METSPTS-05-26-22 HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE PLAYOFFS_PHOTO

Massac County High School’s Max and Claire Bremer continue throwing things, which allowed the siblings to reach the IHSA state finals in field events at Charleston in the discus.

High school and college playoffs have hit high gear now, and here’s how things shape up locally.

Southern Illinois University Carbondale locked up its first MVC baseball title in 32 years last week and will await the winner of first round games from Tuesday, May 24.

SIU was slated to play its first game Wednesday morning, May 25, against the highest seeded winner of Tuesday’s games.

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Cali McCraw and the Lakeland Lakers were slated to take on Seminole State of Oklahoma Tuesday afternoon, May 24, in Yuma, Arizona, in the NJCAA D-1 national championship tournament.

Lakeland (55-11) was seeded 14th in the tournament, while Seminole St. (44-2) was the No. 4 seed overall. Lakeland was the Central District, 24th Region champion while Seminole took the South-Central District, 2nd Region crown.

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At the high school level, Class A baseball looks like this for local teams.

Cobden, Goreville, Steeleville and Waltonville will decide the Goreville sectional. Class 2A baseball has Anna-Jonesboro, DuQuoin, Freeburg and Harrisburg will decide the Benton sectional.

Softball matchups look like this. The Class A Goreville sectional has a field of Goreville, Pope County, Trico and Woodlawn. The 2A Carterville sectional features the powerful host school, Mt. Carmel, Murphysboro and Pinckneyville.

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Massac County’s Claire Bremer represented us last Saturday, May 21, at Charleston’s Eastern Illinois University in the Class 2A Track and Field Championships.

Bremer’s 34.97 meter (114’8”) toss of the disc in the preliminary round earned her the right to throw in the finals. While she was unable to better her personal record set in the pre-lims, Bremer’s performance placed 11th overall in the final round.

While splitting time on the softball diamond and working diligently on her throwing technique, Bremer’s career improvement has been remarkable. Congratulations to Claire Bremer for her year and thanks to coaches Sabrina Beck and Zach Miller for keeping us abreast of Claire’s accomplishments.

Speaking of the Bremers, brother Max will head off to Charleston this weekend with coach Isaiah Hart for the IHSA Class 2A track and field championships.

Max enters the state championship with the third best discus throw accepted into the field and the sixth best shot put toss. Max’s discus record of 49.19 meters (161’4”) and shot put toss of 15.49 meters (50’10”) speak to the time and effort he has spent on technique this spring. Good luck, Max.

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