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Okawville Harriers Advance to Sectional

Three Okawville harriers advanced to the Wesclin Sectional after competing at the Benton Regional Saturday. Grant Schleifer, Chloe Tepe and Lydia Luechtefeld punched their tickets to the next round of postseason competition with their finishes at Benton. Schleifer had the best overall finish, taking sixth out of the 110 competitors with a time of 15:26.…

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Softball Player Finishes First Fall Season

Shaye Sawicki has completed her first fall softball season with Southeastern Illinois College in Harrisburg. The team won four games and lost one  in a Junior College Invitational in Jonesboro, Arkansas Friday and Saturday. Sawicki had a walk-off single to win the final game. In five games she had 3 hits in 4 at bats,…

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Lady Rocket Netters Heading Into Home Stretch of Season

The Okawville Lady Rockets began a long week of volleyball by clinching a Cahokia Conference title with a gritty road victory at Wesclin 22-25, 25-23, 25-22. The team was behind 16-10 in the third set but finished with a 15-6 run to win the match.  The Lady Rockets improved to 8-0 in the conference and…

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Lady Rocket Harriers Win Conference Championship

With the top two finishers in the race, the Okawville Lady Rockets won the Illinois Division in the Cahokia Conference Saturday at New Athens. Chloe Tepe was the individual champion, Lydia Luechtefeld took second overall, and Cindy Snyder and Sarah Cook finished in the top ten to give Okawville four runners on the All Conference…

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Lady Rockets’ Win Streak Halted at 13

After big victories over Valmeyer and Chester last week, the Okawville Lady Rockets’ win streak ended at 13 matches after a three-set loss at Alton Marquette. The match against Valmeyer last Tuesday was for the top seed in the regional, and the Lady Rockets fought back from a first set loss to win the match…

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New Press Box in Nashville Dedicated to ‘Doc’ Goforth

By Travis Volz Seven years after his death, Dr. Gary Goforth is still helping the community he called home. For almost 40 years, “Doc” Goforth served both the Okawville and Nashville communities, and not only as a doctor. His community involvement was deep, and he served a multitude of organizations and boards. Even after his…

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Finding Officials for Prep Sports Becoming Challenging

By Travis Volz The COVID pandemic has accelerated a trend that could negatively affect high school and middle school sports in the coming years: a lack of officials. Though Okawville has been proactive in hiring officials, athletic director Jon Kraus said that he is hearing from other schools that it is getting more difficult to…

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OHS Cross Country Teams Compete Twice

Okawville’s cross country teams competed at Chester and Wesclin last week. At Chester last Thursday, medals were awarded to freshman/sophomore and varsity runners. Chloe Tepe finished fourth in the varsity race at 22:02, and Cindy Snyder finished 13th with a time of 24:15. Kylie Buehler was 23rd among varsity runners with a time of 27:20.…

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Lady Rocket Netters Win 11th Straight

The Okawville Lady Rockets volleyball made it eleven wins in a row with road victories in matches at Chester, Red Bud, and Christ Our Rock. Okawville traveled to Chester last Tuesday with first place in the Cahokia Conference on the line and won 26-24, 25-21.  Chester played a terrific first set and had a 24-20…

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Rocket Golfers Advance to Sectional

The Okawville Rockets golf team earned a spot in the McLeansboro Sectional with a third place finish at last Wednesday’s regional meet. Okawville’s score of 348 was enough to advance out of the Gibault Regional held at Acorns Golf Links in Waterloo. It was a team effort, with three Rockets finishing within one stroke of…

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