Kieffer wins gold medal, earns Olympic berth

TORONTO — Before leaving for the Pan American Games in Toronto, Canada, Mt. Carmel native Lauren Kieffer told a reporter that she was hopeful of landing a spot on the 2016 Olympic equestrian team.
“That’s the ultimate goal for any eventer,” she said. “It would be a dream."
Consider it done.
Kieffer, 28, and her Team USA teammates won the gold medal here Sunday to qualify for the Games in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil next year. And she did it with a near perfect performance aboard “Meadowbook’s Scarlett.”

IHSA reaches settlement on disabled athletic competition


IHSA Statement on Settlement Agreement with Attorney General

IHSA Executive Director Dr. Marty Hickman:

“I am proud of the Illinois High School Association's (IHSA) legacy of providing reasonable accommodations for high school students with disabilities.  We have always complied with any applicable laws, and are excited about the two new state championship events we will offer, as well as the inaugural road race, which further enhance the Association’s mission to provide participation opportunities for high school students in Illinois. 
The IHSA has promoted inclusion of student-athletes with disabilities wherever possible, focusing upon the various benefits of participating in extracurricular athletics or activities, which would include socialization, improved teamwork and leadership skills, as well as fitness. 

I commend our Board of Directors, who in 2011, acted on the first-ever request in the Association’s history for separate state final events from Fenwick High School by forming a committee to study the feasibility of those programs. Ultimately, the Board enacted that committee’s recommendation to begin offering separate state final events in cross country, bowling, swimming and track & field in 2012.

This agreement with the Attorney General formalizes the direction the Association has been moving in for several years, and a comparison of the original complaint to today’s settlement closely aligns with the Association’s original view of the law.

Today’s settlement will have no impact on the IHSA’s longstanding policy of providing reasonable accommodations to allow student-athletes with disabilities to be integrated to the maximum extent possible in IHSA sports and activities. Nor will it impact the IHSA’s Wheelchair Basketball Tournament, which celebrated its 12th anniversary in March.

We are appreciative of the guidance provided by the Office of Civil Rights during this process, which reinforced the Association's position to help move the settlement discussions forward.  This agreement protects the integrity of competition for able-bodied competitors and athletes with disabilities alike.  The Association will maintain its interscholastic programs as they have been conducted for many decades, while expanding opportunities in selected sports with new combined state championships in swimming & diving and track & field. For example, the IHSA will continue its traditional swimming & diving and track & field state final tournaments, with both using their traditional scoring formats to determine the state champions. Additionally, a new scoring system will award trophies to teams in both sports based on the combined scoring of its able-bodied and disabled state final qualifiers.

The IHSA will continue to consistently promote and broaden the opportunities for student-athletes with disabilities. We are excited not only for our past efforts, but also of those still to come.”

IHSA changes team sports tournament structure

BLOOMINGTON, Ill.- On the surface, it doesn’t appear the Illinois High School Association has made any changes to the Class 1A and 2A state basketball tournament, as well as other bracketed sports such as baseball, softball, soccer and volleyball.

But, to the coaches of the teams involved, the impact will be greater – especially when it comes time to seed teams.

Allendale-St. Mary's fall coop teams honored

By Bob Bowser

ALLENDALE, Ill. - On Tuesday, November 11th, Yellow Jackets Baseball and Cross Country had their banquet at the Allendale Ruritan Building to wrap up the first year of Allendale School and St. Mary's School co-oping in these Fall sports. 

Coach Diana Lueth recognized her girls team and boys team, as well as presented a couple of individual awards.  For the girls team, Meredith Jones was named Most Improved Runner and Addison Drone was named Most Valuable Runner.

Coach Bob Bowser and Coach Ryan Jones then recognized the members of the baseball team and presented an individual award.  Aden Gill was named the Most Valuable Player, sponsored by the Allendale Ruritan Club.

Coach Lueth, Coach Jones, and Coach Bowser would like to thank the parents and everyone in the Allendale School and St. Mary's School communities.  The support both of these programs received throughout the Fall season was outstanding.

VFW climbs into first place bowling tie

MT. CARMEL - VFW Auxiliary No. 4276 continued its climb to the top of the standings in Taco Tierra Mt. Carmel Ladies’ League bowling Thursday.
A 3-1 win over Holiday International Travel left the teams tied for first place with 15 points.
Jeanne T’s also defeated Country Finance, 3-1, in league play.
Marty Harms tossed the high game of the week with a 180. Barb Hood was next at 172, followed by Mary Peach at 163.
Maris Schonoman converted two split conversions (5-7, 3-10) while others came from Jeanne Thread (2-10) and Harms (5-6).
The league bowls Thursday evenings at 6:30 p.m., at Tenpins in Mt. Carmel. Prospective members and spectators are welcomed.

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Harley Gatewood a "rock" of Jr. Football, Little League baseball

MT. CARMEL — It may have been fitting that Harley Gatewood was nicknamed “Rock.” Because he was just that to the Mt. Carmel Jr. Aces football team, serving alongside long-time coach Bud Brown.
Gatewood died July 24 in Evansville, Ind. at age 84. He was laid to rest Sunday at Highland Memorial Service.
Gatewood had already served as an assistant to Phil McGuire when Brown was named head coach of the Jr. Aces in 1972.
From there, the two coaches ran roughshod over southern Illinois opposition.

Busy day today

There is a lot going on today, as the shift is on from summer sports to advance activities for fall sports.

Sports physicals will be administered tonight (Monday) and Wednesday from 6-9 p.m. in the gymnasium at Mt. Carmel High School.
The physicals will be given by Wabash General Hospital doctors along with Dr. Jennings, Dr. Barbee, Dr. Nomola, Diane Destefano and Kallie Allender.
For more information on how to register for the event, stop by the District 348 office on 13th St. to pick up a packet between 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
For more information, call 618-262-2278.

Golden Aces football camp begins today at Riverview stadium. The first session is at 6 p.m. On Friday, the Aces will play 7-on-7 games against Olney and Fairfield in Olney.

Tryouts for the Jr. Aces soccer team are tonight at 5 p.m. at the Wabash Valley College soccer field. Last week’s tryouts were rained out.

Wabash Valley YIA lines up fall programs

The Wabash Valley Youth In Action has finalized plans for fall programs in soccer, flag football and volleyball.
Registration forms may be downloaded on the organization’s website (wvyouthinaction.org) or can be picked up at the YIA office at 400 N. Market St. (inside Old National Bank).
Fees can be paid with check, cash or Paypal (online). Scholarship applications must be submitted.
YIA is also looking for volunteers to help coach the various sports. All coaching hopefuls will be subject to a background check prior to coaching.

No class changes for Aces sports teams in year ahead

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. —  The Illinois High School Association has released its school classification list for 2014-2015, and for Mt. Carmel High School athletic teams there will be no classification changes for the year ahead.
The biggest change may have been the enrollment figure used for the classifications. The IHSA report listed Mt. Carmel’s enrollment at 528, a drop of 41 students from the previous year, and the lowest Hilltop figure ever used by the IHSA.
Classifications vary from sport to sport, depending in part on how many schools field teams in a sport, plus the number of classes in a sport, which varies from one class for tennis to four classes for sports like basketball, baseball, softball and volleyball.
Football is structured differently, with enrollments only coming into play once the 256 teams for the eight-class playoff system have been determined.


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