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
Shoes "ready to break through"
The eight Teutopolis Wooden Shoes seniors have accomplished enough to make almost every other high school in Illinois jealous.
Three area runners medal at SIU
A pair of area runners started off the track season with a bang, as St. Anthony's Anna Sophia Keller and Cumberland's Tye Sutherland took home first-place medals in the opening meet of the season Saturday.
Teutopolis advances to 4th straight Super-Sectional
Teutopolis couldn't have started each of the first three quarters any better.
The Wooden Shoes Shoes took an 11-0 lead in the first five minutes of the first quarter and started the second and third quarters on 7-0 and 9-0 runs, respectively.
Their third-quarter outburst gave them the 17-point lead that was too much for Greenville to come back from. The Shoes won 64-53 to advance to Tuesday's Class 2A Carbondale Super-Sectional at Southern Illinois University. It's Teutopolis' fourth-straight trip to the Super-Sectional round.
Maroons make history
With just more than 12 minutes left, Dieterich's offense was scuffling and the Movin' Maroons trailed St. Anthony by 11, 34-23.
Then Alex Bohnhoff kick started the Maroons' offense with a pair of 3-pointers, and Dieterich completed a big comeback to down their NTC rivals 58-51 and win its first-ever sectional title
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.
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