Girls Basketball

GBB Tryouts

Monday, October 31st – Tuesday, November 1st


New Gym

Arrive at least 10 min early, Bring own water

Season outlook

Record from 2021 season (last season)


First winning season in 4 years

First top 10 ranking in the state in 4 years

Top Returning players

Sr. Ella Rogers, All-District, All-Conference 2nd team, second leading scorer, most made 3pters

Jr. Ashtyn Klusmeyer, All-District, All-Conference 1st team, leading scorer

SO. Jayla Griffith, started every game as a FR, averaged a 2 to 1 assist-to-turnover ratio, most steals

SO. Sy’Rae Stemmons, started every game as a FR, 2nd leading rebounder, received 1st D1 offer from SEMO this summer

Players to watch for

Jr. Lucy Elfrink – brings great toughness and energy to our team. Does the dirty work. When healthy, she is a force.

Sr. Addie Shultz—brings experience to our team. A post who can score it in the post or stretch out to the 3pt line.

Season outlook

Our GBB team brings back a lot of experience. We want to play an up-tempo style of offense and a disciplined, first-to-the-floor style of defense. We will rely heavily on our team chemistry to make our motion offense work. We have multiple girls who can score the ball which will make us tough for any opponent. We have added some tough games to the schedule this year and look forward to the competition.

Key games

Saturday, December 17th vs Chillicothe (Alumni Game)

Thursday, January 26th vs Rock Bridge

Tuesday, February 7th vs Westminster

Saturday, February 11th vs Nixa (Senior Day)

Monday, February 13th vs Cardinal Ritter

Friday, February 17th@Battle

Head Coaches- Send me a quote answering this question

What are the characteristics you look for in a student athlete?

I recently heard the question asked to coaches, “Do you have favorites?”. The simple answer is yes, coaches have favorites. However, it’s not for reasons that many think (scores the most points or something in similar nature). My favorite player is the one who shows up early to workouts, never makes excuses, is first to the floor for a loose ball, has a tireless work-ethic, plays for her teammates, is selfless, has a great attitude, gives great effort, has great energy, is focused, and is coachable—she is my FAVORITE player!

New faces on our coaching staff:

Head JV Coach: Chris Porter

While not a new face to Hickman, Coach Porter will be stepping into the role as our JV head coach. Coach Porter brings a lot of coaching experience to our program as well as someone who has built great relationships with our student-athletes. He is a positive person to be around and encompasses everything we want our student-athletes to model.

Assistant Varsity Coach: Mark Rogers

Mark is in his first year as an assistant with us. A recent graduate from Truman State where he had a four-year playing career, Mark brings knowledge from playing a similar motion style offense. He will be in charge of developing our post players.

Assistant Varsity Coach: Alexis Griffin

Alexis is in her first year as an assistant coach with us. She is a recent graduate from Mizzou where she spent four years as a manager for the women’s basketball program. She has been around women’s basketball at its highest level and understands the level of detail it takes to be successful. Alexis will be working with our guard players.

Assistant JV Coach: Sydni Boyd

Sydni is in her first year as an assistant coach with us. Sydni has a collegiate athletic background, having played lacrosse at Missouri Baptist. She has a passion for the game of basketball and will be great at mentoring our student-athletes.

Volunteer Assistant: Amy Hansen

A familiar face to Hickman GBB. Amy (Bolerjack) Hansen is a graduate of Hickman and was a part of two 2nd place state finishes in basketball. She was a standout athlete both on the basketball floor as well as the soccer field. She went on to play basketball at Wyoming University. She served the past two season as our JV head coach and will step into a volunteer role this season. We are fortunate to have Amy with us as she truly knows what it means to be a Kewpie!

Genice Fisher:

While we don’t have an official title for Genice, she is amazing and we love having her! You will see her at every game keeping stats for us.

Boys Basketball

Season outlook

Record from 2021 season (last season)


Top Returning players

Josiah Griffith

Jordan Richardson

Isaiah Bonaparte

Jimmy Townsend

Adam Calvert

Rodney McNeil

Langston Stroupe

Brock Camp

Rasaun Nichols

AJ Bussey

Kenny Jackson

Players to watch for

Literally all the players listed above. We are extremely blessed to have so many core guys returning this year with a great group of underclassmen competing for top ranks as well.

Season outlook

Our program looks to pick up where we left off last season. We play a faster paced game that focusses on sharing the ball and sharing the advantage. Not every outcome will be in our favor, but we can guarantee a great game regardless of who we play.

Key games

November 22nd – Home Game vs. Blue Springs (2022 District Championship rematch & Alumni Night)

December 17th – Norm Stewart Classic vs. Chaminade

January 11th – Home Game vs. Tolton

February 7th - @ Jefferson City

February 14th – Home game vs. Rock Bridge (Kewpies vs. Cancer Night)

February 23rd – Home game vs. Fort Zumwalt North (Senior Night)

Head Coaches- Send me a quote answering this question

What are the characteristics you look for in a student athlete?

“Hickman Men’s Basketball isn’t for everyone. We are in search of athletes that want to be a part of something bigger than themselves, are more concerned about the teams success than their own, and who are willing to be coachable. The coaches and players on this team will help hold you accountable to the goals you set, and the bond created by those within our program will last a lifetime.”


Boys Wrestling

5th in MSHSAA State Wrestling Tournament

10-4 Duel Record

4th out of 20 teams in Badger State Invite, Madison WI

2nd place in Carthage Duel Tournament

3rd place out of 24 Teams in Hickman Invitational

Wrestlers to Watch:

Hank Benter (Sophomore) State Champion 2022

Hayden Benter (Senior) State Champion 2022, State Qualifier 2020 & 2021

Cole Harrell (Senior) 4th place at State 2022, 2021 State Qualifier, 2020 6th place at State

Jacob Huggans (Senior) State Qualifier 2020, 2021

Mark Harrell (Senior) State Qualifier 2021

Boys are Currently ranked 4th in preseason poll.

Girls Wrestling

1-5 Duel Record

9th out of 20 teams in Badger State Invite, Madison WI

Wrestlers to watch:

Maria Porting Jackson

Bella Simmons

Kira Nichols

Hickman Wrestling is looking forward to another successful season. The Boys will be challenged throughout the year with tough tournaments in Kansas City, St. Louis and Carthage this season. The Girls will again enter the Wonder Woman tournament and have added another tough tournament in Eldon this year over the Holidays.

As a coach we look for kids that have mental and physical toughness to endure a long tough season.

We ask our Wrestlers to be GREAT in 3 AREAS

  1. Academics
  2. Athletics
  3. Social character/family and life choices.

Thank you to all that come and support the Hickman Wresters!

Coach Pieper

Girls Swim and Dive

Girl’s Swim and Dive:

  • Any girls interested in the 2022-2023 Swim and Dive season, please fill out the google form (QR code on flyer)
  • First practice is Monday, November 14th
  • Please email Coach Taylor tbirsa@cpsk12.org with any questions

New Gate Ticket Prices/Guidelines

Varsity Basketball $7.00 Adults and $5.00 Students

Reserve Basketball $4.00 Everyone

Varsity Wrestling $5.00 Adults and $4.00 Students

Reserve Wrestling $4.00 Everyone


NO Student Backpack/Purses into games

NO Re-Entry into the games

All Middle School Students must be accompanied by and Adult

Reminder to all fans- BE RESPECTFUL and BE KIND!

DPO Student Section

Thank you to the DPO for your commitment to cheer on our Kewps!

The DPO student section is a staple at our sporting events. This fun and energetic group of students cheers on our Kewpies as they compete. The DPO is expected to behave in an manner that reflects positively on HHS and the Community.

Reminder to all fans- BE RESPECTFUL and BE KIND!

Attending sporting events is a privilege and will be taken away if there is inappropriate and/or unsportsmanlike language and/or behavior.

Go Kewps!


  • Coming off a big comeback win against Belleville West of Illinois, we are looking forward to our rematch against Rock Bridge in our first round of Districts.
  • 5 Players had college visits this past weekend, with 6 more slated to attend college game days within the next two weeks!
  • Proud of the players ability to continue to battle adversity and Smile On throughout the tougher spots of the season!


Boys Soccer

Boys Soccer:

Record is 15-7. We are the #2 seed in our district which starts play on Saturday, 10/29. We have been ranked in the top 20 each week since the polls were released on 9/26.

We have also had great individual success this year. Senior Leif Kammer is currently tied with his own record from last season for single season goals scored with a guarantee of two games to play. Junior Caleb Keenoy has also set the single-season assist record held by Lake Gott (2021). Senior Cash Schopflin could surpass Keenoy's current record as he is only 3 assists off Keenoy's mark. Hopefully lots of records to be broken in the next week!


We defeated Smith Cotton 3-0 in the first round of the district 5 tournament, then finished our season with a loss to Rock Bridge who went on to win the District 5 title. We finished our season with a record of 18-12-5, almost identical to our 2021 record of 18-13-5. We will lose 3 seniors from this year’s team, but the majority of our varsity team will be returning next year.


Season highlights: 5th place at the Jackson Tournament. The trip to Cape Girardeau… Extra innings win against Monroe City. Senior night win over Sedalia

We lost to District Champs Blue Springs South. 13-3 in 6 innings. Made a come back when we needed to to extend the game another inning. Super proud of my girls

Very proud to say I got to coach this group of young ladies!!!

Girls Tennis

Season highlights and summary:

Season record 15-3, finished runner-up in districts against Rock Bridge.

Freshman Sara Nenkov was the district champion in singles and moved on to state grabbing a 7th place medal finish.

Boys Swimming and Diving

Boy’s Swim and Dive just wrapped up 2 meets this past week:

  • The boys finished 2nd at the CMAC Conference meet with 365 points along with 1x All Conference finish (1st place), 8x All Conference Consideration finishes (2nd place), and 2x Honorable Mentions (3rd place).
  • At our second meet, Springfield Invite, the Kewpies finished 7th out of 24 teams with 115 points. We had 5 boys score points for Hickman individually (Filip Babic, Jack Hoien, Jax McCormick, Micah Ragsdell, and Scott Smale-Murillo) along with our 3 relays placing top 16. Not only were points scored, but the team had 13 new personal best times!!
  • Our last meet of the regular season is November 2nd at Hickman where we will celebrate our seniors!
  • The Class 2 State Meet will be held November 10-11th at the St. Peters Rec Plex in St. Louis

Cross Country

We have had a very busy last few weeks for cross country. Throughout the past few weeks, we have had many personal best times and great races. We started the month with a trip to Arkansas to compete at the Chile Pepper Festival. This was our first over night trip during the season! The next week we competed at the Kearney Invitational. The boys varsity team placed first! Last week, we competed in our first stand alone Conference meet. Both the girls and the boys placed 3rd as a team. We had 5 all-conference athletes: Ellie Eastman, Zoe O’Laughlin, Evan Hughes, Max Hogan, and Sean Keys. Our District meet is fast approaching. We will compete at Parkway Central on October 29th. Let’s finish strong Kewpies!

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Girls Golf

Kewpie Lady Golfers ended their season at Districts on October 6th. Our number 1 & 2 Golfers Maggie Alexander and Elly Roos just missed the cut for State Qualifiers. The top 12 players qualified and they took 13th and 14th place out of 70 players. The season was a good success with our ladies placing in the top half of 3 tournaments with 15 to 21 schools. Elly Ross earned at CMAC honors.

Maggie and Elly both place in the top 15 in two tournaments that features 15 to 21 schools with more than 70 to 100 players.


The Hickman Cheerleaders competed at the Missouri Cheerleading Coaches Association Regional Championship on 10/2/2022 at Lindenwood University in St. Louis. The team took 4th place in the 5A Small division and earned a bid to the State Championship in December. The competitive team members include:

Seniors: Malinda Jackson, Chloe Shelton, Kyndal Long, Ella Byergo, Lainey Reeves, Aniya Crum, Katherine Keely, Morgan White, Dejanai Johnson, Harper Zerrer, Abagail Webster, A'Taliya Bass, and Julia Gregory

Juniors: Alaina Kimmons, Alonna Nelson, Aiva Reese, and Kendall Roberts

Sophomores: Emma Parnell

and Freshmen: Evelyn Stewart, Lane'ya Sager, Reagan Lyman, and Paige Hovis

Adopt a Spot- campus clean up project

Hickman Sports and activities are participating in a new project to show some love to Hickman! The Adopt a Spot program targets MSHAA sports and activities to take the lead on keeping our building grounds looking their best.

With this program, each sport and activity will oversee an area in the property to keep free of trash and maintained.

The Adopt a Spot program will give team’s recognition through signage in their designated area outside on the grounds. Participating in this program will allow many opportunities for team and community building within each sport/activity. Clean ups can be done before or after practices or at designated times outside of practices. Parents and families can participate as well, allowing families to get to know one another and drawing more support together for our Kewpie family. During the off seasons, maintaining the assigned areas allow for that increased communication with your athletes/members and their families.

The Adopt a Spot program is the first in a series of actions HHS leadership and PTSA are undertaking to get the community of the school and the community at large to “show Hickman a little LOVE!” Our coaches and programs are an important step in this process. Hickman is a very historic building, and it deserves our love and care.

Area #1 - Baseball/Softball field, stands and parking lot - as well as grassy area behind the field to the track.

Girls Softball & Boys Baseball

Area #2- 2nd practice field (new turf field area) - all the way to the east fence.

Boys Soccer & Girls Soccer

Area #3- Football field, bleachers and under both home and away stands. Also, the concrete landing area by the balcony and grass area by the football locker room.


Area #4 - Tennis Courts and stands and areas around the tennis courts.

Girls Tennis & Boys Tennis

Area #5 - East Student and faculty Parking Lot and fence line.

XC and Track and Field

Area #6 - Fine Arts Building and ground between fine arts and Hickman Building Proper, Meditation area and East Circle Drive.

Marching Band/Orchestra/Choir

Area #7 - Courtyard (faculty area inside the building).


Area #8 – North Circle Drive to the Building, area in front of Media Center Entrance, Grounds near the building on the East side of the HHS.

Spirit Squad (Cheer and Dance)

Area #9 – Lower west parking lot and fence line.

Boys Basketball

Area #10 and #11 – Upper west lot and fence line. West Entrance - front of building, concrete with lunch tables, bike rack area and circle drive where buses load and unload.

Girls Basketball


Area #12 – front pool parking and building line from providence rd. to the old gym and back of the pool area (grassy area) by generator and down to the blacktop by the parking lot/pavilion area.

Swim and Dive

Area #13 – Back gate drive/fence line and south side of the wrestling building area.

Girls & Boys Wrestling

Area # 14– Area in front of East circle drive- The meditation garden/path area .

Girls and Boys Golf

Missouri Sports Hall of Fame

Congratulations to this years Missouri Sports HOF inductees!

Congratulations to former head coach Kent Fewell on his induction into the MO Sports Hall of Fame. Coach Fewell was instrumental in building the foundation for Kewpie baseball, winning championships, continues to be a great mentor and is always supporting! Well deserved Coach!

Hickman High School Girls Swimming Era 1979-1999

In Columbia, the girls swimming program at Hickman High School enjoyed one of the most successful eras of state history. From 1979 to 1999, the Kewpies finished among the top four teams at the state tournament some 15 times. They won state championships in 1991, 1995 and 1996. Hickman was the state runner-up nine times, and those years cover 1979, 1983, 1984, 1990, 1992, 1993, 1997, 1998 and 1999. They were third in 1982 and placed fourth in 1981, 1988 and 1989. Along the way, the program saw eight swimmers combine to win 13 individual state championships: Lisa Durham (50 freestyle in 1990), Lynn Dustin (100-yard butterfly, 1991), Lindsay Tekotte (100-yard butterfly, 1999), Julia Alexander (100-yard backstroke, 1995 & 1996), Kristen Johnson (100-yard breaststroke, 1984), Naomi Greenstone (100-yard breaststroke, 1992), Tiffany Bohon (1996-1999, 100-yard breaststroke), and Miki Bohon (1996 & 1999, 200 individual medley). The Kewpies also won eight state relay titles. That includes six in the 200 medley (1982, 1983, 1984, 1995, 1996), the 200 freestyle (1998) and the 400 freestyle (1990, 1996). The program was led by coach John Hamilton, who was at Hickman from 1977 to 2011.

Academic Requirements for Participation

Academic Requirements for Participation in MSHSAA Activities at Hickman

Sports Physical & MSHSAA - Annual Requirements

If your child is interested in playing a sport for the 2022-2023 school year please complete the link above.

How to best support your student athlete

Phases of Parenting an Athlete


- Encourage commitment

- Proper nutrition

- Punctual

- Abdicate during practice

Before Game:

- Be calm by example

- Don’t play the role of the coach with playing advice

- Keep it light (Jokes, laughter)

- Avoid giving a pre-game scouting report

- Good meal and hydration

- Good rest

- Have fun

- “I love you”

During the game:

- Detach from results

- Keep a low profile

- Cheer for both teams

- Set an example of sportsmanship with refs and other parents

- Avoid being over protected

- Avoid being win focused

After the game:

- Detach from results

- Supportive

- Avoid creating a “fearful ride home” by analysis the game, players, coaching, refs, or


- Don’t initiate a post-game talk. Players will initiate if they are interested.

- Good sportsmanship

- Good food and hydration

- “I love you”

Reference: T.C. North, Phd (Specializes in

confidence and mental toughness coaching for athletes and their parents,

high-performance coaching for motivated individuals)

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