Mt. Vernon Register-News

Sports

January 18, 2013

Rams face Green Wave

MT. VERNON — The Rams will try to bounce back from an opening round loss in the Salem Invitational Tournament this morning.

Mt. Vernon (9-8) faces Mattoon (5-13) after the Green Wave lost 72-38 to Edwardsville in an opening round game.

“If we’re really ready and we take care of the ball and handle pressure, it’s a game that we’re going to have a good chance to win,” Mt. Vernon coach Scott Gamber said. “If we’re just one bit off our game if we’re not ready to go handle their pressure, it could be a long, long day.”

Mt. Vernon’s defense will focus on containing a pair of guards for the Green Wave. Both Jared Pilson and Grant Speer have the potential to hurt the Rams. A season ago the Green Wave upset Mt. Vernon in the opening round of the tournament in triple overtime. Pilson and Speer combined for 36 points in the game.

“Our kids have to look at last year and getting beat in the first round by Mattoon when they only had a few wins in that game and see that we’re going to have to be ready,” Gamber said.

If the Rams beat Mattoon, they would face the winner of the Marion-Salem matchup for the consolation title. Mt. Vernon has faced both teams multiple times already this season. The Rams lost twice against Marion and has beaten Salem two times.

“It’s important to get a win just in general,” Gamber said. “They’re not coming easy this year by any stretch. But at the same time we’re above .500. It’s important to stay above that threshold and play well.”

Gamber said today is a key day for the Rams and seeding for the upcoming regional. Carbondale, Marion, Massac County and the Rams are all vying for the top seed.

“I think one through four is absolutely up for grabs right now,” Gamber said. “I don’t know who you would say would be a clear No. 1.

Today’s game starts at 11:30 a.m.

1
Text Only
Sports
  • Brian Gamber resigning as Spartans basketball coach

    Brian Gamber is resigning as Spartans basketball coach after two seasons.

    April 23, 2014

  • Boyd Ballard Ballard takes over Rams wrestling

    Boyd Ballard has wrestled at the highest levels and now he's taken over the Mt. Vernon program.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Woodlawn-Patoka baseball Patoka knocks off Woodlawn

    Patoka built an early cushion against the Cardinals and hung on for a 5-3 win.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • MTV-Centralia baseball Rams outlast Orphans

    The offensive floodgates finally opened in the ninth inning for Mt. Vernon's baseball team.

    The Rams piled up six runs in the ninth inning to claim a 7-3 extra-inning victory Tuesday.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Mt. Vernon looks to move quickly on basketball opening

    The summer is a critical time period in the development of a high school athlete.

    With the resignation of Mt. Vernon boys basketball coach Scott Gamber becoming official at Monday's school board meeting, Mt. Vernon will look to move quickly to fill the position with summer workouts approaching. MVTHS principal Wes Olson said Tuesday the school will try to have a candidate at the May board meeting.

    April 22, 2014

  • Gamber resigns as Rams coach

    Scott Gamber has resigned as Rams basketball head coach after six seasons.

    April 21, 2014

  • Blues beat Blackhawks 4-3 in triple overtime

    Alexander Steen scored at 26 seconds of the third overtime to give the St. Louis Blues a 4-3 victory over the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series on Thursday night.

    April 18, 2014

  • MTV-Flora boys tennis Rams edge Flora

    The Rams tennis matchup against Flora on Thursday came down to the final match.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • MTV-Salem tennis Rams sweep Salem

    The Rams tennis team swept past Salem 9-0 Wednesday.

    It was the opening match of the season for Mt. Vernon after three cancelations to start the year under first year boys coach Randy Knox.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Woodlawn-Carmi softball Carmi downs Woodlawn

    Carmi-White County jumped out early in an 11-3 win over the host Lady Cardinals on Wednesday.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

Tom Lindley Sports