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
Comeback win keeps Post 20 alive in 10-7 win
Newton Post 120 didn’t let a 4-1 deficit get to them against Highland Post 439, using a patient approach in the face of an elimination game.
Three bases-loaded walks in the bottom of the third tied the game at 4-4, and with the bases loaded down 5-4 in the fourth, Tim Weber broke the game open with a two-run double and an error.
By the time the dust settled, Newton led 10-5 heading to the sixth inning and would hold on to a 10-7 win to keep its season alive.
Salem deals Newton first divisional loss
Mitch Bierman started off Newton Post 20’s game against Salem Post 128 with a bang Sunday afternoon, hitting a leadoff triple and scoring on the next batter.
Post 20’s offense didn’t follow his lead from there, as Newton had just three more hits and no runs, and falling in a Junior Legion Fifth Division winner’s bracket game to Salem 12-1 in seven innings.
Newton Post 20 bests Belleville Post 58 in opener 6-1
After a 9-3 loss to Breese Post 252 Gray Monday night, Newton Post 20 coach John Grunloh predicted the five-day break until the Junior Legion Fifth Division tournament would be good for his players, especially his pitchers.Mitch Jansen proved his coach right, spinning a gem in Newton's opener Saturday afternoon as Post 20 made short work of Belleville Post 58 6-1.
Hearts to prep with Mattoon 7-on-7
Two weeks ago, Effingham was supposed to start shaking off the rust with a 7-on-7 football tournament in Mattoon. Naturally, it rained and was canceled.
So Saturday, the Flaming Hearts will head up to Mattoon and play their first 7-on-7 event of the season, taking part in an 10- team field with Mattoon, Rochester, Robinson, Marshall, Cahokia and Pleasant Plains from Illinois, with Terre Haute North and Northview coming from Indiana. Rochester is bringing two squads.
Newton Post 20 plays Belleville Saturday
With the District 23 tournament behind them, Newton Post 20 now knows its fate for the Fifth Division Junior Legion tournament this weekend in Bethalto.
Newton will play Belleville Post 58 at 2:45 p.m. Saturday afternoon in Bethalto, in the third game of six on the day.
Effingham's season comes to a close with 11-1 loss to Salem
A 1-0 lead for Effingham Post 120 rapidly evaporated, and the post’s Junior Legion season came to an end with a 11-1 loss in five innings to Salem Post 128 Tuesday night.
The game was for the final spot of District 23 in the divisional tournament, with Newton Post 20 and Breese Post 252 Gray punching their tickets by winning their district divisions.
Newton Post 20 falls short against Breese Gray 9-3
While the District 23 title ultimately exceeded Newton Post 20’s grasp, their season will continue in Bethalto.
Newton took on Breese Post 252 Gray for the Junior Legion District 23 title as the two division winners, but Breese’s bats proved too much for Newton in an 9-3 loss for Post 20.
“The innings where they put some runs on us, we gave them some extra outs,” said Newton coach John Grunloh. “You’ve got to make the plays when you play better teams.”
Barnes' one-hitter boosts Post 120; Effingham beats Dieterich 1-0
Ryan Barnes hasn’t seen a lot of time with Effingham Post 120’s junior legion team this season, but he showed up in a big way Monday night in a 1-0 win over Dieterich Post 628.
The win kept Effingham’s season alive one more day in the Junior Legion District 23 tournament, as the post will face Salem Post 128 at 5:30 p.m. today for the district’s final spot in the divisional round. Salem Post 128 downed Mt. Vernon Post 141 1-0 in the West Division loser’s bracket, setting up the final with Effingham today.
Newton Post 20 tops Effingham Post 120 7-5 late
Most of the games at the Junior Legion District 23 tournament have seen pitching take control, but the pitchers in Sunday night's Effingham Post 120/Newton Post 20 game faced an uphill battle.
While Brock Mammoser started the game for Post 20 on the hill and struggled, he came through with the biggest hit in the game, putting Newton up for good in a 7-5 win over Effingham.
Dieterich Post 628 eliminates Teutopolis Post 924 3-2
Errors proved to be Teutpolis Post 924's undoing against Dieterich Post 628, as Dieterich's sixth-inning rally in an 3-2 win were boosted by three Teutopolis errors
To lead off the sixth, Trenton Poe reached on an error by Brock Bueker, and came around to score on an infield single by Ryan Radloff with a throwing error on Bueker. Poe was already on third when the ball went in the Teutopolis dugout, awarding Poe home to tie the game.
Bryce McClain followed with an RBI single to score Radloff and put Post 628 up for good. Dieterich scored again on a Briar Schmidt groundout where first baseman Brant Bueker tried to get an inning-ending out at second, but the throw was wild and brought home McClain.
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