Stew-Stras vs. Tri-County (6 p.m., Arcola Sectional)
Stew-Stras head coach Ronda Schlechte was impressed by Tri-County’s defense after losing to them during sectionals last season, but this year is different – now, the Comets’ defense is getting rave reviews.
Neoga assistant coach Julie Fritcher said last week that Stew-Stras has a great defense and described it in a similar way to how Schlechte describes Tri-County’s defense.
“They’re really quick and they pull everything up,” Schlechte said. “I’m always talking to the girls about how there are things we can improve on and defense is one of those things.”
The Comets enter Tuesday’s Arcola Sectional against Tri-County on a two-game winning streak against the team that ended its season last year, beating them this summer and during September’s Crossroads Classic, 25-22 and 25-21.
Schlechte said the summer victory against Tri-County was a big momentum boost for her squad, knowing it could play against Tri-County, which lost to the eventual state champion last year, Keith Country Day School in Rockford.
Stew-Stras will look to beat Tri-County for a third time on Tuesday, which Schlechte said is a difficult to task because the teams are so familiar with each other.
However, the Comets advanced to Tuesday’s sectional by beating Neoga for the regional championship last week, which was the Comets’ third time beating the Indians this season.
“I hope the girls just come into the game, knowing it’s going to be intense,” Schlechte said. “(Tri-County) can play some volleyball. They’re a good team.”
The Comets play at 6 p.m. in Arcola on Tuesday, looking to win and advance to the sectional championship on Thursday, which will be against either Heritage or Arthur-Lovington.
St. Anthony vs. Robinson (7 p.m., Newton Sectional)
St. Anthony hasn’t played Robinson, who won its program’s first regional championship last week, and head coach Kristie Bailey said she doesn’t know much about about the Maroons.
Robinson won the Newton Regional as the third seed, beating Lawrenceville, Casey-Westfield and Newton en route to Tuesday’s matchup against St. Anthony.
Bailey said she’s confident in her team moving forward, even though she doesn’t know a lot about Robinson, because of the way the Bulldogs played in regionals.
“It’s hard because we’ve never played them,” Bailey said. “We did really good things in practice and came out and played almost flawless.”
The Bulldogs beat Pana and Shelbyville to advance to tonight’s game. They made quick work of Shelbyville to win the regional championship, 25-18 and 25-10.
Bailey said her team is going to have to come out on top of its game Tuesday to keep its season alive. The Bulldogs and Maroon start at 7 p.m. in Newton. The other semifinal will be played at 6 p.m. between Edwardsville Metro East Lutheran and Carlinville.
South Central vs. Cisne (7 p.m., Lebanon Sectional)
South Central will see Cisne for the first time this season on Tuesday, but got their with its share of challenges in two regional games last week.
The Cougars beat Patoka in two sets, but by two points in each set, and won the regional championship against North Clay in three sets, winning the first and third sets.
South Central head coach Mary Brimberry said her team in playing with a lot of confidence, as the Cougars look for their second sectional championship in three years, winning it two years ago.
Even so, Brimberry said she doesn’t know much about the Cisne squad the Cougars will be up against, besides that they have a good record and a good middle block, headed up by Chynna Byars.
Tuesday’s game is at 7 p.m. in Lebanon and the winner will play in the sectional championship against either Woodlawn or Lebanon on Thursday.
Stew-Stras vs. Tri-County (6 p.m., Arcola Sectional)
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.
Mette leads Wooden Shoes past Breese Central
Breese Central simply has to be getting sick of the Teutopolis Wooden Shoes.
Teutopolis moved to 4-1 in its last five games against Breese Central, and knocked out the Cougars at sectionals for the second straight year with a 63-40 win Tuesday night at the Class 2A Vandalia Sectional. If that wasn’t enough, the Lady Shoes ended Breese Central’s season in girls basketball last week as well.
Neoga's Romack heading to Lincoln Land
Neoga coach Ted Kerner praised his ace pitcher Tyler Romack's ability to read players and quickly learn their tendencies on the mound.
St. Anthony's Walsh commits to be a Cobra
Makayla Walsh made it official Friday afternoon, as the St. Anthony Bulldogs' shortstop signed to play softball at Parkland College next season.
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