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The South Central Storm Chasers will be holding tryouts for their 10u, 11u and 12u teams on Saturday, August 6th.  Registration will be at 1:30 with tryouts to begin at 2.  

A 14u team will also be added to the stable this upcoming season.  Tryouts will be at 4pm with registration on August 6th, beginning at 3:30.

10u coach will be Rodney Montes, 11u Gerald Bole, 12u Corey Thompson & Justin Dodson and Jeremy Dodson will head up the 14u.  


Shoemaker Heading To Mater Dei

BREESE - The architect of one of the most prolific offenses in the southern part of the state last season, Sandoval Head Basketball Coach Cole Shoemaker has taken the position of freshman basketball coach at his alma mater, Mater Dei.  

Shoemaker will still stay on as Sandoval Athletic Director and teach in District 501.  Shoemaker was the coach at Sandoval for 4 years, including last season that saw them score over 100 points twice as well as games of 96, 98 and 99 as well as twice in the 80s and 7 times more in the 70s.  

Shoemaker was a sharp shooting guard for the Knights who graduated in 2009 and was excited to coach a new crop of reportedly excellent ball players heading to Mater Dei in the Fall.  

Sandoval is currently accepting applications for the varsity basketball position.  More information is available from the school.


Shoemaker Heading To Mater Dei

BREESE - The architect of one of the most prolific offenses in the southern part of the state last season, Sandoval Head Basketball Coach Cole Shoemaker has taken the position of freshman basketball coach at his alma mater, Mater Dei.  

Shoemaker will still stay on as Sandoval Athletic Director and teach in District 501.  Shoemaker was the coach at Sandoval for 4 years, including last season that saw them score over 100 points twice as well as games of 96, 98 and 99 as well as twice in the 80s and 7 times more in the 70s.  

Shoemaker was a sharp shooting guard for the Knights who graduated in 2009 and was excited to coach a new crop of reportedly excellent ball players heading to Mater Dei in the Fall.  

Sandoval is currently accepting applications for the varsity basketball position.  More informatin is available from the school.


SALEM - For coach Kevin Greene and the Salem Wildcats, the time appears to be now for the team to make a run at their first playoff appearance under Greene.

With quarterback Nate Roth back for his 3rd year under center and a line that improved toward the end of last season, returning mostly in tact, Salem should have enough fire power to stay in most games, and challenge for a playoff spot this season.

Salem will need to replace their horse in running back Dakota McDaneld, but should have tons of options in the passing game with Kaden Wayer coming back from a knee injury suffered last basketball season and looks to be 100%.  Also a big key will be tight end Cole Steward who has shown the ability to catch the ball in traffic, run away from people and when its called for, run over them.  He has the potential to be nearly unstoppable near the goalline.  

The Wildcats were 3-6 last season, but had a chance to be much better if things had gone just a little different.  Turnovers and defensive breakdowns late in games and leading into halftime cost them wins against Mattoon and Effingham, which alone would've been enough to punch Salem's ticket to the post season.

It's those miscues they Wildcats will need to improve on as they finish up life in the Apollo before heading into the Cahokia Conference next season.

Salem will open up with non-conference opponents in Centralia for the annual Shrine Game on August 26th on the road before heading to Civic Memorial for Week 2.  Salem will then open up at home in week 3 hosting Mascoutah before opening up Apollo play at defending champion Taylorville in week 4 before hosting Effingham and Mattoon in an important stretch of games.  Salem will head out to Mt Zion and Charleston before closing the season at home against Freeburg.


     CHICAGO (AP) - James Shields allowed four singles in 7 2/3 innings, Adam Eaton homered and the White Sox stayed unbeaten since Chris Sale's suspension by beating the Cubs 3-0 Tuesday night in Chicago's crosstown rivalry. 
     The Cubs lost their second straight and never got to use new closer Aroldis Chapman hours after he joined the team and struggled answering questions related to an altercation last year with his girlfriend. 
     Shields (5-12) struck out five and continued an impressive turnaround from a terrible first three starts after being acquired from San Diego last month. Nate Jones finished the eighth and David Robertson worked the ninth for his 24th save in the White Sox's fourth straight win since their ace was sent home for destroying throwback jerseys. 
     Jose Abreu had two hits, including an RBI single in the first off Kyle Hendricks (9-7) that ended his streak of 22 2/3 innings without allowing an earned run.  


      New Cubs closer Aroldis Chapman arrives 
 
     CHICAGO (AP) - Star closer Aroldis Chapman joined the Cubs on Tuesday, arriving to a mixed reaction in Chicago. 
     Chapman had an awkward-at-times news conference, telling reporters he couldn't remember what management told him about off-field expectations and behavior. Afterward, Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein insisted Chapman understands what the Cubs expect of him after an offseason domestic violence incident. 
     When the Cubs announced the trade with the New York Yankees on Monday, the team released a statement from Chairman Tom Ricketts saying they were aware of his 29-game suspension to begin the season under MLB's new domestic violence policy. 
     The case caused the Los Angeles Dodgers to back out of an offseason trade for Chapman. Cincinnati eventually traded him to the Yankees, and after his suspension, the 28-year-old Cuban converted 20 of 21 save chances for New York.





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