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.
Cardinals fly by Blackhawks 16-0
The frustrations from a tough 7-6 loss by North Clay to South Central Tuesday were relieved on the field Wednesday, as the Cardinals blasted the Sandoval Blackhawks 16-0 in five innings.
Czachorski: My own field of dreams
A few weeks ago, I sat behind the backstop at Evergreen Park, watching St. Anthony and South Central play baseball and taking photos when I overheard a conversation.
It was a few seven- or eight-year-old kids, just talking about the game in front of them, nearly gushing over some of their favorite players on St. Anthony.
Green settling into Whitecaps rotation
Since inking his pro deal, Effingham and University of Louisville alum Chad Green has donned a number of different jerseys.
In just over a year, Green's played for the Gulf Coast League Tigers, the Lakeland Flying Tigers, the West Michigan Whitecaps and, even just for a day or two, the Detroit Tigers.
Windsor/Stew-Stras combines for five-inning no-hitter
The second inning was good to Windsor/Stew-Stras again.
The Blue Devils scored 17 runs in the second inning of their 19-7 win against Cumberland on Tuesday, then scored 10 more in the same frame of a 16-0 rout of Ramsey on Wednesday, all while being shut out in the first inning of both games.
Altamont downs Charleston 6-2
At least it’s the last year of the Ohnesorges for Altamont’s opponents.
That’s the sister duo of Madison and Lauren that have been top athletes at Altamont High School. The pair produced once again in a 6-2 win over Charleston at Karch Field.
Pitcher's duel: Gardewine leads St. Anthony over Teutopolis 1-0
Zach Gardewine gripped the game ball tightly in his right hand and smiled.
It’s not every day a pitcher shuts out the loaded Teutopolis lineup and he knew it. Gardewine became the first player to blank the Wooden Shoes, in St. Anthony’s 1-0 win on Tuesday, since Dieterich duo Tanner Traub and Jake Bohnhoff on March 22, 2013.
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.
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