Hearts slips by Olney
Josie Zerrusen scored her 1,000th point of her career in Thursday's 64-56 win for Effingham, taking care of the milestone in her final regular season home game on Senior Night.
She scored a game-high 20 points, but it was her first 3-pointer that reached the milestone.
Jantzen Michael scored 13 points for the Hearts and Lauren Stephenson added 12, as the other two scorers in double figures.
Effingham improves to 26-3 this season, in the Hearts' last regular season game. They return to action on Tuesday in the Class 3A Effingham Regional.
Effingham 19 18 10 17 64
Olney 12 14 17 13 56
Effingham: Michael 13, Stephenson 12, Kaufman 6, Robb 8, Zerrusen 20, Field 5
Olney: Shipman 10, Miller 14, Luna 8, Rauch 10, Kauble 5, Spillman 1, Nohren 4, Eagleston 2
North Clay advances to sectionals
North Clay took home the Red Hill Regional championship Thursday night, winning a nail-biter with Palestine/Hutsonville 53-50.
Emily Nehls had 17 points for Pal/Hut, leading all scorers. North Clay used a more balanced approach, with Morgan Walker's 13 points leading the team.
A full box score from North Clay was not submitted as of press time.
The win moves North Clay to 17-7 on the season and into the Cumberland Sectional. They play at 8 p.m. Monday, facing Class 1A's ninth-ranked team and Cumberland Regional champion, the Arcola Lady Riders.
North Clay 53
Bulldogs top Windsor
St. Anthony's start separated the Bulldogs from Windsor in Thursday's 57-43 win.
Windsor only scored 12 points in the first half against St. Anthony's 30 and the Blue Devils couldn't comeback, despite a 31-point second half.
John Goeckner led the Bulldogs with 13 points, while Alex Hoelscher and Frank Jansen each added 10 points.
Tristan Warner led the Blue Devils with 15 points, while Hayden Cole finished with 12.
St. Anthony improves to 18-7 and remains unbeaten in NTC play at 8-0. The Bulldogs play Paris at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the Teutopolis Shootout, while Windsor hosts Beecher City Tuesday.
Windsor 3 9 17 14 43
St. Anthony 13 17 14 13 57
Windsor: Maddock 6, Hutchinson 3, Allen 4, Cole 12, Warner 15, Blackburn 3
St. Anthony: Williams 5, Jansen 10, Gibson 4, Greene 5, Gardewine 7, Hoelscher 10, Goeckner 13, Hartke 3
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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