The Texas Rangers came to Effingham County to bolster the ranks of their minor league pitching corps over the weekend. Both Nick Gardewine (Effingham, Kaskaskia College) and Derek Thompson (Teutopolis, John A. Logan) were drafted by and signed with the Texas Rangers this weekend. Gardewine was drafted in the seventh round Friday and signed Saturday, while Thompson was drafted and signed by Sunday.For Gardewine, the Rangers met with him Saturday and did all the convincing necessary. "Probably just the fact that it was a top 10 round pick," Gardewine said. "The money I was looking for was there, and more, and just the fact that I've always wanted to further my career and professionally."Thompson did not return phone calls over the weekend after the Logan sophomore was drafted Saturday. The third time was the charm for the former Teutopolis ace, after being drafted in the 29th round by Minnesota in 2011 and the 13th round by the Chicago White Sox last year. ESPN Dallas reported that Thompson, and Gardewine, were among the Rangers' prospects to sign over the weekend. It'll be on to rookie ball for Gardewine and most likely Thompson for the Rangers to see how the pair fare in their first short-season minor league action."I'll be going to rookie ball in Arizona, in Surprise, Arizona," Gardewine said. "You start out there, see how you progress. In October, you come back home."From there, they'll enter Spring Training next year and hopefully be placed on a full season minor-league roster.Before that happens, Gardewine has been spending time with friends and family before he leaves for Arizona either Wednesday or Thursday. He also has had one other priority too, among all the excitement. "Trying to sleep a lot, actually, I haven't been getting too much of it," he said. "It's definitely pretty exciting, all of it's happening pretty fast."
Flaming Hearts win St. Anthony Invitational
The Flaming Hearts of Effingham were the overall winners and also had the medalist. Effingham shot a team score of 312 to beat the host Bulldogs by nine shots. Hearts senior Jackson Wendling finished with a 72 to take medalist honors.
Teutopolis takes opener against St. Thomas More
Teutopolis took the course with a new coach and four players, but as coach Becky Probst said, it takes four to score.
And those four Lady Shoes took their first match of the year, topping Champaign St. Thomas More 216-227 in both teams' openers at Cardinal Golf Course in Effingham.
Time to tee off, golf season starts fall sports campaign today
The fall sports campaign kicks off in earnest Monday afternoon, with the first area varsity contests being held in Windsor and Effingham this afternoon.
The St. Anthony Invitational boys golf tournament will be held at Fox Prairie Golf Course at 1 p.m. in Windsor, while the Teutopolis Lady Shoes host St. Thomas More at Cardinal Golf Course at 4 p.m.
Flaming Hearts' flexibility a plus; Effingham prepping for upcoming soccer season
Three days into the practice season, Effingham soccer coach Aaron Witges sees a lot of flexibility.
It was something his squad had last year, with 10 seniors but young players forcing their way into the lineup as well.
Coming off a 10-8-3 season, some of those young players will find themselves in new positions for the Flaming Hearts this season.
Flaming Hearts set with new coach
The Effingham Flaming Hearts volleyball team will have a new but familiar face leading them on the sideline this season.
As a former player for the Hearts, coach Mindy McCollum-Boswell will look to lead her team to their first regional title since 2008.
Czachorski: Bears backups worrisome
This might sound shockingly similar to a number of columns I've written in the past, but it bears repeating (excusing a terrible pun).
The quarterback situation is worrisome.
Newton soccer kicks off, inaugural season starts Sept. 2
For the first time in the history of Newton High School, a soccer team will be a part of the fall sports season.
Pocrnich wins national ATV title
As people get older, their chance at a national championship diminishes, but Effingham’s Kevin Pocrnich was able to win one at 49 years old.
Pocrnich won the Class 16 Senior 40+ Mountain Dew ATV Motocross Championship and according to the league website, finished fourth in the Class 14 30+ Veteran division. He went out with a bang, winning the final race of the season in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee Saturday.
Teutopolis alum Thompson part of no-hitter
A pair of Effingham natives are making some noise up in the Northwest League.
Teutopolis alumnus Derek Thompson and Effingham alumnus Nick Gardewine, both members of the Spokane Indians in the Texas Rangers organization, earned some recognition over the past week.
Comets coming off stellar season
The Stew-Stras Comets finished in second-place at the state championship last season, a high-water mark for the program in recent years.
Coach Ronda Schlechte lost five players who played quality minutes from last year’s team, but she said she has a lot of freshmen that have the ability to help the team.
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