Numerous locals rode Keith Heseman’s thirteen seat bicycle in the Tour de Belleville last Saturday. The participants included Nathan and Cindy Kasten, Steve and Julie Weeke, Mark and Sara Leonhardt, Aaron and Donna Tebbe, Steve and Stephanie Meyer, John and Ann Heiman, and Janelle Kuhn.
Pitcher Kirk Rueter of Nashville was one of the players of the 2002 Giants World Series team that was honored at a reunion June 23. It was held at AT & T Park in San Francisco as part of the 60 years in San Francisco celebration.
Richard Lintker sits his daughter Reese in the Stanley Cup that the Washington Senators Hockey team won. Lintker is the Director of Ticket Sales and Services for the team.
Madelyn Tepe broke the school record in the 800-meter run while competing at the IHSA State Tack Meet. In the preliminary round, Tepe notched a time 2:17.98, and in the finals she ran it in 2:18.63, good for a 6th place finish. She is only the second female individual from Okawville to ever …
The Immanuel Lutheran track team competed at Lutheran State in Chicago May 19-20 and finished third in the small school division at the Southern Illinois District track meet held at Freeburg High School.
Luke Hensler (seated center) will continue his basketball career while in college. He signed his letter of intent with Southwestern Illinois College, receiving a full athletic scholarship. As a senior at Okawville, Hensler averaged 14 points, seven rebounds, and two blocks per game during t…
Megan Hettenhausen (seated, center) will play golf for Illinois College next year. Joining her at the signing are her parents, Jim and Stacey. The senior golfer played all four years at Okawville. Standing behind them are Okawville High School athletic director Jon Kraus and Lady Rockets’ go…
Paige Kasten of Nashville High and Madelyn Tepe of Okawville High were recently named St. Louis Post Dispatch Scholar-Athletes. The two Washington County students were among those honored at Busch Stadium prior to a Cardinals game.
A total of 115 children have signed up to play on Okawville Community Youth Association boys and girls t-ball, softball and baseball teams this year. That is the largest number in the past four years, said OCYA president Ryan Welch.
Read the latest details on the Rockets baseball team going 1 for 4, and the Lady Rocket Softball team's first win against Odin - a short game shutout, in this week's issue.
In the last four years, the Belleville News-Democrat Small School Player of the Year could be found in the halls of Okawville High School three times, now that Luke Hensler has earned the honor.
While the Rockets have been held to just a few baseball games due to an uncooperative Mother Nature, two former Rockets are getting some time in on the diamond this spring.
ROCKETS - HIGHLIGHTSThe Okawville Rockets dropped a pair of games to start the season against Rockford-Lutheran and Pinckneyville. Games against Trico, Valmeyer, Mascoutah and Marissa are planned in the next week. (The 3/19 game against Wesclin was rained out)
On Thursday the Lady Rockets traveled to White Hall to take on the Lebanon Greyhounds for the sectional championship. The Lady Rockets lost a heartbreaker to Lebanon by a score of 50-46.
Illinois State University swimmer and Okawville High graduate Rachel Holm competed in her final home meet of the season Saturday when the Lady Redbirds beat Washington-St. Louis, 214-84.
On January 27, players and fans from the past five-plus decades gathered at St. Libory for the first ever, "Alumni Games". Games were broken out by decade for graduates from the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s, and most of the 1960s players were introduced.
Jon Kraus says he is fortunate at having the chance to learn from some great coaches. He learned those lessons well, as he was recently named the National Federation of State High School Associations Coach of the Year.
Hensler was the leading scorer, with 31 points. Read the full story and see what's up next for the Rockets in this week's issue.
Okawville Rockets lost to Mater Dei in the fifth place game at the Mater Dei Christmas Tournament last week, landing them in sixth place overall for the tourney.
Madelyn Tepe grabs a rebound during the Lady Rockets’ loss to Mater Dei last week. The Okawville Lady Rockets dropped their first game of the year to Mater Dei last Tuesday by a score of 39-37.Leading 33-29 at the end of the third quarter, Okawville was out-scored 10-4 over the final eight m…
Luke Hensler and Caleb Frederking were named to the Kaskaskian Classic All Tournament Team. Luke is the son of Ed and Julie Hensler of rural Okawville. Caleb is the son of Brian and Debbie Frederking of rural Okawville.
It was an all Washington County championship at the Nashville Invitational Thanksgiving Tournament, and it was the Okawville Lady Rockets claiming the trophy for the first time.
Blake Meentemeyer, a 2004 Okawville High School graduate, has been tapped for a position at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL. He is now the Assistant Director of Golf Maintenance Operations for the two 18 hole golf courses located there.
Madelyn Tepe competed at the IHSA State Cross Country Meet last weekend at Detweiler Park in Peoria. The Okawville senior finished 69th overall out of 208 runners with a time of 19:16.