McLeansboro, IL ~ 2/12/18 Volume 1, Issue 1
The Hamilton County Lady Foxes have wrapped up a 25-4 season (11-2 jayvee) in a campaign that was crowned with a Black Diamond Conference (East) championship. The team includes (front, from left), Kylee Vaughan, Lakien Veach, Taylie Payne, Katherine Drone, Corrie Grubb, Jevin Shreve, Kalee Stewart, Anna Miller, Jaycee Clark, and Mackenzie Miller. In back, Coach Clint Winemiller, Maddison Payne, Grace Lueke, Sidney Walden, Kaleigh Dodson, Colby Brake, Allysa Karcher, Rylynn Coy, Leslie Grubb, and Assistant Coach Terry Drone. (Photo by Jason Hall)
Man, What A Season!
Lady Foxes Bow Out Early, But Finish With 25 Wins
On one hand, heartbreak defined the end of the Hamilton County Lady Foxes basketball season last Thursday, when they dropped a 43-40 decision to Vienna (22-8) in the championship game of the DuQuoin Regional. On the other, hope defines their future. Only one starter will graduate from the squad, which finished 25-4 this season (jayvee 11-2) and captured sole possession of the Black Diamond Conference (East) crown with a 9-1 league run. Looking back on it, Coach Clint Winemiller isn’t surprised by their number of wins. He just didn’t think it would turn out quite like it did. After watching his team’s performance this past summer, he was talking basketball with Teutopolis Coach Jason Hanson, and Hanson thought his Wooden Shoes could pull off 25 wins even though they graduated more than a half-dozen kids. “I told him the same thing, that I thought we could win 25,” said Winemiller. “But I didn’t know how we were gonna get there. I didn’t think we’d lose only three in regular season.”
That’s because he figured they’d split with BDC rivals Carmi and Fairfield (they swept ‘em both), was concerned about the road game at Benton (but they won it), and wasn’t sure how well they’d do in the Benton Tourney (they won three of their four games). “To win the conference, this time knowing we didn’t have to share (the title, which they shared last season with Fairfield), winning our own tourney and placing third at Benton were just huge accomplishments,” said Winemiller, whose team’s only loss at Benton was by seven points to #1-ranked Harrisburg. Conversely, he thought they could win the regional and was crushed by the loss. After all, Hamilton County will host this week’s sectional, and even though the field is loaded, odds were in HamCo’s favor: they haven’t lost a home game since November 2016. “The kids were very emotional; I’m shell-shocked,” Winemiller said after the Vienna loss. “Even when we were down by six, I thought we had ‘em.” Continued On Next Page 1
Heartbreaking End, But BDC Title For HamCo Girls
Continued From Last Page But the same issue that plagued the Lady Foxes on occasion in the regular season also haunted them in the hunt for postseason hardware: shooting lulls. In fact, they missed nine free throws against Vienna and shot only 26% from the field (12-46). Memories creep in of the 37-30 preChristmas loss at Edwards County. HamCo couldn’t buy a bucket in that one, and the Lions—led by 6-2 Malia Schmittler— took advantage. Vienna also benefited from several blocked shots by 6-1 Lindsey Holhubner, but in the end, it was those missed shots that Top-seeded Hamilton County was upended by Vienna in the championship game of the DuQuoin Recost the Lady Fox- gional Feb. 8th, 43-40. Shown eyeing a rebound on HamCo’s offensive end are (from left) Vienna’s Skylar es. Johnson, HamCo’s Taylie Payne, Vienna’s Lindsey Holhubner, HamCo’s Kaleigh Dodson (behind Holhub “We had a lot ner), and Vienna’s Maddie Penrod. (Photo by Jason Hall) of good looks, the ball just didn’t go in,” Winemiller said. “And there were Kolby Brake, soph., 146 (5.0 ppg). plays that just went the other way. A freshman from Vi- Taylie Payne, sr., 126 (4.3 ppg). enna threw the ball up as she was falling down and it went The tremendous balance continued amongst the rein, and (Haleigh) Keeling didn’t make a field goal but led maining players: Corrie Grubb, jr., 78 points (2.7 ppg); Rylynn Coy, sr., 29 points (1.3 ppg); Mackenzee Miller, them in scoring. I’ve never seen that before.” But one game does not a season define, and there soph., 14 points (1.3 ppg); Madison Payne, 6 points (1.2 were a lot more positives than negatives for the Lady Fox- ppg). es. Seven kids scored over 100 points this season, led by Despite the team’s shooting lulls, they ended up firing three juniors—all of whom have a chance at going over 51% from two-point range on the campaign. They committed 400 turnovers for an average of 13.8 per game 1,000 points in their careers: Kaleigh Dodson, jr., 315 (10.9 ppg). Nearly 800 career but countered that with 311 steals (10.7 per game), led by Miller with 66 (2.3 per game) and Drone (63, 2.2 per points. Jevin Shreve, jr., 268 (9.2 ppg). Nearly 900 career game). Dodson paced the Lady Foxes on the boards with 188 (6.5 per game) while the point guard, Drone, led in points. Anna Miller, jr., 233 (8.0 ppg). Nearly 700 career assists with 92 (3.2 per game). Graduation will diminish HamCo’s speed and depth, points. with one starter (Drone) and two subs (Payne and Rylynn Grace Lueke, soph., 181 (6.2 ppg). Continued From Last Page Katherine Drone, sr., 169 (5.8 ppg). 2
Foxgals Finish 25-4
Continued From Last Page Coy, both of whom started some games) turning tassels in May. Payne brought speed and spark in off the bench and Coy brought size and strength to the inside. Drone’s leadership will be sorely missed. “It will be tough to replace Katherine, and all of our senior kids, who were all about winning. They never complained about the minutes they got. If they were upset, I never heard a word about it,” Winemiller said. “They wanted to play more, but for the good of the team they sacrificed more than anybody because they don’t get another chance.” While the team won’t be as deep next season, “…we still should be very good. Our offensive people will be very skilled,” said Winemiller, who anticipates that Shreve, who averaged just one turnover per game, will take over the point guard duties in 2018-19. Winemiller’s off-season hopes are that the returning players will get in the gym to work on weaknesses and hit the weights to gain strength. However, that will involve a time management task for kids who have part-time jobs, and who are also involved in spring sports, as well as travel softball and volleyball. Looking forward, the coach has tried to toughen up his team’s schedule for next season. He’s added Gallatin County to participate in the HamCo Invitational, picked up Pinckneyville (in place of Egyptian, which was dropped), and will take part in the first-ever Rend Lake Shootout (plans not yet finalized). “West Frankfort, Carmi, Woodlawn, and Fairfield will all be tough teams, and the Benton Tourney will be extremely tough again,” Winemiller observed. “Our conference will be winnable next year (but) Fairfield should be better, and Edwards County will be good, too.” However, next season is nine months away. Right now, the Lady Foxes are enjoying the fruits of a successful campaign, appreciative of the community support they received and of the heartfelt camaraderie they share. “After that regional loss, every one of them hugged before they walked out of the locker room. That tells you something about the friendships that they’ve built over the season,” he said. “It’s difficult because
Hamilton County senior Katherine Drone went to work on defense against Vienna guard Haleigh Keeling in the regional championship game at DuQuoin Thursday. (Photo by Jason Hall) we’re going to lose three quality kids. One is going to be a nurse (Coy), one is going into children’s ministry (Payne) and one is going to be a teacher (Drone). Those are good occupations. “The saddest thing, just because of the type of kids they are, is knowing that they’re gonna leave,” he added. “But hopefully basketball will have had a positive influence on what they continue to do. If they go into the job force with the same work ethic they’ve had, then we’ve done our job.”
McLeansboro Girls Basketball
@ Hamilton County H. S. Tuesday, Feb. 13, 6 p.m. Breese Mater Dei (20-7) vs. Vienna (22-8) Tuesday, Feb. 13, 7:30 p.m. Harrisburg (29-0) vs. Nashville (21-7) Admission $5
Thursday, Feb. 15, 7 p.m. Championship game.
Doors open 5 p.m. 3
Foxes Hope For Two Solid Halves Before Heading Into Post-Season With a 10-18 record, the Hamilton County Foxes have already churned out the same number of wins that they had the last two seasons, combined. But Coach Jeremy Varner would like to do even better. Coming off a 48-33 win at Waltonville Saturday, the Green & White have one more regular-season game, Friday, Feb. 16th at Johnston City, then will head to the Fairfield Regional on Monday, Feb. 19th to face the host Mules in the first round at 6 p.m. They’ve lost to the Mules twice this season: on the road Dec. 12th, 55-42, and at home Feb. 6th, 51-47. Varner is hoping that an old saying holds true: it’s hard to beat a team three times in the same season. “When we played Fairfield the last time, we got off to a slow start. They got up by 21 points at our place, but we tied it in the fourth quarter. We had a good second half,” he said.
“So the last few games, the emphasis has been to come out fast. We’ve had a good second half and a good first half, so this Friday we need to put together four good quarters.” HamCo is 3-6 in the Black Diamond Conference (East) and sits fourth in the standings. “We’d have had to win against Carmi or Fairfield to get in the top three, but it’s still better than we’ve finished the last four or five years. We’re moving in the right direction, and hopefully will keep climbing,” Varner said. “The Johnston City game is important—to end on a good note, playing the way we need to play. They’ve got some really good shooting guards and we will probably see a zone, so we need to be patient and execute to win. “Playing a road game in our last regular season game will help us get in the right mindset, in that we have to play another road game in the regional on Monday.” Over the weekend, the Foxes went 1-1, falling to Carmi in the final home game on Friday, 48-41, before picking up the Waltonville win the next night. The Carmi game was tough game on several levels: the Bulldogs are 17-9 (6-2), it was the Hamilton County vs. Cancer Blackout Night (lots of stuff going on), and to top it off, it was senior night—the last home game for Matt Rubenacker, Kyle Van Abbema, and Jake Whipple. “I’m glad we were able to have a night for our three seniors because they have put so much work in over the last four years,” Varner said. “They have been really good leaders and models for our underclassmen who are coming through.” Once tipoff rolled around, the Foxes had a tough time dealing with 6-3 senior Travis Black, who finished with 21 points. “He’s hard to guard because he’s tough to handle down low, and can pop out and hit from behind the three-point line. Then (6-1 point guard Dylan) Courty had a great game, scoring probably his career high in points (14). He hit some big shots that never let us get back from that five or six-point range we were in. We just couldn’t make the 6-0 run we needed to make.” Waltonville is down a little after two strong seasons, but it was still great to go to their place and get a win on Saturday, Varner said. Things sputtered a bit offensively for HamCo because the Spartans started a pair of 6-2 sophomores up top in a 2-3 zone and matched that with 6-6 junior Zach Webb in the paint. Foxes senior Kyle Van Abbema looked for an open teammate in “They played that zone all night, so for us, it was hoops action Friday. (Photo by Jason Hall). Continued On Next Page 4
HamCo Splits Over Weekend
Continued From Last Page a matter of trying not to settle for shooting three-pointers. We needed to get the ball inside, behind the zone, and let our guys that can score in the paint get touches,” Varner said. “We didn’t do a very good job of that in the first half, but Austin Gray and Garrett Webb came in and gave us a boost in the backcourt that we needed. Then our seniors did the same thing and we were able to stretch it out in the second half.” Case-in-point: the 6-0 jumping jack Whipple poured in 23 points for the Foxes, on 7-of-12 shooting from the floor and 9-of12 from the charity line. “If he gets up in the air and creates space, there are not many people that can block Whipple’s shot,” Varner said. “He can finish and he did a good job of that at Waltonville. A lot of times, he gets his own rebound, too.” In addition, the 6-2 frontline tandem of Robbie Morgan and Randy Schaefer pitched in eight and five points, respectively, as the Foxes worked behind that zone. The stats: Carmi 07 / 13 / 11 / 17 - 48 HamCo 13 / 05 / 07 / 16 - 41 Carmi—Lamp 1/2-2/4, Courty 4/6-8/14, Yates 0/1-2/1, Mahon 0/3-4/3, Northcott 0/5-6/5, Black 7/4-6/21, TOTALS 11-21, 2128, 48. HamCo—Whipple 4/1-1/9, Schaefer 5/0-0/13, Rubenacker 2/4-4/8, Braden 4/00/8, Morgan 1/1-3/3, TOTALS 16-39, 6-8, 41. 3s—Courty 2, Black 3 (C); Schaefer 3 (HC). Rebounds—Carmi 16 (Lamp 5, Black 5); HamCo 14 (Whipple 5, Schaefer 5). Assists—Rubenacker 5, Braden 2 (HC). Steals—Braden 2 (HC). Turnovers—Carmi 14, HamCo 11. Junior Randy Schaefer put one up over Waltonville defenders in Hamilton County’s 48-33 win Saturday night. (Photo by Jason Hall) HamCo 08 / 12 / 11 / 17 - 48 0/2-2/2, Malone 6/3-3/17, Haley 2/0-0/4, Tucker 2/0-0/4, 1/0-2/2, Webb Waltonville 06 / 06 / 11 / 10 - 33 HamCo—Whipple 7/9-12/23, Schaefer 1/0-0/2, TOTALS 13-32/5-8/33. 1/3-4/5, Rubenacker 3/1-1/8, Webb 0/2- 3s—Rubenacker 1 (HC), Malone 2 (W). 2/2, Van Abbema 0/2-4/2, Morgan 2/4-6/8, Rebounds—HamCo 23 (Morgan 7, Whipple 6); Waltonville 19. Assists—Gray 2, Whipple 2 (HC). TOTALS 13-42/21-29/48. Waltonville—Newell 1/0-1/2, Berkemeir Turnovers—HamCo 8, Waltonville 16.
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Cheerleader Brianna Vash, with parents James Vash and James and Melissa Hargrove.
Basketball manager Cole Zellars with parents Eric and Jody Zellars.
Foxes Senior Night Friday, Feb. 9th ~ Photos by Jason Hall
Basketball player Jake Whipple with parents Tim and Tracey Whipple.
Basketball player Kyle Van Abbema with parents Dan and Gena Van Abbema.
Basketball player Matt Rubenacker with parents Troy Rubenacker and Gara McKinney.
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Lady Foxes Senior Night
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Shown selling raffl e tickets for turkey trays at the Hamilton County vs. Cancer Blackout event Friday night during the Foxes basketball game were Bonnie Rubenacker (left) and Diane Kunkel.
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Folks from the Pioneer plant in Dahlgren sold tickets for Friday night’s soup supper at the Hamilton County vs. Cancer Blackout event. They are (from left) Jim Carroll of Benton, John Perryman of McLeansboro, Amy Macek of Carmi, and Erin Leathers of McLeansboro.
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Wade Maulding shared a laugh with friends while his wife, Jennifer, bought raffle tickets at the Hamilton County vs. Cancer Blackout Friday night during the Foxes last home basketball game. (Photos by Penny Shreve)
Tiny dancers from Jump Leap Tumble in McLeansboro entertained the crowd at halftime of the boys jayvee basketball game Friday night at Hamilton County Jr.-Sr. High School.
Offering community service during the soup supper at the Hamilton County vs. Cancer Blackout event were seniors (from left) Mollie Wilton, Lauren Ward, Rebekah Tallman, Carrie Rapp, Nathan Montgomery, and Hannah May. The students served drinks, silverware, etc., and cleaned up.
Sophomore Garrett Webb put up a shot in the paint for the Hamilton County Foxes jayvee basketball team Friday night against Carmi. It was senior night at the Fox Den, and a big fund-raising evening for Relay for Life of Hamilton County
Sherri Millenbine stopped to talk with some Hamilton County Foxes basketball fans Friday night after her daughter, Tessa, participated in a dance at halftime of the jayvee game.