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Two students to win scholarships at Friday's Clash


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59b192f7836c3 The Mattoon Wavettes and the Charleston Trojets have been practicing all week for the clash. This year the Charleston Trojets were in charge of choreography. They look forwarding to performing tonight for Coles County. The head coach for the Trojets is Mary Buchar. Mattoon is coached by assistant Whitney Babbs and Head Coach Malia Smith. The First Mid-Illinois Bank and Trust’s Coles County Clash football game at Eastern Illinois University’s O’Brien Field begins at 7 p.m. Sept. 15. The game features the MHS Green Wave and the CHS Trojans. Families are encouraged to tailgate before the game. No alcohol is permitted. The pre-game fun starts at 5 p.m. in the grassy area south and west of the stadium. Tickets are $5 per person.
The Mattoon Wavettes and the Charleston Trojets have been practicing all week for the clash. This year the Charleston Trojets were in charge of choreography. They look forwarding to performing tonight for Coles County. The head coach for the Trojets is Mary Buchar. Mattoon is coached by assistant Whitney Babbs and Head Coach Malia Smith. The First Mid-Illinois Bank and Trust’s Coles County Clash football game at Eastern Illinois University’s O’Brien Field begins at 7 p.m. Sept. 15. The game features the MHS Green Wave and the CHS Trojans. Families are encouraged to tailgate before the game. No alcohol is permitted. The pre-game fun starts at 5 p.m. in the grassy area south and west of the stadium. Tickets are $5 per person.

The 2017 Coles County Clash has expanded into three events with the traditional football game Sept. 15, a new scholastic bowl matchup Sept. 13 and a drawing for two $2,000 scholarships.

The First Mid-Illinois Bank and Trust’s Coles County Clash football game roars into Eastern Illinois University’s O’Brien Field. The game featuring the Mattoon Green Wave and the Charleston Trojans begins at 7 p.m.  Sept. 15. Families are encouraged to tailgate before the game. No alcohol is permitted. The pre-game fun starts at 5 p.m. in the grassy area south and west of the stadium.

Advance tickets will be available at both high school athletic departments for $5 per person; cash only. Tickets will also be available the night of the game. No athletic passes are accepted.

The inaugural Coles County Scholastic Clash is 7 p.m. Sept.13 in the theater at the Doudna Fine Arts Center at EIU. EIU President David Glassman presented the idea to Charleston and Mattoon school officials and scholastic bowl teams who were receptive to the event. Green Wave and Trojan fans are encouraged to attend this new event and cheer on their team.

 First Mid-Illinois Bank and Trust is the title sponsor of the Coles County Clash football game.  The corporate sponsor is Pilson Auto Center. Team sponsors include KC Summers, Jackson Family of Dealerships, Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center, Diepholz Auto Group and Washington Savings Bank.


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School Superintendents Todd Vilardo, Charleston, and Larry Lilly, Mattoon, thanked all the event sponsors, EIU and volunteers.

The football game is the featured event, however, the Clash has become a blend of students showcasing their many talents. The MHS JROTC presents the flag and the combined MHS and CHS bands perform the National Anthem. The bands and their color guards also perform separate halftime shows. The dance prowess of both the Wavettes and the Trojets bring down the house each year as the teams join forces to entertain the crowd.

Enthusiasm abounds from the sidelines as cheerleaders from both schools, MHS Team Massive and CHS Grateful Red, motivate the audience with cheering, athleticism and waving team flags. The MHS JROTC join the MHS cheerleaders for celebratory pushups during the game.

Funds from the purchase of Clash tickets are earmarked for each schools’ sports programs.

Charleston and Mattoon grandstand assignments are as follows: Mattoon will sit on the north end of the main grandstand in sections E, F, and G. Charleston will sit on the south end of the main grandstand in sections A, B, and C.

Section D will be divided down the middle with Mattoon on the north and Charleston on the south.

Mattoon student section will be the lower part of section F, and the band will be seated behind the students in section F. Overflow students will be seated in the lower section of section G.

Mattoon cheerleaders will be positioned on the track in front of sections E, F, and G.

Charleston student section will be the lower part of section B, and the band will be seated behind the student s in section B. Overflow students will be seated in the lower section of section A.

Charleston cheerleaders will be positioned on the track in front of sections A, B, and C.

A Mattoon banner will be hung over sections E, F, and G. A Charleston banner will be hung over sections A, B, and C.

The game will be broadcast on WMCI 101.3 FM and Victory 103.9 FM and can be streamed at myradiolink.com

The game will not be televised because of NCAA rules.

Mattoon and Charleston high school juniors and seniors have a chance to win two $2,000 scholarships. The two winners, representing both schools, will be announced at the Coles County Clash football game Sept. 15 at Eastern Illinois University’s O’Brien Field.

The drawing is open to all juniors and seniors at CHS and MHS. The scholarships will be applied to the student accounts the first semester enrolled at EIU.

Molly Button, EIU admissions counselor for MHS and CHS, will visit both schools the week before the Clash Week.  She will do a presentation at each school and collect inquiry cards to be entered into the drawing.  CHS and MHS seniors who have applied to EIU for Fall 2018 will automatically be entered. 

Students will be able to complete an inquiry card in the guidance office to be entered into the scholarship drawing. 

EIU Admissions will have a tent outside of the ticket booth the afternoon and evening of the game so students may also complete an inquiry card to be entered into the scholarship drawing.

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