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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Lady Yellow Jackets improve to 3-0 in Trico Volleyball Tournament

Chester improved to 3-0 in the Trico Round Robin Tournament last night with a 21-13, 19-21, 15-13 win over Sparta.

Tonight, Chester will wrap up tournament play with matches against Marissa-Coulterville at 6pm and versus Steeleville at 7pm.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Lady Yellow Jackets open play in annual Trico Round Robin Tournament

Chester opened up play in the annual Trico Round Robin Volleyball Tournament with a pair of wins last night.

The Lady Yellow Jackets beat Okawville 21-16, 19-21, 15-13 and then turned around and defeated the host Lady Pioneers 21-11, 21-11.

Chester will play Sparta tonight at 5pm as the tournament continues.

In their win over Okawville, Katie Hoffman recorded four kills to lead Chester. Carlee Weir had three while Lauren Welge, Maddie Hoffman and Lauryn Vasquez each had two.

Carlee Weir led in assists with 14.

Katie Hoffman led in blocks with three.

Carlee Weir had five digs while Tayler Howie recorded four.

In their win over Trico, Katie Hoffman and Maddie Hoffman each recorded five kills while Lauryn Vasque had four. Lauren Welge and Reese Chandler each had three.

Carlee Weir led in assists with 14.

Reese Chandler recorded five ace serves.

Tayler Howie had four digs.

Katie Hoffman led in blocks with two.

Lady Yellow Jacket golf hosts Steeleville

Chester Lady Yellow Jacket golf team hosted Steeleville Tuesday at the Chester Country Club.

Chester finished with a team score of 238 while Steeleville didn't have enough for an official score.

Alyse Vasquez carded a round of 54 to lead Chester. Alyssa Pace turned in a 55. Hanna Bert finished with a 63 while Samantha Eggemeyer and Autumn Dunn each fired off rounds of 66. Mallary Vasquez finisehd with a 68.

The Lady Yellow Jackets are off until the Chester Girls Invitational next Tuesday, September 26 at the Chester Country Club. Tee time is 4pm.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Chester takes care of volleyball business against Zeigler Royalton

The Chester Lady Yellow Jacket volleyball team improved to 5-1 in the West Division of the Black Diamond Conference with a 25-16, 25-13 home win over Zeigler Royalton Monday night in Daniel Colbert Gym.

Katie Hoffman led Chester in kills with seven. Lauren Welge had four while Maddie Hoffman had three.

Carlee Weir dished out 16 assists.

Maddie Hoffman led in digs with seven while Tayler Howie had five.

Lauren Welge led in ace serves with three while Tayler Howie and Reese Chandler each had two.

Katie Hoffman led in blocks with four.

Chester will begin play in the annual Trico Round Robin Tournament this evening. The Lady Yellow Jackets will play Okawville at 6pm followed by a rematch with the host Lady Pioneers at 7pm.

Lady Yellow Jacket golf team falls to Waterloo (Gibualt)

The Chester Lady Yellow Jackets' golf match with Waterloo (Gibault) was moved up to Monday and Chester fell to the host Lady Hawks 231-238 at the Acorn Golf Links in Waterloo.

Alyse Vasquez led Chester with a round of 54. Mallery Vasquez turned in a 58. Hanna Bert carded a 62, Samantha Eggemeyer finished with a score of 64 while Autumn Dunn carded a 68.

The Lady Yellow Jackets are back on the home links today with the Yellow Jackets for matches against Steeleville. Tee time at the Chester Country Club is 4pm.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Nick Meyer’s big night helps Yellow Jackets to 43-13 win over Vienna-Goreville

Yellow Jacket quarterback Nick Meyer rushed for 162 yards and three touchdowns Friday night to help the Chester Yellow Jackets beat the Vienna-Goreville Eagles 43-13.

Chester (2-2, 2-2) will host Johnston City this week for Rivalry Week in the Black Diamond Conference at W.O. Smith Field. Kickoff is set for 7pm.

Chester led 22-13 at intermission and then held Vienna-Goreville scoreless in the second half.

In addition to his rushing performance, Nick Meyer was 2-for-7 passing for 54 yards. Both passes were caught by Calvin Clendenin.

Nick Heffernan rushed for 86 yards on 11 carries. Curt Meyer had 49 yards on five attempts while Tristin Hobeck had 27 yards on eight carries.

Defensively, Heffernan led in tackles with 11 while Ethan Thompson finished with 10.

Chester among six teams in annual Trico Round Robin Volleyball Tournament

The Chester Lady Yellow Jackets are among six teams entered in this year's annual Trico Round Robin Volleyball tournament which begins Tuesday night in Campbell Hill.

Along with Chester and the host Lady Pioneers, the other four schools entered at Sparta, Okawville, Steeleville and Marissa-Coulterville.

Chester's first match will be Tuesday night against Okawville around 6pm followed by a match with the host Lady Pioneers around 7pm.

Chester's lone match on Wednesday will be against Sparta at 5pm.

The Lady Yellow Jackets will wrap up tournament play against Marissa-Coulterville around 6pm and then Steeleville at 7pm.

Game times are approximate and matches could start sooner except on Wednesday night when Chester and Sparta play in the first match of the night.

Salukis surge past SEMO, 35-17

The Southern Illinois football team earned a hard-fought, 35-17 win over Southeast Missouri on Saturday night.

"I think our upperclassmen showed the way here--Ryan Neal and Jeremy Chinn and guys who have played," SIU head coach Nick Hill said. "I thought overall it was a great week of practice and preparation. The coaching staff did a great job of staying together on the sideline and figuring out a way to come out with a win."

The win snapped a 12-game road losing streak that went all the way back into the 2014 season, including a loss to SEMO at Houck Field in 2015. In that 2015 game, Southern turned it over on the first play of the game and never recovered en route to seven turnovers and a 27-24 loss. In this game, Southern (2-0) turned it over on the first play of the game but immediately recovered.

The defense held SEMO to a field goal, then the offense rattled off 21-straight points to take a 21-3 lead. Southeast Missouri (0-3) got within 21-10, but the Saluki offense immediately answered with a five-play, 58-yard scoring drive that took just 43 seconds. SIU took a 28-10 lead into halftime.

"Forcing that field goal on the first drive was really big," Hill said. "I told our guys that there would be some kind of adversity for us to overcome in order to get this 12-game road losing streak over."

Sam Straub threw for 126 of his 206 yards in that second quarter spurt. Darrell James had 112 yards in the first-half alone, thanks to 37- and 38-yard touchdown catches. Straub also hit Connor Iwema and Raphael Leonard for big plays.

Nearly every SIU score was set up a big play on special teams. After SEMO took the 3-0 lead, D.J. Davis returned the ensuing kickoff 42 yards; the Salukis scored nine plays later. Craig James returne a punt 14 yards; the Salukis scored six plays later. After SEMO got within 21-10, Davis again had a big kick return--this time 38 yards; the Salukis scored five plays later.

And the lone SIU score of the second half was set up by a punt. Lane Reazin boomed one 60 yards, and SEMO's returner dropped it heading backwards; the Salukis scored four plays later to make the lead 35-10.

While the big plays came in the passing game, SIU still maintained nearly a 50-50 split between runs and passes at halftime, which paid off in the second half. With a big lead, SIU turned to power back Jonathan Mixon. Thirteen of Mixon's 17 rush attempts came in the final 19 minutes. The Salukis controlled the ball for 13 of those final 19 minutes, icing the victory.

"I think it says a lot about our team that we were able to just keep grinding and take the air out of the football to do what we had to do to win," Hill said. "We could have opened it up and spread it out, but if we're going to win championships we have to be able to run the ball, play good defense and play great special teams."

Southern Illinois travels to FBS opponent Memphis next Saturday, Sept. 23. The Tigers are 2-0 and beat nationally-ranked UCLA earlier on Saturday.

Yellow Jacket golf finishes second at Pinckneyville Friday

The Chester Yellow Jackets finished second in a quadrangular golf match host by Pinckneyville at the Red Hawk Golf Course.

The host Panthers finished first with a team score of 178 followed by Chester (179) and Trico (185). Du Quoin didn't have enough golfers for an official team score.

Yellow Jacket freshman Jarrett James fired a three-over-par 38 to take medalist honors.

Also on the links for the Yellow Jackets were Jacob Wingerter (41), Jaden Mott (50), Jakob Cushman (50), Chett Andrews (51) and Ian Reith (56).

Chester is off until Thursday when they will return to the Acorns Golf Links in Waterloo. This time Waterloo (Gibault) will be the host school. Tee time is 4pm.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Lady Yellow Jackets now 4-1 in BDC West after beating Goreville

Chester finished their week with a 2-1 record after winning a BDC West Division conference match on the road at Goreville last night.

Chester beat the host Lady Blackcats 25-21, 25-15 to improve to 6-4 overall and 4-1 in the BDC West. Next up is a home match Monday against Zeigler Royalton.

Maddie Hoffman led Chester in kills with nine. Kattie Hoffman added four while Lauren Welge finished with three.

Carlee Weir dished out 18 assists in the conference win.

Reese Chandler and Carlee Weir each had two ace serves.

Tayler Howie led in digs with 11 while Carlee Weir had six. Lauren Welge finished with five.

Katie Hoffman recorded a team high four blocks.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Lady Yellow Jackets pick-up straight sets win over Vienna

After seeing their 15-game conference winning streak end Tuesday, the Chester Lady Yellow Jacket volleyball team bounced back into the win column Wednesday night with a straight set win over conference foe Vienna.

The Lady Yellow Jackets took care of business inside Daniel Colbert Gym Wednesday night and beat the visiting Lady Eagles 25-18, 25-11 to improve to 5-4 overall and 3-1 in the Black Diamond Conference's West Division.

Chester will make the long trip to Goreville tonight for a conference match against the Lady Blackcats.

Grace Stec led Chester in kills last night with four, Lauren Welge finished with three while Lauryn Vasquez and Katie Hoffman each had two.

Carlee Weir dished out 12 assists.

Lauryn Vasquez recorded Chester's only block in the match.

Katie Hoffman led in digs with six while Maddie Hoffman finished with five.

Freshman Reese Chandler had five of Chester's 12 aces serves.

Lady Yellow Jacket golf team falls to Red Bud 198-240

The Chester Lady Yellow Jackets fell to the Red Bud Lady Musketeers 198-240 in girls golf action Wednesday at the North County Country Club in Red Bud.

Alyssa Place led Chester with a round of 54. Alyse Vasquez turned in a round of 56. Hanna Bert ended her round with a 64. Mallary Vasquez turned in a 66.

Also on the links for Chester were Autumn Dunn (69) and Samantha Eggemeyer (77).

The Lady Yellow Jackets will head to the Acorn Golf Links in Waterloo Monday for a match against the Waterloo (Gibault) Lady Hawks. Tee time is 4pm.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Chester drops home volleyball opener to rival Trico

The Chester Lady Yellow Jackets dropped their home opener Tuesday night, losing to rival Trico inside Daniel Colbert Memorial Gym.

Chester fell to the visiting Lady Pioneers 16-25, 25-21, 23-25 to fall to 4-4 overall and 2-1 in the Black Diamond Conference's West Division.

The loss snapped Chester's 15 match winning streak in conference play.

Katie Hoffman led Chester in kills with nine while Lauren Welge finished with eight.

Carlee Weir dished out 15 assists in the match and led the team in digs with 19. Taylor Howie finished with 13 digs while Maddie Hoffman had 12.

Katie Hoffman had five blocks.

Freshman Reese Chandler finished with four ace serves.

Chester also lost the JV match.

The Lady Yellow Jackets will host Vienna tonight in another BDC West Division matchup. Varsity game time is around 7:30pm.

Yellow Jacket boys golf team falls to Valmeyer

The Chester Yellow Jacket boys golf team fell on the road to Valmeyer Tuesday at the Acorn Golf Links in Waterloo.

Chester lost to the host Pirates 189-195.

Freshman Jarrett James led Chester with a round of 36. Jaden Mott turned in a round of 50 while Chett Andrews carded a round of 53.

Jacob Wingerter and Clay Herrell each turned in a 56 while Ian Reith finished his afternoon with a round of 57.

Chester boys will return to the links Friday at the Red Hawk Golf Course near Pinckneyville as the Panthers will be the host team. Tee time is 4pm.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Red Bud defeats Chester in boys golf on first tie-breaker

The Chester Yellow Jackets and Red Bud Musketeers tied in boys golf action at the Chester Country Club Monday afternoon. However, Red Bud left Chester with the win after the Musketeers won on a tie-breaker.

Each team finished with a team score of 170.

Chester freshman Jarrett James and Red Bud's C.J. Doiron tied for medalist honors, each shooting a two-over-par 38.

Also on the links for Chester were Jacob Wingerter (41), Ian Reith (45), Chett Andrews (46), Jaden Mott (53) and Ronin Doiron (65).

Chester is back on the links today for a match at the Acorn Golf Links in Waterloo. Valmeyer High School is the host team today. Tee time is 4pm.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Chester picks up first win of season with 41-22 win over HamCo

First year head football coach Bill Belton picked up his first win at the helm of the Yellow Jacket program as Chester beat Hamilton County 41-22 Friday night in McLeansboro.

Now 1-2 on the season, Chester will host Vienna-Goreville Friday night at W.O. Smith Field. Kickoff is set for 7pm.

Chester led 41-0 at the intermission en route to the win.

Curt Meyer led the ground attack nine carries for 97 yards and two touchdowns. Mason Westerman had 62 yards on nine carries while Eathan Thompson had 50 yards on nine carries.

Nick Meyer was 6-for-9 passing for 133 yards and three touchdowns. Three passes were caught by Calvin Clendenin for 99 yards and two touchdowns. Nick Heffernan caught one pass for 19 yards which was also a touchdown.

Salukis dominate season opener, 55-3

The Southern Illinois football program rolled to a 55-3 season-opening win over Mississippi Valley State on Saturday night in Saluki Stadium.

"You never take winning for granted," SIU football head coach Nick Hill said. "This is why we do it. It doesn't matter what the score is. You're only guaranteed 11 games in college football. Anytime you can get a win, it feels great."

After waiting an extra week to play--Southern's bye week was Week 1 of the season--the Salukis dominated from the start. SIU won the toss and took the opening drive of the season 75 yards in six plays. Hans Carmien scored the first touchdown, barreling over a Delta Devil defender to get to the goal line. Southern Illinois kept rolling from there. At halftime, SIU held a 41-3 lead, and most starters did not play in the second half.

"We were able to establish the football game in the first half. We ran the football," Hill said. "Then, we were able to play a ton of players. I think (Hall-of-Fame broadcaster Mike Reis) said 25 players had a tackle. We were able to play everybody who dressed, and that was big. We built some depth."

Strikingly, the Southern Illinois defense held MVSU (0-2) to negative-eight rushing yards on the game, while Southern's offense piled up 285 yards on the ground. Southern's defense held a Division I opponent to negative-eight or fewer rushing yards for the first time since 2000.

Everyone got in on the fun. Nearly 70 players saw action in the game for SIU. Southern's eight touchdowns were scored by seven different players. Southern had an astounding 16 tackles for loss--and 16 different players contributed to at least one.

"We'll look back, and some of those players that were in during the second half will hopefully help us win football games late in the season," Hill said. "We play in the Missouri Valley, and it's a tough league. It's a physical league. Anytime you play college football, there will be injuries. I tell the team all the time, 'The team that's coming in doesn't care about that.' It's next man up, or we won't be that good."

Southern's road gets tough quickly. The Salukis head to Southeast Missouri for a regional rivalry next Saturday. Kickoff against the Redhawks is set for 6 p.m. SIU hasn't won a road game since 2014 and is looking to snap a 12-game road losing streak.

"How are we going to turn around and get better from this?" Hill said. "Our schedule is set up so if we don't do that, the team we're playing will beat us. Even though we're young, the guys understand it takes a great week of preparation and then 60 great minutes, sometimes more, of full concentration on every single rep."

Matt Seymour of Chester wins Popeye 5K Run

By Dr. Jim Beers

Over the years, the weather has always helped to determine the fate of many local road races. Extremely hot and humid weather often deters runners and walkers from attending while cooler less humid conditions increases the likelihood that runners and walkers will join the fun and fitness of a road race.

The annual Popeye 5K Races are no exception to the rule. This year early indications were not very promising as temperatures were in the high 90’s with very high and dangerous high humidity. Early registrations were slim throughout July and early August.

The three weeks prior to the 2017 Popeye 5K Races were sharply different with uncommonly low humidity and temperatures in the 70’s and low 80’s. Race applications started coming in at a higher rate with a great outlook weather-wise and continued low humidity.

On race morning, Saturday September 9, it was a sunny day with temperatures in the 60’s to start the day and low humidity. Conditions were great for running and walking and local participants showed up to participate in the 2017 Popeye 5K Race, 5K Competitive Walk and 1.5-Mile Fun Run/Walk. A total of 78 additional participants signed up on race day adding to the 152 that had pre-registered.

230 participants showed up on race morning with 115 competitors in the 5K race and 38 competitors in the 5K Competitive Walk for a total of 153 competitors. Another 115 runners and walkers in the 1.5-mile Fun Run/Walk made it a grand total of 230 participants overall. In the 5K Run there were 62 male competitors and 53 female competitive runners.

Matt Seymour of Chester (35 years old) was the winner of the 5K Race. His winning time was 20:33.8. This is the first time that a Chester runner has won the race. Seymour made history as he crossed the finish line in the 2017 Popeye 5K race!

Other Top-5 Male winners included Hunter Fedderke, 18, of Chester (2nd, 21:13.6); Brandon Middendorf, 17, of Steeleville (3rd, 21:50); Troy Birch, 42, of Baldwin (4th, 21:27); and Shawn Bert, 37, Ellis grove (5th, 21:37). All Top-5 winners were local, area runners.

The overall female winner was Marci Furuholemen, 25, of Sparta. She had a time of 21:33.8. Other Top-5 female winners included Marla Rathjen, 56, of Jacob, (2nd, 22:49); Michelle Schmidt, 33, of Murphysboro (3rd, 22:49.1); Jennifer McDonnell, 47, of Richmond Heights, Missouri (4th, 24:03.9); and Tara Ticer, 28, of Chester (5th, 24:57.6).

There were 13 age group categories for both the male and female races including 14 years and younger, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, and 70 and older. Very nice, high-quality medals were presented to the top-3 finishers in each age group.

There were 29 female competitors and nine male competitors in the 5K Competitive Walk for a total of 38 competitors. Age groups for the Competitive Walk included the following six age groups for both male and female walkers: 24 years and younger, 25-25, 36-45, 46-55, 56-69, and 70 years and older.

Special awards were presented to the Overall Winner in both the male and female age categories. Top-3 finishers in each respective age group also received medals.

The overall winner of the 2017 5K Competitive Walk was Candy Cicardi, 56, of Pinckneyville. Her winning time was 38:15.8. The overall male winner was Tony Miksanek, 61, of Benton. His winning time was 33:08.5.

Several local runners won age group awards in both the male and female 5K Race. Male age group "winners" included: Gabriel Coffman, nine, of Chester (14 and Younger, 24:30); Diego Gomez, 23, of Chester (20-24, 23:37); Justin Massey, 37, of Chester (35-39, 21:41); Ron Hillerman, 51 of Chester (50-54, 24:42); and Keith Kittell, 62, of Chester (60-64, 24:17).

Female age group winners included: Abigail Zweigart, 11, of Evansville (14 and Younger, 42:40); Katie Kerkhover, 20, of Chester (20-24, 27:53); Sarah Brennfleck, 42, of Steeleville (40-44, 25:16); Andrea Decker of Chester, 47, (45-49, 25:28); and Betty Bohnert, 53, of Chester, (50-54, 26:21).

Emma Nazar, 16, of Chicago, was the winner of the 15-19 age group with her time of 25:59. She is the niece of Steve and Sue Colonel of Chester.

In the 5K Competitive Walk there were four female local "winners" of age group awards: Macey Ludwig, 14, of Chester (24 and Younger, 49:14); Lacey Hartman, 26, of Chester (25-35, 42:07); Becky Dudenbostel, 47, of Ellis Grove (46-55, 40:38); and Linda Stern, 64, of Chester (56-69, 40:05); and Joyce Melchers, 76, of Red Bud (70 and Older, 59.02). Bruce Williamson, 64, of Chester won the male 56-69 age group with his time of 37:16.

Prior to the start of the 2017 Popeye Races and Fun Run/Walk Dr. Bob Platt, Race Director, made two special presentations of plaques to long-time friends of the Popeye events.

Thomas Feeley of Bellevile, age 68, is the only remaining participant who has competed in all 38 of the Popeye races over the course of the event. Platt presented Feeley with a plaque for his continued allegiance to the Popeye Race events for the entire 38 years. Feeley finished 3rd in his 65-69 age category this year and also earned a medal for his 46:28 effort.

Dick Keegan, 80, of Mt. Vernon was presented a plaque for his participation for 27-of-the-28 years of the Popeye Competitive walk. The only year he missed was due to open heart surgery. In this year’s 5K Competitive Walk Keegan finished 2nd in his 70 and older age category with his time of 47:13. He received a medal for his effort.

Immediately following the race, numerous attendance prizes were given away for race or walk participation and medals were presented to award winners. Refreshments were also available to all participants as well as time to meet and greet fellow participants.

The Popeye Race Committee extends many thanks to this year’s Race Sponsors and Contributors. Sponsors contribute a minimum of $250.00 to the race.

For 2017 there were seven sponsors. Long-time Sponsors include Silkworm, Inc.; First Bank; Gilster Mary-Lee Corporation; and Chester National Bank. New sponsors this year include Rozier’s Country Mart; Memorial Hospital; and Fisher-Kerkhover-Coffey-and Gremmels Law Office.

Contributors donate at least $50.00 to the race. This year’s contributors include Aaron Tretter Financial Advisor; Paul Gentry State farm Insurance; Larry Soellner & Southern Illinois Eyecare; Apexnetwork Physical Therapy; Victor’s Medicenter Pharmacy; Chester Clinic & Steeleville Family Practice; Drew McClerren, Financial Advisor; Colvis Investment Services; Betty McCoy, Country Financial; Uptown Barbers; Patrick Miller, DMD & Philip Miller, DMD; Little Rascals Diner; and Robert Platt, DDS.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Lady Yellow Jackets improve to 2-0 in BDC West play with road win at Christopher

Chester ended a three-game losing skid last night but remained perfect in conference play with a 22-25, 27-25, 25-14 win at Christopher.

Now 4-3 overall and 2-0 in the BDC West, the Lady Yellow Jackets will host Trico for the home opener Tuesday in Daniel Colbert Gym at 7:30pm.

The JV also won last night 25-12, 25-21 to improve to 2-0 overall and 2-0 in the BDC West. The JV will host Trico Tuesday night for the home opener at 6:30pm in Colbert Gym.

Freshman James finishes fourth at Nashville Invitational

Yellow Jacket freshman Jarrett James finished fourth Thursday at the Nashville Invitational Tournament. The freshman James fired a four-over-par 40.

As a team, Chester finished with a team score of 201. Waterloo (Gibault) won the tournament with a team score of 164.

Also on the links Thursday for Chester were Jaden Mott (52), Jakob Cushman (52), Ian Reith (57), Jacob Wingerter (59) and Chett Andrews (64).

The Yellow Jackets return home to the Chester Country Club Monday for a home match against Red Bud. Tee time is 4pm.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Three Lady Yellow Jacket cross country runners finish in Top 10 at Benton

Chester Lady Yellow Jacket cross country team finished second Wednesday at Benton.

The Lady Yellow Jackets finished with 63 points, six points behind first place Belleville (Althoff).

Taylor Dunning finished second overall with a time of 20:14 while fellow senior Jessica Kattenbraker finished third with a time of 20:24.

Avery Runge cracked the top 10 with her tenth place finish with a time of 22:03.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Strong second half pushes Mules to 56-22 win over Chester

The Chester Yellow Jackets fell to 0-2 on the season after dropping their home opener Friday to Fairfield 56-22.

The Mules led 34-22 at the intermission before holding Chester scoreless in the second half.

No other information about the game was available.

Chester (0-2) will head to McLeansboro this Friday night for a 7pm showdown with former Yellow Jacket assistant football coach Jeff Rush and his winless Foxes.

Kickoff is set for 7pm.

CHS Cross Country runs well at Columbia Relays

By Jim Beers

The Chester High School Girl’s and Boy’s Cross Country Teams traveled to Columbia, Illinois Wednesday afternoon to compete in the 2017 Columbia Relays Meet. The meet is always a fun and interesting event due to the nature of the way it is organized.

At the relays, teams of three runners compete together to complete a 4.5-mile race in relay fashion. Each runner has to run 1.5-miles after which the next runner completes his or her 1.5-mile leg. The last runner then finishes the race by completing his or her 1.5-mile leg for a total of 4.5 miles.

Schools are allowed to enter as many three, three-person teams. For example, in the Girl’s Division, there were 10 schools represented and there were a total of 21 teams in the following combinations: Waterloo (3), Belleville East (2), Chester (2), Breese Central (3), Columbia (2), Marissa-Coulterville (1), Valmeyer (2), Gibault (2), Metro-East Lutheran (3), and Granite Coty (1).

Jessica Kattenbraker, Taylor Dunning, and Avery Runge ran as the Chester A Team. This group finished 5th overall out of 21 teams with a combined time of 32:55 for the 4.5 miles. For their efforts Chester Team A earned medals.

The Chester B Team included Addie Blechle, Shea Petrowske, and Elizabeth Soellner. Team B finished in 12th Place out of the field of 21 teams and turned in a time of 38:54. Breanna Brigham and Melody Colonel ran in the Open Division.

The Top-10 finishers in the Team competition included Waterloo A (1st, 28:19); Belleville East A (2nd, 30:44); Waterloo B (3rd, 30:50); Waterloo C (4th, 32:24); Chester A (5th, 32:55); Breese Central A (6th, 34:01); Columbia A (7th, 34:55); Marissa-Coulterville (8th, 36:02); Valmeyer A (9th, 36:28); and Gibault A (10th, 37:11).

The next 21 finishers included Columbia B (11th, 38:39); Chester B (12th, 38:54); Breese Central B (13th, 39:11); Belleville East B (14th, 40:45); Metro-East Lutheran A (15th, 40:46); Valmeyer B (16th, 41:26); Breese Central C (17th, 41:37); Granite City A (18th, 41:56); Metro-East Lutheran B (19th, 43:33); Metro-East Lutheran C (20th, 46:17); and Gibault B (21st, 47:15).

In the Boy’s Division there were 11 schools represented and 30 three-person teams in the following combinations: Waterloo (3), Granite City (2), Columbia (3), Belleville East (2), Marissa-Coulterville (3), Breese Central (3), Chester (3), East Alton Wood River (3), Gibault (3), Valmeyer (2), and Metro-East Lutheran (3) for a total of 30 teams.

Chester’s Team A included Trent Bierman, Ronin Doiron, and Jordan Hughes. Team A finished 12th overall out of 30 teams with a time of 29:00. Team B included Jakob Cushman, Josh Haberberger, and Lance Bohnert. Team B finished 19th out of 30 teams with a time of 30:27. Team C included Mitchell Colonel, Zach Zappa and Joe Soellner. Team C finished 26th out of 30 teams with a time of 32:30. Ian Reith ran in the Open Division.

The Top-10 finishers in the Boy’s Division included Waterloo A (1st, 24:00); Granite City A (2nd, 24:43); Waterloo B (3rd, 25:37); Columbia A (4th, 25:50); Belleville East A (5th, 26:11); Marissa-Coulterville A (6th, 26:51); Columbia B (7th, 27:47); Columbia C (8th, 28:03); Breese Central A (9th, 28:15); and Waterloo C (10th, 28:32).

The next 20 finishers included Belleville East B (11th, 28:47); Chester A (12th, 29:00); East Alton Wood River A (13th, 29:01); Gibault A (14th, 29:13); Valmeyer A (15th, 29:23); Metro-East Lutheran A (16th, 29:29); Breese Central C (17th, 29:30); Breese Central B (18th, 30:19); Chester B (19th, 30:27); and Marissa-Coulterville B (20th, 30:28).

The final 10 teams included Gibault B (21st, 30:39); East Alton Wood River B (22nd, 30:46); Gibault C (23rd, 31:58); Granite City B (24th, 31:59); Marissa-Coulterville C (25th, 32:02); Chester C (26th, 32:30); East Alton Wood River C (27th, 33:43); Valmeyer B (28th, 36:02); Metro-East Lutheran B (29th, 37:06); and Metro-East Lutheran C (30th, 42:43).

Following the meet, Curt Gilpin, CHS Head Coach said, "The meet went great! The girls and boys both performed well. We use this meet to look at split times and also it’s a different type of meet for the kids. I was really happy with all of our times coming out of this meet and am excited for the meets coming up next week."

The Jackets and Lady Jackets will compete on the road in back-to-back competitions next week. Tuesday September 5 they will travel to the Benton 6 plus Meet and Wednesday September 6 they will run at the Annual Marissa Invitational.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Lady Yellow Jacket volleyball team finishes fourth in Labor Day Tournament

The Chester Lady Yellow Jackets finished in fourth place at the 2017 Labor Day Volleyball Tournament last night at Marissa.

Chester (3-3) lost their championship semifinal match against Columbia 19-21, 6-21 and then lost the third place match to Wesclin 10-21, 21-18, 20-22.

Carlee Weir was voted to the All Tournament Team.

In their loss to Columbia, Reese Chandler and Grace Stec each had two kills.

Carlee Weir dished out five assists.

Maddie Hoffman had five digs while Carlee Weir finished with four.

Katie Hoffman led in blocks with four.

In their loss to Wesclin, Katie Hoffman led in kills with six while Maddie Hoffman had five.

Carlee Weir led in assists with 18 and digs with 12. Tayler Howie added 11 digs.

Maddie Hoffman had two blocks.

Tayler Howie, Carlee Weir, Lauren Welge and Kendall Williams each recorded an ace serve.

Chester is off until a conference road match against Christopher on Thursday.

Chester finishes fifth in Chester Boys Golf Invitational Tournament

The Chester Yellow Jacket boys golf team finished fifth Thursday in their own Chester Invitational Tournament held at the Chester Country Club.

Trico won the tournament with a team score of 323 followed by Red Bud (340), Steeleville (363), Sparta (367), Chester (374) and New Athens (396). Murphysboro didn't have enough golfers for an official team score.

Freshman Jarrett James finished fourth overall with an eight-over-par 80 for the Yellow Jackets. Jacob Wingerter turned in a round of 93, Jaden Mott finished with a 98 while Jakob Cushman and Chett Andrews each fired off rounds of 103. Clay Herrell finished with a 128.

The boys golf team will return to the home links Tuesday at 4pm.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Lady Yellow Jackets advance to championship final four despite losing to Steeleville

Despite losing to Steeleville last night, the Chester Lady Yellow Jackets will play in the championship final four of the 2017 Labor Day Volleyball Tournament tonight at Marissa.

Chester lost to Steeleville 21-23, 21-16, 12-15 to finish pool play with a 2-1 record along with Steeleville and Okawville.

The two tiebreakers favored Chester so the Lady Yellow Jackets will head back to the final four and will square off again with Columbia in a championship semifinal tonight at 5:30pm. Chester lost to Columbia in the championship last year in the tournament.

Last night, Katie Hoffman and Grace Stec each had five kills while Maddie Hoffman finished with three.

Carlee Weir dished out 15 assists.

Tayler Howie recorded 15 digs while Maddie Hoffman had 10.

Katie Hoffman led Chester in blocks with four while Tayler Howie recorded three ace serves.

With a win over Columbia, Chester (3-1) would play in the championship tonight at 7:30pm. A loss and Chester will play for third place at 6:30pm.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Lady Yellow Jackets open Labor Day Tournament with pair of wins

The Chester Lady Yellow Jacket volleyball team began play in the 2017 Labor Day Volleyball Tournament Monday with a pair of wins in pool play.

Chester (3-0) defeated Lebanon 21-23, 21-12, 15-7 in their first match and then turned around and beat Okawville 21-14, 21-6. The Lady Yellow Jackets need a win tonight against Steeleville at 6:30pm to advance to the finals for a second straight year.

In their match against Lebanon, Maddie Hoffman led Chester in kills with six while Lauren Welge recorded four.

Carlee Weir dished out 14 assists.

Ashtyn Jany finished with six digs while Carlee Weir had four. Katie Hoffman, Tayler Howie and Maddie Hoffman each had three.

Maddie Hoffman led in blocks with four while Carlee Weir led in ace serves with four. Tayler Howie recored three.

In their win over Okawville, Maddie Hoffman and Grace Stec each had four kills while Katie Hoffman had two.

Carlee Weir dished out 13 assists.

Tayler Howie recorded seven digs while Maddie Hoffman had six.

Lauren Welge finished with three blocks while Maddie Hoffman had two.

Lauren Welge also led Chester in ace serves with four.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Lady Yellow Jacket volleyball team rallies for season opening win over SVW

It didn't take long for first year Chester head volleyball coach Adam Gibbs to pick up his first win of his career.

Saturday, the Lady Yellow Jackets of Chester beat Sesser Valier 24-26, 25-13, 25-11 in their season and conference opening match.

Maddie Hoffman led Chester in kills with nine while Katie Hoffman had seven.

Carlee Weir dished out 26 assists in the win.

Maddie Hoffman also recorded three ace serves while Katie Hoffman added two blocks.

Chester (1-0) will open play in the 2017 Labor Day Volleyball Tournament this afternoon with two matches in pool play. Chester will play Lebanon at 4:30pm and turn around and play Okawville at 5:30pm. Chester will wrap up pool play on Wednesday against Steeleville at 6:30pm. All three pool matches will be played at Marissa High School.

The finals are set for Thursday.

Cross Country teams open season Saturday at Edwardsville

The Chester High School cross country teams opened their season Saturday at the big First to the Finish Kickoff meet held at Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville.

The Lady Yellow Jackets finished 14th overall out of the 33 schools entered. Meanwhile, the Yellow Jackets finished in 29th place. There were 37 schools entered in the boys race.

Senior Jessica Kattenbraker finished 53rd overall with a time of 23:25.3. Fellow senior Taylor Dunning finished with a time of 23:48.8 which was good enough for 62nd place overall.

Sophomore Ronin Doiron turned in Chester's best time in the boys race with 20:43.9, good enough for 151st place overall.

The cross country teams are scheduled to return to action Wednesday at the Columbia Relays at 4pm.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Yellow Jacket golf teams open seasons at home Tuesday

The Chester Yellow Jacket golf teams both opened their seasons Tuesday afternoon at the Chester Country Club.

Playing in his first varsity match, Yellow Jacket freshman Jarrett James fired a three-over-par 39 to earn medalist honors while leading Chester to a second place finish in the season opening triangular.

Waterloo (Gibault) finished first with a team score of 168 followed by the host Yellow Jackets with 184. Steeleville finished third with a team score of 184.

Jacob Wingerter turned in a round of 45 while Jakob Cushman finished with a 46. Jaden Mott carded a round of 54. Also on the links for Chester were Chett Andrews (60) and Ian Reith (65).

Meanwhile, the Lady Yellow Jackets defeated Waterloo (Gibault) 238-244.

Senior Alyse Vasquez carded a round of 52 to lead Chester. Hanna Bert turned in a 57 while Sam Eggemeyer finished with a 64. Mallory Vasquez and Alyssa Place each carded a round of 65.

The Yellow Jackets are scheduled to return to the links today at the North County Country Club in Red Bud at 4pm. The Lady Yellow Jackets are off until Monday when they visit Trico at 4pm.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Annual Soup Scrimmage this Friday night at CHS

The annual Chester Yellow Jacket football team’s soup scrimmage will be this Friday night at W.O. Smith Field beginning at 6pm.

Admission to this year's scrimmage will be two canned food items.

Parents, fans and members of the local media will be allowed onto Smith Field to take photos of the teams and individuals beginning at 6pm.

At 6:45pm, the team will stretch and begin their pre-game warm-ups and the scrimmage is set to begin at 7pm.

The freshmen defense will be featured first followed by the junior varsity and then varsity. Then, the freshmen offense will take the field followed by the JV and varsity.

The varsity will open on the road Friday, August 26 at Eldorado. Kickoff is set for 7pm.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

SIU Salukis picked eighth in preseason football poll

The Southern Illinois football team was picked eighth in the preseason Missouri Valley Football Conference poll, the league announced Tuesday morning. SIU was picked eighth for the second-straight year.

The poll consists of votes from the coaches, local media and sports information directors in the 10-team conference. In the closest vote in the history of the league, North Dakota State was picked as the preseason favorite by one point over South Dakota State. The Bison received 21 first place votes, and the Jackrabbits received the other 19.

Southern Illinois is coming off a 4-7 season. Southern finished 2-6 in the MVFC after winning two of its final three games, including a 17-point comeback win in the season finale over No. 23 Western Illinois. The Salukis return 15 starters from 2016 (seven on offense, six on defense, and two on special teams).

Southern Illinois opens the season at Saluki Stadium on September 9 vs. Mississippi Valley State.