Photo gallery: Girls win, boys stumble as Hannibal celebrated homecoming court

The players on the Hannibal girls basketball team's bench cheer during Friday night's victory over Kirksville at Korf Gym in Hannibal, Mo. | Photo courtesy Mathew Kirby

HANNIBAL, Mo. — The Hannibal girls basketball team set the right mood for a homecoming celebration, scoring the first 15 points of Friday night’s 49-31 North Central Missouri Conference victory over Kirksville at Korf Gym. The Hannibal boys weren’t able to seize on the momentum the girls created, falling 60-45 to the Tigers. Zaria Reese,…

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Photo gallery: Hannibal, Palmyra square off on wrestling mat

Hannibal’s Tristen Essig battles Palmyra’s Tyler Spicknall during their 126-pound match during Monday night’s dual in Palmyra, Mo. | Photo courtesy Mathew Kirby

PALMYRA, Mo. — Coming off highly successful weekends — the Hannibal wrestling team won the Capital City Dual Tournament with seven wrestlers going 5-0, while Palmyra took fourth out of 21 teams at the St. Louis Vianney Tournament with three individual champions — the Northeast Missouri programs went head-to-head Monday night. The Pirates won the…

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Hannibal, Monroe City stalwarts garner all-state honors from Missouri Football Coaches Association

Hannibal all-purpose back Aneyas Williams, who will be making his college decision known Friday night, is one of several players from Northeast Missouri to earn all-state honors from the Missouri Football Coaches Association. | Photo courtesy Mathew Kirby

HANNIBAL, Mo. — One of the nation’s most coveted recruits, who is days away from revealing his college choice, received an honor fitting his impressive production. One of the best tacklers Northeast Missouri has seen in recent memory picked up another honor, too. Hannibal all-purpose back Aneyas Williams and Monroe City linebacker Ceaton Pennewell repeated…

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The Rundown: Solid debut for Hannibal girls, Pittsfield boys win opener, WIU women earn first victory

Hannibal girls basketball coach Shawn Gaines talks to the Pirates during a timeout in Monday's season opener against Bowling Green at Korf Gym in Hannibal, Mo. | Photo courtesy Mathew Kirby

QUINCY — Kicking off Thanksgiving week with a flurry of activity as the Illinois boys basketball season got underway Monday night and the Missouri teams joined in the fun. Oh, college basketball season is in full swing, too. Here are some of Monday’s highlights … • The Hannibal girls basketball team won Shawn Gaines’ debut…

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Humphrey, Pirates grind up Jays with potent rushing attack in district title victory

Hannibal senior running back Markahl Humphrey runs away from the Jefferson City defense during Friday night's Class 4 District 5 championship game at Porter Stadium in Hannibal, Mo. | Photo courtesy Mathew Kirby

HANNIBAL, Mo. — The Hannibal football team outscored Jefferson City — and the thermometer — on a frosty Friday night at E.A. Porter Stadium. The Pirates’ potent run-first-and-foremost offense eventually wore down the Jays on an evening when the temperature never broke 30 degrees and ended with a 42-21 Class 4 District 5 championship victory.…

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Next man up is next man to shine in Hannibal football team’s district semifinal romp

Hannibal sophomore safety Aaron Daughtery returns one of his three interceptions during Friday's Class 4 District 5 semifinal victory over Warrenton at Porter Stadium in Hannibal, Mo. | Photo courtesy Mathew Kirby

HANNIBAL, Mo. — Not even in his wildest dreams could Aaron Daughtery have ever envisioned what would unfold Friday night. Never, ever, ever. Daughtery, a sophomore defensive back making his first start in the Hannibal secondary, intercepted three passes — returning one for a touchdown — to help the Pirates overwhelm Warrenton 62-7 in the…

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Humphrey carries load for Hannibal football team after Williams exits with injury

Hannibal's Kane Wilson, left, sheds a defender during Friday night's game against Columbia Battle at Porter Stadium. | Photo courtesy Mathew Kirby

HANNIBAL, Mo. — Markahl Humphrey ran for a career-high 193 yards and scored three touchdowns Friday night, triggering the Hannibal football team’s hard-fought 27-21 victory over Columbia Battle at Porter Stadium. The spotlight was thrust on Humphrey, a senior running back, following a first-quarter injury to junior all-purpose back Aneyas Williams, a major NCAA Division…

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Hannibal football team’s defense sets tone for finishing NCMC campaign undefeated

MARSHALL, Mo. — The defense gave the offense a rest Friday night, all while putting the finishing touches on another undefeated run through the North Central Missouri Conference for the Hannibal football team. Owen Andrews returned an interception 19 yards for a touchdown on the opening possession, and following a safety, Jack Parker returned the…

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Missouri prep football state rankings: Monroe City sits atop Class 1, Hannibal at

Statewide high school football rankings, as compiled by a 10-member panel of sportswriters and broadcasters. Panel is made up of Dion Clisso, PrepsKC; Cole Young, PrepsKC; Dave Kvidahl, STLHighschoolsports.com; Tom Rackers, Jefferson City News-Tribune; Chris Parker, Ozone Sports; Joe Andrews, Warrensburg Star Journal; Tommy Rezac, KFEQ St. Joseph; J.B. Connoley, KRES radio; JC Reeves, Southeast…

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Pirates’ Kirby achieves goal of qualifying for state golf tournament

WARRENTON, Mo. — Add another first to the list of accomplishments for the Hannibal girls golf program. The first player in program history is headed to the state tournament. Pirates junior Grace Kirby shot an 86 Friday at the Warrenton Golf Course to finish ninth in the Class 3 District 3 Tournament and qualify for…

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Hannibal boys soccer team grinds out one-goal victory over QHS

Hannibal's Thomas Janes, left, and Kevin Westhoff are all smiles after finishing off a 1-0 victory over Quincy High School on Friday night at Flinn Stadium. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — Eric Hill doesn’t mind the pressure and stress of a one-goal game. “It’s something that gets us prepared for where we need to be come postseason time and the type of game we’re going to be in,” the Hannibal boys soccer coach said. “That’s kind of a dogfight.” Friday night, the Pirates proved…

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Sophomore QB engineers another NCMC blowout as Hannibal closes in on league crown

Hannibal’s Waylon Anders hands off to Markahl Humphrey during the Pirates’ 53-7 shellacking of Moberly on Friday night at Porter Stadium in Hannibal, Mo. | Photo courtesy Mathew Kirby

HANNIBAL, Mo. — When those early autumn breezes began to turn cold, the Hannibal Pirates were something to behold. Especially quarterback Waylon Anders. The sophomore enjoyed his finest game to date, accenting what had already been a breakout season. Anders led high-scoring Hannibal to another one-sided victory, this one a 53-7 dismantling of Moberly in…

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Everything Humphrey, Pirates do offensively adds up to another NCMC victory over Bulldogs

HANNIBAL, Mo. — Above all else, Markahl Humphrey is an honest kid. Humphrey, a senior running back for the Hannibal football team and half of the Pirates’ dynamic backfield combination that includes junior Aneyas Williams, is always aware of his surroundings on a football field. And his statistics. Not only is Humphrey adept at picking…

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JWCC Show-Me Spotlight: Hannibal’s Hark enjoys being athlete for all seasons

Hannibal senior Nora Hark sets the ball during a volleyball match against Quincy Notre Dame at Korf Gym in Hannibal, Mo. | Photo courtesy Mathew Kirby

HANNIBAL, Mo. — Kelsey Scherder Cerven’s suggestion didn’t fall on deaf ears. Nora Hark just couldn’t follow through on it right away. Scherder Cerven was Hark’s mathematics teacher as a freshman as well as the javelin coach for the Hannibal track and field team. She encouraged Hark to give javelin a chance since she already…

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The Rundown: QND soccer beats SHG, Unity and Macomb volleyball sweep, Miller tosses one-hitter

Check out the news and notes from a busy Tuesday on the prep sports scene … • Trailing an unbeaten opponent by a goal midway through the first half, the Quincy Notre Dame boys soccer team trusted in its attack to adequately answer. The Raiders roared back for a 4-1 victory over Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin…

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QND volleyball team uses quality finishing touches to sweep Hannibal

Quincy Notre Dame's Lilly Marth dives to dig a ball during Tuesday's match against Hannibal at Korf Gym in Hannibal, Mo. | Photo courtesy Mathew Kirby

HANNIBAL, Mo. — Playing a best-of-three or best-of-five series doesn’t seem to matter to the Quincy Notre Dame volleyball team. The Raiders are dominant either way. QND rolled into Korf Gym on Tuesday night and swept Hannibal 25-17, 25-19, 25-12. Illinois teams play best-of-three series, while Missouri schools play best-of-five. Since the Raiders (18-1) traveled…

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QND girls golfers defend title at Kirksville, while Hannibal finishes third

The Quincy Notre Dame girls golf team won the championship of the Kirksville Invitational by 31 strokes Tuesday at Kirksville Country Club. | Submitted photo

KIRKSVILLE, Ill. — The Quincy Notre Dame girls golf team is priming itself for the postseason. Tuesday, the Raiders recorded a pair of personal-best 18-hole scores and successfully defended their championship of the Kirksville Invitational, shooting a 345 at Kirksville Country Club. Kirksville finished second at 376 and Hannibal was third at 391. Palmyra tied…

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Pirates bury Hornets with overwhelming first-quarter surge in NCMC opener

Hannibal’s Owen Andrews sacks and strips the ball from Fulton quarterback Gabe DeFily during Friday night’s North Central Missouri Conference game at Fulton, Mo. | Photo courtesy Mathew Kirby

FULTON, Mo. — An ominous start didn’t translate to an oh-no-that-just-happened finish. Actually, a fumble on the Hannibal football team’s first possession Friday night against Fulton was merely a blip during an otherwise rock-solid performance in the North Central Missouri Conference opener. The Pirates followed the lost fumble by scoring on four consecutive possessions before…

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College football notebook: Brock hits 100-yard mark, Personett and Boyer contribute to Scots’ blowout, Griffith scores TD for Bulldogs

Former Quincy High School all-stater Jirehl Brock looks for running room during Saturday's game against Iowa. The Iowa State junior running back finished with 100 yards rushing in the Cyclones' 10-7 victory in Iowa City, Iowa. | Photo courtesy Roy Dabner

QUINCY — For the first time since Jirehl Brock stepped on the Iowa State University campus and the first time in Matt Campbell’s coaching tenure, the Iowa State football team took the Cy-Hawk Trophy back to Ames. Saturday’s 10-7 victory over Iowa at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, Iowa, ended the Hawkeyes’ six-game win streak…

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Cross country roundup: Hannibal boys, girls sweep team, individual titles at Palmyra Invitational

PALMYRA, Mo. — The Hannibal boys cross country team placed three runners in the top four individually and ran away with the team title Saturday in the Palmyra Invitational at Flower City Park. Hannibal also won the girls team title. Pirates senior Cameron Nichols rolled to a nearly 30-second victory, finishing the 3.11-mile course in…

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Pirates unable to erase entire deficit despite valiant second-half effort in loss to Trojans

TROY, Mo. — Aneyas Williams was too upset to be tired Saturday night as he walked off the field following Hannibal’s 42-40 loss to Troy Buchanan. Williams, the Pirates’ all-everything junior star, did his part, rushing for 247 yards, scoring four touchdowns, making seven tackles and forcing a fumble. He came off the field for…

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Hannibal soccer team displays resiliency in battling back to take third in own tournament

Hannibal’s Pearson Parker, left, and Bodie Rollins jump to head the ball on goal during the Pirates’ game against Parkway Central in the semifinals of the Pirate Shootout on Saturday morning at Veterans Field in Hannibal, Mo. | Photo courtesy Mathew Kirby

HANNIBAL, Mo. — The Hannibal boys soccer team caught a glimpse of what a potential postseason opponent looks like and proved it can be right in the mix. Better yet, the Pirates also showed how to bounce back from adversity. Hannibal lost 1-0 to Parkway Central on Saturday morning in the semifinals of the 2022…

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Nine-goal outburst gives Hannibal boys soccer team easy victory in tourney opener

HANNIBAL, Mo. — The Hannibal boys soccer team set itself up to make a run at the championship of its own tournament. The Pirates opened the 2022 Pirate Shootout with a 9-1 victory over Macomb on Friday night at Veterans Field as seven different players scored. Hannibal (2-2) will face Parkway Central at 11 a.m.…

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Missouri state football rankings: Monroe City sits at No. 2 in Class 1, Hannibal at No. 10 in Class 4

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Statewide high school football rankings, as compiled by a 10-member panel of sportswriters and broadcasters. First-place votes in parenthesis. Panel is made up of Dion Clisso, PrepsKC; Cole Young, PrepsKC; Dave Kvidahl, STLHighschoolsports.com; Tom Rackers, Jefferson City News-Tribune; Chris Parker, Ozone Sports; Tommy Rezac, KFEQ St. Joseph; J.B. Connoley, KRES radio;…

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Ready to Brock and roll: Evans gives QND soccer team boost in first action of season

Quincy Notre Dame senior midfielder Brock Evans drives the ball upfield during the first half of Tuesday's 5-0 victory over Hannibal at Advance Physical Therapy Field. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — Spending five consecutive games watching from the sideline with a tweaked back is not a scenario Brock Evans wants to revisit. “It was awful,” said Evans, a senior midfielder who hadn’t played for the Quincy Notre Dame boys soccer team prior to Tuesday’s game against Hannibal. “Just the thought of it in my…

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Helias’ ability to control clock, possessions keeps Hannibal’s offense on sidelines

Hannibal defensive back Jack Parker intercepts a pass in the end zone during the Pirates’ loss to Jefferson City Helias on Friday night at Porter Stadium in Hannibal, Mo. | Photo courtesy Mathew Kirby

HANNIBAL, Mo. — Jefferson City Helias’ systematic control of Friday night’s season-opening football game against Hannibal was no accident. And it might be a harbinger of how future opponents will try to silence the Pirates, who were beaten 31-21 in front of a standing-room-only crowd of 2,500-plus at Porter Stadium. The best chance to derail…

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Palmyra girls shine at state track meet after moving up in classification

The Palmyra girls finished 2-3 in the pole vault in Class 3 with Abbey Redd taking second place and Alaina Loman finishing third. | Photo courtesy Cody Thorn

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Palmyra’s first year in Class 3 almost resulted in a trophy for the girls track team on Saturday on the final day of the Missouri state track and field championships. The Panthers tied for sixth with 29 points, four points out of a fourth-place trophy thanks to scoring points in four…

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Pirates’ Thomas unable to avoid bogey train during second round at state tournament

Hannibal sophomore Quinn Thomas tracks his shot during the second day of the Class 4 boys state golf tournament at Meadow Lake Acres Country Club in New Bloomfield, Mo. Photo courtesy Cody Thorn

NEW BLOOMFIELD, Mo. — Quinn Thomas’ chance to keep himself in position for a four-peat as a state golf champion faded away Tuesday. The Hannibal sophomore, who was the defending Class 4 state titleist, struggled navigating the Meadow Lake Acres Country Club course as he shot an 11-over 83 in the final round of the…

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Hannibal’s Thomas sits tied for 12th, ready to chase another state golf title in second round

NEW BLOOMFIELD, Mo. — Quinn Thomas’ pursuit of successfully defending his Class 4 boys state golf championship hit a snag on the closing holes of Monday’s opening round. But he’s not out of the hunt. Thomas, a Hannibal sophomore, strung together three birdies over a five-hole span in the middle of his round at Meadow…

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Shutout pushes Hannibal girls soccer team into district semifinals

ST. PETERS, Mo. — The records continue to fall, and the reason for it could be what carries the Hannibal girls soccer team to a district championship. The Pirates have great chemistry. It was on display Saturday in the Class 3 District 4 opener. Five different players scored and freshman goalkeeper Ava Turner posted her…

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Pirates’ Thomas earns opportunity to defend state golf championship by surviving districts

Hannibal sophomore Quinn Thomas will compete in the Class 4 state tournament at Meadow Lake Acres Country Club in New Bloomfield, Mo., after finishing sixth in the Districy 2 tournament Monday. Photo courtesy Mathew Kirby

WENTZVILLE, Mo. — Quinn Thomas gets the chance to defend his Class 4 individual golf state championship. The field he will have to topple to do so is going to be loaded. The Hannibal sophomore tied for sixth Monday in the Class 4 District 2 tournament at the Golf Club of Wentzville after shooting a…

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Sweet 16: Connoyer’s blast jolts Raiders to life as they sweep pair in running win streak to 16 straight

Quincy Notre Dame's Harry Oden slides safely across home plate on Brady Kindhart's two-run double in the fifth inning of Saturday's 6-0 victory over Hannibal at the Ferd. Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — It hasn’t happened often when the Quincy Notre Dame baseball team goes three consecutive innings without scoring. When it happened Saturday against Hannibal, no one fretted. “This year, we’re more mature,” Raiders junior Alex Connoyer said. “We know we can put up six in an inning. We know we can do it like…

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Photo gallery: Incredible performances highlight Mark Twain/Becky Thatcher Relays

The Mark Twain/Becky Thatcher Relays took place Friday at Porter Stadium in Hannibal, Mo. Photo courtesy Mathew Kirby

HANNIBAL, Mo. — Mathew Kirby captured images of many of the pivotal moments and remarkable performances that took place Friday at the Mark Twain/Becky Thatcher Relays at Porter Stadium. Check out this collection of his photos:

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Prep baseball scoreboard for Monday, April 25

Prep baseball At Ferd Niemann Jr. Memorial Ballfield, Quincy Quincy Notre Dame 4, Unity 0: Ben Kasparie tossed five shutout innings, and Tucker Tollerton followed with two scoreless frames as the Raiders ran their winning streak to eight straight games. Kasparie allowed two hits while striking out four and walking none. Tollerton allowed three hits…

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Lannerd drives free kick over Pirates’ defense, carries Blue Devils to victory at Flinn Stadium

Quincy High School's Bri Lannerd gets hugged by teammate Rian Moore after scoring on a free kick with 21:30 remaining in the second half of Friday night's game against Hannibal. Quincy's Anna Morrison, right, joins in the celebration. Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — Quincy High School girls soccer coach Travis Dinkheller’s preachings in practice rattled around in Bri Lannerd’s head as she stood over a 30-yard free kick. “I knew if I put it on frame it had a chance,” Lannerd said. “I tried to just give it a chance.” She might have to do that…

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JWCC Show-Me Spotlight: Record-setting Stolte making most of senior season with Pirates

Hannibal’s Aaris Stolte shoots a 3-pointer in a North Central Missouri Conference game against Marshall at Korf Gym. Photo courtesy Mathew Kirby

The Show-Me Spotlight will appear each week to highlight Missouri area student-athletes. HANNIBAL, Mo. — Aaris Stolte’s historic season isn’t over. He’s confident the Hannibal boys basketball team’s run isn’t about to be through either. A senior guard who broke Brice Scott’s single-season 3-pointer record, Stolte and the second-seeded Pirates are looking to slide past…

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Wilson’s chance to repeat as wrestling state champ is denied, four Pirates bring home medals

Hannibal’s Trevor Wilson, right, wrestles Neosho’s Eli Zar during the Class 3 170-pound state championship match Saturday night at Mizzou Arena in Columbia, Mo. Photo courtesy Mathew Kirby

COLUMBIA, Mo. — Neosho wrestler Eli Zar denied Hannibal’s Trevor Wilson a spot in history. Zar used a late takedown in the third period to cement a 7-2 victory in the Class 3 170-pound state championship match Saturday night at Mizzou Arena, ruining Wilson’s chance to repeat as the state champion. Wilson won his first…

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Photo gallery: Hannibal wrestlers compete in Class 3 state championships at Mizzou Arena

Hannibal’s Trevor Wilson works to pin Carl Junction’s Tony Stewart during their state quarterfinal match at 170 pounds in the Class 3 state championships Friday at Mizzou Arena in Columbia, Mo. Photo courtesy Mathew Kirby

COLUMBIA, Mo. — Hannibal-based photographer Mathew Kirby is spending his weekend shooting the Missouri state wrestling championships at Mizzou Arena. Here are some of his images of Palmyra’s contingent of wrestlers:

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Missouri state wrestling: Seven wrestlers stay in contention after first day at Mizzou Arena

Hannibal senior Trevor Wilson takes down and eventually pins Clayton’s Dempsey Brinkman their 170-pound opening-round match at the Missouri state wrestling championships at Mizzou Arena in Columbia, Mo. Photo courtesy Mathew Kirby

COLUMBIA, Mo. — It nearly turned out to be a perfect day for area wrestlers at the Missouri state championships Thursday. Six of the seven wrestlers from Hannibal and Palmyra won their opening-round match, and all seven remain alive heading into the second day of competition at Mizzou Arena. The two reigning state champions —…

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JWCC Show-Me Spotlight: Hannibal and Palmyra wrestlers chasing podium dreams at state tourney

Palmyra wrestler Collin Arch, right, will be chasing his third straight state championship this weekend at Mizzou Arena in Columbia, Mo. Matt Schuckman photo

The Show-Me Spotlight will appear each week to highlight Missouri area student-athletes. COLUMBIA, Mo. — For Collin Arch and Trevor Wilson, the goal is to repeat. For the rest of the area wrestlers competing this weekend at the Missouri state wrestling tournament, the goal is to join them on the podium. Arch, the Palmyra junior…

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Prep notebook: Hannibal’s McPike earns opportunity to officiate at state tournament

HANNIBAL, Mo. — Wayne McPike’s diligence, hard work and ability to relate to high school basketball players has earned him the opportunity to officiate on the state’s highest stage. The Hannibal native has been selected to work the Show-Me Showdown state finals taking place in March at JQH Arena and the Hammons Student Center on…

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Jammin’ jamborees help get Missouri squads ready for season openers

Palmyra’s Nolyn Richards spins out of the arms of Hannibal’s Brady Zimmerman during the Hannibal Jamboree on Friday at Porter Stadium. Photo courtesy Mathew Kirby

It’s beginning to feel a lot like football season, everywhere we go. The Pirates are first and 10, the Panthers are popping again and the coaches are yelling go, go, go. It’s beginning to feel a lot like football season, kids are back in school. And the prettiest sight you’ll see is a running back…

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