Massac County’s stellar cross country runner Ansley Bailey is like all the other senior athletes who have felt the COVID-19 sting. Unlike some of her cohorts, though, she is getting a chance to compete this fall and is making the most of the limited chances.

Bailey recently won a competitive meet at West Frankfort in dominant style with a time of 17:57 and followed that up with a win at Carterville with a time of 18:35. At this time, it looks like Bailey will be able to vie for a regional title with an IHSA Class A meet at Marissa on Oct. 24, but beyond that nothing is on the horizon. Bailey ran second behind Benton’s Mia McClain last year at West Frankfort and followed that with a fourth-place finish in the Benton sectional. That earned her a trip to state, where she placed in the top 10 in a field of more than 200 runners. Bailey and the Patriot team have a couple more meets to get ready for the regional with the SIRR conference meet at Murphysboro on Oct. 9 and the A-J Open on Oct. 15.

Massac County’s girls golf team was in action Wednesday at Carbondale’s Hickory Ridge Golf Center. No details as of press time. The IHSA extended their season giving the girls a chance at another regional title and a shot at yet another sectional title.

The Harry Statham youth basketball league (HSYBL) is getting ready for its second season at Brookport. New this year is the addition of fifth and sixth grade teams. Also new at the gym are new, hanging/retractable sideline goals. No more portable goals in the way on the sidelines. The gym and the league are named in honor of Statham, a Brookport alumnus and one of the all-time winningest college coaches at any level with 52 years on the sidelines and a whopping 1,122 career wins.

Statham and wife Rose have been instrumental in the renovation of the old Brookport High School gym. Sign-up dates will be Oct. 11th from 5-8 p.m. at the gym, Oct. 13 and 15 at the gym from 6-8 p.m. and finally Oct. 17 from 8:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. at the Metropolis Soccer Complex near the north end of Metropolis Street. Start dates for the league will be announced soon. Cost per player is $20.

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