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Posted: Saturday, August 9, 2014 9:00 am

With the conclusion of the 2014 American Legion baseball season, it also means change for several programs.

All will be losing players, who are graduating from the system or moving to older teams in the district. Some will be losing managers as well.

Two of the most prominent managers to be stepping aside after the 2014 season are West Senior Legion Manager A.J. Koenig and Daniel Boone Senior Legion Manager Scott Horace.

Koenig has been a fixture in the Ninth District for the past 15 years, 11 as manager of the West team. Prior to that, he spent four seasons managing the now-defunct O’Fallon program. He plans to remain as a board member with West.

“My favorite memories will always be the competition and the great friends I’ve met,” Koenig said. “Baseball is about taking our best nine and matching them up against an opponent’s best nine and finding out who is better on that day. I still love to compete and the Ninth District has given me and our players the opportunity to compete against some quality opponents.”

Koenig played a major role in helping West become one of the district’s top teams and that success included this season’s regular-season championship and the 2013 Ninth District Tournament title. That’s meant that Koenig and his West squad frequently has come up against Washington Post 218 in key games over the years. In 2014, West swept all four games, winning the two district games, Washington Tournament championship and a Ninth District Tournament game. In 2013, Washington had the better of West, knocking Koenig’s squad out of the Zone 1 Tournament in Moberly.

“Some of the best friends I have in my life, I’ve met through baseball,” Koenig said. “There are many players, coaches and administrators associated with Post 218 that I consider to be in that group of friends. The respect between the two programs has always been top shelf.”

Horace hasn’t been involved as long as Koenig, but developed a reputation of bringing the Daniel Boone Post 262 program back to the top of the Ninth District.

A former college baseball player at Southeast Missouri State University, Horace managed his sons in the game. The youngest, Justin, graduated in the spring from Borgia.

Horace led Post 262 to the Ninth District and Zone 1 titles in 2012, finishing second in the state event. This summer, Daniel Boone finished second in the Ninth District during the regular season and earned a berth in the Zone 1 Tournament.

“This year was a lot of fun as well, and I think we probably had the best team that’s ever put on a Daniel Boone uniform,” Horace said. “Unfortunately, we could never seem to get all the guys there at the same time. If we had, I’m confident that we would have been a serious contender for a state championship. But that never happened, and we ended up finishing 18-7. We had a lot of success and a lot of fun this summer, finishing second in the league.”

Horace said the team’s success was due to its core group, which played all the way through the Legion system.

“I’ve got to mention our core guys who stuck with us for all four years and deserve the credit for establishing us as a quality team,” Horace said. “Brendan Trimble, Tanner Kulpa, Austin Forney, Alex Schoenherr, Taylor Gossen and Justin Horace were all there from day one and were a great core group of guys. Brian Land, Ryan Meyer, Kelly Faron, Dan Speckert and Josiah Longenecker made some great contributions as well in the three years they were with us. I’m really going to miss being in the dugout with those guys next summer. And I can’t say enough about our coaches and our parents — I’m sure they didn’t always agree with every move I made, but they were incredibly supportive of the team and they made my job as a coach much easier and much more enjoyable.”

Horace first saw the potential in the team when the 2012 Juniors made their run to the state finals, finishing second.

“First, winning the preseason tournament at Washington as a AA team in 2012,” Horace said about his favorite times with Daniel Boone. “I can’t thank the Washington guys enough for lending us their dugout stools in that tournament. I don’t think we knew how good we really could be that year until we went out and proved it right off the bat. That set the tone for the whole season. While we didn’t win the regular season title, we did win the district tournament and then went on to beat Hannibal at Ronsick in extra innings to win zone. The district title was the first championship of any kind for the Daniel Boone program, and that will always be a great source of pride for our guys. We went 33-10 and ended up finishing second in the state that year, making a ton of great memories along the way.”

Horace also relished the memories as a father as well with a grand slam home run by his son, Justin, against West at Westhoff Park this season being a favorite moment.

“We were down 5-3 in the bottom of the fifth with the bases loaded and two out,” Scott said. “Justin was up and with two strikes on him, he blasted a shot over the left field fence for a grand slam that put us up 7-5. Being on the receiving end of a pretty robust high-five as he rounded third was a great moment for me as a coach, but for me as a dad it was truly priceless. I’ll never forget it.”

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Area Scoreboard

Football

Friday, Oct. 3

*Ft. Zumwalt E at Washington    7 p.m.

*St. Mary’s at Borgia    7 p.m.

*Union at Owensville    7 p.m.

*Hermann at St. Clair    7 p.m.

Festus at Pacific    7 p.m.

*Sullivan at St. James    7 p.m.

Cuba at Lincoln    7 p.m.

*Warrenton at Winfield    7 p.m.

*Wright City at Van-Far    7 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 26

Union 54, Washington 14

*Borgia 45, Duchesne 7

*St. Clair 57, St. James 55 (2 OT)

*Pacific 40, Owensville 34

*Hermann 24, Sullivan 12

Cuba 74, Liberty Wentzville 7

Parkway West 20, Warrenton 7

Mark Twain 32, Wright City 18

Friday, Sept. 19

*Ft. Zumwalt S 56, Washington 7

Borgia 42, Cardinal Ritter 6

*Union 55, St. Clair 35

*Sullivan 27, Pacific 10

Owensville 19, Hermann 16

St. James 28, Ash Grove 7

Brentwood 41, Cuba 24

*St. Charles West 49, Warrenton 7

South Callaway 55, Wright City 6

Softball

Wednesday, Oct. 1

*Washington at Holt    4:30 p.m.

De Soto at Pacific    4:30 p.m.

Sullivan at Affton    4:30 p.m.

St. James at Steelville    4:30 p.m.

St. Clair at Montgomery Co    5 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 2

Owensville at Borgia    3:45 p.m.

Union at Salem    4:30 p.m.

Cuba at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

Rockwood Summit at Pacific    4:30 p.m.

Sullivan at Rolla    4:30 p.m.

Father Tolton at Hermann    4:30 p.m.

St. James at Crocker    4:30 p.m.

New Haven at Montgomery Co    5 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 3

Belle at New Haven    5 p.m.

Pacific, Sullivan at Rolla Tny    TBA

Saturday, Oct. 4

Pacific, Sullivan at Rolla Tny    TBA

Monday, Oct. 6

Hermann at Borgia    3:45 p.m.

Union at Washington    4:30 p.m.

St. Clair at Festus    4:30 p.m.

Linn at New Haven    5 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 7

*Borgia at St. Dominic    4:30 p.m.

District Tournaments

Class 4 District 4

Wednesday, Oct. 8

(5) Rolla at (4) Northwest, 4:15 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 9

Rolla-Northwest winner at (1) Lafayette, 4:15 p.m.

(3) Washington at (2) Eureka, 4:15 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 10

Championship, Eureka, 4:15 p.m.

Class 3 District 7

At St. Dominic

Wednesday, Oct. 8

(4) Borgia vs. (5) Wentzville Liberty, 2:30 p.m.

(3) Winfield vs. (6) O’Fallon Christian, 4:30 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 9

(1) St. Dominic vs. Borgia-Liberty winner, 2:30 p.m.

(2) Warrenton vs. Winfield-O’Fallon Christian winner, 4:30 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 10

Championship, 4 p.m.

Volleyball

Wednesday, Oct. 1

Hillsboro at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 2

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt N    5 p.m.

*St. Clair at Union    5 p.m.

*Pacific at Sullivan    5:30 p.m.

*Hermann at Owensville    5:30 p.m.

*St. James at New Haven    5:30 p.m.

*St. Dominic at Borgia    6:30 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 3

Missouri Baptist JV at ECC    3 p.m.

Lewis & Clark at ECC    7 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 4

Indian Hills at ECC    9 a.m.

^Southwestern Illinois at ECC    1 p.m.

St. Clair Tny    TBA

Hermann at Lebanon Tny    TBA

Crosspoint at MAC Tournament    TBA

Monday, Oct. 6

New Haven at Linn    5 p.m.

Borgia at Trinity    5:30 p.m.

Hazelwood West at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

Helias at Hermann    5:30 p.m.

Owensville at Blair Oaks    5:30 p.m.

Belle at St. James    5:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 7

*Washington at Holt    5 p.m.

*St.Clair at St. James    5 p.m.

*Owensville at Union    5:30 p.m.

*New Haven at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

*Sullivan at Hermann    5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 8

*Mineral Area at ECC    6:30 p.m.

Boys Soccer

Wednesday, Oct. 1

Warrenton at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

Columbia Independent at Fulton SA    4:30 p.m.

Washington at Union    5 p.m.

Sullivan at North County    5 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 2

*Pacific at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Union at Sullivan    5 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 3

Lincoln at ECC    4 p.m.

Calvary Lutheran at Fulton SA    4:30 p.m.

Crosspoint at Heritage    5 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 5

Lincolnland at ECC    1 p.m.

Monday, Oct. 6

FRC Classic, St. Clair    TBA

Tuesday, Oct. 7

#St. Louis United B at Crosspoint    4:30 p.m.

*Thomas Jefferson at Fulton SA    4:30 p.m.

*Holt at Washington    5 p.m.

*St. Dominic at Borgia    6:15 p.m.

FRC Classic, St. Clair    TBA

Wednesday, Oct. 8

FRC Classic, St. Clair    TBA

Cross Country

Wednesday, Oct. 1

St. James Inv    4 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 4

Washington at Parkway West Inv    9 a.m.

Pacific at Potosi Inv    11 a.m.

Borgia, Union Capital City Challenge    TBA

Tuesday, Oct. 7

Hermann Inv    4 p.m.

St. Clair, St. James at Cuba Inv    4 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 8

Borgia at AAA Meet, Lutheran SC    TBA

Boys Swimming

Monday, Sept. 29

Wednesday, Oct. 1

*Borgia at Lutheran SC/Christian    TBA

Saturday, Oct. 4

Borgia, Washington at Ft. Zumwalt N Inv    9 a.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 7

Washington at CBC    4 p.m.

*Conference Games

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