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Wednesday, May 14

Area junior high track teams
bring home sectional titles

West Lincoln-Broadwell girls and Hartsburg boys get first

[MAY 14, 2003]  Area junior high track teams brought home significant hardware from the Washington Sectional on Monday. Additionally, a significant number of participants qualified for the Class A state finals in East Peoria this Friday and Saturday.  [CLICK HERE FOR PICTURES]

In 8A Girls competition, the repeat sectional champion is West Lincoln-Broadwell, which amassed 78 team points to beat second-place Delavan, with 57 points. The host school, Washington Central, came in a close third with 54 points. The West Lincoln-Broadwell girls will now move on in an attempt to defend their 2002 8A state title.

Individual firsts for the WL-B girls went to Melissa Ramlow (hurdles and 100-meter dash) and Natalie Boward (200 meter and high jump). The defending state champion 4x100 relay team, which now consists of Melissa Ramlow, Natalie Boward, Kylie Sparks and Hilary Hobler, ran away with the sectional title with a time of 54.4. The WL-B 4x200 relay team also brought home a first place, with Chelsay Browning, Stacy Elliott, Katelyn Atteberry and Amy Ramlow crossing the finish line with a time of 2:06. Additional WL-B team points came from Chelsay Browning (third place in the 100 meter and fourth in the 200), Melissa Ramlow (third in long jump) and Natalie Boward (fifth in long jump).


Other firsts in the 8A competition went to the 4x400 relay team from Chester-East Lincoln with a time of 4:51.7 and Abbey Olsen with a shot put throw of 36-2¼. Delavan's Kayla Farris jumped 15-5¾ to win the eighth-grade long jump.

In Girls 7A competition, Chester-East Lincoln, with 84 team points, took second place, falling just one point short of first-place Dee-Mack, which had 85 points. West Lincoln-Broadwell was able to bring home its second trophy with a third-place victory with 69 points.

CE-L got first-place finishes from Jamie McFadden (high jump), Bridgette Hyde (400 meter) and all of their relay teams: 4x100, 4x200 and 4x400. Additional points came from Ashley Bonaparte with a second-place finish in the 200 meter, third place in the 100 meter and fourth in the long jump; Betsy Ramlow (third, 800); Nettie Duncan (fourth in shot put and fifth in discus); Sydney Morris (fifth, hurdles); and Emily Berlin (sixth, 200).

West Lincoln-Broadwell's third-place finish was accomplished by gathering first-place finishes in the 100 meter by Hilary Hobler and Kylie Sparks in the 200. Hobler also had a third-place finish in both the 200 meter and the long jump. Sparks piled on some more WL-B points with second-place finishes in the 100 meter and the high jump. Stacy Elliott added second-place finishes in the hurdles and 400 meter and a fifth-place finish in high jump. Chelsay Browning and Samantha Green also helped the WL-B cause, with Browning getting fifth in the long jump and Green getting sixth in the discus.

The other first-place performance for local seventh-grade girls was a 14-11½ long jump by Katie Schonauer from Lincoln Carroll Catholic. Chrissy Schonauer had a second-place finish in the shot put for Carroll. The Carroll 4x200 relay team also qualified for state competition.



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In 8A Boys team competition, Hartsburg-Emden took first place, gathering 67 points; Chester East-Lincoln nailed down second with 58 points; and Delavan was a close third at 54 points. In 7A Boys action Hartsburg-Emden grabbed third place, while Washington schools, St. Patrick's and Central, took first and second respectively.

In the 8A action, Hartsburg-Emden boys got a flurry of points from Wes Umphreys Josh Conrady, Gary Rademaker and their 4x400 relay team. Umphreys garnered first-place finishes in the 400 meter and the high jump as well as taking third place in the long jump. Josh Conrady garnered team points and individual honors by taking the 800 meter run and by placing fourth in the long jump. Rademaker pulled second-place finishes in the hurdles and 800 meter as well as fourth in the long jump and sixth in the high jump. The Hartem 4x400 relay team captured another first-place win to round out the winning score.

For West Lincoln-Broadwell, Brandon Farmer finished in first place in both the hurdles and the pole vault. Justin Ritchhart won Carroll Catholic's only first-place finish in 8A with a win in the shot put. Delavan's Mike DeWeese was a one-man scoring machine, capturing first place in the 100 meter and 200 meter and a second in the long jump. The CE-L 4x100 relay team captured the other local first-place victory.

Finally, in Boys 7A action, the third-place Hartem team gathered its points with strong efforts from Dakin Bolen and Mitchell Gleason. Dakin took home a first in the shot put, along with second-place finishes in the 100 and 200. Mitchell Gleason ran strong enough to win the 400 meter and threw long enough to win a second in the shot put. Tarel Stancel was also a point man for Hartem, getting fourth in the high jump, fifth in the 100 and sixth in the long jump. Dustin Bolen earned second in the high jump with a jump of 4-8. Hartem's 4x200 relay captured first in its event, and the 4x100 relay got fifth.



[photo by Rick Hobler]
West Lincoln-Broadwell's third-place finish was accomplished by gathering first-place finishes in the 100 meter by Hilary Hobler and Kylie Sparks in the 200.

The only other local first-place finish went to Delavan's Tony Hartzler in the discus with a toss of 106-3.

In a "little piece of Americana," all of the qualifiers, plus hundreds of others from around the state, will participate in the Class A finals this Friday and Saturday at the EastSide Centre in East Peoria. Best of luck to all the qualifiers!

[Rick Hobler]

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High school track and field

[MAY 14, 2003] 

Corn Belt Conference Meet
At Fairbury

1. Olympia

100 meters - 1. Joyce (O), 11.0; 5. Dillenburg (O), 11.6

200 - 1. Joyce (O), 22.6; 4. Wise (O), 23.4

400 - 1. Joyce (O), 50.6; 4 Brand (O), 52.3

800 - 3. McClain (O), 2:02.4; 6. Slager (O), 2:08.7

1,600 - 3. McClain (O), 4:36.7

3,200 - 4. Dietrich (O), 10:47.3; 5. Springer (O), 11:05.2

110 high hurdles - 5. Myers (O), 17.0; 6. Nussbaum (O), 17.4

300 intermediate hurdles - 5. Myers (O), 42.7

Long jump - 2. Raes (O), 19-8 1/4

High jump - 1. Raes (O), 6-0; 3. Dillenburg (O), 5-10

Triple jump - 4. Canopy (O), 40-0

Pole vault - 5. Slager (O), 11-0; 6. Hish (O), 11-0

Shot put - 1. Schultz (O), 56-4; 5. Boudeman (O), 45-1 1/2

Discus - 1. Schultz (O), 163-5; 2. Hieronymus (O), 149-11

400 relay - 1. Olympia (Dillenburg, Schmidgall, Brand, Joyce), 44.2

800 relay - 2. Olympia, 1:34.1

1,600 relay - 1. Olympia (Dillenburg, Schmidgall, Brand, Joyce), 3:27.3

3,200 relay - 3. Olympia, 8:40.7


Corn Belt Conference Meet
At Fairbury

5. Olympia

100 meters - 3. Prater (O), 12.5; 6. McKown (O), 13.5

200 - 2. Prater (O),  26.2

800 - 5. Seggerman (O), 2:34.9

1,600 - 6. Wade (O), 6:13.3

100 hurdles - 5. Hish (O), 17.5

300 hurdles - 3. Fredericks (O), 50.6; 6. Hish (O), 53.6

Shot put - 6. Lilienthal (O), 31-9

Discus - 5. Decker (O), 94-1

400 relay - 5. Olympia, 53.5

800 relay - 5. Olympia, 1:53.7

800 medley - 3. Olympia, 1:53.9

1,600 relay - 3. Olympia, 4:18.1

3,200 relay - 2. Olympia, 10:19.9

High school softball

[MAY 14, 2003] 

At Stanford

Pontiac       000 001 0 - 1-5-3

Olympia     100 040 x - 5-5-1

Kristen Mehlberg (L) and Chelsea Rodgers; Jessie Shay (W, 21-1) and Amber Lessen.

Hitting stars - Olympia - Erin Canopy (3 RBIs), Mallory Toliver (RBI), Becky Hieser (RBI).

Records - Pontica 14-8-1 overall, 7-2 in Corn Belt Conference; Olympia 28-2, 9-0.

At Tremont

Hartsburg-Emden     000 400 0 - 4-6-1

Tremont                    001 000 0 - 1-6-3

Nikki Chapman (W), Nicole Buse (6) and Alyssa Moehring; TJ Matheny (L, 11-12) and Camiella Ayers.

Hitting stars - Hartem - Danielle Bergman (3 hits).

Records - Hartem 12-10; Tremont 11-13.

High school baseball

[MAY 14, 2003] 

At Flanagan

Olympia     511 01(10) 0 - 18-10-6

Flanagan     230 23    3 0 - 13-13-3

Dusty Hayes, Rush Olson and Brad Brooks; Time Simulis (L), Andrew Augsburger (1), Culie Hawthorne (6) and Mark Adamski.

Home runs - Olympia - Rush Olson (solo in 2nd).

Hitting stars - Olympia - Ross Thompson (2 hits, 3 RBIs), Tyler Thompson (2 hits).

Records - Olympia 18-9 overall; Flanagan 3-21.

At Pleasant Plains

Illini Central         000 100 0 - 1-5-3

Pleasant Plains     300 000 x - 3-5-1

Chris Norton (L, 5-2) and Travis Scott; Beard (W, 6-3) and Kulavic.

Hitting stars - Illini Central - Adam Williams (2 hits).

Records - Pleasant Plains 20-11; Illini Central 13-7.

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Cubs-Cards series No. 1 a draw

By Jeff Mayfield

[MAY 12, 2003]  The first Cards-Cubs series ended in a push. The Redbirds set the tone by winning the first game 6-3. However, the Cubbies came back in dramatic fashion to take the second game 3-2 on a walk-off homer by Alex Gonzalez. Then on Sunday, with St. Louis leading 11-9 in a pitching duel and defensive struggle, the rains came and washed the Cards' victory away. But that's NOT the bad news.

While Chicago was flailing with the Brewers and the Cards were collapsing in Cincinnati, the Houston Astros as well as the Reds moved right back into the race. So, instead of Chicago and St. Louis pulling away from the pack, they've let the pack right back into the race, which is something that this amateur reporter thinks that both teams will regret.

The Cubs now start a brutal two-week road trip. They will need to go about .500 if they have serious title intentions.

A-Gon Mr. Clutch?

We believe that A-Gon's long tater was his third of the year in like fashion. What's up with this guy in the clutch situations? And why not save some of these heroics for the Reds and especially the Astros?

A tip of the cap…

To former Cub Rafael Palmeiro, who became just the 19th player in baseball history to reach the No. 500 home run plateau! He may reach the 3,000 career hits mark too. So, why all the negativity and the hate towards Raffy? All these sports shows say he doesn't deserve the Hall of Fame. In my book, if someone reaches baseball's magic numbers -- and 500 homers and 3,000 hits are surely some of those numbers with mystic -- they deserve to be in the Hall!


When it rains … it pours

Feeling like St. Louis didn't have enough injuries, Eli Marrero went down with a severely sprained ankle in the rain-postponed game on Sunday. Before that incident J.D. Drew was pulled from the contest with a stiff back. He will see the chiropractor today and expects to be ready for Tuesday night's home tilt with the Reds.

Time to make some hay

If we're reading the calendar correctly, the Cards play 20 of their next 26 in the friendly confines of Busch Stadium. Winning 15 or more of those could go a long way in giving the Birds a chance to fight it out among the leaders all summer. However, if the injuries continue to mount and they continue to find no answers from the pen, they may be able to scratch their playoff invitations by the All-Star break.


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Lakers win one for Phil

The Los Angeles Lakers won one for their coach and the Sacramento Kings won one for themselves  as A.I. put his 76ers on his back and all three teams evened their playoff marks to 2-2. In the last remaining series, the Nets have the Celtics on life support as Boston trails New Jersey 3-0. It will be interesting to see who, if anyone, can win some road games and maybe steal a game or a series.

Coach Alexander turns thoughts to next season

While his soon-to-be-graduated Railers ink college deals, Lincoln Railer coach Neil Alexander has already turned the page to next season. In an early morning interview, the LDN has learned that the Railer summer schedule is already set. The highlight of the vacation months will be the annual trip south for the HUGE tournament that Lincoln always fares well in. Through the years this tourney has been in Tennessee or Kentucky, but this year the event moves to Evansville, Ind.

Coach "Al" also reports that it is his feeling that the CS8 will be very competitive next season. He says that many have already ruled the Railers out with the loss of nine seniors. Not so fast, my friend, at least for the Lincoln coach. He thinks the Railers will be gritty and fight their way to success. This is one reporter who's not going to argue with 12-13 years of success! Good luck, Railers!

[Jeff Mayfield]


Basketball camp dates announced

[MAY 14, 2003]  NORMAL -- First-year Illinois State head basketball coach Porter Moser has announced his camp dates for the summer of 2003.

Moser and his Redbird staff will host three camps this summer, with a pair of day camps and one team camp.

The first day camp runs June 16-19 and is for boys entering grades 1-12. The second day camp is open to boys entering grades 1-8 and is scheduled for July 15-18. The day camps are designed for commuters only and focus on the basic fundamentals of dribbling, passing, shooting, rebounding, defense and game play.

The cost for either day camp is $170. Each camper receives a basketball and a T-shirt.


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The team camp, which caters to high school and junior high teams with boys entering grades 6-12, will be June 20-22. The camp format is round-robin and tournament team play.

The cost for the team camp is $170 for commuters and $205 for resident campers. Each will receive a camp T-shirt.

For more information about the basketball camps, call the Redbird men's basketball office at (309) 438-8681 or click here for an application form.

[Click here to download the Adobe Acrobat reader for the PDF file.]

[Todd Kober, director of media relations,
Illinois State University]

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