O’Fallon volleyball falls in Sectional finals

BY KATHERINE MURRAY
 WEEKLY REPORTER

Gabe Norsigian (left) and Bryce Backhus stretch for the block against Edwardsville in the sectionals semi-finals. (O’Fallon Weekly Photo by Katherine Murray)

The O’Fallon Panthers boys volleyball team advanced several rounds in the hunt for the Illinois High School Association state title before falling to Frankfort Lincoln-Way East at the finals for the Edwardsville area sectionals on June 2.

In their first round of competition, the second-seeded Panthers took on the Waterloo Gibault Hawks on Tuesday, May 23 at Belleville East High School. The Panthers made quick work of the evening, defeating the Hawks 25-17, 25-10. Unable to rest for long, O’Fallon faced their next challenge the following evening against Althoff. Though the Panthers started the first set with a one-point deficit due to a forgotten jersey. The slow start didn’t keep them down for long, however, and the Panthers rolled over Althoff 25-22, 25-15.

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Kaitlyn Smith takes first at National ROTC competition

 

Smith won first place for her command presence of an Unarmed Regulation Drill Team at the Air Force JROTC National Championships. (Submitted Photo)

O’FALLON – Senior Kaitlyn Smith wowed not just her teammates and superiors, but teams from schools around the country when she won first place for her command presence of an Unarmed Regulation Drill Team at the Air Force JROTC National Championships. The competition, hosted by Sports Network International, was held at Write State University in Dayton, Ohio.

Colonel Chris Moulton likened the performance to being the equivalent of a Division II basketball team beating UCLA in March Madness. While the O’Fallon JROTC Drill Team is the best in the St. Louis area and top dog in the region, there are schools from around the country, namely in Massachusetts and Texas, that make drill competitions their focus.

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Record setting finish for Girls Track at State

4 x 200 team sets a new OTHS record, top 10 record in state

BY SAM SCINTA
WEEKLY REPORTER

Taliah Reese, an O’Fallon senior, runs the second leg of the 1,600-meter relay at the Illinois High School Association Class 3A State Championships. She helped the Panthers take eighth in the race. The three-class state championships were held at Eastern Illinois University’s O’Brien Field in Charleston. O’Fallon took fourth as a team, scoring 29 points.
(Photo by Daniel L. Chamness/collegereportonline.com)

CHARLESTON – The O’Fallon Township High School Girls Track team wrapped up a banner year for the program over the weekend, finishing fourth overall at the IHSA Girls Track State Finals at Eastern Illinois University’s O’Brien Field.

The fourth place finish is the program’s best ever result at the State Finals. O’Fallon qualified for the tournament by placing second behind East St. Louis at the Belleville West Sectional on May 12.

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Athlete Spotlight – Houston finishes season strong with victories at State

Tamya Houston

Senior Tamya Houston has been leaving her competition in the dust all season in the 100 meter dash. It’s not surprising then that the Girl’s Varsity Track star turned in a phenomenal state performance to end her final season at OTHS on a high note.

After winning the 100 and 200 meter dashes at conference, as well as running on the four 4×100 and 4×200 relay teams that also placed first, Head Coach Neil James “She is one of the top sprinters in the area. She has really done a great job this year of being focused and ready to compete each time out. Tamya is an intense competitor that wants to win every time she steps on the track. She has been a joy to coach over the past four years and has pushed herself to get better each year. She has done a good job this season of pushing herself in workouts to get the most out of her potential.”

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Panthers baseball takes wins over Alton, Triad at close of season

BY JOHN HOUGH & SAM SCINTA
O'FALLON WEEKLY REPORTERS

Pitcher Hayden Juenger tossed a complete game shutout and gave up only three hits in the Panther’s victory over the Alton Redbirds last week.
(O’Fallon Weekly Photo by John Hough)

The fate of the O’Fallon Panthers Southwestern Conference title hopes was sealed before this past week, but it turned out to be a productive one as they ended league play with wins over Alton and conference champs Belleville West. Against the Alton Redbirds, they were spearheaded by standout pitcher Hayden Juenger, who tossed a complete game shutout and gave up three hits in the process.

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Panthers Softball drops tight game to Mt. Vernon

BY KATHERINE MURRAY
WEEKLY REPORTER

Miley Brunner dives after a fast grounder (O’Fallon Weekly Photo by Katherine Murray)

O’FALLON – The dust kicked up a stir during the strong match up between the Lady Panthers softball team and the Lady Rams of Mt. Vernon Township High School. Play had to be halted several times to let the wind die down enough for even the umpires to have visibility behind the plate. Both teams struggled to adapt on defense and the double-digit score for both teams reflected the battle.

In the top of the second inning, O’Fallon’s starting pitcher struggled against a heavy-hitting Mt. Vernon lineup. After two over-the-fence homers, each bringing in an RBI, Coach Lauren Popov-Munez made the call to switch up the pitching mound, trading freshman Hayleigh Juenger for junior Katie Moore. Moore closed out the inning and gave O’Fallon a chance to redeem itself.

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Two OTHS wrestlers sign with Simpson College

 

Alek Ziegler, OTHS Wreslter and State Qualifier at 106 and 120 pounds, signed to attend Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa. Pictured: Alek Ziegler, his parents Brett and Julie Ziegler, sisters Katarina and Lainey Ziegler, grandfather Allen Biesemeyer, OTHS Athletic Director Todd Moeller, OTHS Wresling Coach Glenn Exton and District 90 former Wrestling Coach Rob Stoelzle. Alek will be the third generation in his family to attend a Methodist college and plans to major in Exercise Science. 
(Submitted Photo)

Kobey Bosworth, OTHS Wrestler who placed 5th in the State at 195 pounds, signed to attend Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa. Pictured: Kobey Bosworth, his parents Mike and Holly Koechner, brother Christian Koechner, uncle John Koechner, friend Jessica Hartmann, OTHS Athletic Director Todd Moeller, OTHS Wresling Coach Glenn Exton and District 90 former Wrestling Coach Rob Stoelzle. Kobey plans to study Pre Law at Simpson and then attend law school.  (Submitted Photo)

Schreiber plays his way to State

Sophomore Drake Schreiber was O’Fallon’s lone state qualifier from this weekend’s sectionals tournament.

Schreiber placed fourth in the two singles division, earning him a bid for the state tourney beginning May 25 in the northwest Chicago suburbs. The Panthers tied for third place in the overall team standing.

(Submitted Photo)

Athlete Spotlight – Spihlman crushes ACT, sets sights on state championship

OTHS Boys Varsity Tennis Player Adam Spihlman has his eyes on the upcoming state championships. The senior and fourth year varsity player and team captain just placed second in singles in the Southwestern Conference Tournament, and came in third with his doubles partner, Chase Holland. Spihlman is excited about his triumph, but already looking towards the future.

“Adam competed extremely well in the Southwestern Conference Tournament making it to the championship match at number four singles. He beat Belleville East in the semis. At a recent Bloomington Tournament, Adam and his doubles partner Chase Holland finished third at number two doubles. At the Conference Tournament this past weekend, Adam and Chase also placed third at number three doubles,” said Head Coach Erin Thoman.

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Panthers place third in SWC Tournament

BY KATHERINE MURRAY
WEEKLY REPORTER

The Panthers took third at the Southwestern Conference Tournament in Edwardsville last Friday and Saturday. (Photo submitted by Head Coach Erin Thoman)

EDWARDSVILLE – The O’Fallon Panthers boys tennis team took advantage of their final contest before sectionals began to see the competition, heading up to Edwardsville for the Southwestern Conference Tournament Friday, May 12 and Saturday, May 13. The team placed third, coming in behind first place Edwardsville and second place Belleville East. Belleville West, Alton, Granite City, Collinsville and East St. Louis taking the fourth through eighth spots.

One doubles team of junior Quincy Dollison and senior Matt Spradling defeated their Collinsville opponents in round one of the doubles flight, but fell to the top-seeded Edwardsville duo in round two. They played against a tough Belleville East team, but were unable to break through, taking fourth place.

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O’Fallon doubles up wins at home

BY KATHERINE MURRAY
WEEKLY REPORTER

Junior Justin Hovick jump sets to his attackers
(O’Fallon Weekly Photo by Katherine
Murray)

O’FALLON – Two home matches provided a late-season edge-smoother for the O’Fallon Panthers boys volleyball team.

On Tuesday May 9, the Panthers hosted the East St. Louis Flyers in the Panther Dome. The match felt unusually subdued for a varsity game, with both teams working quietly on the court. East St. Louis found themselves outgunned early on in the first set, struggling to get a rally going. Senior Luke Meidel had several aces with his lethal jump serve, leaving the Flyers scrambling to get a pass up to start a point. Even a time out couldn’t cool Meidel’s topspin, which collected several more points before a side out.

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Girls Lacrosse team dominates in first round of state playoffs

BY JOHN HOUGH
WEEKLY REPORTER

The playoffs started for the O’Fallon Township High School girls lacrosse team, and they’re all the way up in the Chicago area playing against mostly Chicago schools. Why? Chicagoland schools virtually inhabit the Illinois High School Women’s Lacrosse Association (IHSWLA), and O’Fallon is the first girl’s lacrosse program outside of Chicago to be in the IHSWLA.

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O’Fallon native is the Navy’s eyes and ears in the sky

By Theodore Quintana Mass Communication 
 Specialist 3rd Class, 
 Navy Office of Community Outreach

(Submitted Photo)

NORFOLK – A 2010 O’Fallon Township High School graduate and O’Fallon, Illinois native is serving with a U.S. Navy squadron that flies one of the Navy’s most advanced aircraft, one with an important mission: keeping watch over the skies and oceans of the world.

Lt. j.g. Dennis McFadden serves with Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 121, also known as the “Bluetails,” which operates out of Norfolk.

McFadden works as a naval flight officer, an unrestricted line officer, who is qualified for duty involving flying heavier-than-air or heavier and lighter-than-air type aircraft.

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Districts 90 and 203 swear in recently elected board members

On April 27, the District 90 Board of Education met to swear in their recently elected members and select their board president. Newly elected member Jason Boone, along with returning members Matt Lloyd, Steve Springer and John Wagnon, took their Oath of Office. The other three board members, Mary Baskett, Becky Drury, and Rebecca Huller, also took the oath again as a sign of unity and teamwork. John Wagnon was selected by the board members to remain as board president. (Submitted Photo)

 

 

 

 

 


On May 2, the District 203 Board of Education met to swear in Lynda Cozad, Steve Dirnbeck, Keith Richter, and Laura Jacobi-VanHook who were all elected last April. Cozad was chosen to remain as District 203 board president by the members, but she was not without challenge. Board Member Brandt House was nominated by Donna Johnson. However, when it came time for the members to vote on the position, Richter was the deciding vote and kept Cozad in place.

Pictured: Cozad administering the oath of office to newly elected member Laura Jacobi-VanHook. (Submitted Photo)

 

Art students benefit from equipment donated by OTHS Endowment Fund

These OTHS students are working in groups to develop their own sculpture as a part of a STEM grant from Scott Air Force Base. They are getting a closer look at the development of the OTHS Panther by MGA Sculpture Studio and learning about the fabrication of sculptures created by MGA, a company formerly from St Louis.

As part of the 2016-17 grant awards from OTHS Endowment Fund, the Art Department received a Surface laptop and a large monitor. Both of these are mostly used by the instructor to improve and develop instruction. The Surface has been instrumental in enabling the instructor to convert all class units/lessons into OneDrive books, which are readily shared with students. The large monitor is used in conjunction with the old monitor to quickly research and lay out power points. It is a great asset when referencing art works with students, as shown.
(Photo provided by Debbie Raboin – Art Teacher OTHS)