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Sports Week of November 24, 2014

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Lady Yellow Jackets cruise in home opener

The Chester Lady Yellow Jackets raced out to a 15-0 lead after the first quarter enroute to a 51-35 win over Sparta Monday night.

It was the Lady Yellow Jackets' home opener. Now 3-1 on the season, will head to Steeleville next Monday night.

After building a 17-0 lead, the Lady Yellow Jackets took a 30-7 lead to the locker room at halftime after outscoring Sparta 15-7 in the second.

The Lady Bulldogs didn't roll over and quit. They outscored Chester 17-7 in the third to trim the Lady Yellow Jackets' lead to 37-27 heading to the fourth.

McKenzi Rucker poured in a season high 22 points to pace Chester.

Mogran Atchison (9), Kaitlyn Dillow (8), Rachel Clendenin (5), Haley Middendorf (4) and Deanna Hohgrefe (3) also scored for the Lady Yellow Jackets.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Lady Yellow Jackets sneak by Valmeyer 44-41 to win third place at Dupo Cat Classic

McKenzi Rucker poured in a team high 14 points Saturday to lead the Chester Lady Yellow Jacket basketball team to a third place finish in the Dupo Cat Classic Tournament.

Chester defeated Valmeyer 44-41 to improve to 2-1 on the season. The Lady Yellow Jackets will host Sparta Monday night for the season opener. JV game tips at 6:15pm with the varsity game to follow.

"The tournament was a good opportunity for us to play with different combinations of players," said head coach Connie Clendenin. "In all three contests, we were outsized, but I have always told them, we are not going to win the height battle, so they must rely on their strengths, which are speed and shooting. We were able to do that in games one and three. We knew New Athens would be our challenge because they have speed and shooting, but also have height. We had trouble moving the ball with their wingspans, so we came back to the gym after game two and worked on sharpening our passing game for the next contest, and they looked much better Saturday afternoon. In the third place game, our shooting wavered a bit, but our speed and ability to get the ball kept Valmeyer from having significant time at their end to score. Middendorf, Rucker, and Clendenin combined for 17 of the team's 23 steals."

Against Valmeyer Saturday, Chester led 10-6 after the first quarter and built a 22-17 lead at halftime.

But Valmeyer trimmed the lead to two-points heading to the fourth at 27-25.

The Lady Yellow Jackets outscored Valmeyer 17-16 in the fourth en route to the win. Chester struggled from the foul line as they were just 4-for-20 in the game and 1-for-8 in the fourth quarter.

In addition to Rucker's 14 point performance, Kaitlyn Dillow and Morgan Atchison each had eight points. Logan Colvis added five points and Rachel Clendenin had four.

Haley Middendorf (3) and Jaclyn Colvis (2) also scored for Chester.

"I am excited to be heading into the regular season with two wins and we hope to pick up a third one Monday night against cross-county rival, Sparta," said Clendenin.

Yellow Jackets basketball season opens a week from tonight in Campbell Hill

The Chester Yellow Jacket boys’ basketball team will open their season the week of December 1 with five games in six days at the annual Trico Invitational Tournament.

Besides Chester and the host Pioneers, the other four schools in the round-robin tournament includes Shawnee, Red Bud, Steeleville and Sparta.

Chester will open the tournament on Monday, December 1 against the host Pioneers at 7:00pm. The next night, December 2, the Yellow Jackets will meet Red Bud at 8:30pm.

Chester will face Steeleville on December 3 at 7pm. After a night off on December 4, the Yellow Jackets will return to the tournament to meet Sparta at 8:30pm and then will wrap up the tournament on December 6 against Shawnee at 4:30pm.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Chester will play for third place at Dupo Tourney after losing to New Athens 61-42

Haley Middendorf scored 13 points to lead Chester but the Lady Yellow Jackets fell to the New Athens Yellowjackets 61-42 in a championship semifinal of the Dupo Cat Classic Tournament.

Chester (1-1) will meet either Dupo or Valmeyer in the third place game Saturday at 2:15pm.

New Athens jumped to a 20-9 lead after the first quarter and built a 39-19 lead at halftime.

New Athens held a 54-27 lead heading to the fourth.

In addition to Middendorf's 13 point performance, McKenzi Rucker and Kaitlyn Dillow each had 10 points. Sarah Liefer finished with five while Morgan Atchison and Maddie Hoffman each had two points.

Chester hit eight 3-pointers in the game with Middendorf and Dillow hitting three each.

New Athens was 12-for-22 from the foul line while Chester was only 2-for-3.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Jordan Berner named BDC's MVP; among eight players named All Conference

Jordan Berner was named the league’s Most Valuable Player and is among eight members of the Chester Yellow Jacket football team named to the various all-conference teams which have been announced by the Black Diamond Conference.

Berner, a junior, led Chester in receiving with 28 receptions for 617 yards and seven receiving touchdowns. Defensively, Berner recorded 113 tackles and picked off seven interceptions.

Berner was also named to the BDC's defensive first team squad.

Chester's only other first team selection was senior lineman Garret Hoffman.

The Yellow Jackets had six second-team selections, four of which were offense. Named to the second team offense is offensive lineman Cody Eggemeyer, running back Blake Eggemeyer, wide receiver Hunter Howie and quarterback Wyatt Ruehling.

B. Eggemeyer rushed for 880 yards this season on 148 attempts. He also caught four passes for 145 yards and finished with 19 touchdowns. B. Eggemeyer led Chester in scoring with 114 points.

Howie caught 19 passes this past season for 250 yards and had three receiving touchdowns.

Ruehling finished with 1,363 yards passing and six touchdowns. He was 77-for-164 in the pocket with eight interceptions.

Named to the second team defense is sophomore lineman Jacob Golding and senior defensive back Issiac Wingerter.

Golding recorded 65 tackles this past season for the Yellow Jackets to go with three fumble recoveries.

Wingerter had 43 tackles and two fumble recoveries.

Chester advanced to the quarterfinals for the first time in school history and finished with a record of 10-2, the most wins in the history of the football program at Chester High School.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Lady Yellow Jackets open season with 55-39 win at Dupo Tourney

Sarah Liefer and Kaitlyn Dillow combined for 24 points Monday night to lead the Chester Lady Yellow Jacket basketball team to a 55-39, season opening win over East Alton-Wood River at the Dupo Cat Classic.

Chester (1-0) will meet New Athens Wednesday night at 7:45pm in a championship semifinal game. New Athens cruised past St. Louis Christian 48-13.

The Lady Yellow Jackets jumped out to a 14-8 lead after the first quarter and pushed their lead to 29-12 after outscoring EAWR 15-4 in the second quarter.

Chester took a 48-26 lead to the fourth quarter before being outscored 13-7.

Liefer paced Chester with a game high 13 points while Dillow finished with 11 points. McKenzi Rucker and Morgan Atchison each had seven points. Haley Middendorf finished with six points while Maddie Hoffman and Rachel Clendenin each had four points.

Jaclyn Colvis (2) and Alexis McMath (1) also scored for Chester.

Pairings announced for upcoming Trico Invitational Tournament

The Chester Yellow Jacket boys’ basketball team will open their season the week of December 1 with five games in six days at the annual Trico Invitational Tournament.

Besides Chester and the host Pioneers, the other four schools in the round-robin tournament includes Shawnee, Red Bud, Steeleville and Sparta.

Chester will open the tournament on Monday, December 1 against the host Pioneers at 7:00pm. The next night, December 2, the Yellow Jackets will meet Red Bud at 8:30pm.

Chester will face Steeleville on December 3 at 7pm. After a night off on December 4, the Yellow Jackets will return to the tournament to meet Sparta at 8:30pm and then will wrap up the tournament on December 6 against Shawnee at 4:30pm.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Yellow Jackets’ late rally comes up short, falls to Tuscola 17-14 in Class 2A quarters

The magical ride for the Chester Yellow Jacket football team came to an end Saturday in the quarterfinal round of the Class 2A football playoffs.

Chester was just 16 yards from taking the lead with under a minute to play when Tuscola's Josh Knight intercepted a pass to secure a 17-14 win for the Warriors over the Yellow Jackets.

Chester finishes their season with a record of 10-2, the most wins for a team in the history of the program.

Tuscola raced out to a 14-0 first quarter lead after an 8-yard pass by Kaleb Williams to Tyler Hale and a 25 yard run by freshman Dalton Hoel.

After the Warriors turned the ball over on down on their first possession of the second half, the Yellow Jackets chewed off a 14-play drive which ended with a 1-yard run by Blake Eggemeyer with 2:21 left in the third. Christian Gray's extra point cut the Warrior lead down to 14-7.

What proved to be the game winner came off the foot of kicker Evan Sutton who booted a 34 yard field goal with 10:42 left in the game to give the Warriors a 17-7 lead.

After Jacob Golding recovered a fumble with 5:12 left, the Yellow Jackets capped off the drive with a 4-yard run by Charles Morefield with 3:23 to play. Gray's extra point cut the Warrior lead down to 17-14.

Chester's attempted onside kick failed but the Warriors had to punt the ball away with just over a minute to play.

After a 43-yard pass to Hunter Howie, the Yellow Jackets had the ball at the Tuscola 16 yard line. Ruehling's pass was intended for Jordan Berner but Josh Knight jumped the route and picked off the pass with 53 second left.

Chester was out of timeouts, the Warriors took two knees to run out the clock, ending the Yellow Jackets' season.

Tuscola finished with 247 yards of offense, 201 on the ground and 46 through the air.

Ezekial Culp led the Warrior's ground attack with 83 yards on nine attempts. Dalton Hoel had 55 yards on five carries.

Kaleb Williams was 8-for-15 passing for 46 yards and one interception. Five passes were caught by Zach Bates for 21 yards.

Chester finished with 227 yards of total offense, 84 on the ground and 143 through the air.

Blake Eggemeyer led Chester in rushing with 39 yards on 11 attempts. Issiac Wingerter had 22 yards on four carries while Luke Hartman had 13 yards on three attempts.

Ruehling was 8-for-23 passing for 143 yards and two interceptions. Charles Morefield had two catches for 43 yards while Blake Eggemeyer had two catches for 25 yards. Hunter Howie (43 yds), Andrew Frazer (22 yds), Jordan Berner (6 yds) and Luke Hartman (4 yds) each had a reception.

Chester racked up 12 first downs and was penalized three times for 25 yards.

Blake Eggemeyer led Chester defensively with 10 tackles. Jordan Berner finished with eight. Cody Eggemeyer and Andrew Frazer each had six while Charles Morefield had five. Jacob Golding and Christopher Lang each had four.