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St. Anthony varsity head coach Cody Rincker said he was ‘speechless’ after the game against Central A&M Saturday afternoon. The Bulldog locker room was anything but, as the clamorous celebration erupted out into the main hallway as the Central A&M crowd passed by after witnessing the…

Effingham's Jett Gillum signs his letter of intent to play football at Augustana College in Rock Island, Ill Monday. 

The St. Anthony Bulldogs defeated the Altamont Indians Saturday 62-45 for their fourth consecutive National Trail Conference Championship at Altamont High School.

The Altamont Indians erased a nine-point deficit halfway through the third quarter to come back and defeat the Movin’ Maroons of Dieterich High School 62-50 Friday in the semifinal of the 85th Annual National Trail Conference Tournament.

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Altamont senior Aidan Jahraus scored his 1,000th career point in the third quarter Wednesday evening in a 64-30 win for the Indians over the Hatchets of Windsor/Stewardson-Strasburg at the 85th Annual National Trail Conference Tournament.

St. Anthony senior center Jaccob Dust eclipsed the 1,000 career point mark Tuesday in a 57-28 win over the Eagles of St. Elmo/Brownstown at the 85th Annual National Trail Conference Tournament.

St. Anthony's Jaccob Dust scores his 1,000th career point in a 57-28 win over the St. Elmo/Brownstown Eagles Tuesday evening at the 85th Annual National Trail Conference Tournament at Altamont High School. 

St. Anthony senior center Jaccob Dust eclipsed the 1,000 career point mark Tuesday in a 57-28 win over the Eagles of St. Elmo/Brownstown at the 85th Annual National Trail Conference Tournament.

The Altamont Indians used a combined 49 points from Aidan Jahraus and Kaden Eirhart Tuesday to help defeat the Bobcats of Cowden-Herrick/Beecher City in a National Trail Conference matchup.

The Effingham Flaming Hearts used another double-double performance from Effingham’s Nate Thompson to help defeat the Warriors of Casey-Westfield Saturday, 57-49 at the St. Anthony Shootout.

Neoga senior Trevor Roy found himself routinely double-teamed in the Indians’ contest against Olney Saturday at the 8th Annual St. Anthony Shootout. His teammates weren’t and they made them pay as the Indians beat the Tigers 59-53.

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The Altamont Indians used a strong second-half performance to overcome a double-digit deficit and help defeat the Movin’ Maroons of Dieterich Friday evening 65-51.

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The St. Anthony Lady Bulldogs used a go-ahead layup from Grace Karolewicz with 5.6 seconds remaining to edge the Lady Rams of Shelbyville Thursday 58-56.

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The Altamont boys basketball team (13-1) were tested on the road by the Shelbyville Rams on Tuesday night. The Indians survived with an overtime win, 71-66.

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EFFINGHAM — The Teutopolis Wooden Shoes snagged a 66-57 road victory against cross-county opponents the Effingham Hearts Friday.

The Effingham Knights of Columbus Free Throw Contest will be held on Sunday, January 19. Registration is from 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m. with the free throw shoot starting at 1 p.m. at the Richard E. Workman Sports and Wellness Complex.

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Cowden-Herrick/Beecher City high school girls basketball coach Carolyn Wendte always wanted to coach basketball.

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Newton’ senior guard Allison Harris wasn’t having any part of the cat and mouse game the Eagles and Cowden-Herrick/Beecher City were playing for four quarters that sent their 2019 Dieterich Girls Holiday Tournament championship game into overtime.

Newton’s athleticism, spurred by senior guard Kyle Schafer’s 15 first-half points, outpaced the Eagles over Dieterich, 57-50, in the 2019 Dieterich Holiday Boys Tournament championship game Saturday evening.

Newton’s Kyle Schafer stormed out to 13 first quarter points igniting the Eagles to a 19-6 first quarter lead and 62-39 win over Cowden-Herrick/Beecher City during the 2019 Dieterich Boys Holiday Tournament Friday afternoon.

The Effingham Flaming Hearts notched an impressive win in their opener of the Seventh Annual Effingham/Teutopolis Christmas Classic Thursday, defeating Sacred Heart-Griffin 78-75 in overtime.

St. Anthony had a six point lead at halftime over an injury-depleted Class 2A Pleasant Plains team and saw it slip away in the third quarter to “mental mistakes” according to Bulldog head coach Cody Rincker which cost them the lead and the game to the Cardinals, 52-49 during their opening da…

Oblong ran into a defensive buzzsaw in the first half as Dieterich held the Panthers scoreless for almost eight minutes between the first two quarters to take a 50-13 halftime leading the Moving Maroons to a 76-45 win in the opening game of the 2019 Dieterich Boys Holiday Tournament.

Teutopolis’ Luke Ungrund brings the ball up the court past Bloomington Central Catholic’s Jadyn Ellison during their 77-65 win Friday evening.

Teutopolis’ Evan Wermert high fives head coach Chet Reeder after the Wooden Shoes win over Bloomington Central Catholic 77-75 Friday evening.

The Effingham Flaming Hearts bested the Mattoon Green Wave for the second time in six days Friday with a 76-71 win in Apollo Conference play.

St. Anthony’s Jaccob Dust outstretches Sullivan’s Austin Sims for the ball during the Bulldogs 69-35 win over the Indians at the Enlow Center Friday evening. Chet Piotrowski Jr. photo/Piotrowski Studios

The Bombers of Brownstown/St. Elmo used a well-balanced scoring output to help defeat the Dieterich Lady Maroons Thursday 69-31.

Eight members of the Effingham Flaming Hearts football team were named to the All-Apollo Conference First Team Monday and three to the Second Team.

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X'zavier James Richardson, 9 month old son of Kalib Tyler Richardson and Samantha JoAnne Byers of Marshall, Missouri, died Saturday, February 15, 2020 at Fitzgibbon Hospital in Marshall. Memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, February 21, 2020 at Bethany Baptist Church in Marsh…