Mid-State Force 13U Has Perfect Season - A Dominating Force

Pictured left to right in the front row are:  Grace Hoener, Tessa Eldringhoff, MacKenzie Bauer, and Elissa Thurman: back row: Allison Stiers, Rachel Swayze, Brooke Grosse, Lauren Gerlemann, Tess Schannuth, and Kate Ruediger
Picture courtesy of Craig Schannuth.

--The 13 and under Mid-State Force Volleyball team were a dominating “Force” taking first place in all five tournaments during their spring season.

Pecaut, Covington, and Steinhoff named to Volleyball Academic All-State team

Pictured left to right: Rachel Steinhoff, Kelsey Pecaut, and Taylor Covington.
Photo by Quick News student intern Taylor Goad.

--Kelsey Pecaut, Taylor Covington, and Rachel Steinhoff not only were the 2012 volleyball team’s top players in their respective positions, more importantly they are among an elite group of student athletes in Missouri.

While excelling on the court they exceled  more so in the classroom, which has earned them the highest award any student athlete can receive.  Earlier this month Pecaut, Covington, and Steinhoff were announced to the Academic All-State Team for volleyball.

There are three criteria a student athlete must achieve in order to receive this prestigious award.

  • 1. They have to be a varsity player. (Any grade level)
    2.  Player must have competed in at least 75% of the team’s total variety matches.
    3.  Must have a cumulative GPA of 3.6 or above after the first semester of the school year

The "student" in student athlete goes unnoticed

By Kyle Quick

--Generally, one would read in the newspaper about which students made All-Conference, All-Districts, or All-State in sports.  Don’t get me wrong, these students deserve the recognition and a story written about their achievement, all of which I have included in this article.

However, a story you won’t read about, other than a list of names in the paper, are the athletes who were Academic All-Conference.  They deserve the same recognition along with interviews from coaches who have the same kids in their classes as they do on their teams.

New Haven's JV defends Conference Title - Bright future for shamrock volleyball

By Kyle Quick:

--New Haven’s Junior Varsity Volleyball team’s resolve and determination led them to an overall season record of 22-3-1, propelled them to a first place finish in the Pacific Tournament and Four Rivers Conference Champions for the second straight year.

Good teams win games, but great teams win games separated by just a few points.  New Haven did what great teams do; find a way to win.

"They are just great people" - Shamrocks come up short at districts

Photos by Kyle Quick
Bismarck, Mo
. – Wednesday New Haven’s season came to an end after falling short to undefeated Valle Catholic (31-0) in the Class 1 District 5 Championship Match. (Game summary below.)

We sat down with Volleyball Coach Jaime Hoener and talked about her team and their overall season.  During our conversation Hoener couldn’t have praised her team enough saying, “They are just great overall people”

After New Haven’s loss to Valle Catholic Hoener told her team, “There’s been years when going into practice was a struggle to get teams to go after it and work hard.  It was never a struggle this year.  I can’t say enough about their willingness to do things and make the sacrifice to be better players.”

Valle Catholic hangs on to win district title

Bismarck, Mo. - Wednesday night the Lady Shamrock’s season was cut short after number one seeded Valle Catholic defeated New Haven in two sets 25-16, 25-21.

New Haven ended their season with a record of 20-11 and finished 4-3 in conference play.

Valle Catholic will face off with Winona (26-7-1) on Saturday. (Location TBA)  Winona (20-8-1) upset the defending state champions, Eminence, on Tuesday in two sets.  It was the third time this year Winona upended the Redwings.

Shamrocks to clash undefeated Valle Catholic for district title

All updates for district championship game will be on Facebook and Twitter.

Bismarck, Mo. - After injuring here shoulder and possibly her career, it could have not been more fitting that Peacut serve an ace to send the Shamrocks playing for a district title.

New Haven won the first set 25-23.  The Lady Shamrocks filled with energy and determination; New Haven has propelled themselves into the Class 1 District 5 District Championship Match.

Peacut questionable after suffering shoulder injury in three set loss to Union

Rachel Horstmann (right) enters the game for Kelsey Peacut (#2) after injuring her left shoulder early in the third set.

Union, Mo. – After coming off a two set win over Linn on Monday the Lady Shamrocks traveled to Union looking for their fourth straight win and momentum as they begin their postseason on Monday at Bismark.

New Haven found themselves down 10-1 in the first set but battled back to tie things up at 13 all.  However Union quickly recovered to win the first set 25-14.

Lady Shamrocks knock off St. Clair and Owensivlle

The sweet feel of victory.

Owensville, Mo. – New Haven snapped a four game losing streak on Tuesday by knocking off St. Clair in three sets before traveling to Owensville (13-12, 3-3) on Thursday.

Thursday night marked the first time this year New Haven (17-9, 4-2) was able to win a match losing the first set.  After Owensville went on to win the first set, 25-21, the Lady Shamrocks came back taking the second and third sets and picking up their 17th on the year.

Kelsey Pecaut had a game high 13 kills but New Haven’s defense was the main contributor to their three set win over Owensville.  Rachel Steinhoff had a season high 21 digs followed by the young sophomore Katie Peirick digging 12 of the teams season high 76 digs.