Bulletin Board: The end (of an era) is near

ATWOOD — The Oct. 18 football homecoming game at Atwood-Hammond will be a special one: It will be the school’s final one.

A year ago, Atwood-Hammond teamed with Arthur-Lovington for a co-op in most sports. In June, A-H will close and become part of the Arthur-Lovington district.

The A-L/A-H football homecoming game next week will be against Arcola. All A-H alums who wear an A-H shirt or jersey will be admitted free. Alumni band members will join the current band on the field prior to the 7 p.m. kickoff for the playing of the national anthem. Alumni cheerleaders will join current cheerleaders in a performance of the school song.

A-H’s football history includes a Class 1A state championship in 1980 under coach John Lyons as well as a mythical state title in 1929 under coach Clarence Rogers.

Former Rajahs who went on to play football at Illinois include Richard Fay (Class of 1936), Jeff Mauck (1985), George Walsh (1954) and Kenneth “Tug” Wilson (1925), who later became president of the U.S. Olympic Committee from 1953 to ’65.

On Oct. 17, Atwood-Hammond’s volleyball team (the only sport not currently in a co-op with A-L) will play its final home match, entertaining Okaw Valley.
 
Central catcher to Lake Land
CHAMPAIGN — Central senior Jake Cribbett, a first-team All-Big 12 Conference catcher, gave an oral commitment to continue his baseball career at Mattoon’s Lake Land College. A three-year starter, Cribbett batted .358 last season, driving in 22 runs. His nine extra-base hits were second among the Maroons.

Ex-Illini headed to Hall
Nine former Illini basketball players and Champaign’s Jesse Clements will be among the 25 individuals in the third induction class for the Pinckneyville-based Illinois High School Basketball Hall of Fame. The Nov. 2 ceremony will take place at Champaign’s Hilton Garden Inn. Tickets are $25 and must be reserved by Oct. 25.

Clements was on the five-player all-tournament state team in 1944, when the Maroons placed fourth, and in 1945, when the school was the state runner-up.

The ex-Illini to be honored are Paris’ Dick Foley (1947, 1948, 1949), Westinghouse’s Kiwane Garris (1994, 1995, 1996,1997), Hebron’s Phil Judson (1955, 1956), Mount Vernon’s Walt “Junior” Kirk (1944, 1945, 1947), Collinsville’s Bogie Redmon (1963, 1964, 1965), Taylorville’s Billy Ridley (1954, 1955, 1956), Peoria Central’s Hiles Stout (1955, 1956, 1957), Elgin’s Don Sunderlage (1949, 1950, 1951) and Simeon’s Deon Thomas (1991, 1992, 1993, 1994).
Executive director Dick Corn can be contacted at 618-357-5205 for ticket requests.

Among the five women to be inducted are Olympian Jackie Joyner-Kersee, from East St. Louis Lincoln. Two former News-Gazette All-State Players of the Year also will be enshrined: Maine West’s Nancy Kennelly Olson (1987) and Immaculate Heart of Mary’s Michele Savage (1986).

The complete Hall of Fame list can be found at www.illinoishoops.org under the news section.

Danville coach in quandary
DANVILLE — Ask Danville football coach B.J. Luke which school he wants to win Friday when Centennial hosts Springfield and he finds it hard to pick a side.

“That’s a tricky one,” Luke said.

The advantages of a Centennial win are that it will mean an additional playoff point for other Big 12 Conference football teams. On the other hand, Springfield is coached by Luke’s son, R.J. The Chargers and Senators are 2-4.

Area kids on campus ...
— Sophomore Kaitlyn Zelhart, from Blue Ridge, has played in 16 matches for Jacksonville State’s 10-9 team. She has 42 kills, 30 digs and 12 blocks.

— Sophomore T.J. Onstott, from Tuscola, had a collegiate-high 15 tackles Saturday for Lindenwood-Belleville in its 30-22 loss to Menlo College. For the season, the linebacker has a team-high 46 tackles, six for loss. The 15 tackles was a school-record single-game total and earned Onstott the school’s Male Athlete of the Week award.

— Freshman Kylee West, from Schlarman, shot a personal-best 94 for Lincoln College in its final women’s golf meet of the fall. She placed 14th in the Kaskaskia Invitational and helped the Lynx to a second-place team finish.

— Sophomore Meghan Lowry, from Arthur Okaw Christian, is the team leader in blocks (82) for Bryan College’s 21-1 team. Lowry ranks 13th among NAIA Division I players with an average of 1.19 blocks per set.

— Senior Josh Dees, from St. Joseph-Ogden, had the best time for Greenville College in last weekend’s Greater Louisville Cross-Country Classic. His 8-kilometer time was 27 minutes, 7.52 seconds, and he placed 22nd.

— Junior Samantha Stoller, from Cissna Park, leads Trinity International’s 3-14 team with 172 kills. She has started 12 matches. Stoller ranks sixth in the Chicago Collegiate Athletic Conference with 2.87 kills per set.
 

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