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Sports Week of September 15, 2014

Monday, September 15, 2014

Yellow Jackets rally for 54-36 win over Sesser Valier Friday night

The Chester Yellow Jacket football team rallied from a 22-6 second quarter deficit and beat the Sesser Valier Devils 54-36 Friday night at W.O. Smith Field.

Chester improves to 3-0 on the season with the win. Next up is a road game at Carmi White-County Friday night at 7pm. The matchup with the Bulldogs will air live on AM 980 KSGM and

The Devils took the opening kickoff and marched down the field for the early led. The 82 second drive was capped off by a 24 yard touchdown run by quarterback Nick Marlo. The two-point conversion was good and the Devils held an 8-0 lead.

Chester answered with 1:27 left in the first when Blake Eggemeyer scored on a 3-yard run. The two-point conversion failed and SV led 8-6.

The Devils scored the next two touchdowns. The first was a 56 yard run by Jared Leslie with 33 seconds left in the first quarter and the second was a 6 -yard pass from Marlo to Logan Barrett with 1:42 left in the first half. SV now held a 22-6 lead.

The Yellow Jackets regained the momentum on the final play of the first half. On fourth down, quarterback Wyatt Ruehling connected with Jordan Berner on a 7-yard touchdown pass to trim the Devils lead down to 22-14 at the pause. The Jackets pulled to within eight after Andrew Frazer ran in for the 2-point conversion.

The second half belonged to the Yellow Jackets.

Chester scored on a 24 yard run by Blake Eggemeyer just over two minutes into the second half to cut the Devils lead down to 22-20.

The Devils pushed the lead back to eight points after Marlo connected with Ross Owens on a 40 yard touchdown pass with 7:57 left in the third.

Around two minutes later, Blake Eggemeyer scored again, this time a 1-yard run. The 2-point conversion attempt was fumbled but recovered in the endzone by Jordan Berner. That conversion tied the game at 28-28.

Chester scored the next three touchdowns to take a 48-28 lead. Ruehling scored on a quarterback keeper with 28 second left in the third. Then Ruehling connected with Jordan Berner on 50 yard pass with 10:31 left. Luke Hartman got in on the fun with a 21 yard run to the house with 8:44 left in the game.

SV found the endzone for the final time with 3:41 left when Marlo connected with Owens again to trim the lead down to 48-36.

But Charles Morefield slammed the door on any hopes of a comeback by the Devils when he scored on a 42 yard run with 1:41 left and the Yellow Jackets won the conference meeting 54-36.

With the win, Chester remains perfect against Sesser Valier since joining the BDC.

Despite the 18 point loss, the Devils racked up 417 yards of total offense, 16 more yards than the Yellow Jackets.

Jared Leslie led their ground attack with 112 yards on 17 carries.

Nick Marlo finished 16-for-39 with an interception for 259 yards. 11 passes were caught by Ross Owens for 205 yards.

The Yellow Jackets racked up 401 yards of offense, 206 on the ground and 195 through the air.

Charles Morefield led the ground attack with seven carries for 83 yards. Blake Eggemeyer had 50 yards on 14 carries.

Wyatt Ruehling was 8-for-17 passing for 195 yards. Five passes were caught by Jordan Berner for 103 yards. Luke Hartman (20), Demonte Martin (18) and Blake Eggemeyer (54) each caught a pass from Ruehling in the win.

Chester racked up 24 first downs and was penalized 10 times for 120 yards.

Defensively, Jordan Berner had five solos and six assists for the Yellow Jackets. Jacob Golding finished with three solos and eight assists, Demonte Martin had four solos and three assists.

Three members of Lady Yellow Jacket Cross Country team participate in Peoria Invitational
Photo courtesy of Staci Bolton Miller

Three members of the Lady Yellow Jacket Cross Country team participated in the First to the Finish Invitational Saturday in Peoria.

453 girls participated in the Class A portion of the race. Only the top 50 runners received a medal.

Chester's Cherree Miller finished 40th overall with a time of 19:53. Freshman Taylor Dunning finished 47th with a time of 20:02.

Freshman Jessica Kattenbraker finished 140th overall with a time of 21:48.

The three will rejoin their teammates and the Yellow Jacket boysí team for the Sparta Invitational on Tuesday. The meet begins at 4pm.

Pairings for Saturday's West Frankfort Volleyball Tournament announced

The Chester Lady Yellow Jacket volleyball team will participate in the four-team West Frankfort Varsity Volleyball Invitational this Saturday morning in West Frankfort.

The tournament will be played at two venues, Central Jr. High and Frankfort Elementary.

Chester will open up the round-robin tournament in a match against BDC foe Christopher at 9am at Central Jr. High and then will turn around and play West Frankfort at Frankfort Elementary at 10am.

Chester will wrap up the tournament back at Central Jr. High against Egyptian at 11am.

Games in the tournament will be 2 out of the 3 and will play to 25 with a cap at 26. Should a third game be needed, that will be played to 15 with a cap at 16.

A five-member All Tournament Team will be chosen and each school will be represented. The champion team will have two members.

Admission to the tournament is $5 for adults and $3 for students. Tickets are good for the entire tournament.

Bindel and Lochhead are honored as 2014 CHS Athletes of the Year

By Dr. James Beers

Former Chester High School students, Sarah Bindel and Jacob Lochhead have been named the 2013-2014 CHS Athletes of the Year. The announcement and presentation of the honorees plaque took place Friday September 12 at halftime of the CHS vs. Sesser-Valier football game.

CHS Athletic Director, Mike Coffey, said, "The decision to name Bindel and Lochhead "CHS Athletes of the Year" for the 2013-2014 school year was actually determined at the very end of May prior to graduation, but both Bindel and Lochhead were still involved in sports".

"Bindel competed at the IHSA State Track Meet and Lochhead was still playing baseball in the IHSA Sectional Tournament. Before we knew it, graduation was over and there was no time to have the presentation of the Athlete of the Year Award", said Coffey.

So Coffey and school officials decided to postpone the award ceremony until this fall in order to conduct the presentation to Bindel and Lochhead in front of a major YellowJacket home crowd.

At halftime of the CHS vs. Sesser-Valier, right before the CHS YellowJacket band took the field for the halftime, Coffey, Bindel and Lochhead took the 50-yard line of W.O. Smith Field as Stadium Announcer Tom Search read the good news that Bindel and Lochhead had been selected as the 2013-2014 CHS Female and Male Athletes of the Year. Coffey presented the Athlete of the Year plaque to them both as they stood in front of several hundred YellowJacket fans. The crowd reacted with great enthusiasm in honor of Bindel and Lochhead. Their plaque will be placed in the CHS trophy case for viewing and future generations of CHS athletes will have their opportunity to earn their place on this prestigious plaque.

On February 6 Sarah Bindel signed a National Letter of Intent to run track for Murray State University. She has since begun her college career at Murray and currently trains with the Racers Track Team for the upcoming Indoor Track and Field season.

Bindel is majoring in Dietetics with a minor in Exercise Science. Sarah said, "I am very happy at Murray. I have to study all of the time and when I am not studying I am working out. It really keeps me busy but thatís alright because it keeps me out of trouble."

Bindle also said that she will run a cross country race in a few weeks with the Murray State Cross Country Team. "It will be my first college meet and I am a bit nervous. I told them I would run one race with them to help them out, so I am keeping my promise. My real passion, however, is track and once that starts in January, we will have one indoor meet right after the other until outdoor track starts in April."

Bindel was involved in numerous sports throughout grade school and high school, but track and field was her main sport. She competed at the 2014 IHSA State Track and Field Meet at Eastern Illinois University in May of 2014 where she qualified for the finals in the 100 and 300 hurdles. She competed and finished 4th in the State in both events. Her efforts helped her Lady Jackets team place 15th in the State out of 176 teams.

Bindel was also a very good academic student as she was selected as the Co-Salutatorian of the CHS Class of 2014. She also excelled in music at CHS and was the lead trumpet player for the YellowJacket Band throughout her years at CHS.

Jake Lochhead happens to be the other Co-Salutatorian of the 2014 Senior Class. He was an excellent student and was involved in a wide variety of activities and sports throughout his tenure at CHS.

Lochhead was captain of the football, basketball and baseball teams at Chester High and was a key player for each squad all four years. Monday April 10 Lochhead signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball at Blackburn College in Carlinville this year.

Blackburn College Coach, Jason Baribeau, said, "We think Jake can help us next year. He can rebound, lead the fast break, shoot from the perimeter and go strong to the basket. He can do it all and we think he will fit into our program."

At CHS Lochhead maintained a 4.1 GPA and he excelled in many advanced placement classes. His goal at Blackburn is to major in a pre-medical Program, possibly Occupational Therapy. After graduating from Blackburn, he intends to enter a major university medical school to pursue a degree in medicine.

At CHS Lochhead was very active in Band, Chorus, Swing Choir, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Drug Free Youth and the Drama Program. His sports involvement kept him extremely busy, but along with his desire to be a good athlete, Jake was dedicated to his academics and extra-curricular activities to a high degree.

CHS is very proud to announce and recognize both Sarah Bindel and Jake Lochhead as the Chester High School Female and Male Athletes of the Year for 2013-2014 and wish them both the best of luck in their future educational and athletic endeavors.