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Mater Dei softball wins Carlyle Regional title; Knights baseball wins Mater Dei Regional title

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    The Mater Dei Lady Knights claimed their third regional title in the last three seasons on Friday when they won the Class 2A Carlyle Regional title.
    The Lady Knights scored the final nine runs in their title win over Wesclin on Friday after they blew out Greenville last Tuesday.
    Mater Dei is now 15-10 on the season as they move on to the Newton Sectional where they played Arthur-Lovington on Tuesday.  ALHS came into that game with a 23-6 record.
    Mater Dei 12, Wesclin 3:  The Lady Knights won an up-and-down battle with the Lady Warriors last Friday in Carlyle.
    Hayley Palm did a little bit of everything for the Lady Knights as she was the winning pitcher while she also reached base four times which included a homer.
    After a scoreless first inning, Mater Dei got on the board in the bottom of the second inning when Madi Strieker led things off with a single before advancing to second on a wild pitch.  Jaymee Rose followed with a walk before Maddie Trame advanced both runners with a bunt.
    After a strikeout, Palm struck with a 2-run double to left field before Abby Braundmeier singled home Palm with another shot to left to give MD a 3-0 lead.

by Bruce Hixon
for the Breese Journal

bassfinalsState champs (top photo) — The Highland bass fishing team claimed their second state title last weekend at Carlyle Lake. The Bulldogs also claimed the title back in 2012 followed by second place finishes in 2015 and 2016. They have placed seven times in school history. Pictured from left is Evan Sutton, Levi Weak, Tyler Woll, superintendent Mike Sutton and coach Jon Rinderer. Bottom photo: The Carlyle bass fishing team had their school’s best effort last weekend when they caught 17 pounds, 12 ounces of bass at Carlyle Lake on Friday and Saturday. They finished with the fourth place trophy, the best finish in school history. It was the fourth time the Indians advanced to the state tournament. Pictured from left is driver Trey Johnson, Keegan Kampwerth, Hunter Rose, Mason Lucas and Brandon Schneider. (Photos by Bruce Hixon)    It was for different reasons, but it was a historical performance by the Carlyle Indians and Highland Bulldogs at the 11th annual Illinois High School Association state bass fishing finals held at Carlyle Lake on Friday and Saturday.
    Carlyle’s team of Keegan Kampwerth, Hunter Rose, Mason Lucas and Brandon Schneider caught the maximum five fish in each day of competition and finished with a combined total of 17 pounds, 12 ounces. 
    That figure was good for a tie for fourth place with Morris High School. It also gave the Tribe its best finish at state. The previous best finish at state for the Indians came in 2013 when they finished 17th. If there was one downer for the Tribe, it was only the top three teams received plaques.
    “I’m really pleased with the performance by our kids. We caught the maximum number of fish each day and that is quite an accomplishment for Carlyle Lake. You can’t select what fish you catch,” said Carlyle coach Brian Jansen. “Our future should be very bright. Each of the four boys who competed for us at state are sophomores. Our other kids who fished for us this year are freshmen. Coming into this season only Hunter and Mason had fished with us last year.”
    Meanwhile Highland became the first school to win the state title twice as the crew of Tyler Woll, Evan Sutton and Levi Weak posted a two-day total of 21 pounds, 1 ounce. 
    The Bulldogs, who also won the championship in 2012, led wire-to-wire as they had a huge first day of competition when they caught the maximum five fish that had a weight total of 16 pounds, 6 ounces. 

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