Cairo Pilots Take 1A Boys Regional Championship

The regional basketball tournament held at Century High School last week pitted area teams against eachother for a chance to extend their seasons.

Cairo met the Meridian High School Bocats in the 1A Regional Championship game on Friday evening.

Game 6 was an aggressive match up that saw both teams fight back and forth for the lead over a majority of the four quarters.

Cairo Coach Brian Brantner expressed his gratitude towards the team he has worked with for the past several months.

“We’re a really balanced team,” said Brantner. “It’s been a different kind of year. We went up against teams that had more resources than us and we did well.”

Brantner also went on to commend Jarvis Woodson for his leadership skills and tenacity..

“Jarvis is our emotional leader,” said Brantner.  “There’s no quit in him.”

The Pilots were victorious over Meridian with a score of 68 – 65.

At the time of printing Cairo had a record of 15 – 13.

“I couldn’t be prouder of these guys,” said Coach Brantner. “Our schedule was brutal but they stuck with it and it payed off.”

Senior Center Bryce Gardner triumphantly holds the net from the 1A Boys Regional Championship game held at Century High School in Ullin on Friday.  The Pilots battled the Meridian Bobcats for the title  and were victorious with a score of 68 - 65. -- George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
Senior Center Bryce Gardner triumphantly holds the net from the 1A Boys Regional Championship game held at Century High School in Ullin on Friday. The Pilots battled the Meridian Bobcats for the title and were victorious with a score of 68 – 65. — George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
Jarvis Woodson drives past Meridian defense at Century High School on Friday evening. -- George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
Jarvis Woodson drives past Meridian defense at Century High School on Friday evening. — George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
Players fight for possession of the ball during game 4 of the Century Boys Regional Basketball Tournament on Thursday in Ullin.  Cairo lost to Century with a score of 55 - 47. -- George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
Players fight for possession of the ball during game 4 of the Century Boys Regional Basketball Tournament on Thursday in Ullin. Cairo lost to Century with a score of 55 – 47. — George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
Malik Hagler of the Century Centurions  motions to his teammates during game 4 of the regional tournament Thursday night.  -- George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
Malik Hagler of the Century Centurions motions to his teammates during game 4 of the regional tournament Thursday night. — George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen

George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen

 

 

All Stars Senior Program Teaches Life Lessons

Throughout the year area schools highlight the importance of abstinence from drugs, alcohol, and sex.  A major portion of high school health curriculum is based around the subject, as well as making positive life decisions.

Gabrielle Harris, the Addiction Prevention Director at Community Health and Emergency Service Incorporated, spoke to students about decision making, goal setting, communication, and stress managements a Century High School on Friday.  The class was part of the All-Star Senior Program at the high school and involved the Freshman health class.

Students got the chance throughout the class period to learn about several ways they can make positive decisions and influence their lives in a proper manner.  There was also time to apply the newly learned lessons in group activities which required students to get creative and come up with original ideas on how to communicate more efficiently.

Proper communication was a key element in the curriculum Friday.  After a brief discussion on the importance of the subject students explored the various forms of communication with a hands on approach.  After participating in skits and activities that illustrated how the world reacts to the differences in nonverbal and verbal communication.

“When you’re put in certain situations your verbal and nonverbal communication must match up, said Harris.  “It’s incredibly easy to send conflicting messages to the people around you.”

After exploring the concept of peer pressure students paired off to practice different responses to saying no to drugs and then illustrated them for the class, recieving applause and laughter upon completion.

“Peer pressure is a strong force in young-adult’s lives,” said Harris.  “It’s the pressure to conform to what others want and it can lead some people down the wrong paths.”

Harris reminded the teens about setting goals for themselves and the importance of commitment.  The topic of graduating from high school was explored.

“Everybody in this room can be successful,” said Harris.  “My expectation is for all of you to graduate.”

The class concluded on a discussion of empathy and the social and economic differences people throughout the region may have.

“It’s important to realize that not everyone has the same situation and privileges as others,” said Harris.

Gabrielle Harris, of Cairo, speaks to students during an excercise highlighting the importance of different forms of communication at Century High School in Ullin on Friday. Harris is the Addiction Prevention Director at Community Health & Emergency Service Inc.  “If you choose to live a drug-free life you have to understand that there will people out there that test you,” said Harris  Through the program students learn how to make good decisions, set goals, communicat, and resist peer pressure. The program is funded through the Department of Human Services and visits the area schools throughout the year. -- George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
Gabrielle Harris, of Cairo, speaks to students during an excercise highlighting the importance of different forms of communication at Century High School in Ullin on Friday. Harris is the Addiction Prevention Director at Community Health & Emergency Service Inc.
“If you choose to live a drug-free life you have to understand that there will people out there that test you,” said Harris
Through the program students learn how to make good decisions, set goals, communicat, and resist peer pressure.
The program is funded through the Department of Human Services and visits the area schools throughout the year.
– George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen

George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen

Century softball falls in regional final

The Lady Centurions were shut out by the Dongola Lady Demons 3-0 May 18 in the Regional Championship at Century High School.

It was a tough day for Century as they were only able to get 5 hits against as Dongola.

The Lady Demons scored their first run in the 2nd inning and didn’t look back.

Every time the Lady Centurions hit the ball hard, it went directly to a Dongola fielder. The Dongola pitcher also didn’t allow a walk.

Century senior Natalie Hubbard had 2 singles on a day where it seemed nothing could go the Lady Centurions way at the plate.

The future looks bright for both the Century softball teams as they will have a good portion of their players returning next season.

–Tyler Dixon can be reached at (618)-734-4242

Pirates slash Centurions

The Pope County Pirates took down the Century Centurions on May. 16 7-5 in the semi-finals of the Class 1A Regional Tournament at Pope County.

Century gave it everything they had but were depleted by injuries and sickness and could not find a way to score after the 2nd inning.

The Pirates found a way to get the bases loaded in the top of the 1st but were only able to scrap together one run.

Sophomore pitcher Caden Hight found his rhythm after allowing the run. Hight struck out three to end the 1st.

The Centurions got their bats going quickly in the bottom of the 1st frame scoring 4 runs on only 2 hits but forced Pope County defense to commit 3 errors in the inning.

Both teams added a run in the 2nd putting the score at 5-2 in favor of Century after 2 innings.

Pope County found a spark in the 4th inning with their number 9 batter getting a 1 out single. The Pirates went tacked on 4 runs in the inning to lead 6-5 going into the 5th inning.

Aaron Jones came on in relief in the 6th inning after Caden Hight had a solid outing with one rough inning. Hight had 7 strikeouts in 6 innings.

The Pirates found another run in the top of the 7th; they held a 7-5 lead going into the bottom of the inning.

After a 2 out single by Aaron Jones, the Centurions couldn’t extend the game and fell 7-5.

Jones and Cordon Hight each had 2 hits for Century in the loss.

Century will be a regional and conference favorite next season after only losing two starting seniors this season. They are two pieces that Century head coach Garret Wilson will have to replace.

Brandon Jackson started the most games at pitcher and was solid at the plate for the Centurions while Cordon Hight added pop to the line-up and was a leader on and off the field to this young squad.

– Tyler Dixon can be reached at (618)-734-4242

The Week in Photos: May 16, 2013

The visual report from the week of May 16, 2013.

Angela Thomas, right, shares a tearful hug with her son Eric Dent after he his graduation ceremony May 10 at Egyptian High School. Dent said he plans to attend Shawnee Community College and hopes to play basketball. Dent graduated with 30 of his fellow seniors. -- Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen
Angela Thomas, right, shares a tearful hug with her son Eric Dent after he his graduation ceremony May 10 at Egyptian High School. Dent said he plans to attend Shawnee Community College and hopes to play basketball. Dent graduated with 30 of his fellow seniors. — Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen
Lacey Hacker, left, waits for her friend Jade Yates to put on her gown just before graduation May 10 at Century High School. Hacker and Yates were among the first of Century’s 20 graduates to arrive for the ceremony. Yates said she has plans to attend Shawnee Community College to get her associate degree. -- Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen
Lacey Hacker, left, waits for her friend Jade Yates to put on her gown just before graduation May 10 at Century High School. Hacker and Yates were among the first of Century’s 20 graduates to arrive for the ceremony. Yates said she has plans to attend Shawnee Community College to get her associate degree. — Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen
Danny Kohn, left, insists the held of Century High School teacher’s aid Michelle Nale to fasten his tassel to his cap May 10 before Century’s graduation ceremony. Kohn said he plans to attend Shawnee Community College before transferring to SIU where he hopes to get a degree in international studies. -- Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen
Danny Kohn, left, insists the held of Century High School teacher’s aid Michelle Nale to fasten his tassel to his cap May 10 before Century’s graduation ceremony. Kohn said he plans to attend Shawnee Community College before transferring to SIU where he hopes to get a degree in international studies. — Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen
Cairo Pilots third baseman Lorenzo Nelson just misses tagging out an opponent May 13 during the Pilot’s regional loss against the Dongola Demons. The Pilots lost 25-3. -- Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen
Cairo Pilots third baseman Lorenzo Nelson just misses tagging out an opponent May 13 during the Pilot’s regional loss against the Dongola Demons. The Pilots lost 25-3. — Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen
Kylee Wright, of Charleson, looks out the window of the Airbrush Dreamz trailer May 9 in Cairo. Derik Davis, Wright’s mother’s boyfriend, sells airbrushed clothing and accessories out of the trailer. Davis said he primarily sets up shop at carnivals and festivals but said he does come to sell his wares in towns like Cairo from time to time. -- Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen
Kylee Wright, of Charleson, looks out the window of the Airbrush Dreamz trailer May 9 in Cairo. Derik Davis, Wright’s mother’s boyfriend, sells airbrushed clothing and accessories out of the trailer. Davis said he primarily sets up shop at carnivals and festivals but said he does come to sell his wares in towns like Cairo from time to time. — Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen

Centurions finish 18-6

The Century Centurions finished the final week of the regular season at 3-2, leaving them at 18-6 for the season.

Century started the season on a hot streak but has had a couple rough games in the past few weeks.

This week Century picked up wins against Carrier Mills, Crab Orchard, and Ziegler-Royalton and had losses against Shawnee and Herrin.

The Shawnee loss was tough for the Centurions because if they would have won, then the SEC Conference Championship would have been theirs.

Despite taking the loss against Shawnee, Brandon Jackson had six hits at the plate and added a home-run last week. He also picked up the win against Ziegler-Royalton.

Zach Sauerbrunn and Brad Wilson each had 4 hits in the 5 games.

The main goal for Century in preparing for regionals is getting players healthy and getting them in the right state of mind. Century is one of the younger teams around with Brandon Jackson and Cordon Hight as the lone starting seniors.

Century’s regional kicks off on May. 16 against Pope County at Pope County. Game-time is at 4:30 p.m.

–Tyler Dixon can be reached at (618)-734-4242

Century goes 2-2 for the week

Brad Wilson delivers a pitch April 15 during the Centurion home loss against Johnston City. Johnston City beat the Centurions 8-3. -- Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen
Brad Wilson delivers a pitch April 15 during the Centurion home loss against Johnston City. Johnston City beat the Centurions 8-3. — Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen

The Century Centurions beat Hardin County twice but lost once to both Gallatin County and Johnston City this week to put their record to 9-4.

Century faced off against Hardin County the 1st time on April. 10 at home. The Centurions came away with an 11-0 win.

Century then played Hardin County and Gallatin County on April. 13.

They beat Hardin County for the 2nd time in four days 8-7.

Aaron Jones was on the mounds for the win and Brandon Jackson came on in relief to get the save.

Jackson and Adam Jones had home runs for the Centurions.

Century had a 2-0 lead going into the bottom of the 6th inning when Gallatin County scored 4 runs to go on and win 4-2.

Adam Jones took the loss for the Centurions.

Brad Wilson and Aaron Jones each had 2 hits. Century also got hits from Jeffrey Wright, Cordon Hight, and Caden Hight.

The Centurions went on to fall the Johnston City Indians April 16 with a final score of 8-3.

Century will play Meridian at Rent One Park in Marion on April. 18 at 10:30 A.M.

– Tyler Dixon can be reached at (618)-734-4242

 

Century falls to Pope County

Junior Brad Wilson waits for a good pitch April 3 during the Centurions’ home loss against the Pope County Pirates. -- Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen
Junior Brad Wilson waits for a good pitch April 3 during the Centurions’ home loss against the Pope County Pirates. — Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen

Despite scoring 5 runs in the last 2 innings, the Centurions lost a close game against the Pope County Pirates 10-8 April. 3.

This was a redemption game for the Pirates. Century beat them 16-1 March. 20 at Pope County.

It took Century a few innings to get things started. They only scored 3 runs in the first 5 innings.

Pope County scored early and often. All ten of the Pirate’s runs were scored in the first four innings.

Century was down 10-8 in the bottom of the 7th with 2 runners on and 2 out when lead-off man Bradley Wilson flied out to deep left to end the game.

Centurion’s Senior Brandon Jackson had 2 doubles on the day and scored 3 times. Jeffrey Wright also had 2 hits and added 2 RBIs.

It was a stressful game for the Centurions when it seemed they could do nothing right in the early innings; had 6 errors in the game. Century’s next home game is April. 10 against Hardin County.

Box Scores

Century

-Crane 1-4

-Ad. Jones 1-4 1 RBI
-Co. Hight 1-4

-Ar. Jones 1-4 1 RBI, -Jackson 2-4 3 Runs
-Co. Jones 1-1 3 BB -Wright 2-3 2 RBIs.

– Tyler Dixon can be reached at (618)-734-4242

 

Centurions fall in 11 innings

The Centuryy Centurions baseball team lost a hard fought game against the Massac County Patriots March. 15 at Bob Murley Field in Ullin.

Brandon Jackson was on the mound for the Centurions and didn’t let the Patriots score until the 5th inning.

Century had a 2-1 lead going into the 7th and needed 3 more outs to send Massac County back home with a loss.  A few close plays got the Patriots the run they needed to send the game into extra innings.

The extra innings were held scoreless until the Patriots put one across in the top of the 11th to go ahead 3-2.  Century couldn’t get one across to tie it up and fell 3-2.  Bradley Wilson took the loss for the Centurions.  Blake Crane led Century with 2 hits.

— Tyler Dixon can be reached at (618)-734-4242

Centurions defeat Demons

In a fast-paced away game, the Centurions beat the Dongola Demons.

Amanda Cheek, middle drives through the Dongola Demons’ defense Jan. 7 during an away win for the Centurions. -- Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen
Amanda Cheek, middle drives through the Dongola Demons’ defense Jan. 7 during an away win for the Centurions. — Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen
Hannah Miller, left, goes to the ground for a rebound Jan. 7 during an away game against the Dongola Demons. The Centurions secured a win over the Demons with a final score of 52-26. -- Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen
Hannah Miller, left, goes to the ground for a rebound Jan. 7 during an away game against the Dongola Demons. The Centurions secured a win over the Demons with a final score of 52-26. — Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen