Gone are the days when Jacob Schuette lit up opposing defenses in the Enlow Center, combining his smooth shooting stroke with an uncanny ability to create space from any defender. Although St. Anthony fans will no longer be treated to his offensive assault of the basket on game nights, an entirely new program will reap the benefits of his many talents.On Monday, Schuette signed a letter of intent to play college basketball at Illinois Central College in Peoria, and to be coached under Illinois Fighting Illini great Tony Wysinger.Wysinger, who holds the Illinois record for assist-to-turnover ratio, knows how to identify talent, and he said Schuette has what it takes to make an impact with the Cougars."After you saw him once or twice as a coach, you said, 'He's a guy we need to get,'" Wysinger stated confidently. "He's someone that understands the game. His IQ, coming in as a freshman, that's what I'm looking for."Schuette used his vast array of weapons and basketball smarts to score more than 1,000 points in his high school career. Having already earned a scholarship offer from the Cougars to join their junior college program before his senior season with St. Anthony began, Schuette decided to wait until after the year finished to make his decision.In the end, Schuette turned toward the close-knit bonds he had formed with Wysinger and assistant coach Dave Best."I probably felt the most comfortable with them as coaches and the guys (on the team), so I decided to commit there and sign there," Schuette said.Best watched Schuette closely at AAU tournaments and during the school seasons, but what really sealed the deal was the recruit's visit to campus."We finally got him to school to play against some of the guys, to look at that competition level," Wysinger said. "He fit right in. His knack to score, that's one of the things we missed this year, and we addressed it."In order to make a deep impact as a freshman, Schuette will get to work this offseason developing quicker feet, as he will have to guard better athletes on the defensive end.
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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.
Flaming Hearts handle Olney
Effingham cruised to its second dual win of the year, taking all nine matches from Olney Tuesday afternoon.
Hearts 5th, St. A 8th at Troy
Effingham went 3-1 at the Troy Triad Invitational Saturday to earn fifth place overall, while crosstown counterpart St. Anthony went 1-3 and finished eighth.
Lady Shoes stay unbeaten
The Lady Shoes kept rolling at the Pinckneyville Showcase, winning both games and moving to a perfect 12-0.
Teutopolis fell behind 3-0 to Pinckneyville after one and it took them until the fourth to get on the board, but once they did, they put up 12 runs in three innings for the 12-6 win.
Bulldogs blow out BCCH 21-2
St. Anthony base runners were active on Wednesday, taking 20 extra bags by steals or passed balls during the Bulldogs' 21-2 rout.
Morgan Gardewine finished among the most greedy, scoring twice on passed balls in a 10-run third inning, while collecting one steal and advancing two other times.
A Deters dynasty
Seven years after her sister committed to Lake Lake College, Jillian Deters did the same.
The National Trail Conference most valuable player will play her college basketball for the Lakers, a program she knows almost inside and out after watching her sister, Mallory, play for them.
Gardewine sharp in St. Anthony win
St. Anthony kept the pressure on from the get-go both on the mound and the basepaths and beat the reigning NTC champion South Central Cougars 8-2.
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