Mt. Vernon Register-News

Sports

April 12, 2013

Sports briefs

(Continued)

"When (Thomas) eventually appeared, his demeanor made it clear that he would not be a conduit for positive change," Hickman said. "There is no place for that type of behavior in high school athletics, and no outcome of a high school sporting event warrants it."

After the game, Hickman said, Thomas snubbed offers of congratulations from the IHSA's directors and Gov. Pat Quinn, threw the runner-up medal to an assistant, exited the court and had a verbal confrontation with a fan before being restrained by security and police from entering the stands.

Hickman said Smithpeters "crossed the line early in the game with his actions toward the game officials" and should have been issued a first-half technical foul for blatantly stepping out of his coach's box.

"His behavior set a negative tone for the players and fans and contributed to a hostile environment that only grew worse during the first half," Hickman said.

The association banned Smithpeters, the school's assistant principal, from postseason coaching next season, unless he completes a behavioral-training program. Thomas received a two-year postseason ban. Both coaches are on probation for next school year.

"This was an ugly and embarrassing incident," Hickman said in a statement, insisting that both schools and the officials "all share in the blame for the outcome."

Text Only
Sports
  • Peralta wins 13th, Brewers beat Cardinals 7-4

    Wily Peralta won his 13th game to tie for the National League lead and Aramis Ramirez powered the Milwaukee Brewers with a home run and RBI double off StLouis Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright in a 7-4 victory Friday night.

    August 1, 2014

  • Rams experience solid summer

    Fundamentals were a primary focus during the summer for the Rams basketball team.

    August 1, 2014

  • Hines Sight: Cards aggressive at deadline

    It's been a wild couple days for Cardinals fans.

    They've seen their team and management engage in a flurry of deadline trading activity unlike the past few seasons. St. Louis ripped off a deal a day in the two leading up to the deadline.

    July 31, 2014

  • 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

Tom Lindley Sports