor Ellebracht, Havyn Monteer, Olivia Imhoff and Addy Reardon.
Meanwhile, on the all-district team for the Lady Pirates were Kylie Barnes, Miranda Northern, Millie Moyer, Courtney Timm, Michelle Surratt, Taylor Ellebracht, Havyn Monteer, Olivia Imhoff and Addy Reardon.
Boonville also placed several players on the all-region team. They were Havyn Monteer, Addy Reardon and Olivia Imhoff.
Lastly, Zoeller recognized junior Addy Reardon for her selection to the all-state second team.
Zoeller said Reardon led the team in hitting for the third year in a row with a .539 clip. She also broke the record for most triples in a career with 16 and also has the highest batting average in a career at .490.
As for the Pirate Pride Award winner, Zoeller recognized senior Devin Ellebracht for her hard work and dedication.