Playing in Muddy River Showcase is full-circle moment for Hannibal’s Pugh and her father

The growth of Hannibal's Baylee Pugh as a basketball player has been influenced by her father, former Pirates coach Matt Pugh. | Shane Hulsey photo

QUINCY — Matt Pugh recalled the conversation he had with his daughter, Baylee, when they learned she had been selected to play in this Saturday’s third annual Muddy River Showcase. “She told me, ‘Dad, I don’t know if I’m good enough to be playing in this game. I don’t ever score,’” Matt Pugh said.  His…

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Ruby Combative Sports Center to celebrate grand opening Saturday

HANNIBAL, Mo. — Ruby Combative Sports Center will officially open its doors Saturday. The center is a state-of-the-art sports complex located at 2005 Market Street that is focused on youth boxing and wrestling, with fitness programs also available for adults. The festivities will kick off with an official grand opening celebration from 10 a.m. to…

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Muddy River Showcase profile: Hannibal guard Mason Hull carries on all-star tradition

Hannibal's Mason Hull, here shooting against Fulton in a game last winter, will represent Missouri in the third annual Muddy River Showcase. | Mathew Kirby photo

HANNIBAL, Mo. — Although basketball is the tie that binds the Hull family, pickleball is the game of choice these days, especially when Mason Hull and his dad, Marty, go head-to-head. And there isn’t much room for debate on who is better at pickleball. “Me,” Mason said. Would Marty dispute that at all? “No,” Mason…

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Hannibal’s Crane takes fourth in javelin at state track and field meet, Morrison medals in discus

Hannibal senior Kameil Crane finished fourth at the Class 4 state track and field championships in the javelin on Saturday at Adkins Stadium in Jefferson City, Mo. | Muddy River Sports file photo

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Hannibal senior Kameil Crane capped her high school track career with a state medal. Crane finished fourth in the javelin at the Class 4 state track and field championships Saturday at Adkins Stadium with a throw of 40.85 meters (134 feet). Her best attempt came on her second-to-last throw. Carl Junction’s…

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Birdie on final hole gives Hannibal’s Thomas his second Class 4 state championship

Hannibal senior golfer Quinn Thomas stands with his Class 4 individual state championship medal following Tuesday's round of even-par 72 at Dalhousie Golf Club in Cape Girardeau, Mo. | Photo courtesy Joe Thomas

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. — The swing, the contact and the carry were absolutely perfect. “I felt like it was something out of a movie,” Quinn Thomas said. An ending straight out of Hollywood came with it. Heading to the final hole of the Class 4 boys state golf championships at Dalhousie Golf Club on Tuesday…

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Hannibal’s Thomas gives himself chance for bookend state golf titles with steady play

Hannibal's Quinn Thomas tees off during Monday's opening round of the Class 4 state golf championships at Dalhousie Golf Club in Cape Girardeau, Mo. | Photo courtesy Hannibal athletics

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. — Quinn Thomas’ day could have gone sideways from the start. The Hannibal senior golfer began Monday’s first round of the Class 4 state championships at Dalhousie Golf Club on the back nine and promptly took a double bogey on the par-4 10th hole. “I blocked one right into the water,” Thomas…

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Missed opportunities cost Pirates in extra-inning loss to Hawks

Hannibal's Waylon Anders connects for a hit during Friday's game against Hillsboro at the Veterans Sports Complex in Hannibal, Mo. | Shane Hulsey photo

HANNIBAL, Mo. — No baseball team in Hannibal High School history has ever won 20 games in a season. That will remain the case for at least one more day. The Pirates had a chance to become the first team to reach the 20-victory plateau Friday, but Hillsboro edged out them 2-1 in eight innings…

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Martin’s golden goal caps Pirates’ comeback victory over Kewpies in regular season finale

Hannibal's Abbie Martin battles for possession with a pair of Columbia Hickman defenders during Monday's game at the Veteran Sports Complex in Hannibal, Mo. | Shane Hulsey photo

HANNIBAL, Mo. — Abbie Martin never panicked. Two and a half minutes into overtime of the Hannibal girls soccer team’s regular season finale against Hickman on Monday, Kewpies defender Hattie Hayes’ turnover in the middle of the pitch came right to Martin about 20 yards from the Hickman goal. Martin gathered, turned and rifled a…

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Photo gallery: Area’s top tracksters compete in Mark Twain/Becky Thatcher Relays

Illini West's Ian Bentzinger, right, and Liberty's Keegan Sunde head to the finish line in the 100-meter dash during Tuesday's Mark Twain/Becky Thatcher Relays at Porter Stadium in Hannibal, Mo. | Shane Hulsey photo

HANNIBAL, Mo. — Waiting a couple of extra days to be able to run, jump and throw under sunny skies brought out the best in many of the area’s top track and field athletes. The Mark Twain/Becky Thatcher Relays were moved to Tuesday at Porter Stadium after last Friday’s deluge made it impossible to compete.…

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Thomas, Pirates capture NCMC golf crowns and take good vibes into district tourney

The Hannibal boys golf team won the North Central Missouri Conference championship with a 322 team score Tuesday at Tanglewood Golf Course in Fulton, Mo. | Submitted photo

FULTON, Mo. — The Hannibal boys golf team tangled with Tanglewood and won. The Pirates had five golfers finish in the top 10 individually and posted a 322 team score to win the North Central Missouri Conference championship Tuesday at Tanglewood Golf Course. It marks back-to-back NCMC crowns for the Pirates. Senior Quinn Thomas won…

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Pitching, defense shine as Pirates clinch North Central Missouri Conference title

Hannibal pitcher Colton Dryden is met by his coaches as he comes off the field following a scoreless inning against Mexico in Monday's 3-0 victory at the Veterans Sports Complex in Hannibal, Mo. | Shane Hulsey photo

HANNIBAL, Mo. — Kane Wilson’s diving stop in the fifth inning of the Hannibal baseball team’s 3-0 victory over Mexico at the Veterans Sports Complex on Monday did not result in an out, but the Pirates shortstop made arguably the most important play of the game. With a runner on second, no outs and the…

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Photo gallery: Dryden’s effort, insurance runs secure another NCMC crown for Pirates

Hannibal's Kane Wilson, left, is congratulated by teammate Alex Arthaud after scoring on Ryan Ross' hit in the sixth inning of Monday's 3-0 victory over Mexico at the Veterans Sports Complex in Hannibal, Mo. | Shane Hulsey photo

HANNIBAL, Mo. — The Hannibal baseball team is at the top of the heap once again, having defeated Mexico 3-0 on Monday at the Veterans Sports Complex to win the North Central Missouri Conference title. It is the Pirates’ second NCMC crown in the past three seasons. Muddy River Sports Writer Shane Hulsey spent Monday…

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Hannibal girls soccer team posts two shutouts in winning Laker Shootout

Hannibal's Abbie Martin, left, and Ashley Davis combined to five goals in two victories Saturday during the Laker Shootout in Camdenton, Mo. | Mathew Kirby photo

CAMDENTON, Mo. — Mother Nature won Friday. The Hannibal girls soccer team owned Saturday. The Pirates’ opening game of the Laker Shootout against Warrensburg was washed out by Friday’s barrage of thunderstorms. It didn’t them from winning the title. Hannibal beat Carl Junction 3-0 and Waynesville 4-0 to win both the gold division and the…

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Around the area: Dance, Trail Blazers sweep twinbill; Pirates, Eagles split doubleheader

John Wood Community College right-hander Tyler Dance won his third consecutive game with Saturday's 8-0 victory over Vincennes University in Vincennes, Ind. | Matt Schuckman photo

VINCENNES, Ind. — Tyler Dance found his footing. The John Wood Community College freshman right-hander threw six scoreless innings Saturday, striking out eight and walking one as the Trail Blazers opened a four-game Mid-West Athletic Conference series with an 8-0 victory over Vincennes University. JWCC also won the nightcap of the doubleheader 14-4. Dance, a…

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Right on cue: Pirates score flurry of goals in Pink Night victory over Bulldogs

Hannibal's Abbie Martin, left, and Aly Falconer celebrate one of Martin's three goals during Thursday night's 8-0 victory over Mexico in North Central Missouri Conference play in Hannibal, Mo. | Shane Hulsey photo

HANNIBAL, Mo. — Hannibal girls soccer coach Eric Hill did not write a script for Thursday’s North Central Missouri Conference game against Mexico, but if he would have, it would have looked something like the Pirates’ 8-0 victory at the Veterans Sports Complex. “We put on a show,” Hill said. It lasted only 51 minutes.…

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Show Me Spotlight: Stolte’s return to pitch is welcome addition for Hannibal girls soccer squad

Hannibal sophomore forward Malia Stolte, left, has provided a spark offensively in her return to the pitch this season. | Matt Schuckman photo

HANNIBAL, Mo. — For two years, Malia Stolte watched from the stands as her friends played a game she loved. The entire time she wondered what it would feel like to step on the soccer pitch again. “I just saw everybody playing and having fun, and I was just like, ‘Oh, my gosh, I miss that,’”…

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Photo gallery: Twice is nice for Pirates as baseball, girls soccer teams pick up NCMC victories

Hannibal right fielder Konnor Asbury reacts to a solid defensive inning during Wednesday's 8-1 victory over Moberly at the Veterans Sports Complex in Hannibal, Mo. | Mathew Kirby photo

HANNIBAL, Mo. — Hannibal fans who made it to the Veterans Sports Complex on Wednesday afternoon were treated to a two-for-two. Two Pirates teams playing and two victories. The Hannibal girls soccer team continued its dominance of the North Central Missouri Conference, picking up an 8-0 victory over Kirksville. Malia Stolte scored four goals, Ashley…

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Hannibal, QND girls soccer squads light up scoreboard, each wins twice in invitational

Hannibal junior forward Abbie Martin dribbles past her defender during Saturday's 5-1 win over St. Charles West in the Lady Pirate Invitational at the Veterans Sports Complex. | Shane Hulsey photo

HANNIBAL, Mo. — The Hannibal girls soccer team fought a war of attrition this weekend, and coach Eric Hill believes they won that war. After fighting back from down three goals to earn a draw with Parkway Central on Friday night, the Pirates returned to their winning ways on Saturday, defeating Southern Boone 8-0 and…

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Photo gallery: QND sweeps weekend slate at Lady Pirate Invitational, Hannibal goes 2-0-1

Quincy Notre Dame senior midfielder Lauryn Peters, left, tries to take possession from a Perryville player during Saturday's game in the Lady Pirate Invitational at Veterans Sports Complex in Hannibal, Mo. | Shane Hulsey photo

HANNIBAL, Mo. — The Quincy Notre Dame girls soccer team pushed its winning streak to five consecutive games after sweeping the weekend at the Lady Pirate Invitational at the Veterans Sports Complex. The Raiders beat St. Charles West 6-1 and Perryville 4-1 on Saturday to improve to 7-4. Hannibal, which played to a 3-3 draw…

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Photo gallery: Hannibal, QND take momentum into second day of Lady Pirate Invitational

Abbie Martin, right, and her Hannibal girls soccer teammates celebrate after Martin scored to tie Friday's game against Parkway Central at 3 in the second half at Veterans Sports Complex in Hannibal, Mo. | Shane Hulsey photo

HANNIBAL, Mo. — The Hannibal and Quincy Notre Dame girls soccer teams opened play Friday night in the Lady Pirate Invitational at the Veterans Sports Complex with the Pirates rallying for a 3-3 tie with Parkway Central, while QND blasted Southern Boone 7-2. Muddy River Sports Writer Shane Hulsey spent the evening in America’s hometown…

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Injection of life: Blue Devils build confidence ahead of WB6 showdown by ending Pirates’ seven-game win streak

Quincy High School second baseman Gavin Powell eats up a ground ball as the Blue Devils beat Hannibal 8-1 on Wednesday at the QHS field. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — Rejuvenation became the name of the game. One team found it, the other now needs it — for decidedly different reasons. Back-to-back losses to begin the week, including an 11-run setback against Rock Island in Western Big 6 Conference play, made Wednesday’s 8-1 victory over Hannibal crucial for the Quincy High School baseball…

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Photo gallery: QHS, Hannibal baseball teams square off in middle of busy week

Hannibal first baseman Cooper Scott, left, throws the ball pack to the pitcher after Quincy High School's Kyle Taylor was safe on a pickoff attempt during Wednesday's game at the QHS field. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — With no rain in sight, it’s time to play ball. And the Quincy High School and Hannibal baseball teams are playing as much as possible. Wednesday marked the third consecutive day with at least one game for both squads as the Blue Devils picked up an 8-1 victory at the QHS field. Muddy…

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Perfection personified: Pirates’ Wilson retires all 18 Raiders he faces in 10-run victory

Hannibal right-hander Kane Wilson struck out four during his perfect game Thursday in a 10-0 victory over Quincy Notre Dame at Veterans Field in Hannibal, Mo. | Mathew Kirby photo

HANNIBAL, Mo. — Kane Wilson didn’t need to be perfect. Yet, he was. The Quincy Notre Dame brought 18 batters to the plate Thursday afternoon and the Hannibal senior right-hander sat all 18 down, tossing a six-inning perfect game in the Pirates’ 10-0 victory at the Veterans Field complex. Wilson struck out only four, but…

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Pirates overwhelm another NCMC opponent with goal-scoring onslaught

Hannibal's Ashley Davis scored two goals in Thursday night's 8-0 victory over Fulton in North Central Missouri Conference play at Veterans Field in Hannibal, Mo. | Mathew Kirby photo

HANNIBAL, Mo. — The Hannibal girls soccer team showcased its dynamic ability to put an opponent on its heels Thursday night. There isn’t much the rest of the North Central Missouri Conference can do about it. The Pirates overwhelmed Fulton in an 8-0 victory Thursday night at Veterans Field. The Pirates improved to 4-0 in…

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Martin, Pirates make history as late goal secures first-ever victory against Raiders

From left, Hannibal's Abbie Martin, Aly Falconer and Malia Stolte celebrate Stolte's goal with 16 minutes remaining in the first half of Tuesday night's 3-1 victory over Quincy Notre Dame at Advance Physical Therapy Field. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — A goal with four minutes remaining in regulation Tuesday night gave the Quincy Notre Dame girls soccer team a glimmer of hope. Abbie Martin snuffed that out in a blink. Roughly a minute after the Raiders trimmed their two-goal deficit in half, Martin burst free on a counterattack and finished with a deft…

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Photo gallery: Hannibal, QND girls soccer teams battle in cold, windy conditions

Members of the Hannibal and Quincy Notre Dame girls soccer teams await a restart during the second half of Tuesday night's game at Advance Physical Therapy Field. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — The temperature dipped below 40 degrees and the wind blew across the field with gusts up to 25 mph, creating challenges for both the Hannibal and Quincy Notre Dame girls soccer teams to maintain possession and control. Ultimately, the Pirates used the wind to their advantage and scored a 3-1 victory at Advance…

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Photo gallery: Stolte’s quick goal sparks Hannibal’s attack in NCMC victory over Moberly

Malia Stolte, center, celebrates with teammates after scoring 11 seconds into Thursday's North Central Missouri Conference game against Moberly at Veterans Field in Hannibal, Mo. | Mathew Kirby photo

HANNIBAL, Mo. — The Hannibal girls soccer team earned a North Central Missouri Conference victory Thursday at Veterans Field, beating Moberly 5-1 as Malia Stolte tied a school record for the quickest goal scored as she netted the first goal just 11 seconds into the game. Aly Falconer scored two goals for the Pirates (5-1-1,…

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Around the diamond: Saukees stay perfect, Raiders back sophomore righty, Shaffer mows down Tigers

Pittsfield's Konner Allen struck out five in two hitless, scoreless innings of relief against Brown County on Wednesday in Pittsfield, Ill. | Matt Schuckman photo

PITTSFIELD, Ill. — Three Pittsfield pitchers limited the Brown County baseball team to two hits and the Saukees used a four-run third inning to catapult themselves to a 7-1 victory to improve to 5-0 and highlight Wednesday’s action across the area. Pittsfield’s Draven Puterbaugh allowed one unearned run and two hits over the first four…

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Schuckman: Cancer will not curtail Kirby’s passion with community there to battle with him

Hannibal photographer Mathew Kirby, right, chats with KHQA Sports Director Chris Duerr during a game at Blue Devil Gym. | Matt Schuckman photo

HANNIBAL, Mo. — Mathew Kirby’s caring, compassionate and friendly disposition can only be rivaled by his passion for his hometown and his hobby. Yet, to call his photography a hobby might be a disservice. The time, effort and detail he puts into capturing the moments that highlight Hannibal High School athletics and community events is…

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QHS, Hannibal fit to be tied, while QND overwhelms West Plains on tourney’s first night

Hannibal's Abbie Martin drives the ball up the left sideline during Friday night's game against Quincy High School at Flinn Stadium. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — Friday night felt more like November football weather than the spring soccer season at Flinn Stadium with temperatures dipping close to the freezing mark and wind chills falling below 30 degrees. It didn’t put a chill on the fervor of a cross-river rivalry. The Quincy High School girls soccer team built a one-goal…

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Photo gallery: QHS, Hannibal, QND kick off weekend girls soccer tournament

Quincy High School senior midfielder Rian Moore directs the play off a throw-in during Friday night's game against Hannibal at Flinn Stadium. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — The Quincy High School and Hannibal girls soccer teams played to a 2-2 draw Friday night at Flinn Stadium, while Quincy Notre Dame beat West Plains (Mo.) 6-0 on the opening night of the QHS Kickoff Showcase. Muddy River Sports Editor Matt Schuckman spent time at Flinn Stadium and put together this photo…

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Pickett ready to lead program close to his heart as he takes over as Hannibal boys basketball coach

Josh Pickett, center, has helped build the Hannibal Youth Basketball program and now is the head boys basketball at Hannibal High School, officially being named to the position Thursday. | Photo courtesy Hannibal Youth Basketball

HANNIBAL, Mo. — Josh Pickett has never forgotten what it felt like to represent Hannibal on the hardwood. “Every time I go into Korf Gym, it brings back memories,” he said. The time has come for Pickett to help the Pirates recreate those moments. Thursday, Pickett was introduced as the new Hannibal boys basketball coach,…

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Photo gallery: Stolte’s first goal, Wilson’s complete game help Hannibal enjoy banner day

Hannibal right-hander Kane Wilson delivers a pitch during Tuesday's game against Wentzville Holt at Veterans Field in Hannibal, Mo. | Mathew Kirby photo

HANNIBAL, Mo. — Malia Stolte didn’t settle for scoring her first varsity goal in the Hannibal girls soccer team’s 8-0 victory over Warrenton on Tuesday night at Veterans Field. She went ahead and recorded her first career hat trick as well. Kane Wilson didn’t settle for his first victory of the season for the Hannibal…

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Photo gallery: Hannibal, Palmyra, Bowling Green participate in baseball jamboree

Hannibal's Ryan Ross delivers a pitch during Saturday's jamboree at the Veterans Field complex in Hannibal, Mo. | Mathew. Kirby photo

HANNIBAL, Mo. — A week before the high school baseball season officially begins, Hannibal hosted a jamboree at the Veterans Field complex with Palmyra and Bowling Green taking part. Photographer Mathew Kirby spent time at the field Saturday and put together this photo gallery:

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‘I’m overcome with happiness and joy’: Hannibal wrestlers win Class 3 state championship

The Hannibal wrestlers celebrate winning the Class 3 state championship — the first fior any Hannibal boys athletic program in nearly a century — on Saturday at Mizzou Arena in Columbia, Mo. | Photo courtesy Ron Rigdon, Cheap Seats Photography

COLUMBIA, Mo. — A perfect day with a perfect ending. A perfect place in history accompanied it, too. That’s what the Hannibal wrestling team earned Saturday. The Pirates had eight grapplers earn individual medals — three won championships — at the Class 3 state tournament at Mizzou Arena, enabling them to pile up an insurmountable…

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Being calm, committed and collected enables Pirates’ Culp to finish state title season undefeated

Hannibal senior wrestler Cody Culp reacts to winning the Class 3 state championship at 144 pounds Saturday night at Mizzou Arena in Columbia, Mo. | Photo courtesy Lisa Rigdon, Cheap Seats Photography

COLUMBIA, Mo. — Cody Culp wasn’t making the same mistake twice. A year after finishing as the Class 3 state runner-up at 138 pounds, the Hannibal senior wrestler didn’t allow his emotions to alter his approach before wrestling for the title at 144 pounds Saturday night at Mizzou Arena. “Last year, I was super nervous…

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Pirates’ Essig puts knowledge to good use, dominates third period of state title match

Hannibal's Tristan Essig gets his arm raised as the 132-pound state champion in Class 3 on Saturday night at Mizzou Arena in Columbia, Mo. | Photo courtesy Lisa Rigdon, Cheap Seats Photography

COLUMBIA, Mo. — Tristen Essig’s familiarity with his opponent in Saturday night’s 132-pound championship match at the Class 3 state wrestling tournament gave him a blueprint for succes. “He knew I was going to be coming at him in neutral and pressuring forward,” Essig said of North Point’s Kaden Purler, who he had beaten twice…

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Lessons learned in wrestling room help Hannibal’s Brown capture state championship

Hannibal sophomore Austin Brown pinned Carl Junction's Carter Foglesong in 3 minutes, 9 seconds to win the Class 3 113-pound state championship Saturday night at Mizzou Arena in Columbia, Mo. | Photo courtesy Lisa Rigdon, Cheap Seats Photography

COLUMBIA, Mo. — The experience of battling with seniors daily in the wrestling room continues to pay off for Austin Brown. Now a state champion, he’ll be the one setting the tone in the future. Brown changed the momentum of the 113-pound title match against Carl Junction’s Carter Foglesong by getting a reversal with 18…

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Depth of Hannibal lineup shows as Pirates navigate wrestlebacks to win state medals

Hannibal senior Reign Creech finished fifth at 120 pounds in the Class 3 state tournament Saturday at Mizzou Arena in Columbia, Mo. | Photo courtesy Lisa Rigdon, Cheap Seats Photography

COLUMBIA, Mo. — To win the Class 3 state championship, the Hannibal wrestling team needed more than its three individual titleists to separate itself from the field. That’s where the depth in the Pirates’ lineup paid off. Senior Koen Ramage finished second at 157 pounds and four others navigated the wrestlebacks to reach the podium…

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Photo gallery: Hannibal wrestling team wins Class 3 state championship

Hannibal sophomore wrestler Austin Brown gets a bear hug from Pirates coach Jake Borgmeyer after winning the 113-pound state championship at the Class 3 state tournament Saturday night at Mizzou Arena in Columbia, Mo. | Photo courtesy Lisa Rigdon, Cheap Seats Photography

COLUMBIA, Mo. — The Hannibal wrestling team made history Saturday night, winning the Class 3 state championship to become just the second boys team in school history to hoist a crown. The Pirates join the 1930 boys indoor track team as state champions. The Pirates had three individual champions — sophomore Austin Brown at 113…

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Five Pirates win district wrestling titles as Hannibal sends 10 grapplers to state tourney

Hannibal's Tristen Essig, right, is one of five Pirates to win district wrestling championships Saturday and qualify for the Class 3 state tournament. | Mathew Kirby photo

WENTZVILLE, Mo. — The Hannibal boys wrestling team is taking a strong contingent of grapplers, a district championship and the hope for more to the Class 3 state tournament. The Pirates had five grapplers win district titles Saturday, while five others finished in the top four as they all qualified for the Class 3 state…

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Photo gallery: Palmyra sweeps doubleheader from Hannibal at Korf Gym

Palmyra's Clare Williams goes to block a shot during Tuesday night's game against Hannibal at Korf Gym in Hannibal, Mo. | Photo courtesy Alicia Deming

HANNIBAL, Mo. — The Palmyra boys and girls basketball teams, both ranked in Class 3 in the Missouri Basketball Coaches Association polls, continued to show Tuesday night why they are considered among the state’s elite. The Palmyra girls used a fourth-quarter surge to put away Hannibal 51-36 at Korf Gym. The Panthers, ranked seventh, limited…

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Hannibal’s Williams named Gatorade Missouri Player of the Year

Hannibal all-purpose back Aneyas Williams has been named the Gatorade Missouri Player of the Year. | Photo courtesy Rick Ulreich

HANNIBAL, Mo. — The best player in the area has been named the best player in the state. Hannibal all-purpose back Aneyas Williams recently was named the Gatorade Missouri Player of the Year, becoming the first player in school history to receive the nationwide recognition.  The Gatorade Player of the Year award was established in…

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Photo gallery: Full slate of games on second day of Rumble on the River

Hannibal's C.J. Anderson attempts to avoid a trap from Illini West's Reece Shoup, top, and Colby Robertson, right, during Saturday's game in the Rumble on the River. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — The Rumble on the River rumbled on Saturday with eight games being played at John Wood Community College’s Student Activity Center. Muddy River Sports Editor Matt Schuckman was there for half of the slate and put together this photo gallery:

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‘We put defense first’: Raiders put clamps on Pirates’ attack to run away with Rumble victory

Quincy Notre Dame's Marie Eversman, right, pressures Hannibal's Malia Stolte during the first half of Friday night's game in the Rumble on the River at John Wood Community College's Student Activity Center. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — Sage Stratton’s assessment of the nearly 12-minute stretch in which the Hannibal girls basketball team went without a field goal Friday night should attract as much attention as the effort itself. “We put defense first and we work hard on defense,” the Quincy Notre Dame junior guard said. “It doesn’t matter what court…

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Photo gallery: QND, Hannibal girls kick off Rumble on the River

Quincy Notre Dame's Ari Buehler, left, and Sage Stratton react to a play made by a teammate during the fourth quarter of Friday night's victory over Hannibal in the Rumble on the River at John Wood Community College's Student Activity Center. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — The Quincy Notre Dame girls basketball team’s defensive dominance led to a 59-21 victory over Hannibal on Friday night in the opening game of the 16th Rumble on the River at John Wood Community College’s Student Activity Center. Muddy River Sports Editor Matt Schuckman sat courtside and put together this photo gallery:

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Hannibal’s Williams caps career with fourth all-state honor, four other Pirates receive recognition

Hannibal senior running back Aneyas Williams was named a first-team all-stater by the Missouri Football Coaches Association for the third straight season. | Mathew Kirby photo

HANNIBAL, Mo. — The Missouri Football Coaches Association recognized what anyone who squared off against Hannibal during the past four seasons came to know. Aneyas Williams is the most dynamic player on the field. The senior all-purpose back was named the Class 4 Offensive Player of the Year and a first-team all-state selection by the…

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Subtle reminder: Words written on Genenbacher’s wrist inspire strong shooting effort as QND beats Hannibal

Quincy Notre Dame's Aden Genenbacher watches as Hannibal's Michael Ford makes a pass to the wing during the first half of Saturday night's game at The Pit. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — Aden Genenbacher pulled back the sleeve of his hoodie to reveal some white athletic tape wrapped around his left wrist and two words written on it. “Don’t suck,” it read. There’s a cross underneath it, too. “I have to think, ‘I need to be aggressive tonight,’” said Genenbacher, a senior shooting guard for…

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Ramage’s victory in season debut pushes Pirates past Blue Devils in competitive dual

Hannibal's Koen Ramage, left, grabs the leg of Quincy High School's Eli Roberts during their 150-pound match Tuesday night at the QHS gym. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — The shoulder brace Hannibal wrestling coach Jake Borgmeyer helped senior Koen Ramage strap into and adjust prior to Tuesday night’s dual looks cumbersome and uncomfortable. Ramage shrugs off the inconvenience. “I’m getting used to it,” he said. “I’ll get comfortable and I’ll get there.” His first step was clearly a step in that…

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Photo gallery: QHS, Hannibal wrestlers battle in front of large crowd

Quincy High School's Jerzy Knaff, left, and Hannibal's Ryan Ross shake hands prior to the start of their 285-pound match during Tuesday night's dual at the QHS gym. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — The strengths showed. The Quincy High School wrestling team is blessed with an abundance of talented grapplers at the heavier weights, while Hannibal is loaded with technical, aggressive wrestlers at the lower weights. Put those two head-to-head and you’re left with an entertaining dual. Hannibal edged Quincy 35-33 in front a packed house…

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Crim: Comeback against Florida shows Mizzou football team not destined to continue trend of disappointing finishes

Wide receiver Luther Burden III and the Mizzou football team rallied to beat Florida last Saturday to improve to 9-2. | Mathew Kirby photo

QUINCY — Maybe the perception of the Missouri football program is changing. Coming off a 36-7 demolition of Tennessee after going toe-to-toe with top-ranked Georgia between the hedges, the Tigers moved up to ninth in the College Football Playoff rankings. There was talk of a New Year’s Six bowl game. They were double-digit home favorites…

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Never say never: Pirates trim four-touchdown deficit to one score, unable to finish comeback

The Hannibal football players react to their season-ending 70-61 loss to Lutheran North in the Class 4 state quarterfinals Friday night in St. Louis. | Photo courtesy Rick Ulreich

ST. LOUIS — The lead seemed insurmountable. It nearly wasn’t. Trailing Lutheran North 62-33 with four minutes remaining in the third quarter of Friday night’s Class 4 state quarterfinal, the Hannibal football team refused to lay down. Three touchdowns in a nine-minute span pulled the Pirates within 62-55 with 3:55 to play in regulation. However,…

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Photo gallery: Hannibal football team’s season ends with loss to Lutheran North

Hannibal senior Aneyas Williams breaks away from Lutheran North junior Xavier Chapman on a 40-yard touchdown run in the first quarter of Friday night's Class 4 state quarterfinal. | Photo courtesy Rick Ulerich

ST. LOUIS — Two explosive offenses put together a fireworks show Friday night. The big bangs belonged to the Lutheran North football team. The Crusaders built a 29-point lead in the third quarter and held off Hannibal’s comeback, winning the Class 4 state quarterfinal 70-61. Hannibal ends its season with an 11-2 record. Freelance photographer…

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Playoff primer: Hannibal heads to Gateway City for state quarterfinal matchup

Hannibal running back Mike Ferreira, left, takes the handoff from quarterback Waylon Anders during last Friday's Class 4 district championship game against Warrenton at Porter Stadium in Hannibal, Mo. | Mathew Kirby photo

HANNIBAL, Mo. — For the fourth consecutive season, the Hannibal football team has reached the Class 4 state quarterfinals. Only once in those three previous postseason trips have the Pirates advanced to the state semifinals. That was in 2021 when Hannibal went undefeated until the state championship game against Smithville. A vast number of players…

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Four-peat: Unstoppable offense carries Pirates to fourth consecutive district championship

Hannibal quarterback Waylon Anders dives into the end zone for one of his three touchdown runs during Friday night's 55-32 victory over Warrenton in the Class 4 District 4 title game at Porter Stadium in Hannibal, Mo. | Mathew Kirby photo

HANNIBAL, Mo. — Who’s next? Hannibal continued its scorched-earth approach to postseason football with its third straight one-sided victory Friday night. The Pirates won their fourth straight Class 4 District 4 championship in record-breaking fashion, torching previously unbeaten Warrenton 55-32 before a crowd of about 1,700 at Porter Stadium. Fueled by all-purpose back Aneyas Williams’ …

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Full-time return to backfield for Williams catapults Pirates into district championship game

Hannibal's Aneyas Williams takes off on a run during Friday night's Class 4 District 4 semifinal game against Wentzville Holt in Wentzville, Mo. | Mathew Kirby photo

WENTZVILLE, Mo. — This was Aneyas Williams at his absolute best.  Williams, the all-purpose wunderkind whose marvelous four-year football career at Hannibal is rapidly winding down, proved Friday night he may be saving the best for last. Williams’ performance in the third-seeded Pirates’ 48-27 defeat of second-seeded Wentzville Holt in the Class 4 District 4…

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District football primer: Prepping for Friday night’s semifinal showdowns

Hannibal all-purpose back Aneyas Williams and the Pirates will face Wentzville Holt in Friday's Class 4 District 2 semifinals in Wentzville, Mo. | Mathew Kirby photo

QUINCY — Spots in district football championship games will be claimed Friday night in Missouri, potentially stepping up a showdown between state-ranked teams in Class 2. First, though, South Shelby and Bowling Green have to navigate district semifinal matchups with talented foes. Here’s a look at what to watch for Friday night: Hannibal (9-1) at…

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Four Pirates earn all-conference football honors on both sides of ball

HANNIBAL, Mo. — To no one’s surprise, the North Central Missouri Conference’s best football team dominated the all-league selections. Hannibal, which went 5-0 and outscored its opponents 275-28 in league play, landed seven players on the first-team offense and six players on the first-team defense. The Pirates had five others earn second-team plaudits. Four players…

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Pirates, Williams make quick work of another opponent, waltz into district semifinals

Hannibal’s Kane Wilson gets up after tackling St. Charles’ Ezequiel Lopez during the first half of Friday night’s Class 4 District 4 quarterfinal at Port Stadium in Hannibal, Mo. | Mathew Kirby photo

HANNIBAL, Mo. — On the surface, Hannibal’s most recent blowout football victory was little more than another Friday night stroll on the plastic grass of Porter Stadium. The potent Pirates’ steamroller-like offense was its usual productive self, and so was Hannibal’s stifling defense. By midway through the second quarter, an overmatched St. Charles team was…

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Show Me Spotlight: Janes helping guide Pirates to continued success on pitch

Hannibal senior defender Thomas Janes is hoping to help the Pirates win a district championship after guiding them to an undefeated run through the North Central Missouri Conference. | Mathew Kirby photo

HANNIBAL, Mo. — Thomas Janes understood his role when the season began, and it had far less to do with creating or denying scoring opportunities than it did with keeping the Hannibal boys soccer team on course. Graysen Crabill found himself in the same situation. The two senior defenders are the only upperclassmen on a…

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Hannibal sees shot at district volleyball title gone in flash against Lutheran St. Charles

Hannibal's Aly Falconer hammers the ball during Monday night's Class 4 District 4 championship match against Lutheran St. Charles at Korf Gym in Hannibal, Mo. | Mathew Kirby photo

HANNIBAL, Mo. — It was quick, but still painful. Lutheran St. Charles wasted little time Monday night putting an end to Hannibal’s volleyball season, dispensing the Pirates in convincing fashion in the Class 4 District 4 championship game at Korf Gym. The 25-19, 25-15, 25-12 setback was completed in a brisk 62 minutes. “We never…

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Missouri state football rankings: Monroe City back in top 10 in Class 2, others maintain spots

The Monroe City football team is ranked 10th in Class 2 heading into the district tournament. | Photo courtesy Paul R. Evans

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Statewide high school football rankings, as compiled by a 9-member panel of sportswriters and broadcasters. First-place votes in parentheses. Panel is made up of Dion Clisso, PrepsKC; Cole Young, PrepsKC; Tom Rackers, Jefferson City News-Tribune; Chris Parker, Ozone Sports; Joe Andrews, Warrensburg Star Journal; Tommy Rezac, KFEQ St. Joseph; J.B. Connoley,…

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Pirates win eighth consecutive game with another dominant effort spearheaded by Anders

Hannibal quarterback Waylon Anders, right, celebrates with lineman Trenton Cowden during Friday night’s game against Columbia Battle in Columbia, Mo. | Mathew Kirby photo

COLUMBIA, Mo. — The Hannibal football team looks primed for a postseason run. The Pirates, ranked sixth in the Class 4 state poll, finished off the regular season Friday night with their consecutive victory, beating Columbia Battle 42-7. Hannibal scored 34 points in the first half and put it on cruise control in the second…

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Missouri prep football rankings: Pirates move up one spot to No. 5, Cardinals remain No. 7

Hannibal all-purpose back Aneyas Williams and the Pirates are No. 5 in the Class 4 state poll heading into the regular-season finale at Columbia (Mo.) Battle. | Mathew Kirby photo

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Statewide high school football rankings, as compiled by a 9-member panel of sportswriters and broadcasters. First-place votes in parenthesis. Panel is made up of Dion Clisso, PrepsKC; Cole Young, PrepsKC; Tom Rackers, Jefferson City News-Tribune; Chris Parker, Ozone Sports; Joe Andrews, Warrensburg Star Journal; Tommy Rezac, KFEQ St. Joseph; J.B. Connoley,…

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Photo gallery: Hannibal volleyball team wins district opener in four sets

Hannibal's Malia Stolte digs a shot during Wednesday night's Class 4 District 4 victory against Fort Zumwalt South at Korf Gym. | Mathew Kirby photo

HANNIBAL, Mo. — The fourth-seeded Hannibal volleyball team opened the Class 4 District 4 tournament at Korf Gym on Wednesday night with a four-set victory over fifth-seeded Fort Zumwalt South, winning 25-23, 18-25, 25-19, 26-24. Abbie Martin led the Pirates with 15 kills and 18 digs, while Ashlyn Hess had 20 assists and six digs,…

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Pirates’ Minor finishes with birdie barrage to claim third at Class 3 state tournament

The Hannibal girls golfers — from left, Alena Gilmore, Kate Ferguson-Minor, Siena Minor, Baylee Pugh and Grace Kirby — finished fifth at the Class 3 state tournament at Crown Pointe Golf Club in Farmington, Mo. | Photo courtesy Hannibal athletics

FARMINGTON, Mo. — Siena Minor finished with a flourish, helping the Hannibal girls golf team set a standard future golfers can chase. Minor, a senior, birdied three of her final eight holes Tuesday to shoot a 2-under 70 at Crown Pointe Golf Club to finish third individually at the Class 3 state tournament. She is…

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Another overwhelming victory allows Pirates to put finishing touches on NCMC championship

Hannibal quarterback Waylon Anders, right, hands the ball to running back Mike Ferreira, who rushed for 173 yards and two touchdowns in Friday night's victory over Marshall at Porter Stadium. | Mathew Kirby file photo

HANNIBAL, Mo. — The football script was quite familiar. Hannibal scored early, often and in the second half there was a running clock. The Pirates’ 56-7 North Central Missouri Conference blowout of Marshall was the latest in a lengthening line of one-sided victories. This particular win, played before a crowd of about 1,200 at Porter…

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Missouri state football rankings: Area teams hold steady heading into Week 8

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Statewide high school football rankings, as compiled by a 9-member panel of sportswriters and broadcasters. First-place votes in parenthesis. Panel is made up of Dion Clisso, PrepsKC; Cole Young, PrepsKC; Tom Rackers, Jefferson City News-Tribune; Chris Parker, Ozone Sports; Joe Andrews, Warrensburg Star Journal; Tommy Rezac, KFEQ St. Joseph; J.B. Connoley,…

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Missouri prep notebook: Cougars extend win streak to 18, three qualify for state tennis tourney, Keller sets Monroe City record

The Highland softball team finished the regular season with a 26-2 record and heads into the playoffs as the No. 1-ranked team in Class 2. | Submitted photo

EWING, Mo. — The No. 1-ranked softball team in Missouri Class 2 is charging into the postseason with a full head of steam. Highland finished its regular season Monday night with a 15-0 victory over Scotland County, putting a stamp on a 26-2 record. The Cougars have won 18 games in a row, and their…

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Williams helps Pirates remain NCMC’s top team after smothering Spartans in state-ranked battle

Hannibal football coach Jeff Gschwender addresses his team following Friday night's 28-8 victory over Moberly in North Central Missouri Conference play in Moberly, Mo. | Ben Marth photo

MOBERLY, Mo. — Aneyas Williams enjoys the spotlight, but he’s happy to share it.  “That’s what I want to do, do anything I can to help the team win,” the Hannibal senior running back and University of Notre Dame commit said. If the Hannibal football team can replicate the balance it displayed Friday night, the…

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Hannibal girls golf team qualifies for state tournament for first time in program history

The Hannibal girls golf team finished second in the Class 3 District 2 tournament at the Golf Club of Wentzville to advance to the state tournament for the first time in program history. | Submitted photo

WENTZVILLE, Mo. — As the district scores were posted Friday afternoon and the Hannibal girls golfers found themselves on the cusp of a state tournament appearance, the reality of what was happening created some nervous energy. “It was almost like, ‘OK, I can see it, which means I can believe it, but did it really…

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Missouri prep football rankings: Pirates, Cardinals maintain positions in respective classes

Hannibal’s Aaron Daughtery, left, and Mike Ferreira celebrate a touchdown during last Friday’s North Central Missouri Conference victory over Kirksville at Porter Stadium in Hannibal, Mo. | Mathew Kirby photo

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Statewide high school football rankings, as compiled by a 9-member panel of sportswriters and broadcasters. First-place votes in parenthesis. Panel is made up of Dion Clisso, PrepsKC; Cole Young, PrepsKC; Tom Rackers, Jefferson City News-Tribune; Chris Parker, Ozone Sports; Joe Andrews, Warrensburg Star Journal; Tommy Rezac, KFEQ St. Joseph; J.B. Connoley,…

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Pirates rumble toward showdown with Spartans by dismantling another NCMC foe

Hannibal’s Kaiser McAfee, right, pressures Kirksville’s Ryder Lyons during Friday night’s North Central Missouri Conference game at Porter Stadium in Hannibal, Mo. | Mathew Kirby photo

HANNIBAL, Mo. — Another Friday night, another one-sided Hannibal football victory. The Pirates’ latest win, a 53-0 shellacking of Kirksville, was Hannibal’s fifth straight and played out in front of about 1,200 fans at Porter Stadium. Hannibal has outscored its last three opponents 191-13. All three games have been finished with a running clock in…

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Missouri prep football rankings: Hannibal, South Shelby hold strong, Monroe City drops out of poll

The Hannibal football team takes the field before its game against Fulton on Sept. 16 at Porter Stadium in Hannibal, Mo. | Mathew Kirby photo

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Statewide high school football rankings, as compiled by a 9-member panel of sportswriters and broadcasters. First-place votes in parenthesis. Panel is made up of Dion Clisso, PrepsKC; Cole Young, PrepsKC; Tom Rackers, Jefferson City News-Tribune; Chris Parker, Ozone Sports; Joe Andrews, Warrensburg Star Journal; Tommy Rezac, KFEQ St. Joseph; J.B. Connoley,…

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Postseason primer: Tournament success preps area golfers for pursuit of state tourney bids

The Hannibal girls golf team won the North Central Missouri Conference championship, a perfect springboard into the postseason, which begins Oct. 6 with the district tournament in Wentzville, Mo. | Photo courtesy HHS golf

QUINCY — The postseason is nigh, and it could be an eventful one on the links. Here are five things to keep in mind as regional play for Illinois boys begins Wednesday and girls Thursday and district play for Missouri girls tees off next week: Minor success, major results for Pirates The growth of the…

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Photo gallery: QHS volleyball team fends off Hannibal for four-set victory at Korf Gym

Quincy High School's Kaley Summers digs a ball during Monday night's match against Hannibal at Korf Gym in Hannibal, Mo. | Mathew Kirby photo

HANNIBAL, Mo. — The Quincy High School volleyball team began its week by showing some resiliency it normally doesn’t have to provide. Hannibal rallied after losing the first two sets Monday night at Korf Gym by winning the third set and pushing the Blue Devils to the brink in the fourth set. Ultimately, Quincy won…

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Williams, Pirates uses efficient approach to overwhelm Bulldogs in first half of NCMC victory

Hannibal senior running back Aneyas Williams scored three touchdowns on four offensive touches Friday night against Mexico in North Central Missouri Conference play in Mexico, Mo. | Mathew Kirby photo

MEXICO, Mo. — Aneyas Williams’ play gets described in a variety of ways, often with adjectives such as electric or dazzling. Friday night, a new one was added to the list. Efficient. Williams had only four touches offensively during the Hannibal football team’s 61-7 victory over Mexico in North Central Missouri Conference play, but the…

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Photo gallery: QND, Hannibal volleyball teams square off at The Pit

Hannibal's Malia Stolte, left, tries to hit through the block of Quincy Notre Dame's Emma Hoing during Tuesday night's match at The Pit. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — The Quincy Notre Dame volleyball team continued to build a resume that likely will earn the Raiders the No. 1 regional seed with Tuesday night’s 25-16, 25-14 victory over Hannibal at The Pit. Sophomore middle Eva Breckenkamp led the Raiders with eight kills, while senior outside hitter Emma Hoing had seven kills and…

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Missouri state football rankings: South Shelby moves to No. 7 in Class 2, Hannibal holds steady

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Statewide high school football rankings, as compiled by a 9-member panel of sportswriters and broadcasters. First-place votes in parenthesis. Panel is made up of Dion Clisso, PrepsKC; Cole Young, PrepsKC; Tom Rackers, Jefferson City News-Tribune; Chris Parker, Ozone Sports; Joe Andrews, Warrensburg Star Journal; Tommy Rezac, KFEQ St. Joseph; J.B. Connoley,…

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Pirates keep improving, keep rolling through NCMC opponents with high-powered attack

Hannibal’s Noah Young (59) tackles Fulton’s Malik Douglas (34) during the Pirates’ North Central Missouri Conference victory Friday night at Porter Stadium in Hannibal, Mo. | Mathew Kirby photo

HANNIBAL, Mo. — Hannibal quarterback Waylon Anders shrugged off the final margin of victory, preferring to break down the bigger picture. “We know we have to stay focused, no matter who we are playing or what the score is,” Anders said.  The junior insists maintaining that kind of mindset is imperative, regardless of how easy…

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Pirates’ resolve leads to right answer in erasing deficit against Blue Devils

Hannibal goalkeeper Clayton Neisen, left, grabs the ball over Thomas Janes during Thursday night’s game against Quincy High School at Veterans Field in Hannibal, Mo. | Photo courtesy Mathew Kirby

HANNIBAL, Mo. — The Hannibal boys soccer team continues to prove it has the resolve to answer any setback. Thursday night at Veterans Field, the Pirates answered with a pair of goals. After allowing Quincy High School to score on a penalty kick and a corner kick to take a 2-1 lead midway through the…

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Missouri state football rankings: Monroe City, South Shelby in Class 2 poll ahead of showdown

The Monroe City football team is 3-0 and ranked fourth in Class 2 ahead of Friday's showdown in Shelbina, Mo., with 10th-ranked South Shelby. | Photo courtesy Paul R. Evans

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Here are the Missouri statewide high school football rankings, as compiled by a 9-member panel of sportswriters and broadcasters. First-place votes in parenthesis. Panel is made up of Dion Clisso, PrepsKC; Cole Young, PrepsKC; Tom Rackers, Jefferson City News-Tribune; Chris Parker, Ozone Sports; Joe Andrews, Warrensburg Star Journal; Tommy Rezac, KFEQ…

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Prep soccer roundup: QHS falls at home, QND loses twice in tourney, Hannibal finishes second in Pirate Shootout

Quincy High School's Justin Dreyer, left, fights for possession during Saturday's game against O'Fallon at Flinn Stadium. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — For 60 minutes, the Quincy High School boys soccer team played with the poise and passion that could make it a regional contender. The final 20 minutes, however, included miscues that resulted in another loss. O’Fallon scored twice in the closing stretch Saturday, pulling away for a 3-1 victory at Flinn Stadium. The…

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Williams, Pirates let stout offensive line pave way to victory over Trojans

Hannibal’s Waylon Anders hands the ball off to Aneyas Williams during Friday night’s game against Troy Buchanan at Porter Stadium in Hannibal, Mo. | Photo courtesy Mathew Kirby

HANNIBAL, Mo. — Aneyas Williams did not have to think twice about an answer to the question of whether or not he ever feels like a marked man on the football field. Williams considered his answer for a few moments, then smiled politely before responding.  “For about four years now I’ve felt like I’ve had…

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Show Me Spotlight: Flying high helps Pirates’ Minor gain unique perspective on success

Kate Minor, a senior on the Hannibal girls golf team, will help the Pirates chase a district championship this season. | Photo courtesy Mathew Kirby

HANNIBAL, Mo. — The adventurous and curious side of Kate Minor shines through no matter what the Hannibal multi-sport standout is doing. That’s especially true when she’s flying above the clouds or taking a walk in the woods. Outside of playing golf and basketball for the Pirates, Minor is a pilot in training, taking lessons…

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Missouri prep football rankings: Monroe City, South Shelby and Hannibal stay in state polls

Hannibal's Waylon Anders kicks an extra point during last Friday's 42-21 victory over Jefferson City at Porter Stadium in Hannibal, Mo. The Pirates moved up one spot to No. 6 in this week's Class 4 state poll. | Photo courtesy Mathew Kirby

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Statewide high school football rankings, as compiled by a 9-member panel of sportswriters and broadcasters. First-place votes in parenthesis. Panel is made up of Dion Clisso, PrepsKC; Cole Young, PrepsKC; Tom Rackers, Jefferson City News Tribune; Chris Parker, Ozone Sports; Joe Andrews, Warrensburg Star Journal; Tommy Rezac, KFEQ St. Joseph; J.B.…

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Crim: Hannibal relying on Ferreira to balance attack and keep offense churning forward

Hannibal quarterback Waylon Anders, center, hands the ball off to Mike Ferreira, left, during Friday night's game against Jefferson City at Porter Stadium in Hannibal, Mo. | Photo courtesy Mathew Kirby

HANNIBAL, Mo. — After carrying the football 28 times, most of them straight-ahead bursts into heavy traffic between the tackles, Mike Ferreira admitted his body had absorbed some punishment. “I’ve got a few bruises, but I’ll be good,” Hannibal’s junior running back said after the Pirates evened their record at 1-1 Friday night with an…

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Coming through loud and clear: Pirates rebound from Week 1 setback by overpowering Jays

Hannibal’s Mike Ferreira runs the ball during the Pirates’ 42-21 victory over Jefferson City on Friday night at Porter Stadium in Hannibal, Mo. | Photo courtesy Mathew Kirby

HANNIBAL, Mo. — Smarting from a lopsided road loss to Jefferson City Helias in its season opener, the Hannibal football team was out to make a statement before its home crowd Friday night at Porter Stadium. The message was received loud and clear. Mike Ferreira ran for 177 tough yards, quarterback Waylon Anders threw for…

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Game Night Guide: Week 2 of prep football features QHS, QND on road, state-ranked teams at home

Quincy High School offensive lineman Chris Flachs, left, and running back Jeraius Rice will lead the Blue Devils against Alton on Friday night. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — Week 2 of the high school football team kicks off Friday night. Here is the slate for area teams, including where you can find the games on the radio or via livestream: Quincy High School (1-0) at Alton (0-1), 7 p.m. • WTAD 930 AM • WGEM streaming app Did you know?: The…

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Stingy Raiders keep Pirates at bay, make early score stand for one-goal victory

Quincy Notre Dame forward Leo Cann (No. 17) heads the ball into the net off a corner kick for the lone goal in a 1-0 victory over Hannibal on Tuesday night at Veterans Field in Hannibal, Mo. | Photo courtesy Mathew Kirby

HANNIBAL, Mo. — The Hannibal boys soccer team won every statistical category against Quincy Notre Dame in its home opener except one. The scoreboard. Senior forward Leo Cann scored off a Brody Jones corner kick 5 minutes, 48 seconds into the game and goalkeeper Max Frericks recorded 10 saves to enable the Raiders to withstand…

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