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On Tuesday, the Illinois High School Association met with athletic directors around the state and in varying zones to clarify the exact changes and what programs can conduct as many zones have been moved to different status levels.

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The IHSA updated and released its most current information Friday after Governor JB Pritzker announced that certain regions within the state of Illinois are moving back to Tier 2 mitigations.

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Three members of the Altamont High School trap shooting team were awarded medals for their fall trap shooting season during an Alatamont Unit 10 board meeting on Monday.

Back on Dec. 14, the IHSA released a statement stating that, before January, the Illinois High School Association and Illinois Department of Public Health, along with representatives from the Governor’s office would meet to develop a timeline to finalize sports for the remaining seasons.

The Holidays can be hectic for anyone. From doing all of the Christmas shopping, to the thought that goes into the gifts, hosting or going to family’s house or the stress of being around the entire family at once.

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The holidays have deep meaning to people. All for different reasons. Some look forward to the gifts, some look forward to the gathering of family. Some look forward to basketball and holiday tournaments.

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Usually around this time of year, Dieterich athletic director Donetta Ohnesorge is used to the stress that comes with the holidays.

Senior Illinois Wesleyan guard and former Effingham Flaming Hearts legend and EHS Hall of Famer Grant Wolfe made the difficult decision to end his college basketball career.

Whether you know him simply as Tyler, T-Rep, Repking, or the owner of Repking Media, the fact of the matter is Bishop’s Tyler Repking is known almost everywhere he goes.

2020 has been a trying time for everyone. People have lost their jobs as well as any sense of normalcy. But what happens when you’re an independent contractor and the events you were booked for get postponed?

The Illinois PGA Foundation announced the winners of both the Don Pieper Scholarship Award and the 2020 Oscar Miles Scholarship, as well as one of it’s national awards.

A pair of local coaches were included when the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame released its 2021 class that included former Effingham and Louisville head basketball coach Ron Reed, with Teutopolis junior high coach Kent Niebrugge being named in as well.

The stereotype has been heard for decades. Playing video games will turn your brain to mush. However, over the past few years, that old tale has been turned on its head, presenting a new question; instead of melting your brain, can video games actually help mold your brain?

“The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) recognizes that today’s announcement by Governor Pritzker will temporarily pause the IHSA’s winter sports season. We remain optimistic that these new mitigations, coupled with the emergence of a vaccine, will aid in creating participation opportun…

All districts are waiting for further information from the Illinois High School Association (IHSA). The organization has a board meeting scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 19 where more discussion of basketball is expected and action is possible. If IHSA chooses to limit or move the basketball sea…


The Effingham Unit 40 School Board on Monday voted to allow winter season sports, pending any further guidance from the Illinois High School Association (IHSA). This means that boys and girls basketball, swimming, competitive cheer, and scholastic bowl will be played at Effingham High School.

The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Board of Directors held a virtual update session on November 11, 2020, to review recent developments related to the IHSA basketball season ahead of the Board’s regularly scheduled meeting on November 19, 2020.


The Altamont Unit 10 Board of Education on Monday night gave the green light to the 2020-21 girls and boys high school basketball seasons, following guidelines established by the Illinois High School Association.

The Illinois High School Association board has a meeting scheduled Wednesday and more discussion of basketball is expected. Here is the status of basketball in area school districts.

L-R: Lowest Average J.V.- Madison Brummer, Most Improved – Cara Hakman, and Lowest Average Varsity – Macy Ludwig The St. Anthony GIrls Golf team recently held their end of season awards dinner. The team finished their regular season with a 16-0 match record. They won 3 of the 4 tournaments i…

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Altamont senior Brooke Runge made her decision on both her academic and athletic futures Monday when she made the decision to sign with Parkland College.

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The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Board of Directors met for a special board meeting on Wednesday, October 28, 2020, where the Board provided the latest information on the IHSA’s winter sports season.

The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Board of Directors met for its regularly scheduled virtual meeting on Monday, October 19, 2020, where the Board provided a timetable on winter sports decisions, and also voted to provide a one-time accommodation to the IHSA’s Independent Team By-la…

St. Anthony’s Allison Kowalke used a strong serve to overpower and Mattoon’s Emily Stortzum 6-4, 6-0 stifling the Green Wave players strong net game Tuesday afternoon at Community Park.

Altamont’s Jared Hammer knew he hit the ball solid. Fans heard the sophomore hit it solid. It was just a matter if the ball was going to stay fair or if the wind was going to blow the ball past the left field line giving the Indians a 5-4 victory over the visiting St. Anthony Bulldogs in ext…

St. Anthony’s Logan Antrim’s rocky third inning, where he allowed five runs to South Central giving them a 6-3 advantage, would have in the past knocked him out of the game due in part as he said ‘a shaky mental game’. His teammates clawed back scoring two in the top of the fourth, one in th…

St. Anthony’s Connor Roepke just wanted to do something – anything – to make up for the two errors he committed on back-to-back popups against Neoga batters in the top of the second inning of their National Trail Conference tournament game.

Teutopolis’ number 1 doubles team in Macy Probst and Isabella Hemmen showed the Apollo Conference who’s the boss. Probst and Hemmen dispatched Mattoon’s Emily Stortzum and Tess Huene, who were state qualifiers last year, 6-1, 6-2.

Teutopolis Junior High School’s Mollie Ruholl had a game she’ll never forget. The Eighth grader knocked in 6 runs on a 3-for-3 day at the plate, including a solo home run to centerfield as the Wooden Shoes beat Clay City 17-2, for the IESA Class 2A Regional 16 championship Saturday finishing…

Effingham’s Ryley Arend will be the first to tell you she didn’t have a good singles match Tuesday against Mt. Zion’s Allison Bradford at Effingham High School.

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St. Anthony Grade School’s baseball team went into their IESA Class 1A Regional 15 championship game undefeated. The Bullpups used three pitchers to shut out Sacred Heart 6-0 and finish the season 12-0.

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Effingham Junior High School’s softball team avenged an early season loss to Newton by defeating them 8-5 on Saturday in the IESA Class 3A Regional 13 championship game.

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Altamont varsity baseball coach Alan Whitt began walking onto the field towards his pitcher, Bradin Baucum, a second time in the top of the seventh inning against Dieterich Friday afternoon.

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St. Anthony girls golf coach Randy Blake Thursday simply had two words for his girls performance the last two matches.

As we fast approach the advent of the 2020-21 archery deer hunting season, my mind ponders over the vast numbers of hunters that are injured or killed each year in a variety of accidents.

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St. Anthony’s Thomas Chojnicki walked up the 18th fairway at the Effingham Country Club on Tuesday along with his counterpart, Mattoon’s Colton Romine, all square in their singles match.

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St. Anthony’s Seth Hotze throws a pitch in the Bulldogs’ 9-3 win over Brownstown/St. Elmo on Friday afternoon at Paul Smith Field. “I thought we came out from the start and played with what we’ve been trying to preach with some passion and excitement. We still need to work on the middle inni…

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St. Anthony girls and boys golf teams scored wins Wednesday by defeating Altamont and Effingham in a tri-match, 168-219-194 and 156-177-169, respectively.

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SPRINGFIELD – Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Wednesday that he stands behind his decision to prohibit high school football for the fall season amid the COVID-19 pandemic, even as professional and many college leagues have decided to resume play.

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