St. Anthony dominates Shelbyville
St. Anthony won the regional title on Thursday in straight sets, beating Shelbyville, 25-18 and 25-10, to advance to Tuesday's sectional semifinal against Robinson, in Newton.
The Bulldogs won the title after losing in the regional championship game last year against Pana. Haylee Mathis led the Bulldogs with 17 assists, while Rachel Schultz had 11 digs and Lauren Wendt had a team-high seven kills.
The Bulldogs (31-5) will play Robinson on Tuesday, after the Maroons beat Newton in a regional championship to advance to sectionals.
St. Anthony 25 25
Shelbyville 18 10
St. Anthony: Wortman (2 aces), Mathis (2 aces, 4 kills, 6 digs, 17 assists, 1 block), Woltman (3 aces, 1 dig, 3 assists), Wendt (7 kills, 1 dig, 1 block), Braunecker (3 kills, 1 dig), Mumm (1 ace, 3 kills, 2 digs, 1 assist, 1 block), Nuxoll (6 kills, 4 digs), Schultz (3 aces, 11 digs), Schmidt (1 dig)
South Central clinches title in three
South Central (17-16) needed three sets to clinch a regional championship against North Clay on Thursday, with a big serving streak by Monica Young in the third set.
The two teams were tied, 16-16, until Young stepped up to serve seven straight points for the Cougars to lift them to a 23-16 lead that they finished with a 25-19 win.
Maria Brasel had a team-high 14 kills, to go along with eight assists, as the Cougars won the first set, 25-21, and the third set. North Clay won the second set, 25-18, to keep its season alive temporarily.
South Central (17-16) advances to the Lebanon Regional to play Cisne on Tuesday.
North Clay's season ends with the loss. Statistics from North Clay were not made available as of press time.
South Central 25 18 25
North Clay 21 25 19
South Central: L Brasel (2 aces, 5 kills, 2 blocks, 1 dig), Young (7 digs), M Brasel (2 aces, 14 kills, 8 assists, 2 digs), Chapman (1 ace, 4 kills, 2 blocks, 16 assists, 3 digs), Burleyson (1 ace, 2 digs), Potter (2 kills, 2 blocks), Smith (2 kills, 1 block), Garrett (3 kills), Harpster (1 dig)
Newton loses to Robinson
The Newton Eagles' season is over after a loss to Robinson on Thursday, in which the Maroons clinched their program's first regional championship.
The Eagles (24-13) won the middle of three sets to keep their season alive, but Robinson won the first set, 25-22, and the third set, 25-14 to win the title.
The Maroons will play St. Anthony in the Newton Regional semifinals on Tuesday. A box score was not made available by press time.
Windsor falls in finals
Arthur-Lovington took Windsor three sets, after Windsor won the first set, and won the match to end Windsor's season in the regional championship.
Windsor won the first set 25-23, but Arthur-Lovington came back and won the next two sets, 25-17 and 25-21, to win the title.
The two teams also played a three-set match last week, ending with the same result.
The loss ends Windsor's (14-16) season. A box score was not made available by press time.
Newton, North Clay, Windsor eliminated
St. Anthony dominates Shelbyville
Flaming Hearts roll in Apollo opener
Effingham will play Charleston on Jan. 31 for a chance to beat the Trojans for a third time this season and if the game is anything similar to the previous two, the Flaming Hearts will have the season sweep.
The Hearts dominated the Trojans on Friday 65-29, beating Charleston for the second time in less than two weeks, during which Effingham accumulated 133 points in two games.
Barnes, Beecher City beat Cowden-Herrick
Cowden-Herrick and Beecher City don't meet often anymore across the span of a school year.
With co-ops in every sport but varsity volleyball and boys basketball, the rivals had one of their rare matchups Friday night for Beecher City's Homecoming.
Fittingly, the game was headlined by a former Hornet and current Eagle, as Brady Barnes had 23 points for Beecher City as they bested the Hornets 60-44.
T-Town's Zerrusen, Koester make HOF
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Maxey, SE/B down Cougars in OT
Allowing St. Elmo/Brownstown’s Levi Maxey to have the ball with the game on the line was the last thing South Central head coach Rick Simmons wanted on Tuesday, but the first thing he knew the Eagles would look to.
Indians race past Pirates
Eight minutes was enough for the Indians to get their legs beneath them, as they raced out to a definitive 71-35 victory over the Pirates to start their season.
Effingham moves to .500 with win over Robinson
Effingham had its first home match of the season Tuesday against the Robinson Maroons, and sent the fans home happy.
The Flaming Hearts won six of the eight contested contests and took the dual 48-27 on the night.
Altamont holds off Dieterich comeback
There was a sense of deja vu at Dieterich High School Monday night, with Dieterich and Altamont facing off for the second time in three days.
And while the game played out differently, that sense extended to the final. Altamont bested Dieterich 51-46 Saturday at the NTC Tournament, and beat the Lady Maroons by a nearly identical 52-46 score Monday.
Neoga's offensive outburst sinks Tri-County
Neoga rattled off 14 unanswered points in the third quarter, doubling its lead and putting Tri-County away for good in its 79-44 win on Monday.
Braves' trapping takes down Bulldogs
Mt. Zion used a 1-2-2 zone with super-aggressive trapping tendencies to great affect, besting St. Anthony 61-39.
Wohltman's big game leads Hearts to third place
Effingham got stronger as the game went on Saturday as the Flaming Hearts took third at the St. Anthony Turkey Tournament with a 59-49 win over Breese Central Saturday.
That strength came from the standout perfomance turned in by Matt Wohltman, who poured in 22 points on the evening against the Cougars.
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