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June 7, 2013

Rams depart for state final

MT. VERNON — —

Spirits were high Thursday morning as the Mt. Vernon Rams took off for Joliet to compete in the state finals.

The team's bus departed from Mt. Vernon Township High School at around 10 a.m., surrounded by parents and well-wishers. Team members had a four-and-a-half hour ride ahead of them, but were brimming with confidence about the games to come.

It's a great feeling to know we're doing something that's never been done within the school and I know that we have the right group of guys that are out there that can get the job done,” said Sawyer Harrison, a senior who plays third base. “We've got great leadership. We've got nine seniors on the team and we've got 14 guys on the team that can step up and do their job whenever they're called upon.”

Many other team members shared Harrison's optimism. Junior outfielder Zack Jines said he knew his team had the potential to go to state and that the players should excel there despite tough competition.

I think we have a pretty good shot because we're going up there to win both games and not just (going) up there to be there,” Jines said.

Parent Shawn Williams was excited to see her son, Matthew, competing at the state level for the first time. Matthew Williams is a senior short stop.

This team has been together for such a long time and I hope they do well and play well,” Shawn Williams said.

As far as strategy is concerned, the team should keep up the quality defense, pitching and hitting that has taken them so far already, said senior left fielder Clayton Reeves.

Just stay with how we've been playing right now,” Reeves said.

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    Youth from Jefferson County are showing off during the 2014 4-H Fair. Tuesday morning was the time for the sheep to shine, while swine were shown in the afternoon. Today, the dairy show will get underway at 8 a.m., with a master showmanship contest at 9 a.m. The tractor driving contest will be at 6 p.m. with the pre-4-H goat show at 6 p.m. The 4-H Livestock Auction will take place at 6:30 p.m. Horse shows will take place Saturday at King City Saddle Club to wind down the week of events.

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