After day one of the Illinois state tennis tournament, only one Effingham area player was left standing. St. Anthony's Cole Buehnerkemper overcame an early loss to go 3-1 Thursday and advanced to Friday's play in the consolation bracket. Buehnerkemper won his opneing matchup against Moline's Justin Rumley 6-2, 6-2, but fell to Waubonsie Valley's Eric Marbach 6-1, 6-0. He was sent to the consolation bracket, but rebounded nicely. He bested Tinley Park's Brian Moy 6-3, 6-2, and closed the day with a 2-6, 6-0, 6-0 win over Algonquin Jacob's Kendrick Chong. Buehnerkemper will face Wilmette Loyola Academy's Anthony Arocho today. Effingham's Aaron Meyers lost his opener to East St. Charles' Jasper Koenen 6-0, 6-0, and was eliminated with a 6-1, 6-1 loss to Crystal Lake Central's Danny Nelson. Teutopolis' Kyle Brumleve had a similar fate, losing to Mt. Prospect's Ben Fisch 6-3, 6-1 and Oak Park River Forest's Miles Blim 6-4, 6-4.The Flaming Hearts had a pair of double teams make it to state, but neither picked up a win. Isaac Foreman and Jason Wohltman lost to Glenview Glenbrook South's Will Lyon and Michael Baddelloo 6-3, 6-2, and then were eliminated by Wheaton Warrenville South's Brian Welch and Tim Reinders 7-5, 6-4.Parth Maheshwari and Jared Minor were beaten by Peoria Richwoods' Chandler Clayton and Nico Khazzam 6-2, 6-0 in the first round and ended their day with a hard-fought 5-7, 7-5, 6-4 loss to Springfield's Moshe Latif and Peter Mueller.
Flaming Hearts roll in Apollo opener
Effingham will play Charleston on Jan. 31 for a chance to beat the Trojans for a third time this season and if the game is anything similar to the previous two, the Flaming Hearts will have the season sweep.
The Hearts dominated the Trojans on Friday 65-29, beating Charleston for the second time in less than two weeks, during which Effingham accumulated 133 points in two games.
Barnes, Beecher City beat Cowden-Herrick
Cowden-Herrick and Beecher City don't meet often anymore across the span of a school year.
With co-ops in every sport but varsity volleyball and boys basketball, the rivals had one of their rare matchups Friday night for Beecher City's Homecoming.
Fittingly, the game was headlined by a former Hornet and current Eagle, as Brady Barnes had 23 points for Beecher City as they bested the Hornets 60-44.
T-Town's Zerrusen, Koester make HOF
Two star players from two of the last three Teutopolis boys basketball teams to make the IHSA final four, including the only championship team, are entering the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
Maxey, SE/B down Cougars in OT
Allowing St. Elmo/Brownstown’s Levi Maxey to have the ball with the game on the line was the last thing South Central head coach Rick Simmons wanted on Tuesday, but the first thing he knew the Eagles would look to.
Indians race past Pirates
Eight minutes was enough for the Indians to get their legs beneath them, as they raced out to a definitive 71-35 victory over the Pirates to start their season.
Effingham moves to .500 with win over Robinson
Effingham had its first home match of the season Tuesday against the Robinson Maroons, and sent the fans home happy.
The Flaming Hearts won six of the eight contested contests and took the dual 48-27 on the night.
Altamont holds off Dieterich comeback
There was a sense of deja vu at Dieterich High School Monday night, with Dieterich and Altamont facing off for the second time in three days.
And while the game played out differently, that sense extended to the final. Altamont bested Dieterich 51-46 Saturday at the NTC Tournament, and beat the Lady Maroons by a nearly identical 52-46 score Monday.
Neoga's offensive outburst sinks Tri-County
Neoga rattled off 14 unanswered points in the third quarter, doubling its lead and putting Tri-County away for good in its 79-44 win on Monday.
Braves' trapping takes down Bulldogs
Mt. Zion used a 1-2-2 zone with super-aggressive trapping tendencies to great affect, besting St. Anthony 61-39.
Wohltman's big game leads Hearts to third place
Effingham got stronger as the game went on Saturday as the Flaming Hearts took third at the St. Anthony Turkey Tournament with a 59-49 win over Breese Central Saturday.
That strength came from the standout perfomance turned in by Matt Wohltman, who poured in 22 points on the evening against the Cougars.
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