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Thursday, February 22, 2018

Reithís last second jumper lifts Yellow Jackets to regional final

Chester's Ian Reith hit a jump shot with seven seconds left Wednesday night to lift the Yellow Jackets to a 53-52 win over the Du Quoin Indians in the semifinal round of the Johnston City Class 2A Regional.

The win advanced the Yellow Jackets to the regional championship Friday night where they'll meet Anna Jonesboro.

Chester, now 22-8, last won a regional championship in 2013.

The win also ties the record for most wins in a season with 22 which was set in the 1954-55 season when the Yellow Jackets finished 22-8.

Anna Jonesboro beat Chester 47-42 back on December 19 in Colbert Memorial Gym.

Game time Friday night in Johnston City is 7pm.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Yellow Jackets begin post-season with win over Johnston City

Chester began the "Road to Peoria" last night with a 67-40 win over Johnston City in the quarterfinal round of the Johnston City Class 2A regional.

Now 21-8, the Yellow Jackets will meet Du Quoin in a regional semifinal Wednesday night at 7pm in Johnston City.

Other game last night at the Johnston City Class 2A Regional

West Frankfort 61, Vienna 38

Tonight, Anna Jonesboro and West Frankfort will meet in a semifinal round matchup at 7pm.

Monday, February 19, 2018

YellowJackets wrap up regular season with three wins

by Jim Beers

The Chester High School YellowJackets ended their regular season with wins over Goreville, 60-46, Sesser-Valier, 59-56, and Sparta, 73-43. Those victories came on a hard-fought six-game streak in which the Jackets won six-in-a-row to finish a 20-win season at 20-8 and a Black Diamond Conference West Division record of 9-3; good enough to secure 2nd Place.

Brad Palmer (left) of Classic Country 980 KSGM interviews Brad Norman, Chester High School Head Boys Basketball Coach, immediately following Chester's final home game of the 2017-18 season. The YellowJackets beat the Goreville Blackcats 60-46 on Senior Night. Coach Norman went on the complete a six-game winning streak for the final week of the regular season with wins over Sesser-Valier, 59-56 and Sparta, 73-43, to finish the regular season with 20 overall wins (20-8) and a Black Diamond Conference West Division record of 9-3, good enough for 2nd Place. Norman will now take his YellowJackets into battle in the 2018 IHSA Class 2A Regional Tournament at Johnston City. Jim Beers Photo

The final week of the season brought a three-game battle for CHS which began Tuesday February 13 on Senior Night as YellowJacket fans said goodbye to four senior players, Jake Haberberger, Josh Haberberger, Nick Heffernan, and Clay Herrell. Team manager, Jared Meyers also managed his final home game for CHS.

CHS hosted Goreville for Senior Night. The last meeting against the Blackcats on January 30 had the Jackets losing by just two points, 58-56. Just 14 days later CHS avenged that loss with an exciting and decisive, 60-46 victory.

The YellowJackets led the entire game behind the hot hands of Keith Kiner III, 19 points and Josh Haberberger, 11 points. Chester led 15-12 after one quarter and 28-19 at halftime. After the third period CHS expanded its lead to 10-points, 45-35 and down the stretch, the YellowJackets added 15 more points compared to Gorevilleís 11 points. Chester won, 60-46 in front of a very happy and excited Chester crowd.

In the win, CHS was led by Keith Kiner III who scored 19 points, followed by Josh Haberberger (11), Ian Reith (8), Colin Wingerter (7), Jake Haberberger (5), and Drake Bollman and Jakob Cushman with four points apiece. Chester shot 3-for-7 from the charity stripe (30%).

Goreville was led by senior Braden Webb who scored 13 points. The Jackets defense held Webb, the schoolís all-time leading scorer, to just 13 points behind tough Jacket pressure and double-teaming.

The Blackcatís only other player in double figures was Tanner Dunn with 11 points. Other contributors included Landon Albright (7), Cole Tosh and Morgan Bishop with four points apiece, Peyton Massey (3), and Peyton Geyman and Logyn Frassato with two points apiece. Goreville was 4-for-9 from the Free throw line (44%).

Coming into the game, Gorevilleís record was 16-10 with wins against Carbondale, Benton and Sesser-Valier. With the loss the Blackcats dropped to 16-11. The win improved Chester to 18-8 overall and 8-3 in the BDC West Division and completed a 4-game winning streak.

Coach Brad Norman said, "These boys have been playing very well lately. We have worked hard during practice and we tell them the game-plan. They have been coming to games and actually executing that plan to a letter. They are focused and ready to face a very good Sesser-Valier team Friday night. We feel confident that we can go there and get a quality win against a good team!"

The Jackets finished the rest of the season on the road at Sesser-Valier Friday night February 16 to close the Black Diamond Conference West Division race, and at former River-to-River Conference , Mississippi Division for, Sparta Saturday February 17.

At Sesser-Valier the Jackets faced a tough Red Devils team that beat the Jackets at home, December 8. A much-improved and more confident YellowJacket squad roared into the Red Devilís den Friday February 16 and took charge leading 17-12 after the first quarter. In the second quarter Chester outscored Sesser-Valier, 11-6, to take perhaps an unexpected 10-point lead, 28-18, into halftime.

After regrouping, the Red Devils came back in the thirds quarter to outscore the Jackets, 23-16. Chester still led, 44-41 after three quarters of play. The fourth quarter was a tie with both Chester and Sesser-Valier scoring 15 points apiece. The YellowJackets held on to a three-point lead to upset the Red Devils, 59-56, and get a quality Black Diamond Conference win.

Chester was led by three players in double figures including Ina Reith (17), Drake Bollman (13), and Keith Kiner (11). Other contributors include Jakob Cushman (7), Jake Haberberger (6), Colin Wingerter (3), and Josh Haberberger (2) for a total of 59 points. For the night CHS shot 46 percent (6-for-13) from the free throw line.

Sesser was led by Gunter with 15 points followed by Winchester (14), Rock (12), Launius (8), Gunter (5), and Page (2) for a total of 56 points. For the night Sesser-Valier shot 54 percent (7-of-13).

With the win the YellowJackets completed a 5-game winning streak and improved to 19-8 overall and 9-3 in the Black Diamond Conference West Division. This game completed the conference season and secured the 2nd Place position for Chester in the BDC West.

To end the regular season Chester headed to Randolph County rival Sparta to take on the Bulldogs in a non-conference game. Spartaís Boston was red-hot to start the game scoring all eight of the Bulldogís first points to lead Chester mid-way through the first quarter. After getting two fouls Boston was benched and Chester caught up within one point, 11-10 after one quarter of play.

In the second period Boston was silent and Chester held the Bulldogs to just nine points. Chester, on the other hand, scored 16 points behind a team effort of five players. Colin Wingerter scored five of those points, Ian Reith added four, Jake Haberberger recorded three, and Jakob Cushman and Keith Kiner each contributed two points apiece and the YellowJackets led by six points, 26-20 at halftime.

After the break the YellowJackets came alive and Josh Haberberger knocked down three, three-pointers for nine points. Twin, Jake Haberberger added six points on a pair of field goals and two free throws. Keith Kiner sank two field goals and made one free throw and Reith and Drake Bollman connected for field goals as Chester added 24 points. The Jackets held Sparta to 11 points and led 50-31 going into the final period.

Chester wasnít happy with a 19-point lead, however. In the fourth quarter Kiner, who transferred to Chester from Sparta, went crazy for 13 points alone. During that stretch Kiner was 6-of-7 from the free throw line. He also added a three-pointer and two field goals.

Josh Haberberger and Ethan Bert each connected for three-pointers and Reith and Clay Herrell each made two-pointers for a total of 23 points. Sparta added another 12 points for a total of 43 points. The YellowJackets accumulated 73 points to win the game by 30 points.

Chester played a total of 11 players, nine of which scored points. Kiner led the charge with 22 points followed by Josh Haberberger and Ian Reith who scored 12 points apiece. Other contributors were Jake Haberberger (9), Colin Wingerter and Drake Bollman who scored five points apiece, Ethan Bert (3), Jakob Cushman (3) and Clay Herrell (2). Chester was 18-of-21 from the free throw line (86%).

Sparta was led by Boston who had 16 points followed by Clark (11), Martin (3), Herbert (3), Connors (2), J. Williams (2), Keen (2), Anderson (2), Soelerlund (1) and Lucas (1). Ten Bulldogs contributed to Spartaís 43 points. From the free throw line, Sparta was 7-of-11 (64%).

With the win, the YellowJackets ended their 2017-2018 regular season with an overall record of 20 wins and just eight loses. In the Black Diamond Conference West Division Chester ended up in 2nd Place with a record of 9-3.

The Jackets, seeded No. 5, will face No. 11 Johnston City in the first round of the IHSA Class 2A Johnston City Regional Monday February 19 at 7:30 p.m. The winner will take on No. 3 DuQuoin Wednesday February 21 at 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Yellow Jackets beat Goreville on Senior Night

Chester improved to 18-8 overall and 8-3 in the BDC West Division with a 60-46 win over Goreville on Senior Night.

The Yellow Jackets will wrap up conference play Friday night at Sesser Valier and then wrap up the regular season Saturday in Sparta.

Elsewhere last night...
Okawville 63, Sparta 39
Red Bud 49, New Athens 30
Sesser-Valier 78, Christopher 44
Trico 63, Zeigler-Royalton 40
Valmeyer 81, Brooklyn Lovejoy 77

Chester is the fifth seed in one of two subsectionals that feeds into the Wesclin Sectional. The Yellow Jackets will begin the post-season on Monday, February 19 as part of the Johnston City Regional. The Yellow Jackets will play the host Indians at 7:30pm. The winner will meet Du Quoin in a regional semifinal on Wednesday, February 21 at 7pm.

Monday, February 12, 2018

YellowJackets go unbeaten for the week of February 6-10; improve to 17-8

By Jim Beers

The Chester High School YellowJackets hosted the third of four home games the week of February 6-10. Christopher came to town Tuesday February 6 and the Jackets won, 49-33. Saturday February 10 the YellowJackets hosted Trico and completed the sweep of the Pioneers winning, 53-41.

The game Tuesday February 6 was the third time that Chester played Christopher this season. The Jackets lost the first two meetings. The first loss was 58-53 December 27 at the 2017 Sesser Holiday Tournament. A month later CHS traveled to Christopher where they fell, 40-33.

Some say that the third time is a charm and apparently this adage held true for the Chester YellowJackets because on Tuesday February 6 when the Bearcats came to Colbert Gym, the Jackets returned the favor, beating Christopher, 49-33.

The first quarter was close, but the Bearcats led, 14-11 after one quarter of play. Chester got its act together in the second quarter and shut out the Bearcats 10-0, to lead 21-14 at halftime. Ian Reith was the main man during the first half scoring 14-of-Chesterís 21 points. Keith Kiner III added five points and Colin Wingerter hit one shot for two points.

The third quarter was a toss-up with Chester outscoring Christopher, 12-11, behind the offense of Reith (4), Kiner III (3), Wingerter (3) and Josh Haberberger (2). Chester stayed the course in the fourth quarter outscoring Christopher, 16-8 down the stretch to win the game, 49-33.

Chester was led by two players in double figures. Ian Reith was the Jacketís leading scorer with 24 points. Keith Kiner III added 14. Four other YellowJackets contributed to the win including Colin Wingerter (5), Josh Haberberger (3), Jakob Cushman (2) and Jake Haberberger (1) for Chesterís 49 points.

For the night the Jackets made 17 two-pointers, one three-pointer and they made 12-of-17 free throws (70%).

The Bearcats were led by Bradley Young who scored 13 points. He was Christopherís only player in double figures. Young was followed by Dalton Seager (9), Jared Curry (6), Bryce Pratt (3) and Gabriel Motsinger (2) for Christopherís 33 points. For the night, the Bearcats made six two-pointers, six three-pointers, and three-of-eight free throws (37%).

With the win Chester improved to 16-8 overall and 6-3 in the Black Diamond Conference West Division race. The win also put Chester into a tie for 2nd Place in the BDC West. The win further gave Chester two wins in-a-row.

Saturday February 10 the Trico Pioneers visited Colbert Gym for the season finale between the two Black Diamond Conference rivals. Chester won the first meeting of the year at Trico December 15 by a score of 73-70. It was a close well-fought game in which Chester had three players score in double figures and Trico produced four players in double figures.

Trico led 12-11 after one quarter of play and 22-21 at halftime. The third quarter was a killer for Chester as the Pioneers outscored the Jackets 19-7 to take a nice 41-28 lead into the final stretch; or what everyone was going to be the final stretch!

In the fourth quarter Chester turned the tables on the Pioneers and outscored them 24-18 to tie the game at the end of regulation. It then took triple overtime to determine the winner of this great game, but the YellowJackets came out on top to win, 73-70, on the road.

Saturday February 10 was expected to be another barn-burner and there was a packed house of fans at Colbert Gym. It was CHS Cheer Camp night at Colbert Gym and there were 113 little cheer campers who performed at halftime of the varsity game. With parents and friends of these little campers the place was alive and hoppiní.

The game got off to a very slow start. Both teams could only muster up nine total points in the first quarter. It appeared as if both Chester and Trico were high-strung during the first eight minutes and turned the ball over readily. Poor shot selection did not help, but in addition, both the YellowJackets and the Pioneers were playing hard-nosed defense.

Ian Reith scored five points in the first while Keith Kiner III and Drake Bollman each connected for baskets. Tricoís Carter Naile hit a three and a free throw while Ryan Vogt popped a three-pointer and Jared Meyerhoff scored on a field goal.

The second quarter never did develop any better. As it turned out the second was a replay of the first with each team scoring nine points again!

This time Chesterís Ian Reith scored another five points on two field goals and a free throw. Twins Josh and Jake Haberberger each connected for field goals. Tricoís Meyerhoff drained a three and a two-point field goal while Nick Compton hit two free throw and Naile made a two-pointer. The score was still tied at halftime, 19-19.

CHS Coach Brad Norman said, "We made some adjustments at halftime. These boys do listen. They come out after we talk and agree on something and they execute. When they do as asked, they have success. They want to listen, learn and win."

When the Jackets hit the court again after the halftime break they were a changed team. Energy was there. Shot selection was better and defense was notched-up a bit. It paid off as Chester outscored Trico 19-9 in the third period to take a nice 37-27 lead after three periods.

During that stretch Keith Kiner III picked up his game and scored four field goals including two dunks. He also connected for one free throw for a total of nine points. Ian Reith maintained his offensive proficiency scoring three more field goals for six points. Jakob Cushman and Jake Haberberger knocked down key two-pointers to give Chester 19 points.

Tricoís offense was stalled on nine points for the third-straight quarter. Meyerhoff hit a three ball and two free throws for five points. Seth Myers drained a field goal as did Gavin Thies.

Chester came into the final period with a fairly comfortable 10-point lead. Chester did a good job of controlling the ball and the tempo of the game late in the period. Trico, on the other hand, showed signs of frustration. Both teams resorted to fouling down the stretch as Chester went to the free throw line eight times making seven. Trico visited the free throw line five times making all five.

In the end, the YellowJackets prevailed over the Pioneers, 53-41, to complete the sweep for the season and to improve to 17-8 overall and 7-3 in the Black Diamond Conference.

Chester was led by Ian Reith who scored 18 points for the Jackets. Keith Kiner III scored 16 points followed by Josh Haberberger (7), Jake Haberberger (6), and Jakob Cushman, Drake Bollman, and Clay Herrell with two points apiece. Chester make a total of 20 two-point field goals; just one three-pointer, and from the free throw line the Jackets made 10-of-14 shots (71%).

Trico also had two players score in double figures including Jared Meyerhoff (16) and Carter Naile (13). Other offensive contributors included Gavin Thies (5), Ryan Vogt (3), and Seth Myers and Nick Compton with two points apiece. For the night the Pioneers made eight two-pointers, five three-pointers, and 10 free throws (10-for-13 or 77%).

Coach Norman said, "Our guys are hard working and want to win. They would like to become the team in our regional that nobody wants to half to play. We will certainly try to make a run at Sesser-Valier next Friday February 16 and gain some momentum going into the regional. I am very proud of these guys right now!"

Chester girls end season with loss to DuQuoin at Regional

By Jim Beers

Chester faced DuQuoin in the opening round of the 2018 IHSA Class 2A Regional Basketball Tournament. The event was hosted at DuQuoin High School and featured six teams including DuQuoin (7), Chester (8), Hamilton County (2), Vienna (3), West Frankfort (6) and Trico (11).

No. 7 DuQuoin hosted No. 8 Chester in the first game of the tournament at 6:00 p.m. Monday February 5. Coach Pat Knowles said, "We matched up fairly well with the Lady Indians on paper. Both teams are young. DuQuoin only has one senior. They have seven juniors, two sophomores and five freshmen. They have that one big girl who will give is problems and they are quick. We are very young. If we have a good night we could move to the next round."

Chester started out fast and furious out of the gate. Destiny Williams and Reese Chandler were hot handed to begin the game. Chandler had seven points early including a three-pointer and two two-point field goals. Williams was hot early with eight points as Chester went on a 15-10 early run by the 2:14 mark of the first quarter.

DuQuoinís Elizabeth Bird, a sophomore, came off of the bench at that point to spark the Indians. She made back-to-back baskets late in the first period to motivate DuQuoin to a 9-0 run and the Lady Indians led, 19-15 at the end of one quarter of play.

CHS freshman Josie Kattenbraker drained a two-pointer to start off the second quarter and fellow freshman Kendall Williams followed with a field goal to tie the game at 19-19 at 6:33. The game tied again 24-24, at 3:44 behind Destiny Williamí back-to-back baskets.

The Indians kept pounding away at the Jackets, however, as six different Indians scored to maintain a close watch on the Lady Jackets. With 3:10 to go in the half, Chester took a one-point lead, 26-25. That lead was short-lived as DuQuoin went on a 6-0 run to retake a nice, 31-26 lead with 1:13 to play in the half.

The Jackets got another basket from Destiny Williams with 7.7 seconds remaining and Chester pulled within six points, 28-34, but that would be as close as the Jackets would get to end the first half. DuQuoin led, 35-28 at halftime.

In the first half Destiny Williams scored 16 of Chesterís 28 points. Chandler added seven, while Kendall Williams contributed three and Josie Kattenbraker added two for a total of 28 points.

DuQuoin was led by Elizabeth Bird who scored 11 points, followed by Grace Haney (8), Chloe Hill (7), Bailey Harsy (5), Katie Smith (3), and Morgan Bullar (1) for the Indianís 35 points. Chester sent the Indians to the free throw line ten times in the first half. The Indians connected for seven points out of those ten free throw attempts.

DuQuoinís Morgan Bullar was fouled right away at the start of the third quarter making both free throws. DuQuoin led by nine points, 37-28 early. The Jackets responded, however, with a nice run on a Destiny Williams two-pointer and a trey by Reese Chandler. Chester then trailed by only four points, 37-33.

DuQuoinís Meryn Gross, a junior, made her only shot of the game to stop the Lady Jacketís and the Indians led, 39-33. Kendall Williams knocked down a three-pointer and Chester pulled within three points, 39-36 with 4:23 to play in the third quarter.

Chloe Hill kept the attack going for DuQuoin and drained a three-pointer to give DuQuoin a 42-36 lead at the 3:18 mark. Chesterís Kendall Williams was fouled and made both of her free throws and Chester trailed by just four points, 42-38 with 3:12 to play in the third period.

With 1:33 left in the third period DuQuoin increased their lead to 45-38. Destiny Williams made a free throw and Reese Chandler connected with a jumper to add three more points to Chesterís total to close the quarter with 41 points. DuQuoin, however, had a 7-0 run to end the period and led, 52-41 after three quarters.

The Lady Indians dressed 15 players for the regional and played seven significantly. Chester, on the other hand, dressed ten players and played six significantly. By the start of the fourth quarter the Lady Jackets were starting to wear down. Fatigue began to show and it was apparent in the amount of energy available to mount a come-from-behind attack.

DuQuoin most likely put the game away on a fierce 8-0 run the open the fourth period. The Lady Indianís Bird began with two back-to-back baskets which extended the Indian lead to 19 points, with 5:24 to play in the game.

The Chester girls do not give up, however. They fight till the last second and leave everything on the floor each game, win or lose. Destiny Williams and Josie Kattenbraker knocked down three-pointers to keep hopes alive with 47 points. Williams kept the fight going with another three baskets and a free throw for a total of 54 Chester points. DuQuoin added another six points to close out the game and allow the Lady Indians to win the contest, 66-54.

For the game Destiny Williams led the Jackets with 29 points. She was followed by Reese Chandler who added 12 points. Kendall Williams contributed eight and Josie Kattenbraker had five points for Chesterís total of 54 points. Just four Lady Jackets contributed to the point-total for Chester.

Chester actually out-rebounded DuQuoin 27-24 on the boards. The Jackets committed 24 turnovers which certainly didnít help their cause. CHS had 10 assists, eight steals, 18 deflections, and eight loose ball recoveries in the loss.

For the game Josie Kattenbraker led in rebounds with six. Destiny Williams led in assists with four and steals with three. Taylor Dunning led in deflections with four and loose ball recoveries with two.

Once again shooting was an issue for the Lady Jackets as the team shot just 42 percent from the field making 23-of-55 shots. From the three-point arc CHS shot 28 percent (5-of-18) and from two-point range the girls made 18-of-37 (37%). Destiny Williams led the Jackets making 13-of26 baskets (50%). From the free throw line Chester shot 71 percent (5-of-7) but they only made it to the charity stripe seven times.

The Lady Indians shot 58 percent from the field making 25-of-43 attempts. They made 5-of-13 three pointers (38%) and shot 55 percent from the three-point line (11-of-20). DuQuoin was led by Bird with 19 points followed by Hanley (12), Harsy (11), Hill (10), Dearmond (6), Smith (3) and Bullar (3).

CHS Head Coach Pat Knowles said, "We had some shots that didnít fall here and there and we kept turning the ball over at crucial times. Our defense wasnít that great because we fouling. We are young with two freshmen, a sophomore and our only two seniors in the lineup. At one time I had four freshen and a sophomore on the court."

"We donít give up though", said Knowles. "Our girls play as a team. They do not pout or get on each otherís back. We have a good nucleus coming back next year with the addition of some bigger incoming freshmen, so we will be alright. I am really proud of our girls this year and hate to lose Taylor Dunning and Abby Myers. I wish them the best of luck in their future careers. They will be missed!"

With the loss, Chester finishes the 2017-18 season with an overall record of 9-17 and a Black Diamond Conference record of 4-8. "I am encouraged by the enthusiasm of this team and their desire to get to work preparing for next year. We have a full off-season planned and everyone seems to be on board to get ready to do great things in 2018-19", said Knowles.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Yellow Jackets beat Christopher, now in second place tie in BDC West

Chester beat Christopher 49-33 last night in Colbert Gym.

With the win, Chester improves to 16-8 overall and 6-3 in the BDC West. Next up is a home game with Trico Saturday night.

The varsity game will air live on Classic Country 980 KSGM around 7:45pm.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Lady Yellow Jacket season ends

Chester saw their season come to an end last night with a 66-54 loss to Du Quoin in the opening round of the Du Quoin Class 2A Regional.

Chester finishes their season with a record of 9-17.

Monday, February 5, 2018

Yellow Jackets beat Vienna; allow Goreville to slip by with 2-point win

By Jim Beers

The Chester High School Yellow Jackets had a very competitive week of basketball to end January and begin February.

The Jackets fought to the finish at Goreville, even outscoring the Blackcats 20-17 down the stretch, but still came out two points short at the final buzzer to lose, 58-56. At CHS boys led the entire game against the Vienna Eagles and won the contest, 52-37 in front of a good crowd at CHS Colbert Gym on Rocky Bridgesí Court.

Chester traveled to Goreville Tuesday January 30 to challenge the Blackcats. The Jackets jumped out to a small 12-7 first quarter lead behind the hot hand of Ian Reith who connected for three field goals. Keith Kiner hit a two-pointer and drained two free throws and Colin Wingerter scored o a field goal.

In the second period Goreville responded with a 16-15 effort, but the Yellow Jackets led, 27-23. In the second period Reith drained three more field goals for six points, Kiner added four points on two field goals and Jakob Cushman hit a three-pointer and a field goal for Chesterís 15 points.

After the halftime break the Blackcats came back ready to compete and outscored Chester again, this time by nine points, 18-9. The Blackcatsí Webb was instrumental in this effort scoring ten points while Dunn hit three two-pointers and Bishop added two points on a field goal.

Chester scored all nine of its points on three-pointers. Jakob Cushman knocked down two threeís while Colin Wingerter nailed a trey for the Jackets. After three quarters of play Goreville edged Chester, by four points, 41-36.

The game boiled down to the final period in which the Blackcats went to the free throw line eight times making four of them. Chester, on the other hand, went to the line just four times and made two free shots.

Chester actually outscored Goreville 20-17 down the stretch, but still fell short by two points. Chesterís Kiner knocked down three field goals in the fourth quarter. Wingerter drained a three ball and hit a field goal. Cushman connected for a trey; Jake Haberberger hit a field goal and connected on two-of-four free throws, and Reith added two points for Chesterís 20 points.

Goreville got help from six players led by Tosh with six points on three field goals. Webb hit a trey and a free throw while Dunn hit a pair of field goals. Frassato, Gudewell and Albright each hit one-of-two free throws for the Catís 17 points. The score sheets read Goreville 58-Chester 56.

Chester was led by four layers with double figures including Ian Reith, Jakob Cushman, and Keith Kiner III with 14 points apiece. Colin Wingerter added 10 points and Jake Haberberger recorded four points. The Jackets were four-for-eight from the free throw line (50%). CHS also connected for 17 two-pointers and six three-pointers.

Goreville had two players in double figures with Webb scoring 24 points and Dunn scoring 12. Tosh added nine points, Bishop recorded five points, and both Massey and Frassato scored three points apiece. Rounding out the Blackcats offense were Gudewell and Albright who each hit the back of a two-point free throw opportunity. Goreville made 8-of-17 free throws (47%). The Cats made 16 two-pointers and six treys.

With the loss Chester fell to an overall record of 14-8 and 4-3 in the Black Diamond Conference. The Jackets returned to the friendly confines of Colbert Gym Saturday February 3 to host BDC rival Vienna.

The Saturday games were part of a four-part event in which the Lady Jackets played both JV and varsity contests in the afternoon and CHS boys played the evening set of games. The JV YellowJackets were tied, 24-24 at halftime behind Ian Reithís 14 points. In the second half, Vienna outscored the Chester JV, 33-28 and Chester lost the contest, 57-52 in a close, exciting effort.

The varsity Jackets led the entire game against the Vienna Eagles. In the first quarter Chester roared out to a significant 14-2 lead behind the hot hand of Keith Kiner III who drained three field goals and a free throw. Colin Wingerter connected for a three-pointer while Lake Haberberger and Ian Reith added field goals. Viennaís Daine scored the Eagleís only points on a field goal.

In the second quarter, Chester sent Vienna to the free throw line 13 times. The Eagles connected on ten of those 13 (77%). That proved to be the difference in an 18-13 effort by Vienna in the second quarter. At halftime, Chester still held a seven-point lead, 27-20.

After halftime the Jackets came out sluggish, but fortunately Vienna did likewise. CHS narrowly outscored the Eagles 9-8 in the third quarter to lead 36-28 after three periods of competition.

During that stretch Jake Haberberger hit a three, Kiner put in two field goals and Reith scored two points on a made bucket. Viennaís Daine scored six-of-the-Eagleís eight points on a three-pointer, a field goal and a free throw. Casey added two points on a field goal.

Down the stretch, Chester sealed the game with a 16-point effort to Viennaís nine points. Kiner had another stellar performance with six points in three field goals. Josh Haberberger made three-of-four free throws for three points. Jakob Cushman popped a three-pointer, and Reith and Nick Heffernan each hit field goals for Chesterís 16 points.

Vienna got three points from Daine who hit a three-pointer, N. Dahncke who made 1-of-2 free throws and Daine who connected for 2-of-4 free throws. Chester won the game, 52-37.

Chester had a great offensive effort from a total of eight players including Keith Kiner III (19), Ian Reith (10), Jake Haberberger (5), Jakob Cushman (5), Josh Haberberger (4), Drake Bollman (4), Colin Wingerter (3), and Nick Heffernan (2). The Jackets made 19 two-point shots, three three-pointers, and 5-of-8 from the free throw line (62%).

Vienna was led by Daine who scored 21 points. He was the only Eagle in double figures. Six other Eagles contributed to the Vienna 37 point total including N. Dahncke, Ross, Hyde, and Naese with three points apiece; and Casey and B. Dahncke with two points apiece. The Eagles hit seven two pointers; three three-pointers; and 14-of-21 from the free throw line.

With the win Chester improved to 15-8 overall and 5-3 in the Black Diamond Conference race. The Yellow Jackets will now host a three-game home stand against Christopher Thursday February 6, Trico Saturday February 10 and Goreville Tuesday February 13.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Yellow Jackets fall at Goreville

Chester couldnít hold on to a first half lead Tuesday night and lost at Goreville 58-56.

Now 14-8 overall and 4-3 in the BDC West, the Yellow Jackets will host Vienna Saturday night.

Goreville also won the JV game 50-27.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Sesser runs away from Lady Jackets, 75-29; Trico escapes with, 54-50 victory

By Jim Beers

The Chester High School Lady Jackets ended their 3-game home stand with back-to-back losses Wednesday and Thursday January 24-25, against Black Diamond Conference rivals Sesser-Valier and Trico.

After beginning the week with a hard-fought, well-played game Monday January 22 in which the girls revenged an earlier loss to Christopher, 68-62, at Colbert Gym, the tables turned to end the week with a 75-29 loss Wednesday January 24 when the Sesser-Valier Lady Red Devils came to town, and Thursday January 25 when the Lady Pioneers narrowly escaped Colbert Gym with a 54-50 win.

Chester had already lost to a very good Sesser-Valier team in the 9th game of the season December 2. The score was 79-39 on Sesserís home court. On January 24 on their own Rocky Bridgesí Court at Colbert Gym in Chester, the Lady Jackets lost, 75-29.

During their home-court contest, Chester held the Lady Red Devils to four-less points than at the first meeting, but the Jackets scored ten-less points in Chester due to a good Lady Devil defense and poor shooting on their part.

CHS Head Coach, Pat Knowles said, "Sesser had one big girl that gave us trouble, and the rest of the team was very quick. I still think our girls could have played with them; however, we shot terrible (22 percent) and turned the ball over 29 times. You canít win ball games that way".

Sesser jumped out to a 20-8 lead in the first quarter, and out-scored CHS 15-8 in the second period to lead 35-16 at halftime. The third quarter killed the Jackets as the Lady Red Devils outscored Chester, 25-5 to extend their lead to 59-21. Sesser doubled Chesterís scoring in the fourth quarter, 16-8 and won the contest by 46 points, 75-29.

Destiny Williams led the Lady Jackets with 16 points followed by Josie Kattenbraker (8), Peyton Clendenin (3), and Reese Chandler (2) for a total of 29 points. The Jackets shot just 11-for-51 from the field for an average of 22 percent. They made 4-of-14 three-pointers (29 %) and 7-of-37 two pointers (19%). Chester was 3-for-8 from the free throw line (37%).

Sesser ĖValier got offensive production from nine layers led by Tucker who had 30 points, followed by McCowen (14), P. Wilderman (8), Hale (7), Zahm (6), Page (4), Breeze (2), Marlo (2), and Fedderke (2) for a total of 75 points. The Lady Red Devils shot 11-of-18 from the free throw line (61%).

The Jackets were out-rebounded 30-19 on the boards. Reese Chandler led Chester in rebounding with five boards. CHS recorded just nine assists led by Destiny Williams (3) and Josie Kattenbraker (3). The Jackets had just three steals and three blocked shots. On defense, Chester had 16 deflections led by Taylor Dunning with six. Dunning also had four-of-Chesterís eight loose ball recoveries. With the loss the Lady Jackets fell to an overall record of 9-13 and a BDC record of 4-6.

Thursday January 25 was a different story. The Jackets were confident going into the game with Trico because they had already won against the Lady Pioneers twice earlier in the season.

The first game of the season was against Trico in the Sparta Tournament November 13. CHS won, 51-50 in a knock-down-drag-out battle. December 7 Chester won at Trico in a BDC match-up winning 54-46. Some say that "the third time is a charm" and it was, for the visiting Lady Pioneers, as they edged the Jackets late in the game to win the BDC contest, 54-50.

Prior to the varsity game the JV played a game of two six-minute halves to give the JV players from both teams a chance to shine.

Chester opened the game with a field goal by Kendall Williams, followed by a basket by Katie Shinabargar. Peyton Clendenin connected for two field goals as the score was tied, 8-8 after the first period. Tricoís Haylee Wolters hit a field goal and a three-pointer and Morgan Snider made a free throw and a field goal for the JV Lady Pioneerís eight points.

Chester dominated the second half as Peyton Clendenin remained hot draining a pair of three-pointers and a two-point layup on a great free from Katie Shinabargar on the assist. Shinabargar knocked down a shot and Reese Chandler drained a three ball for 13 more Chester points.

The Jackets held Trico to just six points in the second half on three, two-point field goals by Kelly Bunselmeyer, Karlee Snider and Reagan Couch. Chester won the game, 21-14. Coach Jennifer King said, "It was really good for the girls to get a win. They work hard and give it their all every night. I am very proud of them and happy for them. Every girl on the six-man roster contributed to the victory."

Chester started off the varsity game on a sour note turning the ball over in the opening seconds of the first quarter. Tricoís Sam Cottom, a freshman, then took over the game scoring the first eight Trico points on four consecutive plays.

Kendall Williams scored first for Chester at 5:59 and Josie Kattenbraker drained a three-pointer at 4:10 giving CHS five points. The ladies trailed 8-5. Kendall scored again giving Chester two points and the score was Trico 12í Chester 10.

The Jackets would not score again the rest of the first period. Trico, on the other hand, scored eight more points on baskets Megan Wettig and Kristyn Reiman and Sam Cottom would bang in two more baskets. Trico led, 18-10 after one quarter.

Chester opened the second period on a 4-0 run on an Abby Myers steal and drive to the hoop and another steal by Kendall Williams and she also drove to the basket for a layup and CHS trailed 18-14.

The Lady Jackets then picked up the defensive pressure and forced three Trico turnovers before Myah Kelley sank a shot and Sam Cottom got another basket down low. Trico led, 22-15 at the 2:51 mark. In the final two minutes Reese Chandler drained a three-pointer, Kendall Williams made a trey at 1:18.

Cottom and Reiman each scored two points apiece for the Lady Pioneers and Trico led 26-21. Chester had the ball with 28 seconds left in the half but turned the ball over. Trico led, 26-21 at halftime.

Trico opened the third quarter with a 5-2 run and led 31-23 at 5:41. Chesterís Destiny Williams got a steal and drove the length of the floor for a layup and CHS pulled within six points, 25-31. Williams hit another field goal at 2:46 and the Jackets trailed 27-33.

After a Trico turnover, Josie Kattenbraker connected for one point on a free throw and on the next play, Trico turned over the ball over on two consecutive plays. Destiny Williams then got another steal, drove the floor and laid the ball up for two points. She was fouled on the drive and made her free throw to complete the three-point play.

Kendall Williams would score twice more before the close of the third quarter and Chester pulled within two points as the buzzer sounded. Trico still led, 37-35, after three quarters of action.

In the opening 48 seconds of the fourth quarter Destiny Williams drove hard to the basket for another layup to tie the game, 37-37. That was the first time Chester had tied the game all evening long.

Destiny Williams would tie the game again at 39-39 with a driving layup. She was fouled on the drive and again, made her free throw to complete another three-point play and give the Lady Jackets their first lead of the game at 40-39.

Trico answered with a shot and a free throw of their own, to retake the lead, 42-40. A CHS turnover led to another Trico two points on Myah Kelleyís basket and Chester had to call a time out 5:05, down 44-40.

Destiny Williams was fouled after the time out on a drive to the hoop and made both free throws, pulling Chester within two points, 44-42. Trico then went on a 6-0 run at led, 50-42 with just 1:36 to play.

With 54 seconds remaining in the ball game, Chesterís Destiny Williams hit a two-pointer and CHS trailed, 50-44. Kendall Williams connected on a free throw with just 40 seconds to play. Trico led, 50-45.

Chester had to start fouling to stop the clock and Trico connected on two free throws to extend their lead, 52-45. Destiny Williams then drained a three pointer pulling Chester within four points, 52-48.

The Destiny Williams show wasnít over yet. With only 13 seconds remaining, Williams got yet another steal, drove the floor and scored. Chester tied the game at 52-52. With almost no time left on the clock, the Jackets had to foul again to save what time was left. Tricoís Megan Wettig calmly sank both free throws to give the Lady Pioneers a 54-50 lead. Chester could not score again and Trico narrowly escaped Colbert Gym with a slim, 54-50 victory.

The game was a classic battle between two Black Diamond Conference foes and Trico prevented a three-game sweep of the 2017-18 season with the win. Chester fell to 9-14 overall with the loss and 4-7 in the Black Diamond Conference.

Chester was led by Destiny Williams who had 21 points, followed by Kendall Williams (17), Abby Myers (4), Josie Kattenbraker (4), and Reese Chandler (4). The Lady Jackets shot 7-of-14 from the free throw line (50%). From three-point range CHS shot 38 percent (5-of-14). From two-point range the Lady Jackets shot 27 percent (15-of-55). For the night Chester shot 29 percent (20-of-69).

For the night, Trico out-rebounded Chester 27-21. The Jackets had 16 turnovers. Reese Chandler led in rebounds with eight. Destiny Williams led in three statistical categories: Assists (7), Steals (3), and Blocked Shots (1). Taylor Dunning led the team in deflections (9) and loose ball recoveries (8).

Trico was led by Sam Cottom who had 24 points followed by Megan Wettig (9), Myah Kelley (7), Kristyn Reiman (6), Bailey Kuhnert (4), Izzy Pierceall (2) and Morgan Snider (2) for a total of 54 points. The Lady Pioneers shot 36 percent from the free throw line (8-of-22).

Lady Jackets revenge loss to Christopher

By Jim Beers

Just two days earlier, Saturday January 20, the Chester Lady Jackets fell 74-62 at Christopher to the Lady Bearcats. What a difference a day makes and a change of venue. Monday January 22 the Bearcats came to Chesterís Colbert Gymnasium and a much-depleted Lady Jacket squad played their hearts out. A true team effort sent the Bearcats home on a tight leash.

Playing without one of their top three scorers, freshman Reese Chandler, the Jackets had only eight players; five on the floor and three on the bench. Both Christopher and Chester have very young teams. Both utilize freshmen and sophomores extensively.

The Bearcats have just one senior and five juniors. They fill in with six sophomores and three freshmen. Chester is down to 10 varsity players; two seniors, three sophomores, and five freshmen. Ally Rowold and Reese Chandler could not dress against Christopher.

On Saturday, January 20, Christopher used a home-court advantage to help win against the Jackets, 74-62. On that day, the Lady Bearcats went to the free throw line 34 times. Chester, on the other hand, just made it to the line 11 times total. Christopher made 20 of their 34 free throw. Chester made five of 11.

Monday night both teams came out rather sluggish. The first score was Chesterís Kendal Williams who drained a three-pointer to give Chester a lead at the 6:59 mark. Christopher answered with four straight points Christopher led 43.

The Lady jackets then went into destructive mode and turned the ball over on four-straight trips down the court. Christopher took advantage of every one of the Lady Jacket turnovers and suddenly the score was 15-6 in favor of the Beatcats.

Taylor Dunning and Destiny closed out the first quarter with two-pointers to give CHS ten points. Christopher added a free throw and the Jackets were down, 16-10 after one quarter of play. During that stretch, Chester sent the Bearcats to the free throw line 10 times. They connected on half of those. The Jackets were one-for-one from the line.

To open the second quarter both teams scored right away. Josie Kattenbraker hit a field goal for Chester and Courtney Hoppers scored for Christopher. Chester trailed 18-12. At the 5:50 mark the Lady Jackets put up a terrific defensive effort and forced a Bearcat turnover, drove the length of the floor and drained a three-pointer. Chester cut the lead to, 19-15.

Immediately after that exemplary play by CHS, the Jackets disconnected again and had another four-turnover breakdown. Good defense, however, held the Bearcats to just one basket during that stretch and Chester trailed, 21-15.

At 4:35 freshman Josie Kattenbraker drained another three-pointer for Chester and Destiny Williams came alive with a field goal. Chester pulled within five points, 23-18. In the final 2:51 of the second quarter, Destiny Williams sank a field goal and was fouled on the shot. She then went to the line to complete the three-point play. Chester trailed by three points, 24-12.

At 2:08 Williams was fouled again and made two free throws to bring the Jackets within one point, 24-23. Josie came alive once again and drained yet another field goal to maintain the one point deficit, 26-25. Christopher would not score again in the half as the lady Jackets shut down the Bearcats offense.

With just .56 to play in the half, Chester freshman Peyton Clendenin scored a three-pointer of the bench and got the lead for the Jackets, 28-26. Once again the Jacketís stingy defense got another steal and Destiny Williams was fouled in the act of shooting. She connected on both of her free throws to give Chester a 30-26 halftime lead.

Both teams opened the first four minutes of the third quarter trading baskets and scoring eight points apiece. The Jackets still led by four points, 38-34. At the 3:30 mark Destiny Williams got a great steal, drove the floor and fed Abby Myers who scored.

Kattenbraker knocked down another shot with just 38 seconds to play and the Jackets led, 44-40. To close the third quarter, Destiny Williams got yet another steal, drove the length of the floor and fed sophomore Audrey Hopper who scored right before the buzzer. Chester led, 46-40 heading into the fourth period.

Just 12 seconds into the final stretch, Chesterís Abby Myers fouled out at 7:48. Ten seconds later Chester turned the ball over and Christopher took advantage and scored and narrowed the Chester lead to 46-44.

Clendenin got hot again and scored o a field goal extending the lead to 48-44. The Bearcats answered and it was 48-46. Josie Kattenbraker drained a two-pointer giving CHS 50 points at the 6:40 mark. Almost immediately after, Destiny Williams hit a three pointer and Chester led, 53-48 at 6:18.

Audrey Hopper stepped up again and hit a short jumper at 5:10. She was fouled on the play and completed the three-point effort by sinking her free throw. Hopper extended the Chester lead to 55-48. Hopper struck again at 4:47 when she was fouled attempting a layup. She drained the free throw. CHS led, 56-50.

Two Chester turnovers allowed Christopher to close within four points, 58-54 when Christopherís Lauren Kent, a sophomore, connected on a three-pointer. AS time began to run short, the Bearcats had to start fouling to stop the clock.

Down the stretch Chester made eight free throws to maintain the YellowJacket lead. Destiny Williams made four; Audrey Hopper drained a pair; and Josie Kattenbraker connected for two. Katie Shinabargar put the nail in Christopherís coffin by making a driving layup with seconds to play. Chester then led, 68-59. At the buzzer, Christopherís Lauren Kent made another three-pointer to give the Bearcats 62 points. Chester won, 68-62.

The Chester win was a true team effort. Playing short-handed and with some of the less experienced underclassmen, the Jackets battled right up until the final buzzer for this victory. Peyton Clendenin, Katie Shinabargar, Audrey Hopper had to come off the bench and help maintain a safe lead throughout the entire fourth quarter.

Abby Myers and Kendall Williams fouled out early down the stretch. Hopper made key baskets totaling five points; Peyton Clendenin scored two points during that stretch and Shinabargar made a layup to help put the Bearcats away. This trio scored nine of Chesterís 22 points in the final period and 16 of the Jacketís 68 points forte night.

Destiny Williams led the Jackets in scoring with 21 points followed by Josie Kattenbraker (17), Taylor Dunning (7), Peyton Clendenin (7), Audrey Hopper (7), Kendall Williams (5), Abby Myers (2) and Katie Shinabarger (2).

Once again, senior Taylor Dunning fought like a champion on defense leading the Jackets in four categories; nine of rebounds; nine of 25 deflections; seven of 12 loose ball recoveries; and two of three blocked shots. She also scored seven points.

Destiny Williams led the team in assists with nine of 19 and she led with three of eight steals. Christopher outrebounded the Jackets 40-30. Josie Kattenbraker had a great night for CHS with 17 points, seven rebounds, five assists, one steal, five deflections, and two loose ball recoveries.

As a team Chester shot 27 percent from the field (21-of-77). From three-point range the Jackets shot 38 percent (5-of-13). From two-point range Chester shot 25 percent (16-of-64). The Lady jackets made 17-of-28 free throw attempts (61 percent).

The Bearcats were led by Courtney Hoppers who had 23 points. She as followed by Lauren Kent (13), Jayla Williams (8), Andrea Miller (8), Kassie OíBryan (6), and Carley Young (2).

With the win, the Lady Jackets improved to 9-12 overall and 4-5 in the Black Diamond Conference. Chester continues a three-game home-stand Wednesday January 24 when the Jackets host Sesser-Valier. The home stand ends Thursday January as the Trico Pioneers come to town.

Friday, January 26, 2018

Chester falls to Trico at home

Chester lost at home to Trico 54-50 last night in Daniel Colbert Memorial Gym.

Now 9-14 overall and 4-7 in the BDC West, the Lady Yellow Jackets will head to Perryville next Thursday for a meeting with the St. Vincent Lady Indians.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Yellow Jacket QB Nick Meyer named All South

A member of the Chester Yellow Jacket football team has been named All-South.

Junior quarterback Nick Meyer is the Yellow Jackets' lone representative. Meyer was 79-for-152 passing for 1,628 yards this past season. He also threw 20 touchdown passes.

Meyer also carried the ball 110 times for 465 yards.

Lady Yellow Jackets fall at home to Sesser Valier Waltonville

Chester lost at home to Sesser Valier Waltonville 75-29 last night in Daniel Colbert Memorial Gym.

Now 9-13 overall and 4-6 in the BDC West, the Lady Yellow Jackets will host Trico tonight with the JV game starting at 6:15pm and the varsity game to follow around 7:30pm.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Christopher beats Chester 40-33 in a BDC West Division showdown

The Christopher Bearcats attempted 22 more free throws than Chester Tuesday night and converted 18 of them en route to a 40-33 win over the Yellow Jackets.

Now 14-6 overall and 4-2 in the BDC West, the Yellow Jackets will visit Waterloo (Gibault) Friday night for a non-conference meeting with the Hawks.

Chester led 13-8 after the first quarter but Christopher sent the game to the halftime break tied at 17-17 after outscoring the Yellow Jackets 9-4 in the second.

The game was tied 24-24 heading to the fourth before Christopher outscored Chester 16-9 in the final eight minutes to pick up the conference win.

Christopher finished 18-for-24 from the charity stripe while Chester was just 2-for-2.

Drake Bollman and Keith Kiner each had 10 points to pace the Yellow Jackets. Ian Reith finished with four points while Colin Wingerter had three.

Jake Haberberger, Josh Haberberger and Jake Cushman each had two points.

Bradley Young's game-high 13 points paced Christopher to the win.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Lady Yellow Jackets return favor, beat Christopher at home Monday night

Just over 48 hours removed from a 14-point loss at Christopher, the Chester Lady Yellow Jackets returned the favor at home Monday night.

Chester beat the visiting Lady Bearcats 68-62 to improve to 9-12 overall and 4-5 in the BDC West.

Next up is a home game against Sesser Valier Waltonville on Thursday night.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Yellow Jackets cruise past Zeigler Royalton

Chester improved to 14-5 overall and 2-1 in the BDC West Friday night with a 74-25 rout of Zeigler Royalton.

The Yellow Jackets will visit Christopher tomorrow night.

Lady Jackets fall to Christopher in high-scoring battle, 76-62

By Jim Beers

The Chester High School Lady Yellow Jackets traveled to Christopher High School Saturday afternoon for a re-scheduled game that was canceller earlier in the week to icy conditions and extreme cold. The game was originally supposed to take place Tuesday January 16.

At Christopher the Lady Jackets seemed to still be trying to thaw-out throughout the first half as the Bearcats led 15-6 after the first quarter and 36-14 at halftime. Coach Knowles said, "The girls just seemed tight early in the game. Shots were just not falling and they appeared to be disconnected somewhat."

In the opening quarter Destiny Williams hit one two-pointer and Josie Kattenbraker drained one three-pointer and a free throw for Chesterís six points. In the second period, Taylor Dunning sank a free throw, Abby Myers hit a field goal and a free throw, and Reese Chandler knocked down a pair of field goals for the Jacketís eight points.

After the halftime break the Lady Jackets came alive and outscored Christopher, 24-13. Kendall Williams, a freshman, drained three two-pointers, Destiny Williams knocked down a three-pointer and two field goals, Reese Chandler hit a three and a two-pointer and Josie Kattenbraker hit a pair of two-pointers, and Taylor Dunning scored two points for a total of 24 points. After three quarters of play, Chester trailed by just 11 points, 49-38.

Chester banged in another 24 points in the fourth quarter. Christopher, however, added another 27 points and the game ended with a 14-point difference with the Bearcats winning, 76-62.

For the game Chester had three players score in double figures. Destiny Williams led the team with 19 points, followed by Kendall Williams with 16 points and Reese Chandler with 13 points. Other contributors included Josie Kattenbraker (8), Taylor Dunning (3) and Abby Myers (3).

Four-of-Christopherís seven players scored in double figures including Hoppers (27), Williams (17), Miller (17), and O-Brien (10). Other scorers were Young (2), Sherman (2) and Kerkemeyer (1).

For the game, Chester shot just 11 free throws, making just five of them (45 %). Christopher, on the other hand, shot 34 free throws, making 20 of them (59 %). The Lady Jackets made seven three-pointers for the contest, while Christopher did not make even one three. All of their points were made with two-pointers (28 for 56 points) and 20 free throws (20 points). Chester shot 40 % from the field (25-of-62 shots).

The rebounding battle was a draw with each team getting 28 rebounds apiece. Taylor Dunning led the team in rebounding with 10 boards. The Lady Jackets has 18 assists led by Destiny Williams with eight. Chester had nine steals led by Destiny Williams with four. Taylor Dunning had 11 of Chesterís 25 deflections. She also led the team with three of Chesterís five lose ball recoveries. Abby Myers and Josie Kattenbraker each took charges for the outing. Chester committed 19 turnovers in the loss.

With the loss CHS fell to an overall record of 8-12 and a Black Diamond Conference record of 3-5. Next up for the Lady jackets will be a busy week of three home games. CHS hosts Christopher Monday January 22; Sesser-Valier Wednesday January 24; and Trico Thursday January 25. All are conference games.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Yellow Jackets take third place in CIT, beat Valmeyer 57-45

The Chester Yellow Jackets used a strong second half Saturday en route to a 57-45 win over the Valmeyer Pirates in the third place game of the Chester Invitational Tournament.

Saxony won the tournament again, this year with a 55-47 decision over Cobden. Valle won the consolation final with a 51-49 win over Perryville. In the 7th place game and a battle between two Cahokia Conference schools, Marissa-Coulterville snuck by New Athens 51-49.

Chester won the cheerleading trophy again.

After the championship game, the All Tournament Team was announced. The listed include Jalen Williams (MVP), Paiton Miller and Trae Robinson from Saxony, John Russel and Noah Franklin from Cobden, Keith Kiner and Ian Reith from Chester, Valmeyer's Michael Chism, Mason Skaggs from Valle Catholic and Cole Gerstenberger from Perryville.

The Yellow Jackets will return to action tomorrow night against Zeigler Royalton.

Lady Jackets win at Zeigler; lose at Goreville

By Jim Beers

The Chester High School Lady Jackets began a two-week, four-game road swing Monday January 8. During the two-week period Chester was scheduled to play away contests at Goreville, Zeigler-Royalton; Steeleville and Christopher.

Monday January 8 the Lady Jackets traveled to Goreville. Chester lost Tuesday December 12 when CHS hosted the Blackcats, losing 74-45 (29-points). On the road, the Jackets would play much better and challenge the Lady Cats significantly, but still lost by a score of 53-39 (just 14-points). At Goreville the Lady Jackets would lose by 15-fewer points than on December 12 at home.

Coach Pat Knowles said, "We played really well at Goreville. We took them out of their game and came within eight points late in the game. We could tell they were shaken and their crowd was sitting in the stands in shock as we challenged the Blackcats".

"Down the stretch in the fourth quarter it seemed as if all of the calls went Gorevilleís way. My girls played hard, fought well and stopped most of Gorevilleís advances, but at the buzzer, we were still behind 53-39. The 14-point loss was much improved over the 29-point loss at home. I am very proud of my team", said Knowles.

For the game, CHS had two players in double figures. Destiny Williams led the team with 18 points and Reese Chandler contributed 15 points. Other contributors included Kendall Williams (4) and Tayler Dunning (2) for a total of 39 points.

From the field Chester shot 17-of-47 for a 36 percent outing. The Lady Jackets hit two-of-six free throws for a 33 percent average. Williams and Chandler each went one-for-two at the line.

Goreville was led by two players in double figures including Hallie Martin who scored 15 points and Payton Sopczak who scored 13 points. Other contributors included Lexi King (8), Katie Benard (8), Breanna Stout (7), and Adrianna Licka (2) for a total of 53 points. December King knocked down 27 points and Sopczak scored 17 for a total of 44 points combined. The Lady Jacket defense held this duo to a combined 21 points on this date.

Goreville out-rebounded the Jackets by only three rebounds, 30-27. Coach Knowles said, "We had to contend with a much bigger lineup. In spite of their "bigs" our girls still battled well inside and only lost the rebounding battle by three boards. We had difficulty stopping them inside offensively, however."

For the night, Chester recorded 13 assists led by Kendall Williams. Reese Chandler led the Jackets in rebounding with 9-of-the-27 Jacket rebounds. Four Lady Jackets recorded one steal in the game including Taylor Dunning, Destiny Williams, Josie Kattenbraker, and Reese Chandler. Kendall Williams led the team with two steals.

As a team CHS had 18 deflections in the defensive effort led by Taylor Dunning with five. Dunning, Chandler and Kendall Williams each recorded two loose ball recoveries, while Destiny Williams and Josie Kattenbraker each added one recovery apiece for a total of eight. Kendall Williams took a charge for the team and Taylor Dunning and Destiny Williams each blocked shots in the loss.

With the loss, the Lady Jackets dropped to an overall record of 7-11. The Black Diamond Conference record fell to 2-4 overall for the season.

Thursday January 11 the Jackets braved the impending weather to travel to Zeigler-Royalton for a varsity-only contest. The game was moved up to 5:00 p.m. so that the girls could compete and get back to Chester before the ice storm hit Chester.

The Jackets hosted the Tornados at Colbert Gym on Monday December 4. It was Chesterís 10th game of the season and the Lady Jackets enjoyed a very comfortable 63-25 win. The 38-point victory gave Chester its first Black Diamond Conference win of the season after losses to both Vienna and Sesser-Valier.

In the road win at Ziegler-Royalton eight Lady Jacket players contributed to the 39-point, 54-15 win. The Jackets were led once again by Destiny Williams who scored 15 points and Reese Chandler who added 14 points. Other offensive contributors included Kendall Williams (6), Josie Kattenbraker (6), Peyton Clendenin (5), Abby Myers (4), Taylor Dunning (2), and Katie Shinabarger (2).

As a team the Jackets shot 33 percent (21-of-63) from the field. The Jackets made 17-of-50 shots from two-point range (34 %) and 4-of-12 shots from three point land (31 %). Chester was exceptional from the free throw line making 6-of-8 free throws (75 %). For the night Dunning, D. Williams and Shinabargar were perfect at the line making 2-of-2 shots (100 %).

Chester out-rebounded the Tornados 31-19 on the boards, led by Reese Chandler with nine rebounds. Others rebounders included Kendall Williams (5), Taylor Dunning (4), Katie Shinabargar (3), Peyton Clendenin (3), Josie Kattenbraker (3), Audrey Hopper (2), Abby Myers (1) and Ally Rowold (1) for a total of 31 boards.

Kendall Williams dished out five of Chesterís 15 assists. Destiny Williams dished four followed by Dunning (3), Chandler (2), and Myers (1). The Jackets had 11 steals led by Destiny Williams with four. Clendenin and Kendall Williams each added two steals apiece, while Myers and Dunning each recorded one each.

The Lady Jackets played tough, scrappy defense throughout the game recording 36 deflections for the win. Taylor Dunning and Kendall Williams each had eight deflections apiece, followed by Chandler (5), Myers and Destiny Williams with three apiece, Rowold, Hopper, Shinabargar, and Clendenin with two apiece, and Kattenbraker with one deflection.

The YellowJackets recovered a total of 15 loose balls led by Josie Kattenbraker with three and followed by Dunning, Destiny Williams, Shinabargar, and Hopper with two apiece and Myers, Chandler, Clendenin and Kendall Williams with one apiece. I addition, Abby Myers took a charge and Dunning, Destiny Williams, Shinabargar and Chandler each blocked a shot.

Zeigler-Royalton was led by Macie Burnett who scored six points followed by Courtney Bailey, Hanna Leeper, Alex Knapp, and Trinity Nato with two apiece and Maggie Bates with one point. The Tornados were three-for-nine from the free throw line (33 percent).

With the win the Lady Jackets improved to 8-11 overall and 3-4 in the Black Diamond Conference. Continuing the four-game road swing the Jackets will travel to Steeleville Monday January 15 and Christopher Tuesday January 16 to complete their four-game stint.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Saxony vs. Cobden in championship game of Chester Invitational

It will be Saxony and Cobden in the championship game of the annual Chester Invitational Tournament tomorrow night.

Last night, Cobden beat Chester 62-54 in a championship semifinal.

The other matchup, Valle and Marissa-Coulterville in the consolation semifinal was forfeited by the Meteors.

So Championship Saturday looks like this...

7th place game - New Athens vs. Marissa-Coulterville - 2:30pm.

Consolation final - Valle vs. Perryville - 4pm

3rd place game - Chester vs. Valmeyer at 5:30pm

Championship - Saxony vs. Cobden at 7pm.

The consolation final and third place games are scheduled to air live on Classic Country 980 KSGM beginning at 3:50pm.

Lady Yellow Jackets roll to easy win at ZR

Chester had an easy time on the road last night, winning 54-15 at Zeigler Royalton.
The Lady Yellow Jackets will visit Steeleville on Monday.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Yellow Jackets take care of Meteors early, advance to CIT Semiís

At the 56th annual Chester Invitational last night, the host Yellow Jackets jumped out to a 43-19 halftime lead en route to a 71-36 win over Marissa-Coulterville. In the nightcap, Cobden rallied from an eight-point halftime deficit to beat Valle Catholic 49-47.

Tonight, New Athens and Perryville will meet in a consolation semifinal at 6pm while top-seed Saxony will play Valmeyer in a championship semifinal at 7:30pm.

Tomorrow, Valle Catholic and Marissa-Coulterville will play in a consolation semifinal at 6pm while Chester meets Cobden in a championship semifinal at 7:30pm.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Annual Chester Invitational Tips Off at CHS

The 56th annual Chester Invitational Tournament tipped off last night with two opening round games. Top seed Saxony Lutheran handled New Athens 63-23 while fifth seed Valmeyer upset fourth seed Perryville 57-43.

In tonight's final two opening round games, Chester plays Marissa-Coulterville at 6pm and former Yellow Jacket guard Tyler Search returns to his alma-mater with his team, the Valle Catholic Warriors as they will take on Cobden in the nightcap at 7:30pm.

Lady Yellow Jackets fall at Goreville

Chester fell to 2-4 in the BDC West last night with a 53-39 road loss at Goreville.

Now 7-11 overall, the Lady Yellow Jackets will visit Zeigler Royalton on Thursday night.

JV game at 6:15pm with varsity game to follow.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Lady Jackets finish third in 12th Annual Mid-Winter Classic

Novel by Jim Beers

The Chester High School Lady Jackets finished in 3rd Place at their own 2018 Lady Jackets Mid-Winter Classic Basketball Tournament. The 12th Annual event took place at CHS Colbert Gym on Rocky Bridgeís Court January 2-6.

Last year the Lady Jackets became the first Chester team in the history of the tournament to claim the title. This year the girls had their eyes on making it back-to-back championships, but the Marissa Lady Meteors had other ideas, beating the Jackets in a close, hard-fought game, 38-33, in the semi-finals. The loss shot the Meteors into the Championship game and sent Chester to the 3rd Place game.

The Chester High School Lady Jackets placed 3rd in the 2018 Lady Jackets Mid-Winter Classic Basketball Tournament. The Jackets won in Game 1 against Valmeyer by a score of 59-22, then fell to Marissa-Coulterville in the Semi-Finals, 38-33. They secured the 3rd Place trophy in Game 3 by defeating Elverado, 49-41. Pictured (left to right) with their trophy are: Katie Shinabargar (15); Reese Chandler (24); Taylor Dunning (2); Kendall Williams (11); Destiny Williams (22); Josie Kattenbraker (32); Peyton Clendenin (21); Audrey Hopper (35); and Abby Myers 14). The Lady Jackets are coached by Pat Knowles, Head Coach and Assistant Coaches Jennifer KIng and Rick Powley. Jim Beers Photo

Chester opened play Wednesday January 3 against Valmeyer. The Lady Jackets won that contest handily, 59-22, to put them in the winnerís side of the bracket. The Lady Jackets had three girls in double figures in the win with Destiny Williams (18), Reese Chandler (17) and Josie Kattenbraker (10) leading the charge.

Chester led 14-7 after one quarter and 31-13 at halftime. The Jackets roared back after halftime scoring 22 points to Valmeyerís seven in the third period to lead, 53-20 going into the fourth quarter. In the final period CHS outscored the Lady Pirates 6-2 for the final score of 59-22.

In the game the Jackets outrebounded the Lady Pirates 20-12. CHS dished out 18 assists led by Destiny Williams with six. Chester also had 18 steals led by Williams with eight. Playing great stingy defense the jackets recorded 30 deflections once again led by Williams with six. Taylor Dunning led the team in loose ball recoveries with three out of nine recoveries.

As a team the Lady Jackets shot 47 percent overall (27-of-57); 33 percent from the three-point range (3-of-9); and 50 percent from two point range (24-of-48). The jackets were perfect from the free throw line (2-for-2).

With the win, Chester improved to 6-9 overall and advanced to the semi-final round top play Marissa-Coulterville. In other first round action, New Athens advanced to the semi-finals with a Bye and Elverado advanced by beating Trico, 51-29. In the lower bracket Marissa-Coulterville beat Sparta in a close, hard-fought game, 45-40 to advance.

Trico moved to the Consolation bracket with their loss and was automatically placed into the Consolation Championship game with a Bye in Round 2. The Sparta Lady Bulldogs, who were winless this season, defeated Valmeyer in Round 2 by a score of 56-18. The win moved the Bulldogs into the Consolation Championship game facing Trico. The double elimination format eliminated Valmeyer from the tournament.

In the semi-finals, New Athens beat Elverado, 36-18 to advance to the Championship game. Elverado moved to the 3rd Place game. In the second semi-final game of the night the Marissa-Coulterville Lady Meteors beat Chester, in a close, nail-biter, 38-33 to advance to the Championship game to face New Athens.

In the Chester-Marissa game both teams played tough defense in the first quarter for a low-scoring period. Marissa drew first blood at the 5:52 mark on a free throw to lead, 1-0. They then promptly hit a field goal to lead 3-0. Reese Chandler got the Jackets on the board with a field goal and Josie Kattenbraker followed with a three-pointer at the 3:30 mark and Chester closed in to trail by just two points, 7-5. At the end of the first quarter, the score was tied, 9-9.

To start the second period Destiny Williams promptly got a steal, drove the length of the floor and scored to give Chester an 11-9 lead. Taylor Dunning then put on in the basket to give CHS a 13-9 lead. Reese Chandler completed a 6-0 run for Chester with a score and the Jackets led, 15-9.

Marissa followed with a 4-0 run of their own to come within four points, 15-13.At the 3:53 mark Destiny was fouled as she drove to the basket. She sank a pair of free throws and Chester led, 17-13.

The Meteors responded with another field goal to come within two points, 17-15. Destiny Williams returned the favor with a turn-around jumper in the lane and to end the half, Williams fed Reese Chandler in the lane for a final score before the half. Chester led, 21-15 at halftime.

The third quarter turned out to devastating for the Jackets. The offense shut down for the most part after Reese Chandler started the period off with a two-pointer. Marissa answered with a three-pointer but CHS still led, 23-18. Another Meteor three-p[ointer brought Marissa within two points, 23-21. Reese Chandler then got hot and popped a three pointer and the Jackets led 26-21 with 4:50 to play in the third quarter. Marissa then closed out the quarter with a 3-0 run to trail by only two points, 26-24.

To begin the fourth quarter Marissa tied the game 26-26 right out of the blocks. Chesterís Destiny Williams answered with a field goal to regain the lead, 28-26. The Meteors then had a 7-0 run to get the lead, 33-28 with just 3:31 to play.

The final 2:20 was heart-breaking for Chester. Destiny Williams connected on a three-pointer to cut Marissaís lead to just three points, 33-30, but Chester fouled on the next play and the Meteors scored one point on a free throw to increase their lead to 34-30 at the 1:55 mark.

Thatís how the score would remain until the 54.3 mark when Chester had to start fouling to stop the clock. Marissa sank a pair of free throws to lead 36-30 with 29 seconds to play.

Chesterís Kendall Williams gave the Jackets some hope after sinking a three-pointer with 28 seconds remaining. Marissa still led, 36-33. At the 10 second mark the Jackets had to foul again. Marissa made both free throws and led 38-33. That would be the end, as the Lady Jackets could not create any offense in the final 10-seconds. Marissa won, 38-33 to advance to the Championship game against New Athens.

For the loss, the Lady jackets shot 14-of-55 from the field (25 %). From the three-point range CHS shot 3-of-16 (19 %). From two po9nt range the Jackets shot 28 percent (11-of-28). Reese Chandler led the team in shooting percentage making 5-of-15 for 33 percent.

Chester had two players in double figures; Destiny Williams with 12 and Reese Chandler with 11. Other contributors included Kendall Williams (5), Josie Kattenbraker (3) and Taylor Dunning (2).

For the game Chester out-rebounded Marissa 36-23 led by Taylor Dunning with eight boards. Destiny Williams dished out five of Chesterís nine assists. Williams recorded all three of the teamís steals. Dunning had eight of Chesterís 17 deflections. The Lady jackets recovered eight loose balls and took two charges and Taylor Dunning blocked two shots.

With the loss, the Lady Jackets fell to an overall record of 6-10. The loss also put the Lady Jackets into the 3rd Place game against Elverado.

Championship Day was Saturday January 13. The games began at 2:30 p.m. with the Consolation Championship between Trico and Sparta. Trico was the winner, 61-43 and the Lady Pioneers took home the trophy.

The 3rd Place game began a bit late due to an injury in the first game. Chester and Elverado tipped off at about 5:00 p.m. The entire game was competitive and exciting with Chester eventually pulling ahead and winning, 49-41.

Kendall Williams got Chester off to a good start scoring two points at the 7:22 mark. The Elverado Falcons answered with two points on free throws after a quick Lady Jacket foul. The score was tied 2-2. Kendall Williams struck again at 6:18 with another field goal to regain the lead, 4-2. Just as earlier in the game, Chester fouled again and the Lady Falcons tied the game again, 4-4, at the 5:12 mark.

Josie Kattenbraker regained the lead, 5-4, by sinking a free throw at the 3:40 mark, but once again, a foul-happy CHS squad sent Elverado to the line again and the score was tied, 5-5. Reese Chandler struck pay dirt at 2:48 with a field goal to break the tie and give Chester a 7-5 advantage. The CHS-EHS see saw continued as the Falcons knocked down a field goal at 2:35.

Reese Chandler stepped up again for Chester, this time raining a three-pointer to give the Jackets a 10-7 advantage. That didnít last long, however, as Elverado popped a short jumper in the lane to come within one point, 10-9.

In exciting fashion, Josie Kattenbraker connected on a three-pointer of her own at the buzzer and the Lady Jackets led, went into the first quarter break ahead with a four-point lead, 13-9. Chester committed six fouls in the first period sending Elverado to the line for free shots throughout.

The second quarter began as a replay of the first with both teams trading baskets at will.

Reese Chandler drew first blood; however, sinking a field goal at 7:36 giving Chester a nice, 15-9 lead. Destiny Williams came alive, hitting another shot and CHS led, 17-9. It looked as if the Jackets might be putting the game away with a nice eight-point lead early in the period with an eight-point lead.

A Chester foul, however, sent the Lady Falcons to the free throw line and in similar fashion as in first quarter; the Falcons hit both free shots to pull within six, 17-11. Destiny Williams then returned the favor and connected on two free throws of her own to up Chesterís lead to 19-11 at 6:13.

Elverado was not ready to give up the ghost, however and answered with a 6-0 run to pull within two points, 19-17, at the 4:27 mark. Josie Kattenbraker then answered with a field goal to increase the Jacket lead to 21-17. That only angered the Falcons and they flew high the rest of the half soaring on a nice, 8-0 run to take the lead, 25-21, to end the half.

Chester managed to cut the eight point lead to just a six point lead in the third quarter. Elverado struck the first blow hitting a field goal right off-the-bat to take a 27-21 lead, but Chesterís Destiny Williams returned the favor with a shot of her own and Chester was right back in the game, as EHS led, 27-23.

Reese Chandler then stepped up hitting her second three-pointer of the day pulling the Lady Jackets within one point, 27-26. At the 3:17 mark Kendall Williams tied the game at 28-28 with her mid-range jumper. By the end of the period, Elverado had managed to secure a four-point lead; 37-31. Chester was still playing "catch-up" basketball.

In the fourth quarter the three ball helped Chester tie the game as three Chester players drained three-point shots. Audrey Hopper came off the bench a drained a three at 5:29 to bring Chester within four points, 38-34.

Back-to-back threes then tied the game at 40-40 as Reese Chandler hit her third three of the game at 3:34 and Destiny Williams connected for her only three of the contest to tie, 40-40. At 2:09 Williams then stole the ball from a Falcon and sank a field goal giving Chester its first lead since the 2:18 mark in the second quarter. CHS led 42-40.

With the two-point lead, Chester Head Coach, Pat Knowles called at time out at 1:05 to map-out the final minute of the game. His plan apparently worked as Elverado would not take another lead the rest of the game.

Down the stretch, Elverado had to resort to fouling to stop the clock. Destiny Williams was the victim of four fouls in the final 1:04. She responded by making 7-of-8 free throws to lead Chester to a great, 49-41 victory as well as the 3rd Place trophy.

In the game, Destiny Williams led the Jackets in scoring with 21 points, three rebounds, five assists, two steals, four deflections, and a pair of blocked shots. Reese Chandler was also a key contributor with 13 points, eight rebounds, one assist, one deflection, one loose ball recovery, and one blocked shot.

Josie Kattenbraker and Kendall Williams each added six points apiece. Kattenbraker added two rebounds, one deflection to go with one turnover and Williams added one assist and one deflection. Audrey Hopper had a huge three to jumpstart the Chester offense to begin the final quarter. Hopper recorded two rebounds and a deflection to her resume.

Senior Taylor Dunning, had a dynamite defensive game to contribute to the win with her four rebounds, one assist, three deflections, two loose ball recoveries as well as her team-high four "monster" blocked shots. The win was a true e4am effort.

As a team the Lady Jackets shot 35 percent from the field (16-of-46). From the three-point arc the ladies shot 50 percent (6-of-12) and from two-point range CHS shot 29 percent (10-of-34). Very good free throw shooting saved the Jackets as CHS hit 12-of-19 free throws for 63 percent shooting. Destiny Williams made 11-of-15 herself (73 %) to help secure the win down-the-stretch.

With the win, the Lady Jackets improved to an overall record of 7-10. The win also earned a very young Lady Jacket squad a 3rd Place trophy as well as two players on the 2018 Lady Jacket Mid-Winter Classic "All-Tournament Team" including Destiny Williams and Reese Chandler.

For the tournament, Williams, a sophomore, scored 51 points, grabbed 12 rebounds, dished out 16 assists, recorded 13 steals, had 8 deflections, recovered four loose balls and blocked two shots. Reese Chandler, a freshman, scored 41 points, grabbed 25 rebounds, dished out four assists, recorded five deflections, recovered three loose balls, and blocked two shots. Both Williams and Chandler earned "Al-Tournament Team" trophies for their efforts.

In the Championship game, Marissa-Coulterville upset the No. 1 Seed, New Athens, by a score of 26-22. It was a close, exciting game right up till the end with Marissa doing what they needed to do to bring home the Championship Trophy and earning the title of the No. 1 team in the 12th Annual Lady Jacket Mid-Winter Classic basketball Tournament.

Following the game, CHS Athletic Director, Jeremy Blechle presented the Runner-Up trophy to the New Athens Lady YellowJackets and the Championship Trophy to the Marissa-Coulterville Lady Meteors.

Blechle then announced the ten selections of the 2018 LJMWC "All-Tournament Team which included Tournament Most Valuable Player (MVP) Danika White of New Athens; Destiny Williams of Chester; Tori Ehlers of Elverado; Allie Whittington of Elverado; Tinleigh Jakimauskas of Valmeyer; Amiya Henry of Sparta; Kenzie Kern of Marissa; Reese Chandler of Chester; Hailey Krause of Marissa; and Juhle Prange of Trico. Each member of the "All-Tournament Team" received a trophy for their achievements.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Lady Yellow Jackets beat Valmeyer to advance in LJMWC

Chester advanced to the championship semifinals of the Lady Jacket Mid-Winter Classic last night with a 59-22 rout of Valmeyer.

The Lady Yellow Jackets will meet Marissa-Coulterville in a championship semifinal tomorrow night at 7:15pm.

The Lady Meteors beat Sparta 45-40 in the other quarterfinal round game last night.

Tonight, it will be Valmeyer and Sparta in a consolation semifinal game at 6:15pm. The winner will play Trico Saturday at 2:30pm in the consolation final while the loser will be eliminated from the tournament.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Yellow Jackets calm Tornadoes Tuesday night

Chester improved to 11-4 on the season last night with a 78-39 road win at Zeigler Royalton.

The Yellow Jackets are off until next week's Chester Invitational Tournament.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Yellow Jackets finish fifth at Sesser Valier Holiday Tournament

Keith Kiner and Ian Reith combined for 43 points Friday to lead the Chester Yellow Jackets to a fifth place finish at the Sesser Valier Holiday Tournament.

The Yellow Jackets beat Johnston City 66-60 to improve to 10-4 on the season. Next up is a road trip tonight to Zeigler Royalton.

Chester led 31-26 at the intermission and led 48-43 heading to the fourth.

Kiner led the Yellow Jackets with a game high 24 points. Reith finished with 19 points.

Jake Haberberger and Drake Bollman each had seven points while Josh Haberberger tossed in five points.

Clay Herrell and Colin Wingerter each scored two points in the win.

Chester girls go two-and-out at Lebanon Tournament

By Jim Beers

The Chester High School Lady Jackets competed in the 2017 Lebanon Girlís Christmas Tournament December 26-29, 2017. The 16-team tournament featured some of the best talent in the Southern Illinois area.

The teams, in seeded order, included Lebanon (1), Freeburg (2), Christ Our Rock (3), Greenville (4), Columbia (5), Carlyle (6), Red Bud (7), Steeleville (8), Piasa (9), DuQuoin (10), New Athens (11), Chester (12), Wesclin (13), Marissa (14), Roxana (15), and Sparta (16).

The Lady Jackets must have still been on Christmas Vacation as they played poorly and were eliminated in the double elimination tournament in two, quick days. CHS was pitted against #5 Seed Columbia in their first game Tuesday December 26 and were defeated by a score of 70-34.

On the second day of the event, Wednesday December 27, Chester played # 13 Seed Wesclin and was defeated by a score of 58-28. This second loss eliminated the Jackets from the tournament.

The Lady Jackets never did get into a rhythm the entire tournament. Against Columbia the Lady Eagles led 26-4 after the first quarter and 44-6 at halftime. Destiny Williams, Audrey Hopper, and Kendall Williams were the only Lady Jackets who managed to score during the first half.

Chester came alive in the third period and matched Columbia 17-17, but it was too late to make a huge difference at the Eagles still led the Jackets, 61-23 after three quarters. During that stretch Josie Kattenbraker and Kendall Williams each knocked down three-pointers. Hopper connected for two more field goals. Taylor Dunning drained a field goal and Destiny Williams sank three free throws and a field goal.

The fourth quarter was also Chesterís to call its own as the Lady Jackets outscored the Lady Eagles, 11-9, on another three-pointer by Kattenbraker, a field goal by Reese Chandler and three field goals by Destiny Williams.

In spite of a good second half Chester had dug itself into a deep hole early and lost the game, 70-34. With the loss, Chester fell to 5-8 overall and earned an unfortunate place in the "looser bracket".

For the game, the Lady Jackets were led in scoring by Destiny Williams who was the only CHS player in double figures with 13 points. Williams was followed by Audrey Hopper (6), Josie Kattenbraker (6), Kendall Williams (5), Taylor Dunning (2) and Reese Chandler (2).

Columbia had four players in double figures led by Edwards (23), Henke (12), Kossina (11) and Bonaldi (11). They were followed by Touchette (5), Jackson (4), Beder (2) and Koenigstein (2).

Columbia out-rebounded Chester, 27-18. Chester dished out eight assists led by Destiny Williams. Josie Kattenbraker led in rebounding with six. CHS recorded five steals led by Reese Chandler with three. Kattenbraker had three of Chesterís 14 deflections. Destiny Williams had Chesterís only blocked shot.

For the game, the Lady Jackets made just 14-of-47 shots from the field (30 %0. At the free throw line Chester three-of-six shots (50 %).

The picture didnít get any brighter the next day, Wednesday December 27, when the Jackets faced a lower seed, Wesclin (13), with less success than the first game. Chester started out fairly well trailing by just two points, 13-11, after one quarter of play.

The second period was disastrous as the Lady could only muster-up two points on a Destiny Williams field goal. Wesclin, on the other and managed another 14 points to lead, 27-13 at the half.

The intermission did not help the Chester girls adjust any better as Wesclin outscored CHS by 16 points, 22-6 to increase their lead to 49-19. The final period was "a wash" with both teams scoring nine points. The final score was Wesclin 58 and Chester, 28.

For the game the Lady Jackets had only five players score points. Destiny Williams led the team with 14 points. Kendall Williams followed with six points. Josie Kattenbraker had five and Taylor Dunning added two points. Rounding out the Chester offense was Audrey Hopper with one point.

As a team the Jackets shot 80 percent from the free throw line (4-of-5). Destiny Williams was a perfect 3-of-3 for the game. From the field Chester shot only 22 percent (10-of 45). The Jackets made only two three-pointers for 13 percent shooting (2-of-15).

Wesclin outrebounded Chester 29-18 for the game. Taylor Dunning and Audrey Hopper led the team in rebounding with four boards apiece. Destiny Williams dished out three of Chesterís seven assists. Williams also paced the team in steals with three of Chesterís four steals. Chester recovered five loose ball led by Taylor Dunning and Kendall Williams with two apiece. Taylor Dunning recorded the Jacketís two blocked shots.

Wesclin has tem girls contribute to its 58 total team points. Haselhorst led the team with 19 points followed by Thaler (12), Wessel (8), Hancock (6), Bray (4), and Tanuvasa-lole, Bell, Redmond, and Norbury with two apiece and Rakers with one point.

With the loss Chester fell to an overall record of 5-9. They remain at 2-3 in the Black Diamond Conference.

In other tournament final standings, Red Bud won over Wesclin, 41-40 to win the Consolation game. Columbia beat Christ Our Rock, 41-36 for 5th Place. Greenville was victorious over Carlyle, 57-18 to win the 3rd Place game and Lebanon won the entire tournament by beating Freeburg, 51-38.

Next up for the Lady Jackets will be the Chester Lady Jackets Mid-Winter Classic Tournament, January 2-6, 2018 at Chester High Schoolís Colbert Gymnasium.

New Athens will have a bye in the first round. Elverado will play Trico Tuesday January 2 at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday January 3 Chester will host Valmeyer at 6:00 p.m followed by Marisa-Coulterville and Sparta at 7:15 p.m.

Friday, December 29, 2017

Yellow Jackets to play for 5th place after beating Steeleville in OT

Chester will play in the fifth place game of the 37th annual Sesser Valier Holiday Tournament today after beating Steeleville 60-54 in overtime Thursday.

The Yellow Jackets will play Johnston City at 1:30pm today.

Steeleville led 22-19 at halftime but Chester outscored the Warriors 17-12 in the third to take a 36-34 lead heading to the fourth.

The game went to the overtime period tied at 50-50 after Chester's Jake Haberberger's jump shot tied the game.

Chester outscored the Warriors 10-4 in the extra four minute period.

Jake Haberberger led Chester with 19 points. Keith Kiner finished with 15 points while Ian Reith tossed in 13.

Josh Haberberger (4), Drake Bollman (4), Jake Cushman (3) and Colin Wingerter (2) also scored for Chester in the win.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Cold third quarter dooms Chester in loss to Christopher at Sesser

A cold third quarter proved to be the difference Wednesday as Chester fell to Christopher 58-53 in a championship quarterfinal round match up of the Sesser Valier Holiday Tournament.

The Yellow Jackets will play Steeleville today at 12pm in a fifth-place semifinal round game. The loser will be eliminated from the tournament.

Chester led 32-26 at the intermission against Christopher but the Bearcats outscored the Yellow Jackets 14-2 in the third to take a 40-34 lead heading to the fourth.

Keith Kiner led Chester with 17 points. Colin Wingerter finished with 14 points while Josh Haberberger tossed in eight.

Ian Reith (7), Jake Haberberger (5) and Jake Cushman (2) also scored for Chester in the loss.

Lady Yellow Jackets bounced from Lebanon Christmas Tournament

Chester was eliminated from the Lebanon Christmas Tournament after losing to Wesclin 58-28.

Next up for Chester will be the Lady Yellow Jacket Mid-Winter Classic next week. Chester will play Valmeyer on Wednesday at 6pm in an opening round matchup

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Lady Yellow Jackets drop opener at Lebanon Christmas Tournament

Chester fell behind 44-6 at halftime to Columbia en route to a 70-34 loss to the Lady Eagles in the opening round Monday at the Lebanon Christmas Tournament.

Chester will play Wesclin in an elimination round matchup this afternoon at 2pm.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Chester opens play at Sesser Valier tournament with 60-42 win over New Athens

A trio of Yellow Jackets scored in double-digits Tuesday as Chester beat New Athens 60-42 in the opening round of the 37th annual Sesser Valier Holiday Tournament.

Now 8-3 on the season, the Yellow Jackets will play the winner of the Christopher-Galatia game Wednesday morning at 10:30am in a quarterfinal round matchup.

Chester led 11-10 after the first quarter but then outscored New Athens 21-8 in the second to take a 32-18 lead at the intermission.

Chester led 48-33 heading to the fourth.

Keith Kiner led Chester with 16 points while Jake and Josh Haberberger each tossed in 13 points.

Ian Reith (9), Drake Bollman (7) and Jake Cushman (2) also scored for Chester in the win.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Yellow Jackets fall to AJ at home

Chester lost at home to Anna Jonesboro 47-42 last night in Daniel Colbert Memorial Gym.

Now 7-3 on the season, the Yellow Jackets are off until the start of the Sesser Valier Holiday Tournament on Tuesday. Chester will play New Athens in the tournament opener Tuesday morning at 9am.

Monday, December 18, 2017

Yellow Jackets beat Pioneers 73-70 in triple overtime

It was another classic boysí basketball game between Chester and Trico Friday night in Campbell Hill.

After the dust settled, the Yellow Jackets beat the host Pioneers 73-70 in triple overtime.

The Pioneers held a 22-21 lead at the intermission but then outscored Chester 19-7 in the third to take a 41-28 lead heading to the fourth.

Chester rallied in the final eight minutes by outscoring Trico 24-11 to tie the game and send it to overtime.

No one knew it would take three overtime periods to settle the BDC West Division matchup between the two rivals.

Keith Kiner led Chester with 22 points. Ian Reith tossed in 14 while Jake Haberberger finished with 12 points.

Jakob Cushman and Drake Bollman each scored nine points while Colin Wingerter finished with 7.

Chester is now 7-2 overall and 2-1 in the BDC West. Next up is a non-conference home game tomorrow night against Anna Jonesboro.

Lady Jackets fall to Blackcats of Goreville

By Jim Beers

The Chester High School Lady Jackets hosted Black Diamond Conference rivals Goreville Tuesday December 12. It was the only game of the week and the final contest for the girlís team until after Christmas.

Hopes were high that the Jackets could pull off an upset and even their record at 6-6. Poor shooting, 23 turnovers and a lack of fourth quarter effort spoiled the dream as CHS lost to the Lady Blackcats, 74-45.

CHS senior Taylor Dunning goes to the line in the fourth quarter against the Goreville Blackcats. Dunning made one-of-two free throws in addition to draining a field goal down the stretch. In addition Taylor grabbed four rebounds, dished out two assists, led the team in deflections with seven, and had two loose ball recoveries. Jim Beers Photo

The game started rather slowly for Chester. It appeared, however, as if the upset might come to fruition. The opening minutes were rough for both teams as neither could establish an early rhythm.

Chester and Goreville exchanged baskets early Halfway through the first quarter at the 4:30 mark Reese Chandler drained a three-pointer to take a 9-8 lead for Chester. Kendall Williams took over the point guard duties to allow Destiny Williams to move to the shooting guard role. That strategy didnít prove to be effective as Goreville ended the period on an 8-0 run to lead 16-9 after one quarter of play.

The Jackets roared out of the gate to start the second quarter. Abby Myers popped a field goal right away to bring CHS within five points, 11-16, and at the 6:54 mark Kendall Williams completed a 4-0 run for the Lady Jackets sinking a field goal. The Jackets were then within two points, 16-14.

Back-to-back Chester fouls put the Blackcats at the free throw line. Taylor Dunning got her second and third fouls within the next minute and Kendall Williams followed suit with her first foul. Goreville made three free throws and then drained a three-pointer. At the 4:46 mark the cats had completed a 6-0 run of their own to lead 22-14.

Josie Kattenbraker kept her team alive and brought the Jackets within five points again with her three-point effort. Chester trailed, 22-17. The Lady Jacket train was quickly derailed as the girls missed a series of layups and "bunny" shots after which they resorted to fouling the Cats and putting them on the line.

At the line, Goreville added four points and later hit a field goal to increase their lead to 11 points, 28-17. Abby Myers fought back, however, letting a successful three-pointer fly with 2:55 remaining in the first half. She brought CHS within eight points, 28-20.

In the ensuing two minutes the Jackets missed two shots and allowed another Goreville field goal. Goreville led, 30-20 with 1:08 left to play in the quarter. With .53 to play Goreville scored another field goal and Chester committed a foul. The Cats completed the three-point play and led 33-20.

With less than a minute to go, Destiny Williams drove the length of the floor and made her layup on a strong drive to the basket. Chester trailed 33-22. Goreville answered with a strong fast break drive down the court to hit a layup of their own to end the first half. At the half it was Blackcats 35- Lady Jackets 22.

To start the second half Goreville scored four quick points. Chester didnít score till the 5:49 mark when Kendall Williams made a field goal. Goreville led, 41-24. Sloppy Lady Jacket play, more fouls and more turnovers allowed Goreville to increase their lead to 46-28.

During that stretch Destiny Williams did sing a pair of field goals giving Chester four more points. Goreville ended the third quarter on a 6-4 run to lead, 52-32 after three quarters of play.

Down the stretch Chester gave a last ditch effort opening with a 4-0 run on field goals made by Taylor Dunning and Josie Kattenbraker. The Jackets pulled within 52-36. An 8-0 Goreville run gave the Cats 60 points compared to Chesterís 36 at the 5:06 mark.

In the closing three minutes Taylor Dunning sank a free throw, Josie Kattenbraker made a field goal and Destiny Williams made two field goals and two free throws for Chesterís final nine points. Goreville added an additional 14 points for a final 74-45 victory.

For the game, Chester was outrebounded 30-25. The Lady Jackets dished out 13 assists led by Destiny Williams with four. Kendall Williams recorded two-of-Chesterís-three steals. Taylor Dunning had seven deflections out of the Lady Jacketís 19. Josie Kattenbraker had Chesterís only charge and Kendall Williams blocked the only shot of the game for CHS.

The Jackets shot just 24 percent from the field (17-of-70). From the free throw line the Jackets made 5-of-9 free throws (56 %). Destiny Williams was the only Lady Jacket to score in double figures with 16 points.

Josie Kattenbraker scored nine points followed by Abby Myers and Kendall Williams with seven apiece. Taylor Dunning and Reese Chandler each added three points apiece for a total of 45 points.

Gorevilleís Lexi King led the Blackcats with 27 points. Teammate Payton Sopczak followed with 17 points. Other offensive contributors included Katie Benard and Breanna Stout with seven apiece; Hallie Martin and Shayna Elms with six apiece; and Kyla Pulley and Kelsey Ray with two points apiece for a total of 74 points.

Head Coach Pat Knowles said, "We had way too many turnovers and missed shots tonight and we didnít seem to play defense as well as usual. It also seemed as if we just gave up in the second half. I was disappointed with our effort tonight."

With the loss the Lady Jackets fell to 5-7 overall and 2-3 in the Black Diamond Conference. The Jackets are now done until after Christmas. December 26-29 Chester will compete in the Wesclin Girlís Christmas Tournament.

Chester will be the 12th seed and will play 5th seed Columbia in the opening round Tuesday December 26 at 3:30 p.m. Sparta is the 16th seed and will open against Lebanon December 26 at 8:00 p.m.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Yellow Jackets sixth seed at Sesser Valier Holiday Tournament

Chester is the sixth seed in the upcoming Sesser Valier Holiday Tournament.

Chester will open the tournament on Tuesday, December 26 against New Athens at 9am.

Steeleville is the seventh seed and will meet Century in an opening round game at 12noon. Marissa-Coulterville will meet second seed Goreville in an opening around game at 1:30pm.

Lady Yellow Jackets 12th seed at Lebanon Christmas Tournament

Chester is the 12th seed in the upcoming Lebanon Christmas Tournament.

The Lady Yellow Jackets will meet 5th seed Columbia in an opening around game on Tuesday December 26 at 3:30pm.

Sparta is the 16th seed in the tournament and will open against host Lebanon at 8pm. Steeleville is the eighth seed and will open against Piasa Southwestern at 6:30pm. Red Bud is the seventh seed and will open against Du Quoin at 12:30pm.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Yellow Jackets win on road at Waterloo

The Chester Yellow Jackets improved to 6-2 on the season with a 62-51 road win at Waterloo last night.

Chester will travel to Trico this Friday for a BDC West Division meeting with the Pioneers.

Lady Yellow Jackets fall at home to Goreville

The Chester Lady Yellow Jackets suffered their worst loss of the season last night at home against Goreville.

The Lady Blackcats beat Chester 74-45.

Chester, 5-7 overall and 2-3 in the BDC West, are off until the Wesclin Holiday Tournament.

Monday, December 11, 2017

CHS girls rebound with perfect week; win two-in-a-row

by Jim Beers

After experiencing a devastating three-game losing streak last week, the Chester High School Lady Jackets answered with back-to-back wins the week of December 4-8. Chester beat Zeigler-Royalton Monday December 4, 63-25, in front of a home crowd for its first conference win of the 2017-18 season and followed Thursday December 7 with a nice road victory at Trico, 54-46.

CHS senior Taylor Dunning (2) gets help getting up off the floor from a fellow Lady Jacket after battling Zeigler-Royalton senior Alex Knapp (34) for a loose ball early in the first half of the Chester vs. Zeigler-Royalton game Monday December 4. Dunning won the battle and quite apparently is NOT going to give up her prize basketball to anyone. For the game Dunning scored two points, was second on the team in rebounding with seven boards, recorded four deflections, two loose ball recoveries and blocked one shot. Chester won the game, 63-25, for the first Black Diamond Conference of the season. Jim Beers Photo

The Lady Jackets jumped out to a strong performance Monday at Colbert Gym leading the Lady Tornadoes 31-17 at the half and never looked back. The first quarter was a bit slow while CHS appeared to need a jump-start offensively, but senior Abby Myers gave Chester the boost needed scoring six straight points to close the period and Chester led, 10-8 after one quarter of action.

The second quarter began a bit sluggish, but sophomore Destiny Williams eventually took charge and scored 12-of-Chesterís-21 second quarter points mostly on hard, very athletic moves to the hoop in the lane.

Myers, freshman Reese Candler, and freshman Kendall Williams each added two points apiece and freshman Peyton Clendenin popped a three-pointer to round out the 21-point second period. The Lady Jackets enjoyed a comfortable 14-point lead at halftime, 31-17.

Zeigler-Royalton Head Coach, Jeremy May said prior to the tip-off, "We have struggled this season so far. We have not won a game. Our numbers are down and we just havenít been able to put together a win. Our girls play hard and donít quit, but they just havenít had that first win yet." Zeigler-Royalton had to cancel the JV portion of the night due to a lack of underclassmen to man a junior varsity squad.

Chester continued to roar after the halftime break outscoring the Tornadoes, 18-2. During that period Williams added another 10-points, Clendenin drained another three-pointer and a free throw, Reese Chandler scored four points, and senior Taylor Dunning and sophomore Katie Shinabargar each got on the scoreboard with field goals. The Jackets led by 30 points, 49-13, after three quarters.

Coach Pat Knowles cleared the bench in the fourth quarter. Every Lady Jacket played down the stretch and eight-of-ten players scored in the eventual 53-25 victory and Chester earned its first Black Diamond Conference win of the year, improving to 1-2.

Coach Knowles said, "It was a great win for us, but fundamentally, I still saw many things we need to work on. It was a fun game for the girls! Everybody got to play and almost everyone contributed to our point total. Every player contributed to the win and we finished with a positive effort."

For the night the Jackets just went to the free throw line four times, making one (25 %). From the field CHS made 23 two-pointers and two three-pointers for a total of 53 points. Destiny Williams led the jackets in scoring with 20 po8nts followed by Abby Myers and Reese Chandler with eight apiece, Peyton Clendenin (7), Katie Shinabargar (4), and Taylor Dunning, Josie Kattenbraker, and Kendall Williams with two apiece.

Zeigler-Royalton was led by Macie Burnett with eight points followed by Trinitti Noto (6), Courtney Bailey (4), Hanna Leper (4), Susie Stout (2), and Jessica Mays and Maggie bates with one apiece.

The Lady Jackets outrebounded the Tornadoes 25-18 led by Reese Chandler with eight boards and Taylor Dunning with seven. CHS recorded 15 assists led by Kendall Williams who dished out nine.

Chester stole the Tornadoes basketball 16 times led by Reese Chandler and Kendall Williams with six steals apiece. Taylor Dunning had four deflections to pace the Jackets. Together, 13 Lady Jackets recorded 23 deflections for the night and recovered 13 loose balls. Josie Kattenbraker led the Jackets in blocked shots with two. All together Chester had six blocked shots.

With the win, the Lady jackets improved to 4-6 overall and 1-2 in the Black Diamond Conference.

Thursday December 7 at Trico both teams battled down to the wire, but Chester came out on top with a 54-46 win. Monday November 13 in the Sparta Tournament the Lady jackets edged Trico, 51-50 to start the 2017-18 season with a win. Now three weeks later it was a narrow eight-point win for the ladies from river town.

The Lady Pioneers led 13-10 after one quarter of play. In the second period CHS outscored Trico, 16-14, but trailed by one point, 27-26 at the half. After the break Chester managed to maintain momentum and once again outscored Trico, 13-7 to regain the lead, 39-34 and down the stretch the YellowJackets stung the Pioneers, 15-12 to secure the well-fought battle with an eight-point victory, 54-46.

For the second time in the same week Destiny Williams was the high-point scorer for CHS with 25 points, She also dished out five assists, grabbed one rebound, had one steal and one loose ]ball recovery and recorded three deflections. From the field she was 11-for-23 (48 %) and from the line she was 3-for-4 (75 %).

The Jackets also had two other players in double figures. Reese Chandler added 11 points and led the Jackets in rebounding with nine boards. Chandler also had one assist, one steal, and a pair of deflections. From the field she shot 50 percent making 5-of-10 shots including four two pointers and a three pointer.

Josie Kattenbraker also scored 11 points on 5-of-15 shooting (33 %) including four from inside the arc and one beyond the arc. She also added two rebounds and a pair of assists. In addition Kattenbraker had two steals, three deflections, one loose ball recovery and one blocked shot.

Other Chester scorers included Taylor Dunning (4), Abby Myers (2), and Kendall Williams (1). As a team the Jackets shot 23-for-60 or 38 percent. The ladies were six-of-eight from the free throw line or 75 percent. Taylor Dunning was a perfect 2-for-2 (100 %); Destiny Williams was 3-for-4 (75 %); and Kendall Williams made 1-of-2 free throws (50 %).

As a team Chester outrebounded the Lady Pioneers 25-16. The Jackets also had 15 assists, six steals, 23 deflections, six lose ball recoveries, one blocked shot, and Abby Myers took a charge for the team.

Trico was led by Cottom (22) followed by Prange (15), Wettig (4), Reiman (4) and Kelley (1) for a total of 46 points. With the victory, Chester improved with back-to-back wins to an overall record of 5-6 and evened their Black Diamond Conference record at 2-2.

The week of December 11-15 the Lady Jackets will have a light load with only one game, hosting Goreville Tuesday December 12 with a JV matchup at 6:15 p.m. followed with a varsity contest at 8:00 p.m.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Chester girls win second in a row, beat Trico

Chester Lady Yellow Jackets won their second in a row last night with a 54-46 road win at Trico.

Now 5-6 overall and 2-2 in the BDC West, Chester will host Goreville on Tuesday.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Yellow Jackets begin BDC conference play with road win at Vienna

The Chester Yellow Jackets shot a blistering 53% from the floor Wednesday night en route to a 72-40 rout of Vienna's Eagles.

Now 5-1 overall and 1-0 in the BDC West, the Yellow Jackets will host Sesser Valier Friday night for the home opener.

Chester raced out to a 22-6 lead after the first quarter and built a 43-17 lead at halftime.

The Yellow Jackets led 59-29 heading to the fourth.

Keith Kiner led the Yellow Jackets with 14 points. Drake Bollman finished with 12 points while Nick Heffernan and Ian Reith each tossed in 10.

Josh Haberberger (8), Colin Wingerter (6), Jake Haberberger (4), Clay Herrell (4) and Jakob Cushman 94) also scored for the Yellow Jackets in the win.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Lady Yellow Jackets snap three-game losing streak with home win over ZR

Chester Lady Yellow Jackets snapped a three-game losing streak Monday night with a 53-25 home win over Zeigler Royalton.

Now 4-6 overall and 1-2 in the BDC West, Chester will visit Trico on Thursday night.

Chester led 10-8 after the first quarter but then outscored the Lady Tornadoes 21-9 in the second to take a 31-17 lead at halftime.

The Lady Yellow Jackets slammed the door on ZR in the third as they outscored the Lady Tornadoes 18-2 to take a 49-19 lead heading to the fourth.

Destiny Williams led Chester with a game high 20 points. Abby Meyers and Reese Chandler each tossed in eight points while Peyton Clendenin finished with seven points.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Yellow Jackets finish third in Trico-Murphysboro basketball tournament

The Chester Yellow Jackets brought home the third place trophy Saturday from the finals of the Trico-Murphysboro boys basketball tournament.

Chester beat Steeleville 59-52 to claim third place and finish the opening week of action with a 4-1 record.

After leading 22-19 at halftime, Chester outscored the Warriors 22-13 to take a 44-32 lead heading to the fourth.

Keith Kiner led Chester with 18 points. Jake Haberberger finished with 13 points while Ian Reith tossed in 12 points.

On Friday night, the Yellow Jackets wrapped up pool play with a 74-50 win over Lovejoy.

Chester led 28-24 at the intermission before outscoring Lovejoy 46-26 in the second half en route to the win.

Ian Reith led Chester with a game high 20 points. Keith Kiner tossed in 15 while Colin Wingerter finished with 11 points.

Kiner was Chester's lone selection to the all tournament team.

Chester will travel to Vienna Tuesday for the BDC West Division conference opener against the Eagles.

CHS girls have tough week losing three-in-a-row

By Jim Beers

After enjoying a nice win over Sparta Monday November 20 and then having a well-deserved Thanksgiving vacation the rest of the week, the Chester Lady Jackets came back to a three-game buzz saw the week of November 27-December2.

Chester traveled to Vienna Monday November 27 to face a nasty, 62-31 loss. The following night Chester hosted Gibault in the Lady Jackets home opened and lost a rather tight game, 70-63 in a knock-down-drag-out at Colbert Gym. The week ended at Sesser Saturday December 2 with a hard 79-39 loss to the Lady Red Devils.

At Vienna CHS opened their 2017-18 Black Diamond Conference season. The first quarter killed the Jackets as Vienna outscored Chester, 24-2 and never really looked back. Chesterís only points in the opening period came from freshman Reese Chandler who sank two free throws. Seven Vienna players contributed to their 24-point effort.

In the second quarter Vienna cooled off a bit, but still outscored CHS 16-10 for a substantial 40-12 halftime lead. Destiny Williams scored six of Chesterís second quarter points while freshman Josie Kattenbraker added four points on a three pointer and one free throw.

After the break Vienna came back with a roar outscoring Chester 18-8 to lead by 38 points, 58-20. Down the final stretch the Jackets had the advantage over Vienna outscoring them, 11-4, but it was too-little-too late as Vienna won the contest 62-31 Only one Chester player scored in double figures as Destiny Williams recorded 10 points, followed by Kattenbraker (8), Chandler (6), Katie Shinabargar (3), and Abby Myers and Kendall Williams with two apiece.

Chester was outrebounded 35-19, led by Destiny Williams with six boards. CHS dished out eight assists led by D. Williams with two. The Jackets had just two steals both of which came from Kendall Williams. As a team Chester had 19 deflections led by Taylor Dunning with nine. CHS recovered five loose balls and took one charge. Finally, The Jackets blocked three shots. A total of 23 turnovers helped to doom the Jackets at Vienna.

From the free throw line the Lady jackets shot 60 percent (9-of-15). From the field CHS shot a dreadfully low 10-of-52 shots (19 %). With the loss the Lady Jackets fell to an overall record of 3-4 and opened the BDC season at 0-1.

Tuesday at Colbert Gym, the Jackets started out very well against Gibault, leading 18-8 after the first period. In the second quarter both teams scored 14 points and Chester led, by ten points, 32-22, at the half.

The Lady Jackets fared well again after the popcorn break and outscored Gibault, 14-12 to maintain a comfortable 46-34 lead going into the fourth quarter. The Lady Hawks came alive down the stretch led by Davis who scored 18 points of Gibaultís 36. Chester was very respectable scoring an additional 17 points, but the Hawks led at the buzzer, 70-63, to ruin Chesterís home opener.

The Lady Jackets had two players in double figures including Destiny Williams (28) and Josie Kattenbraker (13). Abby Myers had a good night on offense scoring nine points followed by Reese Chandler (7), Taylor Dunning (4), and Kendall Williams (2).

The Hawks had three players in double figures including Davis (28), A. Wightman (17) and Chambers (17). Other scorers included Wightman (5) and Ready (3).

Chester outrebounded Gibault 26-23 led by Taylor Dunning with 11 boards. The Jackets dished out 21 assists and had four steals led by Abby Myers (2). The team played hard defense with 19 deflections led by Taylor Dunning who recorded 10 deflections for a double-double. Chester also had 12 loose ball recoveries adding to their defensive prowess. Eighteen turnovers, however, helped to create Chesterís demise in the end.

Chester shot 41 percent for the night from the field (24-of-58). From the free throw line CHS connected for 10-of-15 shots or 67 percent. With the loss the Lady Jackets fell to 3-5 overall and remained at 0-1 in the BDC since Gibault was a non-conference game.

Saturday at Sesser the Lady Jackets must have taken the day off as nothing seemed to go right for CHS. The Lady Red Devils led 20-9 after one quarter of play and 35-15 at the half. Things didnít get any better in the third period as Sesser outscored Chester, 22-6 to lead 57-21. In the final period the Lady Red Devils added 22 more points to Chesterís 18 and Sesser-Valier won the game 79-39.

For the game the Lady Jackets only had one player score in double figures and that was Destiny Williams with 21. Reese Chandler added six and Taylor Dunning scored four. To round out the Jacketís 39 points Abby Myers, Josie Kattenbraker, Kendall Williams and Peyton Clendenin each scored two points apiece.

Sesser had four players score in double figures including S. McCowen (15), B. Wilderman (15), J. McCowen (11), and Page (10). In all, the Lady Red Devils had 10 players score. Other scorers included Tucker and Fedderke (8), P. Wilderman (7), Zahm (4), and Breeze and Miller with two apiece.

Sesser outrebounded Chester 28-22. The Jackets shot 47 percent from the field (15-of-36) and 50 percent from the free throw line (5-of-10). The Jackets were led in rebounding by Reese Chandler who grabbed nine boards.

Kendall Williams dished out six-of-Chesterís 10 assists. The jackets had only two steals (Destiny Williams and Kendall Williams). On defense CHS recorded 14 deflections led by Chandler and Dunning with five apiece. Josie Kattenbraker took a charge and Kattenbraker and K. Williams each had one blocked shot apiece.

With the third loss of the week, Chester fell to 3-6 for the year and 0-2 in the Black Diamond Conference. Monday will return home Monday December 4 hosting Zeigler-Royalton and will visit Trico Thursday December 7. Both are conference games.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Kiner and Wingerter combine for 29 points to lead Chester past Roosevelt

Keith Kiner and Colin Wingerter combined for 29 points Thursday night to led the Chester Yellow Jackets past Roosevelt 48-38 in the newly combined Trico-Murphysboro boys basketball tournament.

Now 2-1 overall and in the tourney, Chester will wrap up pool play tonight against Lovejoy at 6:30pm at Trico. The tournament finals will be played tomorrow in Murphysboro.

Chester led 27-14 at the intermission.

Kiner led all scored with 19 points while Wingerter finished with 10. The duo was the only two Yellow Jackets to finish in double-digit scoring.

Ian Reith (6), Drake Bollman (5), Nick Heffernan (4), Jakob Cushman (2) and Josh Haberberger (2) also scored for the Yellow Jackets in the win.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Yellow Jackets fall to 1-1 after loss to Murphysboro

Murphysboro held Chester to just 16 points in the first three quarters Wednesday night as the Red Devils beat the Yellow Jackets 54-35 in pool play of the Trico-Murphysboro boys basketball tournament.

Chester (1-1) will play Lovejoy at 6:30pm at Trico High School tonight as the tournament continues.

Murphysboro led 25-10 at the intermission.

Colin Wingerter and Drake Bollman each finished with eight points to lead Chester. Ian Reith and Keith Kiner each tossed in seven points while Josh Haberberger finished with three points and Nick Heffernan added two points.

Murphysboro's Jeremy House led all scorers with a game high 23 points.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Lady Yellow Jackets let 12-point lead slip in fourth quarter, lose to Gibault

Chester held Waterloo (Gibault) to just 34 points in the first three quarter last night and took a 12 point lead to the fourth quarter. But in the final eight minutes, the Lady Hawks erupted to 36 points to rally and shock the Lady Yellow Jackets 70-63. Chester falls to 3-5 on the season. Next up is a conference road game Saturday afternoon at Sesser Valier.

Other scores from last night
Red Bud 31, Waterloo 25
Carterville 61, Du Quoin 36

Yellow Jackets open basketball season with win over North Tech

The Chester Yellow Jacket boys basketball team opened their season last night with a 58-37 win over North Tech in the opening night of action at the newly combined Trico-Murphysboro tournament. Chester will travel to Murphysboro tonight to play the Red Devils at 7:30pm as the tournament continues.

Other scores from last night
Harrisburg 64, Trico 41
Steeleville 59, Sparta 48
Elverado 62, Marissa-Coulterville 58 (OT)
New Athens 80, O'Fallon Baptist Academy 35

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Lady Yellow Jackets drop conference opener at Vienna

The Chester Lady Yellow Jackets struggled from the floor in the first half and dropped their BDC West Division conference opener at Vienna Monday night, 62-31.

Chester (0-1, 3-4) shot just 2-for-31 from the floor in the first half.

After playing their first seven games on the road, Chester will host Waterloo (Gibault) tonight for the home opener on Rocky Bridges Court inside Daniel Colbert Memorial Gym. JV game tips at 6:15pm with the varsity game to follow.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Lady Yellow Jackets start season 3-3
By Jim Beers

After a very busy start of the 2017-18 season with five games in six days at the 2017 Sparta Girls Basketball Invitational Tournament, the Chester Lady Jackets had a well-deserved one-game schedule the week of November 20-26 with just one contest.

It couldnít have come at a better time either because the Jackets were somewhat worn out after a very rough and busy week at Sparta. In addition, it was Thanksgiving week and CHS students were on Thanksgiving break. What a better time for the girls to have a light week.

Coach Pat Knowles said, "We will play one game this week and have just two practices. After Wednesdayís practice, I am going to give the girls the rest of the week off to enjoy the holiday with family and get some much-needed rest."

Chester returned to Sparta Monday November 20 to face former River-to-River, Mississippi Division foe Sparta right before the Thanksgiving break. Chester faced the Lady Bulldogs just three days earlier in the Sparta Tournament, beating them, 54-38.

In their second meeting of the 2017-18 season the Lady Jackets were successful in defeating the Lady Bulldogs by 34 points, 68-34. With the win the Lady Jackets improved to 3-3 for the season.

Chester roared out of the gates with a 21-7 start after one quarter of play. In that stretch, sophomore Destiny Williams scored eight points, freshman Josie Kattenbraker added seven, senior Abby Myers contributed four and freshman Peyton Clendenin had two points. Spartaís seven points came from Daniela Sangurima (3), Amyia Henry (2) and Shawna Smith.

The Jackets did not let up on the gas pedal in the second period outscoring the Lady Bulldogs 26-10 behind Destiny Williamís seven points, freshman Kendall Williamís five points, Josie Kattenbrakerís four points, Abby Myerís four points, freshman Reese Chandlerís four points and senior Taylor Dunningís two points for a total of 26 points. Spartaís 10 points were scored by Amyia Henry (3), Erianna Henry (3), Sangurima (2), and Shawna Smith (2).

In the first half the Lady Jackets played six players who scored a total of 47 points. They achieved this feat with 7-12 shooting from the free throw line (58 %) as well as 13 two-pointers and three baskets from behind the arc. Chester led, 47-17 at the half.

After the popcorn break the Jackets seemed to have cooled a bit, but still outscored the Lady Bulldogs 13-8 to lead 60-25 after three quarters. In the third period Williams scored seven points. Dunning, Kattenbraker and Chandler each added two points apiece for Chesterís 13 points.

Spartaís Erianna Henry led the Bulldogs with five points with a three-pointer and a two-point field goal. Alacyia Williams made a pair of free throws and Shawna Smith added a free throw for Spartaís eight points.

Down-the-stretch the Lady Bulldogs actually outscored the Lady Jackets, 9-8, but it was far too little-to-late as Chester won the game, 68-34. In the fourth quarter Kendall Williams drew six shooting fouls, making 5-of-6 at the free throw line (83 %). Sophomore Audrey Hopper sank a field goal and Peyton added a free throw for Chesterís eight points.

Spartaís Erianna Henry drained a three-pointer, Shawna Smith and Daniela Sangurima hit field goals and Alacyia Williams sank two free throws for Spartaís nine points.

As a team, the Lady Jackets shot 60-percent from the field (25-of-42); 15-of-25 (60 %) from the charity stripe and 60-percent (3-of-5) from three-point land. CHS outrebounded Sparta 28-20 and the Lady Jackets recorded 18 assists, 16 deflections, six steals, and grabbed nine loose balls and blocked two shots. Chester also committed 19 turnovers in the win.

Individually, the Jackets had three players in double figures led offensively by Destiny Williams with 22, Josie Kattenbraker with 13 and Kendall Williams with 10. Other Lady Jacket contributors included Abby Myers and Reese Chandler with eight apiece, Taylor Dunning (4), Audrey Hopper (2) and Peyton Clendenin (1).

Kendall Williams had a good night for CHS. She led the Jackets from the free throw line with 75 percent shooting (6-for-8). She also dished out 13 of the Lady Jacketís 18 assists and recorded two of Chesterís six steals. Williams further took Chesterís only charge of the night and recorded three deflections.

Destiny Williams paced Chester from the field making 9-of-11 shots (82 %). Abby Myers and Taylor Dunning, Chesterís two seniors, led the team in rebounding with seven boards apiece for 14 of Chesterís 28 rebounds.

Taylor Dunning paced the team with three loose ball recoveries and she also had seven of the teamís 16 deflections.

After enjoying a nice four-day Thanksgiving vacation from basketball and school, the Lady Jackets return to action the week of November 27-December 2 with three games.

The Jackets travel to Vienna Monday November 27 for their first Black Diamond Conference contest. Tuesday November 28 CHS hosts Gibault in a non-conference matchup, and Saturday December 2, the Lady Jackets will travel to Sesser for another BDC challenge.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Lady Yellow Jackets beat Sparta for second time in less than a week

Chester Lady Yellow Jackets improved to 3-3 on the season with a 68-34 road win at Sparta last night. It was the second time Chester defeated Sparta in a week, both times coming at Dwight Fulton Gym in Sparta.

The Lady Yellow Jackets will open BDC West Division play on the road next Monday at Vienna before hosting Waterloo (Gibault) in a non-conference matchup next Tuesday for the home opener.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Lady Jackets finish Sparta Tournament with 2-3 record

By Jim Beers

After starting the 2017 Sparta Girlís Basketball Tournament with a nice win over the Trico Lady Pioneers, the Chester Lady Jackets finished with three losses and one more win for an overall tournament record of 2-3.

The Lady Jackets beat Trico, 51-48 Monday November 13. Destiny Williams led the jackets with 15 points, three rebounds, six assists, four turnovers, four steals, four deflections and one blocked shot.

As a team CHS made 18-of-49 shots for a shooting average of just 37 percent. CHS outrebounded Trico 27-19 and dished out 13 assists, grabbed 13 steals, had 21 deflections, took one charge and blocked two shots. From the free throw line the ladies made 12-of-31 for throw for a 39 percent average. With the win, Chester started the season with an overall record of 1-0.

Tuesday November 14 the Jackets fell to a very strong, quick and big Sesser-Valier team by a score of 81-27. Chester did not play especially poorly, but the Lady Red Devils were just that much better.

Sesser jumped out to a huge, 34-5 lead in the first quarter. In the second quarter the Red Devils outscored CHS, 14-8 for a 48-13 halftime advantage. After the break it didnít get much better as Sesser-Valier outscored Chester, 21-7 for a 69-20 third period lead. Down the stretch the lady Red Devils scored 12 while the Jackets scored seven for a final score of 81-27.

Chesterís leading scorer was Destiny Williams with seven points followed by Tayler Dunning and Peyton Clendenin with four each, Reese Chandler and Josie Kattenbraker with three apiece, and Kendall Williams, Abby Myers, and Katie Shinabarger with two apiece.

Sesser had three players in double figures including Tucker (17), Page (19), and J. McCowen (17). The Red Devils outrebounded the Lady Jackets, 25-13. Chester had 27 turnovers in the loss. On the positive side, CHS recorded eight assists, seven steals, 15 deflections and two blocked shots. With the loss Chester recorded their first loss of the season and ended the night with an overall record of 1-1.

Wednesday November 15 Chester faced the Steeleville Lady Warriors. The game was competitive throughout, but according to Head Coach Pat Knowles, Steelevilleís height gave the Lady Jackets difficulty all night and Hood and Klothe were hard to stop.

Steeleville led 18-13 after the first quarter and 33-22 at the half. In the third period the lady warriors added another 20 points to lead, 53-30 heading into the final quarter. Chester came alive in the fourth and outscored Steeleville 28-14, but it was too little too late. The Warriors beat Chester 67-58 when time ran out.

Chester was led by the smallest, youngest girl on the team. Kendall Williams scored 22 points in the loss and added four steals, three deflections, and one loose ball recovery. She also led the team in turnovers, however, with nine.

Destiny Williams was the Jacketís second-highest scorer with 16 points. She also recorded six rebounds, four steals, one deflection, and two blocked shots. She balanced those statistics with just two turnovers. Both Williams players were the only two to score in double figures.

Steelevilleís height helped them to win the rebounding race, 39-25, and the Lady Warriors had three players in double figures including Middendorf (20), Klothe (18) and Hood (20). With the loss, the Lady Jackets fell to 1-2 for the season.

Coach Knowles thought that the Jackets could play with Sparta and after taking Thursday=y off, Chester came back to Sparta to take on the Lady Bulldogs. CHS jumped out to a nice 11-8 lead after one quarter of play. In the second period, the Jackets continued their dominance outscoring Sparta, 15-8 for a nice, 26-16 halftime lead.

The third quarter was a lock as both teams scored 14 points. The score was, 40-30 after three periods. Down the stretch Chester sealed the game with a nice, 14-8 advantage and Chester won the game, 54-38.

Destiny Williams paced the Lady jackets with 20 points, five rebounds, one assist, one steal, and five deflections, to counter a pair of turnovers. Newcomer Josie Kattenbraker was Chesterís next highest scorer with 10 points. She added four rebounds, three assists, two steals, four deflections, and one loose ball recovery. The freshman had just two turnovers for the night.

As a team, Chester had 32 rebounds, 13 assists, nine steals, 21 deflections, nine loose ball recoveries and Kendall Williams took one charge. CHS, on the other hand recorded 27 turnovers. The rebounding battle was a draw with each team getting 32 rebounds. With the win, Chester evened their record at 2-2.

Red Bud was Chesterís final obstacle of the tournament. The Lady Musketeers were bigger, quicker and had a good handle in the scoring department. Coach Knowles said, "We knew that Red Bud was going to be good. They returned a lot of players from of last yearís team and still had a tough defense".

Chester was having a very "off" night in the offensive department and scored just 14 poi8nts for the entire night. The score was 9-2 after the first period. The Musketeers outscored Chester, 13-4 in the second quarter to lead 22-6 at halftime.

After the popcorn break, Red Bud exploded for a 16-6 rout of CHS to lead, 38-12 going into the fourth period. Things didnít get any better in the final period as Red Bud pounded the Jackets, 11-3 for a final score of 49-15.

Freshman Josie Kattenbraker led the Lady jackets in scoring for the second night-in-a-row with five points, followed by another freshman, Reese Chandler who added four. After that, Taylor Dunning, Kendall Williams and Destiny Williams each added two points apiece.

The Lady Musketeers led the battle of the boards, outrebounding Chester, 31-18. For the night, Chester recorded just four assists, a pair of steals, three blocked shots, five loose ball recoveries, and 17 deflections. Another killer for Chester was the fact that they tied the team turnover record of 27 turnovers.

With the loss, Chester fell again to an overall record of 2-3 for the tournament and for the early season. Coach Knowles said, "We did some really good things this week and some really dumb things. We knew we would make a lot of freshmen mistakes, but some of the freshmen also stepped up and impressed me. I kind of thought that we might finish 2-3 for the week. We will get better with time. Now we will start the regular season with some experience under our belts."

On a good note, Chesterís Destiny Williams (right) earned "All-Tournament" honors for the second year-in-a-row. For the five-game tournament Williams scored 60 points, grabbed 15 rebounds, dished out 17 assists, recorded 11 steals, had 15 deflections, recovered two loose balls and blocked five shots. Those great stats were somewhat blemished by 15 turnovers, but not enough to keep her from being named to the 2017 Sparta Girlís Basketball Tournament "All-Tournament Team.

CHS kicks off season with basketball extravaganza

By Jim Beers

The Chester High School YellowJacket Basketball Team kicked off the season with a night of exciting activities designed to create interest in the upcoming 2017-2018 basketball year.

The event was organized by CHS Head Basketball Coach, Brad Norman with help of Steve Colonel, Pep Band Director, Adrianne Kern, Dance Team Coach, Rachel Marshall, Cheer Coach, as well as Colbert Gymnasium announcer, Mike Lochhead and others.

Friday evening November 17 was the date and approximately 250 YellowJacket fans were in the stands to get a quick peek at the 2017-18 Basketball YellowJackets as well as the people who would be providing entertainment and spirit at CHS home games including the dance team and cheerleading squad.

Coach Norman said, "We want to get everyone excited about the upcoming season. I think we are going to be very quick, competitive and exciting. We have the players to take it inside for the layups, we can run the fast break and score coast-to-coast, and we have the skilled players who can drain the threes. I hope our fans saw each of these possibilities tonight and will be looking forward to coming back to see more of what we have to offer throughout the season."

Norman wasnít disappointed either as all participants in the preview night activities had Jackets fans on the edge of their seats from start to finish in this three-ring circus of action at Colbert Gym on Rocky Bridgesí Court.

The Chester High School Pep Band kicked off the night with its usual brand of high-energy pep tunes. Stadium announcer Mike Lochhead then introduced the Junior varsity squad for 2017-18 prior to their scrimmage.

The JV squad included Matt Korando, Brandon Schwier, Berrimand Breeden III, Nate Heffernan, Jake Cushman, Drake Bollman, Ethan Bert, Jordan Hughes, Eli Hughes, Ian Reith, Colin Wingerter, Keith Kiner III, and Caleb Nolan.

The JV squad is coached by Chris Toledo, Ben Hunter, Riley Welborn and Jake Cowan. Team Managers are Jarred Meyer and Noah Colonel.

Just prior to the JV scrimmage the CHS Cheerleaders performed a pre-game routine that really knocked the socks off of those watching. 2017-18 Cheer squad members include Karson Colvis, Kaylah Hasemeyer, Emily Atchison, Ashley Hennrich, Allison Kennon, Faye Hathaway, Cara Childs, Kamryn Wingerter, Ashtyn Jany, Elyzabeth Mitchell, Addie Blechle, Parker Knippa, Amira Al-Jassim, Jessica Handel, Kennedy Herrell, Lauren Soellner, and Melody Colonel. Coaches are Rachel Marshal and Michelle Rust.

The JV squad was divided into an orange team and a black team for their scrimmage. The JV scrimmaged for two 10-minuere halves in a very spirited battle that was neck-and-neck for the most part. The JV promises to be quick and competitive and will definitely give opponents a run-for-their-money.

At halftime of the JV game there was a Fan Cupcake Shoot at which all fans had the opportunity to come down the court and shoot free throws to win delicious cup cakes. There was even a miniature hoop for toddlers. This event was a huge hit and lots of delicious cup cakes were eaten by those contestants who made their free throws.

During this same time period Coach Norman and stadium announcer Mike Lochhead gave a special "shout-out" to all of the Chester Grade School, St. Maryís and St. John girls and boys basketball teams with best wishes for successful seasons.

Following the cupcake shoot the Chester High School dance Team performed a rousing hip-hop routine to the huge Bruno Mars hit, "Perm". The performance was flawless and the 19-person group had the entire audience on their feet as they perfected their hip-hop routine.

The squad will compete at the Illinois Dance Team Association Regional Competition at Benton January 6, 2018 for their first competitor of the season.

The dance team includes Bailey Misuraca, Captain, Alyse Vasquez, Captain, Hanna Bert, Co-Captain, Abbey Bauer, Co-Captain, Tayler Howie, Emma Naeger, Autumn Cushman, Stevie Gilbert, Sylena Martin, Avery Runge, Ryn Petrowske, Lauryn Vasquez, Mallary Vasquez, Kayla Bert, Maddie Hasemeyer, Jocelyn Landeros, Juliette Abernathy, Taylor Cartwright, and Alison Venus. The team is coached by Adrianne Kern. She is assisted by Barb Misuraca and Danielle Valleroy.

At the conclusion of the JV scrimmage the CHS Pep Band rocked the gym with more lively music. The band, dance team and cheerleaders then performed their entire pre-game routines prior to the introductions of the YellowJacket varsity.

The Chester High School YellowJacket Varsity Basketball Team poses for a picture following the varsity scrimmage Friday night November 17. The annual "Meet and Greet" gave Jacket fans the opportunity to see the YellowJackets in action prior to the home opener Friday December 8 when the Jackets host Sesser-Valier at 7:30 p.m. Pictured (left to right): Jarred Meyer, Head Manager, Colin Wingerter, Nick Heffernan, Jake Haberberger, Caleb Nolan, Clay Herrell, Ian Reith, Drake Bollman, Keith Kiner III, Josh Haberberger, David Ashby, Jake Cushman, Ethan Bert, and Noah Colonel, Manager. Jim Beers Photo

Following the pre-game routine, stadium announcer, Mike Lochhead introduced the 2017-18 YellowJacket Varsity Basketball Team. The roster includes Jake Haberberger, Clay Herrell, Josh Haberberger, David Ashby, Jake Cushman, Drake Bollman, Ethan Bert, Nick Heffernan, Ian Reith, Colin Wingerter, Keith Kiner III, and Caleb Nolen.

The Jackets are coached by Brad Norman, Head Coach, Chris Toledo, Assistant Coach, along with Ben Hunter, Riley Welborn and Jake Cowan. Managers are Jarred Meyer and Noah Colonel.

The varsity squad was divided into the orange squad and the black squad. The two units scrimmaged for two 10-minute halves. Coach Norman served as the referee and the other coaches guided the players.

The varsity proved to be very talented. They had good outside shooters, quick, versatile guards who could take-it-down the court and make the layup, inside players who could bang it down low and "dive-on-the-floor" defense that will be hard for opponents to ignore.

During halftime of the varsity scrimmage there was a three-point shooting contest among the player and a dunking contest with four varsity contests. The contests were exciting and fun to watch. With remaining time, Coach Norman brought audience members back to Rocky Bridges Court to once again compete for the last of the cupcakes in the free throw shooting contest.

During the last half of varsity scrimmage varsity players rotated in-and-out of the game and Jacket fans got a great show and preview of what promises to be a very competitive, exciting, athletic 2017-18 YellowJackets Basketball season.

Following the scrimmage parents, family, media, and Jacket fans came down to the court for a picture-taking session and a chance to meet-and-greet the players.

Coach Norman extended "thank you" to the band, dance team, cheerleaders, parents and YellowJacket fans that came out to show support for their YellowJackets. The event was deemed a huge success!

CHS Cheerleaders compete for first time this season

By Jim Beers

The Chester High School Cheerleading Team competed in their first competition of the 2017-2018 season Sunday November 19.

The event was the Illinois Cheer Coaches Association (ICCA) held at Waterloo High School.

The Lady Jackets placed 2nd in the competition and performed very well according to CHS Head Cheer Coach, Rachel Marshal. The group is in search of a bid to the 2018 ICCA Championships January 6th and 7th in Springfield, Illinois. They will try to qualify at the December 10th ICCA Competition hosted at Pinckneyville High School.

Coach Marshal and Assistant Coach, Michelle Rust will have the girls ready to battle for the championship bid in December and welcome and encourage all Jacket fans to make the trip to Pinckneyville to support the girls in their effort to advance to the State Competition in January.

Pictured are: (Front row, left to right) Kamryn Wingerter, Faye Hathaway, Ashley Hennrich, Kaylah Hasemeyer, Allison Kennon, Emily Atchison, and Cara Childs. (Row 2, left to right): Ashtyn Jany, Karson Colvis, and Addie Blechle. (Back row, left to right): Kennedy Herrell, Lauren Soellner, Jessica Handel, Elyzabeth Mitchell, and Melody Colonel. Not present: Amira Al-Jassim and Parker Knippa. Rachel Marshal Photo

CHS golfers are honored at 2017 banquet and awards night

By Jim Beers

Chester High School honored its 2017 YellowJackets and Lady Jackets Golf Teams Tuesday evening November 14 at a banquet and awards ceremony held at the Chester Eagles Club.

The event began at 6:00p.m. with a delicious meal prepared by the Eagles kitchen staff consisting of fried chicken, slaw, potato salad and French fries. Following the meal, Head Coach Chris Toledo and Assistant Coach, Paul Zemlyn spoke briefly about the season, and introduced those athletes in attendance.

Paul Zemlyn stated that the season went well and that the girls worked hard throughout the fall and improved at most matches. "We really had a good year. These girls were hard workers and came out every day ready to play. We had some young athletes that progressed throughout the year, and if they play throughout the summer, they will be even better next fall."

The 2017 Lady Jacket squad included seniors Hanna Bert and Alyse Vasquez. There were no juniors on this yearís team. Sophomores included Alyssa Place, Mallary Vasquez and Autumn Dunn. The rookie on the squad was freshman, Samantha Eggemeyer.

Alyse Vasquez led the Lady Jackets most of the season followed by either Alyssa Place or Hanna Bert who shared No.2 honors. Malary Vasquez and Samantha Eggemeyer alternated the No.4 spot most of the season while Autumn Dunn did her best as either the No. 4 or No.5 golfer.

Coach Zemlyn announced the Lady Jacketís two awards for the 2017 season. The 2017 MVP or Lowest Average award was earned by senior, Alyse Vasquez. The Most Improved Award was earned by sophomore Alyssa Place.

Head Coach Chris Toledo spoke about the 2017 YellowJacket Boys Team. The YellowJackets were also very young for 2017. The roster included just two seniors and two juniors. Seniors were Clay Herrell and Lake Fogerson. Juniors were Jakob Cushman and Jacob Wingerter.

Five sophomores and four freshmen rounded out the roster. Sophomores included Ronin Doiron, Ian Reith, Chett Andrews, Wes Carpenter, and Michael Wingerter. Freshmen included Jarrett James, Jaden Mott, Jordan Hughes and Ryan Whitley.

Coach Toledo said, "We return our top-six golfers next year. I look forward to 2018. If these boys get out on the golf course next summer and work on their games, we could be really good. It takes practice and perfecting their games. If they work this summer, the Jackets will be very competitive."

Chesterís top-three golfers this season included No.1, Jarrett, a freshman James; No.2 Jacob Wingerter, a junior; and No.3 Jaden Mott, a freshman.

The YellowJacketís MVP or Lowest Average player for 2017 was Jarrett James. James was medalist or the golfer with the lowest score eight times this season. He was also selected to the 2017 All-South Team.

Coach Toledo said, "Jarrett was an all-around great kid. At matches this year other coaches would frequently come up to me and say that this kid can really play. He wanted to make the 2017 State Tournament but just missed. His goal is to make it to State next fall. If he works hard on the off-season I have no doubt he will succeed." Jarrettís average this year for a nine-hold match was 39.8 strokes.

Chesterís No. 2 player was Jacob Wingerter. Jacobís average was 47.2 strokes per match for none-holes. Toledo said, "If Jacob will commit to working throughout the summer on his game, he will undoubtedly improve significantly and be a definite leader on next yearís squad.

The No. 3 player for CHS this year was Jaden Mott. Toledo said, "Jaden has a lot of potential. Like everyone else he needs to get on the course this summer and work on his game. He can really help us next year if he continues to improve. He is young and will develop throughout the summer.

The top-two awards for the boyís team included Jarrett James who earned the MVP or Lowest Average Award and the Most Improved Award was earned by sophomore Chett Andrews.

Coach Zemlyn ended his comments by saying, "The girls were great to have this year. They listened, tried their best, worked hard, and improved throughout the season. They played and worked as a team. I look forward to seeing them all out again next fall."

CHS Golf Coaches Chris Toledo and Paul Zemlyn said farewell to four senior golfers at the 2017 CGS Golf Banquet and Awards Night 11-14-17. Pictured (left to right): Alyse Vasquez, Chris Toledo, Head Coach, Clay Herrell, Hanna Bert, and Paul Zemlyn, Assistant Coach. Not present was senior, Lake Fogerson. Jim Beers Photo

Coach Toledo and Coach Zemlyn said good-bye to four seniors who will graduate and move on to post high school endeavors. Senior Lady Jackets include Alyse Vasquez and Hanna Bert. Senior YellowJackets include Clay Herrell and Lake Fogerson. Both coaches wish to best of luck and much success for their futures.

Thursday, November 16, 2017
Lady Yellow Jackets fall to Steeleville at Sparta Tourny

The Chester Lady Yellow Jackets fell to Steeleville 67-58 Wednesday night in the third night of action at the Sparta Girls Invitational Tournament.

Chester (1-2) will play the host Lady Bulldogs Friday night at 7pm and then wrap up the tournament on Saturday against Red Bud at 5:30pm. Both games at Dwight Fulton Gym at Sparta High School.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Lady Yellow Jackets fall to Sesser Valier Waltonville

The Chester Lady Yellow Jackets fell to Sesser Valier Waltonville 81-27 Tuesday night in the second night of action at the Sparta Girls Invitational Tournament.

Chester (1-1) will play Steeleville tonight at 8:30pm at Dwight Fulton Gym at Sparta High School as the tournament continues.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Lady Jackets open season with win over Trico

By Jim Beers

Chester High Schoolís Lady Jacket Basketball Team opened the 2017-18 season Monday November 13 at the 20178 Sparta Girlís Basketball Tournament. The opponent in Game 1 was the Trico Lady Pioneers. It was a very tough night for both teams in a very competitive game but the CHS Lady Jackets came away with a nice 51-50 victory.

A very young and inexperienced Chester team was rusty in the first quarter, trailing Trico, 21-11 after one period. Chester shook off the butterflies in the second period and outscored Trico, 17-10, to narrow the deficit to just three points, 31-28.

Chester came back after the halftime break with a vengeance and outscored the Lady Pioneers by three points, 13-7, to take a nice three-point lead, 41-38 after three quarters of play. Down the stretch, it was a tie with both teams scoring ten points. Chester won the contest, 51-50.

For the game, Pat Knowles, CHS Head Coach played nine-of-ten varsity players and all nine scored. The Jackets were led by sophomore Destiny Williams who scored 15 points. Williams did it the hard way making six-of-11 from the field along with three-of-eight from the free throw line.

Reese Chandler stepped it up in her high school debut and scored 12 points for CHS as a freshman. Chandler made 3-of-4 three pointers along with a free throw and a two-pointer. Chandler and Williams were the only two Lady Jackets in double figures.

Sophomore Audra Hopper scored seven points with a p[air of field goals and three free shots and senior Taylor Dunning added six points on three field goals. Freshman Kendall Williams scored in her first game as a Lady Jackets with three points on a field goal and a free throw. Senior Abby Myers and freshmen Katie Shinabarger, Peyton Clendenin and Josie Kattenbraker each scored two points apiece.

For the opener the Lady Jackets outrebounded Trico 27-19. Chester recorded 13 assists and 13 steals. They also added 21 deflections on defense and blocked two shots. Kendall Williams drew one charge for CHS.

Audrey Hopper led the team in rebounding with seven boards. Destiny Williams led the Jackets in assists with six. On defense, Kendall Williams led the Lady Jackets in deflections with five. The Jackets, however, committed 25 turnovers for the night. As a team, Chester shot just 18-of-49 (37 percent) from the field. From the free throw line CHS made just 12-of-31 (39 percent).

Trico fielded a roster of 11 varsity players. Eight of those 11 saw action while six scored. The Lady Pioneers were led by Prange who tore it up with 31 points, followed by Wetting (11), and Kelley, Bunselmeyer, Kunnert, and Couch with two apiece for a total of 50 points.

With the win the Lady Jackets start the season with a 1-0 record overall and 1-0 in the Sparta Tournament. For the remainder of the week in the Sparta Tournament the Jackets will play Sesser-Valier Tuesday November 14 at 8:30 p.m.; Steeleville Wednesday November 15 at 8:30 p.m.; Sparta Friday November 17 at 7:00 p.m.; and Red Bud Saturday November 18 at 5:30 p.m.

Coach Knowles said, "We made quite a few freshman mistakes tonight, but we are young and it was great to see the freshmen step up and play with the upper classmen. We were only 12-of-31 from the free throw line. That has to improve. I was proud of Reese Chandler who stepped up and sank three treys tonight. Very impressive. We will take the win! It was good for our young ladies to start their high school careers with a win!"

Friday, November 10, 2017

Mitchell signs with SEC's Missouri to play softball next year

A Chester High School Lady Yellow Jacket softball player signed a National Letter of Intent earlier this week on the college level.

Senior Miah Mitchell signed with the University of Missouri at a signing ceremony earlier this week.

Mitchell was a first team BDC all conference selection as a junior and was second team all-state in 2016.

With still her senior season to go, Mitchell has already belted 57 career home runs for the Lady Yellow Jackets.

Yellow Jackets to host meet and greet

The public is invited to the Chester High School boys basketball team's meet and greet gatorade night on Friday, November 17 at 6:30pm in Daniel Colbert Memorial Gym at CHS.

The cost is $1 per person or a bottle of sports drink.

The event will include a scrimmage of the JV and varsity boys teams, a 3-point contest, dunk contest, prize giveaways and performances by the CHS Cheerleaders and CHS Dance Team.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Lady Jacket Basketball will be young, athletic and quick for 2017-18

The Chester High School Lady Jackets opened the 2017 basketball season Monday October 30 with the first practice of the 2017-2018 season. The girls hit Colbert Gymnasium on Rocky Bridgesí Court at a sprint and began what is the beginning of a very competitive 13-week schedule.

This yearís schedule brings the Lady Jackets three tournaments, nine regular-season road trips, seven home games and the 2018 IHSA Regional Tournament.

The Lady Jackets will be a very young squad this season with just two seniors, one junior, five sophomores and five freshmen. The only returning starter is a sophomore and just one of the Lady Jacket seniors saw playing time last season. The rest of the 2017-18 edition of the Lady Jackets Basketball program is made up of sophomores, one inexperienced junior and five rookie freshmen.

The entire Lady Jacket program consists of 13 young ladies. Seniors include Abby Myers (14) and Taylor Dunning (2). Myers, 5í2", started on the JV squad last year and saw significant playing time on the varsity. Dunning, 5í6", took last year off as she was recovering from a nagging running injury she picked up during the summer of 2016 and the fall of 2016 in cross country.

Both Myers and Dunning will give Chester some much-needed leadership. Myers will pick up where she left off last year giving the Jackets feisty defense, great speed and a good knowledge of the Pat Knowles system. Dunning is a good defender, an experienced leader and will give CHS a lot of speed, fortitude and defensive prowess.

Chesterís only junior is 5í7" Alexis Alvarez who is recovering from a minor ankle injury she received at home playing pick-up basketball with family and friends. Her practice time has been very limited to date and she in somewhat of an unknown entity to Coach Pat Knowles and his staff since this is her first year going out for basketball.

Chesterís sophomore class offers the Lady Jackets some much-needed skill and experience. The Jacketís only returning starter from last year is sophomore Destiny Williams (22). The 5í5" point guard and shooting guard offers CHS quickness, experience, confidence and a fantastic work ethic.

Ally Rowold (12), Audrey Hopper (35), and Bailey Wahl (54) return to the Jackets from last yearís JV squad. Rowold, 5í7", Hopper, 5í7" and Wahl, 5í5" are sophomores who saw playing time on Luke Lochheadís JV squad, but were extremely limited at the varsity level. Ciontae Monroe, a 5í3" sophomore, is another new entity to the Jacket program. She brings limited experience and is another of the Lady Jacketís unknown entities.

Rounding out the CHS basketball program will be five freshmen including 5í8" Katie Shinabarger (15), 5í3" Peyton Clendenin (21), 5í7" Josie Kattenbraker (32), 5í7" Reese Chandler (24), and 5í2" Kendall Williams (11).

All five of the freshmen are experienced basketball players who contributed significantly to their grade school programs last year. All three have been working very hard so far this season and are not afraid to "mix-it-up" with the upperclassmen. Coach Knowles expects that all five will see significant playing time this year at the JV level and possibly even the varsity level.

CHS Head Girlís Coach is Pat Knowles. He is assisted this year by Assistant Coaches Jennifer Hittmeier-King, and a very familiar face to Lady Jacket Basketball, former Head Coach, Rick Powley.

Knowles said, "We are very young this season. Our youth is going to be both our strongest link and our weakest link too. These girls want to learn. They are very coachable. They are quick and they are fitting in well with the upper classmen. At the same time, they are rookies and they will take some time to learn our system and adjust to basketball at the high school level."

"Our team is very athletic, very young and very talented. Add to that, they will be quick and focused and they are eager to learn, work hard and work together as a team to accomplish our goals."

"Knowles also said, "Defense will be our key strong point this year. We donít really have a "go-to", "hot-shot" shooter this year, so we will play hard defense, try to limit our competition to one shot, and hustle down the court and put in layups when possible."

With just 13 players for the entire program, the 2017-18 CHS Lady Jackets will keep very busy. Ten of those 13 girls will be eligible to dress for the JV squad. Three of those ten will only dress JV. Three upper classmen will dress for just the varsity. Seven will also likely dress both JV and varsity to start the season. There will probably "not" be a specific freshman schedule this year due to a lack of freshman competition in the area.

Chester opens the season at the 28th Annual Sparta Girlís Tournament Monday through Saturday October 13-18. The Jackets open Monday November 13 against Trico at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday November 14 CHS will face Sesser-Valier at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday November 15 Chester plays Steeleville at 8:30 p.m.

There are NO games Thursday November 16. Chester will go up against Sparta Friday November 17 at 7:00 p.m. and they will close out the tournament Saturday November 18 against Red Bud at 5:30 p.m.

The Lady Jackets will return to Sparta Monday November 20 for their first regular-season game of the year against the Sparta Lady Bulldogs. The Jackets will host their 2017-18 home-opener Tuesday November 28 when Gibault comes to YellowJacket Country.

CHS will close out the 2017 portion of the season over Christmas break December 26-29 at the Wesclin Girls Christmas Tournament. The use of a tournament over Christmas break last year proved to be very beneficial as the girls kept busy and stayed in the loop over the two-week vacation.

Immediately after Christmas break the Lady Jackets will open the New Year with their own Lady Jackets Mid-Winter Classic Girls Basketball Tournament. That event runs January 2-6 and is a great way to start 2018.

Chester will close their 2018 season with four home games January 22, 24, 25 and February 3 to close out the regular season. CHS will be on the road for five-of-the-last nine games on January 8, 11, 15, 16, and February 1.

Most Lady Jacket home games start with the JV game at 6:15 p.m., followed immediately at 8:00 p.m. with the varsity contest. Coaches Knowles, Hittmeier-King, and Powley strongly encourage everyone to come to all Lady Jacket games at Colbert Gym to support the Lady Jackets!

Friday, November 3, 2017

Hoffman, Welge and Weir earn BDC All-Conference honors

By Jim Beers

Three Chester High School Lady Yellow Jacket Volleyball players have been selected to the 2017 Black Diamond Conference Volleyball All-Conference Team. It was announced Wednesday November 1 that senior Katie Hoffman and juniors Carlee Weir and Lauren Welge have earned All-Conference honors and that Weir was further named as the 2017 BDC All-Conference Team Captain.

CHS Head Coach, Adam Gibbs said, "I am very proud of all three of these girls. They earned their designation as All-Conference team members and it was also very special that Carlee Weir, a setter, was named as the All-Conference Team Captain."

The 2017 Lady Jackets exceeded pre-season expectations according to Coach Gibbs. "At the beginning of the season we had a goal of at least achieving a .500 season with an equal number of wins and losses. Who would have guessed we would win 24 games. I would have been thrilled with a 20-win season, but the girls exceeded expectations and accomplished many great things."

The 2017 Lady Jackets ended the season with an overall record of 24 wins and just 8 losses. Their home record was 8-1 and their record on the road was 7-2. On a neutral court CHS had a record of 9-5. Chesterís winning percentage was .750.

The Jackets tied for the 2017 Black Diamond Conference Championship with the Trico Lady Pioneers. Both teams had BDC records of 10-2 for the year.

For 2017 the Chester girls were placed in the IHSA Class 2A Regional hosted by Anna-Jonesboro. The five teams in that regional included one of the best teams in the area, Pinckneyville, along with Chester, Anna-Jonesboro, Vienna and Johnston City.

Chester No. 4 beat No. 5 seed, Anna-Jonesboro in three exciting sets to advance to the regional championship match against the No. 1 seed Pinckneyville Lady Panthers.

The Panthers proved to be too much for the Lady Jackets, however, who were experiencing an off night in the title match, and CHS fell in two sets. Chester assumed the role of 2017 IHSA Class 2A Regional runner-up and Pinckneyville advanced to the Sectional Tournament.

In the 2017 Freeburg Invitational Tournament the Lady Jackets won the Silver Division bracket by defeating Marquette, Gibault and Waterloo. CHS only fell on to a very talented Greenville squad in that very competitive tournament, but did earn the Silver Division award.

The 2017 Chester varsity featured a rather young team which included just three seniors, Katie Hoffman, Maddie Hoffman and Tayler Howie. The Jackets then had just two juniors including Carlee Weir and Lauren Welge.

The remainder of the varsity squad consisted of three sophomores and four freshmen. Sophomores included Lauren Vasquez, Ashtyn Jany and Grace Stec. Freshmen included Reese Chandler, Josie Kattenbraker, Lauren Soellner and Kendall Williams.

For the year, the Lady Jackets recorded 185 aces, 695 kills, 178 solo blocks, 643 assists and 729 digs. Katie Hoffman and Carlee Weir led the team in two of those five statistical categories while Tayler Howie led in the other.

Katie Hoffman led the team in kills with 173 and solo blocks with 74. Carlee Weir led the team in aces with 41 and assists with 582 and Tayler Howie led the team in digs with 223.

Other kill leaders included Lauren Welge (162), Maddie Hoffman (155), Grace Stec (88) and Lauren Vasquez (53). Other Lady Jackets with a significant number of aces include Reese Chandler (39), Tayler Howie (30), Lauren Welge (28) and Katie Hoffman (25).

Maddie Hoffman had 47 solo blocks and Lauren Welge added 22. Carlee Weir contributed 16 solo blocks and Lauren Vasquez added 11.

After Carlee Weirís 582-of-643 assists, Maddie Hoffman had 23 and Katie Hoffman contributed 21. Other contributors to the total of 729 digs, besides Tayler Howie with 223, included Maddie Hoffman (140), Carlee Weir (137), Katie Hoffman (106) and Ashtyn Jany (64).

The Lady Jackets' end-of-the-year awards banquet will take place at a later date at which time individual team awards will be presented. A very stellar season has just come to an end and each and every member of the Lady YellowJacket program deserve to be recognized and honored for performance above-and-beyond pre-season expectations!