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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.

PHYSICALS
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.

FOOTBALL
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.

SOCCER
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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