Mt. Vernon Register-News


June 7, 2013

Band of Brothers

MT. VERNON – It’s no secret the Rams baseball team is a close-knit group of athletes.

Talk to any one of them and words like brother, unselfish and cohesive tend to crop up when describing the team.

“There’s a lot of trust and loyalty on this team, and it shows in their play,” Mt. Vernon coach Tim Holloway said. “It’s a very fun group to be a part of, and I feel privileged to be able to help coach them this year.”

That unity has led Mt. Vernon to the cusp of a state title. The Rams are among the final four 3A teams still alive in the state tournament.

“It’s surreal. We’ve been told all year that we could do something special, and to finally actually feel like we’ve done something special and break a wins record and win the sectional championship and it hasn’t happened in a while, it’s just been awesome,” Mt. Vernon’s Colten Meador said. “It’s just been a fun time. It’s just a great way to end your senior year of high school.”

Today, Mt. Vernon faces Joliet Catholic at noon in the semifinal game.

The team is littered with seniors. Nearly all of the starters are in their final season. Jake Pike in right field is one of the few exceptions. Today’s starting pitcher Brock Fulkerson is also a junior.

“Everybody just kind of meshes together, and it’s a cohesive group as far as chemistry goes,” Mt. Vernon’s Landon Thomas said.

The group of players has already achieved things no other Rams squad has in the past. They broke the record for wins in a season and have made the deepest run in the postseason of a Rams squad in the history of the school. In the middle of the season, the Rams ripped off 14 consecutive wins. The stretch spanned more than a month.

Text Only
  • 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

  • Woodlawn-Odin softball Woodlawn tops Odin

    The Lady Cardinals used late offense to put Tuesday's softball matchup with Odin out of reach.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • MTV-Breese Central girls soccer Breese Central drops Mt. Vernon

    A trio of first-half goals were enough for Breese Central to top the Lady Rams soccer team 3-1 Monday.

    April 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • Claire Ryan signing Lady Rams guard signs with Welch

    Claire Ryan has functioned like a coach on the basketball court the past several seasons for the Lady Rams.

    Ryan, who has been the team's point guard the past two years, signed with Welch College in Nashville, Tenn. on Friday.

    April 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • MTV-Carbondale baseball Rams rally for win

    The Rams baseball team scored a pair of late runs to beat Carbondale 6-5 Thursday.

    April 10, 2014 1 Photo

  • MTV-Carbondale softball Lady Rams fall to Lady Terriers

    The Lady Rams softball team knocked out several hits but could never string together a solid rally in a 9-0 loss to Carbondale on Thursday.

    April 10, 2014 1 Photo

  • Mt. Vernon boys track Rams win quad meet

    Robert Grider etched his name in the Rams track and field record book Wednesday.

    The senior sprinter broke the 200 meter school record and tied the 100 meter mark in Mt. Vernon's win over Marion, Salem and Carbondale.

    April 9, 2014 1 Photo

Tom Lindley Sports