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.
Altamont downs Charleston 6-2
At least it’s the last year of the Ohnesorges for Altamont’s opponents.
That’s the sister duo of Madison and Lauren that have been top athletes at Altamont High School. The pair produced once again in a 6-2 win over Charleston at Karch Field.
Pitcher's duel: Gardewine leads St. Anthony over Teutopolis 1-0
Zach Gardewine gripped the game ball tightly in his right hand and smiled.
It’s not every day a pitcher shuts out the loaded Teutopolis lineup and he knew it. Gardewine became the first player to blank the Wooden Shoes, in St. Anthony’s 1-0 win on Tuesday, since Dieterich duo Tanner Traub and Jake Bohnhoff on March 22, 2013.
Ziegler's choice an easy one
Lake Land College’s Grace Ziegler had a choice after her two years playing were up.
The Altamont alumna basically whittled her options down to this: continue to play basketball collegiately at a four-year institution, or transfer to a four-year institution to have a traditional college student experience.
Vonderheide, W/SS win at Charleston 12-0
Christian Vonderheide had the luxury of choosing which was better.
It was either the grand slam, or a complete game shutout thrown by the right hander.
“They are both pretty equal,” Vonderheide said. “Pitching is more of my thing. The grand slam I got lucky. I swung hard, and I was lucky enough for it to go over the fence."
The win could be more important as Windsor/Stew-Stras pounded a 12-0 win over Charleston at CHS Field.
Czachorski: Time to catch Cup fever
I woke up early Friday morning and did something I never do these days -- I flipped on SportsCenter.
It was the top of the 7 a.m. hour, and unshockingly, ESPN led with discussion of the playoffs.
What left me flabbergasted was they were leading with the NHL playoffs, as I was truly unaware ESPN remembered that hockey was a sport.
Indians' bats too much for Eagles
An 11 a.m. start on Good Friday wasn't too early for Altamont, as the Indians pushed 10 across in the first frame and bested Newton 16-1 in five innings.
Power surge: Homers help Shoes beat Comets 8-4
Teutopolis broke open a close game with four home runs and remained undefeated with an 8-4 win over Stew-Stras/Windsor Thursday afternoon.
Cutts carries Cumberland to 4-3 win
His first three hits were no doubters, but Blayke Cutts’ fourth hit on Thursday was a high bouncer over the glove of Olney third baseman Peyton Billington to win in a walk-off.
McNamee: Questions about EIU's Jimmy G
The typical phrase used in situations like this, I think, is: “He shows potential.” I may not have believed anything I was saying, but at least he was in line to be a four-year starter; at least, he had that.
Pirates push past Flaming Hearts 10-2
It took a bit for the bats to warm up, but Cumberland made the necessary adjustments at the plate and took down Effingham 10-2 Wednesday afternoon.
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