MT. VERNON — Couple things of note for this week's action of area sports:
Woodlawn fall baseball, 4:15 p.m. Wednesday
-The Cardinals won their Midland Trail Conference Tournament opener in dramatic fashion on Monday, for the full story, see here. The Cardinals have a young team but there's a lot of skill there, and they defeated Noble-West Richland earlier this season.
Mt. Vernon Township High School soccer, 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, 4:30 p.m. Thursday
-Woah, what happened? The Rams are off to a 7-3 start to the season, and at this point they're on pace to equal the 13 wins of a few years previous, when the Rams made a run to the sectional. After starting the season with a 9-1 shellacking at the hands of Carbondale, Steve Harrison moved senior Matt Nichols back to shore up a youthful defense. The results were immediate. With Nichols alternating betweeen a defensive midfielder and a center back, the Rams build into a midfield run by fellow senior captain David Lee. And up front, the youthful attack has seen the benefits. Joel Duncan, Braden Riley and Louis Grote have found the back of the net most frequently for the Rams, and it'll be interesting to see what happens this Thursday when they meet Carbondale again.
Woodlawn volleyball, 6:15 Tuesday,
-The Cardinals are hoping to win out. Plain and simple. Coach Sara Skibinski said she things her team can do it, and that they've turned a corner in getting back to .500 on the season.
The Cardinals certainly looked like a different team with their two-game sweep of Elverado last week, and they'll rely on the hard-hitting Leah Sutton and Kinzie Verhines going into the season's home stretch.
Mt. Vernon Township High School volleyball, 6:15 p.m. Thursday
-Look! Up in the sky! It's not a bird, nor a plane — that's a winning streak. Katelyn Kombrink's budding program got a little bit of momentum after a few wins at a tournament in Frankfort and then defeats of Salem and Cahokia. Now the Rams are poised for a rematch against Centralia in Changnon Gymnasium on Thursday.