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Sports Week of July 27, 2015

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Busy week for Yellow Jacket football team

It's shaping up to be a busy week for the Chester Yellow Jacket football team.

Coach Jeremy Blechle and his football players are holding their team camp this week through Thursday from 5pm to 7:30pm. Blechle says a talent show is scheduled for Thursday evening and the public is invited to attend.

The Yellow Jackets will wrap up the week with a trip to Sparta to play the Bulldogs in a 7-on-7 matchup at 7pm.

Chester will open the season on Friday, August 28 at home against Fairfield in a rematch from week 9 last year where the Yellow Jackets beat the Mules 33-28 in the closing seconds to claim a share of the BDC Championship.

Kickoff on August 28 is set for 7pm at W.O. Smith Field.

Monday, July 27, 2015

SIU Football picked seventh in 2015 MVFC preseason poll

The Southern Illinois football team was picked seventh in the 2015 Missouri Valley Football Conference preseason poll, the league announced Monday. Offensive lineman Ethan Wirth and linebacker Chase Allen were named honorable mention preseason All-Conference.

The poll consists of votes from the coaches, local media and sports information directors of the 10-team conference. Four-time defending national champion North Dakota State was the preseason pick to win the league, followed by Illinois State, Northern Iowa, Youngstown State, South Dakota State and Indiana State. Western Illinois, Missouri State and South Dakota rounded out the 10-team league.

SIU was picked seventh for the third time in four years. After being picked seventh in both the 2012 and 2013 preseason, the Salukis went on to finish second and third, respectively, in those seasons.

Ethan Wirth has been a career staple of the SIU offensive line. The senior has started 28 games for Southern, including eight last year while battling injuries. He earned the MVFC's Offensive Lineman of the Week on Sept. 23, 2013.

Chase Allen, a junior, was Southern's top tackler in 2014; his 95 tackles last year ranked ninth in the conference. Allen recorded double-digit tackles in five of SIU's 12 games, including a career-best 12 against Northern Iowa.

SIU opens the season at Indiana on Sept. 5. Southern Illinois' home opener is Sept. 26 against Liberty.

Volleyball tournament part of day of fundraising for local woman battling brain cancer

A volleyball tournament will be part of an all-day benefit for a local woman fighting brain cancer.

Chris Maes was diagnosed with Glioblastoma Multiforme (brain cancer) in April and has since undergone two brain surgeries. Now family and friends are rallying around the Chester woman to help with medical expenses.

Angie Nordmeyer is coordinating the tournament which is set for Saturday, August 8 at the Chester Eagles. The tournament will begin at 9am and entry fee is $60 per team. For more info or to register, you can phone Angie at 615-3100.

Other activities planned for that day include a bags tournament, a DJ, dinner from 5pm to 7:30pm, a silent auction from 11am to 7:30pm and a dance following the auction featuring music from Rockin'n Ron.

All proceeds will go to the family to help with expenses.

Yellow Jacket football team to host Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser next month

The public will have a chance to meet the Yellow Jacket football team and fill their stomach full of delicious spaghetti at a fundraising event for the team next month.

The defending Black Diamond Conference champions will host an all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner at the Chester Eagles on Saturday, August 1 from 5:30pm to 9pm.

In addition to the spaghetti dinner, there will also be a silent auction featuring CHS memorabilia.

The cost of the dinner is a free will donation.

Golfing for Wounded Heroes set for August 8 at Chester Country Club

The Chester Country Club will host "Golfing for Wounded Heroes" golf tournament on Saturday, August 8. The tournament will begin with a shotgun start at 9am.

Entry fee into the 4-person scramble is $240 per team and is limited to the first 24 teams. Cart fee is $40 per team and trail fee is $10 per cart.

There will be cash prizes and a dinner is included.

For more information about the tournament, you can phone Todd Cowan at (618) 615-3264 or Curt Owen at (618) 830-2915. Registration forms are available at the Chester Country Club.