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Sports Week of August 22, 2016

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Chester High School to host Class 2A volleyball regional in October

For the first time since 2011, Daniel Colbert Gymnasium at Chester High School will be the site of one of four Class 2A southern Illinois volleyball regionals in October.

CHS Director of Athletics Mike Coffey confirmed Monday that Chester High School will be one of the sites for a Class 2A regional volleyball tournament later this season.

A formal announcement from the Illinois High School Association is expected soon. At that time, the IHSA will announce who the other regional and sectional tournament hosts are. Also later, the IHSA will announce what teams will be assigned to the sub-sectional involving Chester. Then, after the coaches seed meeting, the IHSA will announce which teams will come to Chester to play in the regional.

The last time a volleyball regional was played in Chester was in 2011.

Chester lost a quarterfinal round matchup to Red Bud 15-25, 12-25 to end the season with a record of 8-20. That team was coached by former Lady Yellow Jacket standout Karen (Misselhorn) Bert. She was in her second year as coach when Chester hosted the regional.

Lady Yellow Jacket golf team finishes fourth at Pyramid Oaks Monday

Emily Tudor finished with a 11-over-par 47 Monday to lead the Chester Lady Yellow Jacket golf team to a fourth place finish at the Pyramid Oaks Golf Course near Percy.

Red Bud finished first with a team score of 214 followed by Trico (221), West Frankfort (244) and Chester (250). Steeleville didn't have enough golfers for an official team score.

Alyse Vasquez finished her round of nine-holes with a score of 54. Hanna Bert turned in a round of 71 while Katie Liefer and Mallory Vasquez who each turned in a 78.

Also on the course for Chester Monday was Alyssa Pace finished with a 72 and Parker Kippa who finished with a 75.

The Lady Yellow Jackets return to the home links at the Chester Country Club Tuesday for a 4pm tee time.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Modglin fires off round of 38 but Chester falls to Waterloo (Gibault)

Yellow Jacket Baylee Modglin fired off a round of two-over-par 38 Thursday but Chester dropped their home opening golf match to the Waterloo (Gibault) Hawks 166-199 at the Chester Country Club.

Trent Doiron turned in a round of 51 while Jacob Wingerter and Matt Smith each carded around of 55.

Lake Fogerson was also on the links Thursday and turned in a round of 56.

Chester's Clay Herrell turned in a 74 in the JV match and was the Yellow Jackets' only golfer in that match.

Chester was scheduled to head to Anna Jonesboro Saturday for the Wildcat Invitational but the tournament was postponed to September 12. The Yellow Jackets will return to the links on Tuesday for a home match at the Chester Country Club at 4pm.

Tudor's round of 50 leads Lady Yellow Jackets in home opener Thursday

Emily Tudor turned in a 14-over-par round of 50 Thursday to lead the Lady Yellow Jackets in their home and season opening golf match at the Chester Country Club.

Alyse Vasquez carded a round of 54, Jackie Hopkins turned in a 56 while Hanna Bert finished with a round of 60.

Mallory Vasquez was also on the links and ended her round with a 67.

Chester finished with a team score of 220. Visiting Waterloo Gibault and Steeleville did not have enough golfers for an official team score.

Lady Yellow Jackets return to the links Tuesday at the Chester Country Club. Tee time is 4pm.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Yellow Jacket boys golf team opens season at Red Bud

After two failed attempts to begin their season because of the weather, the Chester Yellow Jackets boys’ golf team opened their season Wednesday afternoon in Red Bud.

Playing at the North County Country Club, Chester fell to host Musketeers 173-190.

Bay Modglin led the Yellow Jackets with a five-over-par 40, good enough to tie for medalist honors.

Jacob Wingerter turned in a round of 48, Matt Smith carded a round of 50 while Trent Doiron turned in a round of 52.

Also on the links were Lake Fogerson (63) and Clay Herrell (65).

Red Bud was paced by Chase Bower’s round of 40.

Yellow Jackets will have their home opener today at 4pm at the Chester Country Club. The Lady Yellow Jackets will also hit the links today at the Chester Country Club at 4pm for their home opener.

Lady Yellow Jackets among the 16-team field at Labor Day VB Tournament

Chester is among the field of 16 schools entered in this year's Marissa-New Athens Labor Day Volleyball Tournament. The tournament will run from Monday, August 29 to Thursday, September 1.

The Lady Yellow Jackets are assigned to Pool "A" along with Steeleville, First Baptist Academy of O'Fallon and the host Lady Meteors.

The Lady Yellow Jackets' first match in pool play will be on Tuesday, August 30 against Steeleville at 5:30pm. Chester will then turn around and play the Lady Eagles of First Baptist Academy at 6:30pm.

Chester's final match in pool play will be at 5:30pm on Wednesday, August 31 against the host Lady Meteors.

In order to play in the final round on Thursday, September 1, the Lady Yellow Jackets will have to finish in the top three in pool play. If Chester wins or finishes third in pool play, they will play at New Athens on September 1. A second place finish in pool play and Chester will play their final two matches at Marissa High School.

Rally scoring will be used.

At the conclusion of the tournament, an All Tournament Team will be announced. Voting will be done by coaches.

A reminder to fans planning on attending, each match will start approximately 15 minutes after the previous match so the Lady Yellow Jackets matches could start earlier depending on the outcome of the match before them.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

CHS Cross Country kicks off 2016 season with "Midnight Madness"

By Dr. Jim Beers

Chester High School kicked off the 2016 season in style for the second year- in- a- row Tuesday August 9 with a "Midnight Madness" event. Coach Curt Gilpin started the tradition last year in his first year as CHS Head cross Country Coach.

Gilpin said, "This is a great way to start the season. The kids enjoy it and it gives them a special night to focus and begin thinking about the new school year from a cross country standpoint."

Gilpin was joined by CHS Assistant Cross Country Coaches Paul and Mary Stallman in the event. The threesome joined forces to sponsor the evening designed to bring the newcomers and veterans together and orient them to what 2016 will bring.

Members of the 2016 Chester High School Cross Country Team pose for a photo just after midnight Wednesday August 10 prior to their first official workout for the 2016 season at the Midnight Madness event. Jim Beers Photo

The evening began at 9:00 p.m. as athletes began to gather in CHS Colbert Gym. Coaches greeted each athlete and invited them to enjoy some healthy refreshments consisting of ice cold water, grapes, sliced apples and watermelon.

Coach Gilpin began the official portion of the event by welcoming everyone and providing a brief description of team rules, expectations and everyday routines. Coaches Paul and Mary Stallman added input throughout the business meeting and helped to set the tone for 2016.

Both girls and boys attended the joint "Midnight Madness" event. In all there were 13 prospective team members in attendance including seven girls and six boys. Additional members were unable to attend but do intend to join the group once school starts.

Gilpin read a poem to the group titled, "Hold the Rope". This motivational reading inspired team members to join forces and make a definite commitment to the team throughout the season. Through good times and bad; easy times and hard; it is essential to maintain the commitment to coaches, team members and oneself to be successful.

The term, "hold the rope" relates to the example that if a person was at the edge of a cliff with a twenty thousand foot drop and a teammate could hold a rope to pull that person up to safety, which teammates could be trusted to hold the rope no matter what it took to keep someone from dropping?

Gilpin said, "Who on this team would hold the rope for you? Who could be trusted even if the rope was burning the hands of the holder? Who would not give up and who would be willing and able to save your life no matter what?"

Gilpin then translated the idea to cross country saying, "Who will not miss a practice. Who will accept no excuses for missing practice? Who will be there for the team even if it isn’t convenient? Who will lift weights, run, and attend meetings and team social events with no let up? Who will hold the rope for the team and dedicate himself or herself to a season of commitment and hard work?"

Gilpin said that those who make the commitment will be successful and help his or her team to be successful. He added, "When you can look at every member of your team and say to yourself that they all would hold the rope for you, the team is destined to do a lot of great things. The team that holds the rope when the going gets tough is a winning team."

At 10:00 p.m. the coaches showed the team a movie titled, "Race". This movie was a story about the famed United States Olympian, Jesse Owens. This inspirational movie described some of the tough times that Owens had as a collegiate and Olympic runner and how his persistence and dedication helped him to be a world class runner and Olympic champion.

"I always pick a movie that is cross country or track based. I pick one that motivates my athletes and encourages hard work and dedication. The more inspirational the better", said Gilpin. The Jessie Owens movie lasted until 12:00 midnight at which time the Yellow Jackets and Lady Yellow Jackets were legally able to begin practice for 2016.

Gilpin began the practice with a 30-minute stretching and drill workout in Colbert gym. Runners were led by Gilpin through the workout with Paul and Mary Stallman lending encouragement and direction.

Following the indoor workout, the entire group went to the CHS track complex where they did a light run and officially started the 2016 CHS cross Country season. The entire light running workout lasted approximately 30 minutes after which the group retired back to Colbert Gym where Mary Stallman had delicious baked brownies as rewards for the athletes who dedicated their entire evening and early morning hours to the kick-off cross country event.

Gilpin and Coaches Paul and Mary Stallman were pleased with the turnout and noted that there were several other athletes that could not attend the event. Gilpin also stated that during the first week of school he would accept any additions to the team who showed serious interest.

Chester’s first meet of the year will be August 22 at the New Athens Mini meet which begins at 6:00 p.m. Until then, Gilpin will spend time getting his runners in competition shape.

He and fellow coaches, Paul and Mary Stallman, will also be concentrating on getting the team to bond, come together as a family and to make the commitment to "hold the rope" for fellow athletes to make 2016 a successful year!

Monday, August 15, 2016

Annual football scrimmage set for Friday night

The public will have their first chance to meet and greet this year's Yellow Jacket football players when they host their annual pre-season scrimmage Friday night at W.O. Smith Field.

Parents and fans will be allowed onto Smith Field for a photo session that will begin at 6pm.

The scrimmage will start at 7pm.

Admission to the scrimmage is one non-perishable food item or a bottle of Gatorade. The food collected will be donated to the Chester Area Christian Food Pantry.

The varsity will open their season Friday, August 26 at Fairfield. Kickoff is set for 7pm.

Former Sparta running back makes NFL debut

A former Sparta Bulldog running back, who was taken in the sixth round of the NFL draft in June, made his debut Saturday with the Dallas Cowboys.

Darius Jackson carried the ball 13 times for 47 yards in the pre-season opener Saturday as the Cowboys lost to the Rams 28-24.

The former running back at Eastern Michigan University scored 16 touchdowns his senior year.

Jackson turned heads at his pro day after turning a blistering 4.35 seconds in the 40 yard dash.

ESPN analyst Jon Gruden spoke highly of Jackson during the Saturday night broadcast.

"Darius Jackson is a guy we're going to want to keep an eye on in the preseason," said the former Tampa Bay head coach. "He's got size and speed."

Next up, the Cowboys and Jackson will take on the Miami Dolphins this Friday night.