While other teams are moving on in the Senior Legion district tournaments, Shelby County Posts 289/611/725 are still waiting to get theirs underway.The draw was released yesterday, with Mattoon grabbing the top seed on the Mattoon side of the tournament. Shelby County earned the second seed and a first-round bye. Shelby County will tkae on either Charleston Post 93 or Paris Post 211 at about 6:30 p.m. Sunday at Mattoon High School. The rest of the tournament will be played at Grimes Field. If Shelby County wins, they'll play Wednesday night at 5 p.m., but a loss would send them to the loser's bracket and a game Tuesday night at 7:45 p.m. Two teams from both the Mattoon pool and the Rantoul pool will advance to the tournament finals, beginning on July 26. The winner of those four teams will advance to the state tournament in Tremont from July 30 to Aug. 3. Rantoul's pool is made up of, in order of seeding, Rantoul Post 287, Danville Post 210, Pontiac Post 78, Piatt County, Macon County and Urbana.
Zerrusen reflects on 1K milestone, career
Josie Zerrusen used to be a handful for her Effingham coaches, but turned into a headache for opponents by the end her senior season.
Zerrusen, the only one of four Hearts seniors to reach 1,000 points in her career this season, was preoccupied with scoring points as a sophomore on a 20-10 team in 2012.
But the Hearts improved as Zerrusen matured, recording 54 wins in the last two seasons, including a school-record 28 this season and a regional championship. Zerrusen grew up by changing her attitude and refusing to take summers off.
All-NTC showdown set at sectionals
At least one area team will play Monday at Southern Illinois University for Super-Sectionals. Teutopolis is looking to make it two.
Tonight will mark the end of the road for either St. Anthony (22-10) or Dieterich (22-8), as the NTC rivals clash for the Class 1A Red Hill Sectional championship. A win would be Dieterich’s first-ever sectional crown, and it would be the first for St. Anthony since 2001.
Teutopolis (20-9) is looking to advance to the Super-Sectional round for the fourth-straight season and is playing for a sectional title for the fifth-straight year. The Wooden Shoes take on Greenville for the Class 2A Vandalia Sectional title.
Olney ends Effingham's season
Effingham battled offensive woes in waves this season and found ways to win almost 80 percent of the time, but not on Wednesday.
Olney, one of the Hearts' 20 victims this year, ended Effingham's season with a 35-32 win in the Salem Regional, surviving a poor shooting night as well.
Dieterich advances in convincing fashion
The Dieterich Movin' Maroons used a January loss to Patoka to motivate themselves Wednesday night at the Class 1A Red Hill Sectional.
It was more successful than they ever could have hoped for, as Dieterich stomped the Patoka Warriors 61-39 and advanced to Friday's sectional final against St. Anthony.
St. Anthony edges Oblong 72-69
BRIDGEPORT — A rare miss by Oblong’s Koert Mehler made the most noise.
Mehler heaved a 75-foot, full-court shot that barely rimmed out to send the game to overtime; instead, St. Anthony (22-10) survived 72-69 to advance to Friday’s Class 1A Red Hill Sectional championship.
Mette leads Wooden Shoes past Breese Central
Breese Central simply has to be getting sick of the Teutopolis Wooden Shoes.
Teutopolis moved to 4-1 in its last five games against Breese Central, and knocked out the Cougars at sectionals for the second straight year with a 63-40 win Tuesday night at the Class 2A Vandalia Sectional. If that wasn’t enough, the Lady Shoes ended Breese Central’s season in girls basketball last week as well.
Neoga's Romack heading to Lincoln Land
Neoga coach Ted Kerner praised his ace pitcher Tyler Romack's ability to read players and quickly learn their tendencies on the mound.
St. Anthony's Walsh commits to be a Cobra
Makayla Walsh made it official Friday afternoon, as the St. Anthony Bulldogs' shortstop signed to play softball at Parkland College next season.
Bulldogs, Shoes, Maroons set for Sectionals
St. Anthony knows what it’s like to play in close games and it’s paying off for the Bulldogs as they ride the momentum of a regional championship into today’s sectional game against Oblong.
Teutopolis takes third
Teutopolis was 1-2 this season when scoring 32 points or fewer heading into Saturday’s Class 2A third-place game.
But the Shoes were in a race to 30, staring at a 22-22 tie with four minutes left against Elmhurst Immaculate Conception Catholic, and were the first to get there.
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