A second straight district title in boys basketball, a record-setting football season, state medalists in golf, wrestling and track and field, and the inaugural season of girls wrestling were among the highlights of the 2018-2019 athletic year at Versailles High School.
Boys basketball
The Tigers won the district championship with a convincing victory against Clinton to advance to the state sectional, which they lost to Tri-County Conference foe Blair Oaks. They also won the Stover Invitational tournament for the first time since 2014. Versailles ended the season 13-16 overall and 2-5 in league play.
Junior guard Coby Williams, who moved into fourth place on the Tigers all-time scoring list during the season, was voted to the Missouri Basketball Coaches Association Class 3 all-state team. He was also a first-team all-conference; District 10 all-district, and Central Missouri Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association all-district selection.
Senior guard Wyatt Espinosa, who joined the 1,000-point club during the season, was voted second-team all-conference, to the District 10 all-district team, and to the sportswriters and sportscasters all-district team.
Coach Jason Ollison received district coach of the year honors for the second year in a row.
The Tigers had their first winning season since 2010 and advanced to the district championship game before losing to perennial state power Lamar. Versailles finished 7-5 overall and 4-3 in the Tri-County Conference. The seven victories were the most since the 2008 team also finished 7-5.
The 2018 team received numerous post-season awards.
Senior linebacker Michael Trotter and junior quarterback Coby Williams were voted to the Missouri Football Coaches Association Class 2 all-state third team.
Seven players earned Tri-County Conference all-conference honors. Trotter was a unanimous first-team selection at linebacker. Junior Gage Tessier was a first-team pick on the offensive line. Earning second-team honors was Williams, senior wide receiver Wyatt Espinosa, and junior defensive lineman Quinn Randall. Voted honorable mention was junior offensive lineman Riley Rademann, senior defensive back Colbey Boicourt and Espinosa at defensive back.
Versailles landed eight players on the Class 2 District 4 all-district football team. First-team honors went to Espinosa, Tessier, Trotter, and Williams. Second-team honors went to Randall, junior defensive back Brayden Morrison, junior wide receiver Dallas Waller, and junior linebacker Brycen Reynolds. Waller was also named honorable mention kicker.
There were four players selected to the Missouri Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association Class 2 all-Central District team. Tessier, Trotter, and Williams were first-team selections and Espinosa was named to the second team.
Trotter set new Versailles single-season records for total tackles (170) and tackles for loss (22.5).
Williams established a slew of single-game and season records. He set single-game records for most points scored (38 vs. Eldon), most yards total offense (395 vs. El Dorado Springs), and most touchdown passes (five vs. East Newton). He tied the record for most touchdowns scored in a game (six vs. Eldon) and most passing yards in a game (281 vs. El Dorado Springs). His single-season records include rushing attempts (230), rushing touchdowns (25), passing yards (1,783), touchdown passes (20), points scored (162), and total offense (3,257 yards).
Espinosa set the Tigers record for most pass receptions in a game with 12 versus El Dorado Springs.
Senior Ori Bartlett earned all-state recognition for the second straight season with a 10th-place finish at the Class 2 state golf championship at Rivercut Golf Course in Springfield. He posted a 36-hole score of 166.
The Tigers won the Stover Tournament and were second at the Russellville Invitational.
The Versailles wrestlers had two medalists at the Class 1 state championships in Columbia.
Senior Michael Trotter was runner-up in the 182-pound weight class and junior Riley Rademann came in sixth place at 195. Trotter is just the fifth finalist in Tigers history and is one of only four Tigers wrestlers to win three state medals.
Three other wrestlers also went to state, senior Clayton Coleman at 120, junior Payton LaFoy at 126 and freshman Levi Rand at 113.
The Tigers were 12-3 in dual matches and 6-0 versus Tri-County Conference foes during the season.
Girls wrestling
Versailles qualified two individuals to the first-ever girls state wrestling championships in Columbia.
Junior Alana May was the runner-up in the 235-pound weight class. In the 136-pound class, junior Bethany Howard had two wins and two losses at the state meet.
Track and field
The Tigers track and field team won first place at the Versailles Invitational and the Holden Invitational during the 2019 season. They were second at the California Relays, the Maroon and Gold Relays, the Tri-County Conference meet, and the Class 3 District 5 meet.
The Lady Tigers were second at the Versailles Invitational and finished third at the California Relays. They were fifth at the conference meet.
At the Class 3 girls state championships, junior Keely Gustafson came in fourth place in the 200-meter dash with a new school record time of 25.40 seconds. She also qualified in the 400-meter dash.
The 4×200-meter relay team of junior Gracie Hamrick, senior Allison Taylor, junior Lauryn Shewmaker, and Gustafson came in seventh with a time of 1:46.95.
Senior Carrie Hoffa concluded her high school career with an eighth-place finish in the shot put with a mark of 37-1.
The 4×400-meter relay unit of Hamrick, Taylor, Shewmaker, and Gustafson and the 4×100-meter relay unit of Hamrick, junior Emma Geier, Shewmaker, and Taylor both qualified for the state meet.
Taylor also qualified in the 300-meter hurdles.
For the Tigers, junior Dallas Waller finished fourth in the triple jump with a mark of 44-2.75 at the state meet.
The 4×400-meter relay team of senior Colbey Boicourt, sophomore Mikhail Gulyayev, Waller, and junior Coby Williams and the 4×200-meter relay quartet of sophomore Max Coleman, Gulyayev, Waller, and Williams both ran at the state meet.
Freshman Justin Hamrick qualified for state in the high jump.
Three new Versailles girls track and field records were set this season. Keely Gustafson set the record in the 200-meter dash at the state meet. Carrie Hoffa broke her previous record in the shot put with a throw of 41 feet, three inches at the Laker Relays in Camdenton and Allison Taylor established a new record in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 48.23 seconds at the Class 3 District 5 meet.
Cross country
The members of the cross country team consistently improved their times during the 2018 season. Senior Allison Taylor earned all-conference honors with a 10th-place finish at the conference meet in Eldon. Sophomore Carmen Lemell had a personal record time with her 14th place finish at that meet.
All four of the Tigers runners, junior Trent Hyman, sophomore Seth Newton, freshman Noah Dykzeul, and freshman Jacob Schrock, also set personal records in the boys 5K at the conference meet.
The Lady Tigers increased their win total in 2018, finishing the season with a 5-20 record. They were 0-7 in Tri-County Conference games. Freshmen Joscelynn Marriott and Maris Ollison were both named to the all-district team and Ollison was also voted to the all-conference second-team.
The Lady Tigers posted an 11-17-3 record in 2018 and went 1-6 in Tri-County Conference matches. Senior Taralee Edgar was voted to the all-conference second-team.
Girls basketball
Wracked by injuries throughout the season, the Lady Tigers were 0-25 for the 2018-2019 season. Senior Carrie Hoffa was a Tri-County Conference honorable mention selection.
The Tigers baseball team finished 6-17 overall and 0-7 in the Tri-County Conference. Senior Wyatt Espinosa was a second-team all-conference selection and he and junior Brayden Morrison were voted to the all-district team.