HHS boys swimming wins Smith-Cotton invite

The Hannibal High School volleyball team swept North Central Missouri Conference rival Mexico on Monday, picking up a 25-19, 25-7 win to move to 19-7 on the year.

The Lady Pirates also stayed unbeaten in the NCMC with an 8-0 mark.

Seniors dominated for Hannibal, as Lauren Wheelan had a team-high 12 digs and 10 set assists. Calen Bailey paced the team with 10 kills, and Sydney Bennett had seven assists.

The Lady Pirates' varsity squad earned a 25-6, 25-9 win.

On Saturday, the Hannibal varsity traveled to Quincy High School for the Quincy Tournament, and went 2-2.

In a tournament-opening win over Rockwood Summit (22-25, 25-18, 15-9), Bennett had seven digs, five assists, four digs and four aces. Wheelan added eight assists, six digs and four kills. Senior Anna Murphy had nine digs, five kills and a pair of aces. Bailey had four aces.

The Lady Pirates earned a win in their second game, a 25-16, 25-9 defeat of Springfield Southeast behind more strong play from their seniors.

Bailey had four kills and four aces, and Wheelan had four aces and three assists. Murphy and Alyssa Riefesel had five kills each, and Bennett dished out six assists.

Hannibal's momentum was stalled in its third game, as Quincy downed the Lady Pirates 17-25, 14-25.

Bennett had a team-leading nine assists. Murphy played well with eight digs and seven kills. Wheelan added 10 digs and four assists.

In their final match of the tourney, Hannibal was downed by Liberty, 18-25, 16-25.

Bailey had 10 digs and five kills, and Murphy had eight digs with four kills. Wheelan served up eight assists.

HHS boys swimming wins Smith-Cotton invite: Behind a quartet of first-place finishes, the Hannibal High School boys swimming team claimed the Smith-Cotton Invitational title on Saturday in Sedalia.

With 373 points, the Pirates edged out Raymore Peculiar High School, who tallied 367 for second place.

Senior Lliot Gieseke earned a win in the 200 freestyle and a runner-up finish in the 100 fly. Fellow senior Tyler Bush was also victorious, taking first in the 100 free before finishing second in the 50 free. In the 500 free, sophomore Nathan Lewton came out on top before placing second in the 200 free behind Gieseke.

Gieseke, Bush, Lewton and senior Shay Wade also swam to a win the in the 400 free relay, setting a new meet record in the process.