Wednesday, August 26, 2015 • Vol. 138, No. 12




Rebels Fired Up to Make Another Run
TABLE GROVE, AUG. 14 — Finishing with a record of 6-4 a year ago and their first playoff appearance since 2009, Head Coach Dave Wilson and his Rebels are fired up to make another postseason run … (more)


The Beginning of a New Chapter for South Fulton Volleyball
ASTORIA, AUG. 14 — After seven years of building a solid volleyball program at South Fulton, Lonna Porter made the decision to step away from coaching to pursue other interests … (more)


Runnin’ Rebels Earn Respect at Farmington Invite
FARMINGTON, AUG. 24 — All preseason long the South Fulton Cross Country Team has logged in many miles, and on Monday afternoon, the Rebels finally got a chance to prove themselves at Farmington … (more)

Rebels Looking to Make Big Strides in 2015
ASTORIA, AUG. 13 — With his rookie season already in the books, cross country Head Coach Austin Cameron is settled in for the long haul, and ready to make big strides with his team … (more)



Meet the 2015
Junior High Rebels

Click HERE to meet the team.

South Fulton Athletic Passes
and Admissions

Family and individual athletic passes are now available for the 2015-16 school year. They can be purchased in the Astoria and VIT High School offices. The cost for the passes are:

  • Family Pass — all year, $200; fall or winter sports, $100
  • Individual Pass — all year, $100; fall or winter sports, $50
  • Student/Senior Citizen Passes — all year, $50; fall/winter pass, $25

Fall Sport Passes include: high school football, junior high football, high school volleyball and junior high girls basketball

Winter Sport Passes include: junior high boys basketball, high school boys and girls basketball and junior high volleyball

Passes are not accepted at any tournaments hosted by South Fulton.

Admission prices for South Fulton athletics for the 2015-16 school year are:

  • High School — adults, $4; senior citizens (age 62 and up) and students, $2
  • Junior High — adults, $3; senior citizens (age 62 and up) and students, $2
  • Children age 5 and under are admitted free.

Passes will be available for purchase at both high school offices beginning Monday, Aug. 24.

Fun Facts From South Fulton’s Athletic Director

Steve KellyEntering 10th year as Athletic Director

Graduated with a Bachelors Degree from Illinois State University.

Favorite Inspirational Sports Quote, “Winners Never Quit and Quitters Never Win”.

Favorite Professional Athlete: Roberto Clemente

Favorite Sports Movie: Field Of Dreams

Mr. Kelly enjoys spending time with his family, camping and relaxing in his free time.

Mr. Kelly admires the most: “too many to mention. I have had several that impacted me one way or another.”

Facebook or Twitter: “I do not Facebook or Twitter, so I guess that makes me old school.”


2015 Fall Sports Cheerleaders

Photo by Judy Beaird

Fall Cheerleaders Fall Sports Cheerleaders

2015 Fall Sports Cheerleaders, front row, left to right: Brittany Poppenhager, Cynthia Skiles, Makenna Bollinger, Jada Hamm, Sami Kling. Left stunt group — left side base: Maddison Allard, right side base: Hannah Lawson, back spot: Gracie Hood, top: Tori Keeler. Center stunt group — left side base: Sadie Markley, right side base: Mariah Allard, back spot: Kailea David, top: Natalie Stambaugh. Right stunt group — left side base: Jordan Porter, right side base: Sidney Lascelles, back spot: Courtney Hickle, top: Megan Hampton.


Upcoming Events

Friday, Aug. 28

  • Varsity football, away, Bushnell-West Prairie, 7 p.m.

Monday, Aug. 31

  • Junior varsity football, at VIT, Bushnell/West Prairie, 6 p.m.
  • High school volleyball, away, Augusta, Suns Classic, TBA.

Tuesday, Sept. 1

  • Junior high football, at VIT, North Fulton, 5:30 p.m.
  • High school volleyball, away, Augusta, Suns Classic, TBA.

Wednesday, Sept. 2

  • High school volleyball, away, Augusta, Suns Classic, TBA.

Thursday, Sept. 3

  • High school volleyball, away, Augusta, Suns Classic, TBA.

Friday, Sept. 4

  • Varsity football, at VIT, Havana, 7 p.m.
  • High school volleyball, away, Augusta, Suns Classic, TBA.

Hammond Wins Demolition Derby at State Fair

Photo by Jodie Ragle

Junior Hammond

Hammond signJunior Hammond of Astoria was the first-place winner of the 2015 Illinois State Fair Redneck Weekend Demolition Derby held in Springfield last weekend. Hammond is shown with his winning car and trophy. On the sign, the smaller numbers represent his father and mother, the late Jim and Eileen Hammond, who were well-known in the demolition derby realm.

Drag Racin’

Caileb Beaird   Caileb Beaird of Astoria took first-place Top ET at Central Illinois Dragway in Havana this past weekend. ET is a popular handicapped form of competition bracket drag racing. Two vehicles of varying performance potentials race on a potentially even basis. The anticipated elapsed times for each vehicle are compared, and the slower car receives a head start equal to the difference of the two. With this system, any two vehicles can be paired in a competitive drag race.


Braxton France   Braxton France of Astoria took first place in the Junior Dragster Division at Central Illinois Dragway in Havana on Saturday, Aug. 15. Braxton is the son of Brandon and Brady France, and the grandson of Joe and Tana France and David and Rita Cassel, all of Astoria.