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Looking Back At The Year 2013

The year of 2013 was a bit of a down year for Trenton sports, but that was bound to happen with the sensational years Trenton had in 2010-2012. That also doesn’t mean there weren’t plenty of highlights from Trenton and area teams in 2013.
Winter Sports
The year started with the culmination of the 2012-2013 winter sports season. Trenton’s basketball teams wrapped up two of the most successful seasons on the hardwood the Black and Gold has seen in the past decade.
The Lady Bulldogs posted 20 wins, doing so for the first time since 2005. The Lady Bulldogs were also undefeated at home, going 7-0 and after the calendar flipped to 2013, the Trenton girls captured a tournament title at South Harrison and finished runner up at the Hamilton Tournament.
The Trenton boys basketball team, meanwhile, ran a 15-11 record, the best for the Bulldogs in a decade. The Bulldogs placed second in the South Harrison Tournament.
Trenton’s wrestlers just missed an individual state title as Mason Mounce, Carlos Gonzalez and Jacob Spillman all finished second at the state tournament in Columbia. Gonzalez and Spillman also won individual district championships.
At the area level, the Mercer girls basketball team was one of the top sports stories of the year, placing third in the Class 1 state tournament. Led by Sierra Michaelis and Courtney Owens, Mercer ran a record of 29-2 and captured its fourth-straight HDC championship.
Spring Sports
Spring sports saw Trenton’s track teams have their usual level of success, but a jump to Class 3 hampered Trenton’s showing at the state meet. The Lady Bulldogs won four meets and Chandler Wilson scored a district championship in the 100- and 200-meter dashes. Wilson would qualify for state in both events as well. The Trenton boys won two district championships as well as Seth Acton won the 400-meter dash and combined with Sam Cool, Chris Kurtz and Charlie Hoffman to win the 4×800-meter relay. The 4×800 team qualified for state at sectionals and Acton qualified in the open 800-meter run as well.
Chase Tolson had a big year on the golf course, highlighted by a sectional championship at the Blue Springs Country Club. Tolson tied for eighth overall at districts, prior to sectionals, and followed up the sectional championship, tying for 32nd overall at the state tournament in Nixa.
Fall Sports
When school sports kicked back up in the fall, Trenton’s softball team had yet another strong season. The Lady Bulldogs failed to capture the district title, but Trenton ran a 15-5 record with a slew of new starters. The team won the Lexington Tournament and finished runner-up at the Nan Carter and Class 3, District 15 Tournaments.
While going just 4-6 on the gridiron, Trenton’s football team saw a handful of highlights, most notably sophomore running back Colton Neff, who became the school’s first 1,000-yard rusher since De’Andre Vandevender and Scott Stevens both broke the mark in 2007. Neff ran for 1,149 yards and 10 touchdowns. The mark was the sixth-highest single-season mark in school history. Chris Kurtz, meanwhile, collected 503 receiving yards, the third-highest mark in that category in school history. Kurtz’s career came to an end with 585 career receiving yards, the sixth most in Trenton history.
Winter Sports
2013 came to a close back on the basketball court where both the Trenton Lady Bulldogs and Bulldogs won Gallatin Tournament championships. Cassidy Cotton and Tolson were named tournament MVPs. The Lady Bulldogs also won their only two home games in 2013, meaning the Trenton girls never lost a home match-up in the entire year of 2013.
Over the course of 2013 Trenton had a multitude of athletes sign on with college programs. Scotlin Hurley and Avery Whitaker signed on with North Central Missouri College’s softball program early in the year. Football players Wyatt Coffman and Dillon Triplet signed with Central Methodist and Graceland, respectively and Jacob Spillman signed on with Central Missouri State’s wrestling team. Megan Sole joined the Central College women’s basketball team in Iowa and Cassidy Cotton signed with Central Methodist’s women’s basketball program. Chandler Wilson was signed by Pittsburg State’s track and field program and Seth Acton joined the Emporia State track and field program.

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