Effingham Daily News
---- — The area's seven Junior Legion teams now know what how the road to a state tournament berth could start. Effingham is the host for five of the teams, starting today, with the Junior Legion District 23-East Division tournament being held at Evergreen Park. Play begins at 5 p.m., as fourth-seeded Altamont Post 512 takes on fifth-seeded Effingham Post 120. The nightcap will be between third-ranked Newton Post 20 taking on sixth-ranked Teutopolis Post 924.The winners of those games will move on, with the Altamont/Effingham winner taking on top seed Kinmundy 519 at 7:30 p.m. Friday and the Newton/Teutopolis winner facing second-seed Vandalia Post 95 at 5 p.m. Friday.Loser's bracket play begins Saturday, with three games setting up Sunday's 10 a.m. losers' bracket final. The winner of that game will advance to Centralia later that day to continue its season. The winners of the Friday night games will play at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, with the winner advancing to Centralia automatically Sunday, and the loser earning a berth in the losers' bracket final and can still advance to Centralia.The only two other local teams, Shelby County Posts 289/611/725 and Toledo Post 764, are both playing the Charleston Fourth Division tournament beginning Friday. Shelby County and Toledo face each other in the first round at 5:30 p.m. in Charleston Friday. The winner will play at 11:15 a.m. Saturday, while the loser will play at 1:30 p.m. Similar to the Effingham tournament, the winners will meet up with the winners in the Urbana tournament and will play for a berth in the state tournament in Paris next month. The rest of the Charleston tournament is made up of Moultrie-Douglas, Clark County, Charleston Post 93 and Mattoon Post 88's two teams for the seven-team field.