June was Rainy

A wet ending for June pushed the rainfall totals to near record levels, but this past month was not even the wettest June this century.

            The official measurement for last month was 9 and 45-hundrethds inches. That’s about 5 inches above normal.

            But, it’s well short of the record June total..13 and three quarter inches from 2011. That’s when Jacksonville lost its water plant.

            In fact, there has been four other Junes with heavier rainfall totals since 1997, including two straight Junes of 10 and 16 hundredths inches in 2014 and 2015. Yes, same totals.

            There was rain on the last 7 days of the month, including the nearly 3 inch rains from the 24th and 25th.

            Rainfall for the year is now at nearly 26 inches. Normal rainfall through the first half of a year is just under 19 and a half inches. We have seen wetter weather in Jacksonville in the last 25 years, as opposed to the previous 50 plus.

            A typical high last month was 85, and a low was 62 and a half. That’s a daily average of just under 74  degrees. That’s about 3 degrees warmer than normal.

            Readings ranged from 98 on the 19th, to 48 on the 22nd.   The mercury hit 90 or better 6 times last month. There were no 100 degree days. There were just six nights of below 60 readings.

            WLDS-WEAI is an official observer for the National Weather Service.

GNW Player Named Baseball All State

A Jacksonville area player has been named to the Class 1A all-state baseball team

            Senior centerfielder Jacob Lansaw of Greenfield-Northwestern was named to the team by the Illinois High School Baseball Coaches Association.

            Lansaw hit .493 this year with 9 home runs and 45 RBIs.

            Also named to the Class 1A team was senior pitcher and centerfielder Peyton Clampitt of Camp Point Central.

            And named to the 2A team was SHG shortstop and pitcher Sam Antonacci, a senior for the Cyclones.

            The lone CS8 player named to the 3A team was Springfield High senior centerfielder Luke Flesner.

Murphy of JHS a State Wrestling Champ

Jacksonville High School has a state champion wrestler.

            Brooklyn Murphy claimed the top trophy in her weight class yesterday at the state wrestling meet hosted by the Illinois Wrestling Coaches Association.

            Meanwhile, three wrestlers in Jacksonville will compete in the Illinois Wrestling Coaches of American state meet next weekend.

            One of the wrestlers is from Jacksonville High School. He is sectional champion Colin Reif.

            Two others are from Routt-ISVI. They include Leo Tomich, who is the first wrestler from the Illinois School for the Visually Impaired to wrestle at a state meet since 1995. He will compete in the heavyweight division. He’s only the second from ISVI in the past 35 years. Tomich finished 4th in the sectionals.

            And, Routt has its first ever wrestler to qualify for the state tournament. He is Reed Davis, who finished 2nd last weekend in the 152 pound division.

            The state meet will be held at the Bank of Springfield Center in Springfield on Saturday.

Ross and Springfield High baseball Own State Titles

Waverly High School can boast about a student with a state track and field title.

            Will Ross captured the Class 1A state triple jump title with a leap of 49-feet and 9 inches. He captured first place with a school record leap.

            JHS boys’ track and field athletes will compete today. There are relay teams in the 4 by 100 and 4 by 200, plus Bryce Cox in the two hurdle events.


            Springfield High School has won the class 3A boys state title.

            The Senators fought from a 5-0 deficit to defeat Park Ridge 8-7 late last night.

            Springfield eliminated JHS from baseball post season earlier, after Jacksonville had led at one point 2-0.

            Sacred Heart Griffin plays a semifinal game in 2A today at 10 against Timothy Christian.

Class 1A Girls’ State Track and Field Meet

New Berlin is well represented at the girls’ Class 1A state track and field meet at Eastern Illinois today.

            New Berlin will have three relay teams…the 4 by 100, 4 by 200, and 4 by 400 events. Pittsfield also has relay teams in those three events. And, West Central has teams in the 4 by 200 and 4 by 800 events.

            New Berlin junior Katie Cox is in the 100 and 300 hurdles. Sophomore teammate Caroline Peters is in the 800 meter run. New Berlin juniors Kylie Periman and Brooke Stuebs are in the high jump, and Payton Schurman, another junior is in the triple jump. Periman, by the way, had the best high jump at the sectional level. And, freshman Alonda Shelton is running the 100 meter race.

            Routt has junior Emma Terwische competing in the 300 hurdles and triple jump, and senior McKenna Baptist is in the discus.

            Pittsfield junior Katie Cox competes in the 100 hurdles. Her junior teammate Olivia Campbell is in the discus and shot put.

            Rushville Industry sophomore Katie Park runs the 800 meter race. And, Waverly sophomore Eden Copelin is in the high jump.

All State FB Includes one from JHS

A Jacksonville High School senior has been named as honorable mention all state by the Illinois High School  Football Coaches Association.

            Tight end and defensive lineman Drew Ezard of JHS received the honor this month.

            Four players from the WIVC were named to the IHSFCA 1A team. They are Andrew Kaufmann of West Central, Chance Fuqua of Brown County, Denver Davenport of Greenfield-Northwestern and Brandon Rossmiller of Camp Point.

Three players were named honorable mention at the 1A level. They are Dylan Fox of West Central, Hayden Vetter of Greenfield-Northwestern, and Lars Reische of Brown County.

Lincoln to rejoin the CS8

Lincoln High School is returning to the Central State Eight.

            The Lincoln school board voted 4 to 0 to join the conference. It’s not been determined yet whether Lincoln will join the CS8 in 2022-23, or the following year.

            The main reason for the change was long bus trips for the school in the current Apollo Conference.

            The addition of Lincoln means there would be 11 schools in the CS8, unless other changes are made before the switch takes effect.

IC Says goodbye to Mike Snyder

Illinois College is looking for a new Athletic director.

            The school today announced Mike Snyder is leaving the post to take the AD job at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington.

            His final day will be May 31st.

            Snyder is finishing his 7th year at IC.

            Illinois College officials say the school will use interim leadership of IC sports, while beginning a search for a permanent replacement.

Tuesday Sports

Routt held off Triopia at the Routt baseball field yesterday afternoon 10-0, as Cory Ronan tossed his second no hitter of the season.

            In other action, North Greene fell to Calhoun 12-0, Liberty defeated Pittsfield 6-5, Quincy took down Beardstown 8-3, Greenfield Northwestern stopped Brown County 11-1, and New Berlin fell to Lincoln 11-0.

            In softball, Routt dropped Triopia 15-12, New Berlin fell to Lincoln 10-0, Pittsfield got beat by Liberty 10-6, and Carrollton rolled Griggsville Perry 14-4.

            Today, SHG comes to Champions Field to play JHS. The game will be aired on WEAI, starting at 4:10 this afternoon. We will join the Cards game in progress.

            Elsewhere, North Greene plays at Triopia, New Berlin is at Williamsville, Porta/AC heads for Auburn, Rushville Industry plays at Brown County, and Western goes to Camp Point.

            In softball, JHS plays at SHG, Routt goes to Carrollton, Pittsfield heads for Southeastern, Porta/AC heads for Auburn, North Greene welcomes Triopia.

            The JHS track and field teams compete at Southeast. The JHS boys’ tennis team is at Rochester.

Friday Football-Thursday Results

Last night, Jacksonville thumped Lanphier in volleyball 25-7, 25-12 as part of the CS8 tournament at the JHS Bowl.

            Elsewhere, Pittsfield lost to Mendon Unity in straight sets, Pawnee tripped Carrollton in three sets, Triopia rolled Beardstown 2 games to 1, GNW stopped Edinburg, Porta/AC defeated Illini Central in two, and South County beat Calvary in straight sets.

            Tonight, the 2021 football ends for many schools. Jacksonville hosts Normal U High. WLDS will carry the game live starting at 6:30.

            The WIVC crossover showdown is this weekend. The top two teams, Camp Point and GNW meet in Greenfield. WEAI will carry the game live, starting with the pregame show about 7:10. The game kicks off at 7:30.

            Elsewhere, West Central heads for Brown County in the battle of 2nd place teams. Mendon Unity hosts Carrollton, and Triopia goes to Calhoun.

            Around the area, Pittsfield is at Pleasant Plains, New Berlin heads for Porta/AC, North Mac travels to Riverton, Auburn hosts Maroa Forsyth, and Rushville Industry is home to play Illini West.

            In the CS8, SHG is at Springfield, Southeast goes to Lanphier, and Rochester hosts Glenwood.