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Friday, December 2, 2016

Two members of Lady Yellow Jacket Cross Country team named All South

Two members of the Chester Lady Yellow Jacket Cross Country team have received post-season honors.

Juniors Taylor Dunning and Jessica Kattenbraker were chosen for the 2016 All South Cross Country teams by the Southern Illinois Coaches Association.

Dunning was selected to the first team while Kattenbraker was chosen for the second team.

At the state finals last month in Peoria, Dunning finished 94th overall with a time of 19:41 while Kattenbraker finished 120th overall with a time of 20:07.

At the regional meet, Dunning finished fifth with a time of 20:52 while Kattenbraker finished seventh with a time of 20:29.

At the BDC Championships, Kattenbraker finished second overall with a time of 20:58 while Dunning was 10th with a time of 23:34.

Congrats to both ladies for being chosen to the All South squads.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Big third quarter lifts Yellow Jackets to 55-44 win over Red Bud

A big third quarter by the Chester Yellow Jackets proved to be the difference Wednesday in their 55-44 win over Red Bud at the Trico Tournament.

The tournament will take tonight off. The Yellow Jackets (3-0) to play county rival Sparta at 8:30pm.

Red Bud led 11-6 after the first quarter however; the Yellow Jackets outscored the Musketeers 17-11 in the second to trail 23-22 at the intermission.

In the third, Chester outscored Red Bud 24-15 thanks inpart to three 3-pointers by Demonte Martin. Chester hit five of their six 3-pointers in the third quarter.

The Yellow Jackets took a 47-37 lead heading to the fourth.

Martin led Chester with 13 points. Savion Smith had 11 while Jake Golding finished with 10 points.

Jack Weir (7), Jake Haberberger (6), Josh Haberberger (5) and Drake Bollman (3) also scored for Chester. Colin Wingerter and Nick Heffernan both saw action but didn't score.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Golding's 13 point performance leads Chester to 78-24 win over Shawnee at Trico

The only thing you really need to know from Chester's win over Shawnee Tuesday night is that all 12 players scored for the Yellow Jackets and Shawnee is rebuilding.

Jake Golding led all scorers with a game high 13 points Tuesday night as the Yellow Jackets beat the Redskins 78-24 during night two of the Trico Invitational Tournament.

Chester (2-0) will play Red Bud tonight at 7pm as the tournament continues.

The Yellow Jackets jumped out to a 25-5 lead after the first quarter and never looked back.

Chester took a 51-9 lead to the locker room at halftime after outscoring Shawnee 51-9.

If you were sitting on the Chester bench, you had to be ready to enter the game at any moment as Coach Brad Norman had his team resembling a hockey team with as many changes as he was making.

Chester led 66-16 heading to the fourth.

In addition to Golding's 13 point performance, Nick Heffernan finished with 12 points, Josh Haberberger had 11 points while Savion Smith joined in the double-digit scoring fun with 10 points.

Demonate Martin (6), Jack Weir (6), Jake Haberberger (4), Drake Bollman (4), Ian Reith (4), Ryan Absher (4), Colin Wingerter (2) and Jake Cushman (2) all scored for Chester.

Lady Yellow Jackets snap three-game skid with 47-35 road win at Gibault

The Chester Lady Yellow Jackets snapped a three-game losing streak Tuesday with a 47-35 road win at Waterloo (Gibault).

Chester (4-4) will return to conference play Saturday when they host Sesser Valier Waltonville at 2:30pm in Colbert Gym.

The Lady Hawks held a 10-8 lead after the first quarter but Chester took control in the second. The Lady Yellow Jackets outscored Gibault 10-3 to take an 18-13 lead at halftime.

Chester then outscored Gibault 14-8 in the third to take a 32-21 lead heading to the fourth.

Destiny Williams led Chester with a game high 16 points. Kaitlyn Dillow added 12 points while Logan Colvis finished with 11.

Carlee Weir and Emily Tudor each finished with four points.

Meanwhile, the Lady Yellow Jacket JV team lost to Gibault 49-46 in overtime.

Abby Myers hit a three-pointer with :03 seconds left in regulation to send the game to the extra period.

Freshman Grace Stec led Chester with a game high 19 points, 12 of which came in the fourth quarter and overtime period. Katy Liefer finished with 17 points for the JV team.

Myers finished with seven points. Audrey Hopper added two points while Hayven Donnell finished with one point.

The JV team (1-1) will host Sesser Valier Waltonville Saturday afternoon at 1pm in Colbert Gym.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Weir leads trio of double-digit scorers as Chester beats Steeleville 61-54 in season opener

Senior Jack Weir led a trio of double-digit scorers Monday night as the Yellow Jackets beat Steeleville 61-54 in the season opener at the Trico Invitational Round-Robin Tournament.

Chester (1-0) will play Shawnee tonight at 5:30pm as the tournament continues.

The game was tied 11-11 after the first quarter. Chester outscored the Warriors 11-9 in the second to take a 22-20 lead the locker room at the intermission.

Chester led 40-30 heading to the fourth.

Both offenses came alive in the final eight minutes as the two teams combined for 45 points with the Warriors outscoring Chester 24-21 but Steeleville couldn’t overcome the 10-point deficit.

Weir led all scorers with a game high 23 points for Chester. Savion Smith and Demontae Martin each had 12 points.

Jake Golding finished with five points while Jake Haberberger, Josh Haberberger and Nick Heffernan each had three points.

Owen Gross led Steeleville with 16 points while Reid Frederking and R.J. Smith each had 14 points.

Strong second half by Vienna dooms Lady Yellow Jackets in conference opener 60-44

What was a one-point Chester lead at halftime ended up being a 16 point defeat as the Vienna Lady Eagles used a strong second half and beat the Lady Yellow Jackets 60-44 Monday night at Daniel Colbert Memorial Gym.

Chester (3-4, 0-1) will head to Waterloo (Gibault) tonight for a non-conference meeting with the Lady Hawks.

Chester led 17-14 after the first quarter and took that one-point lead, 28-27, to the locker room at the popcorn pause.

But the second half belonged to Vienna.

The Lady Eagles outscored Chester 19-7 in the third to take a 46-35 lead heading to the fourth. In the final eight minutes, Vienna outscored Chester 14-9 en route to the win.

Freshman Destiny Williams led Chester with 16 points, the only Lady Yellow Jacket to reach double-digit scoring.

Emily Tudor finished with nine points while Kaitlyn Dillow had eight points. Carlee Weir had seven points while Logan Colvis had four.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Lady Yellow Jackets drop home opener to Sparta 49-44 Monday

Even though it was the Lady Yellow Jackets home opener, the Sparta Lady Bulldogs felt right at home Monday as they beat Chester 49-44.

Chester (3-3) will host Vienna next Monday night for the conference opener.

Sparta raced out to a 21-8 lead after the game's first eight minutes and never looked back en route to the win. Chester had just defeated Sparta last week of the Lady Bulldog's home court during their basketball tournament.

Sparta led 29-17 at the intermission and took a 43-28 lead to the fourth quarter.

Chester outscored the Lady Bulldogs 16-6 in the final eight minutes but couldn't overcome the huge first quarter deficit.

Carlee Weir led Chester with a game high 24 points. Freshman Destiny Williams added 10 points in the loss.

Logan Colvis (7), Abby Myers (2) and Emily Tudor (1) also scored for Chester.

Meanwhile, Chester won the JV game over Sparta 27-26 to open their season.

The JV (1-0) will host Vienna next Monday night.

Chester led 14-9 at the intermission but then Sparta outscored Chester 15-6 in the third quarter to take a 24-20 lead heading to the fourth.

The Lady Yellow Jackets rallied for the win after outscoring Sparta 7-2 in the fourth quarter.

Katy Liefer led Chester with 10 points. Abby Myers finished with six points while Grace Stec and Hayven Donnell each had four points. Audrey Hopper finished with three points.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Lady Yellow Jackets finish third at Sparta after suffering 45-42 loss to Red Bud Saturday

The Chester Lady Yellow Jackets couldn’t hold on to a three-point halftime lead and lost to Red Bud 45-42 Saturday night in the final night of action at the annual Sparta Girls Invitational Tournament.

Chester finished in third place behind tournament champions Sesser Valier and Red Bud. Now 3-2 on the young season, the Lady Yellow Jackets will host Sparta tonight for the home opener in Daniel Colbert Gym on Rocky Bridges Court. JV game tips at 6:15pm, varsity to follow.

Chester led 12-9 after the first quarter and took a 24-21 lead to the locker room at halftime.

But in the third, Red Bud outscored Chester 14-11 to send the game to the fourth quarter tied 35-35.

In the final quarter, Red Bud outscored Chester 10-7 en route to the win.

Destiny Williams led Chester with 13 points, the only Lady Yellow Jacket to reach double-digit scoring. Alexis McMath and Emily Tudor each had eight points while Carlee Weir finished with five points.

Logan Colvis and Kaitlyn Dillow each had four points for Chester in the loss.

Dillow and Williams combined for 32 points in Lady Yellow Jackets’ win over Steeleville

Kaitlyn Dillow and Destiny Williams combined for 32 points Friday night as the Chester Lady Yellow Jackets beat the Steeleville Lady Warriors 42-34 at the Sparta Girls Invitational Tournament.

The Lady Yellow Jackets led 14-8 after the first quarter and took a 25-17 lead to the locker room at halftime after outscoring the Lady Warriors 12-9 in the second quarter.

Chester led 35-27 heading to the fourth.

Williams scored a game high 17 points for Chester while Dillow finished with 15 points. Logan Colvis tossed in four points.

Carlee Weir, Alexis McMath and Emily Tudor each had two points for the Lady Yellow Jackets in the win.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Chester’s Bay Modglin unanimous choice for boys All South golf team

Bay Modglin can add more hardware to that ever-growing trophy case.

On Thursday, the Yellow Jacket senior golfer was a unanimous choice to the Southern Illinois Coaches Association’s All South Boys Golf Team.

Modglin finished 14th last month at the Class 1A Boys State Golf Finals at the Prairie Vista Golf Course in Bloomington.

Last year, he finished 94th at the state finals where he shot a two-day total of 193. This year, his two-day total was 157.

Modglin's 14th place finish is the best finish ever in the history of the Yellow Jacket golf program at CHS.

Earlier this season, Modglin fired off a round of three-over-par 74 at the Franklin County Country Club at West Frankfort to win the Black Diamond Conference championship.

At the regional, Modglin tied for low medalist with a 75 but then lost a tie-breaker on the second hole.

Modglin fired a six-over-par 78 and finished fourth at the IHSA sectional hosted by the Quail Creek Country Club in Robinson, IL to advance to the state finals.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Carlee Weir’s 16 point performance leads Chester past Sparta 51-44 at Sparta Tournament

Carlee Weir pour in 16 points Wednesday night to lead the Chester Lady Yellow Jackets to a 51-44 win over the Sparta Lady Bulldogs in night three of the 27th annual Sparta Lady Bulldog Invitational Tournament.

Chester (2-1) will play Steeleville Friday night at 5:30pm as the tournament continues. The tournament will take tonight off before wrapping up on Friday and Saturday.

Chester led 11-8 after the first quarter and held a 27-25 lead at the intermission after Sparta outscored the Lady Yellow Jackets 19-14 in the second quarter.

Chester led 41-35 heading to the fourth.

Weir was 8-for-14 from the foul line with 13 attempts coming in the fourth quarter. She was the only Lady Yellow Jacket to reach double-digit scoring.

Kaitlyn Dillow and Destiny Williams each had nine points. Alexis McMath and Emily Tudor each had six points while Logan Colvis finished with five points.

Three members of Lady Yellow Jacket volleyball team named All-South

Three members of the 28-3 Chester Lady Yellow Jacket volleyball team have received All-South honors.

The three are seniors Hannah Schweizer and Alyssa Keith along with sophomore Carlee Weir.

Schweizer was named the Black Diamond Conference West Division Most Valuable Player recently. She recorded 244 kills, 30 blocks and 162 digs while helping Chester to a school record for wins in a season. She also served up 46 ace serves and had a hitting percentage of .309.

Keith recorded a team high 301 digs this season. She had 35 ace serves, 52 kills and played in 66 sets. She recorded a season high 22 digs against Trico on September 29.

Weir recorded a blistering 703 assists during the season for the Lady Yellow Jackets. She also had 150 digs, 51 kills and 45 ace serves. She had a season high 44 assists in a match with Trico on September 29.

Keith and Weir were also named to the BDC’s West Division All Conference Team.

Yellow Jacket boys’ basketball team to open season November 28 at Trico Tournament

The Chester Yellow Jacket boys’ basketball team will open up their season with five games in six days again this year as they’re among the field at the Trico Invitational Tournament.

Chester is among the six schools entered in this year’s tournament. Besides the host Pioneers, the remaining schools include Sparta, Red Bud, Steeleville and Shawnee.

Chester will begin play on Monday, November 28 at 8:30pm against Steeleville and then turn around and play in the first game of Tuesday’s session at 5:30pm against Shawnee.

The Yellow Jackets will play Red Bud on Wednesday, November 30 at 7:30pm.

The tournament will take Thursday, December 1 off. Play resumes on Friday, December 2 as the Yellow Jackets will play Sparta in the nightcap at 8:30pm.

The final day of the tournament will be Saturday, December 4 and the Yellow Jackets will wrap up the tournament against the host Pioneers at 7:30pm.

The Yellow Jackets are the defending Trico Tournament champions.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Third quarter dooms Lady Yellow Jackets in loss to Sesser Valier

A big third quarter by the Sesser Valier Waltonville Lady Devils proved to be the difference Tuesday night.

Sesser Valier Waltonville outscored Chester 27-2 in the third to blow open, what was a close contest, en route to a 58-27 win over the Lady Yellow Jackets at the Sparta Girls Basketball Tournament.

Chester (1-1) will return to the tournament tonight to play the host Lady Bulldogs at 8:30pm at Dwight Fulton Gym in Sparta as the tournament moves into the third night of action.

Sesser jumped out to a 13-5 lead after the first quarter but Chester trimmed the lead down to three points at halftime, after outscoring the Lady Devils 13-8 in the second. Chester trailed 21-18.

After the big third quarter by Sesser Valier Waltonville, Chester trailed 48-20 heading to the fourth.

Freshman Destiny Williams led Chester with 10 points. Kaitlyn Dillow finished with eight while Alexis McMath had seven points.

Logan Colvis and Abby Myers were each 1-for-2 from the foul line for one point a piece.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Freshman Williams’ 22-point performance leads Chester past Trico in season opener

Lady Yellow Jacket freshman Destiny Williams scored a game high 22 points in her first varsity high school basketball game and helped the Chester Lady Yellow Jackets to a 56-22 win over Trico at Sparta.

Monday was the opening night of the 27th annual Sparta Girls Invitational Tournament. Chester (1-0) will play conference rival Sesser Valier tonight at 8:30pm as the tournament continues.

Chester jumped out to a 17-9 lead after the first quarter and built a 28-16 lead at the intermission after outscoring the Lady Pioneers 11-7 in the second.

Chester took a 39-20 lead heading to the fourth before outscoring Trico 17-2 in the final eight minutes.

In addition to Williams’ 22 point performance, Carlee Weir also reached double digit scoring with 11 points.

Kaitlyn Dillow (8), Alexis McMath (7), Logan Colvis (4) and Emily Tudor (2) also scored for Chester in the win.

Six members of Yellow Jacket football team named to all conference teams

Six members of the 4-5 Yellow Jacket football team have been named to the various all conference teams in the Black Diamond Conference.

Chester’s lone first team member is senior Jake Golding who was named first team defense by the opposing coaches in the BDC.

Golding played in all nine games for Chester this past season. He recorded 30 solo tackles and 36 assists. The senior finished with 6.5 sacks this season.

Chris Lang (RB) and Savion Smith (End) were chosen second team offense while Nick Heffernan (LB) was named to the second team defense.

Lang recorded 589 yards of rushing on 89 attempts this past season for Chester. He also had six pass receptions for 104 yards. Smith had 13 catches for 273 yards and also rushed the ball seven times for 85 yards. Heffernan finished with 72 tackles for Chester, 29 solos and 43 assists.

Named Honorable Mention was lineman Brady Kelkhoff and quarterback Nick Meyer.

Eldorado’s Payton Price was chosen as the conference’s MVP. Jake Simon of Carmi-White County was voted as Offensive Captain while Johnston City’s Luca Gualdoni was chosen a Defensive Captain.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Meet and Greet the CHS basketball players this Thursday night

The Chester High School boys and girls basketball teams will host a meet and greet this Thursday night at the high school.

Fans are encouraged to come out to Colbert Gym on Thursday night at 6pm to meet both the boys and girls basketball players.

The cost to attend is either a bottle of sports drink or $1.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Five members of BDC West Champs named to all conference team

Five members of the Chester Lady Yellow Jacket volleyball team have been voted to the all-conference team of the Black Diamond Conference's West Division.

The five are seniors Alexis McMath, Haley Middendorf, Alyssa Keith and Hannah Schweizer along with sophomore Carlee Weir.

The Lady Yellow Jackets won the school's first conference championship in volleyball this past season with a perfect record of 12-0.

They finished the season 28-3 which is also tops in the history of the Lady Yellow Jacket volleyball program.

During the volleyball banquet, senior Hannah Schweizer was introduced as the team's Most Valuable Player.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Lady Yellow Jacket basketball season opens Monday at Sparta Tournament

The Lady Yellow Jacket basketball season will tip off on Monday as play begins in the 27th annual Sparta Girls Invitational Basketball Tournament.

The tournament expanded to six teams this year with the addition of Chester and Steeleville. The other four schools include Sesser Valier, Red Bud, Trico and the host Lady Bulldogs.

The round-robin tournament will be played on five nights at Dwight Fulton Gym at Sparta High School.

The tournament opens on Monday, November 14 with Sesser Valier played Red Bud at 5:30pm, Chester will play Trico at 7pm and Sparta and Steeleville will play at 8:30pm.

On Tuesday, November 15, Sparta and Trico will meet in the session opener at 5:30pm followed by Red Bud and Steeleville at 7pm while Chester will play Sesser Valier at 8:30pm.

On Wednesday, November 16, Red Bud meets Trico at 5:30pm. Sesser Valier takes on Steeleville at 7pm and Sparta and Chester battle at 8:30pm.

The tournament will take Thursday, November 17 off. Play resumes on Friday, November 18 with Steeleville and Chester at 5:30pm. Red Bud plays Sparta at 7pm while Sesser Valier meets Trico at 8:30pm.

The final night of the tournament, Saturday, November 19, will see Chester and Red Bud play at 5:30pm. Trico and Steeleville meet at 7pm while the tournament finale will see Sparta and Sesser Valier play at 8:30pm.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Lady Yellow Jacket XC team finishes 26th at Class 1A State Finals

The Chester Lady Yellow Jackets finished in 26th place Saturday at the Girls Class 1A Cross Country State Finals held in Peoria.

Chester finished with 636 points.

Junior Taylor Dunning finished 94th overall with a time of 19:41 while fellow junior Jessica Kattenbraker finished 120th overall with a time of 20:07.

Freshman Avery Runge finished with a time of 22:01, good enough for 194th overall while Addie Blechle finished 197th overall with a time of 23:35.

Shea Petrowske's time of 23:06 was good enough for 203rd place.

Sophomore Elizabeth Soellner finished the course with a time of 26:49 which placed her in 213th place. Senior Ellen Blechle finished with 214th place with a time of 26:49.

St. Joseph-Ogden won the state championship with 100 points.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Lady Yellow Jacket XC heading to State after fifth place finish at Sectionals

For the first time since 1989 and only the second time in school history according to the IHSA, the Chester Lady Yellow Jackets are heading to the Class 1A State Cross Country Finals after a fifth place finish at the sectional meet at SIU Edwardsville Saturday.

Freeburg won the sectional title with 52 points followed by Breese (Mater Dei) (67), Nashville (143), Du Quoin (190) and Chester (212). The top five teams advance to the state finals.

Other teams at the sectional meet, in order, included Belleville (Althoff) (226), Okawville (231), Red Bud (231), Roxana (237), Pinckneyville (247), Carterville (247) and Carmi-White County (258).

Jessica Kattenbraker finished ninth overall with a time of 21:06 while Taylor Dunning finished 13th with a time of 21:18.

Freshman Avery Runge finished 53rd overall with a time of 23:37.

Shea Petrowske finished 68th with a time of 24:33, just two second ahead of teammate Addie Blechle who finished with a time of 24:35, good enough for 69th.

Ellen Blechle finished 118th with a time of 30:27, just two seconds ahead of teammate Elizabeth Soellner whose time of 30:29 placed her 119th.

The state finals will be held Saturday, November 5 at Detweiller Park in Peoria.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Lady Yellow Jackets upset in volleyball regional semis by Red Bud

The best season in Lady Yellow Jacket volleyball history came to a disappointing end Tuesday night in Daniel Colbert Memorial Gym.

Chester was stunned by Red Bud in the semifinal round of the Chester Class 2A regional to end their season with a record of 28-3.

Red Bud advanced to the regional championship with a 25-15, 25-27, 25-23 win over the host Lady Yellow Jackets. The Lady Musketeers will play top seed Waterloo (Gibault) Thursday night at 6pm for the right to move on to the Pinckneyville sectional.

Playing in her final match as a Lady Yellow Jacket, Hannah Schweizer led Chester in blocks with 13. Katie Hoffman had six while Alexis McMath and Maddie Hoffman each had five.

Carlee Weir dished out 30 assists in the match.

Senior Alyssa Keith recorded 19 digs to pace Chester. Schweizer and Haley Middendorf each had nine while McMath had four.

K. Hoffman led in blocks with three while Schweizer, Weir and M. Hoffman each had two.

Schweizer and Middendorf each had two ace serves while M. Hoffman had one.

It was the final match for seniors Alyssa Keith, Alexis McMath, Haley Middendorf and Hannah Schweizer as a member of the Lady Yellow Jacket volleyball team.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Lady Yellow Jacket XC heading to sectional round; season over for boys

The Chester Lady Yellow Jacket cross-country team has advanced to the sectional round of the Class 1A state tournament while the season ended for the Yellow Jackets Saturday at the Chester Class 1A Regional held at the Randolph County Conservation Area.

Nashville won the girls race with 64 points followed by Okawville (94), Du Quoin (103), Chester (112), Pinckneyville (118), Carterville (118) and Red Bud (122). Those seven schools all advanced to the next round.

Other schools participating Saturday included Steeleville (161), Valmeyer (215) and Murphysboro (248).

Chester's top performance was turned in by junior Taylor Dunning who finished fifth with a time of 20:52. Fellow junior Jessica Kattenbraker finished seventh with a time of 20:29.

Freshman Avery Runge finished 26th with a time of 22:49.

Also running for Chester was Shea Petrowske (26th, 23:38), Addie Blechle (38th, 23:43), Elizabeth Soellner (58th, 27:46) and Ellen Blechle (60th, 28:33).

Pinckneyville won the boys race with 50 points followed by Steeleville (68), Nashville (110), Red Bud (112), Murphysboro (142), Marissa (172) and Du Quoin (181). Those seven schools also advance to the sectionals next week.

Other schools included Waterloo (Gibault) (209), Carterville (235), Okawville (242), Sparta (249), Chester (301) and Cobden (371).

Josh Haberberger turned in Chester's top performance with a time of 19:25, good enough for 47th place.

Ronin Doiron finished 53rd with a time of 19:42. Jakob Cushman finished 61st with a time of 20:00, Joe Soellner finished 69th with a time of 20:42.

Also running for Chester was Lance Bohnert (71st, 21:23), Mitchell Colonel (79th, 23:12), and Chris Schweir (87th, 34:34).

The Lady Yellow Jackets will run at the Class 1A sectional meet this Saturday morning at Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville.

Football season ends with 50-36 Senior Night loss to Eldorado

The Chester Yellow Jacket football season came to an end Friday night on Senior Night at W.O. Smith Field.

For the first time since 2011 and only the second time since 2006, the Yellow Jackets failed to qualify for the playoffs after they lost to Eldorado 50-36 on Friday to finish the season with a record of 4-5.

However, the Yellow Jackets didn't go down without a fight and the game left fans wondering "what if."

Just 48 seconds into the game, the Eagles scored their first touchdown, a 62 yard run by Payton Price. The two-point conversion gave Eldorado an 8-0 lead.

After the Yellow Jackets went three-and-out on their first possession, the Eagles scored again. Eldorado capped off a six-play, 82 yard drive with a 54 yard run by Jacob Traxler with 6:41 left in the first.

Chester got on the board on a five-play, 65 yard drive capped off by a 43 yard run Jake Golding with 4:14 left in the quarter. Nick Meyer connected with Savion Smith on the conversion and the Yellow Jackets trailed 14-8.

The second quarter belonged to Eldorado as they scored three touchdowns to build a 36-8 lead at the intermission.

Eldorado scored on a 2-yard run by Price, a 5-yard run by Tre Vessel and another 9-yard run by Price to take a 28 point lead to the locker room at halftime.

The Yellow Jackets scored the only touchdown in the third quarter. Chester opened the drive with a 60 yard run by Golding and four plays later, N. Meyer scored from three yards out and the comeback was on.

In the fourth, the Yellow Jackets capped off a 20-play, 68 yard drive on a 1-yard run by N. Meyer. Chester now trailed 36-22.

After the Yellow Jacket defense forced Eldorado to punt, the Yellow Jackets capped off a six-play, 85 yard drive with a 37 yard touchdown pass from N. Meyer to Joe Stahlheber. The run failed but Chester was within eight, trailing 36-28.

The Eagles recovered the ensuring onside kick at the Chester 46 yard line. 3:15 minutes later, the Eagles scored on an 8-play drive with Vessel scoring on a 4 yard run.

Then 42 second later, Traxler intercepted a N. Meyer pass and returned it some 20 yards for the touchdown to give the Eagles a 50-28 lead.

Chester didn't quit, the Yellow Jackets scored with 20 second left when N. Meyer connected with Chris Lang on a 6-yard touchdown pass. Lang added the conversion to cut the lead down to 50-36.

Eldorado recovered the ensuring onside kickoff and ran out the clock to win the game.

The second half played by the Yellow Jackets was by far their best half of the season. Chester recorded only one penalty in the entire game for five yards. Instead of finishing 4-5, Yellow Jacket fans were left wondering "what if" the hometown boys had played like that the entire season.

The Yellow Jackets finished with 342 yards of total offense. 166 on the ground and 176 through the air.

Playing in his final game at W.O. Smith Field, Jake Golding led the ground attack with 127 yards on 13 carries. Nick Meyer finished with 22 yards on 12 attempts.

N. Meyer was 13-for-22 passing for 176 yards. Savion Smith caught three passes for 55 yards while Golding had four receptions for 54 yards. Joe Stahlheber had one catch for 37 yards.

Eldorado racked up 443 yards of offense, 405 on the ground and 38 through the air.

Drake Bollman led the defense with 11 tackles while Golding finished with eight. Stahlheber had six while Nick Heffernan had five.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Lady Yellow Jackets cap off most successful regular season with senior night win over Gibault

The most successful regular season in Lady Yellow Jacket volleyball history came to an end Thursday night in Colbert Gym.

Now bring on the post-season.

For the second time in less than a week, the Chester Lady Yellow Jackets defeated the Waterloo (Gibault) Lady Hawks but this one was much closer than last Saturday's match at Freeburg.

Chester beat Gibault 18-25, 25-19, 25-21 to finish the regular season with a record of 28-2.

The two teams could face off yet again next week at the Chester Class 2A regional volleyball tournament. Gibault is the top seed while Chester is the #2 seed.

Prior to the varsity match, seniors Alyssa Keith, Alexis McMath, Haley Middendorf and Hannah Schweizer along with their parents were honored.

McMath and Schweizer led Chester in kills with 11 each. Katie Hoffman finished with six while Carlee Weir had four.

Weir dished out a match high 31 assists while Keith finished with four.

Keith led Chester in digs with 17. Middendorf had 14 while Weir had 11. Schweizer finished with 10.

K. Hoffman led Chester in blocks with four while Weir finished with three. Keith, McMath and Schweizer each had one.

Maddie Hoffman had four ace serves to lead Chester while Keith had three. Middendorf, McMath and Schweizer each had one.

The regional tournament will begin on Monday night in Daniel Colbert Gym. Gibault and Chester both received first round byes.

On Monday, Sparta will play Trico at 5:30pm followed by Red Bud and Marissa-Coulterville at 6:30pm.

On Tuesday, Waterloo (Gibault) will play the winner of the Sparta-Trico match at 5:30pm while Chester will play the winner of the Red Bud-Marissa Coulterville match at 6:30pm.

The championship is set for 6pm on Thursday, October 27 on Rocky Bridges Court inside Daniel Colbert Gym.

The winner advanced to the Pinckneyville sectional on Tuesday, November 1 at 5:30pm.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

PERFECTION! Lady Yellow Jacket runs table in BDC West with win over SVW

The Chester Lady Yellow Jacket volleyball team wrapped up the conference portion of their schedule Wednesday night with a 25-13, 25-15 win over visiting Sesser Valier Waltonville Lady Red Devils.

With the win, Chester finishes the conference season in the West Division of the Black Diamond Conference with a perfect record of 12-0.

Head coach Chad Koenegstein moves into second place on the all-time wins list with his 44th win at the helm of the Lady Yellow Jacket program. He is now 14 wins away from topping the list.

Hannah Schweizer led Chester in kills with seven. Grace Stec had four while Alexis McMath finished with three.

Carlee Weir had 16 assists while Alyssa Keith had four.

Haley Middendorf had eight digs while Weir and Keith each had seven.

Keith and Katie Hoffman each had three blocks while Schweizer, Weir and Maddie Hoffman each had two.

Middendorf led Chester in ace serves with three while Schweizer and M. Hoffman each had one.

Now 27-2 on the season, Chester wraps up the regular season at home tonight against Waterloo (Gibault). The four seniors, Alexis McMath, Alyssa Keith, Haley Middendorf and Hannah Schweizer along with their parents will be honored before the varsity match.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Lady Yellow Jackets remain perfect in BDC West with road win at Christopher

The Chester Lady Yellow Jacket varsity volleyball team remained perfect in conference play with a road win Tuesday night at Christopher.

Chester improved to 11-0 in the BDC West Division with a 25-22, 20-25, 25-20 win against the Lady Bearcats. Now 25-2 overall, Chester will host Sesser Valier tonight in their final conference match of the season.

With the win and in just his second season, head coach Chad Koenegstein moves into a tie with Coach Karen Bert for second place on the all-time wins list with 43 wins and is now 14 wins behind Chris Urquhart.

Hannah Schweizer led Chester in kills with 12. Alyssa Keith and Katie Hoffman each had eight while Lauren Welge and Maddie Hoffman each had six.

Carlee Weir had 36 assists in the win over Christopher.

Haley Middendorf had 15 digs while Keith finished with 14. Tayler Howie had six while Schweizer and Weir each had five.

K. Hoffman and Welge each had three blocks.

Schweizer had four ace serves while Weir finished with three. Middendorf and M. Hoffman each had two.

Chester also won the JV match 25-23, 17-25, 15-7. They too host Sesser Valier tonight at 6:15pm.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Volleyball team bounces back with road win over Sparta

After seeing their 20-match winning streak end Saturday at Freeburg, the Chester Lady Yellow Jackets bounced back into the win column with a road win at Sparta Monday night.

Chester rolled into Dwight Fulton Gym at Sparta High School and beat the host Lady Bulldogs 25-15, 25-7 to improve to 25-2 on the season. Next up is a road trip to Christopher tonight.

Alexis McMath led the Lady Yellow Jackets in kills with eight. Hannah Schweizer finished with seven while Katie Hoffman had six.

Carlee Weir dished out a match high 26 assists in the win.

Alyssa Keith led Chester in digs with six while Haley Middendorf had five. Weir finished with three while McMath had two.

Schweizer and Maddie Hoffman each had one block.

Weir led in ace serves with three while M. Hoffman and Keith each had two. McMath finished with one.

Chester among schools running at Benton Cross Country Invitational

The Chester Lady Yellow Jackets finished fifth while the Yellow Jackets finished 14th at the Benton Invitational Cross Country meet held Monday in Benton's City Park.

In the girls race, Du Quoin finished first with 80 points followed by Okawville (82), Nashville (93), Olney (119), Chester (161), Pinckneyville (162), Carterville (197), Hamilton County (218), Herrin (260), West Frankfort (293) and Harrisburg (323).

Jessica Kattenbraker finished 13th overall with her time of 20:18.

Taylor Dunning finished 27th with a time of 21:44.

Avery Runge finished 38th with her time of 22:52. Fellow freshman Addie Blechle was a second back at 22:53 for 39th place.

Shea Petrowske finished 44th with a time of 23:01.

Jocelyn Landeros finished 81st overall with her time of 27:10.

In the boys race, Hamilton County finished first with 70 points followed by Benton and Herrin (92), Nashville (98), Olney (118), Murphysboro (138), Du Quoin (160), West Frankfort (215), Okawville (261), Centralia (271), Harrisburg (315), Carterville (369), Carrier Mills (378), Chester (424), Norris City-Omaha-Enfield (455), Cobden (517) and Massac County (542).

Jakob Cushman turned in Chester's top performance with a time of 19:50, good enough for 74th overall.

Mitchell Colonel finished 75th with a time of 19:55.

Lance Bohnert finished 82nd with a time of 20:10.

Ronin Doiron finished 93rd with a time of 20:59.

Joe Soellner finished 99th with a time of 21:35.

Next up is the IHSA Class 1A Regional at the Randolph County Conservation Area Saturday morning at 10am.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Baylee Modglin wraps up high school golf career with 14th place finish at state

Wrapping up a brilliant high school golf career, Yellow Jacket senior Baylee Modglin finished 14th Saturday at the Class 1A Boys State Golf Finals at the Prairie Vista Golf Course in Bloomington.

On Saturday, Modglin fired a round of 5-over-par 77. Starting on the 10th hole, Modglin was three-over at the turn. He pared the first two holes on the back nine, bogeyed the third, pared holes four and five, hit a bogey on six and then hit a birdie on seven. He pared the last two holes to finish at 5-over.

Modglin was tied for 20th after the first round on Friday after shooting an 8-over-par 80.

Last year, Modglin finished 94th at the state finals where he shot a two-day total of 193. This year, his two-day total was 157.

Modglin's 14th place finish is the best finish ever in the history of the Yellow Jacket golf program at CHS.

Lady Yellow Jackets finish second at Freeburg Monster Mash Volleyball Tournament

The Chester Lady Yellow Jacket volleyball team finished second Saturday at the 12-team Freeburg Monster Mash Volleyball Tournament.

Chester saw their 20-game winning streak come to an end with a 3-25, 16-25 loss to Columbia in the championship match. Their only two losses this season have come at the hands of the Lady Eagles.

In pool play, Chester defeated Alton (Marquette) 25-22, 25-15 and Waterloo (Gibault) 25-19, 25-23 to advance to the Gold Bracket finals.

In the championship semis, the Lady Yellow Jackets defeated the host Lady Midgets 25-21, 25-22 to advance to the championship match.

The Lady Yellow Jackets are now 24-2 and will play at Sparta on Monday.

In their win over Alton (Marquette), Alexis McMath had a monster match at the net with 13 kills. Hannah Schweizer had four.

Carlee Weir had 16 assists while Alyssa Keith had six.

Keith led in digs with seven while Weir had five. Haley Middendorf finished with four.

Maddie Hoffman had three blocks while McMath and Weir each had two.

McMath, Weir and M. Hoffman each had two ace serves while Keith and Middendorf each had one.

Their win over Waterloo (Gibault) could be a preview of the Chester Class 2A Championship match. Gibault is the top seed at this month's regional while the Lady Yellow Jackets are the second seed.

Hannah Schweizer had 10 kills in the win over the Lady Hawks. Alexis McMath had six while Katie Hoffman had five.

Carlee Weir dished out 23 assists in the win.

Alyssa Keith had 12 digs while Haley Middendorf had eight. Schweizer finished with four.

Maddie Hoffman, K. Hoffman and Schweizer each had three blocks while Keith had two.

Middendorf led in ace serves with three.

In their win over the host Lady Midgets in the championship semifinals, Hannah Schweizer had nine kills while Alexis McMath had seven. Carlee Weir, Alyssa Keith and Maddie Hoffman each had three.

Carlee Weir had 20 assists in the win.

Alyssa Keith led in digs with 13 while Weir and Haley Middendorf each had 12. McMath and Schweizer each had eight.

Schweizer led in blocks with two while Katie Hoffman had one.

Keith led in ace serves with two while Weir and Middendorf each had one.

In their loss to Columbia in the championship match, Katie Hoffman and Hannah Schweizer each had three kills while Alexis McMath and Maddie Hoffman each had two.

Carlee Weir had five assists while Haley Middendorf had three.

Weir, M. Hoffman and Alyssa Keith each had four digs while Middendorf and Schweizer each had three.

Katie Hoffman and Grace Stec each recorded one block.

Schweizer recorded Chester's only two ace serves.

Penalties haunt Yellow Jackets again, lose to Edwards County 35-14

The Chester Yellow Jackets might have given away any hopes of the post-season Friday night in their first matchup ever against Edwards County.

Needing to win one of their last two to become playoff eligible, the Yellow Jackets fell to the Edwards County Lions 35-14 to fall to 4-4 on the season. Next up is the regular season finale this Friday night at home against Eldorado (7-1). Kickoff is set for 7pm at W.O. Smith Field.

Eldorado beat Johnston City last Friday 34-7 to remain in a first place tie in the Black Diamond Conference.

The Yellow Jackets had their chances to pick up the win but penalties cost Chester more than 200 yards of total offense and took at least 12 points off the board in the loss. While the Yellow Jackets were penalized 11 times for 84 yards, untimely penalties wiped out long touchdown runs that were called back and points taken off the board.

The Lions opened the scoring in the first quarter when quarterback Colton Kelsey connected with Kase Robinson on a 37-yard touchdown pass with 2:22 left.

The Lions extended their lead to 14-0 when Kelsey and Robinson hooked up again, this time an 8-yard pass with 4:00 left in the half.

Chester got on the board some 50 seconds later when Nick Meyer connected with Savion Smith on a 59-yard touchdown pass with 3:08 left. The Lions led at the intermission 14-6.

In the third, Kelsey called his own number on a one-yard run with 9:15 left. The two-point conversion by Cade Rivers gave the Lions a 22-6 lead.

Chris Lang scored on a 7-yard run with 6:05 left in the third. Meyer connected with Jake Golding on the two-point conversion to cut the deficit down to 22-14.

On the next possession, Golding had a pass from Lions quarterback Colton Kelsey bounce off his hands. Had Golding picked that pass off, there was nothing but green, faded grass in front of him from 20 yards out.

But the Lions kept that drive alive, marched down the field and put another touchdown on the scoreboard. John Reeves caught a 15-yard pass from Cade Rivers with 1:26 left in the third to give the Lions a 28-14 lead.

Rivers then rounded out the scoring on an 11-yard run with 3:28 left as Edwards County handed Chester a 35-14 upset win on the Lions' senior night.

Chester lost points on the board when Savion Smith ripped off a 60+ yard run for a touchdown but was called back because of a block-in-the-back penalty. Later, Chris Lang intercepted a pass and returned in 95 yards for the touchdown but the Yellow Jackets were whistled for roughing the quarterback.

It was that kind of night for the Orange and Black.

Chester finished with 223 yards of total offense, 163 of which came through the air.

Jake Golding led the ground attack with 37 yards on six carries while Chris Lang had 12 yards on five attempts.

Nick Meyer was 7-for-14 passing for 163 yards with a touchdown and interception.

Savion Smith had three catches for 92 yards, Golding for 50 yards while Clayton Richelman had two catches for 21 yards.

Defensively, senior Joe Stahlheber had 13 tackles while Drake Bollman finished with 10. Nick Heffernan and Chase Colvis each had nine while Willie Morefield finished with seven.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Lady Yellow Jacket cross country team reclaims BDC Championship; Boys finish fourth

After a one year hiatus, the Chester Lady Yellow Jacket cross country team is once again the champions of the Black Diamond Conference.

Running on their home course Thursday at the Randolph County Conservation Area, the Lady Yellow Jackets won the championship with 43 points, edging out Carmi-White County who finished with 46 points.

Hamilton County finished third with 54 points while Fairfield finished fourth with 74 points.

It's the sixth time in the last seven years that the ladies cross country program has won the conference crown.

Lady Yellow Jacket junior Jessica Kattenbraker finished second overall with a time of 20:58. Freshman Avery Runge finished eighth with a time of 23:05.

Taylor Dunning crossed with finish line in 10th place with a time of 23:34. Shea Petrowske finished 11th with a time of 23:38 while Addie Blechle finished 12th with a time of 23:44.

Senior Ellen Blechle finished 22nd with a time of 27:19 while Elizabeth Soellner's time of 28:01 was good enough for 26th overall.

Kattenbraker earned all conference honors with her second place finish.

Hamilton County won the boys race with 23 points followed by Vienna (59), Fairfield (61) and Chester (95).

Freshman Ronin Doiron turned in Chester's best time of 19:19, good enough for 14th place overall.

Josh Haberberger finished 20th with a time of 19:59.

Mitchell Colonel edged out teammate Jakob Cushman for 22nd place. Colonel finished with a time of 20:16 while Cushman finished with a time of 20:17 for 21st place.

Joe Soellner finished 25th with a time of 20:51 while Lance Bohnert finished 26th with a time of 21:19.

Next up is the Class 1A regional meet next Saturday, October 22 at the Randolph County Conservation Area. The regional begins at 10am.

Freshmen football holds off late rally by AJ to win 33-30

The Chester Yellow Jacket freshmen football team held off a fourth quarter rally by Anna Jonesboro and beat the Wildcats 33-30 in the season finale at W.O. Smith Field Thursday night.

It was the first win of the season for the young Yellow Jackets.

Chester jumped out to a 12-0 lead after the first quarter. Ethan Bert put Chester on the board on an 81-yard run with 2:22 left. Later, Ethan Rayburn returned a fumble 40 yards for the touchdown.

Anna Jonesboro got on the board early in the second. Jake Hubbs scored on an 18 yard run to cut Chester's lead down to 12-6 with 9:52 left in the half.

Ethen Eggemeyer scored two minutes later on a 33 yard run and about 90 second later, Ian Reith intercepted a pass and returned in 36 yards to give Chester 25-6 lead a halftime.

In the third, quarterback Chet Andrews scored on a one yard run. He then completed a pass to Reith for the two-point conversion with 2:15 left in the quarter. Chester now led 33-6.

But Anna Jonesboro scored three touchdowns in the final 7:48 of the game but couldn't overcome the 27 point deficit.

The Yellow Jackets racked up 201 yards of total offense, 181 on the ground and 20 through the air.

Ethan Bert led the ground attack with 108 yards on eight carries. Ethen Eggemeyer had 71 yards on seven attempts.

Chet Andrews was 1-for-3 passing for 20 yards. That lone reception was completed to Ian Reith.

Ethen Eggemeyer had a monster game defensively for Chester, recording a season high 21 tackles. Ethan Rayburn had 11 tackles while Ethan Bert finished with eight. Michael Wingerter finished with seven.

The freshmen finished their season with a record of 1-5.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Lady Yellow Jacket volleyball claims program’s first conference championship

For the first time in the 43 year history of Lady Yellow Jacket volleyball, a conference championship has finally come home.

The Chester Lady Yellow Jackets are the toast of the West Division of the Black Diamond Conference after beating Zeigler Royalton 25-13, 25-20 to win the conference championship with still two conference matches to play.

While Chester has won two regional championships, coming in 1994 and 2008, never has a Lady Yellow Jacket volleyball program won a conference title...until now.

"We are proud and honored to be the first Conference Champs for Chester Volleyball," said Chester coach Chad Koenegstein. "We are 21-1 with many games left to play, our work has just begun. You can expect some huge things out of these players in the next few weeks."

Senior Hannah Schweizer led Chester in kills Tuesday night with six while Alexis McMath, Maddie Hoffman and Alyssa Keith each had five. Lauren Welge finished with four.

Carlee Weir dished out 15 assists while Keith finished with 11.

Schweizer and Haley Middendorf each had eight digs for the Lady Yellow Jackets.

M. Hoffman and Keith each had one block. That duo also led Chester in ace serves with two a piece. Middendorf, Schweizer and McMath each had one.

Chester is now 21-1 on the season. Next up is a trip to Freeburg Saturday.

"We go to Freeburg Tournament this weekend to see what we are made of and I could not be more excited," said Koenegstein. "The goal of going to State is very real and I am excited to see this team out fight teams that are simply better than us. The wins mean more that way."

Lady Yellow Jackets among 12 schools entered in Freeburg Moster Mash VB Tournament

The Chester Lady Yellow Jacket varsity volleyball team is among 12 schools entered in this Saturday's Freeburg Monster Mash Volleyball Tournament.

In addition to the host Lady Midgets and Lady Yellow Jackets, the other 10 schools are Benton, Okawville, Collinsville, Columbia, Christ Our Savior, Alton (Marquette), Waterloo (Gibault), Nashville, Teutopollis and Waterloo.

The 12 teams are divided into four pools. The Lady Yellow Jackets have been assigned to Pool "C" along with Alton (Marquette) and Waterloo (Gibault). These pool matches will be played at Smithton Grade School at 316 S. Hickory St. in Smithton.

Chester will play Alton (Marquette) at 11am and then turn around and play Waterloo (Gibault) at 12pm.

If Chester finishes in first place in pool play, the Gold Bracket games will be played at Freeburg High School. A second place finish in pool play and Chester would play in the Silver Bracket games at Freeburg Grade School while a third place finish would keep them at Smithton Grade School for the Bronze Bracket.

The afternoon sessions will start at 2pm regardless of location and will feature a four-team bracket final, just like the Marissa-New Athens tournament.

Each match will be two of three games. Games 1 and 2 will be played to 25 points; win by two using rally scoring with a cap of 28 points. If a third game is needed, it will be played to 15 rally scoring; win by two with a cap of 18.

All day tickets for the tournament are $5 for adults and $4 for students.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Bloomington Bound!: Bay Modglin qualifies for boys golf state finals

For a second straight year, Yellow Jacket golfer Bay Modglin is heading to the state finals in Bloomington.

Modglin fired a six-over-par 78 and finished fourth at the IHSA sectional hosted by the Quail Creek Country Club in Robinson, IL.

Yellow Jacket Brennan White's season came to an end after he turned in a round of 90. White missed advancing to the state finals by just one stroke.

Two members of the Lady Yellow Jacket golf team participated in the sectional round at the Salem Country Club Monday.

Senior Emily Tudor fired off a round of 87 but failed to advance to the state final by just two strokes.

Junior Alyse Vasquez turned in a round of 123.

The Class 1A Boys State Finals will be held this Friday and Saturday at the Prairie Vista Golf Course in Bloomington. The IHSA will announce tee-times soon.

Lady Yellow Jackets to host Class 2A volleyball regional later this month

The Illinois High School Association late last week released the post-season information for girls volleyball.

The Chester Lady Yellow Jackets is the third-seed in the sub-sectional "A" of the Pinckneyville sectional.

The top four seeds of the sub-sectional are Belleville (Althoff), Waterloo (Gibault), Chester and Trenton (Wesclin).

Chester and Carlyle are the two regional hosts for the sub-sectional.

The regional will open on Monday, October 24 with two matches. (8) Sparta will play (9) Trico at 5:30pm followed by (5) Red Bud and (10) Marissa-Coulterville at 6:30pm.

On Tuesday, October 25, (2) Waterloo (Gibault) will play the winner of the Sparta-Trico match at 5:30pm while (3) Chester will play the winner of the Red Bud-Marissa Coulterville match at 6:30pm.

The championship is set for 6pm on Thursday, October 27 on Rocky Bridges Court inside Daniel Colbert Gym.

The winner advanced to the Pinckneyville sectional on Tuesday, November 1 at 5:30pm.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Yellow Jackets roll to 66-8 win on homecoming over CZR Bearcats

Jake Golding rushed for 87 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Chester Yellow Jackets to a 66-8 rout Friday of the Christopher Zeigler Royalton Bearcats on Homecoming night at W.O. Smith Field.

Chester (4-3, 4-3) kept their playoff hopes alive with the win. Next up will be the longest road trip of the season as Chester will visit Edwards County this Friday night. The Lions lost to Johnston City 20-0 last Friday.

After holding the Bearcats on their first drive, the Yellow Jackets scored on their first. Quarterback Nick Meyer scored on a three-yard run with 9:19 left. Chris Lang added the two-point run and Chester led 8-0.

The Yellow Jackets extended their lead just under two minutes later when Savion Smith scored from 52-yards out and added the two-point conversion.

Then with 2:41 left in the first quarter, Joe Stahlheber returned an intercepted pass 76 yards for the score. Lang added the two-point conversion and Chester led 24-0 after the first quarter.

Jake Golding scored the first of his two touchdowns on the night, the first a five-yard run with 11:50 left in the half. Then just under three minutes later, Golding scored on a 51 yard run.

Chris Lang scored on a 10 yard run with 4:31 left in the half. Clayton Richelman caught the two-point conversion pass from N. Meyer.

Smith capped off the first half scoring when he returned an intercepted pass 48 yards for the touchdown with 2:10 left. At halftime, the Yellow Jackets were cruising 52-0.

In the second half, Willie Morefield returned the opening kickoff some 70 yards to set up his own touchdown run, a 4-yard scamper, with 10:15 left. Golding added the two-point run.

Ethan Thompson capped off the scoring for Chester with 4:07 left in the third when he returned a fumble 47 yards for the touchdown.

The Bearcats got on the board with 7:08 left in the game when Steven Anderson hit the endzone from 45 yards out. Colton Phillips added the two-point conversion.

Final score - Chester 66, CZR 8.

Chester finished with 279 yards of total offense, all coming on the ground.

Golding led the ground attack with his 87 yards on four carries. Drake Bollman had 62 yards on two attempts, Savion Smith had 61 yards on two attempts while Chris Lang had 48 yards on three attempts.

Nick Meyer was 0-for-2 passing.

Chase Colvis led Chester in tackled with eight while William Morefield and Nick Heffernan each had six. Jack Hathaway finished with five.

Chester will need to win either at Edwards County next week or on Senior Night against Eldorado on October 21 to become playoff eligible. Eldorado knocked off previously unbeaten Fairfield at The Train Yard 34-7 this past Friday night.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Lady Yellow Jacket volleyball team claims share of BDC title with win at Goreville

For the first time in school history, the Chester Lady Yellow Jacket varsity volleyball team has a share of a conference title.

The Lady Yellow Jackets improved to 20-1 on the season and 9-0 in the BDC West with a 25-11, 25-10 win at Goreville Thursday night.

With the win, the Lady Yellow Jackets claim a share of the BDC West title. With three matches left, all Chester needs is to win one of the matches to claim the outright championship which would be a first for the volleyball program.

Next up is a home match against Zeigler Royalton on Tuesday night in Daniel Colbert Gym at CHS.

"This was our cleanest game of the year," said Chester coach Chad Koenegstein. "Very low errors, high termination rate, and extremely fast tempo set from our fantastic defense."

Hannah Schweizer led the Lady Yellow Jackets with 10 kills while Alyssa Keith had six. Maddie Hoffman and Katie Hoffman each had four.

"Hannah Schweizer is always a big presence," said Koenegstein, "but I have a feeling we have not seen even half of what she is capable of. Schweizer, McMath, and K. Hoffman....Keep those names in mind for some breakout performances soon."

Carlee Weir dished out 23 assists in the win for Chester.

Weir and Haley Middendorf each had nine digs while Schweizer finished with seven and Keith added six.

K. Hoffman led Chester in block with three.

Lauren Welge recorded five ace serves for Chester while Weir had three. Keith and M. Hoffman each had two.

"Maddie Hoffman had a particularly aggressive game (even though the stats may not show it)," said Koenegstein. "The routes she ran in the middle created a lot of problems for Goreville and gave us many free-ball opportunities."

Yellow Jacket freshmen football team falls to 0-5 after 50-32 loss at CZR

The Chester Yellow Jacket freshmen football team fell to 0-5 on the season after losing at Christopher Zeigler Royalton 50-32 Thursday night.

Next up will be a home game against Anna Jonesboro next Thursday night at W.O. Smith Field.

Chester jumped out to a 14-0 lead after the first quarter thanks to a 14 yard run by Ethen Eggemeyer with 8:15 left. Less than a minute later, Ian Reith intercepted a pass and returned it 25 yards for the touchdown.

After a touchdown by CZR to cut the lead down to 14-6, Eggemeyer scored his second touchdown on a 37 yard fumble return with 8:57 left in the half to give the young Yellow Jackets a 20-6 lead.

The Bearcats scored twice in a three minute span to tie the game 20-20 but Eggemeyer scored his third touchdown on the night, this time a 19-yard run with 32 seconds left to give Chester a 26-20 lead at intermission.

The Bearcats took control in the third and set the tone early when Gabriel Motsinger returned the opening half kickoff 72 yards for the touchdown to tie the game at 26.

The Bearcats then scored the game's next three touchdowns. One on a 75 yard pass, another on a 14 yard run and the final was a 55 yard pass.

CZR held a 50-26 lead before Chester found the endzone again. Ethan Bert scored with 3:44 left on a 15 yard run to close out the scoring in the conference matchup.

Final score - CZR 50, Chester 32.

Chester racked up 256 yards of total offense in the loss, 231 of which came on the ground.

Eggemeyer led the ground attack with 92 yards on 10 carries while Bert had 91 yards on 13 attempts. Ethan Rayburn had 42 yards on six carries.

Chett Andrews was 2-for-7 passing for 23 yards and two interceptions. Both passes were caught by Reith.

Eggemeyer led Chester in defense with 12 tackles. Bert and Gage Bollman each had six while Andy Bryant finished with five.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Tudor and A. Vasquez advance to girls golf sectionals, first time for CHS since 2008

For the first time since 2008, the Chester Lady Yellow Jacket golf team will be represented in the sectional round.

Senior Emily Tudor and junior Alyse Vasquez advanced to the sectional round at Salem after the regionals were held Wednesday at the Jackson County Country Club, hosted by Trico High School.

Nashville won the regional with a team score of 340 followed by Waterloo (356) and Pinckneyville (359). Those three teams advance to the next round.

Trico (408) finished fourth followed by Chester (419), Marissa-Coulterville (429) and Red Bud (440).

Tudor finished with a round of 96 while Vasquez finished with a round of 99.

Also on the links for Chester were Hanna Bert (110), Jackie Hopkins (112) and Mallory Vasquez (147).

The last time a Lady Yellow Jacket qualified for the sectionals was in 2008 when Jamie Springer qualified with a round of 96 which also came at the Jackson County Country Club.

Springer qualified three straight years (2006-2008). Abby Grommet also qualified in 2006.

The sectional will be held on Monday at Salem.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Lady Yellow Jackets volleyball remains perfect in BDC West with win over Vienna

The Chester Lady Yellow Jacket volleyball team remains perfect in Black Diamond Conference action with another win at home Tuesday night.

Chester (19-1) improved to 8-0 in the BDC West with a 25-20, 25-9 win over the visiting Vienna Lady Eagles.

Chasing the school's first ever conference championship in volleyball, the Lady Yellow Jackets have a three game lead in the BDC West with four matches left on the schedule.

The win was the 15th in a row for the Lady Yellow Jackets and a school record 19th in a single season. They're back in action tomorrow night at Goreville.

Katie Hoffman and Alyssa Keith each had 10 kills Tuesday night to lead Chester past Vienna. Maddie Hoffman finished with six while Hannah Schweizer had four.

"Katie Hoffman was unstoppable," said Chester coach Chad Koenegstein. "If she keeps progressing at this rate, this team will be better than we could have imagined."

"Alyssa Keith had her debut hitting for Chester Volleyball tonight," added Koenegstein. "She was our setter last season and has been our libero this season. Neither of those positions get to swing much, if at all. Tonight, due to sickness, we moved Keith into the Outside Hitter position and she ended up leading us in kills (with Katie Hoffman) with 10. As a libero for most of this season, she has not received much recognition for all she does for this team. So, tonight she needs to be recognized for what every libero dreams of: her phenomenal hitting."

Carlee Weir dished out 26 assists in the win.

Schweizer led in digs with eight while Haley Middendorf had seven. Keith finished with six while Weir had five.

K. Hoffman led in blocks with three.

Middendorf and Weir each recorded two ace serves.

Chester also won the JV match 25-12, 25-6 over Vienna.

Modglin and White advance to sectional round after golf regionals held in Waterloo

Two members of the Chester Yellow Jacket boys’ golf team have advanced to the sectional round after the regionals were held Tuesday in Waterloo.

Baylee Modglin and Brennan White will represent the Orange and Black at next week's Class 1A Sectional at Robinson, IL.

Modglin tied for low medalist with a 75 but then lost a tie-breaker on the second hole. White finished with a round of 83 which also advanced him to the sectional round.

As a team, Chester finished with a team score of 353.

Also on the links for the Yellow Jackets were Jacob Wingerter (97), Trent Doiron (98), Matt Smith (108) and Lake Fogerson (147).

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Lady Yellow Jackets golf team wraps up regular season at Anna

The Chester Lady Yellow Jacket golf team wrapped up their regular season Monday at the Union County Country Club near Anna.

The host Lady Wildcats won the quad match with a team score of 179 while Chester finished with a team score of 233. Cobden and Murphysboro didn't have enough for an official team score.

Emily Tudor finished with a round of 47. Alyse Vasquez carded a round of 55. Katie Liefer turned in a 64 while Hanna Bert finished with a 67.

Also on the links for Chester were Mallory Vasquez (70), Alyssa Place (74) and Parker Knippa (74).

The Lady Yellow Jackets will head to the Class 1 Regional Tournament Wednesday at the Jackson County Country Club. Tee time is 8:30am.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Penalties, turnovers and discipline hurt Yellow Jackets in 13-6 loss at Carmi

Penalties, turnovers and discipline. Those three words proved to be the difference in Chester's 13-6 loss at Carmi on Friday night in a Black Diamond Conference football showdown in White County.

The start of the game was delayed some 45 minutes because of a flash of lightning from a storm around 40 miles north of Carmi. Kickoff didn't roll around until 7:45pm.

After a Nick Meyer pass was intercepted, the Bulldogs scored with just under a minute to go on the first half when Carmi quarterback Jake Simon connected with Tyler Thompson on a 25 yard pass play. Simon's extra point gave Carmi a 7-0 lead.

But the Yellow Jackets answered just before the halftime horn. Chester capped off a four-play, 40 yard drive on a six yard touchdown run by Chris Lang to make it 7-6 at the intermission.

The Bulldogs extended their lead in the fourth quarter. Carmi capped off a 12-play, 66 yard drive with a six-yard touchdown run by Colton Yates with 8:10 left. Simon's extra point gave Carmi a 13-6 lead.

Chester had the momentum as the Yellow Jackets moved the ball to the Carmi 8-yard line with under 4:00 minutes left in the game. But then a personal foul penalty moved the ball back to the 22. Then, Carmi's Justin Lamp intercepted a pass from N. Meyer at the 7-yard line.

The Bulldogs though couldn't run out the clock and were forced to punt the ball back to Chester. With 2:28 left in the game, the Yellow Jackets had the ball at the Carmi 36-yard line.

The Yellow Jacket offense managed only a 7-yard loss on a running play and three straight incompletions gave the ball back to Carmi.

The Bulldogs picked up two first downs and then ran out the clock to secure the win on their homecoming night and became playoff eligible.

Penalties were costly to the Yellow Jackets in this loss. Chester was whistled for running into the kicker on a punt attempt which resulted in a first down for Carmi. The Yellow Jacket bench was called for a questionable unsportsmanlike penalty and Demontae Martin was penalized twice for unsportsmanlike conduct and was ejected from the game. Martin will have to miss this week's homecoming game against CZR. A fifth personal foul against Chester was declined by Carmi.

Chester was penalized 10 times for 105 yards and Carmi was whistled 11 times for 107 yards.

The Yellow Jackets turned the ball over four times in the loss.

The Yellow Jackets were held to just 127 yards of total offense in the loss.

Quarterback Nick Meyer was 6-for-14 passing for 68 yards. Three passes were caught by Martin for 11 yards, two by Savion Smith for 41 yards while Chris Lang caught the other for 16 yards.

N. Meyer (7 attempts) and Lang (14 attempts) each had 24 yards rushing. Martin finished with six yards on six attempts while Jake Golding had five yards on three attempts.

Defensively, Nick Heffernan led with 13 tackles for Chester. Lang finished with eight while Golding and William Morefield each had seven.

Carmi racked up 312 yards of total offense. 199 on the ground and 113 through the air.

Andrew Burnett led the Bulldog's ground attack with 103 yards on 24 carries.

Jake Simon was 6-for-12 passing for 113 yards. Colton Yates had three catches for 45 yards, Justice Stubblefield had two for 43 yards while Justin Lamp had one for 25 yards and a touchdown.

Next up for Chester (3-3, 3-3) is homecoming against CZR (0-6) this Friday night at W.O. Smith Field. Kickoff is set for 7pm.

With three games remaining, Chester must win two to become playoff eligible. After this Friday, the Yellow Jackets will make their first trip to Edwards County on October 14 and then come home to wrap up the regular season against Eldorado (5-1).

Friday, September 30, 2016

Lady Yellow Jackets win school record 18th match with hard fought win over Trico

Just like ol' man river, the Chester Lady Yellow Jacket volleyball team kept rolling right along, picking up their 14th win in a row Thursday night in Colbert Gym.

But the match was anything but easy.

Chester improved to 7-0 in the BDC West with a 28-30, 25-15, 25-22 hard, fought win over the visiting Trico Lady Pioneers. The Lady Yellow Jackets (18-1) won their 18th match of the season, a new school record for wins in a season and there is a lot of the season left to go.

Next up is a home conference match Tuesday against Vienna. The Lady Yellow Jackets have a two game lead in the conference race in the BDC West division.

Hannah Schweizer led Chester in kills with 17 while Alexis McMath and Katie Hoffman each had 10.

Sophomore Carlee Weir led in assists with 44.

Senior Alyssa Keith led the Lady Yellow Jackets in digs with 22 while Schweizer and Haley Middendorf each had 19. McMath finished with nine.

K. Hoffman led in blocks with three while McMath finished with two.

Middendorf led in ace serves with seven while Keith and Schweizer each had three.

Chester also won the JV game 21-25, 25-22, 15-7.

Lady Yellow Jackets third, Yellow Jackets 12th at Chester XC Invitational

The Chester Lady Yellow Jacket cross country team finished third while the Yellow Jackets finished 12th in their respective races as part of the 26th annual Chester Invitational Cross Country Meet held Thursday.

In the girls' race, Nashville finished first with 73 points followed by New Athens (79), Chester (104), Red Bud (105), Pinckneyville (110), Okawville (118), Carterville (124), Herrin (206), Murphysboro (226), Steeleville (237) and Edwardsville (Metro East Lutheran) (282). Columbia, Du Quoin, Marissa-Coulterville and Sparta didn't have enough runners for an official team score.

Junior Jessica Kattenbraker finished sixth overall with a time of 21:08. Taylor Dunning finished 10th overall with a time of 21:32.

Freshman Avery Runge finished 27th with a time of 23:02. Shea Petrowske finished 32nd with a time of 23:18 and Addie Blechle finished 36th with a time of 23:54.

Also running for the Lady Yellow Jackets was Elizabeth Soellner (62nd, 26:42) and Jocelyn Landeros (64th, 27:05).

Herrin won the boys race with 78 points followed by Steeleville (80), Nashville (90), Red Bud (94), Columbia (137), New Athens (196), Murphysboro (208), Sparta (213), Marissa-Coulterville (218), Carterville (225), Okawville (234) and Chester (277). Du Quoin and Edwardsville (Metro East Lutheran) didn't have enough runners for an official team score.

For Chester, freshman Ronin Doiron turned in the Yellow Jackets' best time of 19:04, good enough for 37th place overall. Josh Haberberger finished 56th overall with a time of 19:50. Jakob Cushman finished in 73rd place with a time of 20:37.

Mitchell Colonel finished 85th overall with a time of 21:03 while Joe Soellner finished 88th with a time of 21:13.

Also running for the Yellow Jackets was Lance Bohnert (92nd, 21:27) and Chris Schweir (129th, 35:42).

When you combine the boys and girls team scores, Nashville won the overall championship with 163 points followed by Red Bud (199), New Athens (275), Herrin (284), Steeleville (317), Carterville (349), Okawville (352), Chester (381) and Murphysboro (434).

The cross country teams will return to action next Thursday for the Pinckneyville Invitational at 4pm.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Bay Modglin wins 2016 Black Diamond Conference Golf Tournament

For the first time since joining the Black Diamond Conference, a member of the Yellow Jacket boys golf team has won the individual championship.

Senior Bay Modglin fired off a round of three-over-par 74 Wednesday at the Franklin County Country Club at West Frankfort to win the Black Diamond Conference championship.

As a team, Chester finished in second place by just one stroke behind Hamilton County. The Foxes took the championship again with a team score of 339 followed by Chester 340. Rounding out the field was Goreville (350), Trico (355), Carmi White-County (383), Eldorado (393), ZRC (396) and Fairfield (398). Vienna didn't have enough golfers for an official team score.

Two other Yellow Jackets finished in the top 10 which places them on the All Conference Team. Brennan White tied for fourth overall with a round of 82 and Jacob Wingerter tied for 10th with his round of 89.

Also on the links for Chester was Trent Doiron who turned in a round of 95. Matt Smith finished with a round of 108 and Lake Fogerson carded a round of 134.

Meanwhile, in the girls’ tournament, the Trico Lady Pioneers and the Eldorado Lady Eagles finished tied with team scores of 402. However, Trico won the championship on a fifth score tiebreaker.

Chester finished third with a team score of 426 followed by Hamilton County (440) and ZRC (448). Carmi White-County, Goreville, Fairfield and Vienna didn't have enough for an official team score.

Senior Jackie Hopkins earned All Conference Honors with her top 10 finish. Hopkins tied for 10th with a score of 101.

Emily Tudor finished with a round of 103. Hanna Bert carded a 109 while Alyse Vasquez turned in a round of 113.

Also on the links for Chester was Mallory Vasquez who finished with a round of 127.

The Yellow Jackets are back on the links today for a match at Trico while the Lady Yellow Jackets hit the links on Monday for a road match at Anna Jonesboro.

Tee time for both is 4pm.

Lady Yellow Jackets hold off Steeleville to tie school record for wins in a season

The Chester Lady Yellow Jackets held off Steeleville last night to tie a school record for most wins in a season.

Chester beat Steeleville 25-18, 23-25, 25-22 to win their 17th match of the season. Chester set the record last year as they finished 17-14. Tonight, the Lady Yellow Jackets (17-1) will attempt to set a new record when Trico comes calling to Colbert Gym.

Chester also won their 13th match in a row last night, another school record.

"Steeleville played one heck of a ball game," said Chester coach Chad Koenegstein. "They are down one of their top hitters due to injury and they fought us harder than ever. We had some unforced errors that took our energy at some points, but all in all we played a solid game. I really enjoy being pushed to three, good sets. It allows the girls to play more ball and see what they are made of. Tonight, every player had their down moments, but not for long! Each player had a great night in the books and I believed the team learned even more about our systematic style of ball."

Alexis McMath led Chester in kills Wednesday night with 16 while Hannah Schweizer finished with 14.

Carlee Weir dished out 42 assists in the win.

Alyssa Keith led Chester in digs with 16. Schweizer finished with 13, Haley Middendorf had 11 while McMath finished with 8.

Maddie Hoffman and Katie Hoffman led in blocks with each recording two.

Middendorf led in ace serves with three while Schweizer, Keith and M. Hoffman each had two.

"When we play," added Koenegstein, "everything happens for a reason. I am impressed with these girls after each point with their volleyball IQ and ability to explain what went wrong systematically or if it was just someone's lazy error. Their answers to my questions after the game keep getting more in-depth and accurate every game. That is what I call progress."

Chester also won the JV match 25-14, 16-25, 25-21.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Lady Yellow Jackets win 12th match in a row with road win at Sesser Valier

The Chester Lady Yellow Jackets won their 12th match in a row Tuesday night with a conference road win at Sesser Valier.

The Lady Yellow Jackets beat Sesser Valier Waltonville 25-17, 25-21 to improve to 16-1 overall and complete their first lap through the conference season as they improve to 6-0 in the BDC West.

Chester will head to Steeleville tonight for a non-conference match against the Lady Warriors before returning home tomorrow night to host Trico.

"Sesser impressed the heck out of us," said Chester coach Chad Koenegstein. "They were a lot of fun to play and dug us like crazy! But, led by Katie Hoffman, we kept our composure and finished the game in two. Schweizer had some jaw dropping, impressive swings tonight that will hopefully give her and our team some extra confidence going into the second half of the season."

Katie Hoffman led Chester in kills with seven while Hannah Schweizer finished with four. Alexis McMath, Maddie Hoffman, Haley Middendorf and Carlee Weir each had two while Alyssa Keith had one.

Weir led in assists again with 18.

Keith led in digs with 12 while Weir finished with four.

K. Hoffman had Chester's lone block.

Middendorf recorded four ace serves in the win while Schweizer and Keith each had two.

Chester also won the JV match over Sesser Valier Waltonville 25-9, 26-24.

Valle Catholic rolls over Chester 60-8 in freshmen football action

The Valle Catholic Warriors raced out to a 47-8 halftime lead en route to a 60-8 win over the Chester Yellow Jackets in freshmen football action at W.O. Smith Field Tuesday night.

The young Yellow Jackets fall to 0-4 on the season. Next up is a road trip to Christopher Zeigler Royalton on Thursday, October 7.

Chester's lone score came in the second quarter. Ethan Rayburn scored on a 73 yard kickoff return with 3:27 to play. Quarterback Chett Andrews connected with Ian Reith for the two-point conversion.

The Yellow Jackets were held to just 94 yards of total offense.

Ethen Eggemeyer led the ground attack with 61 yards on seven carries. Ethan Bert had 22 yards on 22 carries.

Andrews was 3-for-3 passing for 28 yards. Two passes were caught by Reith for 25 yards while Eggemeyer had the other catch for three yards.

Eggemeyer led Chester in tackles with 10 while Bert finished with five.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Lady Yellow Jackets rally for three set win over Valmeyer

The Chester Lady Yellow Jacket volleyball team rallied before a home crowd Monday night and beat the Valmeyer Lady Pirates in a non-conference match inside Daniel Colbert Gym.

Chester beat Valmeyer 21-25, 25-14, 27-25 to improve to 15-1 on the season. With the win, Chester won their 11th match in a row.

The ladies will visit Sesser Valier tonight for a BDC West Division matchup. Game time is around 7:30pm.

"So many good things happened tonight," said Chester coach Chad Koenegstein. "However, we were never at our full potential and the girls knew it. They are hungry for more but had a blast playing such a solid team as Valmeyer."

Alexis McMath led Chester in kills with 14. Katie Hoffman had nine, Maddie Hoffman finished with seven while Hannah Schweizer had six.

Carlee Weir dished out 38 assists in the win.

Alyssa Keith led in digs with 18 while Weir finished with 10. Haley Middendorf had nine while Schweizer and McMath each had eight.

K. Hoffman led in blocks with seven. Schweizer finished with three.

Schweizer led in ace serves with three while Middendorf and M. Hoffman each had two.

"Some many players were impressive tonight," said Koenegstein. "Alyssa Keith with 18 digs is phenomenal. Carlee Weir spreading her offense for 38 assists in a 3 set match is unheard of at the high school level. Katie Hoffman with 7 blocks is probably the most impressive stat from tonight. Alexis McMath was coming in hot with 14 kills on 25 kills with only 3 errors (hitting an impressive .400). McMath had some collegiate scouts there to watch her tonight and they ended up loving most of the team. As a coach, my pride is through the roof on that one."

Cross country teams defeat Okawville in tune-up for Thursday's Chester Invitational

The Chester High School cross country teams each won their respective races Monday in a tune-up for this Thursday's big Chester Invitational at the Randolph County Conservation Area.

In the girls’ race, Chester defeated Okawville 27-28.

Junior Jessica Kattenbraker won the race with a time of 21:13 on the three-mile course. Taylor Dunning finished third with a time of 21:54.

Shea Petrowske finished sixth with a time of 24:04. Freshman Avery Runge finished seventh with a time of 24:13.

Addie Blechle crossed the finish line with a time of 25:29, good enough for 10th place overall.

Also running for Chester was Jocelyn Landeros (13th, 28:57), Elizabeth Soellner (14th, 29:02) and Ellen Blechle (15th, 31:16).

In the boys’ race, Chester defeated Okawville 25-30.

Freshman Ronin Doiron finished third overall with a time of 20:27. Josh Haberberger finished fourth with a time of 20:45 and was in a tight race with Jakob Cushman who finished fifth with a time of 20:45.

Joe Soellner finished sixth with a time of 21:44 while Lance Bohnert finished seventh with a time of 21:53.

Also running for Chester was Mitch Colonel (11th, 22:19) and Chris Schwier (14th, 37:35).

The Chester Invitational will begin at 4:30pm on Thursday.

JV football team falls to 0-5 after home loss to Johnston City

The Chester Yellow Jacket JV football team fell to 0-5 on the season after suffering a home loss Monday night at W.O. Smith Field.

The JV fell to the Johnston City Indians 14-0.

Chester is off until October 10 when they travel to CZR for a 6:15pm kickoff.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Boys finish 15th at Freeburg Cross Country Invitational Saturday

The Chester Yellow Jacket boys cross country team finished 15th Saturday at the Freeburg Invitational Cross Country meet.

The Lady Yellow Jackets were scheduled to participate in the girls race but were moved to the open race after a scheduling error.

"We arrived 10 minutes before the girls were suppose to race," said cross country coach Curt Gilpin. "So instead of rushing them into a race with no stretching or warming up, we put them in the open. They were still able to get times and medals."

The host Midgets won the boys race with 25 points followed by Waterloo (89), Triad (95), Breese (Mater Dei) (142), Steeleville (147), Roxana (210), Columbia (213), East Alton-Wood River (293), Marissa-Coulterville (295), New Athens (295), Sparta (302), Belleville (Althoff) (35), Trenton (Wesclin) (374), Metro East Lutheran (407), Chester (430), Okawville (432), Greenville (435), Waterloo (Gibault) (468), O'Fallon (First Baptist) (499), Breese (Central) (523), Glen Carbon (Father McGivney) (545) and Dupo (547).

Josh Haberberger turned in Chester's top performance with a time of 18:58 which was good enough for 55th overall. Freshman Ronin Doiron finished 65th with a time of 19:25.

Jakob Cushman's time of 20:25 placed him 96th overall. Joe Soellner finished 100th with a time of 20:32 while Lance Bohnert finished 114th with a time of 21:12.

Also running for Chester was Mitchell Colonel (123rd, 21:42) and Chris Schweir (145th, 30:54).

In the girls' open race, Chester's Jessica Kattenbraker finished first with a time of 21:55. Taylor Dunning finished sixth with a time of 23:35 while Avery Runge cracked the top ten with a time of 23:31, good enough for 8th place.

Shea Petrowske finished 11th overall with a time of 23:35. Addie Blechle's time of 26:21 was good enough for 21st place.

Ellen Blechle crossed the finish line with a time of 30:15 which placed her 45th overall.

Next up for the cross country teams is a home meet Monday afternoon at 4:30pm at the Randolph County Conservation Area. The race starts at Shelter House #2.

Two minute span doomed Yellow Jackets at Johnston City

A two minute span proved to be the difference in Chester's 20-2 road loss at Johnston City Friday night.

Johnston City opened the game with a 64-yard kickoff return by Coleton Jeralds which put the ball at the Yellow Jacket 14 yard line. Three plays later, the Indians were in the endzone and took the early lead.

Later, still trailing 7-0 early in the fourth quarter, the Yellow Jackets had the ball first-and-goal from the Indian three-yard line. Chester fumbled twice but was fortunate to recover the ball. But then on fourth down from the one, Johnston City lineman Max Edwards (6' 6"-260lbs) stopped Yellow Jacket quarterback Nick Meyer from entering the endzone.

The Indians took over inside their one. Chester scored their only points of the game when Jake Golding stopped Luca Gualdoni in the endzone which resulted in a safety.

Chester then received the ball on a free kick but on the first play, a botched exchange led to another fumble which was recovered by JC's Clayton Selby. That short-field drive for the Indians resulted in a touchdown by Zack Kosco and gave the Indians a 13-2 lead.

On the ensuing kickoff, the Yellow Jackets failed to cover the ball which was recovered by the Indians. One minute later, the Indians put the game away with a 13 yard run by quarterback Alec Blades.

Final score - Johnston City 20, Chester 2.

The Yellow Jackets finished with 214 yards of total offense, 140 of which came on the ground.

Jake Golding led the ground attack with 58 yards on eight carries. Chris Lang had 50 yards on 12 attempts while Nick Meyer finished with 29 yards on 11 carries.

N. Meyer was 3-for-12 passing for 74 yards. Two passes were caught by Savion Smith for 45 yards while Demontae Martin had the other catch for 29 yards.

Defensively, William Morefield led Chester with 10 tackles. Nick Heffernan had eight while Joe Stahlheber and Jake Golding each had seven. Drake Bollman and Jack Hathaway each had six.

Chester (3-2, 3-2) will head to Carmi-White Country (4-1, 4-1) this Friday night for a 7pm meeting with the Bulldogs. Carmi lost 28-14 last Friday to Fairfield.

Yellow Jacket boys’ golf team wins triangular back at Red Hawk Friday

The Chester Yellow Jacket boys’ golf team won another triangular golf match at the Red Hawk Golf Course Friday near Pinckneyville.

The Yellow Jackets finished first with a team score of 168 followed by Pinckneyville (176) and Du Quoin (229).

Bay Modglin's even par round of 35 paced Chester to the win. Brennan White and Jacob Wingerter each turned in round of 44 while Trent Doiron carded an afternoon round of 45.

Also on the links for Chester was Matt Smith (51) and Lake Fogerson (63).

The Yellow Jackets will head to the Franklin County Country Club Wednesday for the Black Diamond Conference tournament. Tee time is 8:30am.

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.