Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL


October 31, 2012

Tri-County too much for Comets

STRASBURG — The Stew-Stras Comets were trailing 13-6 in the first set of Tuesday night’s Class 1A Stew-Stras Sectional semifinal against Kansas Tri-County when the Comets launched a fierce offensive attack.

Stew-Stras players were spiking the ball at the Tri-County defense, placing their shots in very difficult spaces on the court.

Despite having the ball hit off of two basketball hoops on one volley, the Titans survived the Comets’ onslaught, winning the point, taking a 14-6 lead and cruising to a straight-set 25-13, 25-19 victory.

The Comets hung with the Titans in the second set, tying the score at 10 before giving up seven straight points to fall into a hole from which they couldn’t climb out.

Amber and Autumn Meyer made sure Tri-County didn’t allow very many spikes, making several difficult digs and setting up big hitters like Kyla Skinner and Abby Smith for easy kills.

The Tri-County defense also didn’t allow the Comets to serve a single ace all night long, returning everything Stew-Stras sent its way.

“Kansas has got a good defense,” Stew-Stras coach Ronda Schlechte said. “They are quick and can pull a lot of stuff up. We just couldn’t catch those breaks.”

Schlechte added that she hoped her team could improve its speed this offseason.

“I wish we could be quicker, that’s something to focus on for next season,” she said. “Sometimes I feel we are watching the ball drop instead of making the effort to go get it.”

Brittani Tabbert led the way for the Comets, amassing four kills, four digs and two blocks. Kendall Knop added three kills, two assists, eight digs and a block, and Baylee Quast added one kill, three assists and two digs.

Seniors Mariah Tabbert and Kelsie Walden played their last volleyball game for Stew-Stras.

Schlechte said she will miss the way this year’s seniors always kept the mood light at practice.

“They are jokers and pranksters and they’re a lot of fun,” she said. “We have a fun team right now.”

Despite the loss of the two seniors, the Comets will have several key players returning in 2013.

Schlechte said her 2013 team has the chance to do some great things, including securing a sectional championship.

“We’re not losing any major hitters,” she said. “So I feel like if it’s going to happen, next year’s got to be the year.”

Overall, she added that she was pleased with the way the 2012 campaign went. The Comets improved their record, finishing with a 22-16 mark, and showed an increase in talent from 2011.

“I think we played better,” she said. “We were more committed as a team than we were last year.”

Text Only
  • Mammoser2.jpg Newton Post 20 tops Effingham Post 120 7-5 late

    Most of the games at the Junior Legion District 23 tournament have seen pitching take control, but the pitchers in Sunday night's Effingham Post 120/Newton Post 20 game faced an uphill battle.
    While Brock Mammoser started the game for Post 20 on the hill and struggled, he came through with the biggest hit in the game, putting Newton up for good in a 7-5 win over Effingham.

    July 21, 2014 2 Photos

  • Campton.jpg Dieterich Post 628 eliminates Teutopolis Post 924 3-2

    Errors proved to be Teutpolis Post 924's undoing against Dieterich Post 628, as Dieterich's sixth-inning rally in an 3-2 win were boosted by three Teutopolis errors
    To lead off the sixth, Trenton Poe reached on an error by Brock Bueker, and came around to score on an infield single by Ryan Radloff with a throwing error on Bueker. Poe was already on third when the ball went in the Teutopolis dugout, awarding Poe home to tie the game.
    Bryce McClain followed with an RBI single to score Radloff and put Post 628 up for good. Dieterich scored again on a Briar Schmidt groundout where first baseman Brant Bueker tried to get an inning-ending out at second, but the throw was wild and brought home McClain.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Teutopolis, Deters down Altamont Post 512 2-0

    TEUTOPOLIS — Lucas Deters didn't get a ton of run support from his Teutopolis Post 924 teammates, but he didn't need much in a complete-game shutout, and Teutopolis ended Altamont Post 512's season with a 2-0 win Sunday afternoon.
    Deters' efforts at the Junior Legion District 23 tournament kept Teutopolis alive in the loser's bracket to face Dieterich Post 628 immediately following the win.

    July 21, 2014

  • Poe.jpg Two-out rally pushes Dieterich to win; Post 628 beats Vandalia Post 95 4-3

    Down one with two outs and Vandalia Post 95 ace Zach Schaal coming in in relief, Dieterich Post 628 had a tough task to keep its season alive.
    But down 3-2, Cole Hartke and Charlie Thoele laced back-to-back singles to score Briar Schmidt and Flach, respectively, to take a 4-3 lead.
    Clayton Campton held the lead in the seventh, striking out two and getting Post 95 in order to keep Dieterich's season alive.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Jansen.jpg Late Newton rally downs Robinson 4-2

    Newton Post 20 rarely had an answer for Robinson Post 69's Brayden Burch, but thanks to a few key Robinson errors, Newton took their District 23 opener 4-2 Friday night.
    With the game tied at 1-1 in the bottom of the sixth, Mitch Jansen led off with a walk, followed by Tim Weber reaching on an error by Robinson shortstop Zander Laino and a bunt single by Luke Geier.
    Mike Carr came through with a bloop single to center, scoring Jansen to put Newton up 2-1.Burch struck out John Grunloh and Joe Stone, but second baseman Cameron Neese booted a grounder by Mitch Bierman and two more runs scored.

    July 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Kenter2.jpg Teutopolis takes down South Central 3-1

    Teutopolis Post 924 scored its first run two batters into the game and would never trail from there, holding off late rallies from South Central Post 519 to win 3-1 at the Junior Legion District 23 tournament Friday night.

    July 19, 2014 2 Photos

  • Clausius (2).JPG Post 120 pulls away from Dieterich

    A pitcher’s duel between Effingham’s Will Clausius and Dieterich’s Charlie Thoele broke not at the plate, but on the mound.
    Tied 0-0 in the bottom of the fifth, Effingham Post 120 got its first run via a bases-loaded, two out balk. The lead would hold up as Post 120’s offense sparked, and Effingham beat Dieterich Post 628 5-0 in the Junior Legion District 23 tournament opener.

    July 18, 2014 2 Photos

  • Rexroad.jpg Vandalia upsets second-seeded Altamont

    Altamont Post 512 never got the bats going, falling to Vandalia Post 95 5-2 in their Junior Legion District 23 tournament opener Thursday night.
    Altamont, coming off a trip to the state tournament last summer, was upset by Vandalia and Zach Schaal. Post 512 was the second seed in the tournament, but Schaal was up to the challenge for seventh-seeded Vandalia.
    He pitched a complete game, knocking Altamont to the loser’s bracket — where they battled their way out of at last year’s district tournament to make the divisional round. Altamont scored two runs late on an error by shortstop Matt Radamachier, but those were the post’s only runs.

    July 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • DSmith2.jpg Vandalia powers past Teutopolis

    Teutopolis Post 924 fell behind after two Vandalia Post 95 home runs, and even with one of their own, Teutopolis never came all the way back and fell 8-4 to Vandalia Wednesday night at the District 23 tournament.

    July 17, 2014 2 Photos

  • g320258000000000000ba3317379c10d4a56280f6e3eade091947e89d79.jpg South Central alum Patton traded to Texas

    The AAA All-Star break truly separated the seasons into halves for South Central alumnus Spencer Patton, as he ended the first half as a member of the Omaha Storm Chasers and will begin the second half with the Round Rock Express.

    July 17, 2014 1 Photo

AP Video

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.