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

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

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

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

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

 

Pilots take two

The Cairo Pilots baseball team won a double header April 30 against Agape Christian.

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

 

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