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Posted: Saturday, December 29, 2012 5:32 pm | Updated: 9:11 pm, Tue Jan 1, 2013.

By Bill Battle

Missourian Sports Editor

There was no question which team dominated the area high school football scene this season.

The Sullivan Eagles went 12-1 while winning the Four Rivers Conference and Class 4 District 3 championships this season. The Eagles advanced to the Class 4 quarterfinals before losing to eventual state champion Webb City.

So, it’s only fitting that the Eagles have swept the major awards in this year’s Missourian/East Central Coaches Association All-Area Football Team voting.

This year’s All-Area team has taken on added luster this year as the East Central Coaches Association has been included in the voting process. The All-Area team has been selected each year since 1991.

Unlike any other all-star team, the All-Area team combines schools no matter the size or conference affiliation. The teams which were in the Missourian Area Football Poll (Four Rivers Conference plus Washington, Borgia, Warrenton, Wright City and Cuba) were eligible for selection. This year’s team was picked through balloting of area coaches and media members.

Sullivan Head Coach Pat Burke was the unanimous top selection for everyone who voted for the coach of the year. He ranked far ahead of runner-up Cody McDowell of St. Clair and third-place finishers Erick Webster of Union and Zach Schneider of Washington.

The big winner among players was Sullivan’s Justin Biermann. The junior running back was picked as both the offensive player of the year and the special teams player of the year.

Biermann carried the ball 171 times for 1,846 yards and 30 touchdowns and caught 14 passes for 165 yards and one touchdown. As a returner, Biermann had eight kick returns for 142 yards and 18 punt returns for 415 yards. He scored four return touchdowns.

He was selected to the Four Rivers Conference first team (unanimous at running back), was honored by the Missouri Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association East Central District first team, made the Missouri Football Coaches Association all-district team and made both the coaches and media all-state teams. He was on the coaches first team as an athlete and made the media second team as a running back.

Biermann edged out St. Clair quarterback Kyle Juergens for the offensive player of the year award in the closest player of the year award voting. Washington’s Luke Hasenjaeger was a distant third.

In the special teams player of the year voting, Biermann bested Sullivan kicker Jake Lochner with Borgia punter Tony Helfrich finishing third.

The defensive player of the year was Sullivan senior linebacker Dalton Turner, who won comfortably over teammate Seth Mesey. St. Clair’s Adam Brott was third with St. Clair’s Jake Yerkey placing fourth.

Turner posted 98 total tackles with 12 sacks, one fumble recovery and one interception. He was named to the FRC first team, the MSSA East Central first team the coaches all-district team, the coaches Class 4 all-state second team and the media all-state first team.

First-team players are:

• St. Clair quarterback Kyle Juergens;

• Sullivan running back Justin Biermann;

• St. Clair running back Rickey Grivetti;

• Warrenton receiver Devin Roberts;

• Sullivan receiver Adam Weiland;

• Borgia tight end Tony Helfrich;

• Sullivan offensive lineman Gus Hecht;

• Washington offensive lineman Jared Walde;

• Sullivan offensive lineman Dalton Turner;

• St. Clair offensive lineman Jake Yerkey;

• St. Clair offensive lineman Jake Oermann;

• Sullivan defensive lineman Seth Mesey;

• Washington defensive lineman Jared Walde;

• St. Clair defensive lineman Jake Yerkey;

• Washington defensive lineman Nathan Kopp;

• Sullivan linebacker Dalton Turner;

• Borgia linebacker Evan Zeitzmann;

• St. Clair linebacker Josh Martin;

• St. Clair linebacker Ben Suntrup;

• Sullivan defensive back Justin Biermann;

• St. Clair defensive back Adam Brott;

• Washington defensive back Dilan Bollmann;

• St. Clair defensive back Rickey Grivetti;

• Sullivan kicker Jake Lochner;

• Borgia punter Tony Helfrich; and

• Sullivan returner Justin Biermann.

Due to ties, there were four defensive backs on the first team. Ties which resulted in more players being selected for one team were resolved by having fewer players on the subsequent team.

Second-team selections are:

• Washington quarterback Luke Hasenjaeger;

• Sullivan quarterback Adam Tiefenbrunn;

• Sullivan running back Clayton Mayer;

• Washington running back Kyle Summers;

• Washington receiver Brock Hopkins;

• St. Clair receiver Adam Brott;

• St. Clair tight end Blake Dierking;

• Washington offensive lineman Brad Hellebusch;

• Borgia offensive lineman Clayton Pezold;

• Sullivan offensive lineman Jeremy Stumpe;

• Warrenton offensive lineman Brett Garrison;

• Warrenton offensive lineman Jeff Reese;

• Sullivan defensive lineman Mitch Paneitz;

• Pacific defensive lineman Jeff Hinkle;

• Warrenton defensive lineman Jeff Reese;

• St. Clair defensive lineman Josh Haynes;

• Warrenton linebacker George Wielms;

• Washington linebacker Kyle Summers;

• Washington linebacker Caleb Summers;

• Union linebacker Cody Pace;

• Union defensive back Logan Bellamy;

• St. Clair defensive back Kyle Juergens;

• Washington kicker Luke Hoemann;

• Washington punter Max Phinney;

• St. Clair returner Adam Brott; and

• Borgia returner Ray Smith.

Third-team selections are:

• Washington running back Randall Flotte;

• Warrenton running back Devin Ray;

• Union receiver Logan Bellamy;

• Borgia receiver Robbie Vossbrink;

• Sullivan tight end Seth Mesey;

• Wright City offensive lineman Sergio Ortega;

• Pacific offensive lineman Jeff Hinkle;

• Sullivan offensive lineman Kishan Patel;

• Union offensive lineman Nathan Collins;

• Hermann offensive lineman Bryce Kuhn;

• Union defensive lineman Blake Wright;

• Borgia defensive lineman Nick Monzyk;

• Warrenton defensive lineman Logan Shay;

• Sullivan defensive lineman JC Beckett;

• Owensville defensive lineman Ryan Escalante;

• Sullivan linebacker Clayton Mayer;

• Pacific linebacker Dalton Voyles;

• Wright City linebacker Nick Hanff;

• St. James linebacker Jesse Hays;

• Sullivan defensive back Adam Weiland;

• Warrenton defensive back Trevor Bradshaw;

• Warrenton defensive back Devin Roberts;

• Borgia kicker Luke Schriewer; and

• St. Clair punter Adam Brott.

Players who received votes, other postseason honors or were specially nominated have been selected for the honorable mention list.

By position, they are:

• Quarterbacks — Warrenton’s TJ LaFaver, Union’s Blake Hulsey and Borgia’s John Baumstark.

• Running backs — Hermann’s Armando Matech, Pacific’s Kelvin Klenke, Wright City’s Nick Hanff, St. James’ Jesse Hays and Sullivan’s Caden Weigl.

• Receivers — St. James’ Jake Ford, Washington’s Max Phinney, St. Clair’s Evan Powell, Union’s Jobie Richardson, Washington’s Derek Walters, St. James’ Cody Birkner, Union’s Jacob Carman; Wright City’s Derico Blanks and Pacific’s Chris Klenke.

• Offensive linemen — St. James’ Josh Karnes, Pacific’s Ryan Byron, St. James’ Jake Gleason and Owensville’s Logan Shoemaker.

• Defensive linemen — St. James’ Jake Gleason, Hermann’s Bryce Kuhn and Pacific’s Ryan Byron.

• Linebackers — St. Clair’s Skyler Hutchison, Hermann’s Armando Matech, Borgia’s Josh Kleekamp, Union’s Nick Maher, Sullivan’s Caden Weigl and Wright City’s Matt Dollard.

Defensive backs — St. James’ Cody Birkner, St. Clair’s Evan Powell, Union’s Jacob Carman, Hermann’s Craig Winkelmann, Wright City’s Derico Blanks, St. James’ Jake Ford, Sullivan’s David Stack and Hermann’s Zach Speckhals.

• Kicker — Wright City’s Ben Randolph.

• Returners — Borgia’s Robbie Vossbrink and Warrenton’s Devin Roberts.


Area Scoreboard

62nd Annual Borgia Pepsi Thanksgiving Tournament

Blue Division

Pool 1

McCluer North



Pool 2

Cardinal Ritter


Rockwood Summit

Gold Division

Pool 1




Pool 2


North Tech


Monday, Nov. 24

CBC 77, Washington 52

Tuesday, Nov. 25

Cardinal Ritter vs. Rockwood Summit, PPD

Washington 63, Soldan 62

Borgia 83, Union 50

Wednesday, Nov. 26

Carnahan 71, Normandy 46

Pacific 64, Rockwood Summit 22

North Tech 67, Union 37

Thursday, Nov. 27

McCluer North 95 Carnahan 68

CBC 82, Soldan 55

Borgia 50, North Tech 45

Friday, Nov. 28

McCluer North 93, Normandy 39

Pacific 70, Cardinal Ritter 57

Saturday, Nov. 29

Blue Consolation — Rockwood Summit 47, Normandy 38

Gold Consolation — Soldan 78, Union 59

Gold Third Place — North Tech 63, Washington 57

Blue Third Place — Cardinal Ritter 71, Carnahan 46

Blue Championship — McCluer North 64, Pacific 58 (OT)

Gold Championship — CBC 67, Borgia 66

Boys Basketball

Monday, Dec. 8

Lutheran S 64, St. Clair 48

Borgia 61, Carnahan 51

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Lafayette 44, Washington 35

Friday, Dec. 12

Potosi 72, St. Clair 45

*Washington 69, Ft. Zumwalt North 65

Montgomery Co 62, New Haven 61

*St. Mary’s at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

Bourbon 75, Union 74

Glendale 63, Pacific 46

Saturday, Dec. 13

New Haven 46, Barat 40

Nixa 56, Pacific 46

Tuesday, Dec. 16

*Pacific 70, New Haven 35

*Hermann 67, St. Clair 49

*Ft. Zumwalt South 61, Washington 50

*Union 81, St. James 74

Friday, Dec. 19

*Owensville at St. Clair    4 p.m.

Washington vs. Parkway Central, GAC/Suburban Shootout, St. Charles Family Arena, 5:30 p.m.

*St. James at New Haven    6 p.m.

*Pacific at Union    7 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 20

Sullivan Shootout

Owensville vs. Rockwood Summit, 11:30 a.m.

St. Clair vs. Lindbergh, 1 p.m.

Jefferson City vs. Jackson, 2:30 p.m.

Washington vs. Lutheran South, 4 p.m.

Borgia vs. Poplar Bluff, 5:30 p.m.

Sullivan vs. Affton, 7 p.m.

Girls Basketball

Saturday, Dec. 6

Cor Jesu 63, Borgia 60

New Haven 46, Moberly 39

Monday, Dec. 8

Pacific 73, Rolla 40

St. Clair 68, Dixon 37

Washington 54, New Haven 15

Tuesday, Dec. 9

*Borgia 59, Rosati-Kain 38

Union 53, Northwest 44

Thursday, Dec. 11

*Borgia 60, Notre Dame 53

Union 81, Bourbon 53

Friday, Dec. 12

New Haven 45, Principia 30

*Washington 59, Ft. Zumwalt North 32

Saturday, Dec. 13

West Plains 76, Pacific 37

Monday, Dec. 15

*Pacific 46, New Haven 28

*St. Clair 59, Hermann 50

*St. James 64, Union 37

Sullivan Tournament

Cuba 48, Principia 27

Borgia 68, Patriettes 29

Sullivan 56, Pattonville 43

Owensville 78, Farmington 54

Wednesday, Dec. 17

Sullivan Tournament

Farmington 61, Pattonville 39

Sullivan 68, Owensville 64

Principia 55, St. Louis Patriettes 42

Borgia 56, Cuba 38

Thursday, Dec. 18

*St. James 72, New Haven 21

*Union 49, Pacific 48

Friday, Dec. 19

Washington at Francis Howell    7 p.m.

Sullivan Tournament

Seventh Place — Pattonville vs. St. Louis Patriettes, 4 p.m.

Consolation — Farmington vs. Principia, 5:30 p.m.

Third Place — Owensville vs. Cuba, 7 p.m.

Championship — Borgia vs. Sullivan, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 20

Union at Waynesville    5 p.m.


Monday, Dec. 8

Maplewood 48, Borgia 30

Brentwood 47, Borgia 36

Winfield 48, St. Clair 36

St. Clair 42, St. James 40

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Pacific 55, North County 10

Jackson 63, Washington 12

Farmington 63, Washington 6

Wednesday, Dec. 10

Borgia 36, Lutheran St. Charles 34

Winfield 54, Borgia 30

Thursday, Dec. 11

Union 72, Ft. Zumwalt East 9

Union 52, Principia 30

Union 54, Winfield 27

Saturday, Dec. 13

Union Tournament    9 a.m.

Borgia at McCluer S-Berkeley Tny    9 a.m.

Pacific at Farmington Tny    9 a.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 16

Owensville 61, St. Clair 16

Union 48, Owensville 27

Union 65, St. Clair 18

Friday, Dec. 19

Washington at Raytown S Tny    TBA

Union at Cape Central Tny    TBA

Pacific at Ft. Zumwalt E Tny    TBA

Saturday, Dec. 20

Washington at Raytown S Tny    TBA

Union at Cape Central Tny    TBA

Pacific at Ft. Zumwalt E Tny    TBA

Girls Swimming

Monday, Dec. 8

Washington at Eureka    4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Washington at Nerinx Hall    4 p.m.

LSC/OFC 134, Borgia 101, St. Dominic 83

Monday, Dec. 15

Borgia at Notre Dame (Forest Park)    4 p.m.

Kennedy 88, Washington 84

Wednesday, Dec. 17

Lindbergh 128, Washington 48

*Conference Games