Boys golf continues to roll through season, looking ahead to state

BY COLTEN STEELE
WEEKLY REPORTER

On Friday, the OTHS Boys varsity golf team played in the Dick Gerber Invitational at Oak Brook Golf Course. Put on by the Edwardsville golf team every year, it was hot but the OTHS boys took second place overall in the large school division, with Edwardsville taking first. Front left: Coach Kevin Kellerman, Ethan Ourada, Taylor Patterson, Drew Taylor, Josh Krneta, Ben Paskert. Not pictured is Logan Lowrey. (Photo submitted by Robyn Patterson)

The O’Fallon Boys Golf team had another very busy week on the links, and it started with another conference win as they beat Alton, 156-177.

Sophomore Taylor Patterson shared the title with Senior teammate Drew Taylor as they led all scorers with a 37. Sophomore Logan Lowery and Jake Krneta finished right behind them with 40’s.

Head Coach Kevin Kellerman commented on his team saying, “We have a lot of depth, and that is going to be a very crucial part of how we do this postseason.”

On Wednesday, the Panthers met up with conference opponent, Edwardsville to play for a chance at the conference title. Unfortunately, the Panthers came up short, and lost by seven strokes.

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OTHS Freshman Soccer team wins tournament

The OTHS Freshmen soccer team won the OTHS HS invitational tournament at the new fields at the city’s Family Sports Park. The team defeated Collinsville 2-0 on September 19, Belleville East 1-0 on September 20, and Triad 4-0 on September 21.

(Photo submitted by Matt Lloyd)

Lady Panther Tennis struggles with Lancers, excels in weekend tourney

BY SAM SCINTA
WEEKLY REPORTER

RIGHT: OTHS’s number one singles player, sophomore Miley Brunner, competes last Saturday against Quincy. (O’Fallon Weekly Photo by Nick Miller)

All good things must come to an end, and unfortunately for the O’Fallon Township High School Lady Panther Tennis team, that end came on Tuesday at Belleville East.

The Lady Panthers came into the contest among the Southwestern Conference’s hottest teams across both match and tournament play, but the Lancers would find a way to slow the O’Fallon charge.

Maddie Buscher of the Lancers would top Ali Mueller in straight sets 6-2, 6-2, setting the stage for a run of difficult results.

Zoie Howard fell 7-6 in the first set after 8 draws, before losing the second set 7-5 in an emotional, competitive affair to Maddy Hamilton while JoJo Skaer topped Emiley Fritz 6-4, 6-4 in straight sets.

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Homecoming 2017

 

Students at O’Fallon Township High School celebrated Homecoming week, kicking things off on Monday, September 18, with the Homecoming Bash. At the Bash, teams competed in the Student Olympics and a sidewalk chalk contest.

On Wednesday, OTHS snaked through town for the annual Homecoming Parade. Many of the clubs, sports teams, and all four classes were represented, along with the Homecoming Court.

To end the week, the pep rally got all of the students revved up and ready for the football game against Belleville East on Friday. While it was hot in the Panther Dome, the students showed their excitement when the seniors won the Spirit Stick.

Finally, to end the week, everyone dressed their best for the Homecoming Dance, where seniors Nick Boone and Skylar Bair were named Homecoming king and queen.

(O’Fallon Weekly Photos by Nick Miller, Additional Photos Submitted by Beth Shackelford)

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O’Fallon AFJROTC honors POW’s in Bataan Death March

BY REBECCA BUGGER
WEEKLY REPORTER

Pictured, from left, are cadets Peter Reimer, Cale Faulk, and Parker Anderson who participated in the ROTC’s run honoring the POW’s in the Bataan Death March.
(O’Fallon Weekly Photo by Rebecca Bugger)

In order to kick off their beginning of the year picnic, 104 AFJROTC Cadets showed reverence to the original prisoners of war that were a part of World War II’s Bataan Death March by following in their footsteps and marching 12 miles in their honor.

On April 9, 1942, more than 50,000 American and Filipino prisoners of war were led from Saysain Point, Bagac, Bataan and Mariveles to Camp O’Donnell, Capas, Tarlac, via San Fernando, Pampanga. The exact distance that the prisoners traveled is not known, but most believe that it was somewhere between 60-70 miles with nearly 25,000 deaths, 500 of them American POW’s.

Peter Reimer, Cale Faulk, and Parker Anderson are three JROTC cadets that were part of the reenactment ceremony.  Each of them felt like it was a great honor to be able to gain understanding in to what these people went through and to gain a small taste of what it was like to be a part of something that was later declared a war crime.

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Panthers hold on for first win against Collinsville

BY SAM SCINTA
WEEKLY REPORTER

Sophomore running back Will Osuma powers past a Kahoks defender during the Panthers’ game against Collinsville Friday night. (O’Fallon Weekly Photo by Nick Miller)

COLLINSVILLE – Defensive Back Austin Johnson could feel the moment.

His team, 0-3 on the year, was up by three with a little over a minute left in the game, but was in desperate need of a defensive stop. Then Collinsville quarterback Chris Chi underthrew his receiver into double coverage, and Johnson knew what he had to do.

He stepped in front of the Kahok wide receiver and intercepted the toss, sealing a 34-31 Panther win on Friday night in Collinsville, finally getting his team into the win column.

The Panthers got out to a dream start in their second Southwestern Conference game of the season, racing out of the gates to a 20-0 lead in the first quarter after not having scored once in the first half in the season’s previous three games.

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Athlete Spotlight – Osuma makes a statement

BY SAM SCINTA 
WEEKLY REPORTER

Through the first three games of the 2017 O’Fallon Panther Football season, the Panthers had scored just 16 points.

Sophomore running back Will Osuma was determined to change that.

Osuma scored a pair of first half touchdowns to go along with a career-high 131 yards rushing to help lead the Panthers to a thrilling 34-31 win in Collinsville over the Kahoks on Friday night.

The back had been primarily used as a feature behind junior Jacob Flores, but he certainly made the case for more carries on Friday, averaging 7.3 yards per carry while leading the team in that department with 18.

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Girls golf continues season long dominance

BY COLTEN STEELE
WEEKLY REPORTER

The Lady Panthers finished second with a score of 314 in the Illinois/Missouri River Challenge defeating all the Illinois schools and three of the top four schools in Missouri in addition to other Missouri schools. Emily Marrs shot a 77, while Brooke Boatman, Alyssa McMinn, and Briana McMinn all scored a 79. (Submitted Photo)

The O’Fallon Girls Golf team recently shot against Alton High School at Rolling Hills golf course. Once again the Panthers shot tremendously and went on to get another conference win.

Emily Marrs shot the best for O’Fallon as she ended the day shooting one under par for a 35. Natalie Meinkoth was right behind her finishing second overall, shooting a 40. Brooke Boatman, Alyssa McMinn, and Briana McMinn all finished five over par.

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Boys Golf uses young players to craft an amazing season

BY COLTEN STEELE
WEEKLY REPORTER

The O’Fallon Panthers boys golf team hosted the annual Panther Classic tournament on Friday, September 15, at Tamarack golf course. The 18 hole tournament included teams from 14 schools. Sophomore Logan Lowery shot a 72 to lead the O’Fallon Panthers to a third place team finish of 325. 
The remaining top scores for O’Fallon included Taylor Patterson (82), Drew Taylor (85), and Ethan Ourada (87). Caleb Urshan, of the Centralia Orphans, shot a 71 to earn medalist honors and lead his team to a first place finish of 306. Althoff came in second place with a team score of 319. Pictured is OTHS sophomore Logan Lowery. (Submitted by Marci Lowery)

The O’Fallon Boys Golf team is off to a very fast start to the season, placing in all tournaments they have competed in.

O’Fallon has one of the most intriguing depth charts in the Southwestern Conference this season, led by Sophomore Logan Lowery.

Head Coach Kevin Kellerman is very high on Lowery this year saying, “Logan Lowery has placed in every tournament this season. And by placing I mean he has been in the top ten at least in every tournament that we have played in. He’s consistently placing in that top ten ranging from ninety to one hundred and twenty players competing. He has been in the top ten every single time, and been very solid for us. We can always count on using his score day in and day out.”

The Panthers began their season traveling to Alton to play at Spencer T. Olin Golf Course. The Blue and Gold placed fourth overall as team, while being led by Lowery who placed fourth overall shooting a 75 out of 120 players.

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Marching Panthers Take Tiger Ambush Classic

BY SAM SCINTA
 WEEKLY REPORTER

While last weekend may have signaled the start of the field show competition season for many of the area’s top marching bands, Saturday evening was the start of the slate for the O’Fallon Township High School Marching Panthers.

The band made the drive north to Edwardsville to take place in the 2017 Tiger Ambush Classic, an event they won Grand Champion at a year ago.

The Tiger Ambush Classic took place across 4 different classes and featured an exhibition performance from host Edwardsville before the awards show.

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More of the Same for Panthers in Loss to West

BY SAM SCINTA
WEEKLY REPORTER

The Gold Rush student section chanted “Throw the Ball” on third and long midway through the 2nd Quarter.

At play’s end, running back Jacob Flores was stopped well short of a first down, and an already frustrated fan base grew that much more restless as the O’Fallon Panthers football team turned in another hapless performance on their home turf, this time a 27-6 loss against the Belleville West Maroons.

The Maroons (2-1) would dominate on the defensive side of the ball, holding a predictable Panther attack to just 239 yards of total offense, allowing junior quarterback Christian Curtis to complete just over half of his attempted throws.

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Boys Golf takes third at Hickory Ridge Challenge

The O’Fallon Boys Golf Team took to the links on Friday for the Carbondale Community High School Hickory Ridge Challenge. The boys would finish third out of 21 teams at the Terrier two-man tournament.  The duo of Junior Taylor Patterson and Sophomore Logan Lowrey finished second with a 9-under par score of 63. 

Victories for the Lady Panthers

BY COLTEN STEELE
WEEKLY REPORTER

Another long week for the Blue and Gold, and another week of victories for the Lady Panthers Volleyball team.

To start their busy work week, the ladies traveled to Breese to take on Mater Dei in an event where the Panthers would close a tight match beating the Knights 25-21 in the first set. In set two, it was Mater Dei who flipped the script on O’Fallon, winning 25-21. In the final set, OTHS pulled out a nail-biter, serving and spiking to get the win 25-20.

The Panthers wouldn’t get much of any rest, as they turned around to play against the Triad Knights. In this contest, it seemed as if the Knights were no match for the very talented Panthers. O’Fallon swept, as they took the first set 25-10, and the second set 25-8.

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OTHS Tennis Continues Hot Start

BY SAM SCINTA
WEEKLY REPORTER

While this past week wasn’t very busy from a Southwestern Conference perspective for the O’Fallon Township High School Lady Panther Tennis team, the Blue and Gold still managed to capitalize on their chance to add to their early season success.

O’Fallon managed to add a pair of non-conference tallies to their season total with home wins over Mascoutah and Centralia.

On Wednesday against the Indians, Miley Brunner knocked off Anna Rosenstengel in straight sets 6-0, 6-1, while doubles partner Kate Macaluso managed to top Colleen Spehar 6-2, 6-1. Emiley Fritz took down Paige Engelage in straight sets 6-1, 6-1.

Abbey Byrnside won perhaps the afternoon’s most compelling affair, defeating Ella Mostoller 6-4, 7-5 while Zoie Howard managed a more stress-free 6-1, 6-1 win over Anna Marison. Ali Mueller would beat Abby Spitler in perfect straight sets 6-0, 6-0 to wrap up a perfect Singles slate for the Lady Panthers.

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Panther Soccer comes out positive on tough week

BY SAM SCINTA
WEEKLY REPORTER

The O’Fallon Panthers continuously blew by defenders during their game against Althoff on Saturday.
(O’Fallon Weekly Photo by Sam Scinta)

O’FALLON – The O’Fallon Township High School Boys Soccer team faced a full slate of tough competition this past week, hitting the pitch three times against some of the Metro East’s most talented clubs.

At home at the Panther Athletic Complex last Tuesday, the Panthers used a dominant second half scoring run to counter a pair of late Knight goals in a 4-2 win over Triad High School.

Jordan Ellis, Ben Koenig, Liam Dixon, and Dylan Gerstenecker all found the back of the net for the Blue and Gold in the win, while goalkeeper Grant Appel pitched a shutout in the first half to lead O’Fallon.

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