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SALEM - The Salem lady Wildcats dropped their Volley for a Cure match at home with Newton in three tough sets rallying from a 25-11 setback in the first set to win 25-23 and then hung around before falling 25-16.  The young Lady Cats only have 2 seniors on their roster and fell to 2-9 on the season while Newton improved to 12-5. 

The South Central Lady Cougars volleyball team moved to a game over .500 at 11-10 following their straight sets win on the road over Cowden Herrick.  SC is 3-3 in the National Trail Conference.  Maria Brasel had 7 kills and 8 assists, Diedra Schaal added 5 kills, 3 digs and 8 points while Emily Chapman had 11 assists and Kacie Crain 11 pts.  The JV also won to improve to 6-2.  The Lady Cougars play at Windsor on Friday. 

    Sandoval defeated Mulberry Grove in 2 sets behind 2 aces from Sierra Schaedler.  Haleigh Day, Kylie Parson and Carley Morris joined Bethany Kunick with aces all for the Lady Blackhawks.  Sandoval dropped their match in three sets.  Lynday Hoffman and Mika Taylor each finished with a pair of aces. 

    KC had a bad stretch of play in each of their 3 sets that cost the Blue Angels their match with visiting Jefferson College 25-17, 25-23 and 25-14.  

At Franklin County Golf Course in West Frankfort, front nine, par 36

Salem- 191
West Frankfort -202
DuQuoin- no score, only 3 golfers

Marisa Ferguson (DuQuoin) - 41
Megan Gallatin (Salem) - 41

Salem scores
Megan Gallatin -41
Mallory Daniels -46
Emily Baer -52
Sydney Holst -52

Coach Megan Kessler following the match...

"I'm very pleased with our performance. As far as I'm concerned we played our best round as a team tonight. We shot 185 earlier this season at colonial golf course in Sandoval but the difficulty of tonight's course is much greater than at colonial. Franklin County is a beautiful course where trees line most every fairway and the greens are lightening fast. I felt like the girls managed the course very well tonight and did a nice job adjusting to the greens. It was nice to see our senior Sydney Holst return to the scoring lineup with her score of 52 tonight. Megan and Mallory led us just as they have all season and Emily bear carded yet another solid performance. We still need to drop a few more shots at each position but we are right in the hunt for the Apollo title this week. I know Charleston posted a 177 tonight at Meadowview in a match against Mattoon who shot 194 and Effingham has been posting scores in the 180's regularly. My point is we are within striking distance and we know we have to play our best, but we are definitely moving in the right direction. Anything can happen on any given day at a golf course, we just have to stick to our game and make smart decisions to put ourselves in situations to score."

team left to right: Garrett Murphy,Max Phillips,Ian Barbee, Luke Alberson, Justin Stinson, Noah Griffin

Max Phillips shot 39 to lead the JV Wildcats.

SALEM - The Salem JV Wildcats were beaten by St Anthony 171-182.  Max Phillips shot 39 to lead Salem followed by Justin Stinson's 43, Luke Alberson and Noah Griffin each shot 50, Garrett Murphy shot 57 and Ian Barbee 58.

    The Althoff Lady Crusaders won the South Seven golf title for the fifth straight season.  The Crusaders placed five girls on the all-conference top 10 including the first four on the list.  The fifth lost a one hole playoff to finish sixth in th field.  Althoff finished 61 strokes better than its second place competitor Marion 318-380, Carbondale shot 389 followed by Centralia's 404 and Mt Vernon's 484.
    The Rend Lake College women's golf team teed off yesterday for day 2 of the Mesa Community College Tournament at Long Bow Golf Course in Mesa, Arizona.  RLC is currently in 2nd place bhined the tournament Hosts.  South Mountain Community College of Phoenix is in 3rd.  Madison Burgett of Charleston is leading the Lady Warriors with an 80.  Kaylyn Fuhrhop of Okawville is close behind with an 81.  

SALEM - The Salem Youth Football League 7th & 8th graders defeated Mt Carmel 16-12.  Brett Whitney and Jacob Harness each scored a touchdown and two point conversions. 

The defense made a goal line stand in the final seconds of the game to clinch the win.  This is the first win for Salem over Mt Carmel in 7th and 8th grade since SYFL switched to this league. 

The two teams will play again this weekend for the Conference Championship.  

SALEM - In women's volleyball at the Community Center, Spiked Punch defeated Hancock Construction in straight sets, Max Dye, Inc. needed 3 sets to beat Maximum Fitness, the Pink Ladies earned a two set win over Advanced Urologoic and the same for Endless Summer over Daniels Law Firm.  

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