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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.”


Area Scoreboard


Week 10 Schedule Playoff Round 1

Friday, Oct. 24

Washington at Battle    7 p.m.

Kennedy at Borgia    7 p.m.

Pacific at Union    7 p.m.

Priory at Sullivan    7 p.m.

Salem at St. James    7 p.m.

Southern Boone at Owensville    7 p.m.

Transportation and Law at Hermann    7 p.m.

Moberly at Warrenton    7 p.m.

Wright City at O’Fallon Christian    7 p.m.

Jefferson at Cuba    7 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 25

St. Clair at Westminster    2:30 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 17

Francis Howell N 24, Washington 20

Westminster 35, Borgia 14

*Union 35, Hermann 32

*St. Clair 26, Owensville 12

*Pacific 34, St. James 22

Helias 56, Sullivan 3

Ft. Zumwalt East 42, Warrenton 0

*Clopton-Elsberry 20, Wright City 0

Saturday, Oct. 18

Cuba at Hogan Prep    2 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 10

Holt 21, Washington 14

Borgia 42, St. Clair 7

Union 68, St. James 20

Hermann 32, Pacific 24 (OT)

Sullivan 38, Owensville 12

Orchard Farm 28, Warrenton 3

Wright City 22, North Callaway 18

Father Tolton 35, Cuba 0

Friday, Oct. 3

*Ft. Zumwalt East 62, Washington 35

*Borgia 49, St. Mary's 11

*Union 56, Owensville 16

*Hermann 38, St. Clair 0

Festus 39, Pacific 14

*Sullivan 40, St. James 10

Cuba 46, Lincoln 38

*Warrenton 47, Winfield 6

*Van-Far 24, Wright City 18

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


Sectional Games

Wednesday, Oct. 15

Bolivar 17, Sullivan 2

Mexico 5, Warrenton 4

Thursday, Oct. 16

Pacific 12, Rosati-Kain 0

Saturday, Oct. 18

Quarterfinal — De Soto 5, Pacific 2

District Tournaments


Class 4 District 4

Wednesday, Oct. 8

(4) Northwest 11, (5) Rolla 3

Saturday, Oct. 11

(1) Lafayette 3, Northwest 1

(2) Eureka 4, (3) Washington 0

Monday, Oct. 13

Championship — Eureka 5, Lafayette 0

Class 3 District 3

At Lutheran South

Wednesday, Oct. 8

(4) Affton 3, (5) Bishop DuBourg 2

(3) Pacific 21, (6) Bayless 0

Sunday, Oct. 12

(1) Lutheran South 11, Affton 1

Pacific 1, (2) Notre Dame 0

Championship — Pacific 2, Lutheran South 1

Class 3 District 7

At St. Dominic

Wednesday, Oct. 8

(4) Borgia 9, (5) Wentzville Liberty 8

(3) Winfield 15, (6) O’Fallon Christian 1

Saturday, Oct. 11

At Borgia

(1) St. Dominic 12, Borgia 3

(2) Warrenton 11, Winfield 2

Championship — Warrenton 1, St. Dominic 0

Class 3 District 9

At Sullivan

Wednesday, Oct. 8

(4) St. James 12, (5) Owensville 3

(3) Sullivan 11, (6) St. Clair 1

Saturday, Oct. 11

At Union High School

St. James 10, (1) Union 5

Sullivan 5 (2) Salem 4 (8 innings)

Championship — Sullivan 11, St. James 6

Class 2 District 10

At New Bloomfield

Wednesday, Oct. 8

(4) New Bloomfield 5, (5) Belle 0

(3) South Callaway 9, (6) Hermann 0

Saturday, Oct. 11

South Callaway 7, (2) Linn 2

(1) Fatima 6, New Bloomfield 1

Championship — Fatima 7, South Callaway 4

Class 1 District 4

At Community R6, Laddonia

Wednesday, Oct. 8

(4) Wellsville-Middletown 8, (5) New Haven 2

(3) Van-Far 4, (6) Community R6 2

Saturday, Oct. 11

(1) Clopton 13, Wellsville 0

(2) Silex 10, Van-Far 0

Championship — Silex 3, Clopton 0


Monday, Oct. 13

De Soto def. St. Clair, 25-20, 25-14

Warrenton at Union    5:30 p.m.

Ft. Zumwalt North def.  Pacific, 25-19, 25-21 

Fatima at New Haven    5:30 p.m.

Owensville at Cuba    5:30 p.m.

Borgia def. Hermann, 25-15, 25-11

Tuesday, Oct. 14

Panthers Home School at Crosspoint    4:30 p.m.

*Washington def. Ft. Zumwalt East, 25-23, 25-10

*Pacific def. St. Clair, 25-20, 25-20

*Sullivan def. Union, 25-14, 25-22

*St. James at Hermann    5:30 p.m.

*New Havent def. Owensville

*Rosati-Kain def. Borgia, 25-22, 25-21

Wednesday, Oct. 15

ECC at Culver-Stockton JV    6:30 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 16

*Washington def. Ft. Zumwalt S, 25-10, 25-12

Hillsboro def. St. Clair, 25-12, 25-21

Villa Duchesne def. Borgia, 23-25, 25-13, 26-24

Friday, Oct. 17

ECC at Illinois Central Tny    TBA

Saturday, Oct. 18

Crosspoint at MAC All-Star Match    TBA

ECC at Illinois Central Tny    TBA

District Tournaments

Class 4 District 3

At Rockwood Summit

Monday, Oct. 20

(4) Eureka vs. (5) Pacific, 5 p.m.

(2) Northwest vs. (7) Parkway South, 6:15 p.m.

(3) Washington vs. (6) Rockwood Summit, 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 21

(1) Lafayette vs. Eureka-Pacific winner, 5 p.m.

Northwest-Parkway South winner vs. Washington-Rockwood Summit winner, 6:15 p.m.

Championship, 7:30 p.m.

Class 3 District 8

At Union

Monday, Oct. 20

(4) Union vs. (5) St. Clair, 5 p.m.

(2) Sullivan vs. (7) Salem, 6:15 p.m.

(3) Owensville vs. (6) St. James, 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 21

(1) Borgia vs. Union-St. Clair winner, 5 p.m.

Sullivan-Salem winner vs. Owensville-St. James winner, 6:15 p.m.

Championship, 7:30 p.m.

Class 2 District 6

At Lutheran St. Charles

Monday, Oct. 20

(4) Barat vs. (5) Wright City, 5 p.m.

(2) Hermann vs. (7) Bowling Green, 6:30 p.m.

(3) Whitfield vs. (6) Montgomery County, 8 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 21

(1) Lutheran St. Charles vs. Barat-Wright City winner, 5 p.m.

Hermann-Bowling Green winner vs. Whitfield-Montgomery Co. winner, 6:30 p.m.

Championship, 8 p.m.

Class 1 District 9

At Calvary Lutheran, Jefferson City

Monday, Oct. 20

(4) Smithton vs. (5) Otterville, 6 p.m.

(3) Chamois vs. (6) Bunceton, 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 21

(1) New Haven vs. Smithton-Otterville winner, 6 p.m.

(2) Calvary Lutheran vs. Chamois-Bunceton winner, 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 23

Championship, 7 p.m.

Boys Soccer

Saturday, Oct. 18

Washington 1, Borgia 0 (Penalty kicks)

District Tournaments

Class 4 District 8

At Washington

Monday, Oct. 27

(1) Timberland vs. (4) Washington, 5 p.m.

(2) Troy vs. (3) Holt, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 29

Championship, 5 p.m.

Class 3 District 3

At Rockwood Summit

Monday, Oct. 27

(2) Rockwood Summit vs. (3) Pacific, 5 p.m.

(1) Webster Groves vs. (4) Windsor, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 29

Championship, 6 p.m.

Class 3 District 9

At Union

Monday, Oct. 27

(1) Camdenton vs. (4) Union, 5 p.m.

(2) Helias vs. (3) Rolla, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 29

Championship, 6 p.m.

Class 2 District 7

At Winfield

Tuesday, Oct. 28

(1) Borgia vs. (4) Winfield, 4:30 p.m.

(2) O’Fallon Christian vs. (3) Elsberry, 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 29

Championship, 5 p.m.

Cross Country

Saturday, Oct. 18

Borgia Inv, 9 a.m. Varsity races at 9:45 a.m. (boys), 10:15 a.m. (girls)

Boys Swimming

Friday, Oct. 17

Borgia at Ft. Zumwalt N    3:30 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 18

Borgia at Ft. Zumwalt W Inv    10:30 a.m.

*Conference Games

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