Boonville Pirates tennis coach Stephanie Green said Friday’s championship in the NCMC Tournament is a result of several years of work.
Although the Pirates have bigger things planned such as getting back to the quarterfinals, their first ever NCMC title will go a long way.
Of course it didn’t hurt that Boonville had four champions in the top six in singles. The Pirates also finished the day with two second place finishes in singles, one third in doubles and two fourth place finishes in doubles.
As for the final team standings, Boonville finally took the title away from Hannibal by beating the other Pirates 53-47. Kirksville finished third with 44 points, followed by Fulton with 38, Marshall 29, Moberly 22 and Mexico with 19.
“We could not have achieved this success without our former players pushing and supporting us, so it's as much their championship as it is this team's,” Green said. “After losing at last year's tournament by two points, we knew going in we'd have to earn it today since the conference title is determined by the tournament results. Our seedings, the results of the season's work, helped put our guys in the right places to succeed.
“It's a good feeling going into play to know we were guaranteed at least fourth place finishes in those brackets with number one seeds, but we also knew where we are in our progression and played at our own level for the most part. We're very proud of all their finishes and having five of the six singles players medal All Conference was what we needed going into next week's district play. Since we're leaving the NCMC next year, this championship is exactly how we wanted to go out - on top.”
Capturing first for Boonville were Kyle Chrisman at No. 2 singles, Luke Rehagen at No. 3 singles, Gabe Rumbaoa at No. 4 singles and Josh Chrisman at No. 5 singles.
Boonville No. 1 singles player Francesco Bona and Quin Gentry at No. 6 singles both finish second.
Kyle Chrisman, Rehagen, Rumbaoa and Josh Chrisman all finished 2-0  at their respective positions. Bona, meanwhile, finished 2-1 on the day with his only loss coming in the championship against Fulton’s Haydon Windsor 10-0. As for Gentry, he finished 1-1.
In doubles, the No. 3 team of Aaron Witting and Dalton Pannell also finished 1-1 on the day to place third overall. Meanwhile, at No. 1 and No. 2 doubles, the team of Will Rehagen and Andrew Pefferman and Landon Weaver and Lucas Ziegelbein both finished 1-2 to place fourth overall.