Brock Mammoser needs a vacation.
He, like his siblings in the past, is feeling a bit like a full-time employee of Newton athletics nowadays and is looking for a week on the calendar to take some time off.
The sophomore turned junior is working overtime this summer preparing to take on the four-sport workload he had during this last school year.
He was the varsity football team's starting quarterback in the fall, then the youngest starter on a senior-laden varsity basketball squad. This spring, he balanced his time between the varsity baseball and track teams, competing as a pole vaulter in the state finals.
Mammoser plays for the Newton Post 20 legion baseball team and works out with the football team in the mornings. He sprinkled in a couple closed-door pick-up games in Dieterich on Friday morning.
“The last two days, I've had a total free time of 45 minutes between everything,” Mammoser said. “Sometimes I'd just like to have a week off to, like, have a summer.”
The light scrimmages between abbreviated versions of the Newton, Dieterich and Freeburg basketball teams on Tuesday weren't short on competitive edge.
The official referee paired light brown khaki shorts with the zebra stripes and Dieterich coaches Jeff Staser, Obie Farmer and recent graduate Tanner Traub each assisted him for one game apiece, but the players on the floor still dove after balls like it was a sectional championship.
Dieterich's Travis Niemerg even threw down a dunk.
“He was dunking last year, just never got one off in a game,” Traub said. “It seemed like he was a little too timid, but I think he's going to come back this year being even more aggressive.”
Movin' Maroons head coach Jeff Staser said Niemerg is normally reserved in his character and the way he goes about his business, but he thinks his junior forward is ready to come out of his shell.
Niemerg and senior forward Devin Aherin return as Dieterich's twin towers in the post and even though Staser wants to protect his assets, make-shift referee and assistant coach Obie Famer wasn't giving his big men any breaks on the floor against Newton.
“We're going to out-man and out-size a lot of teams this year and, as a result, we're going to take some lumps,” Staser said. “The big kids are going to take some elbows to the back and we're going to have to be ready for that.”
The Maroons graduated two seniors from last seasons sectional championship team, including Traub, who sat on the bench next to his head coach during their first scrimmage. He helped referee the third game, which involved his former teammates against Freeburg.
He took a few joking hints before the game about making “the right call,” complementing the overall relaxed nature of the scrimmages.
The games involved two 20-minute halves on a running clock and relatively free-flowing substitution rules. In the second half of the first game, Staser wanted to stop to make a substitution.
The official said, “Just do it now,” and a couple Maroons exchanged spots in the middle of traffic — swift like a hockey line change.
It was hard for Staser to grasp that he couldn't put Traub, the team's veteran leader last season, in the game when he wanted to. Senior guard Alex Bohnhoff played a lot of minutes as a result.
“He's sitting beside me and I'm saying, 'We need to run this play. Get in there,' but we can't do that,” Staser said, adding a joke. “We're going to petition to see if we can get one more year of eligibility for him.”
The core of last season's team was on the court for the Maroons, but not so much for Newton, which graduated seven seniors. Mammoser is the only returning starter.
“It's all new,” Newton head coach Doug Mammoser said. “We have one guy (Mammoser) that really got experience. It's a matter of working around him.”
Brock Mammoser will no longer be a complementary player, spotting up beyond the 3-point line waiting for someone to pass him the ball. Instead, he'll look to be a creator this season.
It's a big job promotion.
Then again, he's been doing this a while.
Alex McNamee can be reached at 217-347-7151, ext. 123, or email@example.com.
Brock Mammoser needs a vacation.
Effingham's season comes to a close with 11-1 loss to Salem
The game was for the final spot of District 23 in the divisional tournament, with Newton Post 20 and Breese Post 252 Gray punching their tickets by winning their district divisions.
Newton Post 20 falls short against Breese Gray 9-3
While the District 23 title ultimately exceeded Newton Post 20’s grasp, their season will continue in Bethalto.
Newton took on Breese Post 252 Gray for the Junior Legion District 23 title as the two division winners, but Breese’s bats proved too much for Newton in an 9-3 loss for Post 20.
“The innings where they put some runs on us, we gave them some extra outs,” said Newton coach John Grunloh. “You’ve got to make the plays when you play better teams.”
Barnes' one-hitter boosts Post 120; Effingham beats Dieterich 1-0
Ryan Barnes hasn’t seen a lot of time with Effingham Post 120’s junior legion team this season, but he showed up in a big way Monday night in a 1-0 win over Dieterich Post 628.
The win kept Effingham’s season alive one more day in the Junior Legion District 23 tournament, as the post will face Salem Post 128 at 5:30 p.m. today for the district’s final spot in the divisional round. Salem Post 128 downed Mt. Vernon Post 141 1-0 in the West Division loser’s bracket, setting up the final with Effingham today.
Newton Post 20 tops Effingham Post 120 7-5 late
Most of the games at the Junior Legion District 23 tournament have seen pitching take control, but the pitchers in Sunday night's Effingham Post 120/Newton Post 20 game faced an uphill battle.
While Brock Mammoser started the game for Post 20 on the hill and struggled, he came through with the biggest hit in the game, putting Newton up for good in a 7-5 win over Effingham.
Dieterich Post 628 eliminates Teutopolis Post 924 3-2
Errors proved to be Teutpolis Post 924's undoing against Dieterich Post 628, as Dieterich's sixth-inning rally in an 3-2 win were boosted by three Teutopolis errors
To lead off the sixth, Trenton Poe reached on an error by Brock Bueker, and came around to score on an infield single by Ryan Radloff with a throwing error on Bueker. Poe was already on third when the ball went in the Teutopolis dugout, awarding Poe home to tie the game.
Bryce McClain followed with an RBI single to score Radloff and put Post 628 up for good. Dieterich scored again on a Briar Schmidt groundout where first baseman Brant Bueker tried to get an inning-ending out at second, but the throw was wild and brought home McClain.
Teutopolis, Deters down Altamont Post 512 2-0
TEUTOPOLIS — Lucas Deters didn't get a ton of run support from his Teutopolis Post 924 teammates, but he didn't need much in a complete-game shutout, and Teutopolis ended Altamont Post 512's season with a 2-0 win Sunday afternoon.
Deters' efforts at the Junior Legion District 23 tournament kept Teutopolis alive in the loser's bracket to face Dieterich Post 628 immediately following the win.
Two-out rally pushes Dieterich to win; Post 628 beats Vandalia Post 95 4-3
Down one with two outs and Vandalia Post 95 ace Zach Schaal coming in in relief, Dieterich Post 628 had a tough task to keep its season alive.
But down 3-2, Cole Hartke and Charlie Thoele laced back-to-back singles to score Briar Schmidt and Flach, respectively, to take a 4-3 lead.
Clayton Campton held the lead in the seventh, striking out two and getting Post 95 in order to keep Dieterich's season alive.
Late Newton rally downs Robinson 4-2
Newton Post 20 rarely had an answer for Robinson Post 69's Brayden Burch, but thanks to a few key Robinson errors, Newton took their District 23 opener 4-2 Friday night.
With the game tied at 1-1 in the bottom of the sixth, Mitch Jansen led off with a walk, followed by Tim Weber reaching on an error by Robinson shortstop Zander Laino and a bunt single by Luke Geier.
Mike Carr came through with a bloop single to center, scoring Jansen to put Newton up 2-1.Burch struck out John Grunloh and Joe Stone, but second baseman Cameron Neese booted a grounder by Mitch Bierman and two more runs scored.
Teutopolis takes down South Central 3-1
Teutopolis Post 924 scored its first run two batters into the game and would never trail from there, holding off late rallies from South Central Post 519 to win 3-1 at the Junior Legion District 23 tournament Friday night.
Post 120 pulls away from Dieterich
A pitcher’s duel between Effingham’s Will Clausius and Dieterich’s Charlie Thoele broke not at the plate, but on the mound.
Tied 0-0 in the bottom of the fifth, Effingham Post 120 got its first run via a bases-loaded, two out balk. The lead would hold up as Post 120’s offense sparked, and Effingham beat Dieterich Post 628 5-0 in the Junior Legion District 23 tournament opener.
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