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Trenton Matlock was 2-for-3 at the plate to lead host Shawnee in a 12-1 loss to Tuscola in the home team’s season-opening high school baseball game Saturday, March 17. Casey Baltzell and Justin Kaufman were each 1-for-2 for the Redskins. Caden Baltzell and Ryan Schaefer were both 1-for-3. Dawson...
The Anna-Jonesboro Community High School baseball team lost a doubleheader to host Marion Saturday, March 17. Marion 6, A-J 1: Hunter Ralls was 2-for-2 to lead the Wildcats at the plate in the first game loss. Bryce Osman was 2-for-3. Ethan Krumrey was 1-for-3 with an RBI.  Kyle Clover and Jackson...
Trailing 3-2 until the 6th inning, Cobden lost 12-2 to host Murphysboro in high school softball Friday, March 16. Meredith Flamm was 2-for-3 with a triple to lead the Appleknockers at the plate.  Megan Rhodes was 1-for-2 with a stolen base. Lauren Sweitzer had an RBI. Flamm pitched 5 1/3 innings...
Southern Illinois is rich with softball talent. And Taylor Osburn-Siefert, the head softball coach at John A. Logan College in Carterville, doesn’t have to look far for players to fill her roster. Siefert’s 2018-2019 commitments includes 10 players from Southern Illinois. Her current roster...
The Shawnee High School softball team is working around the graduation of six senior starters who played on last year’s team, which went 7-6. “It will be tough this year losing those seniors,” Shawnee coach Russ Marsh said. “We’re going to be young and inexperienced with all the freshmen we have.”...
The Anna-Jonesboro Community High School softball team lost twice to open the season. Marion 11, A-J 1: Katie Mays was 1-for-2 with a double to lead the host Lady Wildcats in the loss Saturday, March 17. Tobie Treece and Morgan Wendling were each 1-for-2. Britni Helton pitched 2 1/3 innings and...
It just isn’t as much fun as it used to be.  And, of course we’re referring to “March Madness,” a catchy term the NCAA borrowed from the Illinois High School Association, which was popularly used in referring to this state’s high school tournament back in the days when 16 teams got together in Huff...
On behalf of the city and the city council, Anna Mayor Steve Hartline presented the certificate to Hart. Among those in attendance were Arieh Hart; his mother, Easter Smith; his sister and brother, Aseana Smith and Asaiah Smith; Mayor Hartline; Anna City Council members Brandon Bierstedt, Martha Ann Webb, David Isom and Al Kamp; A-JCHS assistant wrestling coach Chase Hargrave; and A-JCHS principal Brett Detering. Also present were friends Heather Barrow, Angie Hargrave and Reese Barrow.
Recognition of a state champion and project updates were on the agenda at last week’s regular meeting of the Anna City Council. The meeting was Tuesday evening, March 6, at Anna City Hall. The city council honored  Anna-Jonesboro Community High School student athlete Arieh Hart. In February, Hart...
Shawnee High School baseball coach T.C. Schaefer is looking to pitching as the key to having a good season. “If our pitching holds up, we’ll be okay,” Schaefer said. “We should be competitive.” Schaefer is looking at five starters returning from last year’s 18-16 team to build around. Returning...
Dongola High School will have a baseball team for the spring after forfeiting the season last year because of a lack of players. “We’re going to get out and have some fun,” first year Dongola baseball coach Michael Janke said. “We’ve got a good bunch of guys.” The team has yet to practice on its...

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