Dieterich Post 628 downs Vandalia 5-1
Dieterich Post 628 pitcher Paul Thoele threw a four-hit gem in a 5-1 win, but Vandalia Post 95 coach Steve Dangbar took fans’ attention away from the performance with a spectacle in the fifth inning.
Shelby County holds off Effingham 11-8
McConnell pitched with the comfort of an early 7-0 lead that became 11-2 by the fourth inning. He threw strikes and shut down Post 120’s offense, then Shelby County held on for an 11-8 win.
Comeback falls short for Post 924
Teutopolis Post 924’s offense finally woke up in the ninth inning against St. Joseph-Ogden’s travel team and made a run, but it was too little, too late in a 5-3 loss Tuesday night.
Illinois' Groce headed to Effingham
Illinois head basketball coach John Groce will be in Effingham on Thursday, Aug. 21 for “An Evening With John Groce”.
Czachorski: A's/Cubs trade an A for Chicago
There are basically two ways to look at Friday’s blockbuster trade between the Oakland A’s and the Chicago Cubs that sent Jason Hammel and Jeff Samardzija to Oakland for Addison Russell, Billy McKinney and Dan Straily.
Number one, from the Cubs side, they just nabbed a top-10 prospect in baseball and continued putting together a group of prospects so impressive it makes one’s heart fill with glee.
The other is that, oh look, the hapless Cubs traded away two of their best four players from this season and now are continuing a cycle that hasn’t yielded them a World Series, insert something about “the curse”, etc.
Eye on the prize; Windsor/Stew-Stras' Vonderheide returns from injury, named EDN Player of the Year
With a renewed focus on training for his senior season, Vonderheide took the area by storm, cutting his already miniscule 0.93 ERA by more than half a run and improving every other major statistic across the board.
The Blue Devils (28-9) made it back to the Super-Sectional round in the spring, Vonderheide finished 9-1 with a 0.44 ERA and is the 2014 Effingham Daily News All-Area Player of the Year. Pursuing goals has always been Vonderheide's style, as he was named All-State for the second year running as well.
McNamee: Coaches wielding too much power
Coaching is still the most popular avenue athletes take at the end of their playing careers.
They trade in their uniforms for Dockers and clipboards, and move to the sidelines to coach up the next generation. Putting on the headset, calling the plays and giving the signs is still the most common path to a stable retirement – even better than the latest trends involving television analysis and suing a league.
But the grace period between retiring and hiring is now far too short, especially for head coaches and especially in the NBA.
Wolff leads Post 512 in shutout win
Klaiton Wolff’s stellar summer season for Altamont Post 512 continued on Monday.
Dieterich Post 628 smacked only one ball through the infield against Wolff, who shut them down in a one-hit performance to lead Altamont to a 5-0 win.
Indians never led better; Altamont ace Deidre Ledbetter named EDN Player of the Year
Deidre Ledbetter’s glove was worn out.
It was comparatively old given the shelf life of most mitts and the workload she put it through — Ledbetter started using it as a freshman on the Altamont softball team.
It’s a beat-up piece of leather with a lot of mileage, including the 183 innings this season, a similar total last season and her pitch counts for the Mattoon Pride every summer. A lot of riseballs and screwballs came out of her glove in the last three or four years.
It was the glove she used during a stellar 2014 campaign where her team won it all, a season where she was named the Effingham Daily News All-Area Player of the Year.
Indians look to retool without Deters
Much of it looks the same, but the missing piece still hanging over Neoga's head is Jillian Deters.
One of the Indians' most accomplished scorers graduated, leaving a void in the middle of the paint, but head coach Kim Romack's team is showing no signs of falling off.
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