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Hannibal Courier-Post • • FRIDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2012



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CALENDAR Today HIGH SCHOOL Football Moberly at Hannibal, 7 p.m.; Monroe City at Louisiana, 7 p.m.; Brookfield at Palmyra, 7 p.m.; Mark Twain at Macon, 7 p.m.; Van-Far at North Callaway, 7 p.m.


Hannibal rebounds JASON FARMER Jason.Farmer

The Hannibal boys’ soccer team got back on the winning track Thursday night with a 4-1 win over Boonville. Hannibal (14-5, 7-1 NCMC) got on the board in the 8th minute when Aaron White was assisted by Trever Hertlein. Four minutes later in the 12th minute, Boonville tied the game at 1-1 when Tyler Drew scored on a corner kick. Hannibal took the lead for good when Tyler Thomure scored on an assist from Scott Cockrell in the 15th minute. The game stayed that way until right before halftime when Boonville attempted to get the ball to its goal keeper, but instead booted the ball into its own goal to give Hannibal a 3-1 lead with 40 seconds left in the half. “That was like 40 seconds or so before the first half was over,” Hannibal coach Eric Hill said. “It was a 2-1 game and we had been kind of dominating play, but they had a few opportunities early on and they were right there in it. I think that was something that was kind of a let down for their team. To get that close to being in it at halftime and for that goal to happen, I am sure that was frustrating. Hannibal scored its final goal of the game in the second half when Tyler Thomure scored in the 77th minute with an unassisted goal. While Hannibal piled up 27 shots (17 of which were on goal), Boonville managed just 4 shots. Hannibal keeper Logan Robinson finished the night with three saves. In JV action, Hannibal beat Boonville 3-1. “It was a bit of a scoring outburst for the JV,” Hill said. “It was nice for them to be able to put in multiple goals in a game tonight.” Louis Camacho scored the first goal with Jack Baumann getting the assist in the 21st minute. Not even a minute later, Boonville tied the score at 1-1 only to see Hannibal retake the lead in the same minute on a goal from Camacho scored his second goal of the game with Dashon McBride picking up the assist. Hannibal found the net once more in the 26th minute when Aaron Fogle scored on Baumann’s second assist of the game. The JV team improved to 6-4-2 on the season with the win. After playing its last three games on the road, Hannibal will return home on Tuesday to take on conference foe Moberly.

R.B. takes down Hannibal It took three matches and two of them were close, but Rock Bridge defeated the Hannibal volleyball team 27-25, 2125, 25-18 Thursday night. Kay Gieseke led Hannibal with 14 kills while Brooklyn Watson added in 7. Carli Watson registered 26 assists and Katherine Allen had 15 digs for the Lady Pirates who fell to 16-5-1 on the season. In JV action, the Lady Pirates again lost. Rock Bridge beat Hannibal JV 25-15, 26-24, 25-16. Erin Coulter was all over the SEE ROUNDUP, A8

Pirates ready for challenge JASON FARMER Jason.Farmer

The Hannibal football team has a big opportunity this week. With a win over Moberly, the Pirates can clinch a share of the North Central Missouri Conference title. But, unlike the last two weeks, tonight’s game will not be an easy one. “We don’t treat this game any different than any others,” Hannibal coach Mark St Clair said. “It is just simply another conference game and it has a little bit more mean-

ing to it now that there are two undefeated teams playing each other.” With all the implications tonight’s game has, it is also Hannibal’s homecoming. But according to St Clair, the Pirates have not had any distractions with all the homecoming week festivities. “There is nothing going on during practice,” St Clair said. “We are just playing football.” “Pressure is perceived,” the coach continued. “The kids just want to play the game. This is just one of 10 games we will for sure play and they just have to

get out there and do what they are coached to do. That is all we ask.” Hannibal (6-0, 4-0 NCMC) is undefeated and ranked No. 5 in the most recent Class 4 poll. The Pirates will be playing a Moberly (5-1, 3-0 NCMC) team that has just one non-conference loss this year, makes the game mean that much more but not to St Clair. “Our focus is no different this week than it is any other week,” St Clair said. “We get ready to play a game and we practice all week for a 7 o’clock kickoff and that is what will hap-

pen.” With its option offense, Hannibal has several offensive weapons that Moberly will attempt to neutralize. Those weapons have combined to score 29 touchdowns on the ground and five through the air this season for the Pirates. “We have pretty much had a free rein of moving the ball all year long,” St Clair said. “Averaging 40 points a game, we are pretty confident in our offense right now. But, having said that, Moberly is a good football team, particularly on the defensive

Hannibal hosts Lemons Invite

Hannibal’s Paul Golian finishes 8th in the Frank Lemons Cross Country Invitational on Thursday at the American Legion Golf Course. JASON FARMER/COURIER-POST

Davis, Golian lead Pirate cross country JASON FARMER Jason.Farmer

The Hannibal High School cross-country team held its only home meet of the year on Thursday when the Pirates hosted the Frank Lemons Cross Country Invitational at the American Legion Golf Course. Overall, the Lady Pirates finished third out of six teams while the boys finished second out of 11 teams. With the top 15 runners earning medals, the Lady Pirates took home a pair of medals as Rachel Davis and Abbey Jeffries both finished in the top 10.

Davis finished third overall with a time of 21:54 for Hannibal. “I wanted first,” Davis said. “But I competed at a pretty good level, so I am proud of that.” Hannibal coach Charlie Newland was pleased with Davis’ performance. “I thought she had really good grace on a tough course,” Newland said. “This course is probably one of the toughest in Missouri and she is starting to round into shape and starting to gain some confidence. She has been our No. 1 runner all year long. Hannibal’s Rachel Davis finishes her second “She is a competitor,” lap around the American Legion Golf Course SEE HANNIBAL, A8

during a cross country meet on Thursday. JASON FARMER/COURIER-POST

Palmyra XC making strides JASON FARMER Jason.Farmer

In the first year of its cross country program, Palmyra High School placed seventh overall in the boys’ race. “It was a great step for us because this is our best finish so far this year,” Palmyra coach Nick Koetter said. “We were able to finish ahead of Clark County and Centralia (both conference and district teams) that we have

had to compete against a number of times already this year. I think this will give us the momentum we need going forward into districts to make a big step for our program.” The Panthers top runner was Taylor Leftwich. Leftwich finished 33rd with a time of 20:39. “(Taylor Leftwich) came in about 30th,” Koetter said. “He ran just a little under what his time has been lately. I think this Palmyra’s Kenda Eberhardt participates in the SEE PALMYRA, A8

Frank Lemons Cross Country Invitational in Hannibal on Thursday. JASON FARMER

side so we have to make sure we are heads up.” Among the Pirates weapons are Mitch Nichols, Dalton Powell, Caleb Bieniek, Jahwaun Cassidy, and Louis Burton. Nichols leads the Pirates with 634 yards on the ground and a team-high 8 touchdowns this year. While Nichols has more than twice the yardage that Powell (363 yards) and Bieniek (258 yards) have, the later two have each scored seven times each this year. Cassidy has found the end zone four times for the SEE PREVIEW, A8

Shutout ends MT’s season JASON FARMER Jason.Farmer

The Mark Twain softball team’s season came to an end Thursday night as the Lady Tigers were shut out by Clark County 3-0. The Lady Tigers’ record breaking season was a big turn around from a year ago. Just one year after Mark Twain finished 1014, the Lady Tigers set a new school record for wins in a season. Mark Twain extended that record to 17 wins when the Lady Tigers won their first round district game on Wednesday. While Mark Twain was unable to add on to the record Thursday night, Lady Tigers’ coach Audra Heimer was still pleased with the way her team turned things around this year. “Overall we had a good season,” Heimer said. “A lot of people counted us out this season. But we came through and won some big games. We went 17-8 and we had a winning record. ... The girls have some momentum going into next year and they know that they can compete with some teams that they didnt have that (confidence) after last season.” Mark Twain managed just three hits throughout the game. Mackenzie Grossmann, Kyley Barnes and Victoria Thompson were all 1-for-3 while Alicia Cole received three walks for Mark Twain. In all, the Lady Tigers left 8 runners stranded on the base paths, including leaving the bases loaded in the first inning. “We had plenty of chances,” Heimer said. “We had our chances to score. The first inning we really had our chance to score as we had the bases loaded that inning. We had our chances in the seventh inning too, we just couldn’t put a run across.” On the mound, Grossmann (16-8) allowed all three runs, but it was errors that allowed the runs to score. Once again Grossmann reached double figures in strike outs as the junior fanned 10 batters. “We made to many errors throughout the whole game,” Heimer said. “The first run they got and gave them momentum, they scored on an error.”

“... The girls have some momentum going into next year and they know that they can compete with some teams that they didnt have that (confidence) after last season.” Coach Audra Heimer

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