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Sports Week of March 2, 2015

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

St. John Chester sending both basketball programs to Lutheran State Championships this weekend

For the first time in school history, both basketball programs at St. John Lutheran School in Chester will head to Chicago this weekend for the Lutheran State Basketball Championships.

Both schools will travel together to the Windy City for the 2015 Lutheran State Basketball Tournaments this weekend. The tournament features 16 girls programs and 16 boys programs from throughout the State of Illinois.

The Lady Hornets and Hornets have played in this tournament in past years but this is the first time both programs will go in the same year.

The Lady Hornets will open up play on Friday morning at 11:45am against Immanuel from Belvidere. That game will be played at Roselle as the tournament uses four different venue locations for both tournaments.

Meanwhile, the Hornets will begin play in the boys’ tournament Friday evening at 5:15pm against Immanuel from Batavia. That game will be played in Arlington Heights.

The Lady Panthers from St. Mark's in nearby Steeleville are also playing in the girls’ tournament.

Tournament action continues on Saturday with the finals set for Sunday evening.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Will Yellow Jackets make up road game at Sesser? Here are the scenarios

It's an important game in the conference chase in the Black Diamond Conference's West Division, but trying to find a date to reschedule the game has been a difficult one.

The Trico Pioneers and the Sesser Valier Red Devils trail Christopher in the West Division by one game. Both the Pioneers and Red Devils are 6-3 in the BDC West while Christopher has ended their season with a share of the conference title with a conference record of 7-3.

At a meeting of the BDC Athletic Directors Monday in Zeigler Royalton, it was announced the Trico will make up their game tonight with Zeigler Royalton. However, when it comes to the Chester-Sesser Valier game, that's where things get interesting.

Sesser Valier will play in the Class 1A sectional semifinals tonight. Should the Red Devils lose tonight, the Chester-SV game would be played on Thursday or Friday at 6pm at Sesser Valier. It would be the varsity game only.

If Sesser Valier wins tonight but then loses on Friday in the sectional championship game, the Chester-SV game would be played next Monday, March 9 at 6pm at Sesser Valier.

If the Red Devils make it to the Class 1A Super Sectional next week, chances are the game between the Yellow Jackets and Sesser Valier would not be rescheduled.

Stay tuned...

Monday, March 2, 2015

Yellow Jacket Sophomores defeated by Pinckneyville at Murphysboro Sophomore Tournament

The Chester Yellow Jacket sophomore basketball team will play in an elimination game tonight after they were roughed up in the opening round of the 38th annual Murphysboro Sophomore Tournament Saturday.

Chester fell to Pinckneyville 58-18.

The Yellow Jackets face elimination tonight when they play Riverview Gardens at 7:30pm.

Former Yellow Jacket Kyle Landon wins MVC Indoor High Jump again...

Former Chester Yellow Jacket track standout Kyle Landon has done it again as a member of the Southern Illinois University Saluki track team.

Landon won his third MVC high jump title in as many opportunities on a winning clearance of 2.10m (6-10.75). Landon, who ranks 11th nationally at 2.21m (7-03.00), took a stab at 2.22m (7-03.25) but couldn't convert.

With the win, though, Landon became the first Saluki male to repeat as indoor high jump champion since Olympian Darrin Plab did in 1991 and 1992.

Chester High School set to induct this year's class into the Dick Roth Memorial Sports Hall of Fame

The next induction class into the Dick Roth Memorial Sports Hall of Fame at Chester High School has been announced.

The three individual selected are Gary Schwent (Class of 1966), Chase Caron (Class of 2003) and Julie (Koenegstein) Stults (Class of 2005).

The team selected for this year's induction is the 1999 Yellow Jacket baseball team who finished that season with a record of 27-3 overall, 9-1 in the SIRR Mississippi Division. Chester defeated Trico that year to win the regional at Du Quoin and then defeated Alton (Marquette) in the sectional semifinal at Marissa before losing to Nashville in the sectional championship. The team was coached by Jeff Kordys.

The banquet will be held at 6pm on Saturday, April 4 at Chester High School. Tickets are $12 a piece and available in the high school principal's office until March 30.