Hearts win Bob Kerans tourney
Effingham survived a rough first half against Newton and came back to win the game 47-29 and clinch the Bob Kerans Tournament title.
Newton came out strong, taking a 14-7 lead after the first and leading 20-15 at the half.
But the Lady Hearts came out firing in the third, scoring 21 points and their defense held Newton to just nine second-half points.
Caitlin Kaufman had 13 points to lead Effingham, while Jantzen Michael added 10 points of her own.
Newton was led by Ariel Richards' 10 points.
Cumberland dropped both of its Saturday games as well, losing 65-10 to Flora and 61-12 to Mt. Zion.
Kaufman was named the tournament's MVP, while Newton's Andrea Cartright and Effingham's Josie Zerrusen and Jantzen Michael were also named to the team. Mt. Zion was second at 3-1, Flora was 2-2 for third, Newton went 1-3 and Cumberland was 0-4.
Newton hosts Edwards County and Cumberland faces Casey-Westfield tonight to kick off LIC play, while Effingham is off until Thursday's game against Charleston.
Effingham 7 8 21 11 47
Newton 14 6 5 4 29
Effingham: Michael 10, Beals 2, Totten 1, Stephenson 4, Kaufman 13, Robb 8, Zerrusen 7, Field 2
Newton: Richards 9, Cartright 6, Will 6, Davidson 3, Kerner 3, Koebele 2
Cumberland 0 4 4 2 10
Flora 13 22 17 13 65
Cumberland: Poe 5, Paul 2, Sowers 2, Grissom 1
Mt. Zion 27 20 6 8 61
Cumberland 2 2 4 4 12
Cumberland: Poe 6, Brumleve 2, Willenborg 2, Ault 2
T-Town takes tournament
It took overtime, but the Teutopolis Lady Shoes finished what they started last weekend and won the Lady Wildcat Thanksgiving Tournament Saturday night.
Teutopolis started the day with a 39-28 win over Salem, and won the tournament with a 45-39 overtime win over Bethalto Civic Memorial.
In the day's first game, Madeline Hartke had 11 points and four rebounds while Cierra Thompson added 10 points of her own and had three steals and four assists.
Jessica Schumacher had seven points and six rebounds.
The championship game saw Teutopolis take the lead early and hold it nearly all the way, until Bethalto hit a three-pointer in the game's final seconds to tie the score at 36-36.
Still, the Lady Shoes recovered and held Bethalto to just three points in overtime.
Thompson had a huge game, leading the team with 18 points. Madeline and Anna Hartke each had eight points.
Anna Hartke, Thompson and Schumacher each had seven rebounds and two steals, with Danielle Repking adding two steals of her own. Thompson also had five assists.
The second-ranked Shoes are now 6-0 and play host to CHBC Tuesday night.
Salem 4 6 11 7 28
Teutopolis 12 9 12 6 39
Teutopolis: Schumacher (7 points, 6 rebounds); Giles (1 point, 1 assist); A. Hartke (8 points, 1 rebound, 1 steal); Thompson (10 points, 3 steals, 4 assists); Schmidt (2 points, 2 rebounds); M. Hartke (11 points, 4 rebounds, 1 steal, 1 assist); Hardiek (1 rebound, 2 steals, 1 assist)
Bethalto Civic Memorial 4 9 6 17 3 39
Teutopolis 11 9 4 12 9 45
Teutopolis: Schumacher (6 points, 7 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 assist); Hardiek (6 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist); Repking (2 points, 5 rebounds, 2 steals, 3 assists); A. Hartke (8 points, 7 rebounds); Thompson (18 points, 7 rebounds, 2 steals, 5 assists); M. Hartke (8 points, 4 rebounds, 2 steals); Giles (2 rebounds)
Teutopolis finishes fifth
The Wooden Shoes finished 2-1 and lost the same amount of games as Red Hill and Olney, but the Shoes' free-throw percentage sent them to the Capital Classic fifth-place game.
Teutopolis downed Red Hill 65-36 in the Saturday opener, but were on the short end of a three-way tiebreaker among their pool.
Brett Mette had 16 points and three rebounds in the day's first game against Red Hill, while Reed Hardiek cleared double digits with 14 points.
Ryan Sandschafer had a team-high eight rebounds.
The Shoes faced Lawrenceville in the fifth-place game and jumped out to a 10-point lead early. They'd keep it up, winning 68-55.
Mette had 16 points again. Cody Will, Bobby Wenthe and Hardiek each had 10 points on the game, while Sandschafer added eight rebounds again.
Teutopolis took fifth at the Capital Classic with a 3-1 record, and face Breese Central on the road Friday after the Cougars finished fourth at the St. Anthony Turkey Tournament.
Red Hill 4 9 15 8 36
Teutopolis 15 16 22 12 65
Teutopolis: Drees (5 points, 1 rebound); Ungrund (2 points, 2 rebounds); Smith (3 points); Will (2 points, 4 rebounds); Borries (2 rebounds); Wenthe (6 points, 3 rebounds); Gebben (4 points, 3 rebounds); Kenter (6 points, 5 rebounds); Hardiek (14 points, 1 rebound); Thoele (1 rebound); Te. Jansen (1 rebound); To. Jansen (2 rebounds); Bre. Mette (16 points, 3 rebounds); Probst (2 rebounds); Sandschafer (7 points, 8 rebounds)
Lawrenceville 11 15 12 17 55
Teutopolis 21 14 13 20 68
Teutopolis: Drees (3 points, 1 rebound); Ungrund (2 points); Will (10 points, 7 rebounds); Wenthe (10 points, 6 rebounds); Kenter (4 points, 4 rebounds); Hardiek (10 points, 4 rebounds); Thoele (7 points, 4 rebounds); Bre. Mette (16 points, 5 rebounds); Sandschafer (6 points, 8 rebounds)
Dieterich takes second, Newton third
Dieterich couldn't keep up with Chrisman in the Cumberland Thanksgiving Tournament championship, falling 47-39.
The Movin' Maroons trailed by just one point at the half, but fell behind for good from there and finished second overall
Travis Niemerg led the team in the championship game with 10 points, while Tanner Traub added nine points.
Nick Feldhake and Devin Aherin each had eight points.
Newton and Neoga squared off for the second time in the third-place game, and the Eagles held off a tough Indians squad to take home third place with a 48-42 win.
Gunner Pickens had 14 points for Newton while Lucas Stone had 12 points.
Neoga was led by Wyatt Krikie's 13 points and Jake Baker's eight points.
Oblong finished fifth with a win over Pal/Hut, and Cumberland rolled Martinsville 63-17 while shutting out the Blue Streaks for the entirety of the second half.
Gunnar McMechan had 16 points, Houston Napier scored 12 and Brandon Shaon had 10 for Cumberland.
Chrisman's Ty Bolen was named the tournamen't MVP, while Stone, Baker, Traub and Dieterich teammate Alex Bohnhoff also made the All-Tournament team.
Neoga (2-3) heads to Cowden-Herrick Tuesday, Cumberland (1-4) hosts Altamont, Dieterich (3-2) faces Stew-Stras Friday and Newton (4-1) hosts Red hill Friday.
Cumberland 18 11 17 17 63
Martinsville 11 6 0 0 17
Cumberland: Beard 7, Brumleve 8, Bauguss 2, Swingler 2, McMechan 16, Napier 12, Wolke 4, Shaon 12, Cutts 2
Neoga 7 11 18 6 42
Newton 14 9 15 10 48
Neoga: L. Baker 6, C. Kersey 5, Krikie 13, R. Kersey 2, Moore 2, J. Baker 8, Atwell 6
Newton: Mammoser 9, Chesnut 7, Pickens 14, Stone 12, Dart 2, Workman 4
Dieterich 14 8 7 10 39
Chrisman 13 10 8 16 47
Dieterich: Traub 9, Bohnhoff 4, Felhake 8, Aherin 8, T. Niemerg 10
Warriors handle Hornets
Cowden-Herrick closed the Mulberry Grove Thanksgiving Tournament with a 65-48 loss to Cowden-Herrick Saturday.
The game was tied at 28-28 at the half, but the Warriors pulled away with a 23-9 third quarter and the Hornets fell to 2-3 overall.
Colton Burrus had 17 points and Dylan Barnes added 15 points for C-H.
The Hornets grabbed just five rebounds, with Carson Lorton grabbing three, according to the C-H stats.
With the tournament over, the Hornets (2-3) begin NTC tournament play Tuesday night when they host Neoga.
Cowden-Herrick 15 13 9 11 48
Patoka 16 12 23 14 65
Cowden-Herrick: Blackerby 3, Sphar 8, M. Sandiford 5, Burrus 17, Barnes 15
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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