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One Step Closer: Hannibal golf in search of state tournament berth

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The Hannibal Pirates take an undefeated season in Monday's Class 3 sectional. The Hannibal Pirates take an undefeated season in Monday's Class 3 sectional.

HANNIBAL, Mo. (WGEM) -- If the Hannibal golf team needs any motivation they don't have to go very far to find it.

Undefeated last season and a 29-stroke champ at the district tournament, the Pirates fell short in their bid to advance to the state tournament by just six shots.

This year's group is mostly the same.

Gone is Jacob McLerren, but the Pirates have inserted freshman Jack Baumann who won the conference championship as an individual.

Hannibal cruised to another district title on Monday and now sets its sights on winning next Monday's sectional.

"It's actually the same course where we didn't make it last year. Hopefully this year all five of us will be able to put a good round together, and hopefully all five of us can advance," junior Alec Abel told WGEM Sports.

"We've worked really hard this past summer, and worked hard in the winter too up in Quincy, so we've been preparing for this for a long time," added senior Charlie Baumann.

Hannibal heads to the sectionals as one of the deepest teams in Class 3 but realize a slip-up or two, a crooked number or two, and its hopes of qualifying for state will come to an end.

They'll rely on their depth in hopes of getting contributions from everyone.

"Our top five have been pretty solid this year, and on any day we can all beat each other, so we have pretty good depth," junior Scott Cockrell expressed.

"We're just trying to take it a step at a time and hopefully play good on Monday."

"We have tremendous balance on this team," added Pirates head coach Mike Blase.

"We've had six different kids that have medalled, so the confidence when one kid isn't having a great match is that somebody will pick him up."

"When you go to the state tournament as a team, it's a very unique experience."

The Pirates biggest competition at Innsbrook Country Club likely to be Country Day in St. Louis who edged Hannibal by six shots last season to earn the second and final spot at state.
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