Sports Week of December 2, 2013
Friday, December 6, 2013
Trico Tournament has been postponed
Trico Tournament has been postponed
The fourth night of play at the 13th annual Trico Invitational Tournament has been postponed.
Chester High School Athletic Director Mike Coffey said this morning he received word about the postponement of tonight’s games and the rescheduled dates and times for the remaining games in the tournament.
Tonight’s scheduled games will be pushed back until tomorrow night but the games will be played at the previously announced gametimes for Saturday. So that means, Chester will play Red Bud at 7:30pm Saturday night.
Saturday night’s lineup of games has been pushed back until Monday. So Chester will play Sparta at 7pm Monday night as the tournament wraps up.
Thursday, December 5, 2013
Yellow Jackets hosting food drive during home opener on Tuesday
Yellow Jackets hosting food drive during home opener on Tuesday
The Chester Yellow Jacket basketball teams will be holding a food drive at their home opening games Tuesday night in Daniel Colbert Memorial Gym.
Head varsity coach Brad Norman said the team is encouraging all fans attending the games Tuesday night to bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the food drive. Those making a donation will be entered in a drawing to win a $50 gift certificate to Wal-Mart.
The items collected during the food drive will be turned over to the Chester Area Christian Food Pantry.
The Yellow Jackets will be hosting Zeigler Royalton in a triple header on Tuesday night. The freshman game will start at 5:15pm followed by the JV game around 6:15pm and the varsity is scheduled to tip at 7:45pm.
Third quarter slump costs Yellow Jackets in loss to Trico 61-41
In a rematch of the two schools in last year’s Class 2A regional championship at Murphysboro, the Trico Pioneers took advantage of a sluggish third quarter by Chester to beat the Yellow Jackets 61-41 in the third night of play at the Trico Pioneer Invitational Tournament.
Chester (1-2) is scheduled to play Red Bud Friday night at 8:30pm before wrapping up the tournament Saturday against Sparta at 6pm.
Chester built a six-point lead in the first quarter with about 90 seconds remaining before the Pioneers closed out the first eight minutes on a 5-0 run to trail 17-16.
Two free throws early in the second by Cody Mileur helped Chester regain the lead but it was shortlived. Trico closed out the half on a 10-2 run to take a 31-27 lead at halftime.
The Pioneers scored the first seven points of the second half to build an 11-point lead and never looked back. Trico took a 53-37 lead heading to the fourth quarter.
Jake Lochhead led Chester with 13 points while Mileur finished with 10 points. Hunter Howie tossed in seven points while Austin Gendron finished with five points.
Jason Schwartz, Jordan Berner and Austin Redeker each finished with two points in the loss.
Yellow Jacket JV team holds off Saxony at Perryville JV Tournament
The Chester Yellow Jacket junior varsity team held off a late rally by Saxony Lutheran Thursday night at the Perryville JV tournament and beat the Crusaders 40-36.
Chester is now 2-0 on the season and in the round robin tournament.
The Yellow Jackets had a 23-11 lead at halftime before the Crusaders made their run in the second half.
Chester was scheduled to wrap up the tournament tonight against the host Pirates at 7:30pm. However, because of the weather, the games tonight at the tournament have been postponed.
Redhawks fly past Lady Salukis, 72-50
The Saluki women's basketball team couldn't recover from a 15-2 run late in the first half as the Southeast Missouri State Redhawks rode that momentum to a 72-50 victory over SIU on Wednesday night at the Show Me Center.
After falling behind 18-8 with 13:01 to play in the first half, Southern (1-6) clawed back into the game and tied the Redhawks (3-6) 20-20 at the 6:32 mark. SEMO, however, responded with a 15-2 tear to close out the first half, and the momentum stayed in the Redhawks’ favor as SIU was never able to come within 11 points the remainder of the game.
SIU gained two more stellar performances out of post players Dyana Pierre (12 points, six rebounds) and Azia Washington (14 points, eight rebounds, 7-of-13 FG), but there wasn’t enough consistent production from the rest of the Saluki squad to be able to overcome the halftime deficit. The Salukis only gained 14 points out of its other three starters in addition to Pierre and Washington, and Southern’s bench only contributed 10 points to the effort.
In addition to shooting 42.9 percent from the field, the Redhawks were able to capitalize off transition baskets early to wear out Southern’s defense, which helped SEMO out-rebound the Salukis 53-33.
"If you don’t hit shots and you don’t rebound the basketball and you let kids get to the basket, you’re going to lose the game, and that’s exactly what happened," said SIU head coach Cindy Stein.
SEMO was superb off the dribble as the Redhawks notched five players in double-digit scoring. The Salukis were able to hold SEMO leading scorer Olivia Hackmann to two points in the first half, but Hackmann went 4-of-9 from the field in the second half for 12 points — including a 50.0 percent clip from beyond the arc.
"They’ve got some good players that can take it to the hole," Stein said. "We were just flat. We were a step slow in almost every area."
SIU and Coach Stein are coming off their first victory of the season at Central Arkansas on Monday (39-37), which meant a quick turnaround for tonight’s matchup with SEMO.
"I hate to blame it on that trip because, honestly, if you play in the NCAA Tournament you’ve got to be able to play like that. You’ve got a day’s rest — you better suck it up and go," Stein said. "We’ve got to show better toughness and resiliency."
Southern will have 12 days off to rest and recuperate when Eastern Illinois comes to Carbondale on Monday Dec. 16, with tipoff scheduled for 6:05 p.m.
"This is a team here that really wants to win, they just don’t know how," Stein said. "They’ve just gotten beat over the head over and over again with losing, and we just gotta fight through that barrier. A lot of the stuff that we’ve got to deal with is mental. We’ll continue to work with it. We’re not gonna give up on this team."
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Fourth quarter rally pushes Steeleville past Chester 67-58 at Trico
Fourth quarter rally pushes Steeleville past Chester 67-58 at Trico Tournament
A fourth quarter rally by the Steeleville Warriors led them to a 67-58 win over the Chester Yellow Jackets Tuesday night at the annual Trico Tournament.
Chester (1-1) will play the host Pioneers tonight at 7pm as the round robin tournament continues.
Jake Lochhead led Chester with 21 points while Cody Mileur tossed in 19 points.
Hunter Howie (5), Jordan Berner (4), Austin Redeker (4), Garrett Alms (2), Jared Johnson (2) and Austin Gendron (2) also scored for Chester.
The Warriors were paced by Steven Uchtman’s 21 points.
JV Boys open Perryville tournament with win over Valle Catholic
The Chester Yellow Jacket junior varsity boys opened their season Tuesday night with a win at the Perryville JV Tournament.
Chester defeated Valle Catholic of Ste. Genevieve, MO 39-33.
Tonight, Chester will meet Saxony Lutheran of Fruitland, MO at 7:30pm as the tournament continues.
Weather permitting, Chester will wrap up play tomorrow night against the host Pirates at 7:30pm
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Yellow Jackets open season with 60-50 win over Shawnee at Trico
Yellow Jackets open season with 60-50 win over Shawnee at Trico Tournament
The Chester Yellow Jackets overcame a sluggish third quarter Monday night and beat the Shawnee Redskins 60-50 in the opening night of play at the 13th annual Trico Pioneer Invitational Tournament.
Chester (1-0) will play Steeleville tonight at 8:30pm as the tournament continues.
The Yellow Jackets led by five points at halftime, 39-34. In the third, Chester’s shooting went cold. The scoring drought lasted more than four minutes before the Yellow Jackets scored in the third quarter.
Jake Lochhead led Chester with a game high 24 points while Cody Mileur finished with 17 points.
Lady Yellow Jackets drop home opener to Steeleville 46-41 Monday
A fourth quarter rally came up short Monday as the Chester Lady Yellow Jackets dropped their home opener Monday night to the Steeleville Lady Warriors 46-41.
With the loss, Chester falls to 2-3 on the season. Their previously scheduled game tonight at Trico has been postponed until December 12. Chester now will open their conference season Thursday night, weather permitting, in Elkville against Elverado High School. JV game tips at 6:15pm.
Steeleville raced out to a 16-9 lead after the first quarter and built a 25-16 lead at halftime.
The Lady Warriors took a 37-26 lead heading to the fourth quarter after outscoring Chester 12-10 in the third quarter.
The Lady Yellow Jackets outscored Steeleville 15-9 in the final quarter but couldn’t overcome the 11-point deficit.
Kaley Ludwig led Chester with a game high 15 points, the only Chester player to reach double-digit scoring.
McKenzi Rucker and Rachel Clendenin each had six points while Sarah Bindel finished with five points.
Steeleville won the junior varsity game.
Lady Salukis pick up first win of Cindy Stein era at Central Arkansas, 39-37
The Saluki women's basketball team staved off a late charge by Central Arkansas, defeating the Sugar Bears 39-37 on Monday night at the Farris Center for the first win of the Cindy Stein era.
Southern (1-5) took its largest lead of the game with :51 seconds left in the game after two free throws by Cartaesha Macklin put SIU up 38-33, but the Sugar Bears (5-2) quickly closed the gap to 38-37 on consecutive layups by Courtney Deuver and Maggie Proffitt -- the latter of which came on a turnover by Macklin.
UCA put sophomore Hannah Shores on the free throw line with :11 seconds left for a one-and-one. Shores missed the first shot, but Macklin was there to grab a clutch rebound and get fouled on her way up to the basket for two shots of her own. Macklin sank her second attempt to put SIU up 39-37 with seven seconds to play, and the Sugar Bears weren't able to get a play together as time expired.
Defensive stops were the name of the game for Southern, as it held a Sugar Bear offense that was averaging 67.0 points per game to nearly half that. Coming into the game, three of UCA's five starters were averaging double-figures, but the Saluki defense proved stout Monday night, holding the Sugar Bears to 25.9 percent shooting from the field. UCA's 18 second-half points are the fewest SIU has given up in a half since Jan. 29, 2011, when SIU gave up 14 points to Indiana State.
"This is the most physical game we've had all year long, so that was quite an adjustment," said SIU head coach Cindy Stein. "We've been used to not being able to touch them and them not being able to touch us, but it was pretty physical out there tonight. I don't mind playing like that and I don't think our kids mind it."
Southern held UCA's best player, Deuver (who averages 13.1 points per game), to a 1-of-9 clip from the field and three total points, thanks in part to superb defense by sophomore center Dyana Pierre. Pierre and Deuver canceled each other out as they both grabbed 11 boards but fell far short of their season scoring averages. Pierre still made her presence known with three blocks and three steals to help stymie the UCA offense.
"It wasn't a pretty game, but I thought our defense stepped up and did an amazing job," Stein said. "Dyana Pierre did an tremendous job on Courtney Deuver, who is one of the best players in the country."
Southern notched two double-digit performances out of Macklin (10 points, five rebounds) and sophomore Azia Washington (10 points, nine rebounds). In addition to Macklin's potential game-saving rebound, Washington was pivotal to the Saluki defensive success as well, with seven of her nine boards coming on the defensive end.
With the win, SIU snaps a six-game losing streak and a 22-game regular season losing streak dating back to Jan. 5, 2013 when the Salukis beat Drake in Carbondale, 77-70. With her first win now under her belt, Coach Stein sees progress in the right direction.
"We're getting better at understanding the speed at which we have to play, and the intensity and the sense of urgency," Stein said. "We're still not perfect yet, but I like the intensity, and that's half the battle. If we can get our kids working this hard every game, we always have a chance."
"I can't say enough about this team," Stein said. "When things didn't go well today, that's where we have usually have broken down. This team stood together and decided they were going to win this game, and they did."
Southern will conclude its five-game road trip on Wednesday with a modest trek down to Cape Girardeau, Mo., to take on Southeast Missouri at 6:30 p.m.
Monday, December 2, 2013
Chicago State tops Salukis, 88-84
Chicago State tops Salukis, 88-84
Six players scored in double figures for Chicago State in an 88-84 win over Southern Illinois on Saturday -- the program's first win over SIU in 11 tries and the first victory over a Missouri Valley Conference team since beating Northern Iowa in 2002.
The Cougars (3-4) led virtually the entire game and held off a couple of late runs by the Salukis (2-6). The historic nature of the win was not lost on CSU head coach Tracy Dildy.
"This was just a great Division I college basketball game and atmosphere," he said. "That's a good program we beat today. When you talk about tradition, it hasn't been long since that program has been going to Sweet 16s."
Southern Illinois is off to its worst start after eight games since beginning the 1985-86 season at 2-6. Head coach Barry Hinson lamented his team's performance in its third-straight road loss of the season.
"When you're not very tough, you don't play with a lot of energy and you don't communicate, those are three ingredients for an unsuccessful recipe," he said. "We're not playing very good basketball right now."
Chicago State scored the first seven points of the game and led by as many as 13 points, 29-16, after Jared Dimakos hit a driving layup with 8:12 remaining in the first half.
SIU sliced the deficit to three just before halftime, thanks mainly to the sharp shooting of Mike Balogun, who made four 3-pointers in the first half and scored a career-high 21 points in the game. He entered the day averaging 1.9 points and had made only 1-of-11 tries from 3-point range, but converted 5-of-8 against the Cougars.
"We've said all along that Mike can shoot the three," Hinson said. "That will certainly help us if the other guys try to contribute."
Desmar Jackson scored 20 of his game-high 22 points in the second half, and for a brief moment, put his team ahead, 43-42, on a driving layup with 16:54 to go. The lead was short-lived, though, as Clarke Rosenberg ran off seven-straight points for the Cougars. CSU shot 56 percent in the second half and 51 percent in the game.
"We didn't guard," Hinson said simply. "We looked like we're standing in concrete the entire second half."
The Salukis came back to tie the game, 57-57, on a 3-pointer by Balogun at the 9:45 mark, but Quinton PIppen responded with a trey of his own to snuff out the rally. The closest SIU would come thereafter was 64-63 on a three-point play by Jackson with 6:50 remaining.
"We've watched all their tape and in every game they've had runs," Dildy said. "I'm so proud of the effort and how we withstood the run SIU made. Our guys did not panic and showed a lot of composure, a lot of toughness, a lot of confidence."
Said Hinson, "We made a couple of runs there, but every time they hit back at us, we wouldn't hit back."
Southern shot 56 percent from the field and made a season-high seven 3-pointers, but they could never put enough defensive pressure on the Cougars to make them crack.
"I'm disappointed in our basketball team, I'm disappointed in myself," Hinson said. "When you have a team that's not very tough and doesn't play hard, that's on me."
After playing six games in 11 days, the Salukis have just two games in the next two weeks. They also expect to return senior forward Bronson Verhines, who has missed the last four games with an ankle sprain.
"Our schedule wasn't really conducive to start off with a lot of success," Hinson said. "We got ourselves beat up. We don't have a lot of confidence right now. We have a stretch here where we can get a lot of practice."
Five members of Yellow Jacket football team named All South
Five members of the Black Diamond Conference Co-Champion Chester Yellow Jacket football team have been chosen for the All South squad.
The five members are seniors Brad Asselmeier, Joel Clendenin, Jake Lochhead, Justin Marks and sophomore Jordan Berner.
The four seniors will be invited to play for the Southern Illinois All-Star team next spring when they play a group of Western Kentucky All-Stars. The 2014 game will be played at Murray, KY next June.
Chester finished the conference season this past season with a record of 8-1.