Area Sports

Nashville Park League Cancels Seasons; Pool On Hold

The Washington County Pony Leage announced that the 2020 T-ball, baseball and softball seasons will be cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. League president Kristin Storey released a statement that announced the cancellation earlier this week. “We tried to hold out as long as possible due to the ever-changing guidelines, but at this time we…

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Washington County Fair Cancelled

For the first time since World War II, the Washington County Fair will not be held this summer. Rhonda Mueller, President of the Washington County Fair Board, announced the fair’s cancellation in a statement Tuesday morning. Citing health and safety concerns due to the coronavirus pandemic, the county fair board made the decision to cancel…

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Okawville Invited to Join Cahokia Conference

The board voted to accept an invitation for Okawville High School to join the Cahokia Conference in either the 2021-22 or 2022-23 school year. The Cahokia Conference is seeking to expand, and several area schools have been invited to join. The proposed plan is to have three divisions comprised of six schools each, with Okawville…

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Church Revives Vintage Games For Social Distance Game Nights

Church members in a congregation are often like a big family; and just like traditional family units, members want to spend time together. That is no different for Lighthouse Community Church in Okawville and Nashville. “At LCC we have a saying,” says Pastor Danny Donato, “we do life together.” Meaning they spend time together beyond…

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McFeron Named to NCAA Advisory Committee

Nashville High School graduate and University of Evansville softball player Mackenzie McFeron has been appointed as a member of the NCAA Division I Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) for a 2-year appointment, which begins on July 1, 2020 and runs through July 1, 2022. McFeron will serve as the Missouri Valley Conference SAAC representative on the…

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OCYA: No Ball This Summer & Nashville Memorial Park Still On Hold

It will be a summer without baseball in Okawville, as the OCYA announced the cancellation of baseball, softball and T-ball seasons for the coming year. According to a statement on the OCYA Facebook page, the board made the decision in order to remain in compliance with Governor J.B. Pritzker’s phased reopening plan. Refunds for fees…

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Local Students Named Post Dispatch Scholar Athletes

Two area students who participate in athletics and excel in the classroom were named St. Louis Post Dispatch Scholar Athletes earlier this week. Megan Cook of Okawville and Elise Spencer of Nashville were honored for lettering in at least one varsity sport, in the top 25 percent of their graduating class, and who are in…

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Rocket Senior Baseball Players Recognized

Two Okawville High baseball players were recognized at the end of their senior season. Unfortunately, school closed due to COVID-19 in mid March, before the first game was played. Seniors Brayden Miller, pitcher, outfielder, and first baseman. He is the son of Travis and DeeAnna Miller. Jackson Heckert, pitcher, first baseman, came into his senior…

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Lady Rockets Basketball Players Receive Awards

Okawville High girl varsity basketball coach Michelle-Hasheider-Burianek and junior varisty coach Haylee Althoff presented end of season awards via Facebook, because the team could not meet in person. Coach Hasheider-Burianek said it was a memorable season to reach to Elite 8, noting  “It was further than anyone thought we could go,” she said. “What I…

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IBCA Honors Six Local Coaches

Student-athletes in Washington County are well-coached, according to the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association. Six coaches from Okawville and Nashville schools were named to the IBCA Coach of the Year list, including all four high school coaches. Okawville Lady Rockets’ coach Michelle Hasheider-Burianek and Nashville Hornettes’ coach Doug Althoff were among the high school coaches named…

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