Boonville boys basketball team and Pirates wrestling team gain experience from youth

The Boonville Winter Sports Reception last night at Boonville High School wasn’t about wins and losses during the 2013-14 season.
The Boonville Lady Pirates had plenty of those while finishing 18 wins better than the previous season at 25-4 overall.
The Boonville Pirates wrestling team, although finishing below .500 for the season at 6-13 overall, had two wrestlers qualify for the state tournament with one placing third and one fifth.
As for the Boonville boys basketball team, they also had their moments by sweeping both Fulton and Marshall in the NCMC this season and finishing the season with eight games decided by six points or less and 10 by nine points or less.
While the Lady Pirates improved twofold from the previous season, Boonville girls coach Jaryt Hunziker said he remembers standing at the podium last year and talking about how they hoped  that the competitiveness and everything would carry over to the 2013-14 season.
Except for the one loss to Marshall in the NCMC, the Lady Pirates beat every team in the conference by double figures except two. Boonville also won it’s first district title since the 2005 season.
“We always said that if we stayed with the process and worked hard the girls would see the results and we definitely benefitted from all those things this year,” Hunziker said during the reception in front of 150 athletes, parents and grandparents. “Some of the accomplishments we had we were lucky enough to play in three tournament championships. We won the Eugene Tournament, we were named the NCMC champs, and we won our district and got to play in the Sweet 16 in sectionals. Throughout the year at times we made the top 10 in the state rankings, which was nice.
“I believe the success we had this season will definitely make them ready again for next season and just motivating them that much more. I told them last week that it takes a lot of hard work and dedication to get to the top but it takes that much more to stay at the top.”
With success comes postseason honors as Hunziker recognized three players selected to the NCMC All-Conference team for the 2013-14 season. Junior Morgan Edwards and freshman Paige Renfrow were both first-team selections while senior Aly Wessing was selected to the second team.
Edwards and Renfrow were also recently selected to the Missouri Basketball Coaches Association Class 3 District 8 All-District team.
Hunziker also recognized two players as the Outstanding Defensive Players for the 2013-14 season. He said while you wont’ see their names as the high scorers every night, they contributed greatly on the defensive end. Players selected as Outstanding Defensive Players were junior Olivia Imhoff and sophomore Millie Moyer.
Lastly, Hunziker recognized Edwards as the repeat winner of the Pirate Award. While leading the team in scoring and rebounding, Edwards also picked up her 1,000th career point.
The JV team also had a successful season under coaches Ashley Freese and Nicole Potter while finishing 10-5 overall and 8-0 in the NCMC.
Hunziker said the girls made huge strides from the beginning of the year, especially from last year. “We started off the season with a heartbreaker and then we turnaround and went 2-0 at the Eugene Tournament and played a lot of good teams,” Hunziker said. “I always have to thank the JV for their hard work because a lot of times the varsity gets the recognition when it comes to the news and the media but the JV did a lot of the work behind the scenes helping prepare them for the varsity season.”
Youth also served the Boonville Pirates wrestling team well in 2013-14.
Although the win-loss record doesn’t show it, Boonville wrestling coach Christian Stock said the team was young this year.
“We did not fight the problems like we have in the past with all the opens,” Stock said. “We only had two which has been a big problem for us in the past. We had eight freshmen out of a 14-man lineup this season and that was almost the entire season. We still had two opens in every dual that we wrestled this season but it didn’t effect the outcome. The youth is what we really fought. Our dual record this season was 6-13 and we went 0-6 in the conference. Again I told the kids at the beginning of the season this is something that I wasn’t going to focus on and that I was not worried about it.
“We focused on getting better and learning from our mistakes all season long. It gets hard to keep walking back out on that mat time after time and not coming off the victor. I told the seniors that we need to stay positive and that it was going to be a rough ride. Many times during the season I reminded the young guys on the team that we needed to look at the long term goals and what was ahead of us in two of three seasons.”
Stock said the highlight of the season had to be qualifying two wrestlers to the state tournament and placing both.
Stock also praised both wrestlers while mentioning their stats for the season. Stock said junior Haldan Toomsen, who finished fifth at state, finished 34-13 and tied for first on the team for most wins and led with 24 falls, seven decisions, 18 reversals and 16 three-point nearfalls. Stock said Toomsen also won the Warsaw Tournament, finished runner up in the Jim Wallace Classic in Fulton and runner up at districts.
Andrew Broyhill, meanwhile, finished 34-9 overall and placed third at the state tournament in the 170-pound weight class.
While tying Toomsen for most wins on the team, Broyhill also led in major decisions with three, takedowns with 44 and escapes with 26. Broyhill was also in the top five in the following categories: second in falls with 20; second in decisions with five; and third in reversals with nine.
Stock said Broyhill also won the Warsaw Tournament and was the runner up at the Jim Wallace Class and runner up at districts.
For his career, Stock said Broyhill finished 85-40 and was a two-time all-conference, district champ his junior year, a two-time state qualifier and a one-time place finisher.
With all of his accomplishments, Stock named Broyhill as the Pirate Award winner.
Stock also spoke in length about the JV season.
He said it’s tough to be on the JV team as a wrestler.
“No. 1 you are always fighting for a position or a spot on the varsity team,” Stock said. “Practicing just as long as all the varsity wrestlers and not always getting the same number of matches that they do is tough. It’s hard to get these guys matches because not every school matches up weight and size so it’s tough to get them matches. We did have a chance to get into a second tournament this year which is always something that I always want to try and do because the more mat time or matches that we can get the more experience these guys get and the better they can be for us in the future.”
Stock said the second tournament that Boonville got in this season was the Rookie Roundup in Sedalia which they are pretty successful at. He also mentioned the Moberly Tournament. He said of the 12 wrestlers they took, 10 wound up placing and out of those 10 they had five first-place finishers, three second-place finishes and two third-place finishers. Boonville also went 25-9 on the day, he said, with those 12 wrestlers.
“I think that is a pretty good accomplishment and I think that shows where our seasons are going in the future,” Stock said.
As for the Boonville boys basketball team, they had a tough time as well during the season while finishing 4-19 overall and 4-8 in the NCMC.
Third-year coach Scott Floyd said if you came out and saw the team play they were extremely young.
“I really want to emphasize the word young,” Floyd said. “Nine of the 11 kids that suited up for varsity had never played varsity basketball before so they took their licks but I feel through that experience that they went through that they are going to be a lot better in the future and for years to come. We improved throughout the season. I believe with experience and maturity we will hopefully be able to win some of those games in the future.”
Floyd also recognized senior Tyler Peterson and sophomore Tavious Brazil for being selected to the NCMC All-Conference team.
As for the Pirate Pride Award winner, Floyd said Peterson wasn’t the most gifted player but praised him for his effort every night on the court.
As for the JV team, which finished 8-10 overall and 4-5 in the NCMC, Floyd said you have to keep in mind that most of these guys were freshmen and sophomores.
“Matter of fact 11 of the 12 were either freshmen or sophomores and 10 were freshmen,” Floyd said. “Needless to say they got good experience this year and should grow as they continue on. They won the Mexico JV Tournament for the second year in a row and I believe they had a very convincing 27-point victory against the Bowling Green Bobcats.”
As for the Boonville Dance team, team sponsor Melissa Groves said at the end of the season her squad didn’t have a record to tell how well they did.
“All we have is reaction from the crowd and feeback and this season we had a lot with the students, the staff and community,” Groves said.
Groves also recognized Alexandria Rinehart as the recipient of the Pirate Award.
As for the Boonville cheerleading squad, sponsor Abby Holman said the team had a really, really exciting season, especially for her first year as a coach.
Holman said getting to follow the girls to Blair Oaks and cheer the team on for the district championship was exciting. “We definitely can’t wait until next season and we hope that it’s as wonderful as this season was.”
Holman also recognized the two captains in Ivory Shikles and Bryanna Nivert. She said Shikles and Nivert stepped it up and kept everyone in line, including herself a few times.
As for the Pirate Award winner, Holman said Shikles was the recipient this year for her dedication throughout the season.