Trojans Honor Seniors, Sweep Cougars
Hannibal-LaGrange won both games of its senior day double header Saturday afternoon to sweep the three game series against Mid-Continent. The Trojans took game one 8-4 and, after honoring their seniors, won game two in extra innings 9-8. Continued.....
Clay Biggs started his career at Hannibal-LaGrange in 2002. Under the tutelage of Coach Biggs, several Trojan players have received post season honors including 36 All-Conference players in the AMC (American Midwest Conference), two All-Region players, an All-American (Jarrett Reardon) in 2003, and 100 All-Conference Scholar Athletes. Tyson Mulvaney went on to receive the school’s first AMC Freshman of the Year award in 2005. In addition, Coach Biggs led the team to its first ever post season appearance in 2004, finishing 3rd in the AMC, and have since been in the post season three more times. Under Biggs, the Trojans have set the single season win record three times.
Clay Biggs, an instructor in the HLG Physical Education Department, received his bachelor’s degree in exercise physiology and his MAE from Truman State University. Biggs was the assistant baseball coach at Truman State University from 2000-2002. He was also a physical education instructor and coach at Adair County R-II Schools from 2001-2002. Coach Biggs states that his goals for student athletes are to get an education and graduate from Hannibal-LaGrange, participate at one of the highest levels of intercollegiate baseball, and develop lifelong friendships in a Christian atmosphere.
Biggs, a native of Kansas City, Mo., is married to Lissa Biggs. They have 2 children and reside in Hannibal, Mo.
Blayne Murphy began his career at Hannibal-LaGrange as an assistant baseball coach in 2012. Murphy came to HLGU after serving as the executive assistant coach at Bethany College (Kan.).
In his one season at Bethany, Murphy helped current Head Coach Jeremy Cantrell accumulate his highest win total with the Swedes, including a win over top ranked Oklahoma City University. He was also able to help coach five all-conference athletes and one NAIA All-American.
Before arriving at Bethany, Murphy spent 2009-11 as the head baseball coach and athletic director at Elk Valley High School in Longton, Kan. where he restarted the baseball program. He finished with six wins in each of his two seasons and provided the high school with its first win, in any varsity sport, in over four years.