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Tiger Football . . . . . . . . . . . . . . By BILL ROSEBERRY

When the 2010 Edwardsville Tiger football season concluded, interim head coach Matt Martin proclaimed he had "unfinished business." In 2011 Martin and his serious scowl will patrol the EHS sidelines as the official head coach of the Tigers and he can get back to work on his plan. He will be trying to build on a 4-5 season from a year ago, which included a forfeit win over East St. Louis awarded after an IHSA ruling against the Flyers. The orange and black will also be attempting to fill the shoes of a monster 27-man 2010 senior class. Gone are running backs Rodney Coe (102 carries, 554 yards, 6 touchdowns), (10 receptions, 185 yards, 3 TDs) and Reggie Box (37 carries, 156 yards, 1 TD) and full back Max Andresen (57 carries, 298 yards, 4 TDs). Quarterback Chase Westra (506 yards, 5 TDs, 1 interception) is also gone, taking his talents to Washington University in St. Louis. Mason McBride (537 yards passing, 5 TDs, 3 INTs), (61 carries, 286 yards, 4 TDs) (8 receptions, 234 yards, 1 TD), who filled in for Westra at signal caller while he was injured and also played wide receiver for the Tigers, is also gone, off to the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn. Even leading wideout from '10 and current senior at EHS Josh White (10 receptions, 237 yards, 3 TDs) is gone, deciding to concentrate on his basketball talents for the winter. "Most anybody that touched the ball we are replacing," Martin said. "But these kids seem to be up to the challenge so far. It's been an enjoyable group to work with." The Tigers will be young on paper, starting three sophomores most of the time on both sides of the ball. After dressing the 27 seniors in 2010, there will only be 12 of the savvy veterans in 2011. None of that seems to worry Martin, who got to work with the players from the start of camp this season after being promoted into the interim slot in Week 2 last year following Mark Bliss stepping down. "It's a little bit different situation this year isn't it," said Martin. "I just like the process we've been going through so far. I think we've got a good coaching staff that's been working hard here every day over the summer and in fall camp, getting after kids and teaching them the game of football and I like how our kids have responded. "On paper we're real young and you can sit there and think of all the negatives with that, but I just like their work ethic. I think we've improved our football IQ. I think we've improved our football skills and until you get out there on Friday night you don't know how they're going to respond, but so far it's all been positive." One face familiar from last season and a name that resonates through college recruiter's mouths and ears on a regular basis is senior defensive tackle Vincent Valentine. Listed at 6-foot-3 and 300 pounds, Valentine is No. 13 on Rivals' rankings

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Pictured above are senior members of the 2011 Edwardsville Tiger football team. In the front row from left to right are: Braxton Kilmer, Zach Maushbaugh, Cameron James, Michael Grenaway and Brian Gifford. In the middle row from left to right are: Nolan Urbanek, Nick McCartney, Seth Daniel, Drakke Hearn and J.T. Wolbert. In the back row from left to right are: Garrett Jensen and Vincent Valentine. of the top 30 players in Illinois for 2011. Nationally he's ranked 29th as a defensive tackle. His current laundry list of Division I colleges beckoning for him is headlined by the University of Nebraska. Other schools included are: Illinois, Missouri, Florida, Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Iowa, Michigan State, Michigan, Penn State, Tennessee and Wisconsin just to name a few. In 2010 Valentine recorded 33 total tackles on defense for the Tigers while splitting time on the offensive line. As a sophomore in 2009 he tallied 29 tackles, accompanied by two sacks and a fumble recovery. "He's a Division I recruit," said Martin. "My goal is to make him a Division I player. I expect him to play hard every play, low pad level and be a good leader. Those are all the things we've talked to him about and he's been making that commitment. He's making himself a better player and that's all you can ask for." Cameron James will also be a familiar face on the gridiron. James burst onto the scene in the spring during track and field when he nabbed fifth place in the 100 yard dash at the Class 3A state meet. He had already showcased some of that speed in 2010 on the football field. James carried the rock 17 times for 109 yards and two TDs last season, the most experienced back returning in '11. James was also a stalwart as a defensive back, leading the Tigers in tackles with 41. He added one fumble recovery. He will lead a running back-bycommittee crew this fall according to Martin. "We've got C.J. and Blake Blair and Sammie Mulford at fullback and Craig

James, C.J.'s little brother, penciled in at backup tailback," Martin said. At the quarterback position Martin said junior Will Collins is in the driver's seat at the moment, but there will be competition there, too. "We've got a competition going right now, but right now Will Collins is the starting quarterback as of this moment," he said. At wide receiver Martin listed a few names including sophomore DeAnthony Knight at the top of the pile. Even the trenches will be filled with players earning their first major varsity experience this fall. "We're inexperienced there too," Martin said. "There really isn't too much experience coming back in too many places, but we have a lot of program kids that have been on scout teams, that are grinders in the weight room and out here on the field. We've just got a lot of kids that are making themselves into solid

football players." Martin was adamant the EHS faithful can pack the stands and expect some solid changes to the team from a year ago, too. "(They'll see) less turnovers," he said. "A better job on executing their assignments and hopefully we'll be physically and mentally tougher. That's kind of been the mantra this fall." As for the Southwestern Conference, Martin hasn't put too much stock into it yet. His No. 1 concern is preparing his football team. "I've been so focused on us I haven't really looked at it," said Martin. "I don't know who has what, but sometimes that's how it is. You get caught up in your own worries and everything is relative." The Tigers open the season at 6 p.m. tonight at Illinois State's Hancock Stadium in Normal vs. Lincoln Way East. Their home opener is at 7 p.m. Sept. 3 vs. Chicago Bogan and they kick start SWC play with East Side at 7 p.m. on Sept. 9.



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Tiger Soccer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . By MATTHEW KAMP

If continuous success breeds enemies, then the Edwardsville Tiger boys’ soccer team does not have too many friends these days. Last season, the Tigers captured their seventh Southwestern Conference title and made their sixth trip to the state tournament, finishing third, during head coach Mark Heiderscheid’s 11-year tenure. Edwardsville’s prosperity has put a massive target on its backs. “It is certainly tougher because after three years people will certainly have you on their radar. You are definitely more scouted and more watched because the thought is that we will be a team that will have the potential to go through the playoffs,” said Heiderscheid. “Until we lose, there is no question that we are the team to beat. There is no question that makes this very challenging for these guys and it is tough because a lot of these guys were not in high school when the first team went to state in 2008.” Gone from last season’s 20-5-1 squad is a seven-member senior class that included forward Sam Fink. Currently a freshman at Wake Forest University, Fink led the team last year with 23 goals and finished his Tiger career with 43 goals and 11 assists. “You really can not replace a guy like Sam Fink who could be asked to score in almost every single game. He stretched the field because of his size, pace and power. He commanded so much respect and was a constant leader,” said Heiderscheid. Despite the loss of Fink and a talented group of seniors, the cupboard is far from bare for Heiderscheid and the Tigers. They will have six returning starters and a slew of players that picked up minutes off the bench. “A lot of (this) team just reloads because a lot of the players started or saw starter’s minutes and now they are a year older and more confident,” said Heiderscheid. The Tigers will be going back to their roots this season — a shutdown defense. Daniel Brennan will return for his final season for Edwardsville and he will look to become one of the first goalies in the state to start a state tournament game in all four seasons. Last season, Brennan went 18-4-1 with 12 shutouts and a 0.73 goals against average. “This is his fourth year and last year he was an All-Stater,” said Heiderscheid. “Everything he does is just tremendous. He commands the box, he organizes the whole team and is a phenomenal coach out there on the field. He can make the big save and can bomb the ball out to generate offense. "You can not estimate how much it means to have a keeper with that much ability and that could be a difference." In front of Brennan will be a defensive unit led by seniors Robbie Tays and Matt Agustin and juniors Frank Verdu and Tyler Postol. Last year the group allowed 19 goals in 26 games and

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Pictured above are the returning letterwinners for the 2011 Tiger soccer team. In the front row from left to right are: Shrikanth Parthasarathy, Tyler Postol, Tyler Swanner, Robbie Tays, Matt Agustin and Randy Romann. In the back row are: Lance Ramsey, Frank Verdu, Casey Thebeau, Daniel Brennan, Matt Dehr, Chris Pearson and Daniel Fremont. had 14 shutouts, including four in the postseason. “We will have a really credible backfield with Tays. Frank Verdu really came on strong last year and to be able to put him in the backfield is an easy transition,” said Heiderscheid. “Postol saw (a ton) of productive minutes.” Leading the offensive charge for EHS will be junior midfielder Tyler Swanner. The leading returning scorer with eight goals and nine assists, the savvy Swanner may be the breakout star this year according to Heiderscheid. “Swanner was really one of our more creative players last year and he was only a sophomore. He has really improved tremendously and he is looking to be one of the top players in the area,” said Heiderscheid. “At this point, he really is a toy out there on the field. He was very good last year as a sophomore and he is going to be exceptional this year as a junior.” He will team with senior Shrikanth Parthasarathy and sophomores Lance Ramsey and Brent Heinlein in the midfield. “Brent Heinlein is very creative and can unload a shot from well outside the box so there is potential there. There is also potential for Shrikanth Parthasarathy and Daniel Fremont because they are athletic and they are tenacious. It is a possibility that we can supplant some of them but it will still be a challenge that we score that many goals,” said Heiderscheid.

At forward, the Tigers will use seniors Chris Pearson (seven goals, nine assists), Daniel Fremont, Casey Thebeau and Randy Romann. Looking to win their eighth SWC title under Heiderscheid, the Tigers will have plenty of competition from the usual suspects and a darkhorse. The O’Fallon Panthers have reloaded after an appearance in the sectional semifinals and the Granite City Warriors will once again be difficult. Meanwhile, the Alton Redbirds have slowly put the pieces together and are looking to make a run at Edwardsville’s top spot. “The conference will be interesting and I am not going to make a solid prediction on it,” said Heiderscheid.

Edwardsville will again face a tough schedule with national powers CBC, DeSmet and Peoria Notre Dame on the non-conference docket. The Tigers will also play in the Morton Tournament as they try to prepare for another deep run into the playoffs. The state tournament site will be Lincoln Way North this year, as opposed to Naperville’s North Central College. “The hope is that it prepares us. As long as the team plays well and keeps the confidence up, I think they will come away looking to improve from the games,” said Heiderscheid. “Winning the conference is neat but most times people do not look at the schedule and the record but rather if that team made it to the state finals. That is the main thing the players care about.”



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Tiger Volleyball . . . . . . . . . . . . By MATTHEW KAMP

It is safe to say that the bar has been raised for the Edwardsville Tiger girls’ volleyball team. Following 30-win seasons in two of the past three years, the 2010 Tiger squad captured its fourth consecutive Southwestern Conference title and made their first appearance at the state tournament in school history. They captured third place with a win over York and finished 33-9, tying the school record for wins. Now head coach Jami Parker, who has compiled a 244-97 record in nine seasons at EHS, returns all but two of the players and she could not be more ecstatic to get the season started. “We are returning almost everybody and they are some really excited players right now. There has been great energy in the gym so far and the kids are working hard. They have their sights set high and they are a very driven group,” Parker said. The two players that the Tigers did lose are middle blocker Maddi Croft, now playing volleyball for Belmont University in Nashville, and defensive specialist Caty Ponce. Croft left EHS as the school’s secondleading player in assisted blocks (161) and total blocks (102). She also finished with 497 career kills. Ponce is sixth on the career list with 678 digs and along with Croft, she was one of the emotional leaders of the squad. “They were big seniors. Maddi and Caty were instrumental and great players on the court. They were team leaders offensively and defensively,” said Parker. “The leadership they provided on and off the court was what kept the girls driven and focused. When it got rough, those were two of the players that were rock solid on the court.” This season’s six-member senior class — Mackenzie Collins, Sam Epenesa, Hannah Frierdich, Lexi Gober, Tori Gusewelle and Taylor Marshall — will look to take over the leadership role and Parker believes that the unit is up to the challenge. “They have been amazing this year. We are still early but the leadership they have provided, they have stepped right in. They have seen what great leadership can do and they are really working hard at it,” said Parker. If the leadership is similar to that of Croft and Ponce, the Tigers could get a chance to make another run to the state tournament. Parker said the past accomplishments have set in for the returning players and that they are hungry to duplicate the success. “The kids this year have some great memories from last year and they want to make sure they can go back again and make those same memories,” said Parker. Epenesa, an All-State selection last year, will be looking to lead the charge to Redbird Arena from her outside

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Pictured above are senior members of the 2011 Edwardsville Tiger volleyball team. From left to right are: Mackenzie Collins, Taylor Marshall, Lexi Gober, Hannah Frierdich, Tori Gusewelle and Sam Epenesa. hitter position. Heading to Purdue University following graduation, Epenesa led last year ’s team with a school record 409 kills and a team-leading 68 aces. She also accumulated 358 digs, good for second on the team behind Gusewelle’s 367 digs. For her career, Epenesa, listed at 6foot, is the career record holder in kills with 904. She is also third in assisted blocks (118), fifth in aces (118) and sixth in digs (756). For as productive as Epenesa’s statistics were in her first three years, Parker expects even more from her this season. “You do not come across players like Sam very often in her career. Athletically, she is doing what college kids are doing. On the court, you know that you can depend on her to make the pass, the dig, or the kill,” said Parker. “The thing that makes Sam an amazing person is she is not just an amazing player on the court but also away from it. She has great character and the leadership she provides is just amazing. She will be a driving force for us this year.” For as lucky as the Tigers are to have their career leading hitter back, they will also bring back the top passer in school history with Gober. Gober, who has ran the offense since she was a freshman, currently has 1,971 assists. She broke the season record

with 897 helpers last year. “This will be Lexi’s fourth year running the offense and she definitely knows the ins and outs. She helps keep things running,” Parker said. Gober and Epenesa were recently nominated for the Under Armour AllAmerican watch list. The duo will have plenty of help from the other four seniors. The 5-foot-11 Marshall will team with Epenesa and sophomore Camrey Saye to form one of the top attacking units at the net. Saye finished with 138 kills and Marshall contributed 94 kills last season. F r i e rd i c h ( 8 9 k i l l s , 3 1 b l o c k s ) , a middle blocker, will join junior

Sarah Parker (86 kills, 68 blocks) and defensive specialists Gusewelle and Collins (91 digs) to form a solid defense to go with the high-powered offense. “It is probably the greatest supporting cast ever,” laughed Parker. “Last year we were so talented as a varsity squad but this year we are so talented and so deep. If we need someone to step in, you could easily look down the bench and pick two or three players that easily could step on to the varsity court and start and do a great job. “I never as a coach have been this blessed to have a lineup this deep. It is going to be an exciting year for us.”

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Tiger Field Hockey . . . . . . . . . By CRAIG THOMAS

Throughout the offseason, EHS field hockey head coach Katie Horvath had one concern for her team in particular that was nagging her. Horvath said the Tigers, who finished 10-10 last season, graduated all their goalkeepers, so the role would have to be filled by someone new to the position at the high school level. With as much responsibility as the position carries, Horvath needed to find someone to fill those shoes quickly. “That kept me up at night a little bit,” she said. “Had me a little worried, but you know, God never closes a door without opening a window. And we’re being flooded with people interested in playing goal now even at the JV level.” For now, time in the net will be split between freshman Eliza Pauk and sophomore Ashley Bergman. Despite her age, Pauk does bring experience at the position. “She’s been playing in goal for three years at the middle school level,” Horvath said. Bergman played in the field previously but Horvath felt the sophomore had some skills that could make her a good keeper. “She’s a swimmer in the offseason and just her sheer height and armspan has me completely excited,” Horvath said. “She’s very quick on her feet, she reads the ball very well and we’re just excited starting to see her in the net because she has wowed us.” There is work to do at the field positions, too. EHS got a lot of production from Hannah Faulkner over the last few years. Faulkner, now playing at Kent State University in Ohio, and last year’s co-captain, Sydney Spangenberg, graduated last year. Kelsey Ackerman and Alex Ojeda have also departed.

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From left to right are the EHS field hockey seniors: Maggie Wolff, Amanda Harrison, Morgan Burton, Claire Warren, Madison Knezik-Smith, Cassie Borre, Mallory Schroeder and Anna Ceglanski Those four were the top four scorers last season, combining for 28 total goals. Among returnees, Madison KnezikSmith and Morgan Burton are the only players who notched more than one goal last year. They scored four apiece. Despite losing a lot of players from last fall, EHS brings back eight seniors with varsity experience. Hopefully, they can provide leadership in different areas. Knezik-Smith was an assistant captain last year. “I’m going to look for her to play

more of a role in the midfield, possibly a defensive role,” Horvath said. “She’s just a really strong player.” There is more experience on the defensive end. “Amanda Harrison’s coming back after we were without her for a year and she looks very strong,” Horvath said. “Wiry little thing, but she’s very strong upper-body wise. She’s a very intuitive defensive player. She’s kind of a scrapper so I’m glad that she’s back.” Megan Pranger is also a scrapper

according to Horvath, who hopes the junior can help out on defense. “She’s just a solid athlete all around. She does anything that we ask her to do,” Horvath said. For the team to improve upon last year, Horvath knows her team must manage some more offense, particularly early in games. She said the offensive execution was fine, but too often the production lacked.

Academy highlight the slate. They will also compete in the always difficult St. Charles East and Quincy Notre Dame tournaments while they make their first visit to the Effingham Tournament. EHS will also try to run through the SWC gauntlet to claim

its fifth straight league title. “We have the same schedule that we had last year, very difficult. We have five or six teams that were ranked nationally last year and probably will be this year,” said Parker. “We also added the Effingham

Tournament and there will be several stateranked teams there. We only have seven home matches this year and a lot of the games against the nationally-ranked teams are on the road. We will go out there and work.”

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Tiger Boys' Golf . . . . . . . . . . . . . By BILL ROSEBERRY

The Edwardsville Tiger boys' golf team had a down year in 2010, at least by its

standards. A program that finished third at the 2008 Class 3A state tournament had the growing pains of a youth movement in '10 and didn't make it

out of regionals. One Tiger, Drew Blaske, made it to state where he finished tied for 99th with a 178 over the two-day event. Now a junior, Blaske, along with a

slew of other talented linksters, looks to guide Edwardsville back to the prep golf promise land after a 2010 season full of valuable experiences.

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Tiger Girls' Golf . . . . . . . . . . . . By MATTHEW KAMP

Thought to be a rebuilding season last year, the Edwardsville Tiger girls’ golf team made a run to the Pekin Sectional thanks to a superb group of underclassmen fusing with the seniors. Emilee Flaugher, who had learned how to golf over the summer, did not look anything like a freshman and then second-year players Taylor Maggio and Lauran Belling played like upperclassmen for head coach Tresa LaBoube’s team. The trio of players pushed the senior class and together, the team placed out of the Edwardsville Regional before falling just short in the Pekin Sectional. LaBoube, coaching in her seventh season at EHS, believes the team can see at least the same amount of success if the returning players can step up and fill the golfing spikes of the graduated seniors. “We will miss the seniors that were on our team — Marissa Schiber, Lauren Ufert and Sydney Slaby. They will be truly missed and they were a good asset to the team,” said LaBoube. “With the returning players, it is good to see them working hard on their games and the expectations are to keep improving. The girls are having to step up with the three seniors that graduated last year. We are looking to improve in making the correct decisions on the golf course, good course management. We are going to take it one match at a time, one tournament at a time and do the best we can. We want to go as far as we can.” Flaugher, Maggio and Belling will compose the top three spots in the Edwardsville lineup. The remaining spots will come down to a collection of players including, senior Jordan Thompson and juniors Brie Duvall and Austin Gordon.

“It is good to see them all returning because they were shooting some good scores for us last season,” said LaBoube. “Brie and Austin each played in our conference tournament and did well.” Headlining this season’s team will be Flaugher. After a good summer of practice, LaBoube believes her sophomore sensation is ready to be penciled into the top spot and she showed why in the Madison County Meet. Flaugher fired an event-best 80 at the Woodlands Golf Course to help the Tigers grab second in the large schools division. “Emilee has been a workhorse all summer. She had a great round at the Woodlands and was a medalist which is awesome,” said LaBoube. “She was my No. 2 player last year and she has worked so hard all summer long with her game. She is so dedicated and she has earned her spot to the No. 1 position right now.” Maggio and Belling will certainly push Flaugher for top billing throughout the season. While Flaugher was the team’s surprise last year, LaBoube believes there is a new group of girls that could come out and fire some unexpected low scores. “It is a little early to see who will step up. Emily Briley has already stepped up for us, we counted her score at Woodlands. She worked on her game over the summer and that is good to see,” said LaBoube. “We also have several other girls who are on the bubble and it will be interesting to see who will be able to step up and shoot the scores. We have a good group of girls.” While the season is in the early stages, the Tigers are trying to get accustomed to the courses again. A majority of the players practiced throughout the summer, preparing for tryouts and the early season tournaments. LaBoube said those who work hard on their games during the summer “come out

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“We gotta score,” Horvath said simply. “We had a lot of opportunities and there were games where we outshot the other team twice as much, three times as much. And we just couldn’t finish (putting) that ball in the net. “And we need to score early. Once we score early we get a little bit more confidence in our game, we settle in and we play some beautiful hockey.” The Tigers might get some help in that department from sophomore Abby Urbanek. “She was a varsity starter last year for us as a freshman,” Horvath said. “So her sophomore role, we’re hoping to see a lot of goals out of her. She’s just a fast, talented, agile player.” EHS opens its season Monday, August 29 at home against Brentwood.

After that, the Tigers will play in the Gateway Classic tournament. They finished second there last year and are looking for a title. Horvath expects that with effort and focus Edwardsville can compete with its toughest opponents, like St. Joseph’s Academy, MICDS and Nerinx Hall, all St. Louis schools. In any case, Horvath likes the intangible assets her Tigers have shown in late summer. “It’s an exciting year, we have good numbers and some really good players. Amazing attitudes, tremendous motivation, eagerness, willingness to learn,” she said. Hopefully, that will translate to more victories for this year. “That’s really nice to have on the field, just really good kids,” Horvath said.

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Pictured above is the 2011 Edwardsville girls' golf varsity squad. Pictured from left to right are: Jordan Thompson, Lauran Belling, Emilee Flaugher, Taylor Maggio, Brie Duvall, Austin Gordon, Emily Briley and head coach Tresa LaBoube. and shoot lower scores than their stroke averages from the end of last season. I looked at that and you can immediately see. If they have not played as much, they are a little rusty. It depends on how much time they put in. “I know a lot of them played in the Gateway Program, played in tournaments and practiced, it shows.” Edwardsville will be looking to defend its Southwestern Conference crown this season. Despite O’Fallon capturing the SWC Tournament at the Grand Marais in East St. Louis, the Tigers went undefeated in the regular season and placed higher than Belleville East in the tourney to claim the title. EHS, after winning the league title from 2003-2007, had gone two years without it. LaBoube said O’Fallon will be a team to watch out for and that her squad can not take any league teams lightly. “It is always a good conference

tournament and O’Fallon won it last year and they will return a lot of girls. It is early in the season yet and we were really proud with our efforts last year in our SWC matches. They were dedicated and wanted it,” said LaBoube. “You have to continually work and stay focused in this league. You can not count anybody out because anything can happen.” For the Tigers to repeat as champions, LaBoube said the girls will have to put in a lot of hard work and that they intend to do so. “We want to go as far as we can and the whole goal for everybody is to win conference and advance far in the postseason. That is everybody’s goal but to get there you have to put in your time to try and improve with each and every person on the team,” said LaBoube. “We want that and would like to see it happen but we do take it one match at a time and try to improve.”

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Tiger Boys' Golf . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Continued from Page 6 "On the way home he said, 'Coach that was a lot harder than I thought it was going to be," EHS head coach Dene Schickedanz said of Blaske on the way back to Edwardsville from the state tournament last season. "It's a little more nerves up there and the golf course is set up a little different so it was a good learning experience for Drew." With another underclass-laden squad, Schickedanz's expectations are a little higher this year due to that experience from 2010. "We're still going to be a young team," said Schickedanz. "We're going to be junior heavy. We have a huge junior class, a lot of talented kids. "Last year I really felt like we had some growing pains. We were pretty sophomore heavy, but we did have some good seniors like Colin Suhre and we will certainly miss him, but now those sophomores have grown and matured and had some excellent summers and offseasons. As a coach this is probably my best offseason in the past 16 years I've been coaching that I can remember. The kids played great, they worked hard and we put in a lot of good work out at Oak Brook. We just have a lot of great kids. I couldn't be more excited about the possibilities of what this group could achieve." Junior Drew Curtis has shown his exceptional skills on the links already, leading the Tigers in scoring at the Alton Tee Off Classic, the Madison County Tournament and the Quincy Invitational. He's been joined in the scoring frequently by fellow juniors Blaske, Nic Bryant and John Schmidtke, along with talented freshman

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Pictured above is the 2011 varsity boys' golf team. In front from left to right are: Michael Pfitzner, Tanner Houba, John Schmidtke, Connor Hannon, Cameron Hicks and Mike Laws. In back from left to right are: Drew Curtis, Drew Blaske, Nic Bryant and Ben Richey. Michael Pfitzner. "Drew Curtis is one of the most natural athletes I think I've ever seen," Schickedanz said. "It doesn't matter what type of ball or stick you give him, he's going to put the ball where he wants to. He reminds me a lot of a guy I went to high school with, Craig Hentrich, who was that same kind of guy. He was an NFL punter but he could do anything he wanted with any sport, whether it was ping pong or anything else. Drew,

unfortunately, is so good at (basketball and baseball) it's tough for him to get in a lot of tournaments over the summer, but he's going to be real good for us. "And John Schmidtke through the first two days of tryouts was our low man, so he's playing real well and he's really worked hard and come along way. Nic Bryant is another guy that's really improved his game from last season and then Michael Pfitzner is a real nice addition to the group. He's

a real quiet and humble kid that hits a lot of fairways and hits a lot of greens and is a very good putter. It's going to be neat to watch him grow into a real special player." Schickedanz mentioned a plethora of other golfers that could contribute throughout the season also, including: seniors Tanner Houba, Connor Hannon, Cameron Hicks and Ben Richey, juniors Connor Bradley, Gabe Syzmarek and Chris Haas, sophomore Drew Westerhold and freshmen Ty Zeller and Mason Sorenson. As for the schedule, Schickedanz has added a golden opportunity for EHS to face some top-tier competition in the St. Viator Tournament of Champions at Old Orchards Country Club in Chicago on Sept. 3. The Tigers also visit The Sanctuary in Chicago on Sept. 10 for the Providence Catholic Invitational and they're back in the Arnie's Cup at The Den in Bloomington on Sept. 24 after a year's absence. The Arnie's Cup offers a Ryder Cup format which the players enjoy. "We got invited to the St. Viator Tournament of Champions, so I'm very proud that we've got the program to the point that we're getting that type of recognition in the Chicagoland area. St. Viator won three state championships in a row ('08-10) and the year ('08) we finished third and shot the seventh lowest score ever (599), they finished first and shot 583, which was the lowest score ever. They only invite what they think are the top 14 teams in the state, so the future is looking pretty bright." The postseason is scheduled to begin with the Class 3A Regional on Oct. 4 at Arlington Greens Golf Course in Granite City.

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Tiger Boys' Cross Country. . By CRAIG THOMAS

Going into the start of cross country season, there sometimes aren’t a wealth of kids who have run at the varsity level. George Patrylak, coach of the Edwardsville High School boys’ team, has plenty who have not only run varsity, but actually competed at the state meet at least once, including senior Garrett Sweatt who finished 11th at Peoria's Detwiller Park in the Class 3A state meet a year ago . “ We h a v e a l o t o f b o y s c o m i n g back this year with state experience,” Patrylak said. “We’re looking to those guys to be our leaders early.” Patrylak named off Sweatt Chad Maxwell, Ryker Frohock, Austin Abegg, Caden Cramsey, Brendan Colligan and Joel Burroughs as those who have been to state. Brydon Groves-Scott is one of the new runners and might contend for a varsity spot. As a freshman, he hasn’t been to state, but he’s already been training at long distances for several months. He decided not to run track e v e n t h o u g h m a n y c ro s s c o u n t r y runners do. “He’s not a big fan of the track,” Patrylak said with a smile. “We’ll have to change that.” Several juniors and underclassmen will have a chance to challenge for top spots. “We’re just going to see who worked the hardest this summer, who’s going to work the hardest this season,” he said. “Hopefully we’ll have seven runners representing the Edwardsville boys’ team at state this year.” Patrylak jokes that one of the adjustments his freshmen must make is getting used to his bad sense of humor. But he credits the middle school coaches at Liberty and Lincoln for developing a passion for running in all the Edwardsville kids. “The biggest difference right off the bat is the increase in mileage,” he said. “I know my goal for freshmen coming in is to be around 300 miles for the summer. This summer was about a week shorter so I’ll accept a little bit

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EHS returns 15 boys’ cross country runners who have competed at the varsity level. Pictured from left to right, in the first row are: Ben Gabel, Spencer Burkart, Ryker Frohock, Chad Maxwell, Brendan Colligan, Joel Burroughs, Austin Abegg and Caden Cramsey. Pictured from left to right in the second row are: Michael Stubban, Andrew Patterson, Steffen West, John Schoeberle, Garrett Sweatt, Zachariah Bertels and Chaz Witzke. less than that, but that’s the goal.” Most kids slowly build up their mileage as the summer moves along. Patrylak said workouts are also more intense now that the season has started. With the experience the team has, the younger runners have positive examples to follow. Sweatt is poised to be Patrylak’s primary leader again this year. “Sweatt’s fit. Right now he’s definitely ahead of where he was last summer,” Patrylak said. Only two of the runners who finished ahead of Sweatt in Peoria last season will be back this year. He acknowledged Sweatt struggled at times at the end of the track season, but feels he’s ready for his senior year. “I know his goal is to win state,” Patrylak said. “I’ll always say if you finish in the top three, that’s a huge

From the Sports Editor A lot of people put a lot of work into the Fall Sports Preview each and every year. First and foremost, I want to thank sports reporter Matthew Kamp and Intelligencer sports intern Craig Thomas for their tireless work on stories, photos and everything else associated with this publication. In addition, I'd like to thank Desiree Bennyhoff for her work on a great cover and the advertising and layout staffs for another fantastic effort. A special thanks also goes to Managing Editor Carl Green and Assistant Editor Bill Tucker, who are always there with words of advice. Finally, as always, big thank yous go out to the coaches and players, who are always willing to give their time to make this publication a success. Bill Roseberry

accomplishment. But Garrett, if you talk to him, he’s going to tell you, anything less than an individual state championship, he’s going to think he didn’t do what he should have this year.” The boys’ team has qualified for the state meet as a team for the last three seasons. The boys open their season Saturday, at Belleville West in a triangular meet with the Maroons and the O'Fallon Panthers, but Patrylak said he treats it more like a JV meet. He will determine who his top seven or so runners are and leave them out of competition. Then on Saturday, Sept. 3, those guys will run at the larger Granite City Invitational. Within the Southwestern Conference, Patrylak said O’Fallon is the team to beat, even with the graduation of Michael

Scolarici. Scolarici will be running at Saint Louis University this fall. “They finished fifth in the state last year,” he said. “They lost four of their top guys but they’re still a solid team.” Patrylak said it’s a bit weird that so many of the current runners ran at state as sophomores or juniors in the past, but it was good for the future. “It’s a positive going forward, but any of those young guys who crack the top seven and get a chance to run varsity, that’s going to be a huge accomplishment for them,” Patrylak said. The coach would like to see some of the younger guys threaten to steal a spot, which will push the older ones to run harder. “Hopefully that happens and we can keep those guys motivated and hungry,” he said.

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Tiger Girls' cross country . . By CRAIG THOMAS

Edwardsville girls’ cross country coach Steve Chapman is happy for the start of school and excited to see who his top new runners might be. Four runners on the EHS team have competed in a varsity race coming into the 2011-12 school year. T h a t n u m b e r w i l l s u re l y g ro w throughout this season, which makes the start of the year interesting for the coach. “I know they’ve got a shot at qualifying for state and that’s a good goal for them,” Chapman said. He’s starting his fourth year as head coach. “That’s always good to have people back with varsity experience,” Chapman said. Chapman hopes for strong leadership from those experienced four: seniors Lizzie Anderson, Briana Chamberlain and Courtney Lybarger and sophomore Allie Sweatt. Sweatt in particular could have a big say in how Edwardsville competes against other schools. “She was consistently our No. 2 runner last year,” Chapman said. “So it’s good to have Allie back both performance-wise with the type of runner she is and then just also the fact that she leads by example and other girls will see that.” Sweatt also ran track in the spring. “She set personal records in both the two-mile and the mile in the track season so I’m looking for her to build off that success and continue to improve,” he said. The top runner from EHS last season was Ariane Wright, who will be a junior. Her family moved away from Edwardsville and Chapman said the Tigers miss her. “She was our No. 1 runner last year at every race and she qualified for state,” he said. “Her dad got a new job and got transferred to Kansas. That’s a huge loss for our team.” Wright certainly is a talented runner, having won Mud Mountain before she even started running for the Tigers. She qualified for state as a freshman as well. EHS lost two seniors, Alex Wever and Diane Frese, from last year ’s varsity team as well, so replacing them will add to the challenge. “That’ll be a big task for us and so I’m hoping some of the younger girls step up and do that,” he said. As the high school coach, Chapman gets chances throughout the year to see what kind of talent might be coming his way from Liberty and Lincoln Middle Schools. Two of his freshmen, Elizabeth Lynn (Lincoln) and Erica Bailey (Liberty), are coming off strong middle school campaigns. “I look for them to do big things and contend for those varsity spots,” he said. “They’re very talented so they’re going to be crucial this year.” On a young team, all the runners

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Four returning runners on the EHS girls’ cross country team for the 2011 season have run varsity races in the past. From left to right: Lizzie Anderson, Courtney Lybarger, Briana Chamberlain and Allie Sweatt. are given an opportunity to make an impact. “ We ’ v e g o t s o m e v e r y t a l e n t e d freshmen,” he said. Chapman wants his older members to show the new kids how to be a cross country athlete. Often, that starts with putting more effort into workouts. “Some of these workouts are brutal. The last week of the summer was incredible, now the humidity and the heat have spiked back up,” he said. “If the team leaders are working hard then they’ll also work hard.” Once again, Chapman expects defending Southwestern Conference champion O’Fallon High School to provide some of the stiffest competition. “They lost their three top runners and for most schools that would be a horrible thing,” he said. “They’re just so deep and they have so much talent they’re still the clear favorite in the conference." The first meet will be Saturday at Belleville West. EHS will join West, Belleville East and O’Fallon. In the meantime younger kids and older kids will run in a tight pack, encouraging and getting to know each other. “The seniors are usually pretty good about welcoming the freshmen, that’s the good thing about it. They’re new to each other at the beginning of the season. By the end of the season they’re best friends,” Chapman said. “That’s one of the perks of the job, to see those friendships.”


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Tiger fall schedules

Tiger Football Aug. 26 at Lincoln Way East at ISU 6 p.m. Sept. 3 vs. Chicago Bogan 7 p.m. Sept. 9 vs. East St. Louis 7 p.m. Sept. 16 at Granite City 7 p.m. Sept. 23 vs. Alton 7 p.m. Sept. 30 at Belleville West 7 p.m. Oct. 7 vs. Belleville East 7 p.m. Oct. 14 at O’Fallon 7 p.m. Oct. 21 vs. Collinsville 7 p.m.

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Tiger Volleyball Sept. 2 vs. Tiger Classic Tournament TBA Sept. 3 vs. Tiger Classic Tournament TBA Sept. 6 at Waterloo 6 p.m. Sept. 7 at St. Joseph Academy 5:30 p.m. Sept. 9 at Effingham Tournament TBA Sept. 10 at Effingham Tournament TBA Sept. 12 vs. Triad 5 p.m. Sept. 14 at Incarnate Word 6 p.m. Sept. 15 vs. Granite City 6 p.m. Sept. 21 at Althoff 6 p.m. Sept. 22 at East St. Louis 6 p.m. Sept. 26 vs. Highland 5 p.m. Sept. 29 vs. Collinsville 6 p.m. Oct. 4 at O’Fallon 6 p.m. Oct. 6 vs. Belleville East 6 p.m. Oct. 7 at St. Charles East Tournament TBA Oct. 8 at St. Charles East Tournament TBA Oct. 12 at Civic Memorial 6 p.m. Oct. 13 at Alton 6 p.m. Oct. 17 at Mater Dei 6 p.m. Oct. 18 vs. Belleville West 6 p.m. Oct. 21 at Quincy Notre Dame Tournament TBA Oct. 22 at Quincy Notre Dame Tournament TBA

Tiger Tennis Aug. 26 at Downer’s Grove South 4 p.m. Aug. 27 at New Trier Tournament 8 a.m. Aug. 31 vs. Belleville East 4 p.m. Sept. 1 vs. Lafayette 4 p.m. Sept. 2 vs. Heather Bradshaw Invite 1 p.m. Sept. 3 vs. Heather Bradshaw Invite 8 a.m. Sept. 6 at Alton 4 p.m. Sept. 7 at Granite City 4 p.m. Sept. 9 at Columbia Quad Duals 10:30 a.m. Sept. 13 vs. Belleville West 4 p.m. Sept. 16 at Loyola Academy 3:30 p.m. Sept. 17 at Loyola Invite 8:30 a.m. Sept. 20 at Collinsville 4 p.m. Sept. 23 vs. Southern Illinois Duals 1 p.m. Sept. 24 vs. Southern Illinois Duals 8 a.m. Sept. 27 at O’Fallon 4 p.m. Sept. 29 vs. St. Joseph Academy 4 p.m. Sept. 30 at Lincoln Way East 4 p.m. Oct. 1 at Lincoln Way East Torunament 9 a.m. Oct. 7 at SWC Tournament TBA Oct. 8 at SWC Tournament TBA

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Aug. 27 at Champaign Centennial 1 p.m. Aug. 30 at Belleville East 7 p.m. Sept. 1 vs. O’Fallon 7 p.m. Sept. 3 vs. DeSmet Jesuit noon Sept. 7 at Gibault 7 p.m. Sept. 8 vs. Granite City 7 p.m. Sept. 10 vs. Urbana 2 p.m. Sept. 13 at Collinsville 6:45 p.m. Sept. 14 vs. Parkway South 7 p.m. Sept. 16 at Morton Tournament TBA Sept. 17 at Morton Tournament TBA Sept. 21 vs. Whitfield 7 p.m. Sept. 24 at Peoria Notre Dame 6:15 p.m. Sept. 26 vs. CBC 7 p.m. Sept. 27 at Alton 7 p.m. Oct. 8 at Carbondale 1 p.m. Oct. 11 vs. Belleville West 7 p.m.

Aug. 27 at Belleville West/O’Fallon 9 a.m. Sept. 3 at Granite City Invite 8:30 a.m. Sept. 7 vs. Tiger Fall Classic Invite 4 p.m. Sept. 10 at Peoria Woodruff Invite 9 a.m. Sept. 17 vs. Edwardsville Invite 9 a.m. Sept. 24 vs. East Peoria 9 a.m. Sept. 26 at Jerseyville Invite 4:30 p.m. Oct. 1 at Peoria High Invite 10:30 a.m. Oct. 4 at Madison County Meet (Triad) 4:15 p.m. Oct. 8 at Centralia Invite 9:30 a.m. Oct. 14 vs. SWC Meet (EHS) 4 p.m. Oct. 17 vs. Tiger Finale Invite 4 p.m.

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Fall Sports Schedules NFL Schedules

Tiger Boys Golf

Aug. 26 at Champaign Central Invite 1p.m. Aug. 29 vs. Alton/East St. Louis/Triad 4 p.m. Aug. 31 vs. Granite City/Highland/Triad 4 p.m. Sept. 3 at St. Viator Tournament 8 a.m. Sept. 7 vs. Belleville East/Sparta 4 p.m. Sept. 9 at Mattoon Invite 2 p.m. Sept. 10 at Mattoon Invite 8 a.m. Sept. 10 at Providence Catholic Invite 8 a.m. Sept. 12 at Collinsville 3:45 p.m. Sept. 13 at Belleville West 3:30 p.m. Sept. 15 vs. Althoff 3:30 p.m. Sept. 17 at Pekin Dragon Invite 8 a.m. Sept. 21 vs. O’Fallon 4 p.m. Sept. 24 at Arnie’s Cup 9:30 a.m. Sept. 27 at SWC Tournament (GC) 8:30 a.m. Oct. 1 vs. Dick Gerber Invite 1 p.m.

WEEK 1 Thursday, Sept. 8 New Orleans at Green Bay 8:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11 Atlanta at Chicago 1 p.m. Cincinnati at Cleveland 1 p.m. Buffalo at Kansas City 1 p.m. Philadelphia at St. Louis 1 p.m. Tennessee at Jacksonville 1 p.m. Pittsburgh at Baltimore 1 p.m. Indianapolis at Houston 1 p.m. Detroit at Tampa Bay 1 p.m. N.Y. Giants at Washington 4:15 p.m. Carolina at Arizona 4:15 p.m. Minnesota at San Diego 4:15 p.m. Seattle at San Francisco 4:15 p.m. Dallas at NY Jets 8:20 p.m. Monday, Sept. 12 New England at Miami 7 p.m. Oakland at Denver 10:15 p.m.

Week 2

Sunday, Sept. 18 Kansas City at Detroit 1 p.m. Baltimore at Tennessee 1 p.m. Cleveland at Indianapolis 1 p.m. Oakland at Buffalo 1 p.m. Tampa Bay at Minnesota 1 p.m. Chicago at New Orleans 1 p.m. Jacksonville at NY Jets 1 p.m. Seattle at Pittsburgh 1 p.m. Arizona at Washington 1 p.m. Green Bay at Carolina 1 p.m. Dallas at San Francisco 4:05 p.m. San Diego at New England 4:15 p.m. Cincinnati at Denver 4:15 p.m. Houston at Miami 4:15 p.m. Philadelphia at Atlanta 8:20 p.m. Monday, Sept. 19 St. Louis at NY Giants 8:30 p.m.

Tiger Girls Golf Aug. 27 at Normal University Invite 8:30 a.m. Sept. 1 at Breese Central/Mascoutah/Sparta 4 p.m. Sept. 7 at Alton 4 p.m. Sept. 8 at Althoff/Highland/Marquette 3:30 p.m. Sept. 10 at SWC Golf Challenge 12:30 p.m. Sept. 13 vs. Highland/Salem 4 p.m. Sept. 14 vs. Triad 4 p.m. Sept. 19 at O’Fallon 4 p.m. Sept. 20 at Granite City 4 p.m. Sept. 21 at Belleville West 4 p.m. Sept. 24 at Illinois-Missouri Challenge 1 p.m. Sept. 26 at SWC Tournament (CHS) 10 a.m. Sept. 30 vs. Gary Bair Golf Invite 1 p.m.

Week 3 Sunday, Sept. 25 New England at Buffalo 1 p.m. San Francisco at Cincinnati 1 p.m. Miami at Cleveland 1 p.m. Denver at Tennessee 1 p.m. Detroit at Minnesota 1 p.m. Houston at New Orleans 1 p.m. N.Y. Giants at Philadelphia 1 p.m. Jacksonville at Carolina 1 p.m. Kansas City at San Diego 4:05 p.m. N.Y. Jets at Oakland 4:05 p.m. Baltimore at St. Louis 4:05 p.m. Arizona at Seattle 4:15 p.m. Atlanta at Tampa Bay 4:15 p.m. Green Bay at Chicago 4:15 p.m. Pittsburgh at Indianapolis 8:20 p.m. Monday, Sept. 26 Washington at Dallas 8:30 p.m.

Tiger Field Hockey Aug. 29 vs. Brentwood 4 p.m. Sept. 1 at Gateway Tournament TBA Sept. 2 at Gateway Tournament TBA Sept. 3 at Gateway Tournament TBA Sept. 4 at Gateway Tournament TBA Sept. 15 at St. Joseph Academy 4 p.m. Sept. 16 vs. Whitfield 4 p.m. Sept. 17 vs. Kincaid (TX) 9 a.m. Sept. 19 vs. Riverview Gardens 4 p.m. Sept. 20 vs. University City 4:15 p.m. Sept. 21 vs. Oakville 4:30 p.m. Sept. 23 at Visitation 4 p.m. Sept. 28 vs. Villa Duchesne 4:15 p.m. Sept. 30 at Kansas City Tournament TBA Oct. 1 at Kansas City Tournament TBA Oct. 6 vs. Ursuline 4 p.m. Oct. 7 at Webster Groves 4:15 p.m. Oct. 8 at Nerinx Hall noon Oct. 11 vs. Cor Jesu Academy 4 p.m. Oct. 12 vs. Marquette 5:15 p.m. Oct. 13 vs. John Burroughs 4 p.m. Oct. 14 vs. Barat Academy 4 p.m. Oct. 20 at MICDS 4 p.m. Oct. 22 vs. Rosati Kain 10 a.m.

Week 5 Sunday, Oct. 9 Philadelphia at Buffalo 1 p.m. Kansas City at Indianapolis 1 p.m. Arizona at Minnesota 1 p.m. Seattle at NY Giants 1 p.m. Tennessee at Pittsburgh 1 p.m. New Orleans at Carolina 1 p.m. Cincinnati at Jacksonville 1 p.m. Oakland at Houston 1 p.m. Tampa Bay at San Francisco 4:05 p.m. N.Y. Jets at New England 4:15 p.m. San Diego at Denver 4:15 p.m. Green Bay at Atlanta 8:20 p.m. Monday, Oct. 10 Chicago at Detroit 8:30 p.m. Bye: Cleveland, Dallas, St. Louis, Miami, Washington, Baltimore

Week 6 Sunday, Oct. 16 Carolina at Atlanta 1 p.m. Indianapolis at Cincinnati 1 p.m. San Francisco at Detroit 1 p.m. St. Louis at Green Bay 1 p.m. Philadelphia at Washington 1 p.m. Buffalo at N.Y. Giants 1 p.m. Jacksonville at Pittsburgh 1 p.m. Houston at Baltimore 4:05 p.m. Cleveland at Oakland 4:05 p.m. Dallas at New England 4:15 p.m. New Orleans at Tampa Bay 4:15 p.m. Minnesota at Chicago 8:20 p.m. Monday, Oct. 17 Miami at N.Y. Jets 8:30 p.m. Bye: Denver, Tennessee, Kansas City, Arizona, San Diego, Seattle

Week 7 Sunday, Oct. 23 Seattle at Cleveland 1 p.m. Atlanta at Detroit 1 p.m. Houston at Tennessee 1 p.m. Denver at Miami 1 p.m. San Diego at NY Jets 1 p.m. Chicago at Tampa Bay 1 p.m. Washington at Carolina 1 p.m. Pittsburgh at Arizona 4:05 p.m. Kansas City at Oakland 4:05 p.m. Green Bay at Minnesota 4:15 p.m. St. Louis at Dallas 4:15 p.m. Indianapolis at New Orleans 8:20 p.m. Monday, Oct. 24 Baltimore at Jacksonville 8:30 p.m. Bye: Buffalo, Cincinnati, New England, NY Giants, Philadelphia, San Francisco

Week 4

Sunday, Oct. 2 Carolina at Chicago 1 p.m. Buffalo at Cincinnati 1 p.m. Tennessee at Cleveland 1 p.m. Detroit at Dallas 1 p.m. Washington at St. Louis 1 p.m. San Francisco at Philadelphia 1 p.m. Minnesota at Kansas City 1 p.m. New Orleans at Jacksonville 1 p.m. Pittsburgh at Houston 1 p.m. N.Y. Giants at Arizona 4:05 p.m. Atlanta at Seattle 4:05 p.m. Miami at San Diego 4:15 p.m. Denver at Green Bay 4:15 p.m. New England at Oakland 4:15 p.m. NY Jets at Baltimore 8:20 p.m. Monday, Oct. 3 Indianapolis at Tampa Bay 8:30 p.m.

Week 8 Sunday, Oct. 30 Indianapolis at Tennessee 1 p.m. New Orleans at St. Louis 1 p.m. Miami at NY Giants 1 p.m. Minnesota at Carolina 1 p.m. Arizona at Baltimore 1 p.m. Jacksonville at Houston 1 p.m. Washington at Buffalo 4:05 p.m. Detroit at Denver 4:05 p.m. New England at Pittsburgh 4:15 p.m. Cleveland at San Francisco 4:15 p.m. Cincinnati at Seattle 4:15 p.m. Dallas at Philadelphia 8:20 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31 San Diego at Kansas City 8:30 p.m. Bye: Atlanta, Chicago, Green Bay, Oakland, N.Y. Jets, Tampa Bay

Week 9 Sunday, Nov. 6 N.Y. Jets at Buffalo 1 p.m. Seattle at Dallas 1 p.m. Atlanta at Indianapolis 1 p.m. Miami at Kansas City 1 p.m. San Francisco at Washington 1 p.m. Cleveland at Houston 1 p.m. Tampa Bay at New Orleans 1 p.m. Denver at Oakland 4:05 p.m. Cincinnati at Tennessee 4:05 p.m. N.Y. Giants at New England 4:15 p.m. St. Louis at Arizona 4:15 p.m. Green Bay at San Diego 4:15 p.m. Baltimore at Pittsburgh 8:20 p.m. Monday, Nov. 7 Chicago at Philadelphia 8:30 p.m. Bye: Detroit, Minnesota, Carolina, Jacksonville

Week 10

Thursday, Nov. 10 Oakland at San Diego 8:20 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13 New Orleans at Atlanta 1 p.m. Detroit at Chicago 1 p.m. Pittsburgh at Cincinnati 1 p.m. St. Louis at Cleveland 1 p.m. Buffalo at Dallas 1 p.m. Jacksonville at Indianapolis 1 p.m. Denver at Kansas City 1 p.m. Washington at Miami 1 p.m. Arizona at Philadelphia 1 p.m. Houston at Tampa Bay 1 p.m. Tennessee at Carolina 1 p.m. Baltimore at Seattle 4:05 p.m. N.Y. Giants at San Francisco 4:15 p.m. New England at N.Y. Jets 8:20 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14 Minnesota at Green Bay 8:30 p.m.

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Tiger Girls' Tennis . . . . . . . . . . . By BILL ROSEBERRY

Head coach Dave Lipe and the Edwardsville Tiger girls' tennis team have cruised to 14 straight sectional titles and in 2011 it looks like No. 15 is right in the crosshairs. T h e Ti g e r s r e t u r n p r a c t i c a l l y everyone from last season's squad which set a new benchmark in dual match victories, going 19-7, and sent its entire lineup to the state tournament. Now juniors, Morgan McGinnis and Paige Bequette advanced to state in singles last year while Tess Severin and Paige Sturley return as seniors after making it in doubles las season. Senior Jessica Burns also returns, though 2010 doubles partner Maria Kovarik was lost to graduation. Kovarik joined Emma Heidbrink, Molly Woodson and Emily Rybolt as the four '10 seniors graduated from the program. "Tess (Severin) is the senior leader along with Paige (Sturley) and Jessica (Burns) and it's not a secret we've got a lot of talented girls on this team," said Lipe. "It's not a secret that we're a very deep team. How well they come together and how much they improve this season, those will be the exciting goals while continuing a lot of the traditions we have started. Watching these girls leave their own mark on this program is where it's at as far as I'm concerned. It will be exciting." With as much depth as a team like the Tigers have comes a conundrum many coaches would love to have — and that is — how will the lineup play out? "We're still working on it," Lipe said. "The five girls that have qualified for state in the past look to be a big part of it. We've got some freshmen that are right there in Megan (LaRose) and Mallory (Abert). Casey Bonham is also right there in breaking our top six. Annabeth Carlson had a terrific offseason and always works hard, so does Kristin Schlueter, Jenn Meyer and Sara Janulavich. "It's just a really competitive team and you've got to be a pretty special player to make the lineup here and to even be considered for the lineup here you have to at least be a district level player or higher. "We're talking down to No. 14 or 15 where we could play a lot of people in varsity in our area and that's a lot of fun. I say that because I think it's important to recognize the efforts of the girls. There are a lot of good teams in the area, but I'm not really thinking about those teams. We're organizing ourselves and figuring out where we are." This season the tryouts and training sessions for EHS were interrupted by the first annual Edwardsville Futures professional men's tennis tournament at the EHS Tennis Center. Lipe worked as the site director for the pro tour and wasn't available to his prep team as much as he normally is during training.

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Pictured above are varsity members of the 2011 Edwardsville Tiger girls' tennis team. In front from left to right are: Madeline Cullen, Mallory Abert, Annabeth Carlson, Morgan McGinnis and Jenn Meyer. In the middle from left to right are: Megan LaRose, Paige Bequette, Abi Sholar, Jessica Burns and Tess Severin. In the back from left to right are: Kristin Schlueter, Sara Janulavich, Paige Sturley, Casey Bonham and Kortney Dunbar. Lipe credited assistant coaches Bob Meyers, Stephanie Clark and Paul Stuart as key cogs in making practice run smoothly. "This was very different this year," Lipe said. "Hosting that tournament, I had to rely on my assistant coaches (Bob Meyers, Stephanie Clark and Paul Stuart) and they were critical to our success. They're awesome tennis people and they're experienced tennis people that know what they're doing. We didn't miss a beat." Lipe is adamant that the Tigers will again compete in the Southwestern Conference and the sectional and that will be done due to a grueling schedule which is an annual affair. Edwardsville opens the season with a trip to Downer's Grove South today before playing in the always-tough New Trier Tournament on Saturday. " We f i n i s h e d a t t h e t o p o f t h e conference last year and we'll be competitive in the conference again this year," said Lipe. "We won the sectional last year and we'll be competitive in our sectional again this year.

"It's all possible because our schedule is tough. We added Lincoln-Way East and a couple other Chicago schools to our already brutal dual match schedule, so we'll be tested for the next almost three months and it's going to be a great journey. We're all very excited and very optimistic. It's a fun group."

The Tigers will have their home opener on Aug. 31 with a dual match against Belleville East. Other important home dates are the Heather Bradshaw Invitational on Sept. 2-3, and the Southern Illinois Duals on Sept. 23-24. They will also enjoy their annual showdown with Belleville West at the EHS Tennis Center on Sept. 13.

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Knight Football . . . . . . . . . . . By BILL ROSEBERRY

Andy Kohler has been a part of the Metro-East Lutheran Knight football team for the past four years, but this year he gets to wear the hat of head coach. Kohler will look to improve on a Metro team that finished 2-7 a year ago and has only reached the playoffs once in its existence. The No. 1 goal for Kohler was to improve the numbers of a program that generally carries with it a miniscule roster. "This is the most we've had since I've been here," he said. "We're over 36 players after just having 17 players last year. That was plan A. The day I took the job I sent out emails inviting every kid who came to this school for a chance to play football. I said, 'If you've ever thought about it, wanted to do it, never had the chance, here's your chance. If you don't like it walk away, at least you tried. Don't graduate with saying man I wish I would have played.' Hopefully that worked a little bit, but they've also heard it's a little more fun now. I'm trying to put the fun back in football. "Now we're able to do drills and guys are getting breaks in between, waiting for the next drill to start. It's working out really well because we have options. A lot of young ones though. Over half the team is filled with freshmen." There are positives and negatives for having a team overflowing with youth. The positives are definitely the opportunity to get them experience and mold them into solid football players. "It's good because we can mold them into what we want instead of having an upperclassman who says, 'Well, coach told me to do it this way last year,'" Kohler said. "We went back to basics with football 101 with chalkboard talks since camp. We taught them about guard, center, tackle, receiver, running back and now they're putting it out on the field." The negative of having a team laden with underclassmen is likely being undersized. Kohler understands that, too. "They're going to be undersized and under experienced, but they're going to be relied upon heavily," said Kohler. "You take half your team and some of the upperclassmen have only had a year or two of experience too and it's pretty much a JV team, but we're not going to call it that. We've got some strong upperclassmen coming back so if we can get some of the younger kids to mold into (players) and get some blocks for (Jordan) Dupy and (Nick) Hoff we're going to move this thing in the right direction." Junior running back Jordan Dupy will be the focal point of the Knights. As a sophomore, Dupy tallied 847 total yards from scrimmage. He rushed 115 times for 732 yards and found the end zone 10 times. Through the air he grabbed 12 balls for 115 yards. Dupy also scored a TD on a kick return. He had 10 returns for 235 yards on the season. Dupy will have assistance in the

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Pictured above are junior and senior members of the Metro-East Lutheran Knight football squad. From left to right are: Ethan Borchers, Nick Hoff, Ryan Helmkamp, Jake Wallace, Josh Shimkus and Jordan Dupy. backfield with senior running back Nick Hoff. As a junior, Hoff hauled the rock 80 times for 282 yards and a TD. He was the leading receiver for the Knights with 12 catches for 164 yards and a score. He also ran back a TD while returning a teamhigh 27 kicks for 529 yards. "They are the main focuses of the offense," Kohler said of Dupy and Hoff. "Ryan Helmkamp hasn't played for a few years but he came in as a freshman and had good hands. He's a tight end and a receiver. Josh Shimkus is playing some receiver and I've found a few freshmen that may surprise some people." While Dupy and Hoff carry much of the experience for MELHS, there will be some learning curves at quarterback where Jake Wallace will replace Matt Holle who has been under center the last two seasons. "The last couple of years we had Matt Holle and he was there because we had to have him, not because he really wanted to," said Kohler. "So we had a quarterback that wasn't real excited about it but did it for the team. "Jake went to quarterback camps, he's molded himself a little bit. We still need to get him to throw the ball downfield a little more, which we're working on, but he's going to be quarterbacking for us." One conundrum Kohler knows his squad will face will be lack of size in the trenches. With football everything starts on the offensive and defensive lines and the Knights will be fairly small. "It's all in the line," he said. "Ethan Borchers is a returning starter, I just got Austin Grant back who came in as a

freshman last year and started for us. I don't know if he'll be eligible for the first game but he'll be good to go for the second game." There have been a few young gridders that have caught Kohler's eye as potential diamonds in the rough. "There's been a few of them," he said. "Colton Masters and Drew Kohler I thought were a little small but they've come out and put the pads on and they've hit. That was surprising. I didn't know they were going to be able to hit. I knew they would be able to throw and run, but we put the pads on them and they actually came out and made some big, strong tackles. We've also got Logan Anson, he played last year and he'll be a sophomore, he's going to be a stud. His brother Justin just got his pads on, so they'll be twin towers hopefully and down the line I'll have them at both defensive ends or something like that.

Evan Fuhrmann, Tyler Roth, there are three or four kids who will be starting as freshmen." The main difference to the schedule this season is Kohler lightened the opening game. Metro plays Jefferson High School from Festus tonight at home. It will mark Jefferson's first ever varsity game. The Knights then hit the road on Sept. 2 against Watseka before returning to MELHS on Sept. 9 against Orchard Farm and Sept. 16 vs. Kennedy, some familiar annual foes. For Kohler his plan is simple, just play good football and have fun doing it. "The idea is to get that first win early," Kohler said. "Winning builds confidence and winning keeps us moving forward. The goal is a winning season and that starts with winning Week 1, then we worry about Week 2. It's pretty much, getting excited, getting ready to go and having fun."


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Knight Volleyball . . . . . . . . . . By MATTHEW KAMP

For the second consecutive season the Metro-East Lutheran Knight girls’ volleyball team failed to reach the 10-win plateau but the end result of the 2010 season made it a success. The Knights, despite finishing 9-27, claimed the program’s eighth regional title with a win over (Piasa) Southwestern in the Class 2A Metro-East Lutheran Regional championship game. It was the seventh title under current head coach Jon Giordano, who will be entering his 14th season with the team. He has compiled a 212-214 record in that span. “We came on strong after a slow start with again a difficult schedule. I think they are very excited to get back at it again. We have some things to sort out, like positions and other things,� said Giordano. “After winning the regional championship and then playing fairly well against Breese Central, a team that finished second at state, that gives them a lot to look forward to.� MELHS will look to make a push this year but they will have to do it without three of the main cogs from last season’s squad — Sara Vlasak, Amanda Schoenbaum and Erin Henderson. Vlasak led the team with 28 aces and was second in digs at 285, while Schoenbaum was third with 277 digs. Henderson leaves after leading the Knights with 60 blocks and she was third with 116 kills. The Knights will have a strong cast of players returning, including seniors Molly Scharnhorst and Mackenzie Gottlob. The two players have seen extensive time at the varsity level and last year the duo played pivotal roles for the regional champs. Scharnhorst led the team in digs (373), was second in kills (117) and third in aces (22). Gottlob will run the offense for a third straight year after compiling 517 assists last season. “Having two players that have been heavy contributors on varsity for three years bring a lot of excitement for me,� said Giordano. “They have energy and excitement. They also have a feel for the team and its strengths and weaknesses. They are great young adults and they really bring a professional

atmosphere most days to the team.� Scharnhorst and Gottlob will be leading a young squad into the season. After the two seniors, MELHS returns two juniors and four sophomores with varsity experience. Giordano said the seniors have been very gracious to the underclassmen and first-year players. “They have been very welcoming to the younger kids because when they were freshman they had to break in with a bunch of upperclassmen that were kind to them. Hopefully they follow a similar path,� said Giordano. The sophomore class of Mackenzie Gocal, McKenna Judge, Anna Kellar and Jessica Green are looking to at least duplicate the success they had as freshmen. Judge had 24 aces, 56 kills and 273 digs while Gocal finished with 18 aces and 241 digs. Green (172 kills) and Kellar (93 kills) were focal points at the net. “Having the four — Mackenzie, McKenna, Anna and Jessica — that we had, I never had four freshman at a time that contributed that much at the same time to a season. The last time we had anything close to that was when we had Anna Arthur and Sydney Cooper as freshmen. It was pretty awesome to see them get on-the-job training last year,� said Giordano. Now the question for this season is if the quartet of players can improve on their play and Giordano believes they can because of their commitment level to the sport. “They bring a lot of stability and they have been playing volleyball forever. They came out of a fantastic grade school program at Holy Cross in Collinsville. You could tell when they got here, they were ready to play,� said Giordano. Juniors Lauren Daniels and Johanna Johnson round out the players with varsity experience. They will help give the Knights one of the deeper teams that they have had in a few years and Giordano said the practices have been much more productive with the increased talent. “We go about nine or 10 deep with people we can use in games or practice. One of the things that helped us last year and this year is that we had people that could push us in practice. In past years, we had some stellar players but no one that could challenge.

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Pictured above are senior members of the 2011 Metro-East Lutheran Knight volleyball team. From left to right: Mackenzie Gottlob and Molly Scharnhorst. For instance, who is going to block against Brooke Smith,� chuckled Giordano. “Now we have that.� The Knights will once again take on a demanding schedule with matches against East St. Louis, Collinsville and Columbia,

along with the Quincy Notre Dame and Pumpkin Smash Tournaments. “It is the way we like it and people know that. People that know us know our record is not indicative of how we are doing,� said Giordano.

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Knight Soccer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . By MATTHEW KAMP

The Metro-East Lutheran Knight boys’ soccer team will have the advantage of returning one of the top goal scorers in the area from last season. Matt Shaffer finished his junior season 11th in scoring in the St. Louis area with 23 goals and 15 assists for the 14-8-1 Knights. Head coach Tim Reeb, who will be entering his 10th season at MELHS, says Shaffer ’s return is instrumental in the Knights’ success this season, but that it will not just be a one-man show on the field. “It is huge,” said Reeb. “We basically have nine returning starters back from last season and that is going to be huge. Hopefully they can put it all together. Shaffer is going to be a big part of it, but we also have a total of 12 seniors on the roster and hopefully they can take control.” The Knights did lose two of their top four scorers from last year. Gone are Andrew Schack (17 goals, nine assists) and Zac Ackerman (nine goals, 21 assists), but Reeb believes he has players already on the roster that can help fill the scoring void. “Jon Babcock and Derick Benning both will probably step up and score. Once we get Cody Lee (back), he will provide another scoring punch,” said Reeb. Babcock, a junior, finished last season with six goals and five assists and Benning, a sophomore, had three goals and two assists. Lee was not listed on last season’s varsity roster. While finding another striker to go along with Shaffer is a priority this season, the goaltending situation at MELHS is not an issue with the return of Ryan Schwartzkoph. Splitting time with Cory Hagnauer last year, Schwartzkoph went 2-2 with three shared shutouts in 395 minutes of action. He also posted a 1.62 goals against average with 25 saves. Reeb is expecting even bigger things this season from his No. 1 goalie. “We will have Ryan Schwartzkoph who

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Senior members of the 2011 Metro-East Lutheran Knight soccer team from left to right are: Zac Meador, Tyler Ahring, Matt Shaffer, Matt Rankin, Jonathon Flaherty, Josh Gocal, Daniel Pietz, Nathan Nehrt and Cody Lee. started half the games splitting time with Hagnauer. Schwartzkoph will have a half a season of experience under his belt at varsity,” said Reeb. “He worked really hard over the summer getting into some camps and we are real pleased with his progress.” Playing in front of Schwartzkoph will be a savvy group of defenders on the back line. Seniors Jon Gocal, Jonathon Flaherty, Jacob Fanshier and Matt Rankin all return from last season’s team that gave up 36 goals in 23 games. “They will be experienced and they’ll be strong. We will see how well they communicate and blend together. For the most part the defense is intact coming back,” said Reeb. An experienced backfield and goalkeeper will come in handy for the Knights as Reeb has constructed a very difficult schedule.

Already scheduled against Southwestern Conference powers Collinsville and O’Fallon, the Knights have added state powers Peoria Notre Dame and Rochester. Peoria Notre Dame went 26-1 last year and captured the Class 2A state title with an 8-0 victory over Ridgewood. Rochester is coming off of a fourth-place finish at state in Class 1A in 2008. “We picked up some tough games. We picked up Rochester who is always up at state and we picked up Peoria Notre Dame, another team that is always up at state. These are state-caliber teams in our class that we (added),” said Reeb. “We also put together a little shoot out with Columbia and one night we play at McKendree and another night we play at SIUE. We also have O’Fallon and Collinsville early in the season.”

Reeb believes the tough schedule should benefit his club in the long run. “Hopefully it helps us a lot. We have loaded up our schedule and we are going to take some hits, but hopefully we get stronger because of it,” said Reeb. The Knights are trying to get back to 2009 when they captured a regional title. Reeb thinks he has the right group of players on the field that can make it happen. “Absolutely, yes,” Reeb said of his team’s chances of making a deep postseason run. “I would be disappointed if they did not expect to win the regional. “I think we saw (their hunger) all summer and it is their attitudes about it. We have really worked on that positive attitude and the sports psychology that we are better than that. We have to be able to overcome those obstacles.”

with the Metro-East Debut Invitational at SIUE. It will draw teams from 40 schools throughout Illinois and Missouri. “It’s a benchmark meet,” coach Dave Redden said. “Everybody sees where they’re starting, who their competition is and all the main players in the southern

half of the state will be there.” The Knights have run all summer for distance training, which should show its value later in the season. “Once we get into the speed work, I’m really looking for some very good things from this team based on the strength

they’ve acquired over the summer,” Redden said. Last year, the Metro boys qualified for the state meet. The girls missed qualifying but made it the previous two years.

Knight Cross Country . . . . . . . . . . . By CRAIG THOMAS

The cross country runners at MetroEast Lutheran don’t have to wait around for an important meet. The Knights open their season Saturday

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Knight Tennis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . By BILL ROSEBERRY

Matt Gehrke is preparing for his fourth season at the helm of the Metro-East Lutheran girls’ tennis team. Unfortunately for Gehrke he will be without the services of his No. 1 player from last year, Ally Ayers. After losing No. 1 Rachel Schwarzkopf last season to graduation, Gehrke loses Ayers to an injury. In the spring Ayers broke her ankle in multiple places and will not be cleared to play sports in time for the tennis season. “Ending last year we thought we were going to have all six players return and losing Ally to a broken ankle is a huge loss,” Gehrke said. “She played No. 1 last year and the year before she was No. 2. She really played quite a few tough matches and got some big wins at No. 1 and I think it’s going to hurt us in doubles too. Her and Abby (Edwards) were a good doubles team and now we have to completly shake up our doubles, so that’s really changed some things.” The good news for Gehrke is he has five returners out of the lineup from last year. Edwards will likely replace Ayers in the top spot while other returning netters Stephanie Paitz, Erica Winter and Elaine Nemsky will

utilize their experience to help the team. Newcomers to the team this year are senior Melissa Killion and freshmen Hannah Wudtke and Lydia Walther. Gehrke said Killion has impressed him with her skills after taking advantage of the first time Knight summer tennis program. Gehrke explained it should help the whole team immensly. “All these girls have played a lot this summer,” said Gehrke. “We started a summer program finally for the first time and a lot of the girls showed up. We’ve got Melissa who is a senior and this is her first year, but she’s already ahead of the game because she showed up almost every day during the summer. She has natural athletic ability and I think she’s going to fit in nice at No. 5. “It’s been really exciting to see how all the girls have improved from last year. We won seven matches from last year and we’re still hoping to build off of that. We only had two returning players going into last year so we were impressed and playing during the summer that can only help us. We’ll see how well it pays off as the season goes on.” The schedule looks much the same as in recent seasons with teams like Gibault, Roxana, Eas Alton-Wood River, East St.

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From left to right are members of the Metro-East Lutheran Knight girls' tennis squad: Melissa Killion, Stephanie Paitz, Erica Winter, Elaine Nemsky, Hannah Wudtke and Lydia Walther. Not pictured is Abby Edwards. Louis and Cahokia on the docket. The Knights opened the season on Wednesday against Alton. Gehrke said there are a slew of very “winnable” matches on the schedule.

It all leads up to the sectional on Oct. 14. Once again tennis remains a one class system and MELHS will be pitted against the likes of Edwardsville or Belleville West.

Knight Cross Country . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Pictured left, from left to right are Metro-East Lutheran boys' cross country runners with varsity experience: Jace Dumont, Chase Keirn, Dan Dixon, Alex Engelbrecht and Aaron Winenger. Pictured right, from left to right are MELHS girls' cross country runners with varsity experience: Beth Small, Katlynn Stegall, Abby Edwards, Jessica Jump, Olivia Daube, Lauren Moehle and Kelsey Stegall. Continued from Page 16

Redden said the focus for both the boys and girls will be performing well at the Madison County Meet and then qualifying for the state meet in Peoria. "I think we have the people to do it," he said. "All it's going to take is health and a little bit of good luck." The coach likes the makeup of his athletes. "It's a very dedicated group and a very smart group, too," he said. Locally, the primary rival is Roxana, though Redden characterized the rivalry as "friendly." The Roxana and Metro teams occasionally run together outside of meets. Freeburg, Sparta, Columbia, Carlinville

and Chester should field strong teams. GIRLS’ TEAM: The top female runner is Jessica Jump, a junior. “Jessica’s one of the most athletic girls I’ve ever seen and she’s very good in lots of things,” Redden said. “But she’s taken a pretty hard focus toward running cross country this year.” Redden said Jump narrowly missed qualifying for the state meet as an individual last fall. “I know she wasn’t really happy when she didn’t do as well as she thought she could last year. And she’s got a focus that is just unbelievable this year,” he said. “She was our school record-holder at Mud Mountain and I really anticipate her breaking her own

records very quickly several times over.” He called Katlynn Stegall a very strong runner and said she regularly puts in 50 to 60 miles per week. “I anticipate her being my No. 2 or 3 runner this year behind Jessica Jump,” Redden said. Redden can count on leadership from seniors Abby Edwards and Beth Small. The Knights no longer have the talented Heather Hammett, who graduated. Olivia Daube and Lauren Moehle should be top five runners for Metro. They will be pushed by freshmen Gretchen Engelbrecht and Amanda Schack. BOYS’ TEAM: “On the guys’ side, of the top nine runners from last year we return

seven,” Redden said. “And there was only a 40-second split between No. 1 and No. 9 which bodes well for this year.” The two who aren't back are graduates Josh Jump and Joseph Bodenbach. Aaron Winenger should pace the Metro boys, followed by guys like Dan Dixon, Jace Dumont, Alex Engelbrecht and Chase Keirn. “Chase Keirn, one of our senior captains, has steadily increased in ability from his freshman year and is one of our top runners now,” Redden said. Additionally, several soccer players will join cross country later. Matt Rankin ran at the state meet last year and Evan Winenger finished second in this month’s time trials.

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NFL Schedules

New England at Philadelphia 4:15 p.m. Denver at San Diego 4:15 p.m. Pittsburgh at Kansas City 8:20 p.m. Monday, Nov. 28 N.Y. Giants at New Orleans 8:30 p.m.

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Week 11 Thursday, Nov. 17 N.Y. Jets at Denver 8:20 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20 Tennessee at Atlanta 1 p.m. Jacksonville at Cleveland 1 p.m. Carolina at Detroit 1 p.m. Tampa Bay at Green Bay 1 p.m. Buffalo at Miami 1 p.m. Oakland at Minnesota 1 p.m. Dallas at Washington 1 p.m. Cincinnati at Baltimore 1 p.m. Arizona at San Francisco 4:05 p.m. Seattle at St. Louis 4:05 p.m. San Diego at Chicago 4:15 p.m. Philadelphia at N.Y. Giants 8:20 p.m. Monday, Nov. 21 Kansas City at New England 8:30 p.m. Bye: Indianapolis, New Orleans, Pittsburgh, Houston

Week 13

Week 12 Thursday, Nov. 24 Green Bay at Detroit 12:30 p.m. Miami at Dallas 4:15 p.m. San Francisco at Baltimore 8:20 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 27 Minnesota at Atlanta 1 p.m. Cleveland at Cincinnati 1 p.m. Tampa Bay at Tennessee 1 p.m. Carolina at Indianapolis 1 p.m. Arizona at St. Louis 1 p.m. Buffalo at N.Y. Jets 1 p.m. Houston at Jacksonville 1 p.m. Chicago at Oakland 4:05 p.m. Washington at Seattle 4:05 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 1 Philadelphia at Seattle 8:20 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4 Tennessee at Buffalo 1 p.m. Kansas City at Chicago 1 p.m. Baltimore at Cleveland 1 p.m. Oakland at Miami 1 p.m. Detroit at New Orleans 1 p.m. Carolina at Tampa Bay 1 p.m. N.Y. Jets at Washington 1 p.m. Atlanta at Houston 1 p.m. Cincinnati at Pittsburgh 1 p.m. Denver at Minnesota 4:05 p.m. Green Bay at N.Y. Giants 4:15 p.m. Dallas at Arizona 4:15 p.m. St. Louis at San Francisco 4:15 p.m. Indianapolis at New England 8:20 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5 San Diego at Jacksonville 8:30 p.m.

Week 14 Thursday, Dec. 8 Cleveland at Pittsburgh 8:20 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11 Houston at Cincinnati 1 p.m. Minnesota at Detroit 1 p.m. Oakland at Green Bay 1 p.m. New Orleans at Tennessee 1 p.m. Philadelphia at Miami 1 p.m. Kansas City at N.Y. Jets 1 p.m.

New England at Washington 1 p.m. Atlanta at Carolina 1 p.m. Tampa Bay at Jacksonville 1 p.m. Indianapolis at Baltimore 1 p.m. San Francisco at Arizona 4:05 p.m. Chicago at Denver 4:05 p.m. Buffalo at San Diego 4:15 p.m. N.Y. Giants at Dallas 8:20 p.m. Monday, Dec. 12 St. Louis at Seattle 8:30 p.m.

Week 15 Thursday, Dec. 15 Jacksonville at Atlanta 8:20 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17 Dallas at Tampa Bay 8:20 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18 Miami at Buffalo 1 p.m. Seattle at Chicago 1 p.m. Tennessee at Indianapolis 1 p.m. Green Bay at Kansas City 1 p.m. Cincinnati at St. Louis 1 p.m. New Orleans at Minnesota 1 p.m. Washington at N.Y. Giants 1 p.m. Carolina at Houston 1 p.m. Detroit at Oakland 4:05 p.m. New England at Denver 4:15 p.m. N.Y. Jets at Philadelphia 4:15 p.m. Cleveland at Arizona 4:15 p.m. Baltimore at San Diego 8:20 p.m. Monday, Dec. 19 Pittsburgh at San Francisco 8:30 p.m.

Week 16 Thursday, Dec. 22 Houston at Indianapolis 8:20 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 24 Denver at Buffalo 1 p.m. Arizona at Cincinnati 1 p.m. Minnesota at Washington 1 p.m. Tampa Bay at Carolina 1 p.m. Cleveland at Baltimore 1 p.m. Jacksonville at Tennessee 1 p.m. Oakland at Kansas City 1 p.m. Miami at New England 1 p.m. N.Y. Giants at N.Y. Jets 1 p.m. St. Louis at Pittsburgh 1 p.m. San Diego at Detroit 4:05 p.m. San Francisco at Seattle 4:15 p.m. Philadelphia at Dallas 4:15 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 25 Chicago at Green Bay 8:20 p.m. Monday, Dec. 26 Atlanta at New Orleans 8:30 p.m.

Week 17 Sunday, Jan. 1 Tampa Bay at Atlanta 1 p.m. Baltimore at Cincinnati 1 p.m. Pittsburgh at Cleveland 1 p.m. Detroit at Green Bay 1 p.m. San Francisco at St. Louis 1 p.m. N.Y. Jets at Miami 1 p.m. Chicago at Minnesota 1 p.m. Buffalo at New England 1 p.m. Carolina at New Orleans 1 p.m. Dallas at N.Y. Giants 1 p.m. Washington at Philadelphia 1 p.m. Indianapolis at Jacksonville 1 p.m. Tennessee at Houston 1 p.m. Seattle at Arizona 4:15 p.m. San Diego at Oakland 4:15 p.m. Kansas City at Denver 4:15 p.m.

MELHS Fall Sports Schedules

Knight Football

Aug. 26 vs. Jefferson R-7 7 p.m. Sept. 2 at Watseka 7 p.m. Sept. 9 vs. Orchard Farm 7 p.m. Sept. 16 vs. JF Kennedy Catholic 7 p.m. Sept. 24 at Barat Academy TBA Sept. 30 at Palestine 7 p.m. Oct. 7 vs. Missouri Military Academy 7 p.m. Oct. 14 at Decatur Lutheran 7 p.m. Oct. 21 vs. Carlyle 7 p.m.

Knight Volleyball

Aug. 29 vs. Columbia 7 p.m. Sept. 2 at Springfield Tournament TBA Sept. 3 at Springfield Tournament TBA Sept. 10 at Mascoutah Tournament TBA Sept. 12 vs. Lebanon 7:30 p.m. Sept. 14 at Gibault 7 p.m. Sept. 19 vs. Litchfield 7 p.m. Sept. 20 at Southwestern 7 p.m. Sept. 22 at Bunker Hill 7 p.m. Sept. 27 at Alton 7 p.m. Sept. 29 vs. Valmeyer 7:30 p.m. Oct. 3 vs. Marquette Catholic 7 p.m. Oct. 4 at Collinsville 7 p.m. Oct. 6 vs. Civic Memorial 7 p.m. Oct. 14 at Pumpkin Smash Tournament TBA Oct. 15 at Pumpkin Smash Tournament TBA Oct. 19 vs. Roxana 7 p.m. Oct. 21 at Quincy Notre Dame Tournament TBA Oct. 22 at Quincy Notre Dame Tournament TBA

Knight Tennis

Aug. 29 vs. Jerseyville 4 p.m. Sept. 1 at Roxana 4 p.m. Sept. 6 vs. East Alton-Wood River 4 p.m. Sept. 15 at Civic Memorial 4 p.m. Sept. 20 vs. Mascoutah 4 p.m. Sept. 22 at Waterloo 4 p.m. Sept. 29 vs. Cahokia TBA Oct. 3 vs. East St. Louis 4 p.m. Oct. 4 vs. Hillsboro 4 p.m. Oct. 6 at East Alton-Wood River 4 p.m. Oct. 10 at Cahokia 4 p.m.

Knight Soccer Aug. 26 at Metro Cup at Sportsplex, TBA Aug. 27 at Metro Cup at Sportsplex, TBA Aug. 28 at Metro Cup at Sportsplex, TBA Aug. 29 at O’Fallon 7 p.m. Sept. 1 at Breese Central 6 p.m. Sept. 6 at Roxana 6 p.m. Sept. 7 at Collinsville 6:45 p.m.

Sept. 8 vs. Freeburg 7:30 p.m. Sept. 12 vs. Althoff 7 p.m. Sept. 15 at Teutopolis 7 p.m. Sept. 19 vs. Christ Our Rock 6 p.m. Sept. 20 vs. Wesclin 7:30 p.m. Sept. 26 at Litchfield 7 p.m. Oct. 3 at Greenville 6:30 p.m. Oct. 5 vs. Columbia 7 p.m. Oct. 6 at Staunton 7:30 p.m.

Knight Cross Country Aug. 27 vs. MELHS Invite 10 a.m. Aug. 31 at Columbia 4 p.m. Sept. 3 vs. Mequoin (Wis.) 9:30 a.m. Sept. 7 at Edwardsville Tiger Classic 4 p.m. Sept. 10 at Peoria Woodruff Invite 9 a.m. Sept. 15 at Carrollton 5 p.m. Sept. 17 at Edwardsville Tiger Invite 9 a.m. Sept. 21 at Freeburg 4 p.m. Sept. 29 at Chester 4 p.m. Oct. 4 at Madison County Meet 4 p.m. Oct. 11 at Carlinville 4:30 p.m. Oct. 15 at Patriot Invite 1 p.m.



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COLLINSVILLE Fall Sports Schedules Kahok Soccer

Kahok Football Aug. 26 at Althoff 7 p.m. Sept. 2 vs. Triad 7 p.m. Sept. 9 vs. Alton 7 p.m. Sept. 16 at Belleville West 7 p.m. Sept. 23 vs. East St. Louis 7 p.m. Sept. 30 at Granite City 7 p.m. Oct. 7 vs. O’Fallon 7 p.m. Oct. 14 at Belleville East 7 p.m. Oct. 21 at Edwardsville 7 p.m.

Aug. 27 at McCluer North 11 a.m. Aug. 30 vs. Belleville West 6:45 p.m. Aug. 31 vs. Highland 6:45 p.m. Sept. 1 vs. Vianney 6:45 p.m. Sept. 6 at O’Fallon 6:45 p.m. Sept. 7 vs. MELHS 6:45 p.m. Sept. 10 at Triad 6:45 p.m. Sept. 13 vs. Edwardsville 6:45 p.m. Sept. 14 vs. Chaminade 6 p.m. Sept. 20 at Alton 6:45 p.m. Sept. 23 at Titan Invite TBA Sept. 24 at Titan Invite TBA Sept. 27 at Granite City 6:45 p.m. Sept. 30 at Gateway City Classic 3:45 p.m. Oct. 1 at Gateway City Classic TBA Oct. 3 vs. Gibault 6:45 p.m. Oct. 11 vs. Belleville East 6:45 p.m.

Kahok Volleyball Aug. 30 vs. Freeburg 6:15 p.m. Sept. 2 at Edwardsville Tiger Classic TBA Sept. 3 at Edwardsville Tiger Classic TBA Sept. 7 vs. East St. Louis 6:30 p.m. Sept. 8 at Granite City 6:15 p.m. Sept. 12 vs. Highland 6:15 p.m. Sept. 15 at Belleville East 6:15 p.m. Sept. 20 vs. Alton 6:15 p.m. Sept. 27 vs. O’Fallon 6:15 p.m. Sept. 29 at Edwardsville 6 p.m. Oct. 1 at Triad Tournament TBA Oct. 4 vs. MELHS 6 p.m. Oct. 6 at Chatham Glenwood 6:15 p.m. Oct. 13 at Belleville West 6:15 p.m. Oct. 15 at Pumpkin Smash Tournament TBA Oct. 16 at Pumpkin Smash Tournament TBA Oct. 19 at Incarnate Word Academy 6 p.m. Oct. 20 vs. Waterloo 6:15 p.m. Oct. 21 at Quincy Notre Dame Tournament TBA Oct. 22 at Quincy Notre Dame Tournament TBA

Kahok Tennis Aug. 30 vs. Mascoutah 4 p.m. Sept. 1 at Jerseyville 4 p.m. Sept. 2 at Heather Bradshaw Invite (EHS) 1 p.m. Sept. 3 at Heather Bradshaw Invite 8 a.m. Sept. 6 at Civic Memorial 4 p.m. Sept. 8 at Granite City 4 p.m. Sept. 12 at Althoff 4 p.m. Sept. 13 vs. Highland 4:15 p.m. Sept. 14 vs. O’Fallon 4 p.m. Sept. 17 at Riverbend Tournament 8 a.m. Sept. 20 vs. Edwardsville 4 p.m. Sept. 22 vs. Triad 4 p.m. Sept. 26 at Alton 4 p.m. Sept. 27 vs. Waterloo 4 p.m. Sept. 28 vs. East St. Louis 4 p.m. Oct. 3 vs. Belleville East 4 p.m. Oct. 5 at Gibault 4 p.m. Oct. 7 at SWC Tournament 1 p.m. Oct. 8 at SWC Tournament 10 a.m.

Kahok Cross Country Aug. 30 at Alton Quadrangular 4:30 p.m. Sept. 3 at Granite City Invite 8:30 a.m. Sept. 7 at Tiger Fall Classic Invite 4 p.m. Sept. 10 at Belleville West Invite 9 a.m. Sept. 17 at Edwardsville Invite 9 a.m. Sept. 21 at Alton Invite 4 p.m. Sept. 24 at Carbondale Invite 11:30 a.m. Sept. 28 at Triad Invite 4 p.m. Oct. 1 at Jacksonville Invite 9:30 a.m. Oct. 4 at Madison County Meet, 4:15 p.m. Oct. 14 at SWC Meet (EHS) 4 p.m. Oct. 17 at Tiger Finale Invite (EHS) 4 p.m.

Kahok Boys' Golf Sept. 6 vs. Civic Memorial/Triad 3:30 p.m. Sept. 7 at East St. Louis 3:30 p.m. Sept. 8 at O’Fallon 3:30 p.m. Sept. 10 at Carbondale Invite 9 a.m. Sept. 12 vs. Edwardsville 3:30 p.m. Sept. 14 vs. Belleville West/Roxana 3:30 p.m. Sept. 16 at O’Fallon Panther Classic 1 p.m. Sept. 21 vs. Highland 3:30 p.m. Sept. 22 at Belleville East 3:30 p.m. Sept. 26 vs. Granite City 3:30 p.m. Sept. 27 at SWC Tournament (GC) 8:30 a.m.

Kahok Girls' Golf Aug. 31 vs. Civic Memorial/Highland 3:30 p.m. Sept. 1 vs. Belleville West/O’Fallon 3:30 p.m. Sept. 2 at O’Fallon’s Labor Day Tournament 1 p.m. Sept. 6 vs. Civic Memorial/Granite City/ Highland 3:30 p.m. Sept. 7 vs. Civic Memorial/O’Fallon 3:30 p.m. Sept. 10 at Alton Tournament 12:30 p.m. Sept. 12 at Alton 3:30 p.m. Sept. 13 vs. Belleville East 3:30 p.m. Sept. 15 at Yorktown Tournament 3:30 p.m. Sept. 19 vs. Alton/Belleville East/Granite City 3:30 p.m. Sept. 20 at Belleville West 3:30 p.m. Sept. 26 vs. SWC Tournament (CHS) 10 a.m. Sept. 28 vs. Roxana 3:30 p.m. Sept. 30 at Gary Bair Invite 1 p.m.

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