by Bruce Hixon
for the Breese Journal


Heading to State — Mater Dei high jumper Carly Etter advanced to the Class 1A State Meet with a jump of 5 feet. She was in a 3-way tie for second place where neither of the three cleared the next jump. All three of those jumpers will compete at the State Meet this weekend.
    While Mater Dei junior Carly Etter was able to extend her season, the spring campaign came to an end for the rest of her Lady Knights teammates at Friday’s Class 1A Nashville Sectional.
    Etter advanced to state competition in the high jump as she finished in a three-way tie for second place with a jump of 5-0. While Madison’s Janiya Collins claimed the title with a mark of 5-1, Okawville’s Audrey Jansen and Chester’s Kaitlyn Hoffman matched the 5-foot mark Etter cleared. 
    The tie was unable to be broken as Etter, Jansen and Hoffman had the same number of combined misses throughout the competition as well as the same number of misses at descending heights so all three advanced to state.
    “Carly did what she needed to do. I thought going into the competition she had a pretty good shot at advancing. She had gone as high as 5-2 during the season so I knew she was capable. She is capable of clearing 5-2 again at state or even going 5-3,” said Mater Dei coach Dave Kohnen.
    Etter’s three-way tie for second place accounted for six of Mater Dei’s 12 points. Mater Dei’s other entry in the high jump, Piper Heligenstein, also placed as she finished sixth with a mark of 4-10.
    Elyse Faust posted a fourth place finish in the 3200 meters with a time of 13:43. The Lady Knights also got a sixth place finish from its 800-meter relay team of Katie Toennies, Etter, Heligenstein and Olivia Wilken in a time of 1:57.
    Nashville won the meet with 121 points followed by runner-up Belleville Althoff with 79 and third place Chester with 68. The 12 points scored by the Lady Knights were good for 11th place.
    Etter will compete in the Class 1A state preliminary round on Thursday at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston. The finals for Class 1A, Class 2A and Class 3A are Saturday.
    Season ends for Cougars:  Central saw its girls track season end last Wednesday at the Class 2A Springfield Lanphier Sectional as it failed to qualify any of its entries for state competition.
    The Cougars scored 18 points and finished in a tie for 12th place. Springfield Southeast claimed the team competition with 118 points followed by runner-up Troy Triad with 97 and third place Springfield Lanphier with 73.
    Abbie Horstmann posted Central’s best finish as she was third in the triple jump with a mark of 32-9 3/4. Horstmann also had a sixth place effort in the high jump as she cleared 4-9. 
    Sydney Kuper was fourth in the discus competition with a throw of 98-0. Jessie Hempen posted a fifth place finish in the 200-meter dash with a time of :26.91 and a sixth place time of :13.03 in the 100-meter dash. 
    Regan Albers was sixth in the 3200 meters at 14:09. Taylor Pavich was sixth in the discus with a throw of 96-7. Central’s 400-meter relay team of Hempen, Paige Brueggemann, Horstmann and Annabelle Wieter posted a sixth place time of :52.76.

future fishes here    High school bass fishing teams from across the state are gearing up for the Illinois High School Association Bass Fishing Finals set for this Friday and Saturday, May 18 and 19, at Carlyle Lake.
    A total of 66 boats from 22 sectional tournaments qualified for the state finals, which will begin at 7 a.m. each day at the Dam West boat ramp.  A copy of the state finals schedule can be accessed through the IHSA website or at www.thefuture
    In order to accommodate the tournament activities, the Dam West boat ramp was closed to the general public on Monday and will remain closed through 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 19. Visitors should use the Allen Branch and Apache boat ramps located in Eldon Hazlet State Park or the Dam East boat ramp and Keyesport boat ramp which will be available to the general public during this period.
    Professional-style weigh-ins typically start at 3 p.m. each day, and the city of Carlyle is hosting a “Bass Celebration” with food and fishing tackle vendors, boat and truck displays and more to coincide with the tournament. Admission is free. 
    This marks the 10th year of the competition which has been held at Carlyle Lake since the start. 
    The number of participating schools and high school anglers continue to grow each year with over 300 teams competing in their respective sectional tournaments held across the state on May 4 and 7. The top three teams from each sectional advance to the state competition with the fourth-place team from each sectional being an alternate.
    One team from Highland High School placed first in the Coffeen Lake Sectional on May 7 to advance to the state final. The Highland team of Gage Bircher, Colton Brown and Zane Bircher (coached by Jon Rinderer with driver Scott Sautman) had a five-fish limit of 14.32 pounds while Highland’s second team placed sixth in the sectional.
    Two teams from Mater Dei High School in Breese placed 11th and 15th at Coffeen with team totals of 10.24 and 9.38 pounds, respectively. A team from Wesclin High School placed 12th with a total weight of 10.08.
    Other teams advancing from the Coffeen Sectional were Glen Carbon (Father McGivney) with 12.81 pounds and Troy (Triad) with 12.33.
    The largest bass at Coffeen, weighing 3.69 pounds, was caught by the Glen Carbon team.
    Two teams from Carlyle High School competed in the Forbes Lake Sectional on May 4 placing fifth and seventh with team totals of 5 pounds, 7 ounces and 4 pounds, 12 ounces, respectively. 
    The three teams advancing to the state final from Forbes Lake are Teutopolis with 14 pounds, 13 ounces; Centralia with 8 pounds, 4 ounces and Robinson with 6 pounds, 6 ounces.
    Drew Wehking from Centralia landed the “Big Bass” at the Forbes Lake Sectional, weighing 4.77 pounds.
    For more information on the IHSA Bass Fishing Tournament Series, check the IHSA website at, call the Carlyle Lake Project Office at (618) 594-2484 or email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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