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Carlyle blanks Wesclin in grid season finale
Retiring Carlyle football coach Randy Dooley went out on a high note, at the expense of Wesclin, Friday night as he guided the Indians to a 42-0 win over the visiting Warriors Friday night.
It was the second time the teams met this season, with the Warriors losing a 15-9 decision at home earlier in the year.
Wesclin managed just 118 yards of offense on the night while Carlyle rolled up more than 400 total yards. Carlyle's Ryan Rakers caught a touchdown pass in the game. Ryan is the grandson of Tom and Sharon Rakers of Trenton.
Wesclin's ended its season with a 2-7 mark, an improvement over a winless 2013 campaign. The Warriors' earned wins over Mt. Olive and Dupo.
Notes: Mater Dei is the only Clinton County team to qualify for the playoffs, and will travel to Carterville this weekend for a first-round matchup. Wesclin played three playoff qualifiers on the season, including conference foes Columbia and Freeburg along with Nashville.
Excellent season for Wesclin golfers
by Daniel L. Chamness
The golf season was enough to put a smile on Wesclin Coach Tom Hund's face.
That smile could grow even wider in the next 10 months if the right things happen. Wesclin arguably had their finest golf seasons of all time, finishing 8-8 overall and third in the Cahokia Conference.
"I just hope the athletes do their stretching during the winter and get out there and play," said Hund, the veteran coach of the team. "The winter rates of most of the golf courses are very good. I hope they take advantage of that."
Not to mention, three of the Warriors, two of whom will return next year, advanced to the sectionals. Senior Mike Thoele led Wesclin with a 43.5 stroke count per nine holes. He golfed 21 rounds and was one of the three athletes to make it to sectionals. The other two, Jordan Groennert and Jake Mueller, are both juniors. Groennert averaged 46.4 strokes per nine, while Mueller averaged 46.9 strokes per nine holes.
"Our goal at the beginning of the season was to advance as a team to the sectionals," said Hund. "We had a great year, but just fell a bit short."
Wesclin missed advancing to sectional by a mere two strokes. But, the Warriors had six golfers who averaged under 50 strokes per nine holes, including the three qualifiers along with Nick Thoele, Erik Wellinghoff and Thomas Taglieri. Taglieri carded 47.2, while Nick Thole averaged 47.4 and Wellinghoff was at 48.0.
At the conference finals, Wesclin shot a 348 and lost only to Breese Central (337) and Columbia (333). Freeburg was fourth with a 353. Another high point for the Warriors was a fourth place finish at the Okawville Tournament.
"We had a good day at the conference outing, but Central had a great day," said Hund. "I hope our success this year allows us to find some additional golfers. We want to continue to move forward and have even more success in the upcoming years."
A total 15 golfers were on the Wesclin team this year. They had four freshman, three with minimal experience when they joined the team.
"Some of our athletes, our top players, it will be tough for them to improve," said Hund. "But, these young athletes can get much better. When you first pick up a club, you can cut three to five strokes per nine pretty easily. Our team gets along great and I am hoping they all find a way to get together and practice on some of the courses in the area."
Soccer Warriors fall in sectional final
A season that could reasonably described as the best in Wesclin soccer history ended Saturday on the pitch at Metro East Lutheran.
The 2014 Warriors won 14 of their last 16 games and advanced further than any Wesclin soccer team before them, winning just the second regional in school history and winning a sectional semifinal for the first time ever.
The Warriors beat Wood River on penalty kicks last week in the sectional semifinal, after the teams battled to a 0-0 draw after forty minutes of regulation and two ten-minute overtime periods.
A hobbled Josh Brown ignored an injured ankle and kicked the gamewinner for Wesclin, who converted four of five penalty kicks while Wood River punched just three home.
Wesclin coach Terry Calvert played a calculated risk in the penalty kick portion of the game, replacing keeper Mytchel Kuhl with the much taller Greg Takacs for the penalty kicks, despite the fact that Takacs had never before played goal and Kuhl had carried the Warriors through 100 minutes of regulation play without allowing a goal.
"Greg just takes up a lot more of the goal than Mytchel, and I thought he gave us the best chance on penalty kicks," said Calvert after his strategy paid off.
In addition to Brown, Cody Johnson, Caleb Powell, and Takacs also converted their kicks, giving Wesclin a 1-0 victory.
Wesclin fell 6-0 in the championship game to an excellent Columbia team. Brown, Wesclin's leading scorer, was only able to play about 15 minutes due to the ankle injury and the Warriors were also playing without senior defender Seth Terwilliger, who suffered a knee injury late in the regular season.
"I'm not making any excuses, because we were playing a superior team," said Calvert, "but we obviously would have had a better chance at springing an upset if we had been at full strength. Give Columbia all the credit; they are a very impressive team with an excellent attack."
The Warriors completed their season with a 15-7 mark overall. "It's a tribute to our senior leadership," said Calvert. "Every one of them showed leadership throughout the year. I can't say enough about them as players and as young men. It was a pleasure to coach them."
Warrior netters sweep Dupo to earn regional semifinal berth
Wesclin's volleyball team swept Dupo 25-12 and 25-14 Monday night in the opening round of the Wesclin regional. The win advanced the Warriors to a Tuesday night matchup with the tournament's top seed Nashville. Results of that match were unavailable by the Sun's deadline.
Ally Isenhower's line included six kills, five service aces, and 14 assists, and Carrie Rakers had eight kills for the Warriors. Mary Hagarty dished out 11 assists for Wesclin, and Amanda Silva had five kills and three service aces.
Carlyle and Gibault play on the other side of the bracket and will meet the winner of the Wesclin-Nashville game in Thursday night's title match.
During the last week of the regular season, Wesclin split matched with Centralia and Columbia. Rakers rang up 17 kills and three blocks against Centralia, while Isenhower and Hagarty combined for 23 assists.
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