January 2009

Looking Back On A Special Season For Cobden Girls

Looking Back

At Special Season

The Cobden High School girls basketball team advanced further than any girls' team in school history before losing in the super-sectional to Winchester West Central Monday, Feb. 23.

The Appleknockers, who were playing in their first super-sectional  ever, finished with the girls' best record at the school at 27-5.

Following are game summaries:

Winchester West Central 48, Cobden 38: Jenna Lehr closed out her high school career by leading the way for the Appleknockers with 16 points and 6 rebounds.

Disaster Aid Sought

U.S. Rep. Jerry Costello, D-Ill., has urged President Obama to immediately consider Gov. Pat Quinn’s request that Union, Alexander, Pulaski and six other Southern Illinois counties be declared a federal disaster area.

The counties endured a severe ice storm in late January that resulted in as much as $16 million in damages.

The federal declaration would allow local entities to recover 75 percent of their extraordinary storm-related costs.

Extensive property damage occurred in the Union County area as a result of the storm.

Former Wildcat HilemanLeads Baylor To Victory

Former Anna-Jonesboro Community High School standout Lucas Hileman slapped a bases-loaded walk-off single through a drawn-in infield with no outs in the bottom of the 10th as No. 8 Baylor defeated Pacific 5-4 in Sunday’s A series finale at Baylor Ballpark in Waco, Texas.

With the win, the Bears took the series two games to one.

It marked the second time in three days that a Baylor (2-1) freshman delivered a bases-loaded, walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth.

Cobden Girls Win Regional

Jenna Lehr made a pair of free throws with 2.2 seconds remaining to boost Cobden to a 52-50 win over host Goreville and a Class 1A high school girls basketball regional championship Thursday, Feb. 12.

"Jenna stepped up for us," Cobden head coach Brian Clark said.

With the game tied 50-50 Cobden had the ball with 12 seconds remaining.

"We called time out and set up our press breaker play," Clark said. "We told them to get the ball to Jenna and she had two options: she'd get the basket or get fouled."

Appalled By Litter

To the editor,

I just returned from walking my dog through the city of Anna about 2 1/2 miles. I am appalled at all the garbage and litter in and around our community.

I watched a special on television this past week about the poor people in the Appalachian mountain area and the conditions there. Some of the areas reminded me of our area here in Southern Illinois.

News Notes

Congratulations once again to the Cobden High School girls' basketball team, which had a very special season.

March is Red Cross Month. During the month, a blood drive is planned Monday, March 9, at Union County Hospital in Anna.

Delta Theta Tau Sorority is planning to have a Trivia Night March 7 at the VFW post near Anna.

With the observance of Ash Wednesday on Feb. 25, the season of Lent began.

Jack E. Treece

Jack E. Treece, 66, of Jonesboro, died at 3:50 p.m. Monday, Feb. 16, 2009, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau.

He was born on May 31, 1942, in Jonesboro, the son of Hollie E. and Ruby Garrett Treece.

He married Delilah Woody on July 2, 1977, in Sparta. 

Two A-J Wrestlers Advance To State

Anna-Jonesboro's Mitchell Holshouser and Daniel Heath will advance to this weekend's Class A state high school wrestling tournament at Champaign.

Holshouser and Heath each finished in third place at the Vandalia sectional Saturday, Feb. 14. The top three finishers in each weight class advance to the state tournament.

"We feel good for our people who advanced," A-J wrestling coach Rick Bittle said. "But for our seniors who didn't advance, they have been very hard workers and have contributed four years to held building our program."

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