Pocrnich eyeing national ATV title; Effingham resident leads Class 16 circuit
Kevin Pocrnich is trying to win a national championship.
The Effingham resident is the top-ranked all-terrain vehicle racers in Class 16 of the Mountain Dew ATV Motocross Championship and is in sixth place in Class 14.
He has won his last three races in Class 16 on the national circuit and leads the standings by 35 points. He’s traveling all over the U.S. for races, sponsored by IC Enterprises.
He’s also 49, going on 50 years old and making an ageless comeback in the sport.
Eleven area players make ICA All-State teams
In total, 11 area players made the All-State teams, with eight making the 1A squads and three making the Class 2A squads overall.
The Class 1A first team included the Altamont battery of pitcher Deidre Ledbetter and catcher Lauren White, while the Class 2A first team featured Teutopolis ace Kadi Borries.
On the second teams, Altamont had twins Madison and Lauren Ohnesorge both make it joined by Cumberland’s Kaylee Carlen, while the 2A team had Anni Borries and Allison Apke representing Teutopolis.
The third team in 1A rounded out the bunch, with Altamont’s Josie Phillips, Stew-Stras/Windsor’s Kendall Knop and Cumberland’s Kyla Thornton making the squads.
Effingham juniors best Shelby County 11-5
It wasn’t a masterpiece for either side, but Effingham Post 120’s juniors moved to 1-1 with a five-inning 11-5 win over Shelby County Posts 289/611/725 at the Mattoon Firecracker tournament Monday.
Shelby County lost its first game 7-6 to Macon County’s second team, while Effingham fell 6-0 to Moultrie-Douglas County to open the tournament early Monday morning.
Effingham, Teutopolis seniors split Legion twinbill
A Neil Williams double put Effingham Post 120 up for good on Saturday afternoon in game one's 7-6 win, but Teutopolis Post 924 turned right around and took the second game of the senior doubleheader 10-1.
Collier, Weis make All-Apollo softball
The Apollo Conference released its All-Conference softball teams this week and a pair of Effingham players landed on the list.
Effingham's Hope Collier earned an All-Apollo first team bid, while teammate Madison Weis earned a spot on the All-Apollo second team.
McNamee: Embiid's injury adds draft intrigue
Here's news: Kansas' Joel Embiid is having foot surgery.
It's OK if you don't know who Joel Embiid is, why foot surgery matters, or that this is an NBA news nugget from Thursday. I don't expect you to know.
But the news of his injury was big for basketball fans who follow the NBA Draft, which is coming up on Thursday night. It shakes up the lottery and brings back sour memories of other college centers with injury issues — like Greg Oden, who almost sat his way to a championship in Miami this season.
Bone, Walker, Hayes named All-Apollo
After a 19-14 campaign and a trip to the regional semifinals, Effingham's baseball team placed three players on the All-Apollo Conference team.
Senior Preston Walker and juniors Braydon Bone and Carter Hayes were all honored, with Walker and Bone being named first team members and Hayes making the second team.
Obstruction call costs Post 120 seniors
A two-out RBI single by Vandalia Post 95’s Quinn Wadkins had already tied the game at 3-3 with Effingham Post 120 in the bottom of the sixth, but what happened moments after decided the game.
Wadkins’ liner was bobbled by Effingham left fielder Devin Mayfield, allowing Ryan Miller to try and take third. He slid in safely and the ball trickled away from Effingham third baseman Clayton Ruckman.
The two became entangled in what appeared to be incidental contact, but Ruckman was called for obstruction at third and Miller was awarded home, putting Vandalia up 4-3.
Czachorski: USA drawing me into World Cup
I’m not really much of a soccer guy; I know the general landscape of the sport in Europe, who’s good, who stinks, etc., but it’s never really caught my fancy.
Minus this glorious month that comes about every four years, with the World Cup in full swing right now.
Newton Post 20 bests Effingham Post 120 juniors
The game could’ve gotten away from pitcher Michael Woltman and Effingham Junior Post 120 quickly, after giving up four runs on four hits and three errors in the top half of the first inning on Thursday.
But Woltman and his teammates hung around and entered the sixth inning with a 4-2 deficit against Newton Post 20. The tight game quickly fizzled away, though, with Newton winning 12-6 in the seven innings that count in nine-inning legion games.
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