The Central Cougars baseball team got their season off to a fine start as they took a twin bill from Collinsville on Saturday while the Mater Dei Knights also started well with a win over visiting Effingham-St. Anthony on Saturday.
The Cougars will travel to Staunton on Friday before hosting Wood River in a doubleheader on Saturday.
Mater Dei will travel to Trenton City Park to challenge the Wesclin Warriors on Thursday before they venture to Carbondale for a doubleheader on Saturday.
Central 7, Collinsville 5 (Game 2): The Cougars held off a late rally from their visitors to complete the sweep on Saturday.
Central led 5-1 and 7-2 in the middle innings before the Kahoks rallied with three runs in the top of the sixth inning to make it a game.
However, reliever Austin Ratajczyk closed the door for the Cougars with a scoreless seventh inning despite allowing two base runners.
Jack Strieker had a strong start for the home team as he went the first four innings and allowed one earned run on two hits, three walks and two strikeouts.
Meanwhile on offense, the Cougars managed just six hits but they were aided with seven walks from Collinsville pitching and three fielding errors.
Kolby Schulte led the way as he went 2-for-3 with a single, a double, a walk and two runs scored.
Griffin Kruse was 2-for-4 with a pair of singles and one RBI. Dalton Wise was 1-for-3 with three runs scored and an RBI double.
Matt Walters added two runs batted in. The Cougars stole seven bases in the victory.
Down-home charm combined with a powerful voice and creative songwriting skills make Patoka native Drew Baldridge one of country music’s most promising new talents.
Baldridge, along with local band members — Travis Holtz of Breese, Simone Simtonton of Carlyle, Devon Dumstorff of Highland and Ryne Von Der Linden of Mascoutah — will return to their southern Illinois roots in June as part of Carlyle Lake’s 50th anniversary celebration.
“Looking forward to getting back home and playing for my hometown fans,” Baldridge said Monday while traveling across the country as part of SiriusXM’s The Highway Finds Tour.
The main entertainment stage for the three-day, June 9-11, Carlyle Lake celebration will be located in the Dam West Boat Ramp parking lot, just north of the Dam West beach.
In addition to a music festival featuring 11 high-energy bands, the stage will feature the Carlyle Lake Commemoration Ceremony, a President Teddy Roosevelt impersonator, mammal, bird and reptile experts and more. (See a full schedule of events on page 5D).
“We started planning for this event in April 2016 and everything is really coming together,” said Kim Hammel of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Carlyle Lake. “This is going to be a big, big celebration, and we invite everyone out to enjoy this community-wide event.”
In a 4 to 3 vote, the Carlyle school board voted to keep two P.E. positions at Carlyle Jr. High School.
An announcement was posted last week on social media regarding two P.E. teachers who were “let go” at the junior high.
“They were told it was not for performance reasons, but budgetary,” the post stated.
The post stated that they were making a “professional and personal plea” for Kory (Peppenhorst) and Janelle (Kuhn).
“Our students benefit greatly from these two educators. Please let your voices be heard at the board meeting or by calling your board members,” it stated.
Over 100 people were in attendance at the board meeting last Wednesday night offering their support for the two P.E. teachers. The meeting was held in the gymnasium and many donned red, showing support for their teachers.
Two people commented on the issue, including Alex Huels, a junior at Carlyle High School.
“Our teachers aren’t just teaching curriculum, but they are teaching us to be better people,” Huels said. “The impact that these Carlyle teachers have is priceless.”
Parent Cindi Hoffman said that she wanted the board to consider the support for teachers and administrators.
“How can we approve the relationships (with teachers/administrators) by going in this direction?” she asked.
For nearly two hours, the board was in executive session, and after they returned from closed session, a motion was made to non-renewal/honorable discharge and reduced in force for 2017-2018, and the motion failed, with a 4 to 3 vote; hence, saving the two P.E. teachers’ positions.
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