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Friday, September 23, 2016

Perfection! Lady Yellow Jackets win Trico Volleyball Tournament

For the first time in the history of the Trico Invitational Volleyball Tournament, the Chester Lady Yellow Jackets are the champions.

Chester capped off a perfect tournament with a 21-15, 21-12 win over Marissa-Coulterville and then defeated Steeleville 21-15, 21-16 to finish the tournament 5-0.

Senior Hannah Schweizer was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player which is voted on by the opposing coaches. Sophomore Carlee Weir was also named to the All Tournament Team.

In their win over Marissa-Coulterville, Schweizer led Chester with eight kills while Alexis McMath had seven. Katie Hoffman finished with five.

Weir dished out 22 assists while Alyssa Keith had two.

Keith led Chester in digs with four while McMath and Haley Middendorf each had three.

K. Hoffman led in blocks with three while Schweizer had one.

Schweizer and Maddie Hoffman each had one ace serve.

In their final match against Steeleville, Schweizer led in kills with nine while McMath and K. Hoffman each had six.

Weir led in assists with 25.

Keith led in digs with eight while Tayler Howie had seven.

Middendorf record six ace serves while Weir and Schweizer each had one.

For the entire tournament, Schweizer led in kills with 46 while McMath had 35.

Weir led in assists with 119.

Keith led in digs with 40. Schweizer had 20, Middendorf finished with 19 and Weir recorded 18.

K. Hoffman led in blocks with nine while Weir had five.

Middendorf led in ace serves with 11 while Weir had 10.

Chester (14-1) will host Valmeyer on Monday before heading to Sesser Valier on Tuesday.

Yellow Jacket boys’ golf finishes third Thursday in Waterloo

The Chester Yellow Jacket boys’ golf team finished third Thursday at a triangular match hosted by Waterloo Gibault at the Acorn Golf Links near Waterloo.

The host Hawks finished first with a team score of 167 followed by Red Bud (180) and Chester (186).

Bay Modglin turned in the Yellow Jackets' top performance with a round of 37. Trent Doiron turned in a round of 48 for Chester.

Jacob Wingerter carded a round of 50 while Brennan White finished his afternoon with a round of 51.

Also on the links for Chester was Matt Smith (55) and Lake Fogerson (69).

The Yellow Jackets are back on the links this afternoon for a match at the Red Hawk Golf Course near Pinckneyville. Du Quoin is the host school. Tee time is 4pm.

Yellow Jacket freshmen remain winless after 46-6 loss to Freeburg

The Chester Yellow Jacket freshmen football team fell to 0-3 on the season after a 46-6 loss to Freeburg Thursday night.

Next up is a Tuesday home game against Valle Catholic of Ste. Genevieve, MO. Kickoff is set for 6:15pm.

The visiting Midgets jumped out to a 30-0 lead at halftime and held a 46-0 lead in the fourth before the young Yellow Jackets finally scored their first points of the season.

Ethan Rayburn returned a kickoff some 61 yards for the touchdown with 8:46 left to play.

The freshmen were held to just 46 yards of total offense.

Ethan Bert led the ground attack with 37 yards on 12 carries. Ethen Eggemeyer had 23 yards on nine attempts.

Quarterback Chett Andrews was 0-for-5 passing.

Eggemeyer led Chester in total tackles with 10 while Ethan Rayburn had five.

Michael Wingerter and Gage Bollmann each had a fumble recovery in the loss.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Schwizer dominates at net as Lady Yellow Jackets hold off Sparta at Trico Tournament

Senior Hannah Schweizer recorded a match high 17 kills Wednesday night to help lead the Chester Lady Yellow Jackets to their seventh win in a row.

Chester (12-1) defeated Sparta 21-18, 16-21, 15-13 to improve to 3-0 at the Trico Tournament. Tonight, the ladies will wrap up play in the tournament with a match against Marissa-Coulterville at 6pm followed by their final match against Steeleville at 7pm.

"Hannah Schweizer with 17 kills on 34 swings was simply fun to watch," said Chester coach Chad Koenegstein. "That is a career high for any hitter in my time with Chester Volleyball."

In addition to Schweizer's 17 kills, fellow senior Alexis McMath finished with nine. Katie Hoffman had three.

Sophomore Carlee Weir dished out a match high 29 assists to pace Chester.

"Weir's 29 assists in one match is a career high for my time here as well," said Koenegstein. "She has continued to lead this team in a great direction."

Weir and Alyssa Keith each had 10 digs in the win over Sparta. Schweizer had six while McMath finished with four.

"Sparta did not hit many balls in the way of Alyssa Keith as she is well known as one of the best defenders in Southern Illinois," said Koenegstein, "but she and Weir still came up with 10 digs each."

Haley Middendorf and Katie Hoffman each had one block.

Middendorf and K. Hoffman also led Chester in ace serves with four each. Keith and Tayler Howie each had two.

"Everyone had some stellar moments during (Wednesday's) match," added Koenegstein. "We just need those to all click at the same time and last for the duration of a match. Great things are going to come from this group of athletes."

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Lady Yellow Jacket cross country team wins while Yellow Jackets finish second at Goreville Invitational

The Chester Lady Yellow Jackets finished first while the Yellow Jackets finished second Tuesday in their respective cross country races as part of the Goreville Invitational.

The meet was held at Ferne Clyffe State Park.

Chester finished first with 19 points while Pope County finished with 38 points. Waltonville and Goreville didn't have enough runners for an official team score.

Junior Jessica Kattenbraker finished second overall with a time of 21:57. Taylor Dunning was third with a time of 22:48 while Avery Runge finished fourth with a time of 23:47.

Sophomore Shea Petrowske finished sixth overall with a time of 23:55.

Addie Blechle's time of 26:53 was good enough for 11th place overall. Elizabeth Soellner finished 12th with a time of 27:16 while Jocelyn Landeros finished 15th with a time of 29:00.

In the boys' race, Vienna finished first with 23 points followed by Chester (67), Crab Orchard (88), Pope County (95), Goreville (112) and Cobden (125). NCOE and Waltonville didn't have enough runners for an official team score.

Chester's Josh Haberberger finished second overall with a time of 18:50. Freshman Ronin Doiron finished in the top 10 with a time of 19:30, good enough for ninth place.

Joe Soellner finished 16th overall with a time of 20:25. Jakob Cushman finished 20th with a time of 20:55.

Mitchell Colonel crossed the finish line with a time of 21:38, good enough for 22nd place. Lance Bohnert finished just four seconds behind Mitchell with a time of 21:42 which placed him 23rd overall.

Chris Schweir finished 45th overall with a time of 31:39.

Next up is the Freeburg Invitational Saturday morning at 10am.

Lady Yellow Jacket golf team beats Red Bud; boys finish second at final home match

The Chester Yellow Jacket boys’ golf team finished second Tuesday in their final home match of the season while the Lady Yellow Jackets defeated Red Bud at the Chester Country Club.

In the ladies' match, the host Lady Yellow Jackets defeated Red Bud 205 to 208.

Playing in their final home match, senior Emily Tudor fired off a round of eight over par 44 to lead Chester while Jackie Hopkins ended her round with a 48.

Alyse Vasquez finished with a 54 and Hanna Bert turned in a 59.

Also on the links for Chester were Alyssa Place (67), Katie Liefer (68) and Mallory Vasquez (72).

The ladies are off until next Wednesday when they will participate in the Black Diamond Conference tournament at the Franklin County Country Club. Tee time is 8:30am.

Meanwhile, the Pinckneyville Panthers won Tuesday's triangular with a team score of 173 followed by Chester (200) and Du Quoin (224).

Also playing his final home match as a Yellow Jacket, Bay Modglin fired off a one over par 37 to lead Chester. Jacob Wingerter carded a round of 45.

Trent Doiron turned in a 49 while Clay Herrell finished with a 69.

Also on the links for Chester was Lake Fogerson (69).

The Yellow Jackets are back on the links Thursday for a match at the Acorn Golf Links in Waterloo. The Gibault Hawks are the host school. Tee time is 4pm.

Lady Yellow Jacket volleyball opens Trico tournament with pair of wins

The Chester Lady Yellow Jacket volleyball team opened play at the Trico Invitational Tournament with a pair of wins.

In their opening match, Chester defeated Cobden 21-15, 23-25, 15-8. Later, they beat the host Lady Pioneers 21-12, 21-16.

Game stats were not available this morning.

Chester (11-1) returns to the tournament this evening to meet the Sparta Lady Bulldogs at 5pm.

Chester wraps up tournament play on Thursday with a pair of matches. The ladies will play Marissa-Coulterville at 6pm and then turn around and battle Steeleville at 7pm.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Lady Yellow Jackets improve to 5-0 in BDC west with road win at Zeigler Royalton

The Chester Lady Yellow Jacket varsity volleyball team improved to 5-0 in the BDC West Division Monday night with a conference road win at Zeigler Royalton.

Chester defeated the Lady Tornadoes 25-12, 25-22 to improve to 9-1 on the season. Tonight, Chester will open play at the Trico Invitational Tournament. The Lady Yellow Jackets will play Cobden at 6pm and the host Lady Pioneers at 9pm.

Hannah Schweizer led Chester in kills Monday night with eight. Maddie Hoffman had five while Katie Hoffman and Carlee Weir each had four.

Weir dished out a match high 14 assists for Chester. Lauren Welge had eight.

Schweizer led in digs with five. Haley Middendorf had four while Alyssa Keith and Carlee Weir each had two.

M. Hoffman, K. Hoffman and Welge each recorded one block.

Weir led in ace serves with five while Schweizer and M. Hoffman each had two.

Chester also won the JV match 25-15, 25-20 over the host Lady Tornadoes to improve to 4-1 overall and in the BDC West.

The JV team is off until next Monday, September 26 when Valmeyer visits Colbert Gym.

JV football team falls on the road to Sesser Valier

The Chester Yellow Jacket junior varsity football team fell to 0-4 on the season after a road loss Monday night.

Chester fell to the host Sesser Valier Waltonville Woodlawn Devils 44-0.

Next up is a home game against Johnston City next Monday night at W.O. Smith Field. Kickoff is set for 6:15pm.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Some 23 hours later, Yellow Jackets defeat Sesser Valier 28-8

It took almost 23 hours but the Chester Yellow Jacket football team picked up their third win in a row with a 28-8 win over the Sesser Valier Waltonville Woodlawn Devils.

Tornado warning sirens were blasting in Chester about two hours before kickoff Friday night but a decision was made by officials from both schools to begin the game on time Friday night.

The game didn't end on Friday night. With 7:26 left in the second quarter and with vivid lightning flashes in the skies above, the ref crew stopped the game. It didn't restart until 5pm on Saturday with Chester leading 14-8.

The Yellow Jackets scored just 64 second into the game Friday when Nick Meyer connected with Chris Lang on a 47 yard touchdown pass to give Chester a 6-0.

After SVWW fumbled the ensuing kickoff, Chester scored just 40 second later when Jake Golding scored from 15 yards out. Chris Lang added the two-point conversion and Chester led 14-0.

After a fumble on a punt by Chester's Savion Smith, the Devils scored their only touchdown on an 11 yard pass from Clayton Smith to Peyton Rock. The two-point conversion was good and Chester led 14-8.

Then in the second quarter, the game was stopped because of the lightning.

When play resumed on Saturday, the Chester defense came up big twice, stopping drives by SVWW inside the 20 yards line.

Chester extended their lead on a 63 yard touchdown run by Chris Lang with 3:31 to play in the third. Then put the game away in the fourth when quarterback Nick Meyer connected with his older brother Curt on a 25 yard touchdown pass with 7:13 to play. Savion Smith caught the two-point conversion pass from N. Meyer to give Chester a 28-8 lead which turned out to be the final score.

The Yellow Jackets racked up 266 yards. 158 on the ground and 108 through the air.

Chris Lang led the ground attack again with 78 yards on eight carries. Jake Golding had 66 yards on 13 attempts.

Nick Meyer was 4-for-7 passing for 108 yards. Two passes were caught by Chris Lang for 47 yards. Demontae Martin had a reception for 36 yards while Curt Meyer had the other for 25 yards.

Defensively for Chester, Jake Golding and Nick Heffernan each had seven tackles. Willie Morefield had five while Savion Smith and Chase Colvis each had four.

Next up is Rivalry Week in the BDC. Chester (3-1, 3-1) will head to Johnston City Friday night for a 7pm meeting with the Indians.

Modglin's one-over-par 36 leads boys golf to win at Red Hawk

Senior Bay Modglin fired off a round of one-over-par 36 Friday to lead the Yellow Jacket boys golf team to a win at the Red Hawk Country Club near Pinckneyville.

Chester finished first with a team score of 172 followed by Pinckneyville (194) and Du Quoin (214).

In addition to Modglin's round for Chester, Brennan White turned in a round of 44 while Trent Doiron turned in a 45 and Jacob Wingerter carded a round of 47.

Also on the links for Chester were Matt Smith (50) and Clay Herrell (65).

Yellow Jackets will wrap up the home portion of their schedule this Tuesday at the Chester Country Club. Tee time is 4pm.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Lady Yellow Jacket volleyball remains perfect in BDC West after defeating Goreville

The Chester Lady Yellow Jacket varsity volleyball team remained perfect in BDC West Division play after defeating Goreville Thursday night in Colbert Gym.

Chester improved to 8-1 overall and 4-0 in conference play with a 25-11, 25-16 win over the visiting Goreville Lady Blackcats.

The Lady Yellow Jackets head to Zeigler Royalton Monday for another conference match before opening play at the Trico Tournament on Tuesday.

Senior Hannah Schweizer led Chester in kills with 10 while Alexis McMath finished with seven. Katie Hoffman and Maddie Hoffman each had three.

Carlee Weir dished out a match high 15 assists in the win. Lauren Welge had six while Alyssa Keith had two.

Keith led Chester in digs with nine. Weir finished with three.

McMath, K. Hoffman and M. Hoffman each recorded one block in the match.

Schweizer and Tayler Howie each had three ace serves while Keith and M. Hoffman each had two.

Chester also won the JV match 25-11, 25-12 to improve to 3-1 overall and 3-1 in the BDC West.

Lauren Welge led the JV team with four kills, 17 assists, and four aces. Grace Stec led in scoring with an impressive eight kills and two aces.

The JV team returns to action on Monday for conference road match at Zeigler Royalton at 6:15pm.

Cross Country teams each finish third in their respective home races Thursday

The Chester Lady Yellow Jacket and Yellow Jacket cross country teams each finished third Thursday in their first home meet of the season.

In the girls’ race, Okawville finished first with 34 points followed by New Athens (40), Chester (48) and Valmeyer (88).

Jessica Kattenbraker turned in Chester's best performance with a time of 22:33 which was good enough for fourth overall.

Also cracking the top 10 were Shea Petrowske (8th, 24:05), Avery Runge (9th, 24:12) and Taylor Dunning (10th, 24:15).

Also running for the Lady Yellow Jackets were Addie Blechle (19th, 27:48), Ellen Blechle (23rd, 29:38), Elizabeth Soellner (24th 29:49) and Jocelyn Landeros (25th, 29:51).

In the boys’ race, New Athens finished first with 28 points followed by Okawville (39) and Chester (53). Valmeyer didn't have enough runners for an official team score.

Freshman Ronin Doiron turned in the Yellow Jackets' top performance with a time of 19:47, which placed him third overall. Josh Haberberger also cracked the top 10 with his time of 20:23, good enough for eighth place.

Jakob Cushman finished 18th overall with a time of 21:30. Joe Soellner's time of 21:45 was good for 19th overall. Lance Bohnert crossed the finish line with a time of 21:55 which placed him 20th overall while Mitchell Colonel finished 21st overall with a time of 22:30.

The cross country teams will return to action on Tuesday when they run at the Goreville Invitational at 4pm.

Freshmen football remains winless after 48-0 rout at Sesser Valier

It's been a rough start to the football careers for the Yellow Jacket freshmen.

Thursday night, the Sesser Valier Waltonville Woodlawn Red Devils raced out to a 30-0 halftime lead and never looked back en route to a 48-0 win over Chester.

The freshmen fall to 0-2 on the season. Next up is their home opener Thursday night at W.O. Smith Field against Freeburg. Kickoff is set for 6:15pm.

The host Red Devils scored 14 points in the first quarter and tacked on another 16 before halftime. The Red Devils added 18 more in the third quarter.

Chester was held to just 37 yards total offense. Ethen Bert led the ground attack with 15 carries for 41 yards while Ethen Eggemeyer rushed eight times for 12 yards.

Quarterback Wes Carpenter was 1-for-4 passing for one yard. That lone completion was caught by Ethen Eggemeyer.

Ethen Bert and Ethan Rayburn led Chester in tackles with five each while Ian Reith, Caleb Nolen and Ethen Eggemeyer each had three.

Lady Yellow Jacket volleyball among field of six at Trico Invitational Tournament

The Chester Lady Yellow Jackets are among the field of six teams entered in this year's Trico Invitational Volleyball Tournament.

The round-robin tournament will be held September 20-22. The other five schools are Steeleville, Cobden, Marissa-Coulterville, Sparta and the host Lady Pioneers.

Chester will play two matches on the tournament's first night, September 20. The Lady Yellow Jackets will play Cobden at 6pm and then hang around to play Trico later at 9pm.

On Wednesday, September 21, Chester will play in the first match against Sparta at 5pm.

The tournament wraps up with two matches on Thursday, September 22. Chester will play Marissa-Coulterville at 6pm and then turn around and play Steeleville at 7pm.

With the exception of their match against Sparta on Wednesday, the game times for the other matches could move up. There will be a 15 minute warm-up period between matches.

Matches will be the best of three games, played to 21 with a cap of 15 for a possible third match.

Trophies will be awarded to the top two teams and there will be an All Tournament Team.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Schweizer's six kills and 10 ace serves leads Lady Yellow Jackets past Vienna

Hannah Schweizer recorded a team high six kills and 10 ace serves Wednesday night while leading the Chester Lady Yellow Jackets to a 25-8, 25-12 BDC West Division win at Vienna.

The ladies will return to the home floor at Colbert Gym tonight for another BDC West Division matchup, this time against Goreville.

"The tempo was slow from Vienna," said Chester coach Chad Koenegstein, "but our defense was able to speed up the ball as much to our pace as possible to give our hitters a ball they are used to seeing. Hannah Schweizer earned 6 kills on only 8 attempts. Schweizer also earned 10 aces to lead us with 16 total points scored."

In addition to Schweizer's six kills, Alexis McMath and Maddie Hoffman each had five while Haley Middendorf had four. Carlee Weir recorded three.

Weir led in assists with 10 while Lauren Welge had eight.

"A spark that came in to give life to the game was Lauren Welge (8 assists) running a 6-2 offense with Carlee Weir (10 assists) and sharing the setting responsibilities," said Koenegstein. "They both accommodated their hitters quite well."

Weir and Alyssa Keith each had two digs.

McMath recorded Chester's lone block in the match.

In addition to Schweizer's 10 ace serves, Middendorf had three while Keith and Tayler Howie each had two.

Chester also won the JV match 25-5, 25-11 but game stats were not available as of this morning from the coaches.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Weir dishes out 22 assists as Lady Yellow Jackets knock off defending BDC West champs

Sophomore Carlee Weir dished out a match high 22 assists Tuesday as the Lady Yellow Jackets knocked off the defending BDC West champs Trico 25-22, 25-13.

With the win, Chester improves to 6-1 overall and 2-0 in the BDC West. Tonight, the Lady Yellow Jackets make the long trip to Vienna to play the Lady Eagles in another conference matchup.

"Weir has had a lot of weight on her shoulders this year with a stellar defense to pass for her and some huge hitters to terminate the ball," said Lady Yellow Jacket head coach Chad Koenegstein. "It has been up to her to make those two fit together and she has done a fantastic job. This week in practice, I have demanded she start jump setting every ball with the expectation that she would maybe jump set 25% in games. The coachable athlete she is, she jump set over 75% of balls tonight (impressive). As is her best skill, Weir spread the offense tonight allowing an average of 5.2 kills per hitter."

Alexis McMath paced Chester in kills with eight. Hannah Schweizer had five while Katie Hoffman and Maddie Hoffman each had four.

Schweizer and Alyssa Keith led Chester in digs with five each. McMath and Weir each had four.

Schweizer and M. Hoffman each had three blocks.

Keith had four ace serves while Schweizer finished with three.

"We have some things to clean up for sure," said Koenegstein, "but tonight’s win over Trico was a success. Our serve receive struggled quite a bit, but Weir's work as the setter, smoothed things out. In our search for a team leader, it has been fun watching all of the girls take on leadership roles at different points in the game."

Meanwhile, the Lady Yellow Jacket JV team picked up their first win with a 25-20, 23-25, 15-7 win over the host Lady Pioneers.

Sophomore Lauren Welge dished out 19 assists to lead the JV team to the win.

"(Welge's) ball placement and set selection were superb and one of my proudest moments coaching to date," said Koenegstein.

Katie Hoffman, Grace Stec and Tyler Howie each had seven kills while Lauryn Vasquez had five.

In addition to Welge's 19 assists, Carlee Weir finished with six.

Katie Hoffman and Ashtyn Jany led Chester in digs with six apiece while Howie had four.

Katie Hoffman, Maddie Hoffman, Grace Stec and Lauren Welge each had one block in the win.

Katie Hoffman, Lauryn Vasquez and Tayler Howie each had two ace serves while Maddie Hoffman and Carlee Weir each had one.

"This JV game was liberating for the CHS coaching staff," said Koenegstein. "We know we will be losing four strong seniors next season, but this group proved that next year will definitely not be considered a 'rebuilding' year."

Tudor's round of 46 leads Lady Yellow Jackets to third place tie at Marissa

Emily Tudor fired off a nine-over-par round of 46 Tuesday to lead the Lady Yellow Jacket golf team to a third place tie at the White Oaks Golf Course near Marissa.

Waterloo won the quad with a team score of 181 followed by Trico (204). Chester and Marissa tied for third with a team score of 210.

In addition to Tudor's round of 46, Jackie Hopkins turned in a 52, Alyse Vasquez finished a stroke back with a 53 and Hanna Bert turned in a 59.

Also on the links for Chester were Katie Liefer (71) and Mallory Vasquez (72).

The ladies return to the links, weather permitting, on Friday for a match at the Red Hawk Golf Course near Pinckneyville. Tee time is 4pm.

Yellow Jacket boys golf team defeats Valmeyer 190-194 behind Modglin's round of 40

Bay Modglin fired a four-over-par 40 Tuesday to lead the Chester Yellow Jacket golf team past the Valmeyer Pirates 190-194 at the Acorn Golf Links near Waterloo.

Chester will return to the links on Friday, weather permitting, for a match at the Red Hawk Golf Course near Pinckneyville. Tee time is 4pm.

In addition to Modglin's round of 40, Brennan White turned in a 10-over-par round of 46.

Trent Doiron carded a round of 49 while Jacob Wingerter finished his afternoon with a score of 55.

Also on the links for the Yellow Jackets were Lake Fogerson (58) and Clay Herrell (59).

Lady Yellow Jackets finish seventh while Yellow Jackets finish 13th at Sparta Invitational XC meets

The Chester Lady Yellow Jacket cross country team finished in seventh place while the Yellow Jacket boys finished in 13th place in their respective races as part of the Sparta Invitational Tuesday.

In the girls race, Okawville won the meet with 79 points followed by Nashville (84), Du Quoin (107), Carterville (127), Red Bud (137), New Athens (139), Chester (166), Dupo (175), Herrin and Steeleville (208), Breese (Central) (277) and Murphysboro (283).

Junior Jessica Kattenbraker turned in Chester's best time of 22:36.56 which was good enough for 14th overall. Taylor Dunning finished 23rd with a time of 24:00.62. Freshman Avery Runge finished 28th overall with a time of 24:43.28.

Sophomore Shea Petrowske finished 36th with a time of 25:12.52.

Ellen Blechle's time of 30:52.22 was good enough for 79th place while Jocelyn Landeros finished in 80th place with a time of 30:57.12.

Herrin won the boys race with 97 points followed by Steeleville (115), Nashville (117), Red Bud (123), Columbia (136), Murphysboro (146), Wesclin (185), Du Quoin (216), New Athens (236), Waterloo (Gibault) (268), Sparta (279), Okawville (300), Chester (330), Marissa (339), Breese (Central) (354), Carterville (363) and Dupo (458).

Freshman Ronin Doiron turned in Chester's top performance with a time of 20:09.15, good enough for 43rd place overall.

Josh Haberberger finished 50th overall with a time of 20:38.34.

Jakob Cushman finished with a time of 21:21.62, good enough for 65th place overall.

Joe Soellner's time of 22:23.15 placed him in 84th place overall. Lance Bohnert finished in 88th place with a time of 22:54.12 while Mitchell Colonel finished in 93rd place overall with a time of 23:37.03.

The cross country teams will host a meet Thursday at the Randolph County Conservation Area north of Chester. The meet will begin at 4:30pm, weather permitting.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Modglin’s round of 83 leads boys golf at Anna Jonesboro

The Chester Yellow Jacket boys’ golf team participated Tuesday at the weather-delayed Anna Jonesboro Invitational boys’ golf tournament.

Benton won the tournament with a team score of 314 followed by Massac County (336), Hamilton County (338) to round out the top three teams. Chester finished with a team score of 394. All of the team scores were not available so we cannot tell you what exact place the Yellow Jackets finished in.

Baylee Modglin fired off an 18-hole score of 82 to lead Chester. Brennan White and Trent Doiron each carded a round of 99.

Jacob Wingerter finished the afternoon with a round of 102.

Also on the links for the Yellow Jackets was Matt Smith (111) and Lake Fogerson (145).

Yellow Jackets back on the links today for a road match at Waterloo. Valmeyer is the host school today.

Yellow Jacket JV team falls to Vienna-Goreville 22-14

The Chester Yellow Jacket junior varsity football team dropped a BDC home game last night at W.O. Smith Field.

Chester fell to the visiting Vienna-Goreville Eagles 22-14.

Now (0-3) on the season, the JV team will head to Sesser Valier next Monday night.

Local athletes fare well at 2016 Popeye races

By Dr. Jim Beers

The 2016 Popeye 5K race and 5K competitive walk is in the books and local runners and competitive walkers fared very well. A total of 55 athletes from Chester and the surrounding area earned medals for their efforts.

This year proved to be a good year for local athletes to compete in the 3.1-mile run and 3.1-mile competitive walk. Numbers were down slightly and the weather cooperated to give runners and walkers great conditions in which to compete.

The rain held off and partly cloudy skies gave competitors protection from the hot sun. Temperatures were in the mid-60’s at race time and heated to the low 70’s when the sun did decide to shine.

The race started at 8:00 a.m. with Mayor Tom Pager welcoming the runners and walkers and blowing a very loud air horn to signal the official start. The 5K competitors, 100 in all, and the 5K competitive walkers, 27 total, began in front of Roughhouse Pizza, traveled to Chester High School and around the back of the school.

They then proceeded back up Swanwick Street, past the starting area and all the way down to the Randolph County Courthouse. From there they did a u-turn and re-traced their route back up to the finish line in front of Roughhouse again.

The top male runner was 35-year-old Kirk Kittell of St. Louis. He is the son of Chester’s Barb and Keith Kittell. Kirk finished with an overall time of 18:37. The top female runner was 28-year-old Chelsea Grither of Murphysboro. She finished the race with a winning time of 22:31.

Trophies were awarded to the top-5 male and female runners. Male trophy winners included Kittell and the other four top runners including Raiden Hofstetter of Odin, IL. He finished 2nd with a time of 19:34. Chester’s Jessie Snider finished 3rd with his time of 21:32. Another Chester native, Matt Seymour, finished 4th with a time of 21:54. The 5th finisher was a former Chesterite, Craig Ohlau. Craig now lives in Edwardsville. He finished with a time of 21:55.

In the female division, Marla Rathjen of Jacob was the runner-up with her time of 22:40. Heather Pautler of Daleville, Indiana finished 3rd with her time of 23:12. The 4th finisher was Jeanna Hammel of Campbell Hill. She is the daughter-in-law of Mitch and Kandy Hammel of Chester. Her time was 24:23. Finally, Melanie (Gilbert) Kirincich, formerly from Chester, finished 5th, with a time of 25:11.

There were 56 women and 44 men entered in the 5K race for a total of 100 competitors. Medals were presented to the top-3 finishers after top-5 awards were taken out. Of the medals awarded, 41 were earned by local competitors.

Female medals were won by the following local competitors. (14 and under): Breanna Brigham, 13, of Ellis grove. 2nd, 27:46. (15-19): Katherine Kerkhover, 19, of Chester. 1st, 25:40. Emma Nazar, 15, of Park Ridge, IL. She is the niece of Steve and Sue Colonel. 2nd, 27:16. (20-24): Holly Hartman, 21, of Chester. 1st, 29:58. (25-29): Tara Ticer, 27, of Chester. 1st, 25:28. Emily Arbeiter, 28, of St. Louis (formerly from Chester). 2nd, 27:24. Michele Rust, 29, of Chester. 3rd, 27:59.

(30-34): Sara Hammel, 32, of Chester. 1st, 33:05. Stacey Quintana, 33, of Chester. 44:16. (35-39): Kristi Thiers, 39, of Rockwood. 2nd, 26:59. Kelly Maue, 37, of Chester. 3rd, 27:09. (40-44): Lora Wolters, 44, of Steeleville. 2nd, 28:52. (45-49): Loretta Fondaw, 45, of Steeleville. 1st, 27:54. Dawn Turner, 46, of Chester. 2nd, 32:33. Angie Nordmeyer, 48, of Chester. 3rd, 34:19.

(50-54): Amy Burt, 54, of Carbondale (formerly of Chester. 1st, 28:33. Kathy Runge, 50, of La Vergne, TN. (formerly of Chester). 2nd, 31:48. (55-59): Renee Statler, 56, of Perryville. 1st, 28:19. (60-64): Kathy Lowry, 63, of Chester. 1st, 30:24. Jill Arbeiter, 60, of Chester. 2nd, 33:00.

In the male division there were 44 runners. Age group awards included: (14-under): Trent Bierman, 14, of Chester. 1st, 24:34. Koby Jany, 11, of Chester. 2nd, 26:08. (15-19): Gage McQuade, 16, of Chester. 1st, 23:04. (20-24): Ed Kerkhover, 21, of Chester. 1st, 23:12. (25-29): Ryon Gibbs, 28, of Chester. 1st, 26:17. Nathan Decker, 29, of Chester. 2nd, 31:57.

(30-34): Josh Chambers, 31, of Chester. 1st, 23:12. Logan Trochn, 32, of Ellis Grove. 2nd, 28:30. Jason Fernandez, 32, of Chester. 3rd, 31:37. (35-39): Grady Misselhorn, 39, of Chester. 1st, 22:08. Jason Helmers, 37, of Rockwood. 2nd, 24:52. Shawn Bert, 36, of Ellis Grove. 3rd, 25:17.

(45-49): Patrick Huether, 48, of Sparta. 1st, 23:49. Grant Deterding, 45, of Rockwood. 2nd, 30:10. (50-54): Brad Runge, 50, of La Vergne, TN. 1st, 22:53. (60-64): Keith Kittell, 61, of Chester. 1st, 23:42. Rich Bauer, 62, of Steeleville. 2nd, 24:08.

There were a total of 27 competitors in the 5K competitive walk; 20 were female and seven were male. In the female division, the following local walkers earned medals: (24-under): Kailyn Absher, 12, of Chester. 1st, 40:37. Hannah Kerkhover, 14, of Chester. 2nd, 40:52. Maleia Absher, 11, of Chester. 3rd, 48:46.

(25-35): Bethany Berner, 31, of Chester. 1st, 41:15. Lacey Hartman, 25, of Chester. 2nd, 44:28. Jessica McAdams, 26, of Nashville, TN. (formerly of Chester). 3rd, 47:52. (36-45): Joanie Heffernan, 43, of Chester. 1st, 41:15. Deborah Hudson, 42, of Perryville. 2nd, 56:57. (46-55): Terri Hartman, 52, of Chester. 2nd, 44:56. (56-69): Susan Berner, 61, of Chester. 2nd, 42:25.

In the male division there were seven walkers. Two local walkers earned medals including: (24 and under): Brayden Absher, 9, of Chester. 1st, 48:46, and (36-45): Christopher Heck, 36, of Perryville. 1st, 56:59.

Following the race all participants were invited to go to the Buena Vista Bank Parking lot where there were refreshments and attendance prizes given out via random drawings.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Golding and Lang lead Yellow Jackets to 32-14 road win at Vienna-Goreville

Instead of blowing out birthday candles Saturday, Yellow Jacket senior Jacob Golding was chasing down Eagles.

Vienna-Goreville Eagles that is.

Golding recorded a team high 13 tackles including two quarterback sacks to help the Chester Yellow Jackets to a 32-14 win in Johnson County.

Chester (2-1, 2-1) will host Sesser Valier Waltonville Woodlawn this Friday night 7pm at W.O. Smith Field.

In addition to Golding's defensive performance, fellow senior Chris Lang scored four touchdowns while rushing for 185 yards on 12 carries.

Chester got on the board first thanks to a gift from the Eagles. VG quarterback Logyn Frassato attempted to pitch the ball on the option but was hit just before the release. The ball popped up in the air and into the arms of sophomore Drake Bollman who returned it some 45 yards for the touchdown. Chester led 6-0.

Lang scored two of his four touchdowns in a 2:23 span in the second quarter. The first was a 40 yard run with 4:30 left in the half and the second was a 45 yard run with 2:07 left. The Yellow Jackets took an 18-0 lead at the intermission.

Lang scored his third touchdown with 1:49 into the second half, a six yard run. Golding added the two-point conversion and Chester led 26-0.

The Eagles scored one of their two touchdowns with 4:15 left in the third. Nolan Dahncke intercepted a Nick Meyer pass and returned it 21 yards. The extra point was good and the Eagles trailed 26-8.

Then with 1:52 left in the third, Lang scored his fourth and final touchdown, a 5-yard run which gave Chester a 32-8 lead.

The Eagles' final score came with 9:46 when Peyton Massey scored from two-yards out. The extra point was good by Hugo Quintana.

Final score - Chester 32, Vienna-Goreville 14.

The Yellow Jackets racked up 404 yards of total offense, 382 of which came on the ground.

In addition to Lang's 185 yard outburst, Nick Meyer finished with 83 yards on eight carries, Demontae Martin had 46 yards on four attempts, Curt Meyer had 14 yards on four carries and Nick Heffernan had 12 yards on two attempts.

Curt Meyer was 1-for-4 passing for eight yards. Nick Meyer was 1-for-2 for 14 yards. Both completed passes were caught by Savion Smith.

Chester held the Eagles to just 130 yards of total offense.

Golding led the defense with 13 tackles while Joe Stahlheber had 11. Drake Bollman and Chase Colvis each had eight while Nick Heffernan had six.

Two members of Lady Yellow Jacket cross country team run at Peoria

Two members of the Chester Lady Yellow Jacket cross country team participated in the huge "First to the Finish" Cross Country meet held at Detweiler Park in Peoria Saturday.

Juniors Taylor Dunning and Jessica Kattenbraker were among 409 girls running in the Class A race.

Dunning finished 58th overall with a time of 21:40.6. Kattenbraker's time of 22:14.6 was good enough for 81st overall.

The two will join the rest of their team and the boys’ team Tuesday for the Sparta Invitational meet which will begin at 4pm.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Schweizer and McMath lead Lady Yellow Jackets to home opening win

The Chester Lady Yellow Jackets opened the home and conference portion of their 2016 season Thursday night with a 25-20, 25-13 win over Christopher.

Chester (5-1, 1-0) will head to Campbell Hill Tuesday night for a meeting with the BDC West defending champions, the Trico Lady Pioneers.

"Hannah Schweizer had some kills out of the middle that dropped the jaw of many fans," said Chester coach Chad Koenegstein. "Especially those who have not seen us play in awhile. Her effort in the gym is definitely paying off but the season is just beginning and our girls have their eyes set on huge goals."

Schweizer and Alexis McMath each had six kills to pace Chester. Haley Middendorf had five while Katie Hoffman and Maddie Hoffman each had four.

Sophomore Carlee Weir dished out 25 assists.

Senior Libero Alyssa Keith led Chester in digs with nine while Schweizer, McMath, Middendorf and Weir each had four.

McMath led in blocks with two.

Schweizer and M. Hoffman each had three ace serves.

"After the game," said Koenegstein "many fans commented on how good we looked. I would have to agree with them. We do have moments of excellence. However, we are only as good as our consistency. Something we have not mastered, yet. However, it is early and we have a lot of ball to play. When this team becomes consistent, I will put no limits on them. They feed off of that continuous energy and trust that everyone will do their part every play. That is why I am so passionate about the sport. Trusting in others' ability and integrity. It doesn't get much better than that."

The Lady Yellow Jacket JV team opened their season with a 25-9, 22-25, 12-15 loss to Christopher.

"I really enjoyed watching our JV play for the first time," said Koenegstein. "We came out very strong with a line up that we had never even used in practice before. So, it was fun to see them adjust. Our practices are usually so intense, it can be hard to play JV level ball."

Grace Stec and Lauryn Vasquez led the JV in kills, each recording eight. Lauren Welge finished with six while Tayler Howie had four.

Ashtyn Jany led in assists with 12 while Welge had 10. Carlee Weir had six.

Freshman Kayla Bert led in digs with four. Welge and Howie each had three while Weir, Katie Hoffman, Maddie Hoffman and Caitlin Roberts each had two.

Stec recorded the JV's only block.

Vasquez and Howie each had four ace serves while Stec finished with three.

"Freshman actually led us in every stat tonight which is awesome for the future of Chester Volleyball," said Koenegstein. "Grace Stec and Lauryn Vasquez hit extremely well tonight for 8 kills each (3 and 4 aces respectively) while Ashtyn Jany set for 12 assists and Kayla Bert led the defense with 4 digs. This JV team will be fun to watch develop over the course of the season."

Modglin's round of 41 leads boys’ golf team to fourth place finish at Nashville

Bay Modglin's round of 41 led the Chester Yellow Jacket boys’ golf team to a fourth place finish Thursday at the Nashville Invitational.

The tournament began with threatening skies which would eventually lead to a rain delay which lasted around 30 minutes.

Pleasant Plains finished first with a team score of 166 followed by Breese (Mater Dei) (170), Nashville (173) and Chester (183).

In addition to Modglin's round of 41, Brennan White turned in a round of 43, Jacob Wingerter finished with a round of 48 and Trent Doiron carded a round of 51.

Lake Fogerson was also on the links for the Yellow Jackets and finished with a round of 64.

Yellow Jackets return to the golf links Monday afternoon at the Union County Country Club for the weather-delayed Anna Jonesboro Wildcat Invitational. Tee time is 1pm.

Freshmen football drops season opener at Sparta 62-0

The Yellow Jacket freshmen football team dropped their official season opener Thursday night on the road.

Chester fell to the host Sparta Bulldogs 62-0 on a rainy night at Pierce Field.

Next up, the Yellow Jacket freshmen will head to Sesser Valier next Thursday for a meeting with the Red Devils.

Kickoff is set for 6:15pm.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Golf teams host Sparta Tuesday at Chester Country Club

The Chester High School boys and girls golf teams hosted the Sparta Bulldogs for golf matches Tuesday at the Chester Country Club.

In the boys match, Chester defeated Sparta 189-193. Bay Modglin and Brennan White each fired four-over-par rounds of 40 to pace the Yellow Jackets to the win.

Trent Doiron turned in a round of 54, Jacob Wingerter carded a round of 55 while Lake Fogerson turned in a round of 62.

Also on the links for Chester was Clay Herrell who turned in an afternoon round of 64.

In the girls match, the Lady Yellow Jackets finished with a team score of 205 while Sparta didn’t have enough for an official team score.

Emily Tudor fired off a 10-over-par round of 46 to lead Chester. Jackie Hopkins carded a round of 50.

Alyse Vasquez turned in a round of 53 while Hanna Bert finished her nine holes of golf with a score of 56.

Also on the links for Chester were Katie Liefer (65), Mallory Vasquez (69) and Parker Knippa (73).

The boys golf team will return to the links Thursday at the Nashville Invitational. Tee time is 4pm.

The girls are off until next Tuesday when they travel to Marissa for a 4pm tee time.

Lady Yellow Jackets finish first, Yellow Jackets sixth at Benton XC meet

The Chester Lady Yellow Jackets finished first while the Yellow Jackets finished sixth Tuesday in their respective meets as part of the Benton Six+ Cross Country meet.

Chester finished with 42 points winning the girls race followed by Hamilton County (60), West Frankfort (90) and the host Rangerettes (104). Pope County and Webber Township didn't have enough runners for an official team score.

Lady Yellow Jacket Jessica Kattenbraker finished third overall with a time of 21:57. Taylor Dunning finished fifth with a time of 23:16 while Shea Petrowske finished sixth with a time of 23:47.

Also cracking the top 10 was freshman Avery Runge who finished 10th with a time of 24:58.

Also running for the Lady Yellow Jackets were Jocelyn Landeros (18th, 28:50), Ellen Blechle (19th, 28:54) and Adeline Blechle (22nd, 29:36).

In the boys’ race, Hamilton County took first with 21 points followed by Benton (59), West Frankfort (76), Vienna (103), Pope County (158), Chester (178) and Galatia (271).

Josh Haberberger finished 20th overall for Chester's top performance with a time of 19:59.

Jakob Cushman finished 29th with a time of 21:32. Mitchell Colonel finished 37th with a time of 22:40. Lance Bohnert's time of 23:14 was good enough for 41st overall.

Ronin Doiron finished 51st for the Yellow Jackets with a time of 25:02.

The cross country teams are off until next Tuesday when they'll run in the Sparta Invitational at 4pm.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Yellow Jackets pick up first win, blank Hamilton County 44-0

Chris Lang scored two touchdowns while Jake Golding had 120 yards rushing and a touchdown to help lead the Chester Yellow Jackets to a 44-0 rout Friday night of the Hamilton County Foxes at W.O. Smith Field.

Chester (1-1) will head to Vienna-Goreville this Saturday for a 1pm meeting against the Eagles.

Yellow Jacket quarterback Nick Meyer, playing for injured brother Curt, opened the scoring for Chester late in the first quarter. Meyer scored on an eight-yard run and added the two-point conversion to give Chester an 8-0 lead.

In the second, Meyer connected with Demontae Martin on a 43-yard touchdown pass with 5:07 left. Then with 1:46 left, Lang scored the first of his two touchdowns on a three-yard run. Meyer added the two-point conversion and Chester led 22-0 at half.

Golding scored his touchdown on a three-yard run on the first play in the fourth quarter. Meyer connected with Lang for the two-point conversion.

Lang scored his second touchdown with 8:27 left in the game, this one a 20-yard run. Meyer connected with Savion Smith for the two-point conversion to give Chester a 38-0 lead.

Then Smith scored on a five-yard run with 3:35 left to give Chester a 44-0 lead which would eventually be the final score.

The Yellow Jackets racked up 447 yards of total offense, 354 of which came on the ground.

Golding led the ground attack with his 120 yards on 12 carries. Lang finished with 94 yards on 15 attempts while Martin finished with 71 yards on nine carries.

Nick Meyer was 3-for-10 passing, completing a pass to Martin (43), Lang (32) and Smith (18).

Golding led the defense again this week with 11 tackles. Nick Heffernan had nine, William Morefield had seven and Joe Stahlheber had six.

The only black eye from the game Friday was penalties again. Chester was whistled 10 times for 107 yards. In two games, Chester has 208 yards in penalties.

The Yellow Jackets racked up 28 first downs while HamCo was held to just two.