Did you all get enough turkey and fixings to eat? I certainly did and while I was contemplating Thanksgiving last week and getting ready for a good meal, I was also getting a big dose of basketball in at the Effingham St. Anthony Thanksgiving Tournament.

Talk about a winner of a night Saturday when St. Anthony and Effingham squared off for the championship. The Enlow Center was certainly rocking and at one point I just closed my eyes and listened. Of course I couldn't hear myself think! Alright there may be some out there who say I don't think anyway.

It was an excellent game and both sides of the gym were great supporters of their teams. Congratulations to both teams. You do Effingham proud.

Oh by the way, thanks to the ladies who manned the hospitality room. There was some very good food there and I enjoyed all of it. They were very nice to me and I appreciate it.

Now on to a multitude of news:

Chris Bohnhoff, who last year was wowing the St. Anthony crowd with his three-point prowess, has moved on to compete for Parkland College. The 5-foot-8 freshman hit 83 three-pointers last year for the Bulldogs and averaged 15 points.

He joins eight returning sophomores for Coach Chris Warren whose team went 18-12 last year. The Cobras have had a rocky start with a 1-3 record and will be at Lake Land tonight.

"Chris does an excellent job of including his teammates and is best in the open court," said Warren of Bohnhoff.

Another name you might remember is Katrina Swingler. Swingler was a key member of the Teutopolis High School girls' basketball squad and is now a 6-foot-0 freshman forward playing for Southern Illinois University-Carbondale.

The Salukis were picked sixth in the pre-season poll and are the defending Missouri Valley Conference champions. In the pre-season talk about Swingler, Coach Dana Eikenberg said Swingler is the one freshman she considers the dark horse of the group . . . a post player with good size . . . has a big strong body and big hands and works extremely hard . . . she's not going to stand around and wait for things to happen, she's going to make things happen . . . She will give the Salukis great depth and help continue to build the program.

The Salukis are 1-4 and will meet Austin Peay at Clarksville, Tenn. Wednesday. Also a member of the team is Ellen Young, a graduate of Salem High School.

Stacie Smithson, a Brownstown High School graduate, is competing for the Blackburn College women's basketball program. Smithson is a 5-foot-6 sophomore guard who is a newcomer on the Blackburn squad.

"Staci has shown us exceptional perimeter shooting and she's a sort of combo guard who can play either the one or two-guard spots," said Coach Mike Williams. "She'll give us great scoring off the bench."

Blackburn will play at Trinity International University in Deerfield Wednesday.

Kayla Duncan, was an outside hitter on the Culver-Stockton College volleyball team. The Stewardson-Strasburg High School graduate was third on the team with 247 kills, an average of 2.38 kills per game. She led the Wildcats with 22 service aces and was second on the team with 210 digs. She was named honorable mention on the Heart of America Athletic Conference all-conference team.

Liz West, a graduate of Beecher City High School and Danville Area Community College, is a junior competing for Millikin University on the women's track team.

The women's indoor season opens Saturday at the Illinois Wesleyan Invitational with the full squad gearing up for the March 29 start of the outdoor season. West will contribute in the sprints and relays.

Brittany Robinson, an Altamont High School senior, was named to the Indians Hall of Fame in volleyball. Robinson finished her volleyball campaign with 1,495 career assists with broke a school record of 898. She also holds the single season record at 547 set in 2006, second most single season at 491 in 2005 and fourth most single season at 441 in 2007. The previous record was 442.

She is a three-time most valuable player, three time National Trail All-Conference team member and member of back-to-back regional champions, the only time in school history.

Kristin Kohnert, who is busy playing for the Effingham High School girls' basketball squad right now, was named honorable mention to the Champaign News-Gazette All-State Volleyball Team.

Kohnert, a 5-foot-11, junior was an outside hitter for the Hearts and was named to the Honorable Mention 100.

Other area players that reached the Honorable Mention 100 were Krystine Schnautz, a 6-foot-2 senior middle hitter from Clay City, Sierra Sweeten, a 5-foot-8 senior middle hitter from Lawrenceville, Mackenzie Connelly, a 5-foot-10 junior middle hitter from Casey-Westfield and Clare Whitehead, a 5-foot-4 junior setter from Edwards County (Albion).

Named to the Special Mention 50 was Andrea Knapp, a 5-foot-3 senior setter from Flora.

Pairings were released for the Kessler's Lady Hawk Shootout which will be held Saturday, Dec. 8 at Riverton High School.

Teutopolis will meet Rochester in the varsity shootout at 10:30 a.m. while the junior varsity squad will also take on Rochester at noon.

The full varsity schedule includes: St. Joseph-Ogden vs. Virden at 9 a.m., Oakwood vs. Clinton at noon, Tolono Unity vs. Havana at 1:30 p.m., Riverton vs. U-High at 3 p.m., Pleasant Plains vs. Maroa-Forsyth at 4:30 p.m., Piasa-Southwestern vs. Midwest Central at 6 p.m. and Pana vs. Breese Mater Dei at 7:30 p.m.

The junior varsity schedule includes Clinton vs. Oakwood at 9 a.m., Havana vs. Tolono Unity at 10:30 a.m., Virden vs. St. Joe-Ogden at 1:30 p.m., Midwest Central vs. Piasa Southwestern at 3 p.m., Breese Mater Dei vs. Pana at 4:30 p.m., U-High vs. Riverton at 6 p.m. and Maroa-Forsyth vs. Pleasant Plains at 7:30 p.m.

Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students and seniors citizens.

Millie Lange can be reached at 217-347-7151 ext. 123 or millie.lange@effinghamdailynews.com.


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