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Sports Week of May 18, 2015

Friday, May 22, 2015

Football coach Bryan Lee leaving Chester for Carbondale; search begins soon for replacement

The search will begin very soon for a new head football coach at Chester High School after Bryan Lee was hired as the new football coach at Carbondale High School.

Lee was 51-21 in seven years at Chester High School, leading the Yellow Jackets to six playoff appearances. Last year, he guided the Yellow Jackets to their first ever quarterfinal round appearance.

Lee is second on the all-time wins list at Chester, only behind former coach Dennis Roth. He has won Southern Illinois Coach of the Year three times with the last award coming this past March.

He came to Chester in 2008 after a 10-year stay at Southern Lee High School in Sanford, North Carolina.

Lee had applied for the principal position at CHS after earning his Masters Degree in Educational Administration. The school board decided instead of hiring someone who has been at CHS the past seven years, they hired Sarah Gass from O'Fallon with no principal experience or connection to Chester. Lee told the Herald Tribune that he had to make the best decision for his family and that is a move to Carbondale.

Lee will replace former coach Mark Albertini who coached the Terriers for one season. Albertini was recently promoted to athletic director at Carbondale. He also told the Herald Tribune that assistant coach Jim Howie will be following him to Carbondale.

Yellow Jacket senior Issiac Wingerter to represent CHS at boys state track meet

The Chester Yellow Jacket boys track team will send senior Issiac Wingerter to the Class 1A boys state track meet after the sectional meet was held at CHS Thursday.

Wingerter, who qualified for state last year, will be the lone representative at Charleston. The senior finished second in the 300 IM hurdles with a time of :41.5.

Sparta won their seventh straight sectional title with 96 points followed by Trenton (Wesclin) (77), Nashville (56), Pinckneyville (54), Belleville (Althoff) (51), Breese (Mater Dei) (41), Du Quoin (39), Dupo (39), Chester (32), Okawville (22), Lebanon (17), Sesser Valier (16), Red Bud (14) and New Athens (4).

The Class 1A prelims will be held next Thursday at Eastern Illinois University's O'Brien Stadium in Charleston.

400 and 800 relay teams advance to Class 1A Girls State Track Finals in Charleston

The Chester Lady Yellow Jacket track team will be represented in the Class 1A State Finals on Saturday after the preliminary round was held Thursday at O'Brien Stadium on the campus of Eastern Illinois University in Charleston.

The 400 relay team of Morgan Atchison, Cherree Miller, Rachel Clendenin and McKenzi Rucker advanced to Saturday's final. The foursome finished second in their heat with a time of :51.05.

The 800 relay team of Cherree Miller, Mikayla Atchison, Rachel Clendenin and McKenzi Rucker advanced to Saturday's final (1:47.5). Their time is also a new school record.

Morgan Atchison failed to advance to the state finals in the 110 high hurdles. She finished fifth in her heat with a time of :16.46. Atchison finished fourth in her heat in the 300 IM hurdles with a time of :48.04 and did not qualify for Saturday’s finals.

McKenzi Rucker failed to advance to the state finals in the 100 dash. She finished fourth in her heat with a time of :12.77. The senior also failed to advance in the 200 after finishing with a time of :27.24, good enough for fourth in her heat.

Rachel Clendenin finished 10th in her flight in the pole vault with a leap of 8' 6". She unfortunately will not advance to Saturday's finals.

Mikayla Atchison finished eighth in her flight in the triple jump with a leap of 32' 10.5" but will not advance to finals.

The 1600 relay team of Mikayla Atchison, Rachel Clendenin, Jessica Kattenbraker and Cherree Miller finished with a time of 4:14.53 but did not advance.

The Class 2A and Class 3A prelims will be held on Friday in Charleston with the finals set for all three classes on Saturday.

The finals in the 400 relay are expected to begin at 11:40am Saturday while the 800 relays are set to start at 2:25pm.

Lady Yellow Jacket softball season ends

The Chester Lady Yellow Jacket softball season came to an end Thursday in the semifinal round of the Nashville Class 2A regional.

Chester fell to Red Bud 5-3.

The Lady Yellow Jackets end their season with a record of 8-18.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Yellow Jackets advance to semifinals after beating Sparta

The Chester Yellow Jacket baseball team advanced to the Class 2A regional semifinals Tuesday with a 7-2 win over the Sparta Bulldogs in a quarterfinal round game played in Chester.

Now 20-8 on the season, Chester will head to Red Bud on Thursday to play Waterloo (Gibault) in a regional semifinal round game at 4:30pm. Although the game could be pushed back to Friday because of the wet weather in the area today. Red Bud is scheduled to host the other regional semifinal round game today.

Tuesday’s regional win was the 20th win for Chester and head coach Jeremy Blechle. Blechle now has led the Yellow Jacket baseball program to four straight 20-win seasons, the most of any coach in the history of the program.

Before the season, Blechle was tied with former coach Jeff Kordys who had three 20-win seasons while coaching the Yellow Jackets from 1994-2003 and 2005-2008. Blechle played for Kordys while wearing the Orange and Black for the Yellow Jackets in the late 1990 and 2000.

After a scoreless first inning, the Yellow Jackets scored twice in the second and plated four more in the third to take a 6-0 lead. After the Bulldogs scored their two runs in the top of the fifth on a basehit by Drew Kordys, the Yellow Jackets would score their final run in the bottom of the sixth inning en route to the win.

Austin Welge picked up the win for the Yellow Jackets. The junior allowed two runs on seven hits, walked one while striking out nine.

Luke Hartman went 2-for-3 for the Yellow Jackets with an RBI, run scored and stolen base. Hunter Howie (1-4), Jason Schwartz (1-4), Wyatt Ruehling (1-2) and Christian Mitchell (1-2) each collected a hit in the win.

Kordys finished 2-for-3 with two RBI for the Bulldogs.

Clendenin dismissed as Lady Yellow Jacket girls basketball coach

On a 4-3 vote Tuesday night, the Board of Education of Chester Unit School District #139 decided to dismiss high school girls basketball coach Connie Clendenin.

The vote came during the regular meeting of the board which was pushed up two days this month because of the 8th grade graduation ceremony set for Thursday night in Colbert Gym at the high school.

Board members Dan Colvis, Mitch Hammel, Trent Vasquez and Tom Welge voted to dismiss Clendenin while Larry Asselmeier, Troy Clendenin and Jamie Eggemeyer voted to keep her.

Clendenin just completed her second year as varsity coach of the program. Chester was 10-16 this past season and 16-30 under Clendenin in her two years.

Chester's 10 wins this past season was the most for the program since the 2004-2005 season when the Lady Yellow Jackets were 11-15 under former head coach Rick Powley.

The search will begin soon for a new girls basketball coach for the Lady Yellow Jackets.

Yellow Jackets boys finish 13th at 18-team Morris Invitational at Nashville

The Chester Yellow Jacket boys track team finished in 13th place Monday at the Morris Invitational meet hosted by Nashville High School.

Sparta won the meet with 91 points followed by Nashville (66), Wesclin (65), Pinckneyville (61), Dupo (39.5), Benton (36), Breese (Mater Dei) (34), Du Quoin (34), Breese (Central) (27), Madison (25), Okawville (21), Columbia (16.5), Chester (14), Red Bud (11), Greenville (10), New Athens (4), Centralia (Christ Our Rock Lutheran) (2) and East Alton-Wood River (1).

Here are the results for the Yellow Jackets...

Issiac Wingerter finished fourth in the 300 hurldes (:42.88)

Savion Smith finished third in the high jump (6' 0")

The relay team of Issiac Wingerter, Lucas Doiron, Chris Lang and Savion Smith finished fourth in the 800 with a time of 1:36.12.

Next up for the Yellow Jackets will be the Class 1A Sectional meet on Thursday at 3:30pm. Chester High School will host the meet.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Back to Back Sectional Championship for CHS Lady Yellow Jacket Track Team

"We are the champions" rang out through the streets of Chester late Friday night as the Chester High School Lady Yellow Jacket track team was welcomed home with a victory parade through town after winning the Class 1A Sectional Meet at Nashville.

Members of the Chester Police Department met the champs and provided escort along with some parents and fans through the streets of Chester before returning back to Chester High School.

It was the second straight Sectional Championship for the CHS Lady Yellow Jackets and the sixth in school history.

The Lady Yellow Jackets snuck by Belleville (Althoff) to win the meet hosted by Nashville High School. Chester won the title with 107.5 points, just 1.5 points ahead of second place Belleville (Althoff).

Nashville finished a distant third with 63.5 points followed by Sparta (49), Trenton Wesclin (42), Red Bud (39), Pinckneyville (36), Waterloo (Gibault) (24), Lebanon (23), Dupo (22), Okawville (16), New Athens (15), Madison (10), Edwardsville (Metro-East Lutheran) (3) and Steeleville (1).

Here are the qualifiers for Chester for this Thursday's Class 1A prelims at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston.

Rachel Clendenin finished second in the pole vault with a leap of 9' 0".

Mikayla Atchison finished second in the triple jump with a leap of 32' 9.75". Atchison’s second place finish gave Chester eight points which pushed the Lady Yellow Jackets to the sectional championship.

Morgan Atchison won the 100 hurdles (:16.13) and finished second in the 300 low hurdles (:48.51).

McKenzi Rucker won the 100 (:12.95) and finished second in the 200 (:26.60).

Cherree Miller qualified in the 800 with a time of 2:25.91, good enough for third overall.

The 400 relay team of Morgan Atchison, Cherree Miller, Rachel Clendenin and McKenzi Rucker finished first with a time of :50.93.

The 800 relay team of Morgan Atchison, Mikayla Atchison, Rachel Clendenin and McKenzi Rucker finished first with a time of 1:49.10.

The 1600 relay team of Mikayla Atchison, Rachel Clendenin, Cherree Miller and Jessica Kattenbraker finished first with a time of 4:17.58.

Yellow Jacket baseball team drops regular season finale to Du Quoin 7-3

Playing in their final game of the regular season Friday, the Chester Yellow Jackets fell to the Du Quoin Indians 7-3 in Du Quoin.

The Yellow Jackets finish the regular season with a mark of 19-8. The post-season begins Monday as the Yellow Jackets will host Sparta as part of the Red Bud Class 2A Regional. Game time at the Cohen Sports Complex is 4:30pm.

Chester held an early 3-0 lead after scoring a single run in the first and two more in teh second.

But a seven-run, fifth-inning doomed the Yellow Jackets. Du Quoin's Jacob Valier hit a grand slam home run off Yellow Jacket pitcher Christian Mitchell to lead the Indians to the non-conference win.

Mitchell took the loss for Chester.

Cody Eggemeyer was 1-for-4 at the plate for Chester while Austin Welge finished 1-for-3.