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Black Gold had a good weekend in between the raindrops June 25 and 26 at the Black Gold Classic. However, they ran into a juggernaut in the semifinals, losing to eventual champion Boonville Fastpitch, led by Terry Luster. Boonville, a first time champion of the Classic, knocked off the Belleville Stallions, also making their first title game appearance, 10-1 in 5 innings.
Both Bock and Lions Field saw 7 hours lost to rain delays, so pool play was cut back from 3 games to 2 on Saturday for all teams, and the semifinal games on Sunday were shortened to five innings.
For the weekend, the young hitters shined for Black Gold. Jake Murphy, Cullen Speckhals and Roland Molina hit over .500, while Ben Held, Jake Johnson, and Tyler Johnson surpassed the .400 mark. Aging veterans also contributed, including pitcher Eric Steinbeck with a 2-0 record, or first baseman Matt Benz, who had more extra base hits than outs. Benz led Black Gold in hitting with a .667 average, featuring two doubles, a triple, a home run, and four walks.
Black Gold plans on playing in two weeks at the Nokomis Homecoming Tournament in Nokomis, IL.
Students from six area high schools participated in East Central College’s second annual STEM Scholars Academy June 20-24.
The Academy gave students the opportunity to work with ECC science and engineering faculty and staff on activities related to science, technology, engineering and math.
“We touched on a variety of topics each day,” noted Fatemeh Nichols, chair of ECC’s science and engineering division. “First we covered lab safety, college success and scientific methods. Then the students moved on to activities in physics, engineering, ecology, microbial biotechnology, programming and physiology. Engineering, physics and computer science were new topics to the STEM Academy this year.” The students selected an ECC instructor who will serve as their mentor as they work on a STEM related project during the upcoming school year.
Wednesday, July 2, 2016- This week New Haven students weeded, mulched, and harvested produce from the Shamrock Garden. Students prepared the garden for back-to-school by weeding beds and spreading a fresh layer of mulch (donated by Dissen Enterprises). After some much needed garden beautification the students picked cucumbers, tomatoes, yellow squash, zucchini, green beans, cowpeas, and okra. The produce picked was then split among the five student helpers in attendance. Also helping were Katie Borcherding (Garden Sponsor), Patricia Schowe (local Master Gardener), and Kasi Meyer (Elementary School Principal). Students who would like to work in the garden are invited to attend Summer Garden Workdays every Wednesday from 8am-10am during the month of July. If you would like to help please email firstname.lastname@example.org