Maroon and white scrimmage Friday
by Brian Magee
Welcome back, sports fans, to another year of exciting Red Bud
Musketeer Football! This year promises to be filled with hard
hitting action as the Boys make a fresh start of things for the
The team will feature a host of returning lettermen that have
real game experience as sophomores and juniors.
ďWe have a lot of talent this year. We are four or five players
deep at the skill positions on defense and our line is strong on
both sides of the ball. I have two guys that could start at
quarterback, itís going to be an exciting year,Ē Head Coach
David Lucht commented concerning the upcoming season.
Times have changed
In the hay day of U.S.S.S.A. softball, this was usually a big
weekend around Southern Illinois. Either it was state tournament
time or some sort of tourney where teams headed for Labor Day
post season play could pad their financial kitty. You could
count on one of the above scenarios taking place in Red Bud as
the then called Jaycee diamonds was the host of numerous state
tourneys and if it was a prime time cash event (called travel
money) Blossom City was the place to be. Times have changed. The
U.S.S.S.A. which once stood for United States Slowpitch Softball
Association has faded into the sunset in most of southern
Illinois. Itís still alive here and there, but the U.S.S.S.A.
now is short for United States Specialty Services Association
and for various reasons is a thing of the past in our
neighborhood. Many teams from the glory years of slowpitch
softball in our area were making plans and hotel reservations
for Labor Day weekend in sites such as Louisville, KY,
Cincinnati, OH, Indianapolis, IN, New York or even the slowpitch
hot bed of Tullahoma, Tennessee. Evidently young warriors of the
21st century have other priorities around the north county area.
Iím sure our local U.S.S.S.A. Hall of Famers are shaking their
4-H youth show projects at state fair recently
Itís been a very busy summer for the 4-H youth. The youth
presented projects and showed their animals at the small animals
show, livestock show and horse show, all of which were held in
July at the Randolph County Fairgrounds.
Youth were awarded state delegate and state alternate ribbons
for their projects. A total of 24 youth from Randolph County
showed their projects on Aug. 9 in Springfield at the state
Volleyball team receives honor from AVCA
The St. Louis College of Pharmacy womenís volleyball team was
one of 46 National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics
(NAIA) volleyball teams to be honored by the American Volleyball
Coaches Association (AVCA) with the AVCA Team Academic Award for
the 2012-13 season. This is the first time in the teamís 20-year
history that it has been honored with such an award.
The award, founded in 1992, honors collegiate and high school
volleyball teams that have displayed excellence in the classroom
during the school year by maintaining at least a 3.30 cumulative
team grade point average on a 4.0 scale. The STLCOP womenís
volleyball team had a 3.45 cumulative GPA for the 2012-13 year.
Sarah Bauer from Red Bud, was one of ten teammates honored.
Tomahawks seeking players
The Tomahawks girls fastpitch softball organization is seeking
10U, 12U, 16U and 18U highly motivated players capable of
playing in a competitive environment for the 2013-14 season.