Sports: A look back

Posted 5/6/20

With no new sports going on now or in the near future, here is a look back at what happened this week in local sports in years gone by.

1 year ago — 2019

May 4: Three Red Hill Junior High …

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Sports: A look back

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With no new sports going on now or in the near future, here is a look back at what happened this week in local sports in years gone by.


1 year ago — 2019

May 4: Three Red Hill Junior High School athletes will get to compete amongst the best in the state after qualifying for the state finals at the IESA Class A Effingham St. Anthony Sectional. Three seventh-grade athletes — Ryla Moutry, Melina Loudermilk and Ethyn Tarr — advanced, after Moutry finished third in the shot put (26-10.5), Loudermilk was sixth ib the 400 (1:07.73) and Tarr was third in the shot put (33-8.25).

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May 6: Former Lawrenceville High School standout and girls’ basketball all-time leading scorer Chelsea Buher was inducted into the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

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May 7: Lawrenceville High School’s softball team rolled to an 8-1 win over Martinsville. Raylin Carey led the Lady Indians at the plate with three singles, three runs batted in and a run scored, while Jayley Akers singled twice and scored three runs. Melody Lockhart earned the win on the mound, allowing a run on six hits and striking out six in seven innings.

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May 8: Last at-bat heroics helped Lawrenceville High School’s baseball team forget about a late blown lead in their 5-4 win over South Knox in eight innings. After South Knox rallied late to tie the game, the Indians scored the winning run with two outs in the bottom of the eighth, as Connor O’Dell ripped a triple and came home on a base hit by Keegan Meek. O’Dell led LHS at the plate with a home run, a triple, two singles, two runs batted in and two runs scored. Ethan Kelly picked up the win in relief, allowing a hit and striking out two in one and one-third scoreless innings.

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May 9: Red Hill’s Katie Moore was the lone athlete from Lawrence County to advance to state, as she finished first in the 100 hurdles (15.98) and second in the 300 hurdles (48.14) at the IHSA Class A Newton Sectional.

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May 9: Lawrenceville High School’s baseball team edged rival Red Hill, 1-0, in a rain-shortened contest. The game was scoreless until the top of the fifth, when Brenyn Winningham led off with a single, went to second on a passed ball, moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Eli Ivers and scored on a sacrifice fly from Connor O’Dell to provide the only run of the game. The game was then called in the top of the seventh due to rain and poor field conditions at The Tank Farm. Eli Ivers earned the win, allowing no runs on four hits and striking out eight in six innings. Dawson Holtz, Trevor Tewell, Mason Moore and Josh Henry each had a base hit for the Salukis. Ross Wells suffered the loss on the mound, giving up a run on five hits and striking out three in five innings.

5 years ago — 2015

May 4: Red Hill High School’s Jamesha Western won both throwing events (shot put, discus), while the Lady Salukis placed 10th out of 13 teams at the Newton Invitational.

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May 5: Lawrenceville High School’s baseball team continued to swing hot bats in a 16-4 win over Casey in Little Illini Conference play. Bryce Winningham led the LHS offense with a grand slam home run, while Cody Steffey doubled, singled and drove in two runs. Steffey also earned the complete-game win on the mound, allowing four runs on five hits and striking out six in six innings.

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May 5: Lawrenceville High School’s softball game turned a pitcher’s duel into a rout with an 11-0 win at Washington, Ind. The Lady Indians broke a scoreless tie with three runs in the third inning, then tacked on five runs in the fourth and three in the fifth to end the game via the 10-run rule. Lindsey Baker led LHS at the plate with a pair of doubles and a single, while Amerae Miller, Morgan Parrish and Samantha Mason each singled twice. Shyloh tossed a three-hitter to earn the win, while also striking out six batters.

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May 8: Red Hill High School’s baseball team snapped a four-game winning streak with a 13-9 win over Clay City. Ryan Kolb led the RHHS offense with three hits and two runs batted in, while Kameron Vinsel doubled and singled. Tanner Gray was credited with the win after giving up six runs on three hits and striking out two in two and two-thirds innings of work.

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May 9: It was a record-setting day for Red Hill junior Jamesha Western, who established new meet marks in the shot put and discus at the Little Illini Conference Meet in Lawrenceville. Western set a record of 128-4 in the discus and 38-0 in the shot put, but was the only Lady Saluki to win, as the team finished fifth. Lawrenceville finished ninth and their only points came from Heather Holmes, who finished second in the 1600, while also requiring medical attention after collapsing at the conclusion of the race. In the boys’ meet, Red Hill finished fifth behind a first-place effort from Lance Holmes in the 300 hurdles, while Lawrenceville came in seventh, with their top finish coming from the 800 relay team of Zane Green, Tristan Davis, Jesse Cancino and Daniel Salinas that finished third.

10 years ago — 2010

May 4: Former Lawrenceville High School distance runner Graham Morris placed in two events for Eastern Illinois University at the Ohio Valley Conference track and field championships, as he finished second in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (9:46.53) and sixth in the 1,600-meter run (3:57.59), while EIU won the team championship for the second straight season.

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May 5: Lawrenceville High School’s softball team managed only five hits, but took advantage of 11 walks in a 10-2 win over Olney. Heidi Litherland led LHS at the plate with a double and three runs batted in. Kendra Morehead tossed a four-hitter to earn the win, while also striking out eight over seven innings.

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May 6: Lawrenceville High School’s boys’ and Red Hill High School’s girls’ track teams claimed championships at the Little Illini Conference meets in Toledo. In the boys’ meet, LHS got wins from Eric McClure (800, 3200), Nick Potts (discus, shot put), Zach Miller (1600), the 800 relay team (Kramer Sweeten, Evan Shuff, Cameron Lopez, Drew Goins), the 1600 relay team (Seth Brenton, McClure, Michael Leighty, Shuff) and the 3200 relay team (McClure, Miller, Drew Davis, Brenton). Wins for Red Hill ­— who finished fourth — came from the 400 relay team (Jordan Evans, Conner Reed, Tim Bergst, Tony Theriac) with a school-record time of 45.21, while Evans also won the triple jump (39-10.5). In the girls’ meet, wins for the Lady Salukis came from Shelby McKinney (1600, 3200), Emily Andrews (300 hurdles), Kelsey Stout (triple jump), Hailey Potts (100 hurdles), the 400 relay team (Potts, Andrews, Stout, Shelby Meeks) and the 800 relay team (Shelby Seitzinger, Stout, Katy Ericksen and Meeks. Meanwhile, LHS — who came in sixth — got a win from Valerie Akers in the high jump, while the 400 relay team (Maggie Lawrence, Molli Potts, Lee Hedrick, Akers) set a school-record of 54.93 on their way to finishing second.

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May 9: Vincennes University freshman and Lawrenceville native Zach Manley was the individual winner of the NJCAA Division III Region 12 Golf Tournament in Middletown, Ohio, finishing with a three-round total of 228 (81-73-74) to qualify for the NJCAA Division III National Championship Tournament, while also helping VU finish second in the team standings.

25 years ago — 1995

May 4: Lawrenceville High School’s softball team won its second straight game, as they rolled to a 27-5 win over rival Red Hill in North Egypt Conference action. Robyn Brian and Jennifer Stevens led LHS with four hits apiece, while Jessica Brink added three hits. Brian also got the win, allowing eight hits and striking out three over five innings. Shelly Wilcox led RHHS with three hits and three runs batted in, while Jennifer Boren added a pair of hits. Shannon Jones took the loss, allowing 16 runs on 20 hits and walking 11 batters.

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May 6: Red Hill High School’s baseball team snapped a seven-game losing streak while splitting a doubleheader with North Knox. The Salukis won the first game, 4-1, then lost the second game, 10-2. In game one, Billy Gray led RHHS at the plate with a three-run home run, while Larry Bridwell added a RBI single. J.C. Davis picked up the complete-game win, allowing a run on three hits. In game two, Gray, Davis and Jeremy Mahrenholz had a double apiece to pace the Salukis.

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May 9: Two wins were not enough for Red Hill High School’s girls’ track team, as the Lady Salukis finished fourth in a five-team meet at Fairfield. Winning for RHHS were Holly Moore (high hurdles) and Emily King (400).

50 years ago — 1970

May 4: Starting for the first time this season, Mike Lockhart tossed a three-hitter for Lawrenceville in an 11-1 win over Bridgeport. Lockhart also struck out six batters in five innings, while going 2-for-3 at the plate with a triple. Bob Gher also had a two-run home run for the Indians. Bridgeport’s lone run came on a home run off the bat of Jerry Berkshire, who also ended up being the losing pitcher.

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May 5: The Lawrenceville Indians baseball team won its fifth game in six starts, scoring all of their runs in the third inning in an 11-1 win over Fairfield. Denny Shidler led LTHS at the plate with three hits and a run scored, while Bob Gher earned the win on the mound, allowing an unearned run on two hits in five innings.

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May 6: Lawrenceville Township High School’s track team won a three-team meet over Olney and Bridgeport at Olney. Wins came from Phil Negley (low hurdles, high hurdles), Chester Lewis (100, 220), Bill Lockhart (shot put, pole vault), Harold Wimbley (880), Charlie Bootman (long jump), Moore (400), 880 relay team (Bruce Rich, Childress, C. Bootman, Lewis) and the mile relay team (Morgan, Mike Bootman, Wimbley, Jeff Moore).

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May 7: For the third straight game, Lawrenceville Township High School’s baseball team won by an 11-1 score, this time defeating Flora to move into a first-place tie for the North Egypt Conference lead. Denny Shidler was dominant on the mound, striking out 15 batters, while allowing one run on five hits over seven innings. Dave Summers and Chester Lewis each went 3-for-4 for the Indians, while Roger Kirkwood was 2-for-3.

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May 8: The Lawrenceville Township High School golf team won the district championship at Robinson with a score of 336 to qualify for the state meet, while host Robinson was second at 340. Chuck Hedde finished second in the individual standings with a score of 80, while Andy Warner tied for third.

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May 8: Two Lawrenceville Indians qualified for the state track meet, as Chester Lewis won the 220 (22.8) after finishing second in the 100, while Charlie Bootman advanced to state as well following a second-place finish in the long jump. Lawrenceville finished fourth out of 33 teams, while St. Francisville finished 17th.

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