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.
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
Two star players from two of the last three Teutopolis boys basketball teams to make the IHSA final four, including the only championship team, are entering the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
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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