mdvballLeft: Mater Dei senior Sally Albers (7) and junior Riley Kleber (21) put up the blocks against Gibault’s Maddie Davis last Tuesday. Right: Mater Dei senior setter Jessie Timmermann sends a set to the outside in the first game of the Lady Knights’ sweep over Gibault last Tuesday at Fred Rakers Court. Timmermann had 19 assists. (Photos by Jeremy Chawgo)    The Mater Dei Lady Knights volleyball team won their lone match last week in fine fashion with a 25-18, 25-16 win over a talented Gibault squad last Tuesday at Fred Rakers Court at the Dennis V. Trame Center.
    Mater Dei got off to a slow start with a pair of errors and an ace from Gibault’s Ryley Lehmann.
    MD junior Tori Mohesky got the Lady Knights going with a kill while senior Kenadi Barriger followed with a block before senior Jessie Timmermann line up an ace for a 6-4 Mater Dei lead.
    “We had our top serve receivers out of the match,” said Mater Dei head coach Chad Rakers who was missing Audrey Lampe with an injured back. “That’s a huge step with some new girls coming in. They know the other team is going to attack them.”
    Gibault got a kill from Molly Penberthy and Abby Grohmann while the Lady Knights got smashes from Mohesky and Myah Helmkamp. Mohesky followed with an ace as Mater Dei moved their lead to 10-8.
    After a kill from the Hawks’ Ande Grohmann, the Lady Knights went on a 4-0 run with two errors from GHS, a kill from Timmermann and an ace from Sally Albers.  MD led 14-9.
    Junior Riley Kleber sandwiched a pair of Mater Dei errors with a kill to move their cushion to 15-11.
    Mohesky followed with a trio of kills with Barriger adding one of her own as MD distanced themselves with a 19-13 margin.

athmerAirborne — Central senior quarterback Kyle Athmer sends a pass to the flats in the first quarter of the Cougars’ 44-6 win in Wood River on Friday night. Athmer threw for 165 yards with four touchdowns. (Photo by Jeremy Chawgo)    The Central Cougars went to the road for the first time this season and came back home with their third win of the campaign.
    The football Cougars blew out host Wood River 44-6 in East Alton on Friday night with a dominant first-half effort.
    The Cougars put up 245 yards of total offense in the first half while leading 37-0 at the break. The Oilers had just 55 yards of offense in the initial half.
    “We talked about coming out and playing assignment football,” said Central head coach Brian Short. “We were looking forward to playing on a drive field and showcasing what we are capable of.”
    Central’s defense got off to a slow start, allowing 48 of those 55 yards on Wood River’s first drive of the contest. Seth Slayden had 22 yards rushing on the drive that halted at midfield when their fourth-down conversion failed.
    The Cougars took over possession on their own 49 and needed 10 plays to convert their initial drive into six points when senior Kyle Athmer connected with Shane Becker on a 10-yard touchdown as the Cougars’ led 6-0 with five left in the first quarter.
    Three possessions later, the Cougars got a great punt return that set them up at the Oilers’ 2-yardline. Senior Gavin Watts plowed in with a touchdown and the 2-point conversion to give the Cougars’ a 14-0 lead entering the second quarter.
    After another 4-and-out from Wood River, the Cougars mounted another scoring drive in the early moments of the quarter. Athmer and Becker hooked up for their second touchdown of the game, this one from 22 yards out to cash in on a 6-play, 49-yard drive. Chase Lewis added the point after to give
CHS a 21-0 lead with eight minutes left in the first half.
    The Oilers got their third first-down of the first half on their next drive only to see their drive end on a bad snap on fourth down, giving the Cougars the ball on the Oilers’ 35.

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