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Hannibal Student-Athletes Recognized With Post-Season Accolades

HANNIBAL – Student-athletes in the Hannibal Central School District recently garnered post-season honors for their accomplishments this fall.

Football coach Mike Kitts congratulates Connor McNeil for being named the National Football Foundation Athlete of the Week during the fall season. McNeil was one of many Hannibal student-athletes who earned accolades this fall.
Football coach Mike Kitts congratulates Connor McNeil for being named the National Football Foundation Athlete of the Week during the fall season. McNeil was one of many Hannibal student-athletes who earned accolades this fall.

The girls’ varsity volleyball team posted a 13-5 record and earned a Section III Class C playoff berth.

According to volleyball coach Angela Pietroski, the Warriors fielded a young team that worked hard to achieve its successes.

The girls made it to the sectional final match before falling to perennial powerhouse LaFayette.

In addition to girls’ volleyball, Hannibal’s football team also excelled throughout the season.

The team advanced to the National Football Federation championship game and finished in second place.

According to head coach Mike Kitts, the team had sound leadership from its seniors, including Connor McNeil, who was named Athlete of the Week during the first week of the season.

“Connor is a great leader,” Kitts said. “He plays well on both sides of the ball. He’ll do whatever it takes to get the job done.”

Along with McNeil’s in-season honors, there were plenty of post-season accolades for him and other Hannibal athletes as well.

McNeil was named to the first team all-league, along with teammates James Totman, Steven Boyer, Zach Shortslef and Art Donahue.

Girls’ soccer players Julie Baum and Kiersten Abbott made first team all-league, while in cross-country action, Pat Hall finished ninth place overall in the Section II Class C race and earned first team all-league honors.

Additional post-season recognition was given to girls’ volleyball player Katie Pitcher, who was selected to first team all-league, and coach Pietroski, who was named OHSL Patriot League Volleyball Coach of the Year.

Athletic Director Pat Keefe noted that he was proud of all the student-athletes and coaches for the dedication and commitment and said he is looking forward to an equally successful winter season for the Warrior athletes.