Panther Bowlers Impress at National Championships

BY SAM SCINTA
WEEKLY REPORTER

The Girls Bowling team celebrate their accomplishments
(Submitted Photo)

Mike Imes and Garrett Spencer have built one of the top high school bowling programs in the state of Illinois at O’Fallon Township High School.

The 2016 Boys team still holds the record for most pins rolled in a series to go along with multiple top 5 finishes at the IHSA State Finals, Natalie Goodman, a 2011 IHSA State Champion, has made waves on the professional circuit, but now the Panthers are starting to move to the top of many national lists as well.

The Blue and Gold made their way down to Smyrna, Tennessee for the National Federation of High School Associations National Bowling Championships over this past weekend, taking part in a team tournament on Saturday and a singles tournament on Sunday.

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OTHS Second Semester Honor Roll: Class of 2018

O’FALLON – O’Fallon Township High School has released the Honor Roll for the second semester of the 2016-17 school year.

The O’Fallon Weekly will list the members of the class of 2017 in the next edition. The classes of 2020 and 2019 were ran in the last two editions.

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Panther baseball hosts annual youth camp

BY SAM SCINTA
WEEKLY REPORTER


O’FALLON –
As one of the most successful high school baseball programs in the state of Illinois, the O’Fallon Township High School Panthers understand the importance of youth development.

Programs like the OTHS Panthers Youth Fundamentals Camp provide opportunities for youth baseball players to be introduced to Head Coach Jason Portz’s system long before they try out for the high school team.

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Athlete Spotlight – New season, new challenges for Bossart

BY SAM SCINTA
WEEKLY REPORTER

Austin Bossart

Last year, we chronicled the journey from collegiate baseball to the Philadelphia Phillies Minor League system for 2011 OTHS Grad Austin Bossart.

At the time, Bossart was a freshly drafted catching prospect in his first full season of professional baseball after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania as one of the Johnny Bench Award semifinalists for the nation’s top collegiate catcher.

This season, Bossart is catching in High A for the Lakewood BlueClaws in the Florida League. In 25 games so far, the former Panther has hit a career-high 2 home runs and has driven in 7 while continuing to pose a staunch presence behind the plate as a fundamentally premier backstop.

The stats, while early, are a promising sign for the young catcher after a brief but difficult stint at the Arizona Fall League, where he appeared in just 4 games but hit .091 across 11 plate appearances.

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Jason Power selected as new head coach of O’Fallon Hockey team

BY SAM SCINTA
WEEKLY REPORTER

O’FALLON – The O’Fallon Ice Hockey Club has hired its new Head Coach, just in time for the start of their 2017 summer workouts.

Panther Hockey alumnus Jason Power was named Head Coach for the Panthers’ 2017-18 campaign, taking over for former Head Coach Patrick Roy.

Power was named the first captain in program history, having played at O’Fallon from 1996-98. After a collegiate career at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, Power returned to OTHS as an assistant coach from 1999 until 2005.

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Summer lacrosse gearing up for action

BY SAM SCINTA
WEEKLY REPORTER

Players take part in drills at Monday evening’s practice. The lacrosse season will begin on Wednesday, June 21, when the team takes on Marquette. (O’Fallon Weekly Photo by Sam Scinta)

O’FALLON – O’Fallon Lacrosse is one of the fastest growing activities in the area, and keeping the athletes in play during the summer has been a main priority.

O’Fallon Lacrosse- High School Summer Team is composed of 25 high school age girls from O’Fallon, competing in the St. Louis High School Summer League.

Tim Grout has assumed Head Coaching duties, with help from assistant coaches Brynn Laverdure and Laura Gentry, both OTHS Girls Lacrosse alums with college lacrosse experience.

The team will compete in 4 scheduled games in addition to the Route 66 Lacrosse Classic in Chesterfield, Missouri.

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OTHS Lacrosse alums make mark coaching

BY SAM SCINTA
WEEKLY REPORTER

Laura Gentry and Brynn Laverdure

Laura Gentry and Brynn Laverdure are familiar with the landscape of O’Fallon Girls Lacrosse.

After all, both women were inaugural members of the Styx program in 2007 and members of the O’Fallon Township High School Girls Lacrosse program under the tenure of former Head Coach Doug Riddle.

“Coach Riddle truly encouraged team play and being a classy team,” Laverdure said. “He was a positive coach who focused on the positive aspects of every player, and I carry that with me as a coach.”

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Knolhoff to coach OTHS girls basketball

BY JOHN HOUGH 
WEEKLY REPORTER

O’FALLON – O’Fallon Township High School has found their new girl’s basketball coach. After a two-month search, the Panthers will now be guided by Nick Knolhoff, who is coming from Althoff High School.

“I got a call from Todd Moller at the end of May and went back for a second interview about a week later, and they offered me the job,” Knolhoff said. “I can’t wait to get started.”

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Athlete Spotlight – Barnes makes transfer decision

BY SAM SCINTA
 WEEKLY REPORTER

Austin with his mother Angela at EMU’s Bahamas Bowl appearance

Austin Barnes spent four years at O’Fallon Township High School as one of the premiere high school kickers in the country. So good, in fact, that he had offers to walk on and punt for programs like Alabama and Notre Dame.

Barnes instead took a far rarer path for a punter; kicking on scholarship for a Division 1 program at Eastern Michigan.
Across parts of four seasons, Barnes became one of the top punters in Division 1 in terms of distance, and now he will take his talents to Greenville, North Carolina and the East Carolina University Pirates with NFL-sized dreams.

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Former OTHS hoops star Becca Althoff signs with Missouri Baptist Spartans

Former OTHS Lady Panthers basketball standout, Becca Althoff has decided to continue her basketball career and has signed to play with Missouri Baptist Spartans.  Becca graduated from OTHS in 2016 and completed her freshmen year at Missouri State.  She is excited to return to the hard wood and to play for Missouri Baptist University. Pictured, front row from left: Kris Althoff, Becca Althoff, and Head MBU Women’s Coach Iris Dixon.  Back row, from left: James Althoff, OTHS Coach Lisa Mathis, and Coach David Mathis. (Submitted Photo)

More than 600 seniors graduate as part of the OTHS Class of 2017

(O’Fallon Weekly Photo by Jeff Egbert)

O’FALLON – More than 600 students, making up the Class of 2017, graduated from O’Fallon Township High School on Saturday morning.

Class President Devin LePere spoke before the assembled group, wishing them well as they head off into the rest of their lives.

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Panther track finally tastes gold at state

BY SAM SCINTA
WEEKLY REPORTER

Nathan Rainge took home individual golds in the 100 and 400 meters, bringing his final individual championship count to eight for his O’Fallon career. (Photo by Daniel L. Chamness/collegereportonline.com)

O’Fallon Township High School senior Christopher Conrad tasted silver in the 800 meter a year ago. For the future Missouri Tiger and his retiring coach, it wasn’t enough.

Conrad crossed the finish line at 1:49.91, beating his personal best by roughly four seconds, en route to winning the Class 3A Illinois State Championship, missing out on the state record by just two tenths of a second.

The senior’s time was also good for number three in the nation.

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Conrad shatters records, ranks nationally with first place state win

Chris Conrad

Chris Conrad blew everyone away at the IHSA Boys’ 3A State Track meet. His time in the 800m race of 1:49.91 was enough to not only get him first place with IHSA, but was also enough to rank him as number three in the entire nation, set the OTHS school record and was only 0.2 seconds away from a state record.

The senior excels at the 800m event, and said it’s the main event that he’s been running since he started running track in junior high. “I decided to run track after watching my sister run in high school,” he said. His older sister, Hillary Conrad, took first in the 4x400m event at the IHSA state championship her senior year.

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Panthers roar through regional, fight through rain

BY SAM SCINTA
WEEKLY REPORTER

The Panthers celebrate their Regional Championship victory (O’Fallon Weekly Photo by Sam Scinta)

O’FALLON – The downpour that interrupted Saturday’s IHSA Regional Final between Belleville East and O’Fallon served as an almost literal parallel between the weather and what the Panther opponents have gone through so far this postseason.

Six Panther home runs have battered opposing pitching, leading the way to an IHSA Regional Title and a date with the Edwardsville Tigers in the IHSA Sectionals.

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