Sports Week of August 31, 2015
Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Lady Yellow Jacket varsity volleyball season begins Wednesday at Marissa
The Chester Lady Yellow Jacket varsity volleyball season will begin Wednesday at the Marissa-New Athens Labor Day Volleyball Tournament.
The Lady Yellow Jackets are among 16 teams entered into this pool play style tournament. Chester has been assigned to Pool "A" with Red Bud, Steeleville and Dupo.
All three of Chester's matches in pool play will be played at Marissa. The Lady Yellow Jackets will play Dupo Wednesday at 5:30pm and turn around and play Steeleville at 6:30pm.
Then, the Lady Yellow Jackets will wrap up pool play against Red Bud at 5:30pm on Thursday.
The finals will be held on Friday. If Chester wins their pool, they will head to the championship round at Marissa at 4:30pm. If Chester finishes second or third, they will head to New Athens for the second place pool or third place pool.
If they finish winless in pool play, their play in this tournament would be over.
Monday, August 31, 2015
Yellow Jackets give Jeremy Blechle first win as coach, beat Fairfield
Yellow Jackets give Jeremy Blechle first win as coach, beat Fairfield 21-6
The Fairfield Mules rolled into W.O. Smith Field Friday night, looking to extend a 14-game, season opening winning streak. However, the Yellow Jackets had other plans in mind.
The Yellow Jackets gave first year head coach Jeremy Blechle his first win as they beat the Mules 21-6 before a large opening night crowd at Coach Smith's house.
This game though resembled more of an old Southwestern Egyptian Conference style of a football game than a Black Diamond Conference game. Smash mouth football to say the least.
Fairfield's first play from scrimmage was a 39 yard run from Wyatt Borah but linebacker Jordan Berner came from the other side of the field and knocked the ball out of Borah's hands.
The Yellow Jackets later scored with 3:43 left in the first quarter when sophomore quarterback Curt Meyer connected with Savion Smith, who made an acrobatic catch, for a 17 yard touchdown. Christian Gray added the extra point and the Yellow Jackets led 7-0.
Later, with 6:01 left in the first half, Jordan Berner scored on a 15 yard run and with Gray's extra point, the Yellow Jackets took a 14-0 lead to the locker room at halftime.
In the third, Demontae Martin scored on an eight yard run with 5:18 left and Gray's extra point gave Chester a 21-0 lead.
The shutout was spoiled by Fairfield with 7:23 left in the game when Colton Land scored on a fourth down play from two yards out. The two-point conversion failed.
Final score - Chester 21, Fairfield 6.
Fairfield racked up 223 yards of offense, 222 of which came on the ground.
Colton Land led the Mules' ground attack with 17 carries for 145 yards. Wyatt Borah finished with 75 yards on 14 attempts.
Fairfield finished with 14 first downs and was penalized just twice for 10 yards.
The Yellow Jackets finished with 239 yards of total offense, 103 on the ground and 136 through the air.
Blake Eggemeyer led the rushing attack with 78 yards on 19 attempts. Demontae Martin had 44 yards on five attempts while Jordan Berner finished with 40 yards on seven carries.
Playing in his first varsity game, sophomore QB Curt Meyer was 6-for-10 for 136 yards. Berner caught two passes for 69 yards, Luke Hartman had two catches for 52 yards while Savion Smith had 15 yards on two receptions.
The Yellow Jackets finished with 14 first downs and were penalized five times for 60 yards.
Defensively for Chester, Berner led with 16 tackles for the Freak Show. Jake Golding had eight, Chris Lang finished with six, Demontae Martin and Luke Hartman each had five and Blake Eggemeyer and William Morefield each had four.
Three Yellow Jacket cross country runners medal at Metro East Lutheran Invite
The Chester Yellow Jacket cross country teams participated in the Metro East Lutheran Cross Country Invitational Saturday at Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville.
Some 37 teams participated in the boys’ race while 30 teams participated in the girls race.
In the girls’ race, Rochester finished first with 58 points while the Lady Yellow Jackets finished 21st with a team score of 566.
Sophomore Taylor Dunning turned in the Lady Yellow Jackets' best performance with a time of 23:10, good enough for 54th place overall. Jessica Kattenbraker also medaled with a time of 23:35 which placed her in 64th overall.
Ellen Blechle turned in a time of 27:06, good enough for 180th place. Shea Petrowske's time of 28:00 was good enough for 213th. Whitney Gibbs finished 246th overall with a time of 29:10.
Also running for Chester was Elizabeth Soellner (30:21, 270th) and Elizabeth Heffernan (32:)8, 294th).
Salem won the boys race with 96 points while Chester finished 34th overall with 868 points.
Lucas Doiron, who earned a medal, finished 117th overall for the Yellow Jackets with a time of 20:31.
Josh Haberberger finished 199th with a time of 21:51. Jason Schwartz finished with a time of 22:15 good enough for 217th place overall. Jakob Cushman finished in 274th place with a time of 23:27. Joe Soellner finished 283rd overall with a time of 23:37.
Also running for the Yellow Jackets in the race was Mitchell Colonel (24:05, 307th) and Trent Doiron (24:27, 320th).
The cross country teams will return to action Wednesday at the Columbia Relays at 4pm.
Freshmen football team finishes Freeburg Jamboree 1-2
The Chester Yellow Jacket freshmen football team opened their high school careers Saturday by playing in a football jamboree hosted by Freeburg High School.
In their first game, the Yellow Jackets lost 14-0 to Breese (Mater Dei) but then turned around and beat Nashville 14-7.
In their final game Saturday, the young Yellow Jackets lost to the host Midgets 7-0.
The freshmen are scheduled to return to action on Thursday, September 10 at West Frankfort. Kickoff is set for 6pm.
Yellow Jacket boys golf win six-team match by one stroke
The Chester Yellow Jacket boys' golf team snuck out of Marissa Friday with a one-stroke win over the host team in a six-team match.
The Yellow Jackets won the match with a team score of 170 followed by Marissa-Coulterville (171), Waterloo (Gibault) (183), Valmeyer (192), New Athens (215) and First Baptist (NTS).
Austin Welge fired off a round of 41 to pace the Yellow Jackets. Bay Modglin carded a 42, Jacob Wingerter turned in a 43 while Brennan White finished with a 44.
Also on the links for the Yellow Jackets was Derek Mott who finished the afternoon with a round of 45.
The Yellow Jackets return to the links Tuesday at home against Anna Jonesboro. Tee time at the Chester Country Club is 4pm.