Although the Lady Pirates finished the regular season 24-0, they knew the season wouldn't be complete unless they ended it playing in the MSHSAA State Final Four on the University of Missouri - Columbia campus. They set their goals high, but they also played one game at a time, never thinking ahead. They also didn't talk of about the "S" word even though everyone around them was and the expectations for them to make it there increased the further they advanced.
Thursday evening as Boonville head coach, Jaryt Hunziker, thanked the community, students, staff and media for their coverage and support this season, he also took several minutes to reflect back on the season, his team, and the sacred "S" word. For a coach to field a team with players who have the same goals, competitiveness and commitment can sometimes be a challenge and then to get to the tournament at the end of the season can be an even greater challenge. Not in Boonville. Not this year.
Thus I leave you with the words spoken by Coach Hunziker as he ended his prepared speech and spoke of his team.
|Trophies from Boonville's successful 2014-15 Season|
I remember thinking of the "S" word when we were down 17 points early in the 2nd half to a very tough undefeated Fulton team and mounting an impressive comeback to win by 7. I knew then that our girls had the DETERMINATION to overcome adversity and fight until the end. Traits that are valuable the further you go in the postseason.
|Headline in the Boonville Daily News (Chris Bowie)|
|Semi-Finals game - Boonville vs Cardinal Ritter|
|Coach Hunziker instructing the Boonville Lady Pirates|
|3rd place game - Boonville vs Buffalo|
As for my seniors, Addy, Morgan and Olivia, I thank you for your commitment this past year and I wish you the best at CMU and William Woods next year, where I hope you will create more SPECIAL memories.
|Boonville Lady Pirates win 3rd at MSHSAA State Tourney|