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SALEM - Mt. Zion advances in the Apollo Conference Friday night when they beat Salem 54 to 28.

First quarter set the tone for the game Friday night. Mt. Zion came out and scored 27 point on the Wildcats early on in the game. Wildcats suffered careless mistakes such as a bad snap that resulted in a turnover of the ball. During a kickoff the wildcats put hands on the ball but never recovered it, allowing Mt. Zion to pick it up in the end zone for a touchdown. Shaun Reid had a good catch and run for 82 yards. But Wildcats fumbled the ball and Mt. Zion recovered it the next play.

Second quarter of play showed a fighting spirit in the Wildcats. After a quick touchdown from Mt. Zion. Dakota McDaneld rushed 30 yards that resulted in a short pass to Cole Steward for a Wildcat touchdown. After which a kickoff was recovered by Shaun Reid giving Wildcats possession of the ball again. McDaneld then rushed the ball 22 yards for another Wildcat touchdown. The quarter ended with a Mt Zion touchdown giving a halftime score of 41 to 14

Wildcats came out in the second half with great momentum. Playing great offensively but falling short of a touchdown. Mt. Zion took possession of the ball and scored a touchdown after a quick 5 offensive plays. Wildcats came back with a touchdown scored by Cole Steward leaving the score at the third quarter 48 to 21.

Fourth quarter the Wildcats scored a quick touchdown and attempted an onside kick to get the ball back. Mt Zion recovered and scored a quick touchdown. After a quick offensive series by the Wildcats Mt. Zion gained possession of the ball and used it to let the clock run out. Leaving the end game score Mt. Zion 54 to Wildcats 28.

Salem Wildcats face off Charleston next week at home for Senior night. While Mt. Zion moves on in the conference for a chance in the conference.

Prep Scoreboard:

Alton 42 Granite City 14
Alton Marquette 66 Bunker Hill 20
Belleville Althoff 42 Carbondale 6
Belleville East def. East St Louis - forfeit
Bethalto Civic Memorial 31 Waterloo 28
Cahokia 44 Mt Vernon 14
Carlinville 42 Hillsboro 19
Carlyle 42 Dupo 20
Carmi 48 Hamilton County 6
Carterville 40 Sparta 7
Centralia 28 Marion 20
Columbia 28 Breese Central 27
DuQuoin 42 Anna Jonesboro 38
Edwardsville 27 Belleville West 6
Eldorado 58 Fairfield 20
Flora 28 Paris 6
Greenville 49 Staunton 0
Harrisburg 31 Murphysboro 22
Herrin 41 West Frankfort 0
Jerseyville 35 Mascoutah 24
Lawrenceville 55 Edwards County 14
Massac County 24 Benton 21
Mattoon 24 Effingham 21
Mt Zion 54 Salem 28
Newton 31 Marshall 25
O'Fallon 22 Collinsville 6
Olney 28 Robinson 7
Pana 35 Litchfield 7
Red Bud 51 Scott City, MO 28
Red Hill 57 Casey Westfield 7
Sesser Valier WW 34 Vienna 14
Taylorville 43 Charleston 17
Trenton Wesclin 54 Freeburg 27
Triad 13 Highland 3
Vandalia 25 Piasa 0

ST. LOUIS (AP) - John Lackey outpitched old teammate Jon Lester, allowing two hits into the eighth inning, and rookies Tommy Pham and Stephen Piscotty each homered late as the St. Louis Cardinals cooled off the Chicago Cubs with a 4-0 victory Friday night in the opener of their NL Division Series.

In front of a standing room only crowd of 47,830 - the second-largest at 10-year-old Busch Stadium - thousands of Cubs faithful mixed into the red throng for the first postseason game between the two long-time rivals.

Game 2 of the best-of-five series is Saturday. The Cardinals turn to lefty Jaime Garcia (10-6), who made 20 starts coming off risky thoracic surgery. Kyle Hendricks (8-7) makes his postseason debut for the NL wild-card winners.

Matt Holliday had an RBI single in the first, giving St. Louis a lead after just three at-bats. Pinch-hitting, Pham homered off Lester and Piscotty had a two-run shot off Pedro Strop in the eighth.

Wildcat Wednesday!

Wildcat Wednesday!


SALEM – Wednesday, October 21st Joe’s Pizza & Pasta in Salem will be hosting Wildcat Wednesday.  A chance to help support the Salem Booster Club.


On that day, 20% of all sales will be donated to the Booster Club for all the athletic teams.  All Day! It doesn’t matter if it’s eat it, carry out or delivery.


Help make a difference with Wildcat Wednesday, October 21st at Joes Pizza & Pasta.



Drive to Help Raise Money for FRANKLIN PARK Students


10/8/16-SALEM, IL— On Tuesday, 10/20/15, between 3:30 and 7:00, Max Dye Inc. will partner with parents and teachers at Franklin Park Middle school for a “Drive for the Kids” fundraiser to help raise money in support of the Bobcat Boosters.

During the school’s Bobcat Bash, parents and guests will have the opportunity to earn a $10 contribution for the school from the Chrysler brand, by taking a test drive in a new 2015 Town & Country, Chrysler 200 or Chrysler 300.  Any licensed driver, age 18 or older, may drive and earn $10 on the school’s behalf.

Max Dye Inc. will provide 2015 model Chrysler brand vehicles, along with volunteers from the dealership, to help the school with the fundraising test drives.

“We enjoy working with our local schools and are looking forward to the opportunity to support the kids at Franklin Park Middle School through our ‘Drive for the Kids’ program” said Kenny Detmer, sales associate at Max Dye Inc.  “The test drive takes only a few minutes, all of the funds raised go directly to the school, and it’s a great opportunity to check out and drive the 2015 Chrysler brand family of vehicles.”

All test-drive participants will also be entered into the 2015 National Giveaway for a chance to win $45,000 toward any eligible FCA US LLC Dodge, Jeep, Chrysler, Ram, FIAT, or Alfa Romeo vehicle.

The Chrysler brand introduced the “Drive for the Kids” program in 1993, and became the first automotive manufacturer to reach out in direct support of local schools. Since then, Chrysler dealers have worked with parents and educators across the nation to contribute over $6 million to schools located in communities where the Chrysler brand and its dealers do business. For more information, visit www.drive4kids.com.

Central City Wins First Ever State Softball Title...

COULTERVILLE - It was an exciting afternoon for the Central City Citians that finished with a first.  After trailing 4-3 late in the ball-game, Central City scored 4 runs in the sixth and held on to knock off New Athens for the school's first ever state championship after finishing third a year ago.  

The Citians found themselves down 4-3 when winning pitcher Raegan Branon knocked in her third run of the game with a fifth inning single to tie the game at 4.  Then in the sixth, Brianna Tarrlton came off the bench and delivered with runners on.  Tarrlton's groundout to 2nd base allowed the go-ahead run to score.

Central City would add more to the cause with a four run outburst in the inning including an RBI from leadoff hitter and 7th grader Jaz Myers.

Central City finishes the year at 22-2 under first year coach Ashley Johnson.  Branon finished the complete game 3-hitter on the mound allowing 0 earned runs in the game and struck out 12 New Athens hitters.  In the 3rd place game, Pinckneyville 204 defeated Century 6-2.

    In Class M softball from Pinckneyville Trico is state champion after their 7-2 win over Marissa.  Gorville shutout Nashville 10-0 for third place.

    In Class L softball at Centralia, Marion defeated Highland 6-2 to win the state title.  Collinsville defeated Johnston City 4-0 in the third place game.

    In the Class S baseball tournament, St Peter/Paul Catholic handed Altamont/St Peter Lutheran their only loss of the year winning 6-3 from Coulterville.  Steeleville took 3rd place with an 8-2 win over New Hope.

    In Class M baseball, Cobden is state champion after their 8-3 win over Albion.  Goreville won the third place game 2-0 over Gallatin County.


In Class L, Marion won the championship game 5-0 over Waterloo.  Wolf Branch defeated DuQuoin 10-3 for 3rd place.

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