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Sports Week of April 13, 2015

Friday, April 17, 2015

Berner, Hartman both hit homers in Yellow Jackets 10-0 rout of Vienna

48 hours removed from an extra-inning affair with Vienna, the Yellow Jackets made the trip south and routed the Eagles 10-0 in six innings Thursday.

Jordan Berner and Luke Hartman each hit home runs to lead Chester to their 10th win of the season. The Yellow Jackets (10-5) will head to New Athens next Wednesday for a non-conference matchup with those Yellowjackets. Game time is 4:30pm.

Chester also improves to 2-0 in the West Division of the Black Diamond Conference.

Chester scored in every inning except the fifth Thursday. The Yellow Jackets jumped out with four runs in the first, two more in the second, single runs in the third and fourth and tacked on two more in the sixth to short-game the Eagles.

Berner finished 2-for-2 with a homer, double, two RBI and three runs scored. Hartman was 2-for-4 with a homer, RBI and two runs scored.

Austin Welge went 2-for-4 with a double, RBI and run scored. Wyatt Ruehling was 2-for-3 with a double, RBI and run scored. Hunter Howie was 1-for-3 with an RBI and run scored. Cody Eggemeyer was 1-for-3 with an RBI while Jason Schwartz was 1-for-2 with two RBI and run scored.

Cody Eggemeyer allowed only two hits on the afternoon to pick up the win. He walked four and struck out six en route to the win.

Vienna scored four times in bottom of sixth; beat Lady Yellow Jackets 11-8

After losing to Chester 15-5 earlier this week, the Vienna Lady Eagles got a little revenge Thursday at home.

Vienna scored four times in the bottom of the sixth inning Thursday and beat the Chester Lady Yellow Jackets 11-8 in a BDC West Division matchup.

Now 3-6 on the season and 1-1 in the BDC West, the Lady Yellow Jackets are scheduled to play a double-header at Freeburg Saturday.

Vienna scored three times in the bottom of the first but the Lady Yellow Jackets tied it with three runs in the top of the second. The tied game didn't last long as Vienna plated four more runs in the bottom of the inning to take a 7-3 lead.

Chester added single runs in the third and fifth innings and then took the lead with three runs in the top of the sixth before the Lady Eagles won it with four in the bottom of the sixth.

Jenna Wahl took the loss for Chester.

Kailtyn Dillow and Jenna Wahl were each 2-for-4 for the Lady Yellow Jackets while Emily Tudor finished 2-for-3.

Rachel Clendenin is one of SIUís newest Saluki Cheerleaders

By Jim Beers

Rachel Clendenin, a Chester High School senior, will be leading cheers at Southern Illinois University beginning next fall of 2015. Clendenin was selected as a 2015-2016 SIU Saluki Cheerleader after trying out Friday and Saturday April 10 and 11.

Interested Saluki Cheerleader candidates met at SIU Davies Gymnasium Saturday April 4 to meet SIU Cheer Coach, Neva Corn and several of the veteran SIU Cheerleaders. The group also had a long workout so cheer staff could see what the potential newcomers had to offer.

Candidates had to demonstrate tumbling skills as well as various other athletic and cheer skills during the several hour workout. Coach Neva Corn said, "We had a good group of candidates show up for the pre-tryout work day. Some were naturally better than others, but everyone worked hard and prepared for the official tryouts which were held Friday and Saturday April 10-11.

Rachel Clendenin said, "I was nervous and didnít know how I would stack-up against the veteran SIU Cheerleaders and other candidates. Sometimes I donít think I have the same tumbling skills as the other girls, but I did my best at workouts and got to meet a lot of great fellow candidates and current SIU Cheerleaders."

Clendenin has been a CHS Yellow Jacket Cheerleader for four years so her skills are still sharp and as a CHS Lady Jacket Track athlete, Clendenin is in good condition. "Rachel declared cheerleading as her primary sport this year at CHS, so I was confident that she was really dedicated and serious about wanting to be a college cheerleader next year. I had confidence in her and was sure she would make the SIU squad", said Rachel Ranta-Marshall, Head Coach for the Chester High School YellowJacket Cheerleaders the past several years.

SIU tryouts were from 5-9 P.M. Friday April 10 and from 9-12 Saturday morning April 11. The tryouts were held at Davies Gym on the campus of SIU-Carbondale. For the tryout, cheer candidates had to tumble, learn SIU cheer routines, demonstrate athleticism and memorize the SIU school songs and fight songs.

"I was really nervous about learning how to sing the SIU fight song in front of all of the other cheer candidates and coaches, but it came to me and I apparently did all right. The whole process was nerve-racking, but I am glad I decided to try out. It was a great experience", said Clendenin.

Apparently the judges agreed that Clendenin would be a fine Saluki Cheerleader because she received a text about an hour after the tryouts concluded notifying her that she had been selected as a cheerleader for the 2015-2016 school year.

Coach Neva Corn said, "I am very excited to have Rachel as a new cheerleader next fall. She impressed me both with her cheer skills, but also by the fact that she is so active at Chester High School. She was willing to come down to SIU and go through the workouts and tryouts. That takes guts. Her personality should fit in really well here at SIU and I am sure she will be a great asset to our squad."

Clendenin will graduate from CHS in May of 2015 and will soon begin working out with the SIU Cheerleaders. The SIU cheer squad will hold another tryout in June and then a small tryout in August after new students arrive on campus.

Clendenin will be a freshman at SIU in August of 2015 and will begin cheering during the first week of school for various new student week activities. She will debut on the Saluki Stadium Football Field for SIU Football games this fall.

The Salukis open their 2015 Football Season at Indiana University Saturday September 5 and then will travel to Cape Girardeau to take on SEMO Saturday September 12. SIU has a bye week Saturday September 19 before the Dawgs come home to Saluki Stadium Saturday September 26 to host Liberty University for Family Weekend.

Rachel is the daughter of Troy and Connie Clendenin of Rockwood. The entire Clendenin family is excited about having the opportunity to continue to watch Rachel as she begins a new chapter in her cheerleading career as a SIU Saluki Cheerleader.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Yellow Jackets win fifth game in a row; beat Red Bud 14-6 in Blossom City

Chester Yellow Jackets pounded out 18 hits Wednesday en route to a 14-6 win at Red Bud.

Now 9-5 on the season, the Yellow Jackets will jump back on the bus today and head to Vienna for a 4:30pm meeting with the Eagles.

Chester scored a single run in the first, tacked on four more in the second and third. The Yellow Jackets rounded out their scoring with two in the sixth and three in the top of the seventh. Red Bud scored twice in the second and four times in the bottom of the seventh.

Jason Schwartz picked up the win. The junior allowed four runs on four hits, walked three and struck out six.

Cody Eggemeyer went 5-for-5 with three doubles, three RBI and a run scored for Chester. Daulton Stahlheber was 3-for-5 with a double, RBI and run scored. Jordan Berner finished 2-for-4 with a homer, double, three RBI and two runs scored. Austin Welge was 2-for-4 with a homer and RBI. Hunter Howie was 2-for-5 with a double, two RBI and two runs scored.

Lady Yellow Jackets fall on the road, losing at Red Bud 9-8

The Chester Lady Yellow Jacket softball team fell on the road Wednesday, losing at Red Bud 9-8.

Chester is now 3-5 on the season. Next up is a road trip to Vienna this afternoon for a BDC West Division showdown. Game time against the Lady Eagles is set for 4:30pm.

No other information on this game was available as of this morning.

Yellow Jacket boys finish ninth at Herrin Invitational Track Meet

The Chester Yellow Jacket boys track team finished ninth Wednesday at the Herrin Invitational Track Meet.

The team scores were not available this morning.

Assistant Coach Connie Clendenin reported the following results late Wednesday night.

Issiac Wingerter finished third in the 300 hurdles.

The 800m relay team of Jacob Golding, Savion Smith, Joe Reid and Chris Lang finished third.

William Morefield finished fourth in the 100 and finished sixth in the 200.

Lucas Doiron finished fourth in the triple jump.

The 400m relay team of Chris Lang, Nick Rinehart, Issiac Wingerter and Savion Smith finished fifth.

Nick Rinehart finished sixth in the 100.

Savion Smith finished sixth in the high jump.

Josh Grott finished sixth in the pole vault.

Next up is the Murphysboro Invitational Saturday morning.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Ruehling's walk off base hit leads Yellow Jackets to 2-1 win over Vienna

Wyatt Ruehling hit a two-out basehit which scored Jason Schwartz in the bottom of the eighth inning Tuesday as the Chester Yellow Jackets rallied for a 2-1 win over the Vienna Eagles in Black Diamond Conference action.

Now 8-5 overall and 1-0 in the BDC West, the Yellow Jackets will head to Red Bud this afternoon to make up a game with the Musketeers which was postponed from March 24. First pitch is set for 4:30pm.

Vienna scored their lone run in the top of the fifth inning.

Chester tied the game in the bottom of the seventh. Luke Hartman's baseknock drove in Blake Eggemeyer to tie the game at 1-1.

Ruehling's basehit in the bottom of the eighth came with two outs.

Luke Hartman (RBI) and Jordan Berner were each 2-for-4 for the Yellow Jackets in the win. Blake Eggemeyer was 1-for-2 with a double and run scored. Cody Eggemeyer and Ruehling were each 1-for-4.

Christian Mitchell picked up the win for the Yellow Jackets. He pitched all eight innings, allowing one earned run on three hits, walked one while striking out four.

Logan Colvis blasts home run to help Lady Yellow Jackets to 15-5 rout of Vienna

Sophomore Logan Colvis belted a homer and drove in three runs to help lead the Chester Lady Yellow Jackets to a 15-5 rout of visiting Vienna Tuesday in softball action at the Cohen Complex.

Now 3-4 overall and 1-0 in the BDC West, Chester will visit Red Bud this afternoon to make up a game with the Lady Musketeers which was postponed from March 24. First pitch is set for 4:30pm.

Chester scored twice in the first and added on three more in the third to build a 5-0 lead.

After Vienna scored three in the top of the fourth off starting pitcher Jenna Wahl, the Lady Yellow Jackets answered back with eight runs to take a 13-3 lead heading to the fifth.

Vienna scored twice in the top of the inning but the Lady Yellow Jackets closed out the game with two in the bottom of the frame to win by the 10-run rule.

Colvis finished 2-for-2 for the Lady Yellow Jackets while freshman Miah Mitchell was 3-for-3 with two RBI.

Wahl pitched the distance for the win.

Chester's Kyle Landon has been named MVC Men's Field Athlete of the Week

SIU Saluki Sophomore Kyle Landon has been named Missouri Valley Conference's Men's Field Athlete of the Week.

The Chester High School graduate won his second career Tennessee Relays high jump title in as many opportunities on Saturday.

Landon cleared an outdoor season-best 2.20m (7-02.50) for the win, tying his outdoor career-best set last summer at the NCAA Outdoor Championships that earned him a tie for third place and First-Team All-American honors.

With the win, Landon catapults himself into a tie for sixth overall in the NCAA this outdoor season and into a tie for fifth overall in the NCAA West Region.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Yellow Jackets win two at Pinckneyville over host Panthers and Massac Co

For the first time in 10 days, the Chester Yellow Jacket varsity baseball team stepped on a baseball field Saturday in Pinckneyville.

The Yellow Jackets last game came on April 1 in a 4-3 win over Sparta. Since then, four straight games were either cancelled or postponed because of wet fields.

Playing in Pinckneyville, the Yellow Jackets beat the host Panthers 9-6 and turned around and defeated Massac County 5-2 to improve to 7-5 on the season. Next up is a scheduled home game against Vienna on Tuesday but wouldn't you know it, there is more rain in the forecast.

In their win over Pinckneyville, the Yellow Jackets had to work a little extra to pick up the win. After the Panthers scored twice in the bottom of the seventh to tie the game 5-5, the Yellow Jackets scored a single run in the top of the eighth only to see the Panthers tie it with a single tally in the bottom of the frame.

But in the top of the ninth, the Yellow Jackets scored three times and then held the Panthers scoreless in the bottom of the inning to pick up the win.

Wyatt Ruehling pitched two innings in relief to pick up the win. He allowed no hits, one earned run, walked three and struck out two.

Hunter Howie was 3-for-6 with an RBI and three runs scored to help the Yellow Jackets to the win. Jason Schwartz was 3-for-5 with two RBI. Jordan Berner was 1-for-4 with two RBI. Dalton Stahlheber was 1-for-3 with a run scored and RBI. Luke Hartman finished 1-for-4 while Cody Eggemeyer was 1-for-3. Austin Welge was 1-for-5 with a triple.

In the second game, despite leaving 10 men on base, the Yellow Jackets scored three in the third and two in the fourth en route to the 5-2 win over the Patriots.

Austin Welge picked up the win. Welge pitched seven innings, allowed one earned run, three hits while striking out six. He did not allow a walk.

Jordan Berner was 2-for-3 with a homer and three RBI. Hunter Howie finished 2-for-4 with two RBI. Luke Hartman was 2-for-4 while Jason Schwartz and Christian Mitchell were each 1-for-2. Dalton Stahlheber finished 1-for-1.

Lady Yellow Jacket softball drop pair of games Saturday in Pinckneyville

The last time the Lady Yellow Jacket softball team stepped on a field for a competitive game was March 31. Since then, four games have either been cancelled or postponed.

That March 31st game was a 12-2, five inning win over Valmeyer.

Playing two in Pinckneyville Saturday, the Lady Yellow Jackets fell to the host Lady Panthers 5-1 in the first game and then lost to Massac County 21-0 in the second game.

Now 2-4 on the season, Chester is scheduled to host Vienna Tuesday at 4:30pm at the Gordon "Bud" Cohen Sports Complex. However, more rain is in the forecast.

In their first game Saturday, the Lady Yellow Jackets scored their single run in the top of the third on a double by Kaitlyn Dillow, however, that would be the only run scored by Chester in the loss to Pinckneyville.

The Lady Panthers tied the game with a single run in the bottom of the fourth and then took the lead for good with a single run in the fifth and three more in the sixth.

Jenna Wahl took the loss for Chester.

Logan Colvis finished 2-for-3 with a triple for Chester while Dillow was 1-for-2.

Details on the loss to Massac County were not available.

Lady Yellow Jacket frosh-soph team runs away with own championship

The Chester Lady Yellow Jacket fresh-sophomore track team ran away with their own championship last Friday at the Dr. Charles R. Young Track and Field Facility at Chester High School.

Chester racked up 160 points and finished 53 points ahead of second place Nashville (107). Sparta finished third with 104 points followed by Du Quoin (81), Pinckneyville (39), Anna Jonesboro (31) and Columbia (24).

Here are the results for the Lady Yellow Jackets...

Maddie Hoffman finished fourth in the discus (69' 8") and third in the shot put (26' 8")

Lexi Brunkhorst won the long jump (14' 2.75"), finished second in the 200 (:28.6) and finished second in the 100 (:13.5)

Kaitlyn Hoffman tied for second in the high jump (4' 8"), finished fourth in the 400 (1:12.0) and finished second in the triple jump (28' 4.5")

Kaylah Hasemeyer finished fourth in the triple jump (27' 1.5")

Abby Meyers finished second in the pole vault (7' 6") and finished fourth in the 100 hurdles (:19.5)

Taylor Dunning won the 3200 (13:43.9) and won the 1600 (6:07.4)

Morgan Atchison won the 100 hurdles (:16.8) and won the 300 hurdles (:49.5)

Ellen Blechle finished third in the 800 (2:56.9)

Tayler Howie won the 400 (1:07.2)

Jessica Kattenbraker finished second in the 300 hurdles (:53.0)

Chester won the 1600 relay (4:31.7), second in the 800 (2:05.0), second in the 400 (:54.4) and third in the 3200 (11:43.3.)

Nashville wins CHS Frosh-Soph Track Invitational; Chester finishes third

The Nashville Hornets won the weather-delayed Chester Freshmen-Sophomore Invitational Track Meet Friday at the Dr. Charles R. Young Track and Field Facility at CHS.

The Hornets finished with 159 points followed by Anna Jonesboro (126), Chester (79), Pinckneyville (69), Columbia (66) and Sparta (22).

Here are the results for the Yellow Jackets...

Wyatt Roth finished sixth in the discus (80' 7") and finished sixth in the shot put (33' 2.5")

Savion Smith finished fourth in the long jump (16' 10.5") and finished second in the high jump (5' 6")

Jacob Golding finished fourth in the high jump (5' 6")

Caleb Burdel finished fourth in the pole vault (7' 6")

Mitchell Colonel finished third in the 3200 (16:50.0)

Joe Reid finished sixth in the 100 (:12.6), sixth in the 200 (:26.2) and finished fourth in the 1600 (6:12.2)

Joe Soellner finished sixth in the 800 (2:29.6)

Lance Bohnert finished fifth in the 1600 (6:37.4)

Chris Lang finished second in the 200 (:24.0)

In the relays, Chester won the 400 (:46.2), fourth in the 3200 (11:28.5), won the 800 (1:36.8) and fourth in the 1600 (4:15.0).

St. John Hornet track teams clean house at Red Bud Invitational Saturday

The St. John Lutheran track teams made it a clean sweep Saturday at the Red Bud Invitational Track Meet.

The Lady Hornets won the girls portion of the meet with 125.5 points followed by Sts. Peter and Paul (110.5), Red Bud Lutheran (89), Prairie du Rocher (82), St. Mark's Lutheran of Steeleville (80), St. Mary's Catholic (43), Red Bud Catholic (16) and Trinity Lutheran of Prairie (5).

Here are the first place finishers for the Lady Hornets...

Katy Liefer won the 400 (1:09.5).

Avery Runge won the 1600 (6:33.4) and won the 800 (3:03.8).

Josie Kattenbraker, Peyton Clendenin, Kaliegh Masterson and Kendall Williams won the 7th grade 800 relay (2:18.4)

Lyz Mitchell, Reese Chandler, Avery Runge and Katy Liefer won the 1600 relay (5:22.7).

St. Mary's did not have any first place finishers in the girls meet.

In the boys meet, the Hornets finished with 169 points followed by St. Mary's Catholic (81), Red Bud Catholic and Sts. Peter and Paul (72), Red Bud Lutheran (58), St. Mark's Lutheran of Steeleville (55), Prairie du Rocher (72) and Trinity Lutheran of Prairie (4).

Here are the first place finishers for the Hornets...

Gunner Dickenson won the discus (87' 7")

Drake Bollman won the high jump (4' 10")

Seth Levan won the 100 hurdles (:18.4)

Jacob Wingerter won the 400 (1:00.1)

Camden Davis, Jordan Merideth, Hayden Roth and Gage Garniss won the 6th grade 800 relay (2:13.6).

Seth Levan, Gage Garniss, Ian Reith and Andrew Schwarting won the 7th grade 800 relay (2:17.0).

Jacob Wingerter, Randy Kueker, Jacob O'Riley and Drake Bollman won the 8th grade 800 relay (1:53.5).

For the St. Mary's Hawks, Hunter Munie won the shot put (37' 7.25").

Aidan Jany won the 7th grade 100 (:14.2) and won the 7th grade 200 (:30.7).