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The Rend Lake College Softball team advanced to the Region XXIV Final Four yesterday with two wins over Southeastern Illinois College 11-3 and 5-3.


Game One Winning Pitcher: Jordan Lodge (Campbell Hill) 6IP, 3R, 4H, 5K (15-5 record)

Game One Hitters for Rend Lake: Katie Shubert (Coulterville) 2-3, 1RBI; Jordan Lodge (Campbell Hill) 2-4, 1RBI; Sammie Bright (Zeigler) 2-3, 1DBL, 2RBI; Jerrica Money (Carmi) 1-2, 1HR, 1RBI


Game Two Pitchers: Kayla Piersol (West Frankfort) W, 3IP, 3R, 6H, 2K; Jordan Lodge (Campbell Hill) 4H, 6K

Game Two Hitters for Rend Lake: Breya Cooper (McLeansboro) 2-3; Mattie Jones (Pinckneyville) 2-3, 2HR, 3RBI


The Lady Warriors will play in either game one at 10 a.m. or game two at noon Friday, May 6 at Kaskaskia College in Centralia, dependent on results of other, on-going games in the tournament.

The Championship game will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 7, also at Kaskaskia. The winner of the Region title will move on to the National Junior College Athletic Association Division I Championship May 18-21 in St. George, Utah. To view the 2016 Region XXIV seeding and brackets, click here. For all things athletic at The Lake, visit www.rlc.edu/athletics.

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Jayson Werth's three-run home run capped a four-run first inning and Joe Ross had another stingy outing for the Washington Nationals in a 6-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday.
Ross (3-0) allowed one run on six hits in six innings, raising his ERA to 0.79. He has given up only two runs in 22 2/3 innings.
Werth added an RBI single in the eighth, his fifth in the first two games of a weekend series and 10th of the year. Washington goes for a sweep Sunday after raising its record to 8-24 at 11-year-old Busch Stadium.
Opponents had been 2 for 13 with no runs in the first against Jaime Garcia (1-2) before the Nationals jumped on the lefty for four runs on three hits. Daniel Murphy had an RBI single before Werth hit his fourth over the left-field wall.
Garcia struck out six and walked three in 6 1/3 innings. 

CENTRALIA - Centralia football coach Ray Kauling was hired at a special meeting on Thursday to be the new Athletic Director at Wesclin High School.

Kauling turned around an Orphans football program that had lost 35 straight games until beating Salem his first year at the Shrine Classic.  

His tenure also includes the school's first postseason appearance in 10 years and an undefeated season.  Kauling will teach drivers education in addition to his district wide duties as AD, but will not coach football.

Of the move, Kauling said it was a very tough decision, one he didn't take lightly.  He added that he thought it was a great opportunity for him and a good decision for his family.  

Kauling will replace Tom Hund who is retiring at the end of the school year.  

Witzel Steps Down At Woodlawn

Woodlawn head coach, Shane Witzel inducted into the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame

WOODLAWN - Hall of Fame basketball coach Shane Witzel has stepped down as basketball coach at Woodlawn after 23 years of coaching.  

He says of the move, "As a competitor I don't think you're ever ready to step away, it's always difficult to determine when the right time is.  There's always going to be another group.  I felt like I wanted to leave it in a good place.  I just felt like it was the right time in my life to try to free up some time to do some things that I've not been able to do."

Witzle had only one season where the Cardinals finished below .500, however 13 times Woodlawn won at least 20 games and on 2 occasions won 30.  The Cards won 13 conference championships and 22 times Woodlaqwn won a regular season tournament championship.  He also has 7 regional titles, 5 sectionals and reached the state finals four times including winning a class A title in 2012 with a record of 29-5.

Holst To Coach One More Time

Dearria Watson

Emily Baer

SALEM - Congratulations to Dearria Watson and Emily Baer for being invited to play on the IBCA 3A/4A South All Star game in Pontiac on June 11th!! And an added bonus: Coach Holst gets the opportunity to coach these fantastic young women one more time as she has been invited to coach the team and will be joined by assistants Ellen Young and Sara Rennie one more time!!


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