Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

Sports

February 7, 2014

St. Anthony clinches NTC title

Bulldogs defeat Brownstown/St. Elmo 49-26

BROWNSTOWN — The pregame celebration revolved around recognizing Brownstown/St. Elmo’s seniors, but St. Anthony celebrated winning the National Trail Conference championship after the game.

The Bulldogs clinched the NTC title in their last game of the regular season, with a 49-26 win over the Bombers on Thursday.

The regular season was filled with players stepping up in place of Makayla Walsh and Lexie Niebrugge. Both players sat out the first half of the season with injuries.

St. Anthony head coach Bart Wiedman was proud of his team Thursday night for exceeding expectations.

“It makes it feel twice as good,” Wiedman said. “Five senior girls worked their tails off. Morgan (Gardewine) and Megan (Nuxoll) played great.”

Nuxoll led the Bulldogs to Friday’s win with a team-high 12 points. Maggie Mumm scored nine points, while Kate Richards added eight. Walsh had seven.

The Bulldogs built a 15-point lead in the first quarter and the Bombers never got closer than nine points.

St. Anthony took a 21-2 lead early in the second quarter, only to be outscored 14-4 down the stretch and hold on to a nine-point lead at halftime.

“We played in spurts,” Wiedman said. “We played well for about 13 minutes in that first half and in the last three minutes we threw the ball away a little bit.”

Wiedman’s team got right back after it in the second half. Mumm converted a three-point play before the end of the third quarter that brought the Bulldogs’ lead to 15 points.

One minute into the fourth quarter, St. Anthony regained a 19-point lead and extended it to 23 points the rest of the way.

“In the second half, we executed our plays to perfection,” Wiedman said. “That was the best thing about tonight. We ran our sets and got everything we wanted out of them.”

The Bulldog defense was swarming and forced the Bombers into bad shots. They only scored 10 points in the second half, including just three in the final quarter.

The Bombers were without senior forward Bethany Oberlink, who is injured, but Molly Hill led the team with 10 points. Bombers head coach Brian Pruett couldn’t be reached for comment after the game.

Wiedman said the Bulldogs were concerned about Audriana Pruett’s shooting ability and made it a focal point to keep the ball out of her hands.

“If she couldn’t get the ball to start the offense then we were in good shape,” Wiedman said. “We tried to deny that first pass so they couldn’t get into their offense.”

In light of winning the NTC championship, Wiedman was thinking ahead to next week’s regional play. He had the team’s season goals in mind.

St. Anthony plays Wednesday night at the Altamont Regional. The Bulldogs hold the top seed, and will face Dieterich or Ramsey at 6 p.m.

The Bulldogs (19-7, 6-0 NTC) are two wins away from 21 on the season, which would be a program record. Two more wins would also get them a regional championship.

Alex McNamee can be reached at 217-347-7151, ext. 123, or alex.mcnamee@effinghamdailynews.com.

St. Anthony          17 8 13 11     49

Brownstown/St. Elmo     2 14 7 3          26

St. Anthony: Gardewine 4, L. Niebrugge 1, Wendt 6, Mumm 9, Nuxoll 12, Richards 8, Walsh 7, H. Niebrugge 2

B/SE: Pruett 3, Austin 2, Fitch 8, Hill 10, Moore 1, Brown 2

 

1
Text Only
Sports
  • czachorskimug.jpg Czachorski: Extra innings intrigue unmatched

    Obscenely long baseball games are my kryptonite. Once I get sucked in, it’s impossible for me to stop watching until it’s over. It doesn’t matter if it’s the Cubs, the Cardinals, the Astros or the Mariners — if it’s on TV and it’s going into the twelfth inning or later, you can bet I’m finding a way to tune in.

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • 7-29NewtonOrientmain.JPG Newton's season ends in 14-4 loss

     Newton Post 20 almost pulled another comeback off against the Orient Miners, cutting a 5-1 deficit to 5-4 midway through Monday night’s game.
    But Newton’s Junior Legion Fifth Division tournament run came to an end, as Orient rattled off nine runs in the sixth inning and clinched a spot in the state tournament with a 14-4 win.

    July 29, 2014 2 Photos

  • 7-28NewtonSundaygame2.JPG Comeback win keeps Post 20 alive in 10-7 win

    Newton Post 120 didn’t let a 4-1 deficit get to them against Highland Post 439, using a patient approach in the face of an elimination game.
    Three bases-loaded walks in the bottom of the third tied the game at 4-4, and with the bases loaded down 5-4 in the fourth, Tim Weber broke the game open with a two-run double and an error.
    By the time the dust settled, Newton led 10-5 heading to the sixth inning and would hold on to a 10-7 win to keep its season alive.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • 7-28NewtonSundaygame1.JPG Salem deals Newton first divisional loss

    Mitch Bierman started off Newton Post 20’s game against Salem Post 128 with a bang Sunday afternoon, hitting a leadoff triple and scoring on the next batter.
    Post 20’s offense didn’t follow his lead from there, as Newton had just three more hits and no runs, and falling in a Junior Legion Fifth Division winner’s bracket game to Salem 12-1 in seven innings.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • DSC_0725.JPG Newton Post 20 bests Belleville Post 58 in opener 6-1
    After a 9-3 loss to Breese Post 252 Gray Monday night, Newton Post 20 coach John Grunloh predicted the five-day break until the Junior Legion Fifth Division tournament would be good for his players, especially his pitchers. 
    Mitch Jansen proved his coach right, spinning a gem in Newton's opener Saturday afternoon as Post 20 made short work of Belleville Post 58 6-1. 

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • daughertyfootball.jpg Hearts to prep with Mattoon 7-on-7

    Two weeks ago, Effingham was supposed to start shaking off the rust with a 7-on-7 football tournament in Mattoon. Naturally, it rained and was canceled.
    So Saturday, the Flaming Hearts will head up to Mattoon and play their first 7-on-7 event of the season, taking part in an 10- team field with Mattoon, Rochester, Robinson, Marshall, Cahokia and Pleasant Plains from Illinois, with Terre Haute North and Northview coming from Indiana. Rochester is bringing two squads.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Mammoser3.jpg Newton Post 20 plays Belleville Saturday

    With the District 23 tournament behind them, Newton Post 20 now knows its fate for the Fifth Division Junior Legion tournament this weekend in Bethalto.
    Newton will play Belleville Post 58 at 2:45 p.m. Saturday afternoon in Bethalto, in the third game of six on the day.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Bateman.jpg Effingham's season comes to a close with 11-1 loss to Salem

    A 1-0 lead for Effingham Post 120 rapidly evaporated, and the post’s Junior Legion season came to an end with a 11-1 loss in five innings to Salem Post 128 Tuesday night.
    The game was for the final spot of District 23 in the divisional tournament, with Newton Post 20 and Breese Post 252 Gray punching their tickets by winning their district divisions.

    July 23, 2014 2 Photos

  • Bierman.jpg Newton Post 20 falls short against Breese Gray 9-3

    While the District 23 title ultimately exceeded Newton Post 20’s grasp, their season will continue in Bethalto.
    Newton took on Breese Post 252 Gray for the Junior Legion District 23 title as the two division winners, but Breese’s bats proved too much for Newton in an 9-3 loss for Post 20.
    “The innings where they put some runs on us, we gave them some extra outs,” said Newton coach John Grunloh. “You’ve got to make the plays when you play better teams.”

    July 22, 2014 2 Photos

  • Barnes3.jpg Barnes' one-hitter boosts Post 120; Effingham beats Dieterich 1-0

    Ryan Barnes hasn’t seen a lot of time with Effingham Post 120’s junior legion team this season, but he showed up in a big way Monday night in a 1-0 win over Dieterich Post 628.
    The win kept Effingham’s season alive one more day in the Junior Legion District 23 tournament, as the post will face Salem Post 128 at 5:30 p.m. today for the district’s final spot in the divisional round. Salem Post 128 downed Mt. Vernon Post 141 1-0 in the West Division loser’s bracket, setting up the final with Effingham today.

    July 22, 2014 2 Photos

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.