The Tigers battled a tough Coal City Coalers squad Friday evening and almost pulled off the upset victory. The Tigers’ defense proved to be up to the task, shutting out the Coalers in the first half and leading 6-0 at the break. The Tigers scored in the first quarter after a 1 yard plunge from Clay Schultz. The offense stagnated from there thanks to the stout Coaler defense. The Tigers’ defense fought valiantly but in the second half the inevitable fatigue of playing both sides of the ball set in. The Coalers used that to their advantage with a strong running attack and eventually separated themselves from the host Tigers thanks to ten 4th quarter points. The Tigers dropped to 2-2 on the season and 0-2 in conference play.
The only thing that could slow down the Tigers in their non-conference matchup vs the Iroquois West Raiders was transportation issues as the start game had to be pushed back due to the bus driver shortage. The Raiders perhaps wished the Tigers' bus would have never shown up as the Tigers rolled to a 5-2 victory. Jaden Jaime led the scoring barrage with two goals while Trey Schwarzkopf, Carter Hubert, and Kaden Parmley each added a goal.
The very next day the Tigers were off to battle Bradley Bourbonnais High School. The Boilers proved too much and steamrolled the Tigers to a 5-0 defeat. Tigers' goalie Tucker White had a strong game repelling away several additional would-be Boiler goals.
The Tigers battled conference rival and top team in the conference Lisle Lions and fell by a score of 1-5. The Tigers jumped on the Lions quickly with a goal within the first minute of play. The Tigers rode that momentum throughout the first half until the Lions equalized things at one right before half. The Lions rode that momentum surge throughout the second half and scored 4 goals to take home the victory. The Tigers fall to 3-6-1 on the season and 1-3 in conference play.
The Tigers were busy with the Boilermaker Challenge on Saturday the 18th, battling hard and placing 8th place overall. The Tigers faced much larger schools and competed hard all day. The Tigers lost to Yorkville and Rock Falls in straight sets in morning pool play. In the afternoon, the Tigers battled against TF South but fell in a close three sets. The Tiger's final action of the day came against Danville and they were determined to pull out the win. The Tigers’ determination paid off, winning a tight three set affair with the deciding set being a close 15-12 affair. The statistical leaders for the Tigers on the day were Ally Meyer who had 10 kills, 8 aces, and 27 assists. Emery Robinson had 42 digs and 7 aces. Kamryn Trammel added 20 digs.
The Herscher Cross Country teams are off to strong starts thus far on the young season. The boys placed second overall at the PBL invite out of 12 teams. Drew Rogers continued his stellar career by setting yet another meet record with a time of 14:51, five seconds faster than the second place runner. The boys also placed second in the Dwight Invitational as a team.
The girls Cross Country team also placed second at the PBL invite with Sophomore Gracie Kent being the top individual finisher for Herscher, placing 6th overall. The girls followed up that strong showing with an equally strong third place team finish at the Dwight invitational.
The Cross Country Team will be in action again this Saturday (the 25th) as they host the Herscher Invitational.