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    Sadie Bergmann kicks the soccer ball under the watchful eyes of her coach, Serena Wisneski, and her daughter Brylee, during practice at OYCA Park last week. Games will be played on Sunday and Tuesday evenings.

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Pick up this week's issue to read about Rocket and Jr. Rocket sports, including the Lady Rockets XC 2nd Place Finish at New Athens, plus Boys Cross-Country, Golf, Volleyball, Baseball and Softball.

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Leon Kuhl’s baseball career ended before it began, but his softball career lasted for decades. He recently capped that career when he was elected into the St. Louis Association Metro Senior Softball Hall of Fame.

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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. 

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Okawville students participated in The Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) Greenville Sports/Power Camp which was held June 27-29. 

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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.

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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.

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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 …

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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.  

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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…

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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…

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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.

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Okawville Rocket players, cheerleaders and coaches were recognized for winning the 1A State Championship in the Illinois House of Representatives on April 24. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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…