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Sports Week of October 27, 2014

Thursday, October 30, 2014

"Road to Champaign" begins Saturday in Chester

The Road to Champaign begins Saturday for the Chester Yellow Jacket football team as they will host the Carmi-White County Bulldogs in the opening round of the Class 2A playoffs.

The Yellow Jackets and the Bulldogs met in the opening round last year at W.O. Smith Field.

The Yellow Jackets had a lead late in the game and were just 3:17 away from securing their first playoff win since 2001 but the Bulldogs scored on a 67 yard touchdown pass with just 28 seconds left to win the game 30-25.

The two Black Diamond Conference schools met in Week 4 this season. Carmi led 18-14 at halftime but the Yellow Jackets outscored Carmi 27-0 in the second half en route to a 41-18 win.

This will be the 13th appearance for the Yellow Jacket football program in the playoffs. Chester is 3-12 overall and have never made it past the second round. Seventh year Head Coach Bryan Lee is also looking for that elusive first post-season win. Since arriving in Chester in 2008, Lee has compiled a coaching record of 49-19 and has led the Yellow Jackets to the playoffs six of those year.

This will be the Bulldogs' 14 playoff appearance in school history and their fifth in a row. Carmi is 7-13 in the post-season.

The winner Chester-Carmi game will meet the winner of the Johnston City-Eldorado game in the second round. The Black Diamond Conference is guaranteed to have a team in the quarterfinal round this post-season.

Kickoff is set for 4:30pm Saturday at W.O. Smith Field. Gates open at 3pm. Tickets are $5 a piece as set by the Illinois High School Association. Passes will not be honored for Saturday's game.

The broadcast of Saturday's matchup will air locally at 4:30pm on KSGM AM 980 and YellowJacketRadio.com

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Lady Yellow Jacket volleyball team bows out of Class 2A regional

The Chester Lady Yellow Jacket volleyball season came to an end Monday in the quarterfinal round of the Pinckneyville Class 2A Regional tournament.

The Lady Yellow Jackets fell to the host Lady Panthers 20-25, 12-25 to finish the season with a record of 10-18.

With the ten wins this season, head coach Karen Bert moves into second place on the all-time wins list with 43 wins, just 14 behind Chris Urquhart.

Morgan Atchison had four points, five digs and one kill for Chester in their loss to Pinckneyville.

Maddie Hoffman had three points and one dig.

Alyse Bollman finished with two points, three digs, one block and two kills.

Hannah Schweizer had two points, three digs, one block, one kill and two assists.

Haley Middendorf had one point, eight digs and two kills.

Rachel Clendenin finished with one point and two kills.

McKenzi Rucker had one block and three assists.

Alyssa Keith finished with eight digs while Logan Colvis had one kill.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Carmi and Chester to meet in Class 2A football playoffs...again

It not only will be a conference rematch, it will be a rematch of the first round of the playoffs from last year.

For the second year in a row, the Carmi-White County Bulldogs will travel to Chester for the opening round of the Class 2A football playoffs. The pairings were announced Saturday by the IHSA.

The bottom half of the quad could be considered a Black Diamond Conference tournament. While the Yellow Jackets will host Carmi White-County, Eldorado will play at Johnston City.

The winners of the Eldorado-Johnston City game and Carmi-Chester game will meet in the second round.

The Black Diamond Conference is guaranteed to have a team in the quarterfinal round. However, the BDC has not won a post-season game against a non-conference opponent in five years.

The Yellow Jackets beat the Bulldogs 41-18 in week 4 of this season at Carmi.

Kickoff is set for 4:30pm Saturday at W.O. Smith Field. Gates open at 3pm and tickets are $5 a piece as set by the IHSA.

Four members of the Yellow Jacket Cross Country team will head to sectionals

Four members of the Chester High School Cross Country teams will head to the sectional round after the regional meets were held Saturday at the Randolph County Conservation Area.

Two members from the Lady Yellow Jacket team and two members from the Yellow Jacket team will advance to next Saturday's sectional at Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville.

In the girls meet, Herrin won the championship with 74 points followed by Carterville (95), Murphysboro (126), Sparta (127), Nashville (136), Red Bud (143), Du Quoin (149), Chester (157), Okawville (188), Pinckneyville (189) and Valmeyer (218).

Junior Cherree Miller qualified for the sectional after finished 10th overall Saturday with a time of 20:53. Freshman Jessica Kattenbraker also qualified with her time of 23:33 to finished 19th overall.

Also running for Chester was Taylor Dunning (20th, 22:43), Mikayla Atchison (55th, 25:24), Whitney Gibbs (69th, 27:15) and Elizabeth Heffernan (80th, 29:43).

Sparta won the boys regional championship with 60 points followed by Nashville (61), Carterville (123), Pinckneyville (143), Red Bud (146), Murphysboro (149), Steeleville (174), Herrin (189), Chester (220), Okawville (223), Marissa (309), Valmeyer (326) and Du Quoin (386).

Senior Alec Burdel qualified for the sectional after finishing fifth overall with a time of 17:36. Also heading to Edwardsville is junior Lucas Doiron who finished 16th with a time of 18:30.

Also running for the Yellow Jackets was Nick Rinehart (63rd, 20:42), Josh Haberberger (73rd, 21:00), Tyler Knop (80th, 21:54) and Austyn Phillips (87th, 23:23).

The sectional race will start at 10am Saturday, November 1 at SIU Edwardsville and is hosted by Metro East Lutheran High School.

Yellow Jacket freshmen football team wraps up season with 40-34 win over Sparta

Curt Meyer connected with Nick Heffernan for a 60 yard touchdown pass with just 10 seconds left Saturday to lift the Yellow Jacket freshmen football team to a 40-34 win over the Sparta Bulldogs.

Sparta jumped out to a 6-0 lead after Naseur Hobbs scored on a 19 yard pass from Jacob Price with 1:49 left in the first quarter.

But Chester (5-2) took the lead at halftime after a pair of touchdown passed from Meyer to Clayton Richelman. The first was a 69 yard pass with 8:45 left in the half while the other was a 57 yard pass with just 52 second left.

Jon Williams pulled the Bulldogs to within two points after he scored on a 26 yard run with 8:14 left in the third.

Heffernan pushed Chester's lead back to 10 points when he scored on a 5-yard run and added the two-point conversion with 2:08 left in the quarter.

On the ensuing kickoff, Jon Williams returned it some 77 yards for the touchdown with 1:50 left in the third.

Sparta took the lead early in the fourth. Quarterback Jacob Price scored on a four-yard run with 8:56 left but the conversion failed. Sparta led 26-24.

The final two minutes were heart-racing for the fans at W.O. Smith Field.

Heffernan scored on a two-yard run with 1:55 left and caught the two-point conversion from Meyer to give Chester a 32-26 lead.

The Dawgs regained the lead with just 39 second left when Hobbs caught a 15 yard pass from Price. Williams added the two-point conversion to give Sparta a 34-32 lead.

Heffernan and Meyer hooked up on the game winner with just 10 seconds left to give the Yellow Jackets the six-point win.

Chester finished with 389 yards of total offense, 184 on the ground and 205 through the air.

Jack Hathway led the ground attack with 63 yards on five carries. Wyatt Roth had 62 yards on 15 attempts. Meyer finished with 35 yards on five carries while Heffernan had seven carries for 24 yards.

Meyer finished 4-for-8 passing for 205 yards.

Richelman caught two passed for 126 yards, Heffernan had 60 yards on one reception and Hathway had 19 yards on one catch.

Defensively, Heffernan had 10 tackles to lead Chester. Hathaway finished with nine. Roth and Logan Wahl each had seven.

Yellow Jackets rally for 33-28 win over Fairfield, will share BDC Championship

For the third year in a row, the Yellow Jacket football team has claimed at least a share of the Black Diamond Conference championship.

It was anything but easy Friday night as the Yellow Jackets scored a last second touchdown to beat the Fairfield Mules 33-28. Chester (8-1, 8-1) will share the conference title with Johnston City.

Fairfield hit the scoreboard first on a two-yard run by Devon Davis with 6:58 left in the first quarter. The two-point conversion failed and the Mules led 6-0.

Chester answered with 7:42 left in the first half when Blake Eggemeyer scored his first of three touchdowns, this one a five-yard run. Christan Gray added the extra point to give the Yellow Jackets a 7-6 lead.

Then just about three minutes later, Fairfield quarterback Brendan Mitchell connected with Wyatt Borah on a 41 yard touchdown pass to give the Mules a 14-7 lead after they also scored on the two-point conversion.

Chester tied the game with just :14 left in the first half when B. Eggemeyer scored on a two-yard run. Gray's extra point sent the game to the halftime break tied 14-14.

The Yellow Jackets came out on a mission to start the second half. Chester marched right down the field and capped off the drive with a 10-yard run by Luke Hartman. The extra point gave the Yellow Jackets a 21-20 lead.

Mitchell and Borah hooked up again for another touchdown, this time a 75-yard pass with just 51 seconds left in the third quarter. But the conversion failed and Chester led 21-20.

In the fourth, with just 8:58 left, quarterback Wyatt Ruehling connected with Jordan Berner for a 54-yard touchdown pass. The extra point was blocked but the Yellow Jackets led 27-20.

On Chester's next possession, the Yellow Jackets appeared to have the first down on a long run by Hartman. His forward progress was stopped, but the Mules stripped the ball and recovered to start deep in Chester territory. The Mules scored with 5:19 left on a 23 yard pass from Mitchell to Davis. The two-point conversion was good and the Mules led 28-27.

Chester converted twice on fourth down on their final drive and was the recipient of two pass interference calls on the Mules which moved the ball down to the Fairfield five yard line. After three failed attempts to get into the endzone, B. Eggemeyer scored the go-ahead score with just 09 second left on a one-yard run.

Fairfield had one final chance but Mitchell was chased down by Jacob Golding and eventually threw an incomplete pass to end the game.

Final score - Chester 33, Fairfield 28.

The Mules finished with 253 yards of total offense, 155 on the ground and 98 through the air.

Colton Land led their ground attack with 70 yards on 21 attempts. Wyatt Borah had 45 yards on three carries.

Brendan Mitchell was 2-for-11 passing for 98 yards. One pass was caught by Borah for 75 yards while the other was caught by Davis for 23 yards.

The Mules finished with 10 first downs and were penalized four times for 29 yards.

Chester racked up 329 yards of total offense, 184 on the ground and 145 through the air.

B. Eggemeyer finished with 93 yards on 21 attempts. Hartman had 54 yards on nine carries while C. Morefield had 33 yards on eight carries.

Ruehling was 6-for-18 passing with one interception for 145 yards. Three passes were caught by Berner for 102 yards, Hartman had two catches for 37 yards and Hunter Howie had a catch for six yards.

Ruehling topped the 1,000 yard passing mark for the season. He now has 1,007 yards passing so far through nine games.

Chester racked up 19 first downs and was penalized nine times for 66 yards.

Jordan Berner led Chester defensively with 13 tackles. Issiac Wingerter and Jacob Golding each had seven while Luke Hartman finished with five.