A Magical Tradition Continues: OTHS Madrigals 40th Annual Dinner Concert

BY REBECCA BUGGER
WEEKLY REPORTER

The O’Fallon Township Choral program, along with the stunning Madrigal performers, cordially invites you to attend the 40th annual Madrigal Dinner Concert.

This magnificent spectacle is the perfect opportunity to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the kick-off to the holiday season and begin things on the right foot; Merry and bright and with great food in sight!

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Sudduth Sparks Panthers to Consecutive Blowout Wins

BY SAM SCINTA
WEEKLY REPORTER

Before last week, the O’Fallon Panther Hockey team was sitting at 2-3 on the year, struggling to find answers after a pair of losses in tight, physical affairs.

Fast forward to this week, where O’Fallon is 5-3 and has one of the most lethal offenses in the MVCHA firing on all cylinders.

Panthers Head Coach Jason Power has Graham Sudduth to thank for a lot of that.

The star goal scorer for O’Fallon netted 4 goals in a dominant 13-1 win over East Alton Wood River last Monday night at the McKendree Metro RecPlex before scoring 5, including 2 shorthanded, in the Panthers’ 8-2 win over Belleville on Tuesday.

Power did not downplay the benefits of having such a prolific scorer on the ice for his team.

“All of the coaches in the league know that Graham is either the best or one of the best players in the area,” Power told the Weekly after the win over Belleville. “He’s so good with the puck, but he’s also so good without it. He does so many of the little things that make him so dangerous out there on a night to night basis.”

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Athlete Spotlight – Rosenberg Leads way for Panther Bowling

BY SAM SCINTA
WEEKLY REPORTER

The O’Fallon Township High School Boys Bowling team is off to an impressive start to their 2017-18 season.

O’Fallon is 1-0 in the conference season after a win over rival Belleville East to go along with a pair of tournament wins at the Zach LeCuyer Memorial Invitational and the Plainfield North Invitational on back to back weekends.

One major reason for the Panthers’ success in the early season has been the play of anchor bowler Eli Rosenberg.

Rosenberg, a righty, holds down the #5 spot in an O’Fallon lineup that is fully expected to be making its ninth consecutive trip to the State Finals this winter.

His biggest marks so far have been his contributions of late, lifting the Panthers to a pair of impressive showings against the Lancers and at Plainfield North.

Against Belleville East, Rosenberg shot a 666 series, rolling a 199 in game one followed by a pair of 236’s to close out the match. He grabbed match up points in games two and three while tossing the best O’Fallon series of the day.

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OWC makes annual apple deliveries to area teachers

BY LEE YOUNGBLOOD
WEEKLY REPORTER

O’Fallon Women’s Club Apple’s for Teachers Organizing Committee posing with club President Beth Lundy in the lobby of OTHS. Front row, from left: Margo Snyder, Shelly Severns, Stephanie White. Back row, from left: Peg Barrow, Vivian Rohleder, Beth Lundy, Joyce Humphries, Kay Brown, Lora Jones, Pat Ratcliff. (O’Fallon Weekly Photo by Lee Youngblood)

The O’Fallon Women’s Club (OWC), recognized American Education Week Thursday by handing out apples to K-12 educators throughout the city.  Apples for Teachers is a 25 year tradition of the OWC whose primary philanthropy is to support education; the event is appreciated and anticipated by members and teachers a like.

The OWC members met in the lobby of the O’Fallon Township High School, where organizer Stephanie White and her committee ensured each lady had a map highlighted with the rooms of the teacher’s and enough apples to give each educator one. Most of the members had participated in the Apples for Teachers event in past years and dispersed quickly with enthusiasm and experience.

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Athlete Spotlight – Kylie Clark proves she swim with the top sharks

BY COLTEN STEELE
WEEKLY REPORTER

Kylie Clark started off her swimming career when she was younger because her grandparents had a pool at their home. It was there where she first learned how to swim. Eventually, her parents enrolled her into swimming lessons which led to her first swim club.

Not only does Clark swim for the school, she also swims for the Seahawks team at the Metro Rec Plex during the school year, and for the O’Fallon Breakers in the summer.

This season, Kylie swam on the Varsity team and contributed more than she thought she would have.

“I never thought too much about swimming on varsity. I was more focused on working hard throughout the season and having fun with my teammates. It was great to compete at the varsity level against upperclassmen that pushed me to swim to the best of my ability in every race. I believe it will help me in the future by making sure I can push myself in anything I do,” said Clark.

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Marching Panthers are Nation’s 14th Best Band

BY SAM SCINTA
WEEKLY REPORTER

(Photo by Heather Cabrera)

There are few better times for a program-best finish than at the National Championships, and this past weekend, the O’Fallon Township High School Marching Panthers had such a finish.

One hundred high school marching bands from as far away as Hawaii descended upon Indianapolis’ Lucas Oil Stadium this past weekend for the 2017 Bands of America Grand National Championships, the country’s premier high school marching event.

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#RileyStrong

BY REBECCA BUGGER
WEEKLY REPORTER

Riley, left, with her twin sister Adler and her younger brother Keller. (Submitted Photo)

For Riley Maher, her junior year in high school has been a little different than she had planned. However, thanks to a community of caring people, an amazing family, and a few awesome t-shirts, she’s been able to find a little peace inside of a tumultuous situation.

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Sierra Workman brings leadership to her team

BY COLTEN STEELE
WEEKLY REPORTER

Southwestern Conference standout Sierra Workman, is one of the conference’s best swimmers in the area, but is also someone who people look up to outside of swimming.

Head Coach of the swimming team, Suzanne Gibson said, “Sierra is one of our senior leaders who will be heading into our sectional meet entered and positioned to score in two individual events and in two relays.”

“I am really looking forward to seeing how my team performs at Sectionals. This year, we have had many new talented swimmers, making it very competitive for spots in the sectional. We haven’t been well rested for any of our meets this year, so I’m very excited to see how well we can race when we are fully rested,” said Workman.

Being a part of a team is something Workman values, “My favorite part about swimming is that it is such an individual sport, as well as a team sport. For every race, my whole team is always on the side cheering on their teammates, and that is what motivates me the most.”

The Senior leader competes in the 100 butterfly, 200 individual medley, and 50 and 100 freestyles.

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Athlete Spotlight – Lucas Capistrant Leads Panthers to State

BY SAM SCINTA
WEEKLY REPORTER

For O’Fallon Cross Country, making it to the IHSA State Finals is more than a cap to a great season; it’s the expectation.

The Panthers, fresh off a second place finish in the IHSA Regional just a week ago, needed someone to step up big at the Granite City Sectional if they were going to be running in Peoria the following weekend.

Enter Lucas Capistrant.

“Going into the sectional, we weren’t worrying about other teams there, since we knew we had the ability as a team to advance,” Capistrant said. “We just focused on ourselves and our individual races.”

The senior turned in his biggest performance of the season, running a 14:56 while placing second overall, just microseconds behind Sectional Champion Andrew O’Keefe of Granite City.

“It was a great feeling, being able to keep up with him and catch him off guard a bit on the last stretch of the course,” Capistrant told the Weekly. “Me personally, though, I didn’t care what place I finished, I just wanted to break 15 minutes for the three miles of that race.”

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A Note from the Superintendent’s Desk – SAT Benchmark Scores

Prior to the 2015-16 school year, Illinois high schools administered the ACT college entrance exam to all junior (11th grade) students.  The ACT exam was funded by the state beginning in 2002, and 100% of junior students were required to take the ACT.   In the spring of 2015, the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) requested bid proposals from both the College Board (SAT) and ACT to determine which college entrance exam would be funded and administered in Illinois moving forward.

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Elise Smith gives all to her team, hits personal records

BY COLTEN STEELE
WEEKLY REPORTER

Elise Smith has been one of the top volleyball players in the Southwestern conference this season, not matter how many naps she might take.

Smith was honest when asked about what she enjoys doing in the offseason, and that was to nap, and nap a lot.

On October 17, Smith surpassed her 1,000 kills mark on Senior night against East St. Louis.

“It felt like everything I had been working for finally came together. I knew I had to get six more kills before the game started, and it was funny because everyone was counting down the kills until it finally happened. There was so much excitement in that moment, and it was one of the best feelings in the world,” said Smith.

But there have been plenty more memories for this season than just recording over 1,000 kills for Smith.

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Panther football closes season on high note

BY SAM SCINTA
WEEKLY REPORTER

Senior wide receiver Ronnie Anthony celebrates his second touchdown of the night against Granite City (O’Fallon Weekly Photo by Nick Miller)

Granite City High School is leaving the Southwestern Conference at the end of the school year, ending an over two decades-long yearly match up between OTHS sports with it.

On Friday night in Granite City, the Panthers made sure to give them something to remember them by.

Senior wide receiver Ronnie Anthony had three receptions for 125 yards and 3 touchdowns, junior quarterback Christian Curtis threw for 234 yards and 4 touchdowns, and the O’Fallon Panthers finished their 2017 season with a 35-21 win over the Warriors at Kevin Greene Field.

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“Just Unbelievable”: OTHS takes third at Bands of America St. Louis

BY SAM SCINTA
WEEKLY REPORTER

“Just Unbelievable.”

Those two words, said on record by one Bands of America individual field judge during the OTHS Marching Panthers’ run at the BOA St. Louis Super Regional on Saturday evening, said it all.

OTHS, who has not missed Finals at BOA St. Louis since 2009, was again competing in the top 14 at the Dome at America’s Center.

The band advanced to Finals after a strong showing at their performance during prelims on Friday afternoon.

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Athlete Spotlight – Byrnside finishes senior season on high note

BY SAM SCINTA
WEEKLY REPORTER

The end of a high school career is always a bittersweet moment for coach and player.

For OTHS Head Girls Tennis Coach Erin Thoman, the end of senior captain Abbey Byrnside’s high school career is just that.

“Abbey has been a great influence on everyone in the program during her time here,” Thoman said. “She has an infectious attitude and a tremendous work ethic.”

Byrnside has been a key cog in the Panther attack this season, helping lead one of the Metro East’s top teams through one of the best seasons in program history. Byrnside’s leadership has helped her teammates grow into one of the most exciting young rosters in the area.

“It’s so invaluable to have someone like Abbey on your team,” Thoman added. “Everything she does is to improve herself and those around her, and that makes my job as a coach that much easier.”

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Girls Golf wins Sectional, headed to State Tourney

BY COLTEN STEELE
WEEKLY REPORTER

The O’Fallon Girls Golf team is headed to the state tournament for the third straight year.

On Monday, the Lady Panthers competed in the Sectional at Panther Creek and won the championship by 13 strokes.

“The sectional was another instance where we displayed the amount of depth we have. The girls knew it was realistic to go in and win,” said Head Coach Chris Eddy.

The ladies knew they had huge targets on their back, but they answered the bell.

When asked about how difficult it’s going to be to lose these seniors, Eddy said, “It’s going to be terrible to lose these girls. I’ve known most of them for three to four years. We usually have a normal rotation, but the last two years it has been those seniors. Next year we are going to have to reload, but we have some talent that I’m excited about.”

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