Allendale Routs Geff On 8th Grade Night

On Tuesday, January 15th, the Allendale Yellow Jackets hosted Geff in the final regular season ballgame.  In the B-game, the Yellow Jackets defeated Geff by the final score of 36-11.  Scoring for Allendale was:  Brendan Bowser with 8 points, Trent Casburn with 7 points, Chase Gher with 7 points, Matt Jackson with 4 points, Kollin Kelsey with 4 points, Cameron Kolb with 4 points, and Roland Foster with 2 points.  The B-team is now 9-3 and will participate in the Cisne B-team Tournament on January 18th and 19th.

In the A-game, Allendale defeated Geff 65-27.  Scoring for the Yellow Jackets was:  JD Bowser with 23 points, Wyatt Gher with 18 points, Trent Casburn with 9 points, Kollin Kelsey with 7 points, Chase Gher with 2 points, Clay Morgan with 2 points, Brendan Bowser with 3 points, and Carlos Monroy with 1 point.  The A-team finishes the regular season with a 7-9 record.  Next up for the A-team:  SIJHSAA Class S Regional to be played at Allendale on January 22, 23, and 28.

Josey McCowen with parents Eric and Karla McCowen

Josey McCowen with parents Eric and Karla McCowen

JD Bowser with parents Bob and Amy Bowser

JD Bowser with parents Bob and Amy Bowser

Wyatt Gher with parents Chuck and Ashli Gher

Wyatt Gher with parents Chuck and Ashli Gher

SOFTBALL CAMP TO BE HELD AT WVC

 Wabash Valley College will host a Softball Camp on Saturday, February 2 and Saturday, February 9, 2019.  The camp, for girls ages 7-17, will be held in WVC’s Spencer Sports Center Gym.  Hitting and Fielding will be on Saturday, February 2 and Saturday, February 9, from 1:00 – 3:30 p.m.  The Pitching portion will be on Saturday, February 2 and Saturday, February 9, from 3:30 – 4:15 p.m.

The cost is $40 for one day of Hitting and Fielding, $65 for two days of Hitting and Fielding or for one day of Hitting, Fielding, and Pitching.  The two-day camp for Hitting, Fielding, and Pitching is $85.

Participants will need to bring their ball gloves and wear tennis shoes.  Please wear sweat pants for sliding drills.  Bats are optional.

The concession stand will be open for campers to get drinks and snacks.

Registration deadline for a T-Shirt is January 25.  Call 618-262-8641, ext. 3394, for further information.  Participants needing registration forms may obtain them at www.wvcwarriorathletics.com or by contacting Asa Deffendall at the Campus Store in the David L. Hart Student Center. 

The Camp will be conducted by WVC Head Softball Coach Paul Schnarre, his assistants Asa Deffendall and Mark Colvin, and the WVC Lady Warriors Softball Team.

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Lady Rockets' Season Ends In Regional Semifinals

On Monday, January 14th, the St. Mary’s Lady Rockets traveled to Iuka and played the New Hope Lady Panthers in the second round of the SIJHSAA Region 8 Tournament. New Hope defeated St. Mary’s 26 – 23, ending the Lady Rockets season. St. Mary’s finished the season with an overall record of 11 – 10.

St. Mary’s and New Hope were tied 6 – 6 at the end of the first quarter; St. Mary’s led 13 – 8 at halftime; and 17 - 14 at the end of the third quarter. New Hope secured the win by outscoring St. Mary’s 12 – 6 in the fourth quarter. Mady Young scored 9 points to lead St. Mary’s in scoring. Lexi Stevens added 4 points, Nora Jones 4 points, Savannah Zimmerman 2 points, Anna Gill 2 points, and Madison Stevens 2 points. Also seeing playing time were Lauren Hall and Lindy Rafferty. Simpson led New Hope with 13 points.

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Lady Rockets Blow Past Bluford In 1st Round Of Regional

On Wednesday, January 9th, the St. Mary’s Lady Rockets traveled to Iuka to play the Bluford Lady Trojans in the first round of the SIJHSAA Region 8 Basketball Tournament. St. Mary’s defeated Bluford 51 - 9. St. Mary’s overall record improves to 11 – 9. St. Mary’s led the entire game, 20 – 0 at the end of the first quarter; 35 – 5 at halftime; and 49 – 7 at the end of the third quarter.

Mady Young and Savannah Zimmerman combined for 35 points, 18 from Young and 17 from Zimmerman, to lead St. Mary’s in scoring. Lexi Stevens added 6 points, Nora Jones 4 points, Anna Gill 2 points, Lindy Rafferty 2 points, and Madison Stevens 2 points. Lauren Hall, Lily Keepes, Kali Walker, and Sarah McCorkle also saw playing time. Shayla Brimley scored 5 points to lead Bluford in scoring.

The St. Mary’s Lady Rockets will return to Iuka on Friday, January 11th, to play New Hope in the second round of the SIJHSAA Region 8 Tournament.

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OCC Baseball Camp Next Month

Olney Central College Baseball will host a Winter Camp on Saturday, Feb. 2 at the OCC Gymnasium and Britton’s Bullpen in Olney.

The camp, for ages 6 through 15, will meet from 9 a.m. to noon. Instructors will include the OCC coaching staff and players, along with Phil Britton, a two-time NJCAA All-American who played minor league baseball for seven years.

The cost is $60 and those attending will need to bring a bat, glove, helmet and shoes.

To pre-register or for more information, call Coach Dennis Conley at 618-395-7777, ext. 2131, or 618-843-0333. You also may contact him by email at conleyd@iecc.edu. Registration forms are available at www.iecc.edu/occ.

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Allendale To Play In WEAA Consolation Championship

On Tuesday, January 8th, the Allendale Yellow Jackets traveled to Clay City for an elimination game in the WEAA Conference tournament consolation bracket.  The Yellow Jackets took on Geff and it was a close game throughout the first half.  After one quarter, the game was tied 12-12 and at halftime it was Geff in the lead 21-19.  The third quarter was crucial for Allendale, as they outscored Geff by ten points to lead 33-25.  In the end, the Yellow Jackets prevailed 42-31.  Scoring for the Yellow Jackets was:  Kollin Kelsey with 16 points, JD Bowser with 8 points, Trent Casburn with 8 points, Matt Jackson with 6 points, and Carlos Monroy with 4 points.  The Yellow Jackets are now 5-8 on the season and will play in the Consolation Championship game at 6 pm on Thursday, January 10th.  Carlos Monroy will be shooting in the 3-point competition at 5:30 pm the same evening.

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On Monday, January 7th, the Allendale Yellow Jackets traveled to Clay City for the first round of the WEAA Conference Tournament.  The Yellow Jackets took on Cisne in the final game of the night and trailed 12-6 after one quarter and 29-13 at halftime.  After three quarters, Allendale was behind 38-18 and ended up falling in defeat 40-21.  Scoring for the Yellow Jackets was:  Kollin Kelsey with 6 points, Trent Casburn with 5 points, JD Bowser with 4 points, Carlos Monroy with 3 points, Chandler Cusick with 2 points, and Chase Gher with 1 point. 

In the 3-point competition prior to the game, Carlos Monroy made 7 shots to move on to the finals Thursday night at Clay City.  JD Bowser also shot for the Yellow Jackets, but did not make the finals as he made 5 shots.

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Allendale Splits With New Hebron To Finish Pre-Christmas Half Of Schedule

On Tuesday, December 18th, the Allendale Yellow Jackets traveled to Robinson to take on New Hebron in the final game before Christmas break.  In the B-game, Allendale defeated New Hebron 37-24.  Scoring for the Yellow Jackets was:  Matt Jackson with 13 points, Trent Casburn with 10 points, Kollin Kelsey with 6 points, Carlos Monroy with 4 points, Chandler Cusick with 2 points, and Chase Gher with 2 points.  The B-team is now 8-2 on the season.

In the A-game, New Hebron defeated the Yellow Jackets 47-30.  Scoring for Allendale was:  JD Bowser with 16 points, Trent Casburn with 5 points, Wyatt Gher with 4 points, Kollin Kelsey with 2 points, Carlos Monroy with 2 points, and Matt Jackson with 1 point.  The A-team is now 4-7 on the season.

Next up for Yellow Jackets Basketball:  WEAA Conference tournament to be held at Clay City beginning January 7th.

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Lady Rockets Fall On 8th Grade Night To New Hope

On Tuesday, December 18th, the St. Mary’s Lady Rockets hosted the New Hope Lady Panthers in WEAA Conference play. Prior to the 8th grade game, the following St. Mary’s 8th grade Lady Rockets and their families were recognized: Savannah Zimmerman, daughter of Mark and Susan Zimmerman; Eden Wankel, daughter of Mark Wankel and Debbie Wankel; Lauren Hall, daughter of David and Kerry Hall; Anna Gill, daughter of Jake Gill and Amanda Andrews; Mady Young, daughter of Justin and Jen Young; Lexi Stevens, daughter of Clayton and Lori Stevens; and Lindy Rafferty, daughter of David and Sherry Rafferty.

In the 8th grade game, St. Mary’s lost to New Hope on a last second shot 20 – 18. St. Mary’s overall record drops to 10 – 7, and 7 - 3 in the WEAA Conference. St. Mary’s led 5 – 3 at the end of the first quarter and trailed 9 – 8 at halftime. St. Mary’s regained the lead at the end of the third quarter 13 – 11, before being outscored 9 – 5 in the fourth quarter. Mady Young scored 10 points to lead St. Mary’s in scoring. Lexi Stevens added 5 points, Savannah Zimmerman 2 points, and Lauren Hall 1 point. Anna Gill, Lindy Rafferty, and Nora Jones also saw playing time. Kate Book scored 9 points to lead New Hope in scoring.

St. Mary’s defeated New Hope in the 7th grade game 15 - 14. St. Mary’s led 3-2 at the end of the first quarter; 9 – 8 at halftime; and 13 - 10 at the end of the third quarter. Nora Jones led St. Mary’s in scoring with 5 points. Sarah McCorkle 4 points, Lily Keepes 3 points, and Madison Stevens 3 points. Also seeing playing time were Kali Walker and Isabella Jent. Crawford and Poole led New Hope in scoring with 4 points each.

Photo Credit: Susan Zimmerman

Photo Credit: Susan Zimmerman

A Complete Revamp Of High School Football In Illinois Passes

Illinois High School Association (IHSA) member schools approved eleven amendment proposals in the annual by-law referendum that ended December 17, 2018, including a proposal to implement a district scheduling system for football starting with the 2021 season. The online ballots were tabulated and certified in the IHSA Office on Tuesday, December 18. 

Proposal 23 (passed 324-307-69): Directs the IHSA to implement a football scheduling system for regular-season varsity games that would involve the following: (a) a 9-week regular season, (b) playoff classes determined in advance of the season; (c) schools from each class placed into 8 geographic groups by the IHSA Office to play a round-robin schedule; (d) the remaining games on the regular season schedule to be arranged by the individual schools at their discretion; (e) the top 4 teams in each of the 8 groups qualify for the playoffs, based on games played within each group. This proposal will take effect starting with the 2021 football season.

That means beginning in 2021, Mt. Carmel will no longer play football in the Big 8 Conference.

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Aces Wrestlers Win Cumberland Tournament

Aces wrestlers are your back to back Cumberland tournament champs beating 18 teams from Central and southern Illinois.

Team score

Mtc-1st 235 pts

Robonson-2nd 182.5

Fithian Oakwood Tie 3rd 174

Monticello Tie 3rd 174


Individual results

113-Cade Keepes 1st

120- Dayton Hall 1st

126- Jack Deisher 4th

132- Chevvy Wood 1st

145- Kenny Taylor Dnp

152- Nate Critchfield 1st

160- Sebastain Lowe Dnp

170- Chris Shelby 1st

182- Ryan Johnson 1st

195- Dalton Farrar 5th

220- Trent Rafferty Dnp

285- Elliott Laws 2nd

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2018 MT. CARMEL ELKS CLUB #715 “HOOP SHOOT” WINNERS


Competition was held at Mt. Carmel Grade School, Mt. Carmel, Illinois on Saturday, December 15, 2018.

1st and 2nd place finishers received trophies.


First place finishers will compete in the District Elks Hoop Shoot Contest on Saturday, January 12, 2019 in Salem, Illinois at Franklin Park Middle School. 


8-9 (BOYS)

1ST PLACEJAYDEN SMITH (16 out of 25)

2ND PLACEDRAKE STEVENSON (14 out of 25)

8-9 (GIRLS)NO PARTICIPANTS


10-11 (BOYS)

1ST PLACEELLIOTT ACREE (17 out of 25)

2ND PLACEASHER COSTON (14 out of 25)

COSTON (4-5) WON IN A TIEBREAKER SHOOTOFF OVER DEAN BELT (2-5)


10-11 (GIRLS)

1ST PLACEMAYCEE RANDALL (12 out of 25)


12-13 (BOYS)

1ST PLACECARLOS MONROY (19 out of 25)

2ND PLACEKOLLIN KELSEY (18 out of 25)

12-13 (GIRLS)

1ST PLACEALEXIS BERTRAM (12 out of 25)

2ND PLACEHARPER TAYLOR (9 out of 25)

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Poor 1st Half Shooting Sinks Lady Rockets Against St. Joe

On Wednesday, December 12th, the St. Mary’s Lady Rockets traveled to Olney St. Joe to play the Lady Wildcats in WEAA Conference play for the third time in three weeks. After winning the first two games against St. Joe, the 8th grade team dropped the third game to St. Joe 29 – 25. St. Mary’s overall record drops to 10 – 6, and 7 - 2 in the WEAA Conference. St. Mary’s shot poorly from the field in the first half and trailed 10 – 7 at the end of the first quarter and 18 - 10 at halftime. At the end of the third quarter, St. Joe continued their lead 24 -15, before St. Mary’s outscored St. Joe 10 – 5 in the fourth quarter but came up short for the win.

Savannah Zimmerman scored 12 points to lead St. Mary’s in scoring. Mady Young added 10 points, Lexi Stevens 2 points, and Anna Gill 1 point. Lauren Hall, Lindy Rafferty, and Nora Jones also saw playing time. Reyse Klier scored 13 points to lead St. Joe in scoring.

St. Mary’s was defeated by St. Joe in the 7th grade game 33 – 27. St. Mary’s trailed the entire game, 10 – 8 at the end of the first quarter; 14 - 12 at halftime; and 22 - 18 at the end of the third quarter.

Madison Stevens led St. Mary’s in scoring with 15 points. Kali Walker scored 5 points, Sarah McCorkle 4 points, and Nora Jones 3 points. Also seeing playing time were Lily Keepes, Isabella Jent, Ava Jent, and Ashlin Trail. Kyrstin Weiler led St. Joe in scoring with 11 points.

St. Mary’s Lady Rockets will host the New Hope Lady Panthers in WEAA Conference play next Tuesday, December 18th. There will be a C Game at 5:15pm, 7th Grade Game at 6pm, with the 8th Grade game to follow. It will be the last home game of the season for the Lady Rockets and will be 8th Grade Recognition Night. The following 8th grade Lady Rockets and their families will be introduced and recognized between the 7th and 8th grade games: Savannah Zimmerman, Eden Wankel, Lauren Hall, Anna Gill, Mady Young, Lexi Stevens, and Lindy Rafferty.

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Lady Rockets Finish 2nd In WEAA Tourney

On Thursday, December 6th, the St. Mary’s Lady Rockets played the Jasper-Geff Lady Polecats in the Championship Game of the WEAA Girls Basketball Conference Tournament, hosted at St. Mary’s Catholic School. Jasper-Geff defeated St. Mary’s 34 – 19. The Lady Rockets overall record drops to 10 – 5, and 7 - 1 in the WEAA Conference. Jasper-Geff lead the entire game, 7-3 at the end of the first quarter; 16 – 5 at halftime; and 30 – 10 at the end of the third quarter.

Lexi Stevens scored 7 points to lead St. Mary’s in scoring. Nora Jones added 4 points, Savannah Zimmerman 3 points, Lindy Rafferty 2 points, Lily Keepes 2 points, and Mady Young 1 point. Lauren Hall, Anna Gill, Kali Walker, Madison Stevens, and Sarah McCorkle also saw playing time. Easton, Robbins, and Gonzalez scored 8 points each to lead Jasper-Geff in scoring.

Rylee Edwards (Jasper-Geff) won the 3 Point Shootout. Savannah Zimmerman (St. Mary’s), Kate Book (New Hope), and Mady Young (St. Mary’s) also participated in the final round of the 3 Point Shootout.

St. Mary’s will be back in action on Wednesday, December 12th, when they travel to Olney St. Joe to take on the Lady Wildcats. The 7th grade game will begin at 6pm, with the 8th grade game to follow.

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Allendale-Cisne Basketball Recap

On Thursday, December 6th, the Allendale Yellow Jackets hosted Cisne in WEAA Conference action.  In the C-game, the Yellow Jackets fell in defeat 23-22, as Cisne made a freethrow with 6 seconds remaining in the game.  The C-team is now 4-2 on the season.

In the B-game, Allendale defeated Cisne by the score of 25-19.  Scoring for the Yellow Jackets was:  Carlos Monroy with 10 points, Kollin Kelsey with 6 points, Trent Casburn with 4 points, Matt Jackson with 3 points, and Chandler Cusick with 2 points.  The B-team is now 6-1 on the season.

In the A-game, Cisne defeated the Yellow Jackets by the score of 45-27.  Scoring for Allendale was:  JD Bowser with 9 points, Trent Casburn with 8 points, Kollin Kelsey with 8 points, and Matt Jackson with 2 points.  The A-team is now 3-5 on the season.

Next up for the Yellow Jackets:  at Jasper on Monday, December 10th.  C-game will begin at 5:15 pm. 

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Lady Rockets Advance To WEAA Championship Game With Win Over St. Joe

On Tuesday, December 4th, the St. Mary’s Lady Rockets played the Olney St. Joe Lady Wildcats in the semifinal game of the WEAA Girls Basketball Conference Tournament, hosted at St. Mary’s Catholic School. St. Mary’s defeated St. Joe 32 -21, improving their overall record to 10 – 4, and 7 - 0 in the WEAA Conference. The game was tied 10 – 10 at the end of the first quarter; St. Mary’s took the lead at halftime 21 -15; and maintained their lead at the end of third quarter 29 - 18.

Savannah Zimmerman and Nora Jones scored 10 points each to lead St. Mary’s in scoring. Mady Young added 8 points, Anna Gill 2 points, and Lexi Stevens 2 points. Lauren Hall, Lindy Rafferty, Lily Keepes, Kali Walker, Madison Stevens, and Sarah McCorkle also saw playing time. Reyse Klier scored 8 points to lead St. Joe in scoring.

St. Mary’s advances to the WEAA Girls Basketball Conference Tournament Championship Game on Thursday, December 6th, at 7:30pm, against Jasper-Geff. Mady Young and Savannah Zimmerman advanced to the finals in the 3 Point Shootout, to be held before the Championship Game.

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Rockets Sweep Geff

On Monday December 3 , 2018, the St. Mary’s Boys basketball team traveled to Geff. In the 7th grade game St. Mary Rockets defeated Geff 40-26 to bring the Rockets record to 4-6. St. Mary’s led 18-8 after the first quarter; St. Mary’s took a 27-15 lead into halftime; St. Mary’s led 31-20 at the end of the third quarter. St. Marys outscored Geff 13 – 11 after halftime. Preston Will scored 18 points to lead the Rockets, Elliott Acree added 8 points, Reed Stinson 4 points, Blake Strine 4 points , Brady Porter 2 points, Zaddock Fullop 2 points, Eric Acree 2 points. Also seeing playing time were , Kason Dulgar, Tim Harness, Finn Martin, William Freeland, and John Hefner. Geff was led in scoring by Hunter Garrett and Hunter Welty both with 7 points.

In the fifth grade game St. Mary’s was victorious over Geff 21-3 to bring their record to 7-2 on the season. Elliott Acree led St. Mary’s in scoring with 11 points, Blake Strine added 2 points, Tim Harness 2 points, Zaddok Fullop 2 points, Kason Dulgar 2 points, William Freeland 2 points. Also seeing playing time were Finn Martin, Brady Porter, and John Hefner. St Mary’s led 4-3 after the first quarter; St Mary’s took a 8-3 lead to halftime; St. Mary’s led 17-3 after the third quarter. St Mary’s outscored Geff 13-0 after halftime. Breychan Kovacich led Geff in scoring with 3 points.

St. Mary’s Boys Basketball will be back in action on Monday December 17, 2018 at home against Jasper, there will be a 5th grade game at 6:00 pm with the 7th grade game to follow.

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Rockets Split With Grayville

On Friday November 30, 2018, the St. Mary’s Boys basketball team traveled to Grayville. In the 7th grade game St. Mary Rockets Lost to Grayville 57-28 to bring the Rockets record to 3-6. St. Mary’s trailed Grayville 17-9 after the first quarter; St. Mary’s trailed Grayville 37-14 at halftime; St. Mary’s trailed Grayville 53-21 at the end of the third quarter. St.Marys was outscored 20 – 14 after halftime. Elliott Acree scored 9 points to lead the Rockets, Preston Will added 8 points, Reed Stinson 5 points, Brady Porter 4 points, Zaddock Fullop 2 points. Also seeing playing time were , Kason Dulgar, Tim Harness, Blake Strine, Finn Martin, William Freeland, and John Hefner. Grayville was led in scoring by Kanaan Worley with 18 points.

In the fifth grade game St. Mary’s was victorious over Grayville 16-14 to bring their record to 6-2 on the season. Elliott Acree led St. Mary’s in scoring with 8 points, Blake Strine added 2 points, Tim Harness 2 points, Zaddok Fullop 4 points. Also seeing playing time were Finn Martin, Kason Dulgar, Brady Porter, John Hefner, and William Freeland. St Mary’s and Grayville were tied 6-6 after the first quarter; St Mary’s took a 12-10 lead to halftime; St. Mary’s lead 16-12 after the third quarter. St Mary’s and Grayville both scored 4 points apiece in the second half. A. Lynn led Grayville with 10 points.

St. Mary’s Boys Basketball will be back in action on Monday December 3, 2018 at Geff . There will be a 5th grade game at 6:00 pm with the 7th grade game to follow. St Mary’s will be at home on Monday December 17, 2018 hosting Jasper, the 5th grade game will be at 6:00 pm with the 7th grade game to follow.

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