Area Sports

Metro East Recreational Baseball League Kicks Off Season With A Successful Opening Day With Several Locally Played Contests

After a period of uncertainty with many local events being forced to be cancelled and even forecast all week long predicted rainouts, MERBL had a successful Opening Day this past Saturday with over a half dozen games played in Collinsville. Teams from Troy, Collinsville, Maryville, and O’Fallon took part in the action. One of the…

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Swip Takes Over Kahok Baseball

By Mark Jurgena This afternoon (June 25th) Brett Swip was named the new head baseball coach at Collinsville High School at a meeting of the Collinsville Board of Education. Swip has served as the head softball coach at Collinsville for the past four seasons. The Collinsville native has been in coaching for the past 22…

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Trio Of Former Triad So ball Stars Named To Local All-Decade Teams

By Anthony Jones   Triad’s softball program has always been one of the school’s most consistently successful teams. The past decade has been no different and has seen many great Lady Knights step on to the softball diamond. Recently, StlToday has named three of those players to the Metro area All-Decade teams. These three former…

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Frey To Play Multiple Sports at Blackburn

By Mark Jurgena   After a senior year filled with adversity, recent Collinsville graduate Camden Frey has committed to furthering his ath- letic career in multiple sports at Blackburn College in Carlinville beginning this fall. Frey will be competing in both soccer and baseball. “I chose Blackburn because I felt like their coaches understood me…

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High School Sports Face Uncertain Future For Fall Sports

By Anthony Jones   During the fall, the IHSA typically holds 9 State Cham- pionships for their fall sports. These include girls tennis, girls golf, girls cross country, boys golf, boys cross country, girls swimming, boys soccer, girls volleyball, and football. But as things stand at the moment, nobody can say for certain what the…

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Lest We Forget: Kahok Alum Charles Kraak

By Mark Jurgena When you earn all-state honors in high school, an NCAA championship in basketball and get selected in the NBA Draft, most people would try to make a career out of basketball, then again most people aren’t like 1950 Collinsville alumnus Charlie Kraak. In 1955, Kraak was embarking on his commitment to Uncle…

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The Minor League Baseball Experience

By Mark Jurgena On March 12th, the Major League Baseball season was put on hold due to the COVID-19 virus. On that day, six spring training games were played in Florida. Tanner Houck and his Boston Red Sox teammates did not have a game, but were in Ft. Myers preparing for their day in spring…

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