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Sports Week of December 15, 2014

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Big second half leads Goreville past Lady Yellow Jackets 62-49 in BDC West action

The Chester Lady Yellow Jackets wrapped up the first half of their season Tuesday night with a 62-49 home loss to the Goreville Lady Blackcats.

Chester enters the holiday break with a record of 5-6 overall and 1-3 in the BDC West. Their next game will be January 6 against Marissa-Coulterville in the opening round of the Lady Yellow Jacket Mid-Winter Classic Tournament. Game time is 6pm.

The Lady Yellow Jackets raced out to a 17-7 lead after the first quarter and built a 32-24 lead at halftime despite being outscored 17-15 in the second quarter.

The second half, however, belonged to the visiting Lady Blackcats. Goreville outscored Chester 22-5 in the third quarter and took a 46-37 lead heading to the fourth. The Lady Blackcats hit five 3-pointers in the third quarter en route to taking the lead.

Goreville outscored Chester 17-12 in the final eight minutes.

Morgan Atchison led Chester with 17 points, the only Lady Yellow Jacket to reach double-digit scoring. Kaitlyn Dillow finished with nine points while McKenzi Rucker had eight.

Haley Middendorf (6), Logan Colvis (6), Sarah Liefer (2) and Deanna Hohgrefe (2) also scored for Chester.

Goreville's Ashlynn Darnell led all scorers with a game high 25 points.

Lady Yellow Jacket JV team enters Christmas break with 37-19 loss to Goreville

The Chester Lady Yellow Jacket JV team will enter the Christmas break with a conference record of 2-2 after losing at home to Goreville Tuesday night 37-19.

The Lady Yellow Jacket JV team (5-2) will next see action on January 16 at Goreville. Game time is 6:15pm.

The visiting Lady Blackcats jumped out to a 10-4 lead after the first quarter and built a 24-4 lead at halftime after holding Chester scoreless in the second quarter.

Goreville took a 27-8 lead to the fourth quarter.

Jackie Colvis led Chester with six points while Jackie Hopkins finished with four points.

Abby Meyer (3), Jessica Kattenbraker (2), Logan Colvis (2) and BrookLyn Wahl (2) also scored for Chester in the loss.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Opening round pairings announced for 9th annual Lady Yellow Jacket Mid-Winter Classic

The opening round pairings for the 9th annual Lady Yellow Jacket Mid-Winter Classic Tournament have been released.

The tournament will be held the week of January 5 in Daniel Colbert Memorial Gymnasium. Last year's tournament was cancelled after Chester and the surrounding area was blasted with several inches of snow. Tournament organizers tried to get the tournament in but instead hosted a one-day shootout featuring all eight teams in the tournament.

This year's tournament could not be seeded because four of the eight schools either have one or two games during the same week as this tournament.

In addition to Chester, the other seven schools in the tournament include Dupo, Elverado, Marissa-Coulterville, New Athens, Sparta, Trico and Valmeyer.

The tournament will open on Monday, January 5 with New Athens playing Elverado at 6pm followed by Dupo and Sparta at 7:30pm. On Tuesday, the Lady Yellow Jackets will meet Marissa-Coulterville at 6pm followed by Trico and Valmeyer at 7:30pm.

On Wednesday, January 7, the losers from Monday's games will meet at 6pm while the winners will play in a championship semi at 7:30pm. Tuesday's losers will play on Thursday night at 6pm while the winners will meet in the other championship semi at 7:30pm.

The finals will be played on Saturday, January 10 starting with the 7th place game at 1pm followed by the consolation championship at 2:30pm, third place at 4pm and the championship game at 5:30pm.

More information can be found on the tournament's website,

Monday, December 15, 2014

Strong second half performance leads Yellow Jackets over Bulldogs 62-34 Saturday

A dominant second half helped the Chester Yellow Jackets avenge an earlier season loss to the Sparta Bulldogs Saturday night.

Jordan Berner led a trio of double-digit scorers as the Yellow Jackets beat the Bulldogs 62-34 inside Daniel Colbert Memorial Gym. The win avenges an earlier 53-50 loss to the Bulldogs at the Trico Tournament. But to be fair, the Bulldogs were playing without their leading scorer Tra Edmondson who suffered a knee injury during that tournament and could be lost for the season.

With the win, Chester improves to 5-3 on the season. Next up is a showdown with Trico this Friday night in Daniel Colbert Memorial Gym, game time is 7:45pm. The Pioneers beat the Yellow Jackets in four overtimes to start the season back on December 1.

Chester led 15-12 after the first quarter and took a 29-25 lead to the locker room at halftime after outscoring the Bulldogs 14-13. Sparta tied the game late in the first half before the Yellow Jackets closed it out with a 4-0 run.

The second half belonged to the Yellow Jackets.

Berner scored 10 of his game high 18 points in the third quarter as Chester outscored Sparta 15-7. The Yellow Jackets held a 46-32 lead heading to the fourth.

In the final eight minutes, the Yellow Jackets' smothering zone matchup held Sparta scoreless in the fourth quarter until the final 48 seconds of the game when Kavon Crockett hit two free throws. Chester was 12-for-17 from the foul line in the fourth and outscored Sparta 16-2 en route to the win.

Berner led Chester with 18 points. Jack Weir finished with 11 points and Hunter Howie tossed in 10. Jason Schwartz finished with nine points for Chester.

Savion Smith (4), Austin Welge (4), Eli Hasemeyer (2), Demonte Martin (2) and Jacob Golding (2) also scored for Chester.

Devin Brown led the Bulldogs with 11 points while Seth Ferguson finished with 10 points.

Yellow Jacket JV team wins fourth in a row; beat Sparta 55-44 Saturday night

After dropping their first two games of the season, the Yellow Jacket JV team won their fourth game in a row Saturday with a 55-44 win over the Sparta Bulldogs in Daniel Colbert Memorial Gym.

Now 4-2 on the season, the Yellow Jacket JV team will host Trico Friday night at 6:15pm.

Chester jumped out to a 15-6 lead after the first quarter but the Bulldogs trimmed the lead down to two points at halftime after outscoring the Yellow Jackets 19-12 in the second.

The Yellow Jackets extended their lead in the third by outscoring Sparta 13-5 to take a 40-28 lead heading to the fourth.

Demonte Martin led Chester with a game high 19 points. Jacob Golding finished with 13 points while Joe Stahlheber added 10.

Tyler Redeker (7) and Austin Welge (6) also scored for the Yellow Jacket JV team in the win.

Phantom technical foul leads Sesser Valier to overtime win over Yellow Jackets

A little acting by a Sesser Valier player led to a technical foul being called against the Chester Yellow Jackets which ended up helping the Red Devils to send the game into overtime where they won by two points, 62-60.

With the loss, Chester falls to 4-3 overall and 1-1 in the BDC West.

Chester was up by five points with :30 seconds left when Jason Schwartz was whistled for a foul against SV's Nick Marlo. After reviewing the video, Chester's Jordan Berner was whistled for a technical after another Sesser Valier player bumped into him and then flung his arms back as if Berner had pushed him.

Marlo made one of two on the foul shots and then hit both technical foul shots which cut the Yellow Jacket lead down to 55-53 lead. Sesser got the ball back after the technical and Marlo hit a floater in the lane which would eventually send the game to overtime tied at 55-55.

In the final seconds of overtime, Chester was down 62-60 with eight seconds left but Hunter Howie's three-pointer was no good and Berner's putback came after the final horn sounded.

Sesser Valier escaped Colbert Gym with a 62-60 win over the Chester Yellow Jackets.

Jack Weir led Chester with 16 points, Hunter Howie tossed in 15 points while Jordan Berner finished with 11.

Savion Smith (9), Jason Schwartz (7) and Jacob Golding (2) also scored for Chester.

Red Devil Nick Marlo led all scorers with a game high 21 points while Jacob Vanwey finished with 19 points.

Martin and Golding combine for 31 points to lead Yellow Jacket JV team past Sesser Valier

Demonte Martin and Jacob Golding combined for 31 points Friday night to lead the Yellow Jacket JV team to a 52-33 rout of Sesser Valier.

With the win, Chester improves to 3-2 on the season and 2-0 in the BDC West

Chester jumped out to a 14-7 lead after the first quarter and then outscored the Red Devils 12-4 in the second to take a 26-11 lead at halftime.

Chester held a comfortable 35-18 lead heading to the fourth.

Martin finished with a game high 18 points while Golding tossed in 13. Austin Welge finished in double-digit scoring with 10 points.

Tyler Redeker (6) and Curt Meyer (5) also scored for the Yellow Jackets.

Freshmen boys hold off late rally by Sesser, beat Red Devils 40-34

A last minute addition to the freshmen boys basketball scheduled resulted in a win for the young Yellow Jackets Friday night.

Nick Heffernan and Clay Herrell combined for 23 points to lead the Yellow Jacket freshmen past Sesser Valier 40-34.

Now 2-1 on the season and 1-0 in the BDC West, the Yellow Jackets are next scheduled to be back in action on December 20 at Steeleville. Game time is 10am.

The freshmen jumped out to a 10-0 lead after the first quarter and then took an 18-8 lead to the locker room at halftime after each team scored eight points in the second quarter.

The Red Devils trimmed the Yellow Jackets lead down to 29-24 heading to the fourth quarter.

Heffernan led Chester with a game high 13 points while Herrell finished with 10 points.

Jake Haberberger (8), Josh Habergerger (4), Curt Meyer (3) and Pierce Lyons (2) also scored for Chester in the win.

IHSA announces CHS will host Class 2A boys basketball regional; girls go to Red Bud

Chester High School's Daniel Colbert Memorial Gymnasium will be the site of a Class 2A boys basketball regional in February. The Illinois High School Association made the announcement on Friday.

Chester's regional is one of four that will feed into the Wood River sectional tournament.

In addition to the host Yellow Jackets, the other five schools assigned to the Chester regional include Du Quoin, Pinckneyville, Red Bud, Sparta and Waterloo (Gibault).

The Class 2A regionals will be held the week of February 23.

Meanwhile, the Chester Lady Yellow Jacket basketball team is among five teams assigned to the Red Bud Class 2A girls basketball regional. The announcement was made Friday by the Illinois High School Association.

In addition to Red Bud and Chester, the other three schools are Dupo, Nashville and Sparta.

The girls regional will be played the week of February 9.

The winner advances to the sectional tournament hosted by Wesclin High School.