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
Newton's season ends in 14-4 loss
Newton Post 20 almost pulled another comeback off against the Orient Miners, cutting a 5-1 deficit to 5-4 midway through Monday night’s game.
But Newton’s Junior Legion Fifth Division tournament run came to an end, as Orient rattled off nine runs in the sixth inning and clinched a spot in the state tournament with a 14-4 win.
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.
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