Chistopher Lady Bearcats finish third in the SIJHSAA State Tournament


PINCKNEYVILLE, IL –  Just like the boys, the CES Lady Bearcats softball team took home third place at the SIJHSAA State Tournament by defeating Creal Springs Adams, 12-7.

Also like the boys, they fell to Trico in the semi-finals by the score of 4-1 on Tuesday.

Congratulations on a great season.  -sd


Bearcats take 3rd Place in the SIJHSAA State Tournament Thursday

PINCKNEYVILLE, IL –  Peyton Mazur hit a base clearing double driving in three runs as the Christopher Bearcats defeated the Hardin County Cougars 6-3 in eight innings, two win third place in the SIJHSAA state tournament on Thursday afternoon.   Mazur started on the mound for the Bearcats, pitching six innings and scoring two runs.     Mazur threw a no hitter in the Bearcats quarterfinal win over O’Fallon Carrel.

Mason Goins pitched two innings of scoreless relief to pick of the win for the Bearcats.  Bryson Cullum took the loss for the Cougars.

“When we lost the coin toss, for the third straight time. And with the rain the other day thought maybe I was just in it for bad luck,. We scored 1st but then gave it back on some defensive mishaps too early in game. First  batter hits to 1st base, we drop ball running to bag to get the out. Then  a hit to RF by Cougar Catcher Jake Vaughn kept turning to the far corner of the field for an in the park homerun.

Then we start 2nd inning out with an error at 2B where pop up drops on grass. Start third with single. Eventually scoring on wild pitch. We got out of the inning on a heads up play by pitcher Peyton Mazur covering third on blip hit behind third.
Offensively bottom of order came through big in the 5th. 7-9 got on base and scored for us.”, said Bearcat coach Tim Leffler.

The rain Coach Leffler referred to was a big inning Trico put together in the semi-final game during a down pour, before play was stopped in a 5-4 loss to the Pioneers in the semi-finals.

A full box score of the game is below.




CF Colin Sveda 3 1 1 1
C-Trey Cole 4 2 2 0
3B-P Mason Goins 3 1 0 0
P-3B Peyton Mazur 4 0 1 3
SS Scout Hudgens 4 0 0 0
1B Trent Mazur 4 0 0 0
LF Briar Rowland 2 1 0 0
2B Carson Hobbs 3 1 1 0
DH Kade Harbison 3 0 1 1

RF Chase Cole 0 0 0 0

TOTALS 30 6 6 5


P- 3B Smith 4 1 2 0
SS Ben Vaughn 3 1 1 0
C J Vaughn 4 1 1 2
3B-P  Bryson Cullum 3 0 0 0
1B Lance Ditterline 4 0 0 0
LF Levi Snyder 3 0 1 0
2B Morgan Frickor 3 0 0 0
CF Walker Bebout 2 0 0 0
RF Levi Borum 3 0 0 0
TOTALS 29 3 5 2

HARDIN COUNTY 201 000 00 — 3

Mazur, Trey Cole, Carson Hobbs, B Vaughn. 2B–Peyton Mazur,
Trey Cole (2). HR–J Vaughn. HBP–Briar Rowland. SB–Trey


Peyton Mazur 6.00 4 3 2 2 9 1
Mason Goins (W) 2.00 1 0 0 1 6 0

Smith 5.33 4 3 3 0 7 0
Cullum (L) 2.67 2 3 3 2 3 0

PB–Trey Cole, J Vaughn. WP–Peyton Mazur (3), Smith.
SO–Trent Mazur, Peyton Mazur (3), Colin Sveda, Kade
Harbison, Briar Rowland (2), Carson Hobbs, Mason Goins,
Snyder, Cullum (2), Bebout, B Vaughn (2), Borum (2),
Ditterline (2), J Vaughn (2), Frickor (3). BB–Colin Sveda,
Mason Goins, Cullum, Bebout, B Vaughn.


Mazur Throws a No Hitter in Jr. Bearcats Quarterfinal Win

By Steve Dunford

PINCKNEYVILLE, IL Peyton Mazur throws a no hitter and struck out nine batters in a 10-0 win for CES over O’ Fallon St. Claire.  He also went 2-4 from the cleanup spot driving in two and scoring once.

Also leading the Christopher offense was Gabe Sveda, who went 2-2, scoring four times with 2 RBI’s, Trey Cole went 1-4, scored twice with an RBI.  Mason Goins went 1-2 with a run, Scott Hudgens was 1-4 with an RBI, and Briar Rowland was 2-2 and scored a run.

The Junior Bearcats will face the Trico Pioneers in the semi-finals on Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. at the Perry County Fairgrounds in Pinckneyville.   The girls also play Trico at 3:00 in Pinckneyville.

The game will be broadcast on WXAN-FM 103.9 in Ava.  Richard Blakely will call the game.  Below is a link to stream the game online.


Christopher Junior High Girls Softball Advances to the Semi Finals in the SIJHAA State Tournament

by Steve Dunford

PINCKNEYVILLE, IL –  The CES Lady Bearcats advanced to the semi-finals of the SIJHSAA State Tournament, by beating Shiloh out of the St. Louis Metro East area.

Leading the Christopher offense was  Amiah Hargrove who went  2-2 with three runs scored and an RBI, Courtney Parke 3-4 with three RBIs Hanna Burzynski 3-4 with a home run and  two RBI’s and, and  Tori Crain 1-1 with two walks, was hit by a pitch and  two runs scored.

The Lady Bearcats will face the Trico Lady Pioneers in the semi-finals on Tuesday at 3:00 P.M. at the Perry County Fairgrounds in Pinckneyville.   Coach Brooke Jones said the defeated Trico earlier in the year 13-2,

The CES boys baseball team also made the semi-finals and will also play the Trico Pioneers.

Both the boys and girls games will be broadcast by Richard Blakely on WXAN-103.9 FM in Ava.

Here is a link to stream the broadcast.

Good luck to both teams.


Junior Bearcats – Lady Bearcats heading to state

by Steve Dunford

Normally I would separate this out into two stories.  The reason I like sports in general, is you can not predict the outcome.

Last Thursday, the Christopher Junior high boys baseball and junior high softball girls teams played in Class M. Regional Championship games.  Both faced Sesser-Valier.  The both won by the same final score of 4-3, the boys won in eight innings.

In the boys’ game Christopher Junior High Boys Baseball Coach Tim Leffer also added this which was ironic, “Colin Sveda was at the plate last year with the winning run on, facing the same pitcher, Gavin Woodland.  Last year he struck out, this year he hits a screamer into the right centerfield gap for the walkoff. ”   Some other events that took place in the eighth inning that coach Leffler told me about sounded like game 6 of the 2011 World Series.


Peyton Mazur and Mason Goins split time on the mound for the Bearcats last Thursday.  Including the game winning RBI’s mentioned above, Seveda drove in all four on the afternoon from the leadoff spot, which all the runners reached by a walk or HBP.  Trent Mauzr went 2-3 at the plate as well on the afternoon.

The Bearcats improved to 16-2 on the season after their win.   It was their third win of the season over Sesser-Valier, in which Coach Leffler said is not an easy task.

The only two blemishes on the Bearcats record was a 2-0 loss to Benton and a 10-9 loss to Carterville, who will be playing in the quarterfinals of the Class L State Tournament in Centralia on Saturday.

The Bearcats opening round game of the state tournament will be against O’ Fallon St. Clare Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m., at the Perry County Fairgrounds in Pinckneyville.

Now on to the girls.  I was going to use ladies first, but the bottom of the eighth in the boys game on Thursday added to one of the bizarre things that happened on the afternoon.

As mentioned above, the Christopher Lady Bearcats came away with a 4-3 win last Thursday to win the Johnston City Class M Regional crown.

Hannah Burzynski pitched a two hitter for the win, going 2-3 at the plate with a double and an RBI.  “She has been a big part of all our wins and is great under pressure. The top of the 7th was pretty intense with runners on and being up by one, but she’s gotten the job done all year and I know she will help carry us through the tournament,” according to Lady Bearcat softball coach Brooke Jones.

Courtney Parke went 1-3  with a double and 2RBI’s at the plate on the afternoon, and McKenzie Jackson went 1-2.

It was also a come from behind win for the Lady Cats as they gave S-V the lead early on from some miscues in the field.  It was also their third win of the year as well over the Lady Devils.

The Lady Cats also drew a Metro East team in the first round of the state tournament as they will face Shiloh in the quarterfinals of the Class M State Tournament, at 3:30 p.m., also at the Perry County Fairgrounds.

Good luck to both teams, and we will be keeping an eye on you down the tournament trail.






SIJHSAA baseball/softball regional scores


DuQuion Class L Regional

Wed, Sep 20 at 3:30p
Game 1: DuQuion (9) over West Frankfort (6)
Wed, Sep 20 at 5:00p
Game 2: Hamilton County (5) over Benton (3)

Sat, Sep 23 at 10:00a
Regional Championship: Hamilton County vs DuQuion

Johnston City Class M Regional

Tue, Sep 19 at 2:00p
Game 1: Sesser-Vallier (9) over Johnston City (8)
Tue, Sep 19 at 4:30p
Game 2: Christopher (12) over Zeigler-Royalton (4)

Thu, Sep 21 at 4:00p
Regional Championship: Sesser-Vallier vs Christopher

Elverado Class S Regional

Tue, Sep 19 at 4:30p
Game 1: Ewing (10) over OLMC (0)
Tue, Sep 19 at 4:30p
Game 2: Desoto (13) over Thompsonville (0)
Tue, Sep 19 at 4:30p
Game 3: Pinckeyville 204 (14) over Giant City (3)

Thu, Sep 21 at 3:00p
Game 4: Elverado vs Ewing
Thu, Sep 21 at 4:30p
Game 5: Desoto vs Pinckeyville 204

Mon, Sep 25 at 4:30p
Regional Championship: Winner Game 4 vs Winner Game 5


Hamilton County Class L Regional

Wed, Sep 20 at 4:30p
Game 1: Benton (11) over DuQuoin (2)
Wed, Sep 20 at 6:30p
Game 2: Hamilton County (3) over West Frankfort (2)

Sat, Sep 23 at 10:00a
Regional Championship: Benton vs Hamilton County

Christopher Class M Regional

Tue, Sep 19 at 2:00p
Game 1: Christopher (9) over Zeigler-Royalton (1)
Tue, Sep 19 at 4:00p
Game 2: Sesser-Valier (7) over Johnston City (3)

Thu, Sep 21 at 4:30p
Regional Championship: Christopher vs Sesser-Valier

Giant City Class S Regional

Sat, Sep 16 at 11:00a
Game 1: Galatia (3) over Pope County (1)

Tue, Sep 19 at 2:00p
Game 2: Giant City (12) over OLMC (0)
Tue, Sep 19 at 4:00p
Game 3: Crab Orchard (14) over New Simpson Hill (9)
Tue, Sep 19 at 2:00p
Game 4: Unity Christian (12) over Galatia (2)
Tue, Sep 19 at 4:00p
Game 5: Carrier Mills (14) over Thompsonville (0)

Fri, Sep 22 at 4:30p
Game 6: Giant City vs Crab Orchard
Fri, Sep 22 at 4:00p
Game 7: Unity Christian vs Carrier Mills

Mon, Sep 25 at 4:30p
Regional Championship: Winner Game 6 vs Winner Game 7

Junior High Baseball and Softball action from Monday and Tuesday

In  Junior High Girls  Softball action Christopher defeated Z-R 10-0 on Monday.  Cortney Parke goes 3-3 at the plate, Makayla Dejar 2-4, Amiah Hargrove 1-1, 3 walks and scores three runs for the Bearcats.  Lainey Morris and Shelby Grove pick up a hit each for the Tornadoes.

In Boys Baseball, Christopher defeats Z-R 14-0 on Monday.

Yesterday Amiah Hargrove and Reagan Gilbert go 3-5 from the plate, and McKenzie Jackson 2-4 as the Christopher Bearcats fall to the Elverado Falcons 9-7 in a nine inning contest yesterday in Junior High  Softball action.

The Bearcats improve to 3-3 on the year and host Sesser-Valier on Friday.

In Junior High Baseball action, Benton defeats Harrisburg 11-7.





Junior High Baseball and Softball action 8/17

by Steve Dunford

Several games were washed out yesterday afternoon.  Here are the scores that I have.

Girls Softball

CHRISTOPHER 9  Unity Point 2  RyAnn Clark 3-4 with a triple, Courtney Parks 3-4, Regaan Gilbert 2-3 with a triple for the Bearcats.

Johnston City 13  ZEIGLER-ROYALTON 3 . Skylar Hudson 2-3, Lainey Morris, Hadleigh Swetz, and Shelby Grove each had a hit for the Tornadoes.  Next Game at Home against Unity Point.

Boys Baseball

ZEIGLER ROYALTON 4  Johnston City 1 –  Matt Jones complete game 5 Ks, Talon Mills, Matt Jones, Chase VanHoorebeke, Cole McKinney and Kylar Phillips picked up hits for the Tornadoes.  Next game on the road with Unity Point.


FCA Daily Devotion – Renewal

II Corinthians 4:16
When do you feel like your body is wasting away and your strength is drying up?  Maybe that’s at the end of practice, half-way through preseason or with one week to go in a long, difficult season.  How can we have our hearts renewed and find the strength to press through such feelings?  Today’s scripture gives us such encouragement.
In the second letter to the church at Corinth at chapter 4 and verse 16 we read, “Therefore we do not lose heart.  Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.”  Paul was aware of his friends’ perilous times and the physical toll it was taking on them.  He identified with their plight.
It’s the nature of competition and long seasons to wear down our bodies.  We can identify with these people and the outward wasting away of their bodies.  The wisest among us also know how to be inwardly strengthened, day by day in our hearts.
Here’s the challenge for us.  Can we trust our hearts to lead us to do the right thing, even when our bodies are crying out for us to quit?  Can we continue to find new strength through renewed hearts and press through the hard times?
As you prepare to compete today, trust your heart to the one who gives strength without measure.  Ask Him to fill your heart with courage and to enable you to compete strongly.  You will be amazed at how your mind and your body will respond to your heart’s lead.
Bible Reading Plan:
Song of Solomon 4:8-16
Jeremiah 52

FCA Daily Devotion – Character Tests

I Peter 1:6
What do you find to be a trial while competing in your sport?  What parts of your character are tried in that process?  Does it test your will, your body, your attitudes, your emotions, maybe all the above?  How deeply are you affected by those trials?
In Peter’s first letter to his friends in what is now Turkey, at chapter 1 and verse 6 we read, “In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials.”
While we all find great enjoyment and fulfillment through playing the game, while many of us seemingly live for competition, the trying parts of the process often wear us down.  The grief that comes with sore muscles, painful joints, disappointing losses and strained relationships are all trials for all of us.
We greatly rejoice in the best parts of our game, but we also, for a little while, may have to undergo plenty of grief through the more difficult parts of competition, practice, travel and study.
As you approach this day’s competition, focus your mind on your favorite part of this game.  Put the grief and the trying parts of it behind you.  Keep clearly in view your team’s goals and press on toward a great finish and a tremendous victory.
Bible Reading Plan:
Ecclesiastes 11
Jeremiah 39-43
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