Area Sports

Heckert Signs to Play Baseball at KC

Jackson Heckert (seated, center) signed with the Kaskaskia College Blue Devils baseball team. He is flanked by parents Kim and Kurt Heckert. Standing in the back row are Okawville athletic director Jon Kraus, Rockets’ baseball coach Jackie Smith, KC baseball coach Mitch Koester, and Heckert’s sister, Jordyn. Read full details in this week’s issue. 

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Rockets Blast Hillsboro In Season Opener

By Jon Kraus The Rockets opened the 2019 basketball campaign on Saturday night with a 62-34 victory over Hillsboro in their first pool game of the Carlyle Kaskaskian Classic. The Rockets and Hillsboro both got off to slow starts in the opening quarter of the season, and Hillsboro grabbed the 10-8 advantage after one. The…

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Lady Rocket Netters Named All-South Volleyball Team

Lady Rockets seniors Lindsey Averbeck and Megan Schleifer were named to the All-South Volleyball team. Lindsey is the daughter of Leon and Brenda Averbeck of Lively Grove. Megan is the daughter of Jason and Tricia Schleifer of Okawville. Hazel Konkel, Abby Wesselman, Delaney Varel, and Sydney Schnitker of Nashville were also named. Other All-South players…

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Lady Rockets Open Season With Win

It was not pretty, but the Okawville Lady Rockets managed a win over Wesclin in the season opener Monday at the Nashville Thanksgiving Tournament. Okawville shot just 18 percent from the field, but the Lady Rockets dominated the boards to eke out a 31-26 win. Cold shooting by the Lady Rockets allowed the Lady Warriors…

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Junior Lady Rockets Win Five Straight; Junior Rockets Split Two

The Okawville Junior High Junior Lady Rockets continued their hot start to the season with five more wins over the last two weeks. Full details and stats are available in this week’s issue. Okawville 45, Breese 24 Okawville 50, Carlyle 25 Okawville 28, Germantown 14 Okawville 50, Lebanon 12 Okawville 41, Lebanon 36 Jr. Rockets…

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Lady Titans Win All Lutheran Tournament

The Immanuel Lutheran/Trinity-St. John Lady Titans won the ILS/TSJ All Lutheran Tournament with three straight wins last week. Get the full game details and stats in this week’s issue. ILS/TSJ 41, Zion-Litchfield 12 ILS/TSJ 49, Trinity-Hoyleton 13 ILS/TSJ 54, St. John-Chester 27 Lady Titans on All-Tournament Team Obermeier, Bening and Renth were named to the…

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Frederking’s Evansville Team Upsets Top-Ranked Kentucky

Noah Frederking and the unranked Evansville Purple Aces knocked off top-ranked Kentucky 67-64 for their second win on the young season. Frederking started for the Purple Aces and played 28 minutes, scoring eight points and grabbing four rebounds.    Evansville’s win was no fluke. They held the lead for most of the game and out-shot…

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Local Players Suiting Up for McKendree

Pick up this week’s issue to read about three local athlete’s on the court for McKendree University. Luke Hensler, an Okawville graduate, is moving over from SWIC as a sophomore. Two other players from Washington County will be suiting with Hensler for the Bearcats: Nashville High School graduates Troy Pedtke and Bryce Bultman. Read more…

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Rocket/Lady Rocket Basketball Gearing Up for New Season

Rockets Okawville Rockets’ coach Jon Kraus thinks this season will have highs and lows. And that is just in the team picture. This year’s Okawville team will have a couple of bigs, but most of the squad will be six foot or less. “We don’t really have many mid-size players,” Kraus said. “We’ve got a…

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Former Big Leaguers Forming Sports Academy in Centralia

Kirk Rueter threw his last pitch for the San Francisco Giants in 2005. Since then, the Hoyleton native has watched his daughters’ sports and largely stayed out of the baseball business. That is until now. Rueter will be one of the former big leaguers providing lessons at the new Gary Gaetti Sports Center in Centralia.…

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