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Sports Week of August 25, 2014

Friday, August 29, 2014

SIU Football team beats up on NAIA school Taylor University 45-0

The Southern Illinois football team (1-0) started the season with a flourish on Thursday night's 45-0 win over Taylor University (0-1) at Saluki Stadium. While the defense was pitching a shutout of the NAIA opponent, the offense was racking up 546 yards of offense and six touchdowns.

Senior running back Malcolm Agnew took a handoff on the game's first play from scrimmage and ran it 65 yards for a touchdown, just 15 seconds into the game. It was SIU's fastest score of any season opener in school history.

"It's always huge but sometimes that can even work against you," head coach Dale Lennon said of Agnew's first run. "When you start off to fast sometimes that can let your guard down and the other team can battle back. I was happy we kept the intensity up. Malcolm showed how good of a running back he is going to be for us this season."

Three carries later, Agnew was off to the races again, scoring on a 45-yard run. Midway through the second quarter, he took a screen pass 62 yards for his third touchdown of the day. Agnew only played the first half but put up two games worth of stats: he finished with 207 yards of total offense and three touchdowns--and he only touched the ball eight times.

"We wanted to come out and establish the run," Agnew said. "I think that's going to be our identity for this entire year. For us to come out and score a touchdown on the first play, that paid dividends for us."

Quarterback Mark Iannotti had a strong first career start. Playing only the first half, Iannotti completed 11-of-16 passes for 181 yards a two touchdowns along with one interception.

While the Saluki offense was breaking big plays, SIU's defense overpowered the Trojan offense. After the first quarter, Southern had outgained TU 228-40 and ended up with a 405-yard advantage in total offense.

After taking a 35-0 lead into the break, Southern pulled a majority of the starters for the second half. While the offense slowed into a time-burning ground attack, the defense kept Lennon's fifth shutout at SIU intact and limited the Trojans to just 70 second-half yards.

SIU blew up drives thanks to five sacks and eight tackles for loss. The Trojans never seriously threatened and didn't get more than one first down on any drive until the third quarter. Taylor never moved the ball into the red zone and only touched SIU territory three times. The first two times Taylor moved into SIU territory, Lamonte Edwards blew up the drives with a sack and four-yard TFL. Edwards led the defense with 2.5 TFLs and a sack among his five tackles.

It was Southern's backups that forced Taylor's only turnover. Late in the fourth quarter, Mike Cotton forced a fumble on a sack and Antony Greenhow recovered before the offense took a knee and ran out the clock.

"The most satisfying thing for a coach isn't the All-American or All-Conference player making the plays, it's the reserve that hardly ever gets in and makes a big play at the end," Lennon said. "It just puts a big smile on your face. I was very pleased with how some of our reserves played, they did not want to give up the score."

SIU opens FCS play on Saturday, Sept. 6, at Eastern Illinois at 6 p.m. and will try to break a two-game losing streak to the Panthers.

"We went out there and did what we wanted to do," Lennon said. "But there is a lot of work to do. Things are going to get extremely challenging this week, and our guys know that. They know this game will be personal, and there's history there."

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Middendorf’s round of 36 leads Yellow Jacket boys’ golf team to triangular match win

Drake Middendorf fired off a round of 36 Wednesday to lead the Chester Yellow Jacket boys’ golf team to a triangular match win at the Chester Country Club.

The Yellow Jackets finished with a team score of 155, some 30 strokes better than Trico who finished second with a 185. The Steeleville Warriors finished third with a team score of 189.

In addition to Middendorf’s round of 36, Austin Welge carded a 38 while Daulton Stahlheber finished with a round of 39. Bay Modglin turned in a round of 42 for the afternoon.

The Yellow Jackets return to the links Friday for a match at Marissa. Tee time is 4pm.

Lady Yellow Jackets fall at home to Trico 205-263 at Chester Country Club

The Chester Lady Yellow Jackets dropped a home match Wednesday at home to the Trico Lady Pioneers 205-263 at the Chester Country Club.

Sarah Hecht turned in a round of 53 to pace the Lady Yellow Jackets. Jackie Hopkins carded a round of 55. Kennedy McCormick carded a 76 while Jaclyn Colvis finished with a round of 79.

The Lady Yellow Jackets are scheduled to return to the home links this afternoon at the Chester Country Club.

Tee time is 4pm.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Glory Days Flag Football Tournament set for October 10 at CHS' W.O. Smith Field

This football schedule is shaping up to be one of the weirdest in a very long time. The Yellow Jackets will play twice on Saturday and will even have a week off late in the season.

Chester High School is focusing on the bye week which comes on October 10. To fill that void, the school has announced early plans for a Flag Football Tournament for W.O. Smith Field.

The tournament will start at 6pm on October 10. The cost to enter a team is $200 per team and up to 15 players will be allowed per team. Players do NOT have to be a graduate of Chester High School to play but must be a high school graduate.

The proceeds from the event will benefit the Yellow Jacket football program.

The deadline to enter is Friday, September 12 and those interested in organizing a team and playing in the tournament should call the school at 826-2302 as soon as possible. A limited amount of teams will be accepted.

Referees will be provided to officiate the games.

For fans wanting to attend the tournament, an entry fee of two can good items will be collected. The food items will later be turned over to a local food pantry.

The concession stands will be open during the tournament as well.

Again for more information, you can phone Chester High School at 826-2302 during regular office hours.

Bret and Toree Chandler to be remembered Friday before home opening kickoff

The outpouring of love and support for the surviving children of Bret and Toree Chandler will continue at their alma mater, Chester High School.

At the season opener this Friday, the Yellow Jacket football players will wear Bret's football number (40) on their helmets while the cheerleaders will wear his number on their faces.

Their son Damon will participate in the coin toss prior to kickoff and a moment of silence will be held before the National Anthem.

Bret and Toree were tragically killed in an auto accident in Perry County, MO last month.

The Yellow Jackets will open the season against the Hamilton County Foxes at 7pm Friday at W.O. Smith Field. The game will air live on and

"Sports for the Cure Week" will be held September 8-12 at Chester High School

Chester High School will once again participate in "Sports for the Cure Week" next month.

The week will be held September 8 through September 12 as a way to help raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research, education and services.

The Lady Yellow Jacket volleyball team will host "Volley for the Cure" on Thursday, September 11 when they host Christopher in Daniel Colbert Memorial Gym.

The next night, Friday, September 12, the Yellow Jacket football team will host Sesser Valier Waltonville Woodlawn at 7pm.

The athletes and coaches will be sporting pink and special event T-shirts.

The student athletes are asking Yellow Jacket fans to fill the stands in Colbert Gym and Smith Field with Orange and Black and Pink!

T-shirts are $12 and come in either pink or black. To order a shirt, contact either Rachel Clendenin or McKenzi Rucker or call the school office at 826-2302 during regular office hours.

Proceeds benefit the Susan G. Koman Foundation.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Lady Yellow Jacket golf team falls on the road to Trico 212-251

The Chester Lady Yellow Jacket golf team lost to the Trico Lady Pioneers 212-251 Monday at the Pyramid Oaks Golf Course.

Jackie Hopkins fired off a round of 54 to lead the Lady Yellow Jackets. Sarah Hecht turned in a 55 while Jaclyn Colvis finished the hot afternoon with a 69. Kennedy McCormick carded a round of 73.

The Lady Yellow Jackets return to the Chester Country Club for home matches on Wednesday and Thursday.

Tee time both days is 4pm.

IHSA Board Sets Deadlines For Concussion Course Completion

The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Board of Directors met at its regularly scheduled meeting at the IHSA office in Bloomington on Monday, August 25, 2014, where the Board voted to set deadlines for coaches and administrators to complete the IHSA concussion education course, which became mandatory as a part of a new state law earlier this month.

"The new state law requires all coaches and administrators to complete this course," said IHSA Executive Director Marty Hickman. "However, without a deadline in place, a fall sport coach could realistically wait and complete it in the winter or the spring. Our Board thought it made sense to prevent that scenario from occurring."

In addition, the Board added restrictions that would prevent a coach from coaching until they have completed the course.

The deadline for completing the course will be the first allowable practice date for each sport season. Because of the timing of the law, an extension until September 15 has been granted for fall coaches in 2014.

"Over 10,000 coaches and administrators have completed the course already," said Hickman. "That includes about 90 percent of the football coaches in the state and 80 percent of all fall sport coaches. We appreciate our member schools complying with this law in a timely manner, just as we commend the medical professionals who helped prepare the education and test."

Monday, August 25, 2014

Yellow Jacket boys’ golf team finishes ninth at Anna Jonesboro Invitational Saturday

The Chester Yellow Jacket boys’ golf team finished ninth Saturday at the 20-team Anna Jonesboro Invitational held at the Union County Country Club.

Harrisburg won the invitational with a team score of 267 followed by Massac County (274), Hamilton County (275), Carterville (283), Nashville (284), Benton (284), Marion (299), West Frankfort (301), Chester (310), Murphysboro (316), Herrin (318), Carbondale (319), Trico (332), Anna Jonesboro (357), Goreville (358), Vienna (362) and Steeleville (367). Cobden, Wayne City and Christian Fellowship did not have enough golfers for an official team score.

Drake Middendorf paced the Yellow Jackets with round of 71. Daulton Stahlheber carded a 74 while Bay Modglin turned in a 76. Austin Welge finished the afternoon with a round of 89.

The Yellow Jackets will return to the links at home on Wednesday at the Chester Country Club. Tee time is 4pm.

Yellow Jacket football teams host annual Soup Scrimmage Friday night

A nice sized crowd attended Friday night's Yellow Jacket football team's soup scrimmage at W.O. Smith Field.

The night began with photo opportunities for members of the print and internet media along with parents. Those bringing their cameras were allowed onto Smith Field to take photos of the coaches, players and cheerleaders.

The teams stretched and went through pregame warm-ups before starting the scrimmage.

All three levels of the Yellow Jacket football team took part in the scrimmage.

The entire event took just under three hours and despite the warm and humid conditions, football fans didn't seem to mind, they were just happy that the football season is here.

A highlight of the night is when former Yellow Jacket Charlie Colvis took some snaps with the varsity offense. Colvis won the right to play in the scrimmage at the Stinger Football team's auction recently. It was reported that Colvis paid more than $350 to participate in the scrimmage.

The varsity Yellow Jackets will open their season this Friday night, August 29 at home against Hamilton County. The game will air live on and

Game times and pairings announced for Marissa-New Athens Labor Day Tournament

The pairings and approximate game times for the 2014 Marissa-New Athens Labor Day Tournament have been released.

Chester is among the 16 teams entered in this year's tournament. The Lady Yellow Jackets have been placed in Pool "C" along with Valmeyer, Columbia and Sparta.

The other schools entered in the tournament include Marissa-Coulterville, Red Bud, Pinckneyville, New Athens, Lebanon, Wesclin, Du Quoin, Steeleville, Dupo, Mehlville and Waterloo (Gibault).

Chester will play two of their three pool matches on the opening night of the tournament, Tuesday, September 2 at Marissa High School. The Lady Yellow Jackets will play Valmeyer at 4:30pm and turn around and play Columbia at 6:30pm.

Chester will wrap up pool play on Thursday, September 4 against Sparta at 7:30pm. This will be the final match of the night so there is always a chance the start time could be sooner or later.

The top two teams in each pool advance to the finals which are set for Friday, September 5. The championship round will be played at New Athens while the 2nd place finishers will meet at Marissa.

Registration under for Popeye Sand Co-Ed Volleyball Tournament

Registration is underway for the annual Popeye Sand Co-Ed Volleyball Tournament. The tournament will be held on Saturday, September 6 beginning at 10am at the Chester Eagles on Hacker Street.

Tournament coordinator Stacey Search says the entry fee for the tournament is $60.

While the tournament will begin at 10am, she says play will stop around 11:30am so players and their families can attend the picnic parade which steps off that morning at 11:30am at Chester High School. The Chester Eagles is only three blocks from the parade route, so those playing in the tournament can walk to the parade.

To register your team or for more information, you can phone Stacey at 826-3660 or by cell phone at 615-6224.

Popeye Wiffle Ball Classic set for Saturday, September 6

The annual Coors Light Wiffle Ball Classic will be held during next month’s Popeye Picnic in Chester.

Organizer Tate Search says the tournament will be a double elimination and each team will need three players.

The entry fee is $45 per team. Players must be at least 21 years old to play.

The tournament will be held on Saturday, September 6 at the Catholic Bowl behind St. Mary’s Catholic School. Check in time is noon with the tournament set to begin at 12:30pm.

For more information or to register, you can phone Tate Search at 615-6874 or Tyler Search at 615-5511.

Glow Ball Golf Tournament coming to Chester Country Club next month

If you ever had a desire to golf at night, the Chester County Club will make that dream a reality next month and also give you the chance to help out the Rebecca Young Memorial Scholarship fund at Chester High School.

The Glow Ball Tournament will be held on Saturday, September 20 at the Chester Country Club. The tournament will be a four-person scramble with the entry fee set at $120 per team.

Tee time is set for 7:45pm.

Hot dogs and chili will be served starting at 6pm. Even if you don’t golf, you can participate in the fundraiser by purchasing tickets for the 50/50 drawing and other raffle items.

All proceeds from the tournament will be donated to the Rebecca Young Memorial Scholarship Fund. Rebecca, the daughter of Mike and Leslie Young of Chester, died from injuries sustained in a vehicle accident north of Chester in December 2011. Her family began raising funds for the yearly scholarship at Chester High School a year later. Rebecca was a graduate of the CHS Class of 2011.

For more information about the Glow Ball Golf Tournament, you can phone the Chester Country Club at 826-3168.