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jansenOvertime thriller — Central sophomore Rylee Jansen works the ball into the offensive zone against the defense of Freeburg’s Ellie Range. The Cougars were victorious 3-2 in penalty kicks. The Lady Cougars are 4-3-2 on the season. (Photo by Jeremy Chawgo)    The Central Lady Cougars soccer team has their season in full swing after winning two of their three matches last week.
    The Lady Cougars started the week with a shutout win over Jerseyville in the Metro-Cup before dropping their final tournament game by a goal to Gibault.
    They ended the week with a win over visiting Freeburg in penalty kicks.  The Cougars are 4-3-2 on the season and they will host Salem on Thursday and Granite City on Monday.
    Central 3, Freeburg 2 (penalty kicks):  The Cougars needed two overtimes and penalty kicks to win their home match on Monday.
    After Freeburg scored in the first half, the Cougars got the game-tying goal from Emma Wesselmann on an assist from Ocean Reinhardt late in the second half.
    Freeburg scored a goal in the first overtime session only to see Central break even when Makenna Lake found the back of the net on an assist from Reaghan Tebbe.
    The match moved to penalty kicks where Keira Veizer scored for the Cougars while Madison Ashford made the ensuing save to win it for Central.
    Ashford made 18 saves in net to earn the victory.
    Gibault 2, Central 1 (overtime):  The Lady Cougars lost their Metro-Cup match with the Lady Hawks on Saturday.
    Keira Veizer scored the first goal of the match for the Cougars in the first half on an assist from sophomore Melanie Hilmes.
    Gibault got the match tied in the second half when Hannah Stearns set up Reece Ward for the game-tying goal.
    The Lady Hawks secured the win in the third overtime session.  Maddie Davis got the win in net where she made 15 saves.  Madison Ashford took the loss with just four saves.
    Central 5, Jerseyville 0:  The Lady Cougars got a Metro-Cup victory over the Lady Panthers at Althoff last Wednesday in Belleville.
    Central got three goals in the first half to set the tone before netting two more in the second half.
    That was more than enough offense for Madison Ashford who earned the shutout in net as she made one save in the win.
    Rachel Beer, Abigail Crosby, Rylee Jansen, Ocean Reinhardt and Reaghan Tebbe each had one goal for the Cougars.
    Elizabeth Schroeder, Keira Veizer and Tebbe all had one assist for Central.

johnsonThrowing heat — Mater Dei senior right hander Parker Johnson sends home a second-inning curveball in the Knights’ 8-7 loss in game one of their doubleheader with Father McGivney on Saturday. Johnson gave up one earned run in four innings of work. (Photo by Jeremy Chawgo)    The Mater Dei Knights baseball team had just two games last week where they split a doubleheader with Father McGivney in Breese on a blustery Saturday.
    The Knights are now 5-4 on the season with a game scheduled in Granite City on Wednesday and then a doubleheader at Triad on Saturday with the first game starting at 10 a.m.
    Mater Dei 5, Father McGivney 4 (8 innings):  The Knights capped off a long day of baseball with an extra-innings’ win over the Griffins on Saturday in Breese.
    Mater Dei earned the win despite having just three hits in the game.  They sealed the win in the bottom of the eighth inning when Cole Jones was hit by a pitch with two outs.  With Brady Pollmann running for Jones, he crossed the plate on a fielding error which came of the bat of Cam Kreke to win things for MD.
    With the late run, Cam Haag got the victory in relief for MD where he went two innings and stuck out one batter.  Reed Braundmeier allowed one earned run over the first six innings.
    Haag, Parker Johnson and Seth Winkeler had the lone singles for MD.  Haag had three stolen bases in a game where MD swiped eight bags.
    Gabe Smith pitched well for FM as he went the first seven innings and allowed three earned runs on three hits, five strikeouts and seven walks.
    Matthew Gierer led the Griffins as he went 2-for-4 with a single, a homer and a stolen base.  Smith scored twice in a game where both teams stranded six runners on base.
    Gierer led the game off with a solo homer to left field before Drew Sowerwine singled home Smith to stake the Griffins to a 2-0 lead.  They added one more run when Luke Deakos reached on an error to move the lead to 3-0.
    Logan Mattson and Landon Albers each walked in the bottom of the inning before both scored later in the inning.  Mattson scored on a wild pitch and Albers scored on a fielding error with MD trailing 3-2 after one inning.

athmerGreat start — Central senior righty Kyle Athmer sends home a pitch in the first inning of the Cougars’ 10-0 win over Wood River on Saturday morning. Athmer picked up the complete-game victory with 11 strikeouts. (Photo by Jeremy Chawgo)    It may have been just the season-opener for the Central baseball team, but the Cougars’ 10-0 victory over visiting Wood River on Saturday will be a game to remember.
    Senior pitcher Kyle Athmer notched his name into the Illinois High School Association’s record book by tossing a complete-game shutout with 11 strikeouts over the Oilers.
    The feat, combined with his 306 yards passing the night before in the Cougars’ 41-7 football win over Alton Marquette, marked the first time in IHSA history that a player threw for 300 yards passing on one night and then next day got a win on the mound in a varsity game.
    “Playing on a Friday night on homecoming and beating Marquette and then coming out here and doing the same thing in baseball is nothing better,” said Athmer.  It was the best 24 hours of my life.”
    As for the win in baseball, Athmer went the distance and allowed three hits and one walk while striking out 11 batters in 84 pitches of which 56 were strikes.
    Meanwhile, the offense took advantage of an early miscue to set the tone.
    After Athmer struck out the side in the top of the first inning, the Cougars first two hitters were retired in the bottom of the inning before Dalton Boruff reached on a fielding error and Grant Oster walked.
    “After a year of not playing, these kids came into practice and showed us that they have the skills to be a very good baseball team,” said Central head coach Kevin Crask.  “Kyle has thrown just one bullpen with the coaches, the rest has been on his own.  I didn’t know what to expect from him, and he did an outstanding job.”
    Junior Easton Rakers came up with the big 2-out hit with a triple into the left-centerfield gap to post CHS to a 2-0 lead.
    “That was big hit coming from the first game,” said Crask. “I know we had some jitters, but that was a big hit.  It takes a lot of pressure off the pitcher and the defense when you get out to that lead.
    The Cougars added another run in the second inning on two walks and fielder’s choice.
    Central went back to work in the bottom of the fifth inning when Oster was hit by a pitch with two outs.  Rakers singled to left before Chase Lewis chased home Oster with an RBI single to center as CHS led 4-0.
    Jeff Keith added another RBI single in the inning as Central led 5-0 after five innings.
    The Cougars put the game away in the sixth inning when Landon Geragosian led off with a triple to right and scored on an error.
    Mason Hamon reached on an error before Boruff singled through the left side.  Oster followed with a single before Lewis singled again and Keith ended the game with an RBI double.
    Geragosian was 2-for-4 with a run scored while Rakers was 3-for-4 with a pair of singles, a triple, two stolen basesm three runs batted in and one run scored.
    Lewis was 3-for-4 with three singles, two runs batted in and one run scored while Keith was 2-for-4.  Vaughn Douglas scored three times.
    The Cougars outhit the Oilers 13-3 while CHS stranded seven runners on base. 

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