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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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Three Lady Rockets Named to All-State Teams

Three Lady Rockets were tapped for all-state teams, with Alayna Kraus, Briley Rhodes and Megan Rennegarbe earning statewide honors. Alayna Kraus, Briley Rhodes and Megan Rennegarbe were named to the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association team, and Kraus and Rhodes earning inclusion on the Associated Press list. Alayna Kraus was named to the AP Class A…

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New Softball Coach Ready for First Season

By Travis Volz A new face will be in the dugout when the Okawville Lady Rockets open the spring softball season next week. Liz Thoel is in her first year of teaching fourth grade and coaching at Okawville, and she wasted no time in getting to know her players. “A saw a few of the…

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Barkau Stepping Into Big Job for Rockets

By Travis Volz Beau Barkau has been coaching baseball for years, and he is ready to take over the big job for the Okawville Rockets. After six years as an assistant coach under Jackie Smith, Barkau is learning the varsity job is more than just baseball fundamentals. “This is the first time I’ve put together…

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