Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

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December 24, 2007

24th Annual Dieterich Holiday Boys' Basketball Tournament preview

DIETERICH — An old face returns to the field of the 24th Annual Dieterich Boys' Holiday Basketball Tournament as Newton High School re-joins the eight-team bracket after a five-year hiatus.

Following a stint of participation in the Vandalia Holiday Tournament, the Eagles have been welcomed back to Dieterich with the top seed while the host Movin' Maroons garnered a No. 2 seeding.

Play begins Wednesday at 2 p.m. when No. 4 North Clay (2-6) faces No. 5 Noble (3-6) followed by a 3:30 p.m. meeting of No. 3 Red Hill (1-5) and No. 6 Arcola (2-9), the defending champion.

Wednesday's opening-day closes with a 5 p.m. meeting of No. 1 Newton (8-2) and No. 8 Oblong (1-9) and a 7 p.m. finale between No. 2 Dieterich (6-5) and No. 7 Windsor (0-8).

As the top two seeds and the only two clubs in the meet with more wins than losses, Newton and Dieterich have to be considered prohibitive favorites to meet up in Friday night's title game.

Despite the combined 9-38 record of the bottom six teams in the bracket, Dieterich coach Jamie VanScyoc still expects to see some good ballgames emerge.

"I think we could see a lot of competitive ballgames this year," said VanScyoc, whose club is coming off a 75-62 win at North Clay on Friday, Dec. 14.

"You've got Red Hill, which started off with a tough schedule and is always pretty solid coming in here.

"We played North Clay the other night and beat them, but I think they've gotten better in the past couple of years after having to play some young kids at the varsity level. There's a lot of experience coming back there. "Noble is pretty tough and play hard under a new coach (Keith Redman)."

Dieterich, a six-time winner in its own event, has had its ups and downs already this season, winning three of five games at the Cumberland Thanksgiving Tournament but losing a couple heartbreakers to St. Elmo (58-54) and Newton (37-36) without the services of senior guard Brock Teichmiller (foot injury) and senior forward Ethan Heuerman (disciplinary).

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