Battling the wind and rain Wednesday in Mattoon, the Effingham girls track team delivered a second-place showing among a stable of conference competitors. The Lady Hearts finished with 126 points on the afternoon, just barely falling short of the host team at the Mattoon Invitational. The Green Wave ended its day with 142 points for the victory on senior night.Despite the narrow loss, interim coach Norene Ault was thrilled with her squad's performance."This was kind of a preview for most of our conference teams," she said. "I was very pleased with our showing today."The highlights included a 2-3 finish in the 400, with Shayna Phillips coming in second and Claire Niebrugge close behind."Those two girls put in their best two times of the year," Ault said.Effingham also had a solid showing in the relays, excelling in both the 4x200 and 4x400."They ran awesome races," Ault said. "All of the girls had probably their best combined times today."In the field, Jantzen Michael continued Effingham's steady showing with her effort in the discus. Throwing against a tough wind, Michael braved the uncooperative weather."She threw really well for the conditions, she threw a good distance," Ault said.Though the Lady Hearts were edged out of first place, Ault said there were plenty of positives from the meet, especially against a number of competitors they will likely see again."This is what we are looking at for our conference," Ault said. "With Mattoon, Charleston, Mount Zion, it was a preview."No distances or times were made available to the coaches following the meet, nor were they sent to the Daily News by press time. The meet was delayed nearly an hour for weather-related conditions.
Ziegler's choice an easy one
Lake Land College’s Grace Ziegler had a choice after her two years playing were up.
The Altamont alumna basically whittled her options down to this: continue to play basketball collegiately at a four-year institution, or transfer to a four-year institution to have a traditional college student experience.
Vonderheide, W/SS win at Charleston 12-0
Christian Vonderheide had the luxury of choosing which was better.
It was either the grand slam, or a complete game shutout thrown by the right hander.
“They are both pretty equal,” Vonderheide said. “Pitching is more of my thing. The grand slam I got lucky. I swung hard, and I was lucky enough for it to go over the fence."
The win could be more important as Windsor/Stew-Stras pounded a 12-0 win over Charleston at CHS Field.
Czachorski: Time to catch Cup fever
I woke up early Friday morning and did something I never do these days -- I flipped on SportsCenter.
It was the top of the 7 a.m. hour, and unshockingly, ESPN led with discussion of the playoffs.
What left me flabbergasted was they were leading with the NHL playoffs, as I was truly unaware ESPN remembered that hockey was a sport.
Indians' bats too much for Eagles
An 11 a.m. start on Good Friday wasn't too early for Altamont, as the Indians pushed 10 across in the first frame and bested Newton 16-1 in five innings.
Power surge: Homers help Shoes beat Comets 8-4
Teutopolis broke open a close game with four home runs and remained undefeated with an 8-4 win over Stew-Stras/Windsor Thursday afternoon.
Cutts carries Cumberland to 4-3 win
His first three hits were no doubters, but Blayke Cutts’ fourth hit on Thursday was a high bouncer over the glove of Olney third baseman Peyton Billington to win in a walk-off.
McNamee: Questions about EIU's Jimmy G
The typical phrase used in situations like this, I think, is: “He shows potential.” I may not have believed anything I was saying, but at least he was in line to be a four-year starter; at least, he had that.
Pirates push past Flaming Hearts 10-2
It took a bit for the bats to warm up, but Cumberland made the necessary adjustments at the plate and took down Effingham 10-2 Wednesday afternoon.
Newton walks off against Dieterich
For the second straight game, Newton earned a win via the walkoff, this time as Caleb Chesnut drove in the game-winning run with two outs to down Dieterich 5-4.
Walsh, Bulldogs fend off Newton 17-8
Makayla Walsh played the role of starter and stopper.
She relieved St. Anthony pitcher Jenna Woltman, who was struggling to locate her pitches, and stopped the bleeding during a four-run fourth inning.
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