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Sports Week of June 27, 2016

Monday, June 27, 2016

Chesterís Kyle Landon named CoSIDA Academic All-American

Southern Illinois University junior jumper Kyle Landon was honored with a spot on the CoSIDA Academic All-America Men's Track & Field/Cross Country Second Team, it was announced today. The Chester, Ill., native recently earned his fourth All-America honors and now adds a second Academic All-America honor to his trophy case.

After earning CoSIDA Academic All-America Third Team honors in 2015, the six-time defending Missouri Valley Conference high jump champion becomes the first Saluki since 1985 to earn back-to-back Academic All-America laurels. He becomes the 12th Academic All-American in SIU track and field history, and the 90th Academic All-American in school history. SIU's 90 Academic All-Americans are the most of any Missouri Valley Conference school.

Not just a star on the track, Landon has been a terrific student while at Southern. He maintains a 3.76 GPA as an accounting major and was named the MVC's Male Scholar-Athlete of the Week three times this season. He has also earned a spot on the MVC's Scholar-Athlete team in each of his two seasons eligible.

Landon was honored as the MVC Most Outstanding Male Field Athlete at both the 2016 MVC Indoor and Outdoor Championships, and joins fellow high jumper Neophytos Kalogerou as the only Saluki men to win multiple CoSIDA Academic All-America honors.

Yellow Jacket varsity football schedule released for upcoming season

The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) has released the schedules for the upcoming football season. In addition, they've also released the official enrollment numbers too.

The official enrollment number for Chester is 294. Should the Yellow Jackets qualify for the football playoffs this season, there is a chance they could play in the 1A playoffs for the first time since 2010.

Chester is 0-1 in 1A playoffs after losing at home to Hardin (Calhoun) 34-6 at W.O. Smith Field in 2010.

It's going to be a long road for Chester to get to the playoffs under second year head coach Jeremy Blechle...literally.

The 2016 schedule features five road games. Among the trips will be a long one to the newest member of the Black Diamond Conference, the Albion (Edwards County) Lions.

Should you travel to each of the road games this season, you will travel a blistering 958 miles of southern Illinois backroads, highways and interstate.

The Yellow Jackets will open the season on Friday, August 26 at Fairfield followed by the home opener on Friday, September 2 against McLeansboro (Hamilton County).

The lone Saturday game during the regular season falls on Popeye Picnic weekend as the Yellow Jackets will travel to Vienna for a meeting with the Eagles at 1pm on September 10.

Chester will return home to take on Sesser Valier Waltonville Woodlawn on Friday, September 16.

The next two weeks, the Yellow Jackets will be on the road. First up is a trip to Johnston City on September 23 for the BDC Rivalry Week game followed by a trip to Carmi to take on the Bulldogs on Friday, September 30.

The Yellow Jackets will return home on Friday, October 7 for homecoming against Christopher-Zeigler-Royalton.

The final road game of the season is the longest one of the year, a 262 mile round trip to Albion (Edwards County) is set for October 14.

The regular season ends at home on Senior Night against the Eldorado Eagles on October 21.

All Friday night games will start at 7pm.