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Sports Week of July 28, 2014

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Chester 8U All Stars finish their season at Herrin

The Chester 8U All Stars finished the 2014 season with a second place finish at the Herrin Invitational Tournament July 26th & 27th.

Chester 8U All Stars finished with an 18 & 8 record.

Pictured L-R Front row Tristen Eggers, Nolin Crain, Jack Heffernan, Gage Hopkins, Korbin Jany.

Middle row Garret Hopkins, Aden Runge, Evan Bland, Brenden Malley, Scotty Brown, Ben Naeger, Gabriel Steele.

Back row - Coaches: Chris Naeger, Steve Eggers, Ty Malley, Matt Jany, Aaron Runge. Not pictured Nate Heuer.

Football Saluki picked fifth in preseason MVFC poll

Southern Illinois was picked fifth in the preseason MVFC poll, the conference announced Tuesday. In addition, seniors MyCole Pruitt (tight end) and Thomas Kinney (placekicker) were named to the preseason All-Conference team.

The poll consists of votes from the coaches, local media and sports information directors of the 10-team conference. Three-time defending national champion North Dakota State was the preseason pick to win the league, followed by South Dakota State, Northern Iowa and Youngstown State. Just three points separated Youngstown State from fifth-place SIU.

Pruitt earned first-team All-MVFC in each of the past two seasons and was a consensus first-team All-American in 2013. He earned the 2013 CFPA Tight End of the Year in the FCS after finishing in the top three among tight ends in receptions and receiving yards. He is SIU's career leader in receptions (140) and receiving yards (1,740) by a tight end.

Kinney was a second-team All-MVFC honoree in 2013 and earned a spot on the All-Newcomer team after making 18 field goals during the year. His 52-yard field goal against Western Illinois was the second-longest made field goal in the FCS in 2013, and he went 3-for-5 on field goals 47 yards or longer on the season.

Both Kinney and Pruitt were named preseason first-team All-Americans by The Sports Network earlier in June. Pruitt was one of 20 players named to the Payton Award Watch List. The Payton Award is presented annually to the most outstanding player in FCS.

As a team, SIU was picked to finish in the top-five in the conference for the eighth time in the last 10 years. SIU has finished tied for third or better in the MVFC in five of head coach Dale Lennon's six seasons at the helm of the program, including tying for second in the conference last year.

Monday, July 28, 2014

CHS Cheerleaders to host chicken dinner and volleyball tournament August 9

The Chester Yellow Jacket cheerleaders will be hosting a couple of fundraisers at the Chester Eagles on Saturday, August 9.

The cheerleaders will host a volleyball tournament along with a chicken and fish dinner.

Entry fee for the volleyball tournament is $30 per team with six players on each team, three of which must be male players.

Teams need to be registered and entry fee paid by Monday, August 4. Team captains will be contacted on Thursday, August 7 with game time details. To register your team or if you have any questions, you can phone Rachel Ranta Marshal at (618) 615-3387.

The all-you-can-eat chicken and fish dinner will run from 4pm to 8pm on Saturday, August 9 at the Eagles.

The meal consists of fish and/or chicken, baked potato, fries, baked beans, cole slaw, dessert and lemonade.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 10 years of age and younger. Carryout and delivery will be available for five or more orders. You can phone 826-3933 for delivery.

A 50/50 drawing will be held at 8pm and you do not have to be present to win.

Presale tickets are available from any CHS cheerleader or coach.