Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

Local News

December 17, 2012

T-Town holds celebration for 8th grade girls state win

TEUTOPOLIS — The eighth grade girls basketball team here had a victorious homecoming Sunday afternoon.

After its state victory Thursday in the 8-3A girls basketball championship, the team rode up and down Main Street on fire trucks in a small parade before a rally at the Teutopolis Junior High. The Lady Wooden Shoes defeated Monticello in the championship 32-13.

"To the players, think back to where the journey to the state championship started," said Principal Pat Drees. "Not at the regional championship or the first state games, but to the first practices. This is for all of your time and determination. Thank you ladies."

Over 200 parents, fans and supporters gathered in the gymnasium for the rally, which was followed by a cake and punch reception.

While thanking parents, teachers, school administrators and supporters for their part in the girls basketball program, Drees gave a special salute to the coaches that brought the girls to the tournament.

"There are a few things we need to recognize about the coaches," he said. "For every minute they spend with our kids, that's a minute they're not spending with their kids and families."

Superintendent Bill Fritcher acknowledged the players' hard work while also thanking the parents and adults that have supported the team through the season.

"Girls, we're proud of your dedication and all of your hard work," he said. "But take a look around at all of the adults here who helped you to do this. There's a lot of brothers and sisters and grandparents here who put in time every day to do this too. Remember when you're an adult to do the same."

Head coach Steve Fritcher recounted the highs and occasional lows of the season and said he wanted to thank the team for making it memorable.

"Thank you for giving me memories I will cherish forever," he said, "These girls are capable of doing great things inside basketball and outside. I will enjoy watching them grow up as basketball players, students and young women."

Jackson Adams can be reached at 217-347-7151, ext. 131, or jackson.adams@effinghamdailynews.com.

1
Text Only
Local News
  • Naam.jpg Opinion: Plight of Christians in the Middle East

    This Saturday and Sunday millions of Christians around the world will go to church to celebrate Easter.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • tony- car collection 1.jpg A passion for wheels leads to a world-class vehicle collection

    Since the late 1970s, Arthur Trost has bought, sold, collected or restored 69 vehicles. He has kept 10 of them, many from the '50s, an era he remembers fondly.

    April 19, 2014 3 Photos

  • BRIANBLOOM-300x200.jpg Opinion: My Easter Prayer

    It was always our most solemn of holidays. Christmas was chaotic, the Christian aspect always front and center yet overshadowed by five boys anxiously awaiting the opening of gifts.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • IMG_5943.jpg Cross takes on red glow for Good Friday

    The Cross at the Crossroads hosted a Good Friday prayer service at the Welcome Center.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Investigator wants tougher ethics laws for legislators SPRINGFIELD (AP) -- Job recommendations and university application referrals from Illinois lawmakers should be tracked and publicized after clout-related scandals at the University of Illinois and the Metra transit agency, the General Assembly's top

    April 19, 2014

  • Medicaid paid $12M for dead Illinoisans CHICAGO (AP) -- The Illinois Medicaid program paid an estimated $12 million for medical services for people listed as deceased in other state records, according to an internal state government memo. The memo dated Friday, which The Associated Press o

    April 19, 2014

  • 4-19 cross walk.jpg Church goers carry cross for Good Friday

    For Effingham resident Adrian Guzman, carrying a cross across Effingham is more than symbolism. 

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Two in hospital after chase with St. Elmo police

    Two individuals were sent to the hospital after a chase with a St. Elmo Police officer.

    April 18, 2014

  • tony- sigel 1 Sigel St. Michael breaks ground TONY HUFFMAN Daily News Want to Help? Donations are still being accepted for the addition. Donations may be mailed, dropped off at the parish offices, or placed in collection baskets. A donation wall in the renovated parish center will feature a "Giv

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Meth suspect sentenced to 54 months NEWTON -- A man accused of cooking methamphetamine in a vehicle with a child present was sentenced in Jasper County Court Thursday. Charles "Chase" L. Shroyer, 23, was sentenced to 54 months in prison after pleading guilty to possession of methamphet

    April 18, 2014

AP Video
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.