The playoff season has begun for Fall Sports or is just on the horizon. Football has one more week before District’s begin and Southern Boone has the big game of the week in the conference. The Eagles host Boonville for Homecoming this week with district seeding and a chance at 2nd in conference on the line. Southern Boone and Boonville both sit at 4-2 in conference play and 6-2 overall. In conference play Blair Oaks is in 1st at 6-0 and Hallsville sits a 5-2, but with an Eagle win and a Hallsville lost they would tie for 2nd. In the bigger picture, the winner of the Southern Boone-Boonville game will get the #3 seed in the District’s. The Eagle’s have a tough district (Class 3, Distict 7) either way as the top 4 teams all sit at 6-2 or better going into the last week and the probable #1 seed is Odessa, the #2 team in Class 3.
This past week the Eagles had a tough game against California this past week. Even though the Pintos were 1-6 coming into the game they were a team better than their record and showed it. California came out and scored first with a 97 yard touchdown run toward the end of the 1st quarter to take a 7-0 lead. The Eagles came back in the 2nd quarter and scored on a Tyson Smith touchdown pass to tie it up. It stayed that way until the 2nd half when California threw a touchdown to take a 14-7 lead in the 3rd quarter. The Eagles came back and scored on another touchdown pass in the 4th quarter but with a missed extra point they trailed 14-13 with just under 6 minutes to go. The Eagles were stopped with 1:30 left in the game as they were driving for the winning score and California took over on downs. After using their last time out, the Eagles defense readied themselves as the Pintos had the ball with 1:25 to go. On the next play, California fumbled the ball and Blake Dapkus scooped it up and ran in for the go ahead touchdown with 1:18 to play. After the 2-point conversion, the Eagles led 21-14 in front of a shocked California crowd but needed to come up with more stop. Southern Boone forced a fumble and recovered it and was able to run out the clock for the win. The Eagles persevered through multiple turnovers and offensive problems to come out with the big win.
Softball started Districts in what was one of the state’s toughest District’s as they were the only one with 4 teams with 17 or more wins coming into District’s. The Lady Eagle’s started it all off against Tri-County Conference opponent Eldon. The team came out strong pounding out hits and scoring runs and running away with a 9-0 victory. Zoey DeHaas led the Lady Eagle’s with 3 rbi’s and 2 hits and Landrie Cole helped with 2 rbi’s and 2 hits of her own. Camryn Schaller had another dazzling start throwing 7 shutout innings and striking out 11. That set up a re-match and against Blair Oak’s in the District Semifinals. The Lady Falcons just beat the Lady Eagles 4-3 a week before so everyone was ready for a great game and the teams delivered. The two teams fought back and forth and were tied at 0-0 after 5 innings. In the bottom of the 6th the Lady Falcons got a lucky break and was able to score a run on a tough pitch. Down 1-0 going into their last at bat the Lady Eagles were able to get two people on but couldn’t get a run across to keep the game going. Addie Lange led the Southern Boone with 2 hits and Camryn Schaller had 5 strikeouts.
The Lady Eagles finished the season 18-5 against a tough schedule. Southern Boone won both the Hallsville Invitational (2nd year in a row) and the Eugene AA Softball Bash (3rd year in a row) and had big wins over Salisbury, Father Tolton, and Jefferson City. Congratulations on a great season Lady Eagles!
Southern Boone Soccer had a light week with two games against Fulton and Father Tolton. The 1st game of the week was against a young Fulton team. The Eagles came out and took a 3-0 first half lead. The Eagles added 3 more in the 2nd half and cruise to a 6-0 victory. Rece Gilmore led the team with 2 goals along with scoring by Trenton Roney, Grant Hoene, Landon Beeson, and Mason Ahern. In the 2nd game the Eagles took on the always pesky and physical Father Tolton team. Father Tolton came out quick and scored in the the first minute off an Eagle miscue. The Trailblazers held that lead at the half (0-1) and were feeling the upset. The Eagles came out ready in the 2nd half. Rajesh Bennett scored 2 goals in a 1 minute span to give Southern Boone the lead early in half. After that, Rece scored 3 of his own to extend the lead to 5-1 before all Senior’s came out of the game to a rousing round of applause from the home crowd. Landon scored one more goal to finish off a 6 goal half to give Southern Boone a 6-1 lead and another 20 win season (7 in the last 9 years). Eagles have two more games before they start District’s next week.
Volleyball had a busy week and a great week. Coming off a 2nd place finish in the Eldon Tournament, the Lady Eagles continued playing well as they swept Tri-County Conference opponents Versailles (at Versailles) and Hallsville 2-0 pushing the Lady Eagles into 3rd place in the conference. Next up was another tournament in Versailles. The Lady Eagles came out on fire as they swept Versailles and Stover 2-0 and then tied a really good Marshall team 1-1 in pool play. Southern Boone kept it going sweeping Linn in the 1st round and Crystal City in the Semifinals. In the Championship game the Lady Eagles were matched up against their long time nemesis Blair Oaks. Southern Boone did not back down and swept the Lady Falcon’s 2-0 to win the Versailles Invitational for the 1st time ever (possibly the first tournament the Volleyball team has ever won). It’s the first time the Lady Eagles have beaten Blair Oaks in at least 12 years (again possibly the first time ever). Congratulations Lady Eagles on the big week! Southern Boone finishes off the conference season and will then get ready for District’s at the end of the month.
Congratulations to Lila and Lily Frazier as the the Southern Boone Girl Golfers finished 25th (Lila) and 26th (Lily) out of the 90 golfers at the State Tournament.
Cross Country (Boys & Girls) will run at their District meet in November. Freshman Connor Burns won his first Varsity race at Salisbury this past week. Freshamn Elizabeth Hess finished (3rd) and Senior Mary Grover (17th) were also medalists.