GRAYVILLE — After going through three pitchers in a 15-15 game with Albion, Louisville Post 914 coach Jay Walker turned to Dylan Walker in the ninth inning of the district tournament opener.It did the trick, as Walker held the Albion post in check until the 14th inning, setting up a two-run walkoff home run by Lawson Britton Sunday afternoon. The 17-15 may have been the biggest hurdle to a Senior Legion district championship, which Louisville will play for tonight at Grayville against either Carrier Mills or Carmi. "He kept us in the game," Jay Walker said. Louisville turned back to Dylan Walker in Monday's winners' bracket final against Carmi, and the move paid off again. Walker dealt six strong innings and left the game with a 3-2 lead. It was another big two-run home run that broke the game open for Louisville, as Hunter Clifton hit a two-run bomb that opened the floodgates on the way to an 11-2 win. Now, Louisville is one win away from advancing closer to the state tournament. They'll take on either Carmi or Carrier Mills at 6 p.m. tonight in Grayville. Louisville only has to win once and can lose, whereas the challenger will have to win two games tonight to advance. If Louisville loses game one, the winner-take-all championship will begin at about 8 p.m. The results from Tuesday's semifinal were not made available as of press time Tuesday night. Louisville downed Carmi earlier in this tournament. They have yet to play Carrier Mills in this 24th District tournament. The two teams met last week, with Carrier Mills racing to a 10-0 victory over Louisville.
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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