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Jordan Smith is the athlete of the week. CMS baseball & Abbey Burns honorable mention

By   /  October 18, 2014  /  Athlete of the Week, Sports  /  No Comments

Jordan Smith about to score the game tying goal against Alton on Oct. 16 / Photo by Roger Starkey

Kahok soccer player Jordan Smith collected three goals and was instrumental in an overtime win against conference rival Alton Thursday, earning this week’s Metro Independent Athlete of the Week award. All three of Smith’s goals Wednesday and Thursday were key moments in the Collinsville’s third and fourth consecutive victories. In the mud and muck at […]

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Grant Bauer is The Metro Independent Athlete of the Week

By   /  October 11, 2014  /  Athlete of the Week, Sports  /  No Comments

Grant Bauer

Senior Kahok soccer midfielder Grant Bauer led his team to a pair of much-needed wins to earn The Metro Independent Athlete of the Week award. Collinsville started the week on the wrong side of two decisions to run its losing streak to five, before the senior captain asserted himself. Behind Bauer’s inspired play, and seven […]

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CMS baseball and softball teams qualify for state, earn Athlete of the Week honors

By   /  September 27, 2014  /  Athlete of the Week, Sports  /  No Comments

The 2014 CMS baseball and softball teams / Submitted photos

The Collinsville Middle School softball and baseball teams each advanced to the state tournament this week, earning the teams an even split of the Metro Independent Athlete of the Week award. The Trail Blazer baseball team defeated Fulton (O’Fallon) Middle School 12-0 to qualify for the State Tournament. CMS were conference champions also, going a […]

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Bonham named Metro Independent Athlete of the Week for Friday night heroics

By   /  September 21, 2014  /  Athlete of the Week, Collinsville High School, Football, Sports  /  No Comments

Sean Bonham returns an interception against Granite City / Photo by Roger Starkey

At 5 foot 7, 145 pounds, Sean Bonham is the shortest guy on the Kahoks football team, but he is not the smallest. He is a full five pounds heavier than that guy. Friday night in Granite City, Bonham stood as tall as anyone on the field, keying the Kahoks 20-point second-half comeback. Entering Friday’s […]

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Reichert named Metro Independent Athlete of the Week, Hancher honorable mention

By   /  September 14, 2014  /  Athlete of the Week, Sports  /  No Comments

Jordan Reichert throws a pass against Belleville East / Photo by Roger Starkey

Playing behind a patchwork offensive line decimated by injury, Kahok quarterback Jordan Reichert weaved and shoved his way for a game-high 138 yards rushing against Belleville East Friday. Reichert was named the Metro Independent Athlete of the Week for his effort. The junior quarterback also threw a touchdown in the losing effort. Collinsville adjusted its […]

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Metro Independent Athlete of the Week: CHS goalie who shutout two opponents

By   /  September 7, 2014  /  Athlete of the Week, Sports  /  No Comments

Brett Niedzwiecki corrals a shot against Highland

Sophomore Collinsville High School goalkeeper Brett Niedzwiecki saved 12 shots and authored two shutouts this week, leading the Kahok soccer team to a 2-0 start. His efforts earned him Metro Independent Athlete of the Week honors. The Kahoks’ co-captain turned aside seven shots Thursday when Collinsville defeated Missouri powerhouse CBC 1-0 at Kahok Stadium. Niedzwiecki […]

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Metro Independent Athlete of the Week: CHS volleyball for show of compassion

By   /  August 31, 2014  /  Athlete of the Week, Sports  /  1 Comment

Gabby Hancher giving rose to Brandi Stevenson

The Collinsville High School volleyball team went 2-0 this week, but it is what they did before their season started that earned them Metro Independent Athlete of the Week honors. The team began their season Tuesday in Fletcher Gym. Before the match, the Kahok volleyball team gave each McCluer North player a flower as a […]

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State champion is Metro Independent Athlete of the Week

By   /  June 1, 2014  /  Athlete of the Week, Sports  /  No Comments

Martinus Mitchell throws the shot put at the Collinsville Invitational on May 10, 2014 / Photo by Roger Starkey

Naming Martinus Mitchell The Metro Independent Athlete of the Week may seem like a broken record, but he just keeps breaking records. This week, he included an Illinois state championship in the shot put to go along with the numerous school records he holds for heaving the 12-pound ball. Mitchell’s winning throw this weekend was 61-feet 3/4-inches, […]

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CMS bowling State champions share Athlete of the Week honors

By   /  May 25, 2014  /  Athlete of the Week, Sports  /  No Comments

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The Collinsville Middle School boys and girls bowling teams share honors as the The Metro Independent athlete of the week. Earlier this spring, both teams won their second consecutive State championship in the Southern Illinois Junior High School Athletic Association State tournament. The team tournament has only been held for two years, and the Trail […]

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Kayla Marshall, record-breaker, is The Metro Independent Athlete of the Week

By   /  May 18, 2014  /  Athlete of the Week, Sports  /  No Comments

Kayla Marshall

Kayla Marshall broke two school records Friday, and earned a spot in the State Finals in the triple jump and the long jump, to earn Metro Independent Athlete of the week honors. Marshall, who signed to continue her track career at Central Michigan University, smashed the Collinsville High School long jump record by more than […]

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Mitchell sets another record, named Metro Independent Athlete of the Week again

By   /  May 12, 2014  /  Athlete of the Week, Sports  /  No Comments

Martinus Mitchell throws the shot put at the Collinsville Invitational on May 10, 2014 / Photo by Roger Starkey

Martinus Mitchell is beginning to make a habit of breaking the Collinsville High School shot put record, and being named The Metro Independent Athlete of the Week. At the Collinsville Invitational Saturday, Mitchell ensured he added some drama to the day. After throwing over 62 feet in practice during the week, Mitchell’s best mark on […]

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Home run king Kassidy Smith is Metro Independent Athlete of the Week

By   /  May 4, 2014  /  Athlete of the Week, Softball, Sports  /  2 Comments

Kassidy Smith rounds the bases after setting the Kahoks single-season home run record (9) / Photo by Sherry Holten

With one mighty swing of Kassidy Smith’s bat Saturday, she wrote her name in the Collinsville High School record books. The sophomore belted her ninth home run of 2013, besting the single-season mark of eight set in 2011 by both Rachel Scrum and Hailey Jones. For good measure, Smith went deep again Saturday, to extend […]

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Lady Kahoks soccer team is Metro Independent Athlete(s) of the Week

By   /  April 27, 2014  /  Athlete of the Week, Girls Soccer, Sports  /  No Comments

Collinsville Kahoks, 2014 Southwestern Conference champions / Photo by Sherry Holten

The Collinsville Kahoks, the now four-time defending Southwestern Conference girls soccer champions, are collectively The Metro Independent Athlete of the Week. The Lady Kahoks defeated Granite City 2-1 Thursday evening to clinch a perfect 6-0 conference record (see game story). Head Coach Clay Smith said winning the conference championship four consecutive years was a great […]

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Martinus Mitchell named Metro Independent Athlete of the Week

By   /  April 20, 2014  /  Athlete of the Week, Collinsville High School, Sports  /  No Comments

Martinus Mitchell

New Collinsville High School shot put record holder Martinus Mitchell is The Metro Independent Athlete of the Week. Mitchell set the CHS outdoor shot put record on April 18 in Granite City with a throw of 58 feet 1 inch. The throw is tops in the state this year. The old record of 57-5 ¾, […]

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Sophia Sharos is inaugural Metro Independent Athlete of the Week

By   /  April 13, 2014  /  Athlete of the Week, Collinsville High School, Girls Soccer, Sports  /  No Comments

Sophia Sharos / Photo by Roger Starkey

Collinsville High School girls soccer player Sophia Sharos is the first ever Metro Independent Athlete of the Week. Sharos scored three goals and contributed an assist to lead the Lady Kahoks to a pair of conference victories this week. Two of Sharos goals this week, and four this year, have been game winners. She has […]

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