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28 on the COVER:
Jim Rasor tosses a football to Carterville players during practice.
Jim in the WSIL-TV Studio. Ceasar Maragni photos
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Different Hats...Same Intensity
Whether he’s explaining weather patterns or how to defend against the opposition’s passing patterns, Carterville’s Jim Rasor brings the same passion and work ethic to the job
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Fe ature s
Th e L i n e U p Publisherâ€™s Greeting..................7 Open Letter to SISC Readers.....8 From Where I Sit......................9 Ask the Coach............................8
Remembering the Redbirds
Southern Illinois sports guru Tom Wheeler takes a stroll through his garage/sports archives and revisits the 1971 West Frankfort Redbirds
Ask the AD..............................12 Around the Horn.....................14 Faith on the Field....................15 SISC Standouts.......................20
Eye on the Prize
Marion and Benton golf teams hope to make repeat performances in statewide competition next month
Ask the McDocs......................34 RLC Report.............................38 JALC Journal...........................40 In Focus...................................42 Murfâ€™s Turf...............................46
Bill & Wild Bill
Bill Glenn wears a unique variety of hats
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Publisher/Editor Jim Muir
Creative Director Toby Brooks
Account Executive Cheryl Hughey
Christopher Kays Ceasar Maragni
Contributing Writers Teri Campbell Danny Czerwinski Chris Denault John Homan Roger Lipe Ceasar Maragni Mario Moccia Jim Muir Mike Murphy Jackie Myers Les Oâ€™Dell Sean Patrick Nathan Wheeler Tom Wheeler
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reetings and welcome to the September issue of Southern Illinois Sports Connection magazine.
As you’re aware September marks the first full month of the 2009-10 high school sports season and certainly that means the pace picks up for here at SISC. But, please don’t think we’re complaining. It’s quite the contrary in fact, as we like the pace fast. Our cover story this month is one of our ‘off-the-beaten-path’ stories that highlights the dual careers (perhaps I should say dual passions) of well-known southern Illinois television personality Jim Rasor. As nearly all area residents know, Rasor serves as meteorologist with WSIL-TV in Carterville, a position he’s held for more than two decades. What a lot of folks might not know is that along with keeping us informed about the daily escapades of Mother Nature, Rasor also serves as freshmen football coach at Carterville High School. I think you’ll enjoy the story and I’m certain you recognize by Rasor’s comments that he takes his role on the sideline as seriously as he does his daily weather forecasts. Also this month we take a look back at the 1971 West Frankfort Redbirds football team that compiled a sterling 10-1 record while winning the super-tough South Seven Conference. As we here at SISC know, those little treks down memory lane have proven to be some of our top stories over the years. And, as always we have stories that cover the gamut including high school football, cross country, volleyball and of course our usual wide variety of columns that I guarantee will enlighten, inform, amuse and entertain you. By the time we meet again on this page we’ll be able to officially announce that summer is over and there might even be frost on the punkin’ – so enjoy the final few days of warm weather and more importantly enjoy this months’ SISC.
All the best to you,
Jim Muir Publisher
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“It is not the strongest of the species that survive, or the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.” – Author unknown While that single sentence holds much truth, any time the word ‘change’ is mentioned some folks automatically cringe and make a face. But that’s understandable because change is different and at times a little uncomfortable, change means we sometimes have to adapt to new circumstances and maybe the biggest reason that some people don’t like change is because change takes us out of our comfort zone. But, sometimes change is necessary. That’s why today I want to talk to you openly and honestly about change – in particular a change that will take place in October with Southern Illinois Sports Connection. Let me explain. SISC was launched in August 2007 and we recently celebrated our second anniversary. In short, it has been a remarkable ride and I feel like SISC has evolved into a top-notch, monthly publication that brings you stories and commentary that you will not find anywhere else, period. It’s been more than two years since our first publication hit the streets and I’ve still yet to hear the first complaint. It’s also important to note that SISC began when Southern Illinois businesses were thriving and during a time when words like ‘recession,’ ‘bail-out,’ ‘stimulus money’ and ‘economic recovery’ didn’t dominate daily news cycles. During the past year I’ve paid close attention to what is taking place with newspapers and magazines across the nation. Several major newspapers have closed, advertising revenue at some of the most prominent newspapers in America like the Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post and New York Times have tanked to the tune of 40 percent, 50 percent and in some instances 60 percent decreases. The same can be said for major magazines as evidenced in a recent story in “Publishers Information Bureau” where it was reported that advertising revenue numbers for magazines across the nation for the first half of 2009 are down 25.2 percent and ad pages are down 30 percent from the same period last year. Here at SISC we understand those numbers completely. But, I think it’s also very important to note that while this decline in advertising revenue has taken place there has been no decrease in the number of pages or the quality you’ve grown accustomed to at SISC. We’re still churning out 48-pages on the same quality heavyweight paper and we’ve not decreased our circulation. I’m proud of that fact and want to see it continue. Now comes that dreaded word ‘change.’ After much soul-searching, a few sleepless nights and a dozen requests for advice and opinions from co-workers and friends I’ve made the decision to take the word ‘free’ off of SISC and make it a pay-per-issue magazine. Beginning next month in October SISC will cost $2.50 per month and will be sold at nearly all the same businesses that currently handle it. Be sure to look for the ad in this month’s magazine (page 13) that highlights the communities and vendors that will still handle SISC. That amount ($2.50) doesn’t seem like a lot to me for the quality product we publish but I realize it might seem like a lot to others so I want to make an offer that I believe no other publisher in the United States would make. If you truly can’t afford $2.50 to purchase SISC contact me by phone (618-525-4744), by email (writeon1@ shawneelink.net) or by snail-mail (SISC, PO Box 174, Sesser, IL 62884) and I will happily mail you a copy each month free of charge. Two years ago I made a sizeable investment to get SISC off the ground and during the past 24 months that gamble has resulted in hundreds of stories that would have never been written and thousands of pictures that would have never been taken. And maybe more importantly a zillion good memories have been rekindled. In all we’ve given away more than 185,000 magazines. By making this ‘change’ I’m asking you, our loyal readers, to make a $2.50 per month investment in SISC. God bless you and thanks for your time.
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All the best-
From where I
SIT By Tom Wheeler
arry Sims of Du Quoin was the “overall” champion of the 2009 Southern Illinois Seniors Golf Association tournament at Jackson County Country club this year. _____________________ Have you found that life is like a roll of toilet paper, the closer you get to the end, the faster it goes? First you hit Social Security, then before you turn around and you’re on Medicare. Recently I found out there are some advantages with these “ s e n i o r ” minutes. Golf at Rend Lake on MondaysThursdays, discount at some fast foods restaurants (but I still get upset when they tell me I am a senior, couldn’t they DuQuoin’s ask?) I came across a great organization for all senior golfers in Southern Illinois called the Southern Illinois Seniors Golf Association. Good friend Bob Williams, the secretary-treasure, has been aware of the organization since its beginning in 1960. The organization celebrated its 50th year this summer at Jackson County Country Club in Murphysboro.
Bobby gives credit for the group to its founder Clyde Webb. In 1964 Bobby became golf pro at Jackson and was hooked on the senior group. Bobby commented, “When Clyde moved to Florida I became an officer and have served in different capacities ever since. In fact, it looks like my son Rob will carry the “Williams” torch in the association and take my place in possibly a year.” Bob added, “At one time we had over 100 members, had them from all over, from Hillsboro to Carmi. We had the four Edmonds brothers, Lanzel, JR, George and “Snookie” from Mc Leansboro for years, from Eldorado we had the ”H”team Hathaway, Hall, Hoffman and Hatton’ When asked about the oldest guys in this years tournament Bob answered “Bob Hocking of Olney won the class 1AA (gross) and he is 81 while the net winner of the same division was Harold Helvey , 82, of Pinckneyville.” The intriguing thing about this group was there are plenty of winners. Using the net and gross scores there are seven classes (ages 50-??) plus an overall champion. They play in five events, with different formats and move the tournaments around to most Southern Illinois golf courses. The top dozen scores come back a second day for 18 more holes in their pursuit of the “Overall Champion” won this year by Du Quoin’s Larry Sims in a exciting win over Don Sherwood and Benton’s Murphy Hart (who was going for three in a row). In the early 70’s the association developed a Hall of Fame whose members include such notables as Bill Blewett, Carlos Carello, Bob Goably, Phil Heckel, Pursie Pipes and Tom Wargo.
Checking the overall winners since 1960 I noticed Laurin Wood won five championships (won his age group 18 times) Christopher Hall of fame football coach Max McDonald won in 1997, 2001 and 2002 and was runner up in 1999. Eldorado’s Harold Finnie, (who did his student teaching in McLeansboro my senior year and had a son Mark who was a great athlete) was runner up in 1992. Other runner-ups include exBenton golf coach Dave Perkins in 2003 and ex- fast pitch softball opponent Kirk Provart in 2005.
Some other names that I am familiar with who are members of the association include: Frankfort Redbird announcer Rick Westermier, ex-Johnston city lineman Walt Wear (who had trouble blocking Carl Mauck his senior year)Union University Hall of Fame basketball player Jeff Richey, ex-Centralia golf coach John Sallee and ex-Marion coach Jim Reid. It is good to know there is a place where seniors, make that “mature,” guys can play regardless if our handicaps are 5, 15 or 20. They say wine gets better with age, why then doesn’t my golf game get better with age? That’s the way it looks From Where I Sit this September 2009.
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uinn McClure, Mt. Vernon Township High School golf coach:
â€œOne of the biggest challenges I am going to face this year is trying to keep kids fresh. I have been coaching golf at Mt. Vernon for 13 years and this spring and summer I had a lot of my guys play a lot of golf, which is more than I have had in several years. As a coach, this is a good problem. Since many of them has been playing since spring and played in a full tournament schedule, sometimes you will see a case of burnout towards the end of the year. I want my kids to be peaking at the beginning of October, but since many of them have been playing since March or April, when October rolls around, some of them are ready for the season to be over. Hopefully as a coach, I can find a way to keep things light and fun so they are playing their best golf when the post season rolls around.â€?
Mt. Vernon Rams coach Quinn McClure Randy Olson photo
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fortunate to have the numbers to play JV matches; thus, they are on the team, but may not be getting playing time. For beginners, I could see that it could be intimidating to play with my varsity players because they are amazing. I played in a group with Cassie Rushing this summer and I was shooting the best round of the summer only to realize she had finished with a 29.”
Zeigler-Royalton coach Jeremy May
eremy May, Zeigler-Royalton High School golf coach:
“One of the biggest challenges that my kids face at ZRHS is the fact that they don’t have the access to a golf facility as many other programs do in the summertime. My golfers are lucky to play once or twice a week, if at all during the summer. Many students don’t have the time to dedicate because they work to help their families. Once the golf season arrives, there is not adequate time to work on improving their game. We begin matches within ten days of the opening of the high school golf season. I have to spend a great deal of time teaching them proper golf etiquette and basic rules of golf in order for them to be able to play in a match without getting disqualified. This year we have to replace five seniors that began our program at ZRHS three years ago. However, we have some young talent and have been able to put together a full girl’s team this year for the first time in school history, which is going to be very exciting. Finally and perhaps most importantly, is the challenge of teaching someone to hit a little white ball into a tiny hole with a crooked stick!
“My teams the last three years have made the IHSA Academic Team so I have very conscientious student/ athletes. Our playing schedule pulls them out of their classes for travel time which causes anxiety for some (believe it or not). I’ve learned to incorporate a day off each week into their practice schedules so they have time to meet with teachers to get assignments and complete make up work. Some players also use these times to take private golf lessons and work out any problems they may be experiencing.” “As far as preparation for the season and weekly matches, this can be very challenging and time consuming. Our schedules included a tournament almost every Saturday of the season. This means scheduling transportation which usually is a rental. The difficulty has been finding a vehicle large enough for the players plus their golf bags. If it is an overnight trip, now we need more space for their luggage. Then there is booking the hotel rooms. Did you know that if you are playing in Champaign the same weekend that there is an event at U of I, the hotels are already booked? Being the coach of such great players required seeking other great teams to play. With that came extra planning, taking longer road trips, and being exhausted most of the time. Has it been worth it? You bet!”
ary Thomason, Marion High School veteran golf coach, whose girls are defending 2A State Champions, had this to say:
“Coaches face many challenges throughout the season, but there are also challenges in preparation for the season. I have had several people comment that they would think everyone would want to be on the golf team because of our past successes. I have been fortunate to have 10-13 girls the last four seasons, but I also lost a few players along the way. It is difficult to keep players motivated when other schools aren’t as
Marion coach Mary Thomason photo provided
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AD By Mario Moccia
s a former player, I would definitely be interested in purchasing items, which I would think would benefit SIU, versus throwing it in a garbage dump. For example, what happened to the old Omni Turf from McAndrew? If any of it was recycled elsewhere on campus or was saved, I would definitely be interested in making a donation to acquire some. I consulted Associate AD for Facilities Jason King on the specific question of the Omni Turf, and he told me that when our current AstroPlay turf was installed nine years ago, it was stated in the contract that the contractor was to dispose of the old Omni Turf. That turf was on its last leg, and there is none of it left on campus that he is aware of. Every piece of equipment, including the turf on the football field, is bought with state money. We (Athletics) can’t sell anything bought with state money, and it appears to be a ridged policy. There are parts of McAndrew Stadium and the SIU Arena that will be re-used in new and renovated areas to ensure the history of the facilities are maintained. From looking at the sky cams of the stadium construction, is the new stadium at a bit different north/south alignment then McAndrew Stadium? Adam Groth, from 360 architecture, informed me that the new football field was placed to align with the Saluki Way axis, which is slightly off direct NorthSouth. The field at McAndrew Stadium runs true North-South. The new field is roughly 10 degrees off of this axis. I am glad you are keeping a good eye on the project, and the Saluki cam is sure a great way to keep tabs on the daily progress that is being made.
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Coach Cal is great. He is why our son is a Saluki, but the Saluki facilities are a tough sell. Are there any scheduled improvements to the baseball facilities? I would love to tell you that we have some major additions to Abe Martin planned, but the reality is that virtually every dollar and man hour is going into the Saluki Way project. In my tenure, we have installed new windows to the press box, put in a new infield and warning track and turned the old weight room into a players lounge. I know the coaching staff is doing the best job they can with less than top notch facilities. I would also bring attention to the fact that the field itself, the setting of Abe Martin and the atmosphere on the hill on a nice spring day, makes it a pretty special place with a good home advantage for the Salukis. Both Coach Cal and I will keep doing what we can to improve the facilities. Are there future plans for an indoor practice facility? Currently, we are in a multi-year contract with the SportsBlast in Carbondale, which services men’s and women’s golf, baseball, softball, men’s and women’s tennis and some other sports. We have discussed other scenarios, be it on campus, off campus, the funding structure, etc... The bottom line, and not to sound like a broken record, but more or less every ancillary dollar and man hour is going to the funding of Saluki Way. An indoor facility would be a much needed item (even though the SportsBlast is serving our needs well) that we could call our own, but at the present time, it will have to remain on our wish list. Do you have actual models of the new facilities to show recruits when they come in, or just the photos and videos that the fans have seen? At the outset of the project, I asked for a model and found that this really isn’t a standard thing that architects put together anymore. I kind of had the idea of Mike Brady working on a model to show his client, but they told me I was dating myself with that reference. When we have recruits, we show the videos and all the new images that we have received, and even have them blown up on poster board and placed around the room, which makes for a great presentation. Finally, we get them into hard hats and walk them out to the job site and show them where their locker would be in the locker room and where the 50-yard line is in the new stadium. That is about the most powerful “presentation” as far as the prospective student-athletes are concerned. Will the SIU sign on Route 51 near the new football stadium be updated and/or renovated upon completion of the new stadium and arena renovation? It looks kind of worn down with the missing panels, etc., and I think would look out of place next to a nice new stadium and arena entrance. This topic is being discussed by many University entities at the present time. The original sign was paid for from multiple constituents, and Chancellor Goldman has asked us to look at some possible units that would be an improvement over the current model. I anticipate a meeting at some point in September, where a decision will be made.
Do you know if SIU has any plans to put together a package for fans who want to attend the MBB Las Vegas Tournament this December?
Bret Seymour from Sport Tours International and the promoter of the tournament sent us the following information for fans interested in attending the games at our Las Vegas Holiday Hoops Classic. The hotel has a special rate for those attending the games. All Saluki fans need to do is click on the South Point logo on the tournament webpage: http://www.sporttours.net/mensHolidayHoopsClassic.aspx. Then that takes them directly to the hotel website reservations page. We will play San Diego on Sat., Dec. 19 and San Francisco on Sun., Dec. 20. Both games will be held at the South Point Arena at 4:15 p.m.
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imagine my publisher gets a little irked at me when I submit my article a few days late. But, I have to be honest; the best sports stories always seem to occur right around our deadline date. For that reason, I’m able to discuss the events of the last few days in August with all of you. I have to start by saying, “Welcome to St. Louis, John Smoltz”! When I said last month that all the Cards needed was a fifth starter to really get set for the playoff push, I didn’t think that the new addition would be a sure-fire, firstballot Hall of Famer. I mean, the guy is the only player in the history of baseball to record at least 200 wins and at least 150 saves. Also, he’s only the second player in baseball history to record both a 20-win season and a 50-save season. Can you guess who the other player was? That’s right, another Hall of Famer who also came to the Cards late in his career … Dennis Eckersley. 14 l september 2009 l
By Sean Patrick
The Redbirds have always had a knack the last decade or so of bringing in a pitcher who, late in his career, finds a way to get it done. How about guys like Chuck Finley, Tom Henke, or Pat Hentgen. Oh, and let’s not forget Fernando Valenzuela, who went 0-4 in five games in 1997. He wasn’t any good for the Cardinals, but he was still a former Cy Young and Rookie of the Year award winner. I’m also happy to say that waiting a few extra days to get this month’s article turned in also gives me a chance to congratulate the Cards on putting the Cubs down in the standings by double-digits. With a 10 game lead heading into September, the Cards would have to equal the 1995 Angels (who squandered a 11 ½ game lead with 6 weeks to play) or the1964 Phillies (who blew a 6 ½ game lead with 12 games to play) in order to not make the post-season. It was a great opening night for high school football action around Southern Illinois. Some teams fared better than others, but all in all, a fun night for the players, fans, and students across the region. Top week one honors go to the Vienna-Goreville Eagles for picking up their first win in varsity football in 78 years. Although it took two overtime periods, the Eagles scored a triumphant return to the gridiron, albeit at the expense of the visiting Hamilton County Foxes. On a personal note, I have to say that I am pleasantly surprised and pleased with my placement at Trico High School for the 2009-2010 school year. I will be completing the requirements for my Illinois teaching certification alongside my cooperating teacher, former high school basketball state champion and SIU great, Shane Hawkins. I know with his experiences at the collegiate and prep levels as a player, coach, and teacher, I am sure to learn a great deal from him, as well as the rest of the Trico administration, faculty and staff. As a matter of fact, as I write, I’m sporting my new 2008 1A regional softball championship T-shirt courtesy of Pioneer’s coach Drew Franklin. Thanks again for your time, this time, until next time, so long… when we go “Around the Horn”
Faith on the By Roger Lipe
his is an outline from a pre-game chapel which I delivered to the Football Salukis of SIU in Carbondale in the fall of 2007.
Sport is a tremendous part of our lives because it allows us to express passion. • Passion for our school, club, or community. • Passion for our teammates. • Passion for the sport. • Passion for the God who gives us the privilege to compete. When I think about passion, I am always reminded of the life of the Apostle Paul. Let’s read about a season in his life which was marked by passion in Acts 14:19-22. “Then some Jews came from Antioch and Iconium and won the crowd over. They stoned Paul and dragged him outside the city, thinking he was dead. But after the disciples had gathered around him, he got up and went back into the city. The next day he and Barnabas left for Derbe. They preached the good news in that city and won a large number of disciples. Then they returned to Lystra, Iconium and Antioch, strengthening the disciples and encouraging them to remain true to the faith. “We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God,” they said.” In the apostle’s life and in ours: • Passion enables us to stand against strong and violent opposition. • Passion is strengthened by one’s committed teammates. • Passion enables us to finish strongly. There is no doubt – • Through many tribulations we must enter the Kingdom of God. Enter we must. • Through great struggles we must capture a great team victory. Capture it we must. Passionately play your hearts out today!
This is an outline from a chapel talk I delivered to Saluki Football.
• The mind – mental dimension - sport strategy • The heart – spiritual dimension – sport passion Jesus Christ was a complete person as described in Luke 2:52. “And Jesus kept increasing in wisdom and stature, in favor with God and favor with men.” • Jesus developed in wisdom – mentally. • Jesus developed in stature – physically. • Jesus developed in favor with God – spiritually. • Jesus developed in favor with man – socially. You have each developed: • Physically – technique and skills • Mentally – strategy and scholarship • Spiritually – pure hearts and strong character • You are complete players and fully capable of competing greatly. Your hearts will make you more complete competitors than those who oppose you today and all through the season. Play your hearts out today!
To be a complete player one must have all parts of his or her person fully engaged in the sport and with your team. • The body – physical dimension - sport technique
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REDBIRDS Southern Illinois sports guru Tom Wheeler takes a stroll through his garage/sports archives and revisits the 1971 West Frankfort Redbirds
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‘Birds Today: (left to right) Greg Mitchell, Leonard Hopkins, Dave Broy
bumped into Leonard Hopkins recently, a former teammate on a Blondi Insurance slow-pitch team a few years ago. His sons, Daniel and John were also veteran “Little Wheels” basketball campers.
After the meeting I recalled the first time I watched Leonard compete when he was a small guard on the West Frankfort freshman basketball team playing in the annual freshman Pyramid tournament held regularly in Johnston City. Even with his small stature, I was impressed with his hustling style of play. Certainly, watching him play basketball as a scrawny freshman gave no indication that he would one day be one of the better quarterbacks to come out of southern Illinois. Eight years later he was the starting quarterback at SIU for Coach Doug l september 2009 l 17
In football, according to distinguished sports writer and scribe Bob Ellis, the 1971 team went 10-1, which tied the school record for most wins. The ’71 Redbirds were also South Seven Champs (the first time in 25 years) and were the first Redbird team to ever beat Centralia, Mt. Vernon and Carbondale in the same year. Strange as it may seem, there was a three way tie for the Championship in 1971 as West Frankfort beat Carbondale who beat Herrin who beat the Redbirds. Hopkins threw for 1,311 yards and 17 touchdowns. Broy and Mitchell caught passes for 1,023 of those yards and scored 45 and 54 points from their end positions. Another threat was junior running back Jack Warren who scored 68 points (nine touchdowns) even though he missed several games with an arm injury. Warren averaged 6.1 yards a carry. Honors were widespread that year. Mitchell was named ‘Lineman of the Year’ by the Evansville Courier and Press. Mt. Vernon’s Larry James (Player of Year), Carmi’s John Evers (honorary captain) and Paul Restivo of Herrin (Coach of the Year) were others honored. Others who joined Mitchell on the first team included Du Quoin’s Al Martin, Nashville’s John Forys and Herrin’s Rodney Jones. Hopkins and Broy were both second team All South as were such notable names as Johnston City’s Joey Linton, Frankfort’s Bruce Swinkunas, and Sesser’s David Loucks.
Weaver in a 1-9-1 season. Leonard was one of the few bright spots for the Salukis that fall as he was the team’s leading scorer with eight touchdowns, (the top defensive back that same year was South Seven opponent and current Massac County basketball coach Joe Hosman of Herrin who scored 38 tackles and had the big fumble recovery that led to the Salukis winning TD in their only win of the year, 33-22 over Wichita State). Being out of the area when Leonard was in high school I wondered what type of career he had, so I went to ‘THE GARAGE’ and was pleasantly surprised at the Redbirds success. Hopkins was joined by a talented group of upperclassman including fellow senior Greg Mitchell and junior Dave Broy which gave Redbird fans many thrills in football and basketball. Playing for Coach Harold Hood in basketball, the three led the team to a respectable 15-10 record, winning their first regional in 12 years and finishing a solid third in the tough South Seven Conference. Mitchell averaged 14.3 a game (also averaged over 10 rebounds a game), Broy 12.8 a game, Hopkins 11.6 and junior Jack Warren 10.8. A very balanced squad for sure. That year Mitchell also exploded for 49 points against Pinckneyville.
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The only loss for the Redbirds that year was to the Herrin Tigers led by all state running back Rodney Jones. Jones gained 317 yards on the night including touchdown runs of 20 yards and a 98 yard gallop which broke the Redbirds’ back. Hopkins was limited to only 164 yards in the air, Mitchell caught touchdown passes of seven and 20 yards and Broy caught an 11-yard pass for a score but was called back for a holding penalty which stopped the Redbirds’ momentum. Broy wasn’t expected to play in this game because of a deep bruise in his leg, but still caught passes for 95 yards. At one point in the game Hopkins hit on nine of ten passes. This was the second year Coach Paul Grammer’s team was 6-0 and was upset by the Tigers. After being upset by the Tigers in ‘70-’71 Grammer’s Redbirds went on to finish 8-3.That team was led by Jack Warren and his brother Gary and future Saluki basketball star Tim Ricci. Hopkins saw limited action that year at the quarterback spot. The game most Frankfort fans remember in 1971 was at Carbondale when the Redbirds were behind 16-14 with only 41 seconds left in the game. The Terriers punter Scott Ellis, on his own 30, only had to get off a good punt and hold WF for one play. But, someone was looking out for the Redbirds on this night. As Terrier center Keith Reissaus made a perfect snap, Ellis took one step to his right to stay away from the Redbirds Mitchell, Jeff Roberts, Brad McLain and Gary Samples. As the Carbondale punter tried desperately to get the punt off, one of the Terrier blockers backed in to Ellis’ punt and Samples picked up the loose ball and ran it in for the winning score. When Carbondale’s coach Vern Pollack (currently a freshman coach at Eldorado) was asked following the game about the “block” he only answered, “I’ll have to see the film to see what really happened.”
The Redbirds defeated South Seven foe Mt. Vernon 34-20 in Frankfort and in a Daily American story, then fledgling sportswriter Jimmy Dean wrote that Hopkins “brought back the era of quarterback Bobby Brown” (who at that time was freshman basketball coach at the University of Illinois). Hopkins hit on 14 of 19 passes for 245 yards on the always tough Rams. The Rams out rushed the Birds 266 to 154 but the Rams quarterback Mike Bevis only gained 34 yards through the air. Mitchell caught passes for 75 yards, Broy for 112 yards and Warren for 58 yards. At Evers field in Centralia on Homecoming night, the Redbirds beat the Orphans 22-0 for a clean sweep of the “Big Three” of the conference. This was the first time that Frankfort had defeated Centralia since 1950, on Armistice Day. The very talented Warren only got on the field to punt twice but the defense played a great game and was led by Steve Lindsay and Keith Roberts, each with 11 tackles and the two major interceptions were by defensive back Mike Moore. Officials for this penalty infected game were Ford Peebles, Bill Miller, Frank Snyder and Ted Search Jr. After defeating Bob Karnes’ Du Quoin Indians 14-12 the Redbirds defeated Benton in the annual Turkey day game 35-12 (with an estimated 5,000 fans in
attendance) which gave the team their tenth victory and tied the 1944 team for most wins. This talented quarterback and his prime time receivers were South Seven all- conference performers and all three were named All-State Honorable mention by the Chicago Daily News. Hopkins went on to SIU, Broy gave baseball a try at Southern and Mitchell picked basketball at John A Logan. Hopkins graduated with a degree in engineering while Broy and Mitchell gave up their dreams of being college athletes to go to the coal mines (they are now out of the mines starting different careers). Since those glory days of 1971 and those 10 regular season wins by West Frankfort a lot of things have changed. The Redbirds, along with other former South 7 schools Benton, Harrisburg and Herrin opted to join the Southern Illinois River-to-River Conference and the IHSA football playoff system implemented in 1974 cut down what used to be an 11-game schedule to nine regular season games. Those facts guarantee that the accomplishments of that special 1971 Redbird team will never be equaled or matched. Greg Mitchell
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Sesser-Valier Red Devil Tyler Rock The Sesser-Valier-WaltonvilleWoodlawn senior has rushed for 366 yards in helping the Red Devils off to a fast 3-0 start. S-V-W-W Coach John Shadowens on Rock: “Tyler is a three-year starter for us and he’s a team leader. He’s definitely a big man on campus but he is the most humble kid. He never fails to give credit to his offensive line. He’s just a great teammate and I know it’s an old cliché but you couldn’t ask to coach a better kid than Tyler.”
A-J Wildcat J.R. Woodward A multi-talented senior J.R. Woodward has used his legs and arm to help lead Anna-Jonesboro to a 2-1 mark. Woodward has rushed for 368 yards and passed for an additional 163 yards while scoring four touchdowns. A-J Coach Brett Detering on Woodward: “J.R. is a three-year starter for us and he punted for us as a freshman so he has a lot of experience and we expect a lot from him. He’s very smart and he understands the game of football. He has the green light to change the play anytime he wants; it’s really like having a coach on the field. He’s an outstanding athlete and his work ethic is just exceptional.”
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Herrin Tiger David Mallow A three-year varsity starter David Mallow has rushed for 342 yards and five touchdowns for the Herrin Tigers. Herrin Coach Jason Karnes: “David is just a great student-athlete and I believe he really has a bright future after high school. He’s very consistent and he understands the game. David is like having a coach on the field. He’s a team leader and our go-to guy.”
Carbondale Terrier Kendall Edwards In leading Carbondale to a 3-0 start the senior running back rushed for 504 yards in 76 carries and scored eight touchdowns. Terrie Coach Dan Koester on Edwards: “When we need to get something done we call Kendal’s number, he’s our go-to guy, without question. He’s a leader for our team on the field but he’s also a leader off the field. Kendal is a terrific young man who also happens to be an outstanding football player.”
Benton Ranger Jilissa Payne A four-year starter for Benton, Jilissa Payne is averaging nine kills per game and is 12th on the all-time career kill list at Benton. Benton Coach Tony Phelps: “The two key words that stand out when talking about Jilissa is dedication and consistency. She never says an ill word and her teammates trust and respect her. Jilissa is a coach’s dream.”
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Eye on the Prize Marion and Benton golf teams hope to make repeat performances in statewide competition next month
Cassie Rushing out of the bunker.
pair of southern Illinois golf teams that got a taste of post season action last year have roared out of the gates in the 2009-10 fall sports
The Marion girls’ golf team won the Class 2A state championship last year and have picked up right where they left off scorching the links and opponents "Last year was amazing, a record-setting year," said Marion coach Mary Thomason. "We certainly feel like we have the talent to make another run this year." The Marion team is no stranger to success under Thomason, garnering a fifth place finish in state competition in 2006 followed by a second place finish in 2007 and then bringing the big trophy to Williamson County last year. Three seniors on this year’s team, twins Cassie and Ashleigh Rushing and Campbell Hunt, have all been a part of that history-making run and are joined by fellow seniors Shelby Phelps, Kaitlyn McCurdy and Hannah Pool to round out this year’s squad.
Another southern Illinois team that could be in the hunt for a deep post-season run are the Benton Rangers, who grabbed a second place finish in 2008 in Class A competition. Benton native Scott Simpson has built the program into a perennial contender and with five of his top six golfers returning will be one of the top Class A teams in the state. “With five of our top six coming back we’re excited about this year,” said Simpson. “We understand that it’s going to take a lot of hard work to get there (state) again but the entire team played a lot of golf and worked hard during the summer.” Returning for the Rangers are seniors Bryce Doughty, who tied for 8th last year at state, Josh Harp and Zach Tate, along with junior Andrew Mitchell and sophomore Thomas Simpson. SISC photojournalist Christopher Kays recently hit the links with both the Marion girl’s team and the Benton boy’s team and captured the form of the players who will be looking for a repeat performance in mid-October.
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Alexa Bond with an approach shot at Hickory Ridge Public Golf Center.
Andrew Mitchell hits his chip shot on the first green at Pine Lakes Golf Club.
Thomas Simpson with a tee shot.
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Ashleigh Rushing with a tee shot at Hickory Ridge Public Golf Center.
Campbell Hunt with a tee shot at Hickory Ridge Public Golf Center.
Zach Tate hits his tee shot on the first hole at Pine Lakes Golf Club.
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Whether he’s explaining weather patterns or how to defend against the opposition’s passing patterns, Carterville’s Jim Rasor brings the same passion and work ethic to the job
by JIM MUIR
photos by CEASAR MARAGNI
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ressed in a crisp dress shirt, matching tie, khakis and sports jacket he’s the one person that countless television viewers depend on daily to keep them informed about the weather – the good, the bad and the ugly that Mother Nature throws our way here in Southern Illinois. Meet Jim Rasor, WSIL meteorologist. Dressed in gym shorts, T-shirt and tennis shoes with a whistle around his neck and a clipboard in hand he roams the sidelines at a freshman football practice shouting out encouragement, pointing out mistakes and most importantly teaching his young charges about the sheer joy associated with playing high school football. Meet Jim Rasor, Carterville Lions freshman football coach. While it might appear that the 46-year-old Rasor, of Carterville, has the ability to be in two places at once he actually accomplishes his two-hat feat by keen time management, a close proximity to his work place(s) and the loss of a few hours sleep each day during football season. Rasor said his busy work schedule at WSIL starts to
ABOVE: Rasor preparing for his daily weather report on the 5 o'clock news.
change in June when school is out and when weightlifting for football players increases. “I have to get up early to be in the weight room and then I just go and do my normal work routine at Channel 3 which is all afternoon and all night,” Rasor said. “Other than losing a little sleep every morning, nothing really changes.” But the longtime weatherman said that once the season starts in earnest his life changes dramatically. “My wife (Tammy) is a teacher and my two boys (Jeremy and Tyler) are in school so once they leave I throw the DVD in and start breaking down tape, whether it’s what we did last week or looking at who we’re playing this week,” said Rasor. “That gives me time to work on my practice plan and game plan and get that ready.” Rasor said he then heads to WSIL early to begin his day’s work there. “I go in early because I know I’m going to leave that afternoon around 3 p.m. for practice and stay with them as long as I can, which is usually around 4 or 4:30 p.m. After practice I run back in and anchor the 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. weathercasts and then I’m back on schedule,” said
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Rasor. “I get my dinner break and then go back in and do the 10 o’clock weather and head back home to try and get some sleep.” Game days, both freshman and varsity, provide another challenge but Rasor solved that by saving vacation and holiday time. “I save every vacation day, every holiday, I store up every day I can and then I use them to take off Thursday night for freshman games and Friday night for varsity games,” said Rasor. Rasor, a native of southern Indiana and a self-described ‘river rat,’ grew up in the small town of Rockport, population 2,100. As a high school athlete he ran track, but he quickly points out that was just to stay in shape for football. “I really concentrated on football that was my thing. I lifted all winter and then ran track in the spring, but track was really just training for football,” said Rasor, a 1981 graduate of Rockport High School. “Football was my love -- that’s what I loved to do.” When asked what position he played, Rasor chuckled before answering. “In three years of varsity football I played every position at least once, except for center, I was one of those kinds of guys,” said Rasor. “I was the power back in a Power I and then on defense I sort of bounced from safety to outside linebacker.”
“It was just bad timing or I would have probably done it,” said Rasor. “But I had already been accepted and I decided I needed to get a real career in front of me.” While Rasor’s playing days ended his love for the game didn’t and in fact it might have increased.
After completing his degree at NC, Rasor returned to Rockport and the draw of high school football pulled him in once again as a volunteer coach with Rockport.
program was very successful,” said Rasor. “We rarely had a year when we did not have a winning season.” Following high school Rasor got offers to continue playing at the Division III level but a recurring hip injury forced him to end his playing days. “I had a doctor tell me when I was a senior that if I injured my hip again that I would likely have to have a hip replacement and as an
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Rasor enrolled at Western Kentucky University and even took a football coaching class while he was there. Later, he was asked to work as a student assistant at WKU but at that point had already been accepted at the University of North Carolina.
“I had one year off after high school and then I went back and helped as a volunteer at my high school in any capacity I could help out,” said Rasor.
In high school, Rasor played for Jerry Denstorff, who went on to be inducted into the Indiana Football Hall of Fame, and said that winning was expected. “The
18-year-old that just wasn’t appealing to me,” he said. “So, at that point I made the decision to quit playing and I passed on D-III ball.”
However, that didn’t last long. “Honestly, the day that WSIL called and left a message on my voice mail I was in the middle of two-a-day practices,” said Rasor. “And then when things worked out and I got the job at Channel 3 I had to tell them that I was taking off to get a real job.” That call from WSIL came in 1987 and for 20 years Rasor pushed aside his desire to be on the sidelines to concentrate on building his career as a meteorologist. “I was totally out of football, the work schedule for us is demanding we’re on call and we work with a minimal staff and there just wasn’t the time,” said Rasor. “On top of that I went to college for meteorology and not television so I had a lot to learn and I really concentrated on that.” The lure of the gridiron proved to be powerful again in Rasor’s life when his oldest son began his high school career a few years ago. “When Jeremy began playing and I was close to the field
I kept thinking, ‘I don’t know if I can stay away from this,’ it was almost like stepping too close to a magnet and it just pulled me back in,” said Rasor. In 2006 Rasor heard that Carterville needed help at the freshman level and this time the timing couldn’t have been better. “Carterville has a rule of no parent volunteers and boy, I completely agree with that,” said Rasor. “But, my son was already past the freshman level and I just love working at that level. There is just so much teaching about football involved.” And while Rasor was teaching the game to his freshman players he learned quickly that during his 20-year hiatus from coaching the game of high school football had changed dramatically. “And it’s not just the game that’s changed, the kids have changed and the relationship that coaches have with kids has changed,” said Rasor. “And the program that I learned in was nothing but power football. We lined up and we tried to mash out three or four yards every play. We might not run but three different plays in a game. Our strategy back then was to line up and prove that we were bigger, stronger, meaner and nastier. The offense here at Carterville there’s a lot of finesse, a lot of thinking involved so it was a big adjustment for me.” Anyone that has watched Rasor’s weather reports, particularly when threatening weather is in the area, can recognize the passion that comes along with his meteorologist skills. Rasor was asked if his passion for high school football is on an even or higher keel.
teaching I’m listening to one of the other coaches trying to learn.” Rasor gave high marks to the entire coaching staff at Carterville and for the help they’ve extended his way. “Dennis (Drust) gave me the opportunity and he’s just been great,” said Rasor. “He has been flexible and understanding with me about my other work. The entire coaching staff has really taken me under their wing, so it’s just a great group to be with.” Brett Diel, who serves as defensive coordinator for the varsity Lions at Carterville, said Rasor does his homework in preparation for each weekly battle. “Jim is just super conscientious and works really hard to prepare,” said Diel. “He asks a lot of questions and he sends me emails every week because he wants the team to get better and he wants to get better.” Diel said he’s impressed not only by the hours Rasor works during the football season but by the quality job he does in both careers. “I can’t imagine the hours he works,” said Diel said. “I look out there on the practice field and he’s out
“Oh, yeah, without question, absolutely,” he said. “I would say because of that 20 year break that I’m certainly more knowledgeable when I’m talking about tornados or flooding but when I go out to that field you’d better believe I have the same passion. If I’m not
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there at 4:30 with a Carterville T-shirt and a pair of dress pants on. Then 45 minutes later he’s back at the television station.” Diel said along with his coaching skills Rasor also brings another element to the Lions that no other high school team in Southern Illinois enjoys. “We certainly have a leg up on what the weather is going to be on Friday night,” laughed Diel. Carterville Coach Dennis Drust gave high marks to Rasor noting that he’s involved with many facets of the successful Lion’s program. “He wears a lot of hats for us that goes way beyond coaching the freshmen,” said Drust. “Jim works with the JV squad also and helps out with the linebackers and with our punters and kickers. He’s just a real student of the game and really puts in a lot of time and effort. Jim’s a tremendous asset to our program.” Rasor said his wife Tammy is not a football fan but is “super supportive” about his dual jobs during the fall months. “She realizes just how much it means to me, and also that I’m in a better mood during football season than any other time of the year,” said Rasor. “Hey, ask some other wives how they’d react if their husband said ‘I’m going to use all my vacation days up coaching freshman football and we’re not going to go to Florida’ and most of them are not going to be real nice about it. She’s just been amazing and very supportive.” When asked about the move by Carterville to the Southern Illinois River-to-River Conference next year Rasor declined to discuss the nuts-and-bolts of the changeover but did talk about the competition factor. “As a volunteer freshman coach it’s probably inappropriate for me to discuss the move as a whole, but if it’s a step up in competition for us then I think it’s good because that’s what we’re all about,” said Rasor. “None of us know how it will turn out but if it’s about a step up in competition and it makes us work harder to become a better football team how can that be a bad thing?” Rasor said he spoke with Drust about his work schedule before ever taking the job and made an open-ended offer. “I told him that if I’m ever a distraction because of my job, just tell me and I’m out of here,” said Rasor. “I’m there for the kids; I’m not there for me.” So, how long will Rasor carry the heavy load of two jobs? “My son Tyler is 10 years old and a fifth grader so I’ve got a while to think about what I want to do before he gets to be a freshman,” Rasor said with a laugh. Rasor said despite his hectic schedule and the loss of a few hours sleep rekindling his passion for high school football and coaching has provided a great reward. “The kids that are seniors this year is my first freshman class,” said Rasor. “It is just very rewarding to see how they’ve grown in four years. You’re darn right, it’s just very special.”
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of 50 Illinois artisans & 13 Illinois Wineries. Live music, regional cuisine & artisan demonstrations. The Southern Illinois Art & Artisans Center featuring craft made in Illinois will be open daily.
Entry Per Person:$10
armband wine tasting or $2 entry for other visitors. Free Parking. No outside alcohol beverages allowed.
Southern Illinois Art & Artisan Center Rend Lake Area Exit 77, off I-57
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By John D. Homan
Bill Glenn, seen here with the SI Miners Diamond Girls, wears a unique variety of hats
ill Glenn watched intently as Jennifer Bernhardt of Murphysboro worked to improve her putting skills. He offered a few helpful hints about hand position and body alignment and moved over to the driving range where Mallory Gentry of Metropolis and Lindsay Kellerman of Pinckneyville were looking to find a consistent swing. Again, Glenn observed and chipped in a few words of advice in a quiet, encouraging tone. Now in his sixth year as John A. Logan College golf coach, Glenn led the Lady Volunteers to their best-ever finish last spring, placing ninth at the national invitational after qualifying for nationals with a secondplace finish in the regional to perennial power, Rend Lake. “It rained four straight days and we ended up playing on a course (in Florida) we had never seen before,” Glenn said. “Still, I thought the girls played very well last spring. And I think this year’s team has the capability of doing some special things. The chemistry is really good.” Returning to form the nucleus of the squad are sophomores Bernhardt, Gentry, Kellerman and Kasey McCammack (Hillsboro). Lending more than a helping hand will be a trio of freshmen in Talia Campbell (Mount Vernon), Elizabeth Gentry (Carterville) and Morgan Heisner (Pinckneyville). “We have a nice combination of youth and experience,” Glenn said. “I 34 l september 2009 l
think we will play well this fall and even better next spring.” JALC Athletic Director Jerry Halstead is pleased with the work Glenn has done since arriving at Logan. “I think Bill’s done an outstanding job, especially for a part-time employee,” Halstead said. “It took him a couple of years to get out into the golf community and make connections, but people know who he is now. I look for the girls’ team to have another solid year, and we hope, another trip to nationals.” Glenn’s work with the Volunteers reveals only one side of the man who sports many talents. The Chicago native, who grew up in Georgia but now resides in Carterville, Glenn is a full-time employee of the Southern Illinois Miners professional baseball team in Marion. He works in group sales, but is best known throughout the region as “Wild Bill” for his on-field host work during the Miners games. “It’s our third season and I still get a charge out of what I do,” Glenn said. “The atmosphere at the games, especially when we have a big crowd at Rent One Park, is pretty cool and makes work a lot of fun for me. I can see how much these fans really love their Miners. Interacting with them is certainly a great stress reliever for me.” Glenn is a natural for the gig as he has a wealth of experience dealing with the public. He has worked as a public address announcer for years at games, beauty pageants and even the Du Quoin State Fair. He has also been a disc jockey for a handful of Southern Illinois radio stations and formerly owned a golf store. Glenn said there is much to enjoy about his job with the Miners and hopes he has made the Miners experience a little more special for those who attend the games. His rapport with good friend, Steve Falat, River Radio general manager, who handles the public address responsibilities at the Miners games, is solid and the two are clever at working the crowd. “I like to think we complement one another, and on occasion, bail each other out,” Glenn said with a chuckle. “Steve has definitely made my job easier and much more enjoyable. We both understand the importance of putting our fans at ease and making the experience of coming to a Miners game worthwhile.”
It’s our third season and I still get a charge out of what I do. The atmosphere at the games, especially when we have a big crowd at Rent One Park, is pretty cool and makes work a lot of fun for me. I can see how much these fans really love their Miners. Interacting with them is certainly a great stress reliever for me. -SI Miners’ on-field host Bill Glenn
The SIUC grad is the son of Thomas and Patricia Glenn. He has a younger sister, Sissy, who resides in Baltimore and a younger brother, Roger, who lives in Savannah, Ga. An older brother, Tom, is deceased. Glenn has two children by a previous marriage in Lauren, a third-year instructor at Eureka, Mo., and Matthew, an architecture graduate from SIUC. Glenn remarried seven years ago to the former Tracey Reel. Her daughters, Taylor, a freshman at Logan and member of the Southern Illinois Miners Diamond Girls squad, and Michaela, a freshman at Carterville High School, live at home with the couple.
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By Dennis McGuire & John McConnaughy
ow big do you want to be? How strong? How thin?
Some kids (and adults), think that they have to use any available chemical option, to avoid losing their position on their team, peer group, or society. We are a nation looking for ways to age less and perform longer and better. In 2004 the Mayo Clinic reported 2.4 million prescriptions were filled for testosterone, which was double the amount filled in 2000. The senior editor of Muscular Development Magazine estimates that 15 million Americanâ€™s use performanceenhancing drugs (PEDs). So what are steroids? They are typically classified as anabolic steroids or corticosteroids. Prednisone and cortisone are examples of corticosteroids, and are often prescribed to decrease inflammation. Anabolic steroids (anabolic-androgenic steroids), are synthetic versions of the male hormone testosterone. In January 2005 the Anabolic Steroid Control Act was amended with the Controlled Substance Act, which added anabolic steroids and prohormones (precursor to a hormone). This made them a controlled substance, and possession of which is a federal crime. How do the anabolic steroids function? They help the body 36 l september 2009 l
metabolize ingested proteins and help in the synthesis of skeletal muscle. They can create a sense of euphoria, and delay fatigue. Steroids have a variety of nicknames: roids, hype, juice, weight trainers, gym candy, arnolds, stackers, or pumpers, are just some of them. There are over 100 variations of anabolic steroids, which are the same as, or similar to, androgens (male characteristic sex hormone). Most commonly used steroids: -Androstenedione (Andro) Andro is often linked to athletes, although there is little evidence that it works. -Primobolan This was linked to Alex Rodriguez, and can be ingested or taken orally. It is popular because it builds strength without bulk, and has less negative side effects than other steroids. -Tetrahydrogestrinone (THG) This was specifically manufactured to avoid detection in drug tests. -Clenbuterol (CLEN) It can increase lean muscle but has serious side effects. -DHEA A natural prohormone produced by the adrenal glands, which the body then converts to estrogen or testosterone. Originally it
was taken off the market in 1985, and then re-introduced in 1994. Itâ€™s still considered a banned substance by many sports organizations. How do athletes take steroids? Either pills or injections are used. Dosing is usually done in cycles of weeks or months with a short break between. The use of several types of steroids is called
“stacking.” “Pyramiding” involves slowly increasing the amount, types, or frequency of steroids to reach a peak, before gradually tapering off. Steroid abusers often take 10-100 times the normal medically prescribed dosage. Adverse effects in males include: * infertility * breast development * shrunken testicles * male-pattern baldness * severe acne and cysts Adverse effects in females include: * deeper voice * excessive body hair * male-pattern baldness * severe acne and cysts Other adverse effects may include: * delayed growth in adolescents * tendon rupture
* high blood pressure * heart attacks * cancer * jaundice * delusions * “roid rage” On August 7, 2009 Governor Pat Quinn signed a law requiring more high school athletes to be tested for performance enhancing drugs, under a 2 year pilot program. Coaches are now required to attend a course regarding the dangers of steroids. Illinois is one of three states that currently tests high school athletes. Florida recently dropped its program due to funding concerns. If you have any questions concerning this topic, you can contact Dennis McGuire, D.C. at 805 North Main St, Benton, IL or at 250 Small St., Harrisburg IL or John McConnaughy, D.C. at 1311 South Division St, Carterville, IL.
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Report By Nathan Wheeler
Coached by Dave Ellingsworth and former assistant coaches Ronnie Ressel and Wayne Arnold, the team featured RLC Hall of Fame pitcher Angela Robinson, pitcher Amanda Perjenski, FirstTeam All-American Jaymie Cowell, Second-Team All-American Nicole Murray and catcher Shanna Tolbert.
RLC Hall officials announce next class
end Lake College officials have announced the second class of 2009 to be inducted into the college’s Sports Hall of Fame. Those who will be inducted at the Nov. 7 ceremony in James “Hummer” Waugh Gym on the Ina campus are the 1995-96 softball team, All-American sluggers Meredith Ramsey and Mike Breyman, the 2002-03 and 03-04 men’s cross country teams, national cross country champ Ian Hornabrook, and high jump national champion Todd Green. The 1995-96 softball team won RLC’s first softball Region 24 Championship and went to the national championship tournament where they went 1-2 in a double-elimination setup. No other softball team in RLC history has been to the national championship tournament.
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Ramsey played two years (1999-2001) under Ellingsworth. She was selected third team All American as a sophomore after hitting .415 with 49 RBI in 52 spring games. She was All-GRAC and AllRegion XXIV both years. Breyman played outfield and first base in 2001 and 2002 for former coach Rich Campbell. Breyman was recognized by the NJCAA as a Second Team All American and played his last two seasons at NCAA DI University of Kentucky. He departed with the Warriors’ single season record with 18 home runs as a sophomore. The lefthanded slugger was all-conference his freshman and sophomore years and led the team in both slugging percentage and on-base percentage each season. He also led the team both springs in runs scored and RBI. The men’s cross country team from the 2002-03 season was RLC’s first team to take a national championship. Led by individual national champ Hornabrook, the team consisted of Rob Duncan, Chris Herron, Thomas McQuade, Travis Redden and Justin Crane. The 2003-04 men’s cross country runners repeated as NJCAA DII national champions. Team members included Rey Alvarez, Richardo Alvarez, Tim Clark, twin brothers Jeremy and Justin Kunz, Jason Phillips, Chris Robson, Lucas Roethlisberger, Bryce Smith, and sophomore versions of McQuade, Crain and Herron. The college has since won one national cross country championship at the Division I level. Hornabrook was a two-time NJCAA DII cross country national champion in 2001 and 2002, leading the team to the national title in both years. He was an All American in track and was a member of the national champion distance medley relay team. Green, a native of Wayne City, was the 2003 indoor high jump national champion. The three-time Region XXIV champ was an All-American in outdoor high jump in 2003 and once held the high jump record at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.
The second Class of 2009 will be the tenth to be inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame at Rend Lake College. Previous inductees include Doug Creel, Mike McClure, Susan Woodward and Lee Yearwood in 2000, April Long and James “Hummer” Waugh in 2001, Bryant Lowe in 2002, the 1995 men’s golf team, Matt Armstrong, Jace Bugg, Cowell and Cheryl Weis in 2003, Curtis Smith in 2004, the 1985-86 baseball team, Randy Lemay and Rick Gaebe in 2006, Jennifer Calandrilla and Cliff McIntosh in 2007, Mark S. Kern, Wayne Arnold, Elizabeth Kasey and 2001 men’s cross country team in 2008, and Dan DeMent and Angela Robinson in 2009. The current Hall of Fame Committee, charged with accepting nominations and voting in new members to the Hall, consists of Arnold, Kern, Waugh and RLC Director of Athletics Brent McLain. For more information about the RLC Sports Hall of Fame, go online to www.rlc.edu/ warriors/hof. For all things athletic at RLC, visit online at www.rlc.edu/warriors.
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Journal By Teri Campbell
Club in West Frankfort on August 28. The Volunteers fired a 36-hole total of 572 (284-288) to win the 16-team event by 23 strokes over Rend Lake College (595).
Logan Golfers Hit the Links for Fall Season The John A. Logan College men’s golf team opened its fall campaign with a victory at the Region 24 Preview Tournament held at Franklin County Country
Logan was led by sophomore All-Americans Matt Smith and Marcelo Rozo who shot 139 (70-69) and 140 (68-72), respectively. Smith finished second individually, and Rozo was third. Volunteer freshman Filip Timmerman tied for fourth place with a 142 (70-72). All three made the all-tournament team. Former Trico High School standout Jamie Stocks fired a 147 (72-75) for Logan, while Adam Butler carded a 149 (74-75), and Joe Goelzhauser was one stoke behind him with a 150 (78-72). The Vols are the defending NJCAA Division II National champions, but JALC head men’s golf coach Tom Ferris is not letting the team rest on its laurels. “We’ve had a strong start to the season, but we’re approaching this year like any other,” Ferris said. “Our goals are the same. We know we’re going to have to work extremely hard to be successful and take
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it one tournament at a time.” Ferris says his goals every year are to win the conference title, the Region 24 Tournament, and the national championship. “Everything we do throughout the fall and spring seasons is to get us ready to compete when those tournaments come around at the end of the year,” he said. “I try to schedule the toughest competition on the most difficult golf courses I can. This fall, we’re playing in two Division I tournaments at Morehead State University and at UT-Martin. And we’re playing in the Shawnee Invitational at Dalhouse, which is an excellent golf course. These tournaments will be a good challenge for our players.” Although it is a new season, the Vols do have five players returning from last year, including Rozo, Smith, Goelzhauser, and Stocks all of whom competed on the national championship team. Butler also returns, and while he did not compete at nationals for Logan, he played in several tournaments and was the medalist at the Illinois State Junior College Championship last fall. “We have an experienced group that achieved a lot last year,” Ferris said. “They showed they could handle themselves under pressure.” The Vols also have two newcomers on the squad, Timmerman, a native of Santiago, Chile, and Jordan Jones from Stahlstown, Penn. Ferris believes they have the potential to contribute right away.
I think the sophomores can help the freshmen with their course management and the adjustment to college golf.”
Logan Athletics Golf Scramble Set for October 12 The John A. Logan College Athletic Department will hold its eighth annual Golf Scramble at Kokopelli Golf Club in Marion on Monday, October 12. Registration and lunch will start at 11:30 a.m., and play will begin with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. Teams will consist of four players and individual entries are also welcome. The entry fee is $100 per person and includes green fees, golf cart, a registration gift, and a color photo. Lunch, dinner, and beverages will also be provided. Awards will be presented to low-net and low-gross teams. “This is major fundraiser for our sports teams,” said JALC athletic director Jerry Halstead. “We’re hoping for a good turnout.” For more information about the Golf Scramble, please contact Logan’s Athletic Department at 618-985-2828 or 618-457-7676, Ext. 8369. Registration is underway.
“Filip is an outstanding player with great credentials,” Ferris said. “He’s played in major competitions, and he finished in the top 20 at the Junior World Golf Championships last year. Jordan doesn’t have the international experience that Filip does, but he hits the ball a long way and has a lot of talent. I think these two will push our sophomores. It will be very competitive within the team to determine who our top four or five players are.” Smith, the team captain of the Vols, says he feels no pressure being the defending national champ but thinks last season’s experience will be beneficial. “We learned a lot last year,” he said. “We know what it takes to win, and we’re willing to put in the time and effort that’s needed. We’re also familiar with each other’s games and can help each other. And
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Focus By Ceasar Maragni
Her name was Comiskey Park and during her lifetime she was the home of the Chicago White Sox. For a time she was even called “America’s Baseball Palace.” When I took this photo of her in the mid 70’s she still looked pretty good on the outside. But inside she was in dire need of some serious repair work. Unlike her sister vintage parks, Wrigley Field and Fenway Park, she was condemned and torn down. The space she occupied is now a parking lot next door to her replacement, U.S. Cellular Field, the newest home of the White Sox.
er home was on the south side of Chicago. When she was young, men and women alike would speak about her beauty. Some people considered her a dear friend. Some people would spend days traveling cross country just to visit her. In fact, when she was 80 years old, people continued to visit her, some still talking about her beauty, while others chose to speak in more realistic terms, describing her as old and past her prime. In the end, at age 81 they buried her.
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Old Comiskey held several distinctions. The park hosted the first Major League All Star Game in 1933. She hosted four World Series, three with the White Sox and one for the Chicago Cubs in 1918. The Cubs’ World Series home games were played at Comiskey that year because Cubs’ officials deemed Wrigley Field too small to host the large crowds expected. They were decidedly more interested in tickets sales than loyalty to the season ticket holders at Wrigley that year. The unique architecture of the ballpark featured open arches between the first and second decks. Like most ballparks built in that era, Comiskey featured a red brick exterior. That all changed in 1960 when owner Bill Veeck had the bricks all painted white and that’s how they remained until the park was torn down in 1991. For big games Comiskey Park was jammed packed with over 55,000 fans. Besides Sox baseball games Comiskey Park hosted numerous concerts and world championship prize fights, but perhaps the
strangest evening ever at the park happened during a regular season game between the White Sox and the Detroit Tigers. It was billed as “Disco Demolition Night” and was the brainchild of two Chicago rock radio station disc jockeys as a protest to the disco music craze that had swept the country. That night the Sox and Tigers were playing a double header and fans were told that if they brought a disco record with them, they would get into the game for a mere 98-cents, the fee representing the radio station’s location at 97.9 on the FM dial. The plan was to have their records collected by ushers and put into a large wooden crate in center field where they would be blown up by one of the DJ’s between games. Well, the turnout exceeded all expectations for a Thursday night game, which normally averaged just over 6,000 that year, when 90,000 people showed up and the stadium only seated 52,000. People in Chicago in 1979 apparently were sick and tired of disco music and were prepared to let their feelings be known. After the crate was filled to overflowing by the ushers, they stopped collecting them. It
didn’t take long for the fans to determine that the LP records made great Frisbees and soon they were flying all over the stands and onto the field. A lot of spectators were injured. Then some fans tossed firecrackers onto the field. When the chaos stopped long enough for the DJ’s to set off the explosives destroying the records, the resulting explosion ripped a hole in the centerfield grass and a large fire erupted at the site with the smell of burning vinyl permeating the ballpark. Fans soon stormed the field, some lighting more fires and others tearing apart the batting cage while still others were busy stealing all the bases. It took Chicago police in riot gear to clear the field, which was so badly torn up, that the umpires declared it unfit to play the second game. Dozens were arrested and there were several injuries. Sadly for the White Sox, the next day American League President Lee McPhail forfeited the second game of the double header to the Tigers, saying that the Sox had failed to provide acceptable playing conditions. I guess a riot, a small crater in center field and no bases qualifies for McPhail’s definition.
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Turf By Mike Murphy
say and sometimes might misconstrue which direction I am coming from.
Feels Like Fall
aybe it’s the lower temps, the DuQuoin State Fair, Friday Night Lights or my age that makes time seem to fly by but it sure feels like the middle of fall instead of Indian Summer. This has to be one of my favorite times of year. College and Pro Football, hey at least my favorite college team (SIU) is good and the St. Louis Cardinals are even making us keep baseball on our minds in September. Let me say this about the Cardinals. I want to publicly give huge props to the Cards’ front office for making the moves they did over the past couple of months. I had a Cardinal fan drive by me on the street and shout “what do you think about the St. Louis now, Cardinal basher?” It made me stop and think about several things including the fact that being on the radio and writing columns like this, fans do form opinions about what I
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I have been a Cardinal fan since I was 10 years old and listened to the games with my Grandpa on a little transistor. The Cards in the summer (especially on radio driving somewhere in the car) are as much a part of my make-up as breathing air. As I have gotten older and learned a few things I now make decisions and then write or comment based on experience and repeated observations. If I have cackled too loudly and struck some nerves then it’s my objective journalism duty to crow just as loudly when I think the powers at the top are doing great and should be commended. Just because I think Tony LaRussa is a jerk sometimes doesn’t mean I don’t respect the job he does managing a baseball club. Here are some things to chew on. If the Cards don’t win the Series and don’t resign Matt Holiday, wasn’t it still fun to have him for just a while? If the former Rockie/A’s outfielder does re-up with the Red Birds, is that Rick Ankiel’s ticket out of St. Louis? Now let’s get on to football. It seems to be everywhere and I say what’s wrong with that? It’s the final season at venerable old Mc Andrew Stadium and it looks like SIU will send the old place out in style. The more you watch and listen to SIU Coach Dale Lennon you realize SIU Athletic Director Mario Moccia certainly hired the perfect guy to firmly lodge SIU as one of the top Football Championship Subdivision teams in the country. As for the NFL, whatever you do, enjoy this season, savor it. There are already murmurs of labor unrest and ‘lockouts’ ahead and remember the NFL Players Association has new leadership with the passing of former Executive director Gene Upshaw. It’s hard to imagine the almighty dollar could topple what has clearly become the most powerful professional sports league in the world but haven’t we seen it happen before? That brings us to the high school football season. From the make-shift football field at Vienna and running a scoreboard off a generator to Herrin’s wild and crazy opening night in Kentucky, all is suddenly at peace in this old sportscasters’ soul. Let’s Meet Here Next Month.
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