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Whitlock scores 3 touchdowns despite losing to Greenville by 28 points

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Senior night is this Friday at home versus Staunton

Chris Halpin leaps as he is getting tackled to gain a few extra yards.

Most of Greenville Comet’s starters were on the sideline by halftime, but a running back for Greenville was still able to break a school record by rushing for over 325 yards in the first half. Greenville walloped on the Gillespie Miners last Friday evening with a 49-21 victory at their home stadium.

It took Greenville 8 minutes to gather a 15 point lead on the Tiburzi-less Gillespie Miners. Junior running back Derrick Tiburzi sat out of the Greenville game with an ankle injury sustained two weeks ago versus Roxana. The Miners were not able to muster much resistance as the Comets stormed to leads as much as 15-0 in the first quarter and 49-0 at halftime.

Michael Henderson passes for 158 yards in the game.

Gillespie drops to 2-6 on the season and gathers their fourth straight loss in the season. Their last stance will be this Friday, October 19 which will be the night to honor their seniors. The boys will face off against local rival Staunton. Staunton is coming off 45-21 victory over Roxana. Their record is currently at 4-4.

The Miners put up a fight early in the game Friday evening, but started to give up again as the points continually increased on the home half of the scoreboard. The Miner defense played tough and prevented the Comets for about 4 minutes in the first quarter. Logan Cooper, who finished the game with 6 tackles, racked up two tackles in the first quarter.

Greenville struck twice in the first quarter and finished the first quarter with a 15-0 lead. The Miners opened up the second quarter with possession of the football, but the Comet defense was inevitable. The Comets sacked quarterback Michael Henderson more than 7 times in the back field. Henderson struggled to get the pass off and tried to evade the Comet defense with the quarterback sneak. This play proved unsuccessful countless times.

By halftime, the Miners were still scoreless. Henderson managed to gain over 35 yards on the ground and complete 4 out of 7 passes, but the Miner team still came up short. Greenville, on the other hand, had no trouble finding their end zone.  The Comets managed to find the end zone on 5 separate occasions to give them a substantial 49 point lead at halftime, 49-0.

Jason Whitlock rushes for 113 yards and 3 touchdowns.

Coming out from the locker-room at halftime, the Miners had 24 minutes left in the game to play out. Most of the Greenville starting lineup found their spot on the bench. Jason Whitlock was the first Miner to score in the game and it came within 3 minutes of the third quarter. Whitlock found the endzone on a 52 yard dash up the middle.

After breaking away once, he managed to break away two more times in the game to tally 3 touchdowns to his name. His second scoring drive came with just 1:52 left in the third quarter. This time, the yardage was much shorter as he was only 4 yards away from the end zone. Whitlock was setup so close to the end zone after Chris Halpin and Michael Henderson teamed up for a 34 yard reception.

Heading into the fourth quarter trailing 14-19, the Miners had 12 minutes left in the continuous game clock game. After holding Greenville scoreless in the third quarter, the Miner defense was able to hold them scoreless in the fourth quarter as well with the help of Jason Whitlock. Whitlock recorded 5 tackles in the fourth quarter and 15 in the game.

The Miners were able to find the end zone one last time again with a rushing touchdown from Jason Whitlock. This time for 42 yards, Whitlock recorded 3 touchdowns in the game. Aaron Semplowski tacked on the extra point to bring Gillespie within 28 points: 21-49. The game clock expired on the Miners’ last possession and the Gillespie squad took their sixth defeat on the season, 21-49.

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Jason Whitlock was the star of the game for the Miners as he recorded 3 touchdowns on 113 rushing yards. Whitlock also led the team on the defensive end with 9 individual tackles and 6 assisted tackles. Quarterback Michael Henderson completed 11 of 15 passes Friday evening with 158 passing yards and 60 rushing yards.

Chris Halpin and Brenden Engelke led the team in receiving yards with 87 and 26 yards respectively. Engelke recorded 26 yards on just a single reception. On the defensive end, Joe Janssen was second on the list with 5 individual tackles. Logan Cooper was third highest with 3 individual tackles and 3 assisted tackles.

UP NEXT: The Miners play the Staunton Bulldogs in their last South Central battle, on Friday, October 19. Gillespie will attempt to move on its 2-6 season record on their senior night. The Bulldogs enter the match with a 4-4 record after their 45-21 league win over Roxana.

 

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Cases filed during July 7 through July 13. Visit the “Court News” category under the “Community News” tab for other editions.

FELONIES

Timothy D. Conlee, 29 of Gillespie, is charged with aggravated fleeing or attempting to elude a peace officer, driving on a suspended license, and reckless driving in connection with a July 6 incident.

Dylan J. Arview, 25 of Benld, is charged with driving under the influence while license revoked or suspending, DUI, driving on a suspended license and driving 15-20 mph above the limit in connection with a July 5 incident.

Bobby L. Walker, 35 of Sorento, is charged with driving revoked/suspended with a DUI, driving on revoked license, operating an uninsured motor vehicle, displayed registration plate, and expired registration in connection with a June 27 incident.

Dustin W. Gooch, 34 of Beecher City, is charged with aggravated fleeing/bodily injury, unlawful display of a title, improper use of registration/title, operating an uninsured motor vehicle, and registration light in connection with a June 17 incident.

MISDEMEANORS

Jordan A. Black, 24 of Gillespie, is charged with battery/causing bodily harm in connection with a July 8 incident.

Dustin R. Stieglitz, 37 of Shipman, is charged with aggravated assault/use of a deadly weapon in connection to a June 29 incident.

Steven A. Kroll, 33 of Eagarville, is charged with resisting a peace officer, fire fighter, or corrections employee in connection with a June 26 incident.

TRAFFIC

David B. Brown, 58 of Virden, is charged with cancelled/revoked/suspended registration in connection with a July 3 incident.

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Jennifer L. Roberts, 47 of Worden, is charged with driving on a suspended license and operating an uninsured motor vehicle in connection with July 5 incident.

Andrew L. Connoyer, 31 of Bethalto, is charged with improper use of registration, driving 15-20 mph above the limit, and no valid registration in connection with July 7 incident.

Megan E. Bertoldi, 37 of Gillespie, is charged with leaving the scene in connection with July 11 incident.

DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE FILED

  • Tasha McQuay versus David McQuay

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School board disciplines staff member; hires AD and Student Services Coordinator

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In a relatively brief meeting Monday night, the Community Unit School District 7 Board of Education approved a “resolution of remedial warning” against an unidentified district teacher, and hired a new Student Services Coordinator and Athletic Director.

The actions followed an 80-minute executive session during which board members presumably primarily discussed personnel issues. The regular monthly meeting of the board was moved up by one week to fill key positions, such as the Athletic Director and Student Services Coordinator, prior to the start of the school year next month. The district was taken by surprise when former Student Services Coordinator Stephanie Bray and Athletic Director Mike Bertagnolli both announced their retirements within days of each other.

Supt. Shane Owsley said the resolution of remedial warning is a disciplinary action representing “a second strike, so to speak.” Neither the teacher or the nature of the infraction was disclosed in open session.

In other action, the board, voted unanimously to hire Shelsie Timmermeier as the district’s Student Services Coordinator for the 2024-25 school year, stepping into the vacancy created by Bray’s retirement, pending confirmation of certification and a background check. In a separate action, the board also appointed Timmermeier as an assistant high school women’s volleyball coach.

Jeremy Smith was hired, also by a unanimous vote, as the district’s Athletic Director for the 2024-25 school year. In a related matter, Smith’s resignation as middle school head baseball coach was accepted. Additionally, the board posted the coaching position as vacant for the coming school year.

On a motion by Weye Schmidt, seconded by Dennis Tiburzi, the board hired Alex Jasper as a high school social science teacher for the coming school year. The board also voted unanimously to hire Tate Wargo as a first-year, non-tenured physical education instructor, pending confirmation of certification. Both positions were vacated as a result of the sudden resignation of Dalton Barnes in April as head football coach, physical education teacher and social science teacher. 

In related matters, the board also hired Wargo Monday night as an eighth grade boy’s basketball coach, and accepted Jasper’s resignation as a district paraprofessional and posted the position as vacant.

In other personnel action, the board:

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  • Hired Amanda Ewin as a one-on-one aide.
  • Hired Anthony Kravanya as a freshman men’s basketball coach.
  • Appointed Melissa Heigert as a volunteer assistant high school softball coach.

In other action, the board gave routine approval to a list of policies provided by the Illinois State Board of Education. 

Supt. Owsley also provided a brief update on the progress being made on safety projects expected to be completed before the start of the school year, including installation of a new intercom system, a card-reader entry system and shatter-proof protective film on exterior windows.

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Gillespie Library, United Community Bank to host Fraud and Scam Prevention seminar on July 22

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Gillespie Public Library (Photo by Gillespie Public Library)

Friends of the Gillespie Public Library and United Community Bank are hosting a joint “Fraud and Scam Prevention” seminar at on Monday, July 22 starting at 6 p.m. at the Gillespie Public Library.

The seminar will focus on today’s common scams and frauds, which includes imposter and check scams, money mule fraud and those that target seniors. Presenters will be Jenni Alepra of Gillespie UCB and Kennen Bertolis of Carlinville UCB.

The seminar is open to the public and is free of charge. For additional questions, call the Gillespie Public Library at 217-839-3614.

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