Egyptian senior makes it to state

23a_track001_webAlex McCrite, a recent senior at Egyptian High School. represented Southern Illinois at the State Track and Field Meet held at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Ill. May 23. McCrite Qualified for State by tacking second place at the high jump at the Sectional at Nashville High School May 17. McCrite’s personal best in the high jump this season is 6’8”. He also placed fourth in the long jump with a jump of 19’4”.

Alex has had a great track career at Egyptian. He holds the school record for the 800 meter, 1600 meter and the 3200 meter run and high jump. He has competed as an individual for the last two track seasons. McCrite also participated in cross country, baseball and basketball.

Senior bobcats’ last ride

Meridian senior catcher Jammerio Moore, right, attempts to make an out May 18 during the regional championship against the Shawnee Redskins at Shawnee High School. The Bobcats lost  the game in the 5th inning with a score of 10-0. -- Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen
Meridian senior catcher Jammerio Moore, right, attempts to make an out May 18 during the regional championship against the Shawnee Redskins at Shawnee High School. The Bobcats lost the game in the 5th inning with a score of 10-0. — Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen

It was an emotional roller coaster for the senior Meridian Bobcats May 18. The players went from the excitement of graduation at 10 that morning,  to having their season ended by the mercy rule at the hand of perennial power Shawnee High School by four.

The Shawnee Redskins beat the Bobcats in 5 innings by a score of 10-0.

Redskins senior Adam Pennington threw a 1 hit shutout with the assistance of junior Aiden McMahon.

DJ Weldon had the lone Bobcat hit, a 2 out double down the 3rd base line in the second inning.

Connor Schaal picked up the loss for the Bobcats.

The defensive player of the game was Meridian senior center fielder Wyatt Isom. Isom threw out runners attempting to score on 2 different occasions in the 3rd inning. Senior catcher Jammerio Moore was able to catch the ball and have to presence of mind to know where he was in relation to the runner to make the tag.

Next season will be a rebuilding year for the Bobcats with many key starters graduating. Only 5 underclassmen had significant playing time this season.

— 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

Pilots fall in regional quarterfinal

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

The Cairo Pilots lost to the Dongola Demons 23-5 in the opening game of the Shawnee High School regional.

Cairo fell early and gave up 2 runs in the top of the 1st.

Speedy Johnson did his best to spark a rally with a lead-off home run to left field in the bottom of the 1st that put the Pilot faithful into a frenzy.

The Demon batters then came on in full force scoring in bunches.

Bryce Gardner and Johnson each scored 2 runs for the Pilots. Gardner also had a key defensive play in the early innings.

With 1 out in the top of the 1st, a Dongola runner tried to take up after a sacrifice fly but Gardner threw the runner out at home from center field.

It was an up and down season for the Pilots and they tried to end it on a high note but fell short.

Cairo has only a few seniors graduating and next year could be bright for this team as they have some key players coming up from the junior high ranks, such as D’Erick Menz.

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

The Week in Photos: May 9, 2013

The visual report from the week of May 9, 2013.

Cairo junior Jordan Holder, right, takes a look at Cairo Junior Jalecia Purdiman’s cell phone May 4 while taking a break from dancing during the Cairo High School senior prom. Later that evening, prom attendees voted seniors Jeleigha Johnson and Terion Taylor as prom queen and prom king. -- Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen
Cairo junior Jordan Holder, right, takes a look at Cairo Junior Jalecia Purdiman’s cell phone May 4 while taking a break from dancing during the Cairo High School senior prom. Later that evening, prom attendees voted seniors Jeleigha Johnson and Terion Taylor as prom queen and prom king. — Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen
Senior Jeleigha Johnson, left, and senior Terion Taylor pose for a portrait May 4 after being named prom queen and king during Cairo High School’s senior prom. -- Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen
Senior Jeleigha Johnson, left, and senior Terion Taylor pose for a portrait May 4 after being named prom queen and king during Cairo High School’s senior prom. — Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen
Shanna Farris, left, is comforted by her father, John Timmons, during her mother’s funeral May 1 at Jones Funeral Home in Villa Ridge. Farris’ mother, Sandra Farris, went missing March 28 after a walk near her home in Cairo. Her body was found April 24 in the Ohio River near Paducah, Kentucky. The cause of death was deemed undetermined.-- Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen
Shanna Farris, left, is comforted by her father, John Timmons, during her mother’s funeral May 1 at Jones Funeral Home in Villa Ridge. Farris’ mother, Sandra Farris, went missing March 28 after a walk near her home in Cairo. Her body was found April 24 in the Ohio River near Paducah, Kentucky. The cause of death was deemed undetermined.– Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen
Rita Flummer, middle, takes her oath of office as mayor of the City of Mounds May 6 with the help of former mayor, Waymon Butler, right and city clerk Robin Barksdale. After being sworn in, Flumer then lead her first city council meeting.-- Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen
Rita Flummer, middle, takes her oath of office as mayor of the City of Mounds May 6 with the help of former mayor, Waymon Butler, right and city clerk Robin Barksdale. After being sworn in, Flumer then lead her first city council meeting.– Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen
Myron Jordan rounds third base April 30 during the Pilots’ double header home win over Agape Christian. The Pilots had a slow start, narrowly winning the first game 6-5. However, they picked up momentum in the second, defeating the Knights 12-8. -- Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen
Myron Jordan rounds third base April 30 during the Pilots’ double header home win over Agape Christian. The Pilots had a slow start, narrowly winning the first game 6-5. However, they picked up momentum in the second, defeating the Knights 12-8. — Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen
Cairo Pilots third baseman Lorenzo Nelson jumps for a line-drive April 30 during The Pilots' double home win against the Agape Christian Knights. -- Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen
Cairo Pilots third baseman Lorenzo Nelson jumps for a line-drive April 30 during The Pilots’ double home win against the Agape Christian Knights. — Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen

 

Area schools receive state honors

Two Alexander County schools were among 16 Southern Illinois schools honored at an awards banquet for area schools in Marion April 29.

Shawnee Elementary School South was honored for the ninth consecutive year as a State Spotlight School, which the Illinois State Board of Education identifies as a, “high poverty school where high academic performance is closing the achievement gap,” which is seen in many schools throughout the state. Cairo Junior/Senior High School was honored for its academic improvement over the last three years.

Zena Madison, principal at Cairo Junior/Senior High School said she attributes her school’s award to new programs, which help boost reading test scores.

“We implemented the Read 180 program in the middle school several years ago, which has helped students tremendously with reading improvement,” Madison said. From 2010-2012, reading scores in the school’s seventh and eighth grades jumped 41 percentage points, a spike Madison attributes, at least in part, to the read 180 program.

Amy Reynolds, principal of Shawnee Elementary School South, said her school is lucky in that is has small class sizes which allows her staff to get to know all the 68 students enrolled.

“We work really hard to know what each and every child needs,” Reynolds said. She said this kind of personal relationship with students is monumental in her school’s continued success.

Though only one school’s award involved overcoming financial barriers, Janet Ulrich, Regional Superintendant of Schools, region 2, said many schools in her district and throughout the state have to deal with financial burdens. She said these awards are particularly meaningful in a time when the state is cutting funding to education and making many teachers’ and supervisors’ jobs harder.

“The districts are doing a lot more with their academics and educating children on a very few number of dollars,” she said.

Both Madison and Reynolds said teacher involvement is key to their triumphs and Ulrich agrees. She said the view from her desk is good.

“It’s an exceptionally good feeling to know that you have dedicated educators in the school system that will go above and beyond,” Ulrich said.

–Isaac Smith can be reached at (618)-734-4242

Bobcats take revenge

The Meridian Bobcats finally got the revenge they wanted in a 4-3 win over Century April. 29.

Connor Schaal threw his second gem in 2 weeks allowing only 1 hit to the Centurions in the win and striking out 5 in the complete game win. Schaal also walked and scored once at the plate.

Meridian picked up their first run in the 3rd and added 2 in the 5th. They added on a much need insurance run in the 7th.

Century trailed 4-1 going into the bottom of the 7th. After a fly out, the next 2 batters for Century reached base. After an error by the Bobcats fielders, both Centurion runners scored. Schaal struck out the last batter for the win.

The lone bright spot for the Centurions was Cordon Hight who had the only hit, a single in the 2nd. All the Centurions runs were unearned.

Brandon Jackson suffered the loss for the Centurions. It was an unusually off game for Jackson who couldn’t get his fastball over the plate. Jackson will return to his dominance for the regionals.

Jammerio Moore had his bat going for the Bobcats. Moore had 3 hits and 2 RBIs on the day. Blaine Crow threw in 2 hits and scored twice.

The Bobcats needed a big win going into the regionals and they got it with this one.

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

Bobcats bounce back

Assistant Meridian baseball coach Greg Harris leads his team in cheering for their midnight-hour victory against the Century Centurions April 29 at Shawnee Community College. Meridian gave up a safe 3 run lead in the bottom of the 9th, but prevented Century from taking the win. This victory came after the Centurions defeated the Bobcats April 18, 17-3 in a game at Rent-One Park in Marion. -- Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen
Assistant Meridian baseball coach Greg Harris leads his team in cheering for their midnight-hour victory against the Century Centurions April 29 at Shawnee Community College. Meridian gave up a safe 3 run lead in the bottom of the 9th, but prevented Century from taking the win. This victory came after the Centurions defeated the Bobcats April 18, 17-3 in a game at Rent-One Park in Marion. — Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen

After falling to the Century Centurions 17-3 April 18 and to the  Shawnee Redskins 8-2  April. 24, the Meridian Bobcats came back and beat the Agape Knights 11-1 April 25 and got revenge on the Centurions, beating the team 4-3 April 29 at Shawnee Community College.

Blaine Crow started the Shawnee game off with a bang pounding his 2nd home run of the year. That was the only bright spot for the Cats as Khouri Powel scored the only other run in the 5th inning.

Meridian trailed 3-2 going into the top of the 6th until Redskin 3rd baseman Austin Treece hit his first home run of the game, a solo shot.

The gates open for Shawnee as their first 4 runners in the 7th all scored. Treece hit his 2nd shot of the day, this time a 3 run home run.

The Bobcats fell behind 8-2 going into the bottom of the 7th and couldn’t come back. It was their 2nd loss of the season to conference foe Shawnee.

Redskin’s pitcher Aiden McMahan picked up his 3rd win of the season and added 13 strikeouts.

The Bobcats bounced back against the Agape Knights on April. 25 in an 11-1 win.

Meridian senior Blaine Crow continued his hot hitting with his 2nd home run in as many days and scored 3 runs.

The Bobcats have at least 5 games left and will try to gain momentum going in to the Regional Tournament, which starts May. 13 at Shawnee High School.

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

 

Bobcats blasted by Appleknockers

On April 4, the Meridian Bobcats suffered a loss against the Cobden Appleknockers.

Senior Blaine Crow\ attempts to tag out a runner at second base April 4 during the Meridian Bobcats’  away loss to the Cobden Appleknockers. The Bobcats fell 9-1.
Senior Blaine Crow\ attempts to tag out a runner at second base April 4 during the Meridian Bobcats’ away loss to the Cobden Appleknockers. The Bobcats fell 9-1.