Effingham at Mt. Zion, 7 p.m. FridayBoth teams' playoff hopes are on the line Friday night as Effingham heads to Mt. Zion in a showdown between 3-4 Apollo Conference teams. A loss would officially eliminate either team from playoff contention, and while neither team would automatically qualify with two wins, both the Flaming Hearts and the Braves would likely make the playoffs on the strength of their difficult non-conference schedules. Mt. Zion started the season 0-4 with losses to undefeated Mahomet-Seymour and Highland, as well as losses to 5-2 Jersey and Mattoon. Their three straight wins have come on the back of running back Austin Ray. Ray had a solid start to the season in the Braves' four losses, but has cleared 180 yards rushing in each of the last three games, all Mt. Zion wins. Effingham had a three-game win streak of its own snapped last week in a conference-clinching 46-28 win for Mattoon over Effingham. It was the big play the bit the Hearts late, as they allowed four touchdowns of 60 yards or more. Ray has shown breakaway ability, so shutting down the Mt. Zion back will be key. That is easier said than done, as Ray was averaging more than 100 yards per contest before the three-game win streak. A win would lock up second-place in the conference at worst for either team. Mt. Zion could still share the conference title with Mattoon if the Green Wave fall to 3-4 Paris. The Braves have not won a game this year where they have scored less than 42 points, and have only allowed less than 30 points in a game once. Effingham has shown a flair for the big play of its own, whether it be from Marcus Robinson, Zach Miller, Billy Arndt or Matt Wohltman. It should be an offensive showdown in Mt. Zion Friday.
Hearts 5th, St. A 8th at Troy
Effingham went 3-1 at the Troy Triad Invitational Saturday to earn fifth place overall, while crosstown counterpart St. Anthony went 1-3 and finished eighth.
Lady Shoes stay unbeaten
The Lady Shoes kept rolling at the Pinckneyville Showcase, winning both games and moving to a perfect 12-0.
Teutopolis fell behind 3-0 to Pinckneyville after one and it took them until the fourth to get on the board, but once they did, they put up 12 runs in three innings for the 12-6 win.
Bulldogs blow out BCCH 21-2
St. Anthony base runners were active on Wednesday, taking 20 extra bags by steals or passed balls during the Bulldogs' 21-2 rout.
Morgan Gardewine finished among the most greedy, scoring twice on passed balls in a 10-run third inning, while collecting one steal and advancing two other times.
A Deters dynasty
Seven years after her sister committed to Lake Lake College, Jillian Deters did the same.
The National Trail Conference most valuable player will play her college basketball for the Lakers, a program she knows almost inside and out after watching her sister, Mallory, play for them.
Gardewine sharp in St. Anthony win
St. Anthony kept the pressure on from the get-go both on the mound and the basepaths and beat the reigning NTC champion South Central Cougars 8-2.
Stew-Stras' Vonderheide headed to College of the Ozarks
It's not fair to say Windsor/Stew-Stras' Christian Vonderheide has been planning on attending College of the Ozarks since he was 13 years old.
But the seed was planted when the senior righty first attended the Sho-Me Baseball Camp as a 13-year-old, establishing a relationship with the college and the coaching staff over the years.
He made it official last month, inking his letter of commitment to play for the NAIA school in Point Lookout, Mo.
Lady Shoes rout Raiders 10-0
Teutopolis overcame a slow start, got hitting up and down the lineup and took out Central A&M 10-0 Tuesday in five innings.
Hearts girls, Shoes boys win at Effingham
The Effingham girls track team took the top spot at Tuesday's quad meet with Teutopolis, St. Anthony and Newton, topping Newton by 22 points.
Indians edge Bombers 4-2
Malachi Maxey was in the right place at the right time to maintain Brownstown/St. Elmo's 2-0 lead for, at least, one more inning.
His leaping catch on a line drive to second base, started a single-handed double play to end the top of the fifth inning and an Altamont threat with runners at first and second.
The play was one of the last times the ball bounced the Bombers' way in their 4-2 loss on Tuesday.
Five area players named All-EIC
The Egyptian Illini Conference released its All-Conference team this weekend, naming Patoka’s Johnnie Clift as its most valuable player.
Three area players made the first team, including Beecher City’s Brady Barnes, St. Elmo/Brownstown’s Levi Maxey and Cowden-Herrick’s Colton Burrus.
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