Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

Sports

January 18, 2013

Effingham downs Dieterich, wins invitational title

EFFINGHAM — Through one quarter of play, it appeared as though the Movin' Maroons had carried a little bit of last night's magic over to their  Thursday evening battle against Effingham. 

A high-scoring first quarter still had Dieterich down two points, but their offense was going toe-to-toe with the heavily-favored Hearts.  When the second-quarter whistle blew, however, it appeared that the magic had finally run out. Effingham outscored the visiting team by 10 points in the second, eventually cruising to a 54-35 victory to lock up their tournament title.

"We made an effort to really try and push it," Hearts' coach Jeff Schafer said. "For the most part our offense executed really well tonight."

The Hearts' were at their best on the fast break, looking for any chance to move the ball up the court with tempo.  Effingham used a 7-2 run in the second quarter to extend their halftime lead to 33-21 behind the shooting of Caitlin Kaufman.

The junior scored all seven of her team's points in the final two minutes, the final three coming on a twine-tickling three-pointer as the clock wound under ten seconds.

Effingham also benefitted from going ten players deep on their roster, while the Maroons' played just six girls through the course of the night.

"We have a lot more depth than they do," Schafer said, "We really started playing there in the second."

This offensive surge would carry over into the second half, when an 8-2 run had the Hearts ahead by more than twenty points early in the fourth quarter. 

Yet it was not offense, but rather the Effingham defense that continued to hurt the opposition. 

The Hearts' full-court, trapping press  generated countless turnovers on the evening, forcing Dieterich players to repeatedly dribble into the corner. 

"We were making stupid mistakes on the press," Dieterich coach Donetta Ohnesorge said, "Dribbling to the sides when that's the only thing we stress over and over again in timeouts.  We didn't handle the pressure well at all tonight."

Early in the fourth, Effingham had the game locked up, ahead 49-27 as subs began coming in.

The Hearts utilized a balanced offensive attack, with four players scoring more than eight points.  Josie Zerrusen led the charge with 15, and Caitlin Kaufman pitched in had 13 points and six points as well.  Stephanie Robb and Kelli Utz each added eight for the Hearts.With a 4-0 record over the past four days, Effingham has locked up the invitational championship.  Now, all eyes turn toward the end of their season as the Hearts battle for an Apollo Conference title.  The team returns to action on Jan. 24 when take on Mt. Zion.For Dieterich, the loss puts them at 14-6, and 1-2 in tournament play.  Despite the disappointing result, Ohnesorge was pleased with her team's passion even after the game had been decided,"I was so proud, and that's what I told them," she said. "We're going to keep our heads held high and keep plugging away."The Maroons will look to bounce back tonight when they take on St. Anthony at 6:15 p.m.Dieterich 14 7 6 8 - 35Effingham 16 17 12 9 - 54Dieterich- Niemerg 15, Vahling 8, Meinhart 4, Wright 4, Flach 2, Higgs 2.Effingham- Zerrusen 15, Kaufman 13, Robb 8, Utz 8, Stephenson 3, Michael 2, Totten 2, Weiser 2, Field 1.

1
Text Only
Sports
  • 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

  • Mammoser2.jpg Newton Post 20 tops Effingham Post 120 7-5 late

    Most of the games at the Junior Legion District 23 tournament have seen pitching take control, but the pitchers in Sunday night's Effingham Post 120/Newton Post 20 game faced an uphill battle.
    While Brock Mammoser started the game for Post 20 on the hill and struggled, he came through with the biggest hit in the game, putting Newton up for good in a 7-5 win over Effingham.

    July 21, 2014 2 Photos

  • Campton.jpg Dieterich Post 628 eliminates Teutopolis Post 924 3-2

    Errors proved to be Teutpolis Post 924's undoing against Dieterich Post 628, as Dieterich's sixth-inning rally in an 3-2 win were boosted by three Teutopolis errors
    To lead off the sixth, Trenton Poe reached on an error by Brock Bueker, and came around to score on an infield single by Ryan Radloff with a throwing error on Bueker. Poe was already on third when the ball went in the Teutopolis dugout, awarding Poe home to tie the game.
    Bryce McClain followed with an RBI single to score Radloff and put Post 628 up for good. Dieterich scored again on a Briar Schmidt groundout where first baseman Brant Bueker tried to get an inning-ending out at second, but the throw was wild and brought home McClain.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Teutopolis, Deters down Altamont Post 512 2-0

    TEUTOPOLIS — Lucas Deters didn't get a ton of run support from his Teutopolis Post 924 teammates, but he didn't need much in a complete-game shutout, and Teutopolis ended Altamont Post 512's season with a 2-0 win Sunday afternoon.
    Deters' efforts at the Junior Legion District 23 tournament kept Teutopolis alive in the loser's bracket to face Dieterich Post 628 immediately following the win.

    July 21, 2014

  • Poe.jpg Two-out rally pushes Dieterich to win; Post 628 beats Vandalia Post 95 4-3

    Down one with two outs and Vandalia Post 95 ace Zach Schaal coming in in relief, Dieterich Post 628 had a tough task to keep its season alive.
    But down 3-2, Cole Hartke and Charlie Thoele laced back-to-back singles to score Briar Schmidt and Flach, respectively, to take a 4-3 lead.
    Clayton Campton held the lead in the seventh, striking out two and getting Post 95 in order to keep Dieterich's season alive.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Jansen.jpg Late Newton rally downs Robinson 4-2

    Newton Post 20 rarely had an answer for Robinson Post 69's Brayden Burch, but thanks to a few key Robinson errors, Newton took their District 23 opener 4-2 Friday night.
    With the game tied at 1-1 in the bottom of the sixth, Mitch Jansen led off with a walk, followed by Tim Weber reaching on an error by Robinson shortstop Zander Laino and a bunt single by Luke Geier.
    Mike Carr came through with a bloop single to center, scoring Jansen to put Newton up 2-1.Burch struck out John Grunloh and Joe Stone, but second baseman Cameron Neese booted a grounder by Mitch Bierman and two more runs scored.

    July 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Kenter2.jpg Teutopolis takes down South Central 3-1

    Teutopolis Post 924 scored its first run two batters into the game and would never trail from there, holding off late rallies from South Central Post 519 to win 3-1 at the Junior Legion District 23 tournament Friday night.

    July 19, 2014 2 Photos

  • Clausius (2).JPG Post 120 pulls away from Dieterich

    A pitcher’s duel between Effingham’s Will Clausius and Dieterich’s Charlie Thoele broke not at the plate, but on the mound.
    Tied 0-0 in the bottom of the fifth, Effingham Post 120 got its first run via a bases-loaded, two out balk. The lead would hold up as Post 120’s offense sparked, and Effingham beat Dieterich Post 628 5-0 in the Junior Legion District 23 tournament opener.

    July 18, 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.