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
Flaming Hearts win St. Anthony Invitational
The Flaming Hearts of Effingham were the overall winners and also had the medalist. Effingham shot a team score of 312 to beat the host Bulldogs by nine shots. Hearts senior Jackson Wendling finished with a 72 to take medalist honors.
Teutopolis takes opener against St. Thomas More
Teutopolis took the course with a new coach and four players, but as coach Becky Probst said, it takes four to score.
And those four Lady Shoes took their first match of the year, topping Champaign St. Thomas More 216-227 in both teams' openers at Cardinal Golf Course in Effingham.
Time to tee off, golf season starts fall sports campaign today
The fall sports campaign kicks off in earnest Monday afternoon, with the first area varsity contests being held in Windsor and Effingham this afternoon.
The St. Anthony Invitational boys golf tournament will be held at Fox Prairie Golf Course at 1 p.m. in Windsor, while the Teutopolis Lady Shoes host St. Thomas More at Cardinal Golf Course at 4 p.m.
Flaming Hearts' flexibility a plus; Effingham prepping for upcoming soccer season
Three days into the practice season, Effingham soccer coach Aaron Witges sees a lot of flexibility.
It was something his squad had last year, with 10 seniors but young players forcing their way into the lineup as well.
Coming off a 10-8-3 season, some of those young players will find themselves in new positions for the Flaming Hearts this season.
Flaming Hearts set with new coach
The Effingham Flaming Hearts volleyball team will have a new but familiar face leading them on the sideline this season.
As a former player for the Hearts, coach Mindy McCollum-Boswell will look to lead her team to their first regional title since 2008.
Czachorski: Bears backups worrisome
This might sound shockingly similar to a number of columns I've written in the past, but it bears repeating (excusing a terrible pun).
The quarterback situation is worrisome.
Newton soccer kicks off, inaugural season starts Sept. 2
For the first time in the history of Newton High School, a soccer team will be a part of the fall sports season.
Pocrnich wins national ATV title
As people get older, their chance at a national championship diminishes, but Effingham’s Kevin Pocrnich was able to win one at 49 years old.
Pocrnich won the Class 16 Senior 40+ Mountain Dew ATV Motocross Championship and according to the league website, finished fourth in the Class 14 30+ Veteran division. He went out with a bang, winning the final race of the season in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee Saturday.
Teutopolis alum Thompson part of no-hitter
A pair of Effingham natives are making some noise up in the Northwest League.
Teutopolis alumnus Derek Thompson and Effingham alumnus Nick Gardewine, both members of the Spokane Indians in the Texas Rangers organization, earned some recognition over the past week.
Comets coming off stellar season
The Stew-Stras Comets finished in second-place at the state championship last season, a high-water mark for the program in recent years.
Coach Ronda Schlechte lost five players who played quality minutes from last year’s team, but she said she has a lot of freshmen that have the ability to help the team.
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