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.
Maroons hoping first time's the charm
In two years at the helm of the Dieterich Movin' Maroons, Jeff Staser is 45-17 with a trip to the regional final in 2013, and regional and sectional crowns in 2014.
In the process, he's brought Dieterich to uncharted territory, as the Maroons will play in its first-ever Super-Sectional game tonight against Sesser-Valier at 6 p.m. at Southern Illinois University.
Shoes "ready to break through"
The eight Teutopolis Wooden Shoes seniors have accomplished enough to make almost every other high school in Illinois jealous.
Three area runners medal at SIU
A pair of area runners started off the track season with a bang, as St. Anthony's Anna Sophia Keller and Cumberland's Tye Sutherland took home first-place medals in the opening meet of the season Saturday.
Teutopolis advances to 4th straight Super-Sectional
Teutopolis couldn't have started each of the first three quarters any better.
The Wooden Shoes Shoes took an 11-0 lead in the first five minutes of the first quarter and started the second and third quarters on 7-0 and 9-0 runs, respectively.
Their third-quarter outburst gave them the 17-point lead that was too much for Greenville to come back from. The Shoes won 64-53 to advance to Tuesday's Class 2A Carbondale Super-Sectional at Southern Illinois University. It's Teutopolis' fourth-straight trip to the Super-Sectional round.
Maroons make history
With just more than 12 minutes left, Dieterich's offense was scuffling and the Movin' Maroons trailed St. Anthony by 11, 34-23.
Then Alex Bohnhoff kick started the Maroons' offense with a pair of 3-pointers, and Dieterich completed a big comeback to down their NTC rivals 58-51 and win its first-ever sectional title
Zerrusen reflects on 1K milestone, career
Josie Zerrusen used to be a handful for her Effingham coaches, but turned into a headache for opponents by the end her senior season.
Zerrusen, the only one of four Hearts seniors to reach 1,000 points in her career this season, was preoccupied with scoring points as a sophomore on a 20-10 team in 2012.
But the Hearts improved as Zerrusen matured, recording 54 wins in the last two seasons, including a school-record 28 this season and a regional championship. Zerrusen grew up by changing her attitude and refusing to take summers off.
All-NTC showdown set at sectionals
At least one area team will play Monday at Southern Illinois University for Super-Sectionals. Teutopolis is looking to make it two.
Tonight will mark the end of the road for either St. Anthony (22-10) or Dieterich (22-8), as the NTC rivals clash for the Class 1A Red Hill Sectional championship. A win would be Dieterich’s first-ever sectional crown, and it would be the first for St. Anthony since 2001.
Teutopolis (20-9) is looking to advance to the Super-Sectional round for the fourth-straight season and is playing for a sectional title for the fifth-straight year. The Wooden Shoes take on Greenville for the Class 2A Vandalia Sectional title.
Olney ends Effingham's season
Effingham battled offensive woes in waves this season and found ways to win almost 80 percent of the time, but not on Wednesday.
Olney, one of the Hearts' 20 victims this year, ended Effingham's season with a 35-32 win in the Salem Regional, surviving a poor shooting night as well.
Dieterich advances in convincing fashion
The Dieterich Movin' Maroons used a January loss to Patoka to motivate themselves Wednesday night at the Class 1A Red Hill Sectional.
It was more successful than they ever could have hoped for, as Dieterich stomped the Patoka Warriors 61-39 and advanced to Friday's sectional final against St. Anthony.
St. Anthony edges Oblong 72-69
BRIDGEPORT — A rare miss by Oblong’s Koert Mehler made the most noise.
Mehler heaved a 75-foot, full-court shot that barely rimmed out to send the game to overtime; instead, St. Anthony (22-10) survived 72-69 to advance to Friday’s Class 1A Red Hill Sectional championship.
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