Mt. Vernon Register-News


February 25, 2014

Rams top Hearts

MT. VERNON — The Rams defense was able to force several fourth quarter turnovers against Effingham in a 49-38 Tuesday night win.

I'm very happy tonight with how our kids played,” Mt. Vernon coach Scott Gamber said. “I thought our 1-3-1 (defense) was a huge key tonight. We got them to have to chase there at the end.”

The game was close throughout, but Mt. Vernon forced seven final quarter turnovers to pull away. Mt. Vernon clung to a 34-31 lead going into the fourth. Effingham's Leighton Lark tied the game to open the final period with a 3-pointer.

Mt. Vernon responded with a 5-0 run. Jake Pike hit a three, and Braden Fitzjerrells followed with a pair of free throws. Mt. Vernon maintained its small cushion and added to it in the final two minutes. Up 41-38, Mt. Vernon closed with an 8-0 run. Fitzjerrells pushed the gap to 47-38 with a steal and bucket with 14 seconds left. Luke Wilson and Dylan Reeves combined to hit four three throws down the stretch.

We got a few steals there in a row and (the lead) really extended out to nine,” Gamber said.

Pike led Mt. Vernon with 14 points, and Shakari Hawkins added 13. Fitzjerrells finished with 11.

Lark led Effingham with 11 points. Matt Wohltman added eight. Kevin Daughety finished with seven.

Effingham threatened to open up the game early in the second quarter. Both teams were tied at 12 to end the opening quarter.

Daughety opened the second with a bucket followed by a 3-pointer to push the Flaming Hearts margin to 17-12.

Mt. Vernon answered with its own offense. The Rams ripped off nine straight points. Hawkins highlighted the stretch with back-to-back 3-pointers to give the Rams a 22-17 lead.

I hope we're getting closer to the point where when we get a lead we're really tough to beat,” Gamber said.”Effingham's impossible to beat when they get a good comfort lead.

Shakari hitting those shots prevented them from being able to hold the ball. It made them keep attacking. It just changed the whole game because if we get down eight, I know coach (Ron) Reed's going to hold it and force our hand.”

Mt. Vernon is 15-11 this season and finishes the regular season at home Friday night against Centralia.

Text Only
  • 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

Tom Lindley Sports