- Written by: Jeremy Chawgo - Breese Journal Sports Editor
The Central and Mater Dei golf squads keep playing well down the stretch in the regular season.
Both teams won events gearing up for the postseason.
Mater Dei will play in the Class 1A Pinckneyville Regional on Sept. 27, at Red Hawk Golf Course.
Central will participate in the Class 2A Centralia Regional at Greenview Country Club on Sept. 27.
Central 142, Okawville 155, Carlyle 182: The Cougars won in dominant fashion on Monday at Roland Barkau Golf Course in Okawville.
Senior Ty Jones was the man, hitting one-under par for medalist honors with a career best 33. He had birdie on holes 1 and 7 along with six pars.
Up next for the Cougars was junior Konnor Kueper with a par 34, along with Okawville’s Shane Klasing. Kueper carded par on all nine holes.
Central sophomore Ryker Hegger was fourth overall with a 37 followed by Brock Wuest in fifth with a 38. Senior Brody Zobrist and freshman Jack Gerstner each carded 39s for seventh place.
The Milk Cup: The Central and Mater Dei boys golf teams participated in the inaugural event on Friday at Bent Oak.
The Knights won the event 3-1 with the blue and white winning three of the four groupings in the 18-hole event.
The duo of Owen Moss and Garett Zurliene edged Central’s Konnor Kueper and Ty Jones by one hole for the ones and twos.
Central was one up in the threes and fours with the duo of Jack Gerstner and Brody Zobrist one up over the MD pair of Carson Dorries and Bennett Moss.
- Written by: Bryan Hunt - Breese Journal Editor
A special anniversary — make that angelversary — is fast approaching. One that will touch many hearts.
This Sunday, Sept. 24, marks the 10th year of the passing of Galen Huelsmann of Aviston.
The son of Carol and Allan Huelsmann and brother to Anna, Galen died on Sept. 24, 2013, at age 16, after a 14-month battle with cancer.
Galen was a sophomore at Central Community High School in Breese where he was an honorary member of the varsity football team.
He was also a member of St. Francis Catholic Church in Aviston.
Carol wants to thank the community for contributing to the "Galen Blankets" project and enabling it to continue for the past 10 years.
For this unique project, people either donate fabric for Huelsmann to make the blankets, or donate money so she can purchase the materials for the blankets.
"It's kind of my way of saying 'Thank you,'" she said.
Huelsmann said it's also her way of letting people know the project continues, "and the money that you did donate five years ago did get used for it."
Blankets going near, far
Huelsmann recalled a nurse practitioner with the Cancer Care Center in Breese reaching out to her, to bring them blankets.
This was three or four years ago.
Huelsmann said the patients and families who go to that clinic donate a lot to the project.
On the morning of July 28, Huelsmann delivered 140 blankets to Children's Hospital in St. Louis.
That put the "Galen Blankets" project at over 3,000 blankets delivered just to Children's Hospital, over the past 10 years, "and hundreds delivered locally."
During Christmas week in 2022, Huelsmann drove around the community and delivered six blankets herself "to people that were sick."
But during the COVID-19 pandemic, Children's Hospital was not accepting any blankets. You can imagine what happened to the production process.
"My basement was filling up with blankets," Huelsmann said, "because families were spending time at home."
Huelsmann needed to do something with the blankets, so she contacted SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Hospital in St. Louis, because they have a large facility for storing items.
Huelsmann ended up taking 150 blankets to Cardinal Glennon during the pandemic, "because they had a place to store them, and let them sit for three days."
The way she looks at it, Huelsmann said it didn't matter where the blankets went, but she needed to get them to the children who were hospitalized.
Two blankets went out the last week of July, as she was contacted by two people through Facebook.
- Written by: Kelly Jo Ross - Breese Journal Reporter
Wally's in Breese was the setting for a bunch of local car enthusiasts as they made their way to Bowling Green, Kentucky, this past weekend for the annual Holley MoParty.
It literally is a party at the Beech Bend Raceway Park in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
The three-day gathering — Sept. 15, 16, and 17 — featured a host of events, including drag racing, autocross, show and shine, Australian style, burnout contest, dynamometer challenge and more.
Wally's in Breese was the local group's first stop before they headed to Kentucky as the group ordered an early lunch of cheeseburgers, fries and milkshakes.
While at the eatery, there stood several rows of "wheeled nostalgia" of Mopars of varying ages, styles and colors.
The group was then meeting with two other guys in Mt. Vernon for a gas stop before they trek down to Kentucky.
Those making the trip this time included Marty Bittle, Jay Detmer, John Detmer, Chuck Dannels (president of the House of Mopar local club), Drew Lebro, Jeff Voss, Braden Schrader, Vance Straeter (Clinton County's mullet champion), John Weibler and Brett Weibler.
Bill Weibler and Paul Rice met with the group in Mt. Vernon.
This would be the fourth year the group ventured to Kentucky for the MoParty. They went in 2019 for the inaugural year, and again thereafter.
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