Mt. Vernon Register-News


June 10, 2014

Hines Sight: A sports year in review


It's hard to believe the high school sports year has come to a close.

Once again, the year stretched into June with a baseball team competing at the highest postseason level.

The year started with the resurgence of the Mt. Vernon football program. It ended with Webber's historic run.

Let's take a look back at some of the high school sports highlights from the previous 10 months. We'll begin in the fall and make our way forward to the present.

Mt. Vernon Rams football fans were treated to their first playoff team since the 2008 season. Jared Shaner entered the year with one win in two seasons before guiding the Rams to seven victories and a postseason berth.

The regular season ended with an upset win over Mt. Carmel. Mt. Vernon opened the playoffs with a road test in Mattoon. The Rams treated their fans to a thrilling last-minute win over the Green Wave before losing the following week to Washington.

Mt. Vernon sent three individual athletes to state during the fall. David Modert raced in the boys cross country event. Catie Raney and Gauri Kaushal traveled north near Chicago for the year-end tennis finals.

Woodlawn's volleyball team racked up more postseason hardware with a regional championship in the fall.

One of the major highlights from the winter season was Chase Vosburgh. The Rams wrestler finished third in the 152-pound weight class at the 2A state final. Tristan Penrod also advanced to state for Mt. Vernon.

The spring saw Doug Creel's return to coaching. The long-time Mt. Vernon boys basketball coach stepped away for six seasons. He served as the school's athletic director along with assistant principal before taking over the boys basketball position for a second time.

The spring also witnessed Webber's historic baseball run to the state finals. The Trojans rolled through the postseason, winning several times in dramatic fashion.

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  • Young Lady Rams gain vital summer experience

    This summer might have been more critical than usual for player development within the Lady Rams basketball program.

    We graduated six seniors, and we're not kidding ourselves in saying we're going to be veteran because we're not,” Mt. Vernon coach Jeff Lonnon said.

    July 29, 2014

  • Rams spend time at SIU football camp

    The Rams football team spent a little time away from their traditional summer practice setting at the end of last week.

    On Thursday close to three dozen sophomores, juniors and seniors traveled to Southern Illinois University in Carbondale for a football team camp. The camp, which included three other high schools, wrapped up Saturday.

    July 28, 2014

  • Hines Sight: St. Louis, Chicago bring exciting aspects into season

    St. Louis Rams and Chicago Bears fans have reasons to be excited for the upcoming football season.

    Both teams feature explosive young talent, who have a chance to dominate the league. Challenges also stand in their way.

    July 25, 2014

  • Sam Root award Root calls award 'humbling'

    Webber's baseball team capped the season with several individual honors, and coach Sam Root recently added to the postseason awards list.

    Root, who guided the Trojans to the 1A state finals in Peoria this spring, was named the Southern Illinois Baseball Coaches Association 1A Coach of the Year.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Rays win 6th straight, 7-2 over Cardinals

     Jake Odorizzi allowed two runs over 5 2-3 innings and Yunel Escobar highlighted a five-run fifth inning with a two-run double to lead the Tampa Bay Rays to a 7-2 victory over the StLouis Cardinals on Tuesday night.

    July 22, 2014

  • MTV-Salem Junior Legion Salem ends Mt. Vernon's season

    A sacrifice fly made the difference in Salem's 1-0 win against the Post 141 Junior Legion team Monday.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Breese shuts down Mt. Vernon

    Post 141's Junior Legion team lost 4-0 to the Breese Gray Post 976 squad on Sunday in the district title game.

    July 20, 2014

  • Juniors top Salem

    An early lead and strong pitching propelled the Post 141 Junior Legion team to a 3-1 win over Salem in the district tournament semifinals Saturday afternoon.

    July 19, 2014

  • 7-19 jr. legion cut Lyday shuts out Bluford MT. VERNON — Jeremiah Lyday went the distance and Mt. Vernon’s Jr. Legion squad did just enough offensively to advance in the district tournament at Brennan Klein Field on Friday.Lyday scattered three hits and recorded six strikeouts as Post 141 shut

    July 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • cardinals.jpg Holliday powers Cardinals past Dodgers, 3-2

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — Matt Holliday homered and doubled with three RBIs, and Lance Lynn won his third straight start for the St. Louis Cardinals in a 3-2 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday night.

    July 18, 2014 1 Photo

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