Area Sports

Local Fitness Center Gets Beginning Of Year Bump

New Years Resolutions are good for business at the Okawville Body Works. People who vowed to themselves that starting on January 1, they would get lose weight and exercise more start coming to the fitness center. For some patrons, it is coming back to Body Works to pick back up where they left off months…

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Dual Credit Classes Help County Students Advance

By Travis Volz With the costs of higher education ever increasing, local high schools are working with Kaskaskia College to provide dual-credit classes for students. Both high schools in the county have agreements to offer classes for college credit in house, though offering those classes has become more challenging in the last few years. According…

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Donato Hits the Gridiron in Kentucky

By Travis Volz Not every athlete from the area was unable to play football last fall. Bryce Donato of Nashville just had to leave the state to do it. Donato, who played football for three years in Nashville, moved in with relatives in Kentucky to compete in athletics for his senior year of high school.…

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Rennegarbe Tapped for IBCA Hall of Fame

By Travis Volz Climbing the ranks of basketball officials to the NCAA Division 1 level took years of effort, but it was never work for Greg Rennegarbe. “Once I got done playing basketball, I still wanted to stay involved in the sport,” the Addieville man said. “Officiating filled that void for me.” After more than…

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Kraus Plans to Turn Recreation into Vocation

By Travis Volz Golf is more than a sport to Okawville’s Chloe Kraus. It’s a mental game as well as a physical one, and the senior at Okawville High School wants to make a career of it. Kraus will play golf at Methodist University in Fayetteville, North Carolina in the next school year, with a…

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Former Basketball Coach At OHS, Benton and SIUC Has Died

A legendary basketball coach who started his career at Okawville High decades ago has died. Rich Herrin, of Carterville, died Friday, December 25 at the age of 87. The Bridgeport native and McKendree College athlete and  graduate and his wife Sue came to Okawville in 1956 for his first teaching and coaching position. He compiled…

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OGS Teacher Earns Masters Degree

Christy Sweet earned a Masters Degree in Education Administration from Eastern Illinois University in December 2020. She attended classes half on line and half in the classroom. Sweet’s future plan is to find an administrative position as a principal or an assistant principal for the 2021-2022 school year. She and her husband Alex hope to…

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College Basketball Season Underway for Local Players

Though high school gyms across Illinois are quiet so far this winter, several former Okawville basketball players have hit the hardwood in college. Five former Okawville roundballers are playing at the next level, including NCAA Division 1 players Noah Frederking and Madison Hackstadt. Noah Frederking has had the biggest role so far this winter, starting…

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OHS Golfer Picked For All-South Honor

Okawville High senior Chloe Kraus was named to the Southern Illinois Coaches Association  All-South Golf team for her outstanding season.   Kraus had a 37 average. She placed first in the Gibault Regional, with a 75, and 17th in the  Salem Sectional, with a 84. Kraus would have qualified for the state match, but no…

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Okawville Alumni Tapped for IBCA Hall of Fame Induction

Okawville will have two more members of the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame. Abel Schrader and Jon Kraus will be among the 2021 IBCA Hall of Fame Class. Schrader will be inducted as a player and Kraus as a coach. Schrader says that being able to play in Okawville helped his career immensely.…

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