With Payson’s boys basketball team losing 66-60 to Madison Tuesday night, all area winter sports on the high school side have been wrapped up. Here’s a look back at some of the best quotes from area athletes and coaches.
Quote of the season:
“I want to be a nurse. I kind of like gross things. She had her surgery late that night and the next day she came to our game. As soon as she came up to the gym, I ran up to her and said, ‘Let me see your stomach. I want to see your scars.’ Even (Jan. 22), when we were changing before the game, I asked her to see it again. I just want to make sure it’s healing right.”
–Pittsfield’s Alyssa Heavner said about checking on teammate Shea O’Brien after she had an emergency appendectomy.
“Everyone came to practice. We were a little drained, but we were excited basketball season was starting, so everyone else was hyped up and ready to scrimmage.”
–Canton’s David McReynolds on the Tigers’ decision as a team to attend practice the day after soccer season ended, despite being given the option to not attend by coach Andy Anderson.
“He likes to make jokes and to poke fun. He doesn’t tease me, he knows better than to do that.”
–Hannibal’s Jake Borgmeyer on how sophomore Kyle Muehring keeps things light for the Pirates’ wrestling team.
“I challenged Maranda and Madelyn to be the best players on the floor. I refer to them as big ol’ nasties because they play like big old, nasty players.”
–Liberty-Payson girls basketball coach Brad Bergman said about post players Madelyn Hyer and Maranda Neisen.
“It felt like warm water going down my lip. I went like this (motions to his lip) and it was blood.”
–Pittsfield’s Zach Abney on having his tooth inadvertently kicked through the front of his lip during a 170-pound sectional semifinal match.
“I know we can fight through it. I just have to get my players heads in it. Because once all of our heads are in it, it’s game over.”
–Quincy High School’s Jordan Fletcher on the Blue Devils snapping their 29-game Western Big Six losing streak with a 53-51 win over Rock Island Alleman.
“We had a lot of haters last year. When we got brought up to 3A, then we had doubters. It felt so good to prove everyone we had what it takes in 3A. The level of competition in 3A was high, and we had to step it up to take control.”
–Quincy Notre Dame’s Mary Beth Hugenberg on the Lady Raiders’ winning the state title.
“When the game gets down to it, whoever it is, we always want to win and will do whatever it takes. Losing is never an option with us.”
–Quincy Notre Dame’s Kassidy Gengebacher on the Lady Raiders’ attitude.
“I just remembered that last year Jonah Coggeshall lost when a kid injury defaulted on him. I remember sitting back there and trying to calm him down and how upset he was. I knew I couldn’t do that to that kid. He worked just as hard as me to get there.”
–Quincy Notre Dame’s Gage Stephens on deciding to continue wrestling in the 138-pound state semifinals.
“I was just there for Evie because she’s always there to pick me up. So I thought, ‘Might as well get down there.’ I just had to pick her up and help us win the game.”
–Palmyra junior Katee Hinkle talks about scoring on an offensive rebound that helped Palmyra’s girls basketball team snare a state quarterfinal bid.
“We tried until I pinched or fouled a little bit. Then it would get dirty. We had to give up on that when he grew an extra two feet taller than me.”
–West Hancock senior Madison Harmon on playing pickup basketball with her twin brother, Paxton.
“From there I was like ‘Alright, I got this. I want to be Jack Lucie and pin him in the cradle.’ It made me happy that I pinned my kid in the cradle in the first time.”
–West Hancock freshman Will Lucie on winning a sectional title by using his brother’s signature move.
“There was an opportunity earlier this year, but I got nervous and I thought I was going to miss, so I didn’t do it.”
–Unity 6-foot-5 center Lane Davis on searching for the perfect moment for his first dunk.
“That’s what I told here at halftime: ‘We’re still winning by five, Jill, and you ain’t hit anything from the outside yet.’ I just told her to keep firing because she’s an excellent 3-point shooter.”
–Unity coach Brad Begeman on Jill Donley’s trey that helped the Lady Mustangs beat QHS 62-45 at the KHQA/Subway Superfan Shootout.
“When it went off my hand, I knew it was good. I shifted the ball and thought ‘Ah, yeah. I got to knock this one down for the city of Madison.’”
–Madison’s Marquis Bourney on his momentum-shifting 3-pointer during the Trojans’ 66-60 win over Payson Seymour in a Class 1A super-sectional.
“Taylor left an opening for a fat guy like me to get through, but I have to give that gal credit. She stuck tight on Taylor and made her work for every point she got.”
–Illini Bluffs coach Jim Robertson on Unity’s Maggie Bowles playing defense on Division I Mercer University women’s basketball group Taylor McClintock.