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Individual state champions
shine at East Peoria
Seventh-grade Hartsburg-Emden boys and
seventh-grade Chester-East Lincoln girls take second place
By Rick L. Hobler
[MAY 19, 2003]
May about this time some extraordinary events take place in schools
all around Illinois. Graduations, school plays, musical concerts,
"final everythings" and the like. All carry with them high emotion
and drama. Most carry the weight of great expectations. Most
recognize individual and collective achievement. All are significant
to each person involved. None is more significant to the
participants than the annual May pilgrimage to East Peoria for the
IESA Junior High State Track Championships.
[Pictures to be
This last weekend was no exception to
the annual drama of May. Around 2,000 boys and girls ages 10 to 14,
along with innumerable parents, siblings, grandparents and anyone
else who cared to come, journeyed from near and far in a sea of
yellow buses and cars to the EastSide Centre so that these young
people could "show their stuff." And what a show it was!
The mile record for girls was shattered
and almost broke the five-minute mark. The pole vault record for
boys was toppled at a height that required the IESA to find their
biggest ladder just to set the bar. Numerous new records were set in
all types of events. There were literally hundreds of stories to be
told. I can share only a few.
That Logan County had its share of
individual state champions should, of course, be of no surprise to
anyone. There was Ashley Bonaparte, whose individual determination
almost single-handedly carried her seventh-grade Chester-East
Lincoln team to a second-place team title. There was Dakin Bolen,
who did the same for the Hartsburg-Emden seventh-grade boys. Then
there was Kate Schonauer from Carroll Catholic, who almost didn't
get to run, when her name was inadvertently left off the official
qualifier's sheet. She not only ran but ran to a first-place finish
in the seventh-grade 200-meter dash. There was the consistently
excellent Wes Umphreys of Hartem, who captured the eighth-grade high
Or I could tell you (as humbly as a
proud dad can tell it) of the West Lincoln-Broadwell 4x100 relay
team of Natalie Boward, Melissa Ramlow, Kylie Sparks and Hilary
Hobler who, having been placed in the "slower lane" in the finals,
not only weren't "slower" but repeated as state champions, blew away
the competition and shattered the state record so that it now stands
at 52.88 seconds. Or I could tell you of an almost identical
dominating victory by the Chester-East Lincoln 4x200 relay team of
Jamie McFadden, Bridgette Hyde, Ashley Bonaparte and Emily Berglin.
And how could I leave out the story of
the ever-so-sweet-and-friendly Rachel Robertson from Mount Pulaski,
who was everywhere for her team and was also the state champion in
the seventh-grade long jump with a jump of 15 feet, 4.5 inches. And
even telling you all that would still leave out too many untold
stories of the effort and determination of all of the other Logan
County athletes who qualified and gave it their all this weekend.
While no Logan County team brought home
a team state championship, the seventh-grade girls from Chester-East
Lincoln came close and the seventh-grade boys from Hartsburg-Emden
came even closer with second-place finishes. C-EL garnered 33
points, compared with the 39 points brought home by this year's
state champion, Champaign St. Matthews. The Hartem seventh-grade
boys missed a state championship team title by ONE point, as
Effingham St. Anthony squeaked out the victory with 26 points to
Hartem's 25. Also, the Carroll Catholic girls managed a sixth-place
finish in 7A competition.
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For their respective teams, the
individual performances of Ashley Bonaparte for C-EL and Dakin Bolen
for Hartem were impressive. Bonaparte was part of the state champion
C-EL 4x200 relay team, jumped 15 feet, 1.25 inches to take home a
second-place medal in the long jump and ran to third-place finishes
in both the 100-meter and 200-meter dash. Dakin Bolen was part of
the first-place 4x200 relay team, won second place in the 200 and
was fourth in the highly competitive 100-meter dash.
Obviously no one person wins his or her
team a second-place title, and such was the case for both C-EL and
Hartem. The remaining points for the C-EL seventh-grade girls came
from the previously mentioned members of the 4x200 relay team and
the 4x400 relay team of Desirae Lercher, Amy Fellers, Emily Berglin
and Bridgette Hyde, who came in sixth. Hartem's other points came
from Dustin Bolen in the seventh-grade high jump and the remaining
members of the 4x 200 relay team, namely Tarel Stancle, Mitchell
Gleason and Dustin Bolen. Dustin leaped to 5 feet, 2 inches before
the high jump bar fell, winning him a seventh-place medal.
Additionally, in other events for 7A
girls, the following competitors ran and jumped to receive medals:
Kylie Sparks, WL-B, fourth place, 200 meters; Carroll Catholic 4x200
relay team of Kate Schonauer, Chrissy Schonauer, Abbie Feldman and
Lexi Springer, fifth place; Kate Schonauer, Carroll Catholic, sixth
place in the long jump; Chrissy Schonauer, Carroll Catholic, seventh
place in the shot put; Mikel Reed, Mount Pulaski, seventh place, 200
meters; and the Mount Pulaski 4x200 relay team, fifth place.
In action for 7A boys, the C-EL relay
team finished sixth in the 4x200 race.
Among 8A girls, the only medal winner
other than the WL-B 4x100 state champions was a second place for the
strong performance of Abby Olsen of Hartsburg-Emden in the shot put.
For 8A boys, the Hartem 4 x 400 relay
team placed sixth, while Carroll Catholic's Justin Ritchhart threw
to fourth place in the shot put with a best throw of 44 feet, 8.5
are just some of the stories. I can tell you all this, but you
really do have to be there (maybe the pictures associated with this
article will help) to capture the emotion of a very young person
running in front of a crowd, sometimes almost as big or bigger than
her or his hometown, realizing champion status or finishing last,
but still finishing. Some collapsed from the effort. Others had the
unsurpassed energy of children and ran all the way from their event
to the medal tent to get and proudly display their accomplishment.
For every victory shout of joy, there were several tears of loss.
Either way, every young person who competed was a champion in the
eyes of those in the stands who love them. And at this age level…
that's really all that matters. Congratulations to all who gave it
[Rick L. Hobler]
[MAY 19, 2003]
Lincoln 000 100 0 - 1-2-0
Olympia 000 000 0 - 0-5-2
Jason Fitzpatrick (W) and John Peters; Andrew Lee (L, 2-3) and Rush
Hitting stars - Olympia - Ross Thompson (2 hits).
Pitching star - Lincoln - Fitzpatrick (7 IP, 0 ER, 5 SO, 0 BB).
Records - Lincoln 14-13, Olympia 20-10
Lincoln 000 000 500 - 5-10-1
Olympia 040 100 001 - 6-7-1
Brock Werner, Bob Maestas (7, L) and Peters; Ross Thompson, Zach
Kufhuss (7), Derek Dudgon (7, W, 2-0) and Brad Brooks.
Hitting stars - Lincoln - Peters (2 hits), Harnacker (2 hits);
Olympia - Derek Foley (2 hits, RBI).
Pitching star - Olympia - Thompson (6 IP, 0 R, 0 ER, 5 SO, 0 BB).
Records - Lincoln 14-13, Olympia 20-10.
[MAY 19, 2003]
Midwest Central 000 000 0 - 0-3-1
000 022 x - 4-7-1
Lewis (L, 9-5) and Livengood; Jessie Shay W, 23-2) and Amber Lessen.
Hitting star - Olympia - Tiffany Prager (2 hits, RBI, triple).
Pitching star - Olympia - Shay (2 hits, 2 strikeouts).
Midwest Central 000 000 0 - 0-4-0
200 000 x - 2-4-2
Woiwode (L, 9-5) and Livengood; Lindsay Watkins (W, 5-0) and Katie
Records - Olympia 31-2, Midwest Central 20-10.
school track and field
[MAY 19, 2003]
1. Olympia 89; 15. Delavan-Hartsburg-Emden
100 meters - 1. Joyce (O), 11.9
200 - 3. Joyce (O), 22.8
400 - 3. McClain (O), 51.7
300 hurdles - 8. Myers (O), 43.6
High jump - 1. Raes (O), 6-6 (meet record)
Long jump - 4. Raes (O), 20-2 1/2
Discus - 1. Schultz (O), 158-9
Shot put - 1. Schultz (O), 58 - 1/2 (meet record)
Pole vault - 6. Hish (O), 12-0; Slager (O), 12-0
400 relay - 2. Olympia, 44.2
800 relay - 4. Olympia, 1:32.8 (school record)
1,600 relay - 1. Olympia, 3:30.5
3,200 relay - 5. Olympia, 8:31
Articles from the past week
Area junior high
track teams bring home sectional titles
West Lincoln-Broadwell girls and Hartsburg boys get first
track and field
Basketball camp dates
Cards and Cubs at it again
By Jeff Mayfield
[MAY 19, 2003]
this time it's not just the game between the lines. Both dugouts are
spending more time yakking at the umpires than Joan and Melissa
Rivers do yakking about who's wearing what at the Oscars.
Speaking of Oscars, BOTH teams appear
to be taking lots of acting classes. I know managers and pitching
coaches always think that they're getting squeezed on the calls, but
if you REALLY want something to complain about, look at the strike
zone that Atlanta pitchers have gotten the last 10 years! I think
even I could through a few strikes if you're gonna give me six
inches on either side of the plate.
Also, if I were a manager I think I
would be a lot more concerned about horrible base running and guys
missing their cutoff men! As good as today's players are, sometimes
the fundamentals that many of us were taught as kids just aren't
there. How can that be tolerated by today's managers and
front-office people? I just don't understand it. Especially when
you've got pitchers on both teams going out there and busting their
butts for six, seven or eight innings, and then to have a game
thrown away because of an error… and not just any error, but mental
errors… That's a killer!
…for the next couple of months is
tonight. Greg and I will be discussing some of these issues as well
Greg ripped Tomko and Simontacchi the
last two weeks on our show, and they've both fared well… We want to
get Greg's take on that.
Even if the Cubs lose on Monday and go
only 1-3, I STILL think they will be OK. They are so much more
competitive with Dusty Baker at the helm, they seem to be in every
game… and I've been saying all along that I think they will be there
for the long haul. I think Greg will agree with us on that.
The Cubs are now 4-22 since 2000 in St.
Louis… How will Greg explain that?
Lots of talk coming out of Chicago
regarding the Cubs picking up a third baseman. The names I keep
hearing are Aaron Boone out of Cincinnati and Mike Lowell out of
Florida. We'll see what Greg's take is on that, or if the Cubs
should even make a move at all. I don't even want to tell Greg what
former Cubbie Bill Mueller is hitting over in Boston…
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Greg may have some questions for me
too. Like what is up with the Cardinal bullpen? Will J.D. Drew get
shipped or will he continue to battle injuries? What in the world is
going on with Rick Ankiel? Should the Birds ship him, convert him to
an outfielder or just continue to be patient with him and hope that
the magic returns? What's up with the slumping bats of Jim Edmonds
and Tino Martinez? And is Vina staying or going? And who knows what
other stuff Greg will be masterminding before our last spring
episode? Catch us at 6 tonight right here on the
LDN live link, on CITV 5
or on FIX 96.3 FM radio or call us at (217) 735-3306.
And we will both lament what is
happening to the Chicago White Sox.
CONGRATULATIONS to C-EL, Hartsburg-Emden and Carroll Catholic
…for their outstanding showing at last
weekend's IESA 7A state track meets! Chester-East Lincoln girls took
home a second place trophy, while Carroll finished sixth. The Hartem
boys also brought home a second-place trophy. Congratulations to all
of these students for representing Logan County so well!
keep up winning record
The Lincoln Railers baseball team has
fought off cold conditions, rain and untimely hitting to stay on the
winning side of the ledger of late. After missing several good
opportunities to take a game from Jacksonville last week and
settling for a tie, Lincoln was able to split with Olympia on
Saturday. Jason Fitzpatrick struck out five and limited last year's
Class A state champions to one run on two hits in a 1-0 shutout.
Olympia won the nightcap 6-5. The Railsplitters moved their record
Have a great
Basketball camp dates announced
[MAY 14, 2003]
-- 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
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.
here to download the Adobe Acrobat reader for the PDF file.]
[Todd Kober, director of
Illinois State University]
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