Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL


March 10, 2014

Shoes "ready to break through"

Seniors ready for first trip past Super-Sectionals

TEUTOPOLIS — The eight Teutopolis Wooden Shoes seniors have accomplished enough to make almost every other high school in Illinois jealous.

On Tuesday, they'll play in the school's fourth consecutive Super-Sectional, some for the first time and others making a return.

But as much as they've accomplished, they don't want this season to end like the last three have at this junction: they want more.

Coach Andy Fehrenbacher thinks they've got it in them, taking on Nashville at 8 p.m. Tuesday in the Class 2A SIU Super-Sectional.

"We're ready to break through. We've been right on the edge, and we're ready to go to Peoria," Fehrenbacher said.

Even with that said, the coach knows what an amazing run these seniors and his program has been on, winning four straight sectionals and playing for the sectional title before that.

"We're proud of our accomplishments and what we've been able to do," Fehrenbacher said. "It's a testament to our program. You look at the number of players that have made this happen for us, our coaching staff, it's a number of people that have made this happen for us."

Like most teams at this juncture, Fehrenbacher pointed out how the seniors have stepped up, like starters like Cody Will, Bobby Wenthe and Reed Hardiek.

But Fehrenbacher also singled out some of the other seniors who don't see the playing time Will, Wenthe and Hardiek do, and the role they've played pushing the Wooden Shoes (21-9) to yet another sectional crown.

"It's been a lot of leadership in practices, on and off the court," Fehrenbacher said. "We've had guys step up and be vocal leaders, like Cody and Reed, but even some seniors who don't play have been vocal, because they want it."

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