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Okawville Cross Country Season Starts Monday

The Okawville High School boys’ and girls’ cross country teams began official practice on Monday, August 8. The first meet for both teams will be on August 22, at New Athens. The Rockets will be led by four-year runners and seniors Joseph Jansen, Jared Juenger, Evan Perry, and Grant Schleifer. Schleifer qualified for the IHSA State Meet…

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Junior Hornets Lose Opener at Freeburg

The Okawville Junior Rockets opened their season on the wrong end of a 10-0 score at Freeburg last Thursday. Braylen Turner started for Okawville. He gave up just one run through the first three innings before Freeburg scored eight times in the bottom of the fourth. Caleb Hagarty also threw an inning of relief. The…

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Junior Lady Rockets Win First Two

A huge seventh inning gave the Okawville Junior High Junior Lady Rockets a 15-1 win over Coulterville in the season opener last Tuesday. Leading 5-1 heading into the final frame, Okawville exploded for ten runs in the top of the seventh, with Jilien Harre, Anna Herzig, Schae Juenger, Kenley Hackstadt, and Addi Hasheider all driving…

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Junior High Track Season Underway

Junior High Track: April 2, April 5, April 6, and April 9 meets Junior high track season is in full swing with 25 new and 4 returning members. The first meet at Mater Dei on March 30 was canceled due to weather conditions and will not be rescheduled. The boys and girls teams had a…

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Prest Competes in College Cheer Nationals in Florida

Okawville High School graduate Bryleigh Prest, competed in the National Cheer Association College Cheer Nationals with the Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville Cheer Squad in Daytona Beach, Florida last weekend. The team finished ninth out of the 14 teams in the division.  The three day event hosted over 350 College cheer and dance teams.  Bryleigh’s parents Brian…

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Tumultuous Week Ends with Coach’s Resignation

By Travis Volz A week that started with a social media storm surrounding the potential firing of Okawville Lady Rockets basketball coach Michelle Hasheider-Burianek ended with her resignation Saturday morning. More than 100 members of the community were on hand at last Thursday’s West Washington County Unit District 10 Board meeting following reports that the…

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OJHS Netters Fall to Germantown in Regional

The season ended for the Okawville Junior Lady Rockets volleyball team with a first round loss in the regionals to Germantown 25-22, 25-18.  Caroline Tepe once again led the way with five kills and 14 digs. Jilien Harre had nine points on serve and eight digs. Jaelyn Going had twelve digs, and Cadee Wiedwilt had…

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Rockets Blanked 11-0 Against Mater Dei

The Okawville Rockets baseball team was blanked 11-0 in the opener Monday at Mater Dei. Mater Dei struck for two runs in the home half of the first inning, and the Knights added to their lead in the second and third innings on the way to the win. Landon Schmersahl and Levi Traub accounted for…

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Lady Rockets Win Two of Three

Okawville coach Elizabeth Thoel picked up her first win as varsity softball coach when the Lady Rockets beat Centralia 12-5 in the season opener last Wednesday. Centralia struck first with two runs in the bottom of the first inning, but the Lady Rockets responded with four runs in the top of the secon and then…

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Tepe Joining KC Harriers

By Travis Volz Cross country harriers just run in the Tepe family. Chloe Tepe signed to run for the Kaskaskia College Blue Angels, joining her sister as another Lady Rocket to compete at the college level. A runner like her mother Val, who coaches the Okawville harriers, Chloe Tepe says she enjoys the sport. “I…

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