- Stew-Stras' state run The EDN's photos from Stew-Stras' two games this weekend at Redbird Arena in Normal. The Comets took second in the state at the Class 1A tournament, defeating New Athens and falling to defending state champion Keith Country Day. It was the school's best finish since 1986.
Comets' power puts them in state title
NORMAL – Brittani Tabbert was on a mission to bring Stew-Stras to Saturday’s IHSA Class 1A state championship game and she paved the way in the Comets’ two-set semifinal win over New Athens on Friday. The senior almost single-handedly pulled her team
- Comets come up short in state title Second-place finish is best since 1986 NORMAL – They don’t get the steak dinner they wanted, but Stew-Stras head coach Ronda Schlechte said her team will find another way to celebrate its second-place finish at the IHSA Class 1A state tournament. “If we won state, we were going to have st
Ten Hearts honored by Apollo Conference
Effingham’s defense was well-represented on this year’s All-Apollo Conference football team.
Three of the Flaming Hearts’ four first-team selections came on the defensive side of the ball, led by the unanimous selection of linebacker Travis Durbin.
Bulldogs downed by Lions
St. Anthony won six of seven points against undefeated Edwards County between the end of the second set and start of the third, and then the officials changed the game.
Stew-Stras: State bound
The gravity of the moment wasn't lost on Stew-Stras junior Kendall Knop.
Moments after the Comets punched their ticket to their first state tournament since 1995-96 with a 25-20, 24-26, 25-18 win over Liberty, Knop knew what it meant.
It was Anna Sophia Keller’s first time on the state cross country course at Detweiller Park Saturday morning.
A power outage only delayed the St. Anthony standout’s first crack at an IHSA state championship, pushing the race back 30 minutes.
But like every other race Keller has run this year, any side distractions didn’t matter. Keller ran like a seasoned veteran Saturday, winning the Class 1A state championship as a freshman with a time of 16:35.
Comets clinch sectional title, one win from state
This had to be the team, had to be the year Stew-Stras got this far; at least that's what head coach Ronda Schlechte said last year in the aftermath of a season-ending sectional loss to Tri-County.
She said it again Thursday night, only this time with her team passing around an Arcola Sectional championship plaque in the background after beating Arthur-Lovington to win the title.
Bulldogs best Cavaliers for sectional crown
It took a second-set timeout for the St. Anthony Bulldogs to take control of the Class 2A Newton Sectional against Carlinville Thursday.
Stew-Stras advances to sectional title
The Stew-Stras Comets wanted to prove they could beat Tri-County three times in a year, as the Comets did last week against Neoga for the regional championship, and that's exactly what they did at the Class 1a Arcola Sectional on Tuesday.
The Comets swept the Titans in two sets to advance to the sectional championship on Thursday, kick-started by a flawless first set.
Stew-Stras took a commanding lead in the first set, 9-3, controlled the tempo and held an untouched lead until late in the second set. From the first point in the first set, Stew-Stras dominated, winning the match 25-10 and 26-24.
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