Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

Sports

August 27, 2013

Conference lifer to lead Pirates in final LIC season

Cumberland headed to LOVC in '14

TOLEDO — Whether it was playing at Casey-Westfield or coaching at Cumberland, Kevin Maynard has practically been a LIttle Illini Conference lifer.

 

But his first season as the head coach of the Cumberland Pirates will be his last in the LIC, as the Pirates are moving out at year's end.

 

Still, he wants to take the LIC by storm on the way out the door.

 

"It's kind of different for me," he said. "I grew up playing in this conference, We can definitely be one of the top teams in the conference. It's going to be an uphill road, but we're looking forward to it."

 

Cumberland is headed to the Little Okaw Valley Conference in the 2014-15 season, joining the 16-team conference for sports other than football and the 13-team conference for football. The school will join the conference's southeast division, playing schools like East Central, Tri-County and Villa Grove.

 

They'll have some familiar faces for Maynard and the Pirates, like current LIC foes Oblong at Hutsonville/Palestine and Martinsville, where Maynard cut his teeth as a coach.

 

"I look forward to leading us into the LOVC," he said.

 

The Pirates will be playing more schools of their size in the LOVC, as opposed to the LIC, where they are one of the smaller schools.

 

Still, the Pirates haven't had any trouble hanging with bigger schools like Newton, C-W, Robinson or Olney over the years as the Pirates have made the playoffs seven of the past nine seasons.

 

They'll face all the usual gauntlet of LIC schools, as well as Paris, who will become an LIC member when the three teams head to the LOVC.

 

Maynard, as well as his predecessor Todd Butler, never have looked at their school size as a handicap, churning out a string of success that has seen Cumberland accrue all seven of its playoff appearances since Butler and Maynard arrived in 2000.

Text Only
Sports
  • Vonderheid.jpg 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.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • czachorskimug.jpg 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.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • White2.jpg 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.

    April 18, 2014 2 Photos

  • Schultz.jpg Power surge: Homers help Shoes beat Comets 8-4

    Teutopolis broke open a close game with four home runs and remained undefeated with an 8-4 win over Stew-Stras/Windsor Thursday afternoon.

    April 18, 2014 2 Photos

  • Cutts.jpg Cutts carries Cumberland to 4-3 win

    His first three hits were no doubters, but Blayke Cutts’ fourth hit on Thursday was a high bouncer over the glove of Olney third baseman Peyton Billington to win in a walk-off.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • McNamee.jpg McNamee: Questions about EIU's Jimmy G

    The typical phrase used in situations like this, I think, is: “He shows potential.” I may not have believed anything I was saying, but at least he was in line to be a four-year starter; at least, he had that.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Booker.jpg 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.

    April 17, 2014 2 Photos

  • Bohnhoff.jpg 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.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Niebs.jpg 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.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Foreman.JPG Flaming Hearts handle Olney

    Effingham cruised to its second dual win of the year, taking all nine matches from Olney Tuesday afternoon.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

AP Video
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.