Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL


January 15, 2014

Wave crashes down on T-Town

Mattoon upsets Teutopolis 72-57

TEUTOPOLIS — Teutopolis head coach Andy Fehrenbacher is used to getting the opposing team's best shot anytime they face the Wooden Shoes.

The Mattoon Green Wave came to JH Griffin Gymnasium Tuesday night with that idea in mind, and executed from start to finish as they upset Teutopolis 72-57.

"I've been a part of this program for 16 years, and we see that an awful lot," Fehrenbacher said. "That's a tribute to our program. Tonight, we just ran into a buzzsaw."

Teutopolis was without senior guard Cody Will, who missed the game with a bruised left collarbone, an injury he suffered in Saturday's win over Kankakee. He spent the night in street clothes on the bench with his left arm in a sling. Ryan Sandschafer started in his place.

The Wooden Shoes bested Mattoon 68-57 during December's Christmas Classic. A lot changed between then and Tuesday, starting and ending with the absence of Will, Fehrenbacher said.

"That's not an excuse as to why we lost this game, but we are a different team without him, no doubt about it," he said. "

Mattoon came out on fire, nailing back-to-back 3-pointers by Jared Pilson and Travis Kittell. From there, they cut to the rim early and often, getting buckets from Kittell, Tanner Scott, and most of all, Pilson.

The senior guard had no trouble penetrating into the lane and getting his shot off, on his way to a game-high 26 points.

The way he played, and the Wave played in general, was more in tune with what Fehrenbacher was expecting from Mattoon (6-6) this season.

"Pilson had a great game, I knew he could shoot the three, but for some reason, he hadn't been looking to do it. He comes out, and sticks a three right out of the gate," he said. "When you play as well as they did offensively, that's pretty tough to stop. That's what I expected out of Mattoon this season ... it really surprised me that they were under .500 coming into this game."

Mattoon pushed its lead to 25 midway through the second quarter, and led 38-18 at the half. Teutopolis briefly cut the lead to 14 with 2:08 left in the third, before Mattoon responded and took a 58-39 lead to the fourth.

The Shoes had one last push in them, spouting off a 9-0 run behind Michael Drees, Brett Mette and Reed Hardiek, the latter hitting a 3-pointer with 4:46 that cut the lead to 62-52. But the Wave hit a pair of free throws and a 3-pointer on its way to a 10-0 to end any chance of a comeback.

Scott finished with 13 points for Mattoon and Kittell added 12.

Hardiek topped T-Town with 17 points and Mette scored 14 as the offense improved as the game went on.

Still, it's an adjustment period for Teutopolis (10-4) without Will, whom Fehrenbacher said will miss Friday's game at St. Joseph-Ogden. The team and doctors are waiting for the swelling to subside, and his return has no official timetable.

Until then, it's on the Shoes to march on without him.

"Just make adjustments, it's all we can do," Fehrenbacher said. "Losing this game is not going to make or break our season. It's tough to take a loss like this. But at the same time, we can reach and try and find some positives."

Mattoon     17     21     20     14     72

Teutopolis     5     13     21     18     57

Mattoon: Price 5, Vieth 8, Wetzel 2, Hutchinson 3, Kittell 12, Pilson 26, Raboin 3, T. Scott 13

Teutopolis: Drees 6, Wenthe 6, Gebben 2, Kenter 7, Hardiek 17, Thoele 2, Todd Jansen 3, Bre. Mette 14

Text Only
  • Vonderheid.jpg Vonderheide, W/SS win at Charleston 12-0

    Christian Vonderheide had the luxury of choosing which was better.
    It was either the grand slam, or a complete game shutout thrown by the right hander.
    “They are both pretty equal,” Vonderheide said. “Pitching is more of my thing. The grand slam I got lucky. I swung hard, and I was lucky enough for it to go over the fence."
    The win could be more important as Windsor/Stew-Stras pounded a 12-0 win over Charleston at CHS Field.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • czachorskimug.jpg Czachorski: Time to catch Cup fever

    I woke up early Friday morning and did something I never do these days -- I flipped on SportsCenter.
    It was the top of the 7 a.m. hour, and unshockingly, ESPN led with discussion of the playoffs.
    What left me flabbergasted was they were leading with the NHL playoffs, as I was truly unaware ESPN remembered that hockey was a sport.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • White2.jpg Indians' bats too much for Eagles

    An 11 a.m. start on Good Friday wasn't too early for Altamont, as the Indians pushed 10 across in the first frame and bested Newton 16-1 in five innings.

    April 18, 2014 2 Photos

  • Schultz.jpg Power surge: Homers help Shoes beat Comets 8-4

    Teutopolis broke open a close game with four home runs and remained undefeated with an 8-4 win over Stew-Stras/Windsor Thursday afternoon.

    April 18, 2014 2 Photos

  • Cutts.jpg Cutts carries Cumberland to 4-3 win

    His first three hits were no doubters, but Blayke Cutts’ fourth hit on Thursday was a high bouncer over the glove of Olney third baseman Peyton Billington to win in a walk-off.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • McNamee.jpg McNamee: Questions about EIU's Jimmy G

    The typical phrase used in situations like this, I think, is: “He shows potential.” I may not have believed anything I was saying, but at least he was in line to be a four-year starter; at least, he had that.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Booker.jpg Pirates push past Flaming Hearts 10-2

    It took a bit for the bats to warm up, but Cumberland made the necessary adjustments at the plate and took down Effingham 10-2 Wednesday afternoon.

    April 17, 2014 2 Photos

  • Bohnhoff.jpg Newton walks off against Dieterich

    For the second straight game, Newton earned a win via the walkoff, this time as Caleb Chesnut drove in the game-winning run with two outs to down Dieterich 5-4.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Niebs.jpg Walsh, Bulldogs fend off Newton 17-8

    Makayla Walsh played the role of starter and stopper.
    She relieved St. Anthony pitcher Jenna Woltman, who was struggling to locate her pitches, and stopped the bleeding during a four-run fourth inning.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Foreman.JPG Flaming Hearts handle Olney

    Effingham cruised to its second dual win of the year, taking all nine matches from Olney Tuesday afternoon.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

AP Video

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.