By CHRIS SHIELDS
The girls of fall saw their seasons come to an abrupt end in their respective post-season district tournaments.
For the Daniel Boone and David Crockett soccer and volleyball teams the post-season ushered an end to a campaign that began with moderate expectations.
The Daniel Boone Lady Blazers (13-20) opened postseason play against top seeded Sullivan South in the first round of the volleyball district tournament.
Despite starting the season with some significant wins including a victory at home against rival David Crockett the Trailblazers faltered down the stretch.
Despite shortcomings in conference play, the ladies of Boone never lacked in effort. On Oct. 11, effort would not be enough to carry the Blazers against a powerful Rebel team. Boone lost the best of five series in straight games 25-10, 25-18 and 25-9.
On the same night, Boones county rival David Crockett (5-17), opened tournament play against another top team in the Big 8 Conference.
The Lady Pioneers began the quarterfinals as the seventh seed against the second best seeded team in the tournament, Dobyns-Bennett.
The Pioneers saw their season end as they were outmatched from the beginning, eventually losing to the Indians in three games 25-11, 25-5 and 25-14.
Both opponents of the Washington County teams advanced to the championship, where Dobyns-Bennett was crowned Big 8 champion.
The Daniel Boone soccer team has been relentless competitors all year enroute to one of their best seasons in school history.
For the first time ever, the Blazers (10-6-1) opened district tournament play as hosts.
Boone has displayed phenomenal defensive presence throughout the season and boasts one of the conferences best offensive threats in school record-holder Jennine Duncan.
Boone Coach Steve Sessis was optimistic shortly before the game started saying, This is a one-and-done situation. We tied them earlier in the season, but I am optimistic. I like our chances.
The fourth seeded Blazers controlled the Oct. 18, game almost in its entirety, keeping the ball on the Boone side and using their defensive might to control the tempo.
Offensively, the Indians kept Duncan from getting clean looks and put the pressure on the rest of the young Blazer offensive players.
After nearly 30 minutes of play, Dobyns-Bennett was the first to strike, taking a 1-0 lead.
Shortly after, Duncan responded, tying the game on a penalty kick.
The defensive struggle assumed thereafter, as both teams jockeyed for the lead.
As the game was winding to a close, the Indians were able to get the ball in the corner on their side of the field.
With less than a minute left in the contest, an Indian player kicked up a prayer that deflected off her teammate Kenzie Maddox and bounced into the net.
Boone did not have enough time to set something up offensively, losing a heartbreaker 2-1.
The loss comes with great disappointment for the Lady Blazers, but the future looks good as nearly every offensive player returns for next season.
Dobyns-Bennett wasnt the only team with an upset win in the first round of the district tournament.
The Lady Pioneers of David Crockett (9-8-2) who entered the field as the lowest seed, pulled out a shocking victory against the top team in the quarterfinal round, Sullivan South.
Superior defense was the theme of the night as both teams stifled each other on offense. After failing to score for the entirety of the game, play was suspended due to darkness.
The teams took to the field again the following day, Oct. 19.
After failing to score in regulation and overtime, Crockett pulled off the huge upset win by converting nine goals on a shootout to decide the victor. Sullivan South was only able to convert seven.
Immediately following the contest, Crockett packed up and headed to Science Hill, the venue for the next tournament game against Sullivan Central, who ironically was another upset winner.
After already playing earlier in the day, a tired Crockett team was unable to keep up their defensive dominance, falling to the Cougars 3-0.
Science Hill later went on to win the district tournament championship against Sullivan South.
After enduring a tough regular season, the district tournament proved to be a moment of redemption for the Lady Pioneers.
By CHRIS SHIELDS