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.
Football practices kick off Monday
Cumberland took the fields early Monday morning, but even with Effingham and Newton practicing during the afternoon, it was football season in Cumberland, Jasper and Effingham counties.
Monday was the first day teams were allowed to practice after a no-contact week last week, gearing up to the start of football season in just less than three weeks.
All three squads are looking to improve on their 2013 seasons, with Effingham and Newton falling short of the playoffs at 4-5 and Cumberland struggling with a 2-7 record in its final Little Illini Conference season.
Willenborg signs to play at UALR
A foot injury cost Reed Willenborg his freshman season at Lincoln Land College, but may have helped as the former St. Anthony standout signed to play baseball at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
The transfer was made official this week via a press release from UALR.
Collins takes thoroughbred title
On a cloudy day at the Effingham County Fair, several jockeys weathered the muddy track conditions to compete for the thoroughbred racing points championship.
Shane Collins didn't let the dreary conditions hurt his performance as he was able to take home the points championship Friday.
Czachorski: The promise of fall
The last few days here at the Daily News have been a mixture of watching harness racing and endlessly manipulating Google Calendar.
With the fall season approaching, it’s been the time to round up each of the 16 area high schools’ schedules, go to Google and enter each game into each specific day, color-coding it to designate which sport it is and keep my brain from overloading due to sheer volume.
Martin wins second driving championship
For the second time in six years, Darla Martin has claimed the driving championship at the Effingham County Fair’s annual harness races.
The races usually last five days but at least an inch of rain Thursday shortened the action to four days. Race announcer Kurt Becker said the races have been canceled because of rain on only two occasions, once in 1973 and then again in 1977.
Dixon: First day thoughts
As I sit at my desk preparing to write my first story for the Effingham Daily News, I can’t help but look back on how I got to this point.
If I would have been told five years ago I would be a sports reporter at a daily newspaper, there is zero chance I would have believed them. I was never a reporter, I was merely a sports fan that enjoyed to write.
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