Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

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  • 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”.

    July 8, 2014

  • czachorskimug.jpg 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.

    July 8, 2014 1 Photo

  • CGP_2220.jpg 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.

    July 5, 2014 2 Photos

  • McNamee.jpg 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.

    July 3, 2014 1 Photo

  • 7-1DieterichAltamontLegionmain.jpg 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.

    July 1, 2014 2 Photos

  • CGP_2036.jpg 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.

    June 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • 6-27NeogaSIBC.jpg 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.

    June 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • Teutopolis Post 924 moves to 3-0 at Firecracker

    With player Andy Borries coaching and playing left field, Teutopolis Post 924 moved to 3-0 at the Mattoon Firecracker tournament Thursday with a 7-3 win over Olney Post 30 and a 10-0 win over Robinson Post 69.

    June 27, 2014

  • 6-27TTownSIBC.jpg Lady Shoes reset with summer shootout

    Teutopolis head coach Laurie Thompson normally knew what to expect from her squad last season, eventually finishing third in the state in Class 2A.
    But Madeline Hartke, Cierra Thompson, Haley Giles and Jessica Schumacher are gone and, this summer, the Lady Shoes are feeling some growing pains.
    “We're going through a little bit of figuring out where we're supposed to be and figuring out who is going to step up and take charge,” Thompson said.

    June 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • Errors prove costly for Shelby County

    Marty Mennenga was the complete player on Wednesday.
    The pitcher heading to Parkland College threw a complete game, seven-inning gem, while also hitting a RBI double that started a four run fifth inning in Rantoul Post 287’s 8-1 win over Shelby County Post 289-611-725 at the Mattoon Firecracker tournament.

    June 26, 2014

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