The Teutopolis Wooden Shoes used a well-balanced scoring effort in the season opener Tuesday to defeat the Newton Lady Eagles 68-41.

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The Effingham Flaming Hearts defeated Prairie Central Saturday 27-14 to advance to the IHSA Class 4A state semifinal.

The National Trail Conference released its All-Conference list for the season, with Altamont’s Rachel Jackman being named the most valuable player.

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New guidance on concussions shows there isn’t enough solid evidence to answer some of parents’ most burning questions about contact sports. That includes what age is safest to start playing them.

The Altamont Lady Indians’ season came to an end Friday evening after falling to Norris City at the IHSA Class 1A Bridgeport (Red Hill) Super-sectional 21-25, 27-25, 21-25.

After making it to the third round of the IHSA Class 4A Football playoffs last season, the Effingham Flaming Hearts will take Klosterman field with the opportunity to advance to the quarterfinals of the playoffs for the second year in a row after previously not doing so since 1987 when they …

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DIETERICH — Students walking into the classroom of Strasburg native Lindsay Burton at Dieterich Junior-Senior High School are met with colorful math posters, comfortable desks and a bright white board.

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LAKE FOREST, Ill. — The Chicago Bears have four straight losses, a spot at the bottom of their division and little time left to salvage their once-promising season. If Detroit beats them, well, that might stamp out whatever is left.

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The Altamont Lady Indians defeated the Lady Hatchets of Windsor/Stewardson-Strasburg at the IHSA Class 1A Windsor Sectional championship Wednesday 25-16, 25-12 to advance to the Bridgeport (Red Hill) Super-sectional Friday.

The Altamont Lady Indians will meet the Lady Hatchets of Windsor/Stewardson-Strasburg Wednesday for the third time this season after winning both previous meetings.

The Lady Hatchets of Windsor/Stewardson-Strasburg defeated the Cumberland Lady Pirates Monday at the IHSA Class 1A Windsor Sectional semifinal in two sets, 25-13, 25-20 and will take on the Altamont Lady Indians, who came from behind to defeat Tri-County in three sets, 22-25, 25-23, 25-16.

The Newton Eagles fell to Beardstown in the first round of the IHSA Class 3A Football Playoffs Saturday at Beardstown, 31-6.

FISHER --The Pirates of Toledo Cumberland came into Fisher looking to plunder a playoff game from a Bunnies team that beat them in a first-round playoff game last year. It didn’t work out for Cumberland, but the Pirates gave Fisher quite a tussle before falling 26-14.

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The Effingham Flaming Hearts come into the playoffs fresh off a masterful display of offense in a 42-20 win over Freeburg, scoring all 42 points in the first half while averaging 39 points per game.

Effingham quarterback Nate Shackelford and their explosive offense host Breese Central in their Class 4A first-round playoff matchup Saturday afternoon. The Hearts have averaged 39 points per game this season. Chet Piotrowski Jr. photo/Piotrowski Studios

Head coach Jason Fulton feels the Newton Eagles defense is peaking at just the right time. Led linebacker Trenton Hance, the Eagles face Beardstown and their dynamic runner Pascal Guilavogui Saturday in their Class 3A first-round playoff matchup.

Teutopolis’ Carly Michels spikes the ball between Paris’ Lizzie Rouse (left) and Payton Block (right) during their Class 2A Teutopolis Regional semifinal match Tuesday evening. Chet Piotrowski Jr. photo/Piotrowski Studios

The Teutopolis Lady Shoes came up just short in a 18-25, 25-12, 26-22 loss to Paris Tuesday at the IHSA Class 1A Teutopolis Regional semifinal.

The Teutopolis Lady Shoes used an 11-kill performance from Carly Michels to help defeat Sullivan Monday at the IHSA Class 2A Teutopolis regional 25-13, 25-11.

The Newton Eagles football team defeated Marshall Friday 21-18 for the team’s fifth win to secure the winning and season and qualify them to be potentially chosen for the playoffs Saturday night.

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The Effingham Flaming Hearts used a record-tying six touchdown performance from senior Nathan Shackelford on the team’s senior night to top the Freeburg Midgets, 42-20.

Illinois High School Association volleyball regionals are right around the corner, and area teams are gearing up for their first night of action at the net on Monday.

While the pursuit of an undefeated season may be off the table, the Effingham Flaming Hearts football team has a chance to secure a home playoff game with a win over Freeburg Friday night on senior night.

The Altamont Indians defeated the Lady Hatchets of Windsor/Stewardson-Strasburg Saturday 25-11, 25-14 to win the National Trail Conference Tournament Championship.

The Altamont Indians hold the National Trail Conference volleyball trophy Saturday after defeating Windsor/Stewardson-Strasburg.

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The Effingham Flaming Hearts came up short on a second-half comeback attempt Friday, falling to the Mt. Zion Braves 37-23.

The Lady Bulldogs of St. Anthony had split results at the National Trail Conference volleyball tournament Thursday, falling to Altamont 25-8, 27-25 in the first match before defeating North Clay in the second match 25-15, 25-16 to place themselves into the silver pool for Saturday’s play.

For the first time in head girls golf coach Jerry Trigg’s 12-year career as the golf coach, the Effingham Lady Hearts are headed to the state golf tournament Friday after narrowly edging the St. Anthony Lady Bulldogs by two points for the third and final spot to advance.

The seventh-ranked Effingham Flaming Hearts travel to Mt. Zion Friday for a top-ten matchup against the No. 6 Braves. Both teams enter with overall records of 7-0 and 5-0 in the Apollo Conference.

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The Teutopolis Wooden Shoes used a well-balanced scoring effort to defeat the St. Anthony Bulldogs at the IHSA Class 1A Teutopolis Regional semifinal Tuesday 5-0.

The Altamont Indians used an outstanding performance from Noah Teasley to help defeat the St. Anthony Bulldogs 3-2 in eight innings in the National Trail Conference Championship.

The Newton Eagles rolled into a wet and chilly homecoming Friday game looking for a win to put themselves in the drivers seat for a playoff spot.

Flora’s Grant Johnson stiff arms Newton’s Jaxon Barthelme during the first quarter of the Eagles 7-0 loss to the Wolves Friday evening. Chet Piotrowski Jr. photo/Piotrowski Studios

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