Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - February 27, 1999, Alton, Illinois
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By LOUIE KORAC
Telegraph sports writer
NORMAL — The look on David DeShasier’s face said it all for the large contingency of the Carrollton Lady Hawks.
DeShasier, sporting a black khaki Lady Hawks baseball hat, is the father of senior Liz DeShasier and freshman Alicia DeShasier. With a quiver in his voice when talking about his girls, he lets you know right away he is a proud father and a fan as well.
The more than 650 people from Greene County are here to support the Lady Hawks basketball team. But the girls on the squad are here on business.
And they took care of business Friday night. Carrollton defeated the Marengo Indians 60-55 in the Class A state quarterfinal game. The Lady Hawks, who improved to 34-0, advance to the Final Four and will play in a semifinal game at 12:45 p.m. today. If Carrollton wins, they will play at 7:30 for the state championship. A loss puts them in the third-place game at 5 p.m.
“I asked Alicia how she was
and she said “I’m here to play basketball,’ “ DeShasier said. “That’s something when a 14-year-old girl can say that.” Indeed it is. It was hard to say who was more nervous Friday evening at Redbird Arena. A sea of green swarmed the college gymnasium like a pack of bees around a honeycomb to let the Lady Hawks know they were in the building.
“What this means to the girls, can’t be expressed in words,” said Heather Houseman, the older sister of senior Angela Higgins and Lady Hawks’ volleyball coach. “Because they can see that everybody is supporting them. They don’t want to let the fans down, and they say there’s no pressure, but I think there’s some pressure because they want to perform for (their fans) and give them what they’re looking for.”
“I feel real confident, comfortable with them," said Cheri Boss, mother of junior center Kristen Boss. “The girls are playing the best basketball probably since maybe before
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Some of the more than 650 people from Carrollton cheer on their Lady Hawks Friday during the Class A state quarterfinal game.
New stop signs go up in Upper Alton
By LINDA N. WELLER
Telegraph staff writer
ALTON — New stop signs are popping up everywhere.
Until recently, drivers could cruise down Washington Avenue past Edwards Street and down College Avenue past Seminary Street without stopping, but no more.
Two-way stop signs gave way to temporary four-way signs, and now there are permanent signs.
The Alton City Council approved the two new fourway stops at its meeting Wednesday.
While some people may blame police for the inconvenience, the fault lies with the numerous vehicles that have been involved in accidents at those intersections, officials say.
Also, it was the Illinois Department of Transportation that posted those signs, not the
■ See SIGNS, Page A-7
LCCC to go on line with cyber campus
By ANGELA MUELLER
Telegraph staff writer
Lewis and Clark Community College will expand its campus onto the Internet this fall as part of the Illinois Virtual Campus.
The college was chosen by the Illinois Community College Board to be one of the first 15 sites in the state to be part of the virtual campus. The program, funded by the Illinois Board of Higher Education, will provide a central site from which students can choose on-line classes from community colleges across the state.
“It will be an educational mall where people can click in and pick a class that might
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Alton Fire Capt. Gary Claxton, center, tries to resuscitate a 7-week-old boxer along with Alice Schuetz, left, and Erie Dillender, whose house on Hillsboro Avenue was damaged in a fire Friday night. All in the litter of eight were killed.
Eight puppies die in fire
By ANDE YAKSTIS
Telegraph staff writer
ALTON — Alice Schuetz cried as she described how she tried to help save the lives of eight puppies who died in a fire Friday night in a home on Hillcrest Avenue.
“We did CPR on the little puppies and massaged their tiny little chests to try to save them, but the baby pups died,” said Schuetz, a dog lover, wiping tears from her eyes.
The dramatic rescue attempt of the 7-week-old
purebred boxers unfolded when firefighters were called at 6:56 p.m. to the burning house of Jennifer Eaton, 2630 Hillcrest Ave.
“I heard a loud boom and looked out and saw Barnes and smoke in the back of the house,” said Jim Cunningham, who lives across the street. “Everyone yelled at the firemen: “There are puppies in the house.’ “
Firefighters put out a raging fire in the kitchen then began a search of the hot, smoke-
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