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
Altamont downs Charleston 6-2
At least it’s the last year of the Ohnesorges for Altamont’s opponents.
That’s the sister duo of Madison and Lauren that have been top athletes at Altamont High School. The pair produced once again in a 6-2 win over Charleston at Karch Field.
Pitcher's duel: Gardewine leads St. Anthony over Teutopolis 1-0
Zach Gardewine gripped the game ball tightly in his right hand and smiled.
It’s not every day a pitcher shuts out the loaded Teutopolis lineup and he knew it. Gardewine became the first player to blank the Wooden Shoes, in St. Anthony’s 1-0 win on Tuesday, since Dieterich duo Tanner Traub and Jake Bohnhoff on March 22, 2013.
Ziegler's choice an easy one
Lake Land College’s Grace Ziegler had a choice after her two years playing were up.
The Altamont alumna basically whittled her options down to this: continue to play basketball collegiately at a four-year institution, or transfer to a four-year institution to have a traditional college student experience.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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