wesclinSecond at state — The 2006 Wesclin Warriors baseball team celebrates after earning second at the Class 1A State Tournament in Joliet in June 2006. The Warriors finished the season with a 26-9 overall record. They had several players play at the collegiate level after high school. (Photo by Jeremy Chawgo)    For the second time since Wesclin head baseball coach John Groennert took over in 1997-1998, the Warriors were headed to the Class 1A Elite Eight  at the IHSA state tournament in the spring of 2006. 
    In their first appearance in the state tournament back in the 2002-2003 season, the Warriors lost in their quarterfinal tilt with a 5-0 loss to Mendota on June 6, 2003 at Lanphier Park in Springfield.  That year, the Warriors were led by Nick Dunning, Todd Harpstrite, Jared Davis and Matt Hellmann.
    Three seasons later, Groennert and the Warriors were back to the top of Class A, with a trip to the state tournament in Joliet on the weekend of June 2-3 at Silver Cross Field.
    Wesclin finished the season as the Class 1A runner-up with a 26-9 record.  Their roster featured eight seniors, seven juniors and one sophomore contributor.
    The Warriors started the spring in fine fashion with seven-straight victories.  They started with 3-1 wins over Central and Triad.  Junior Justin Dunning had three hits in the wins while senior Eric Gentz and Tyler Kehrer picked up the victories.
    Senior Richie Derbak and Kehrer combined to strike out 13 batters in a 1-0 win at Metro-East Lutheran before they beat Carlyle 6-4.

teams    While the fall sports in the Illinois High School Association are still up in the air due to COVID-19, the Cahokia Conference is not sitting around watching the rain fall.
    When the IHSA revoked the district play in high school football a few months back, Wesclin High School and some others in the conference showed interest in leaving conference play to find a situation with schools closer to their enrollment.
    “We had heard of some schools showing concern about a competitive balance with enrollments and such,” said Central High School athletic director Neil Hamon.  “We are just looking for a good fit for our student athletes and what’s best for our conference in general.”
    With that information swirling, the schools of the conference looked for better solutions and to try and keep all their current schools as a part of the conference.
    At the Salem High School school board meeting on Monday, May 18, principal John Boles announced that invitations have been sent to Roxana, East Alton-Wood River, Okawville, Sparta and Chester high schools to join the league with four of them playing football.

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