Seasons came to a close for three Elsberry teams.
The Clopton-Elsberry IndianHawks learned all about tradition in a 58-6 district playoff loss to the Palmyra Panthers.
“They were pretty good and we didn’t play our best game,” said Clopton-Elsberry Head Coach Mike Scheibel. “Their defense was really good and big up front.”
Senior quarterback Jack Hicks and senior running back Rheed Leake ran well in their final games as IndianHawks but the team just couldn’t get enough offense going, Scheibel noted.
Junior outside linebacker “Michael Werkmeister had his best game,” Scheibel said, reflecting hope for 2014.
Scheibel’s IndianHawks went 4-7 in his first season as a head coach.
“I learned a lot,” he said. “One thing that hurt was our numbers weren’t good,” when he was hired late in the year to take over the program. “Now I know who’s coming back.”
The Panthers returned the opening kickoff 60 yards and set the tone for the game. Palymyra scored one more time in the first quarter and three times in the second quarter to take a 37-6 lead into the locker room.
Hicks brought respect to the IndianHawks with a twisting, tackle-breaking run for 67 yards through the right side of the Panthers defense with 4:36 to go in the half. Hicks gained 122 yards on 16 carries and had one touchdown. He was five for 14 passing with one interception.
In soccer, the season has come to an end for the Elsberry Indians Soccer team, following a 7-2 loss to Lutheran St. Charles.
Although Lutheran was seeded number one for district play, Coach Dustin Robinson said he is extremely proud of Dalton Ogden, who scored his only goal of the season and Alex Henke, who would add the team’s second and final goal.
One senior that Robinson wanted to single out was Brennan Slaughter, who really came out this season and was playing his best soccer towards the end. Another senior Robinson wanted to mention was Adam Sherrow, who ended his season with a knee injury.
Robinson went on to talk about Mason Cameron, who battled some health issues throughout the season.
In cross country, Elsberry girls finished 14th in the state meet in Jefferson City.
The Elsberry Indians Cross Country team met for the final time on Saturday, Nov. 9 in Jefferson City,
Taking the line first was Naomi Gladney, who would lead the Indian squad by finishing in 27th place with a time of 21:57. Unfortunately, she would miss being placed in All-State by two spots. Fellow runners Maggie Spratt finished in 77th place with a time of 23:52, Allie Smith finished in 129th place with a time of 25:08, Mandy Horne finished in 139th place with a time of 25:34, Anne Marie Bufford finished 141st place with a time of 25:45 and Anne Heintzelman finished in 158th place with a time of 29:20.
In the boys’ race, Jack Weakly, came in 129th place with a time of 20:14.
“Jack won’t have any troubles running in the 19’s next year and if we keep him healthy, perhaps the 18’s,” said Tillotson.
Information courtesy of The Elsberry Democrat.