The South Central Cougars were three outs away from another Sweet 16 trip, but the Edwards County Lions came back to break the hearts of Cougar Nation with a walk-off grand slam in the bottom of the seventh.
The Cougars (13-11) carried a 3-1 lead into the final inning after Ryan Matheny singled, took second on an errant pickoff toss and went to third on Caleb Harpster’s infield single.
The Cougars then pulled off what has been a staple in coach Curt Jones tenure with the team, a delayed double steal that allowed Matheny to score the games first run in the second inning.
Edwards County tied the game in the fifth inning on a solo homer by starting pitcher Nathaniel Schmittler. However, that tie was short-lived as the Cougars jumped back on top in the sixth.
Gavin Ratermann worked a one-out walk and Brett Harmeier followed with a double putting runners at the corners. Cougars starter Trent Geiler was intentionally walked to load the bases for Trevor Markley.
He hit a sacrifice fly to score Ratermann and Matheny followed with a double to score Harmeier with the trail runner being gunned out at the plate.
Edwards County loaded the bases in the bottom of the seventh and the number nine hitter Levi Reid came through with a game tying hit. After the Lions loaded the bases again, Eli Mossen launched a grand-slam to send the Lions to the Sectional Finals. Mossen was called out at the plate for taking off his helmet before crossing home leading to the final score being 6-3.
The Sweet 16 matchup will be Saturday against the winner of Thursday’s game between the host North Clay Cardinals and Oblong.
Also in Thursday Sectional play Carrollton will take on Okawville at Carlinville. Woodlawn takes on Cobden at Goreville followed by the hosts and Trico.
In Class 2A Sectionals Murphysboro defeated Zeigler Royalton 9-1 at DuQuoin. At Teutopolis, Newton got by Piasa Southwestern 9-8 and the host Wooden Shoes beat Wesclin 6-1.
The Class 1A State Track & Field meet held preliminaries yesterday at O’Brien Stadium in Charleston.
Patoka/South Central senior sprinter Chase Riley will be running in the finals of the 100m qualifying in the final spot with a time of 11.42. Riley just missed out of the 200 finals finishing .04 seconds behind the final qualifying time.
Also competing in event finals today, Vandalia’s Curtis Gordon was the top qualifier in the pole vault going 13-6 and also qualified for the 110 high hurdles final. Teammate Ethan Meyer qualified for the triple jump finals. Nashville qualified for the finals in the 4×800 meter relay.
The 2A/3A preliminaries will be held today with all 3 state finals being completed on Saturday.
The United States Air Force Band of Mid-America, “The Airlifter Brass” will highlight the third Annual Veterans Celebration on Sunday, June 5 at 6:00 p.m. at the Veterans Tribute, located on the main campus of Kaskaskia College. “The Airlifter Brass” will be performing a patriotic selection during a program that will feature an evening of patriotism and praise. The Reverend Mark Girardin of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Centralia will be the featured speaker.
The evening will also feature the United States Transportation Command Joint Service Color Guard from Scott Air Force Base, and a song by Morgan Isaiah of Centralia. Guests are asked to bring their lawn chairs and come out for a wonderful evening and view the Tribute project. Built to recognize veterans who have connections to the counties of Bond, Clinton, Fayette, Marion and Washington.
For more information please call Jim Beasley at 618-292-4461, or Sarah Cary at 618-533-1707.
St. Peter’s Lutheran Church News
Worship attendance on Saturday evening was 94.
Worship attendance on Sunday morning was 91.
The organist was Rev. Alan Holtz.
Acolyte was Collin Miller.
Attending Elders were Brien Guy and Paul Reynolds.
Remember in Your Prayers
Those with health concerns:
Mourning a loss
The family of Peggy Evanoff
Those with long term health concerns
Those serving our Country
Our Shut ins
Floyd & Donna Oertwig (55)
Leland & Amy Reiss
The South Central School Board met Monday May 23.
Below is a list of actions taken:
* The Board approved the Minutes, Bills, Payroll and the Treasurer’s report.
• The Board approved a request from the Kinmundy Area Sports Sports Corp. to host the 2016-2017 South Central Middle School Girls Softball Games.
• The Board approved a memorandum with the South Central Teachers Association as presented.
• The Board approved advertising used equipment for bids. They will be accepting bids on used equipment.
• The Board approved a permanent transfer of funds from the Working Cash Fund to Transportation to cover the shortfall of state payments.
• The Board approved a resolution to transfer funds from the Education Fund to the Capital Projects Fund.
• The Board heard a report of the amended budget and put that budget on display for 30 days.
• The Board Board approved advertising for bids for Fuel and Food Bids for the 2016-2017 school year.
• The Board approved renewing the membership in the Illinois Association of School Boards for the 2016-2017 school year.
• The Board approved Handbook changes for all buildings for the 2016-2017 school year.
• The Board approved leave of absences for Jessica Lother and Rhonda Moseley.
• The Board accepted an irrevocable letter of retirement from Cindy Garrett to be effective at the end of the 2019-2020 school year.
• The Board accepted a resignation from Dylan Dilley.
• The Board accepted a letter of resignation from Theresa Linder for SCMS Beta Sponsor.
• The Board hired Ed Dial as an evening custodian for SCES pending background check.
• The Board released Wendy Reid as a support staff member effective at the end of the 2015-16 school year.
• The Board extended all district administrators contracts to June 30, 2020
It was nothing new for the South Central Cougars who seemingly find themselves in position for regional championships every year. Despite entering their own 1A regional as the 5th seed in the sub-sectional, South Central relied on their youth growing throughout the season that was filled with bigger schools, and that came to fruition on Saturday at Lions Field in Kinmundy.
Already defeating the 3rd seeded Dieterich Movin’ Maroons in the semifinal, the Cougars faced #2 Neoga in front of their home fans winning a wild game 13-8 with five runs in their final at-bat.
The Cougars jumped out to an early lead playing as the guests on the scoreboard as Trevor Markley and Ryan Matheny had RBI singles to give SC an early 2-0 lead.
Neoga answered back in the bottom of the inning on Cougars starter Gavin Ratermann who has been out with an ankle injury for a couple weeks, making his first start since coming back. Neoga plated 2 runs on 2 hits but Ratermann battled and stranded the bases loaded.
Neoga would break through in the second with four more runs on 3 hits to take a 6-2 advantage.
The Cougars got a run back in the third on an RBI single from Trent Geiler. After holding Neoga scoreless in the bottom of the third, South Central got a little closer with RBI hits from Ratermann and Brett Harmeier made it 6-5.
The Indians got a run back in the fourth increasing their lead back to 7-5. That’s when things started to get crazy.
South Central, sensing their season coming to an end, played with a focus at the plate in their final two at-bats. In the sixth, Ryan McCown was hit by a pitch with one-out and Avery Davis followed it up with a single. Ratermann was then walked to load them up for senior Brett Harmeier who came through with an RBI groundout to make it 7-6.
Trent Geiler then added a 2-run single to get the Cougars their first lead since the opening inning at 8-7 and it appeared as though things were going to be ok in Cougar Nation.
Neoga battled and tied the game with a run in the sxith inning setting up the final inning.
South Central opened up the game with five runs in the inning including RBI hits from Ryan McCown, Harmeier and Geiler and South Central finished off Neoga 13-8.
Kaskaskia College is currently accepting applications for the Jump Start Program for high school students for the summer 2016 semester. The Jump Start program allows high school students to receive a 50% reduction in tuition for up to 3 credit hours. This is a terrific opportunity for high school students to get a “jump start” on their college education while still in high school, and to benefit from cost savings!
Registration for the summer 2016 semester is currently taking place. High School students can obtain the Jump Start application through their high school guidance office or by contacting Fran Windler at 618-545-3049 or email@example.com.
All high school students attending a high school within the Kaskaskia College district are eligible to participate in the program. Spring class offerings can be viewed by visiting the website at: www.kaskaskia.edu/AboutKC/ClassSchedule. A variety of daytime, evening and on-line sections are available.
Deadline to take advantage of this opportunity is June 2nd.
Students are responsible for the remaining half of the tuition costs, fees, and text books. For more information, please contact Fran Windler at 618-545-3049.
An informational meeting will be held at Kinmundy Community Center at 6:30 p.m. on May 24 to help property owners understand their tax bills and assessment change notices.
After participating individuals will better understand how to read their assessment change notices and tax bills. Participants should leave knowing and understanding where their tax dollars are going.
1. CALL TO ORDER
2. ROLL CALL
3. RECOGNITION OF GUESTS
4. MONTHLY BUSINESS
B. BILLS & PAYROLL
C. TREASURER’S REPORT
5. NEW BUSINESS
A. REQUEST FROM THE KINMUNDY AREA SPORTS AND YOUTH OPPORTUNITIES CORPORATION-SCMS SOFTBALL
B. MOU-SICK DAY/PERSONAL DAY CONTRACT LANGUAGE-T.R.S.
C. EQUIPMENT BID-3 BUSES, TRACTOR
D. PERMANENT TRANSFER FROM WORKING CASH TO TRANSPORTATION
E. AMENDED BUDGET
F. FUEL BID
G. FOOD BID
H. IASB ANNUAL DUES
I. HANDBOOK CHANGES
J. FIELD TRIP
K. PRINCIPALS’ REPORTS
6. SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT
7. CLOSED SESSION
A. DISCUSS APPOINTMENTS, EMPLOYMENT, COMPENSATION, BENEFITS, DISCIPLINE, PERFORMANCE, NEGOTIATIONS, OR DISMISSAL OF PERSONNEL
8. MATTERS TO BE ACTED ON FROM CLOSED SESSION
THE NEXT REGULAR MEETING WILL BE JUNE 22, 2016 AT 6:00
Chase Riley, of South Central High School running for Patoka, won the 100m in a time of 11.35 and was second in the 200m in 23.05. He will be competing at the state track meet in Charleston.
The 1A Sectional was held at Newton yesterday. Robinson won the event followed by Newton and Altamont in the top 3. Vandalia was 4th, Patoka 10th and Flora 14th. Curtis Gordon of Vandalia advanced to state in the pole vault and 110 high hurdles and Ethan Meyer of Vandalia in the triple jump.
At Nashville, Pinckneyville won the event followed by Althoff and Wesclin. Nashville was 4th, Okawville 8th, Mater Dei 10th. Nashville won the 4×800 and 4×400 relay and was 2nd in the 4×100. Nashville Gavyn Lietz advanced in the pole vault, Mater Dei’s Luke Goebel was 2nd in the 3200, Nashville’s Derryn Holmes was 2nd in the 400 and the Hornets Brandon Schnitker won the 1600.
The boys track sectionals will be ran today in Class 2A. Salem will join Breese Central, Centralia and Mt Vernon at the Carterville Sectional. Charleston, Effingham, Mattoon, Mt Zion and Olney will compete at Champaign Central.