Category: Local Sports

Effingham Post #120 goes 1-3 in Mattoon tourney

The Effingham Senior American Legion Post #120 baseball team competed in the Mattoon Firecracker Classic and went 1-3 over two days. Post #120 opened tournament play Friday with a 6-5 win over Decatur, followed by a 3-1 setback...

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Ttown Junior Legion wins two over Effingham

Mitch Hardiek and Brock Deters delivered RBI singles to help Teutopolis Junior Legion Post #924 win the opener and then took advantage of a costly throwing error to rally in the nightcap to complete the sweep over Effingham...

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Heaters in action

The Effingham County Heaters 15U baseball team played a total of four games Thursday and Friday and split them. They opened with a nine-hit attack Thursday night and posted a 10-5 victory over the ISA Stars Black. The Heaters...

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Messages delivered at Shoes’ Welcome Home Ceremony

By Steve Raymond News Report Staff A “Welcome Home Reception” is certainly nothing new in Teutopolis. But in addition to the many people that are thanked, there is generally some type of message to take away from the ceremony....

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Teutopolis tennis team ninth at state

They play more than just basketball and baseball in Teutopolis. They also play tennis. And they play it very well. The Wooden Shoes made a fine showing in the IHSA State Tournament, finishing ninth overall in the team standings...

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Hull, Jackson lead Hearts to 15-5 win over Dieterich

Mason Hull went 4-for-5 with three RBI and Cooper Jackson was a perfect 3-for-3 with four runs driven in, leading the Effingham Hearts to 15-5 decision at home over Dieterich. Hull was only a double shy of the cycle, finishing...

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Shoes blast Flora, 10-1

Ethyn Dust pitched six strong innings, Jackson Goeckner drove in three runs and the Teutopolis Wooden Shoes used a pair of four-run innings to post a 10-1 victory at home Friday over Flora. The Wolves got two of their hits and...

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WSS downs Lady Hearts 12-2

Calla Roney didn’t need any help, but the Effingham Lady Hearts were in the giving mood Friday. The Lady Hearts committed 13 errors that helped Windsor/Stew-Stras score 11 unearned runs, en route to a 12-2 softball victory in...

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Shelbyville scores in 7th to beat Lady Bulldogs

Shelbyville took advantage of two errors to push across a run in the seventh inning Monday afternoon and come away with a 3-2 softball win at St. Anthony. After the two errors gave the Lady Rams a good scoring opportunity,...

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Lady Shoes blank CHBC 11-0

Emma Beckman and Alli Brumleve combined to throw a one-hitter and Lauren Hemmen drove in four runs, helping the Teutopolis Lady Shoes post an 11-0 shutout at home Monday over Cowden Herrick/Beecher City. Beckman pitched three...

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Bulldogs score early, beat Robinson

St. Anthony struck quickly Friday afternoon, scoring four runs in the opening inning and made those stand as the Bulldogs posted a 5-3 victory at Robinson. The first four batters reached base for SAHS. Austin Kline led things...

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Shoes beat Greenville, 4-1

Jackson Goeckner had a pair of hits and two RBI and Lee Hardiek and Eric Kremer combined to throw a four-hitter, helping the Teutopolis Wooden Shoes post a 4-1 decision at home Friday over Greenville. After the Comets scored in...

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Hearts score early, beat Altamont 8-2

The Effingham Hearts broke on top early, en route to an 8-2 win Friday at home over Altamont. The Hearts scored twice in both the first and second innings and added three more tallies in the third to open a 7-0 lead. In that...

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Lady Bulldogs get 11 hits in 12-4 victory

The St. Anthony Lady Bulldogs banged out 11 hits, had an eight-run inning and got a complete game on the mound, en route to a 12-4 win Thursday at Neoga. Sydney Gibson was 3-for-3 at the plate, while Jessica Coffin, Katie Kabbes...

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Lady Shoes lose 11-1 to Mt. Zion

Mt. Zion took an early lead and rolled to an 11-1 softball win Friday at Teutopolis. The Lady Braves scored twice in the opening inning, added three more in the second, one in the third and four in the fourth to build a 10-0...

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THS girls do well at Top Times meet

The Teutopolis Lady Shoes participated in five events Friday at the Class 1A Illinois Top Times meet, held at the Shirk Center on the campus of Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington. Individuals and relay teams that turned...

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EHS girls second in track meet

The Effingham girls hosted a quadrangular track meet and finished second in the four-team field. Mt. Zion won the meet with seven first-place finishes and 95 points. The Lady Hearts won six events and finished second with 74...

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EHS boys win track triangular

The Effingham boys won 12 events, en route to a triangular track victory at home over Mt. Zion and Marshall. Tyler Marschewski, Kody Line and Terrence Hill each won two individual events, helping the Hearts accumulate 96 points....

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Shoes lose to Mt. Carmel in sectional championship

By Steve Raymond News Report Staff It was a typical Teutopolis-Mt. Carmel basketball game. It was two good teams battling from the opening tip to the final possession. In the end, it was a 7-0 scoring run in the final two...

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T-Town beats Eldorado in sectional opener

By Steve Raymond News Report Staff It’s the postseason. Survive and advance. That’s what matters most. The Teutopolis Wooden Shoes did, in fact, survive. They missed six straight free throws and turned the ball over four times...

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Hearts fall in regional championship

The Effingham Hearts basketball season came to a close Friday night with a 76-45 setback to Champaign Central in the championship game of the Paris Class 3A Regional. The Hearts won four of their last five games and finished...

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Lady Shoes beat Eureka; finish third in Class 2A

By Steve Raymond News Report Staff Laurie Thompson’s instructions for Claire Bushur were simple. “Grab as many rebounds as you can.” The sophomore responded in a big way, turning in a double-double, game-changing performance and...

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Lady Shoes program built on tradition of defense

By Steve Raymond News Report Staff Offense wins games. Defense wins championships. That’s been the motto for the Teutopolis girls basketball program for more than 30 years. It started when Dennis Koester took over the reins of...

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Shoes beat Eldorado; advance to sectional final

By Steve Raymond News Report Staff It’s the postseason. Survive and advance. That’s what matters most. The Teutopolis Wooden Shoes did, in fact, survive. They missed six straight free throws and turned the ball over four times...

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Lady Hearts fall in super sectional

By Steve Raymond News Report Staff It was exactly the type of game Jeff Schafer expected. He knew it would be a low-scoring, defensive struggle. But he didn’t anticipate his team missing seven layups, giving up several offensive...

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Bulldogs season ends in sectional opener

By Steve Raymond News Report Staff A basketball era is over at St. Anthony. But it won’t be forgotten any time soon. In the final five minutes of their season, this senior-lead team showed a grit and determination that made...

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Shoes capture Casey-Westfield regional crown

Casey-Westfield likes to shoot threes and pile up the points. And that formula resulted in 24 wins this season. But not Friday night. The Teutopolis Wooden Shoes turned in a stellar defensive effort, limiting the Warriors to...

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Bulldogs win Vandalia Regional

Cody Rincker now has some experience managing a recovery ward. With one player recovering from sickness, another battling the flu bug and yet another nursing an injured ankle, it was certainly a case of the “walking wounded”...

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EHS boys win regional opener

Ryan Sandifer, Mason Hull and Landon Wolfe all buried 3-pointers in the opening quarter Monday night and the rout was on. Those threes helped the Effingham Hearts build an early lead, en route to a dominating 63-33 victory over...

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Lady Shoes headed to state tournament

By Steve Raymond News Report Staff Stifling. Suffocating. Smothering. Each of those words accurately describes the defensive effort turned in by the Teutopolis Lady Shoes Monday night. That defense made it tough to even find a...

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Lady Hearts advance to sectional final

The Effingham Lady Hearts are headed to the sectional championship. They scored the final five points of the game, held Rochester scoreless for the final four minutes and posted a hard-fought 42-38 win Tuesday night at the...

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Bulldogs survive regional scare

By Steve Raymond News Report Staff As the final seconds ticked off the clock Tuesday night, the St. Anthony fans let out a collective sigh. The top-seeded Bulldogs were expected to have an easy time against Sullivan, a team they...

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THS boys open regional play with a win

Teutopolis jumped out to a quick lead and rolled to an 82-51 win at home Friday night over Madison. The Shoes got a balanced scoring attack to close out the regular season in style. T-Town led 19-10 after eight minutes and 38-22...

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Teutopolis girls win sectional opener

By Steve Raymond News Report Staff Coaches love it when their team follows the game plan. For 16 minutes Monday night, the Teutopolis Lady Shoes did exactly that. “After we scouted Mt. Carmel, we thought we could go after their...

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Bulldogs get big win on Senior Night

By Steve Raymond News Report Staff It was a special group of seniors that walked off The Enlow Center court for the final time Tuesday night. For the 55th time in the past two years, they did so as winners. And this time, they...

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Lady Shoes notch 9th straight regional championship

By Steve Raymond News Report Staff Offensive rebounding in the second half, clutch fourth-quarter free throw shooting and the overall play of Marianna Hemmen carried the Teutopolis Lady Shoes to a 52-40 victory Thursday night...

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Lady Hearts clinch conference title

The Effingham Lady Hearts faced a daunting task the final week of the regular season. They faced three straight opponents with 20-plus wins. The first two were at Charleston and Lincoln and the championship of the Apollo...

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Hearts fall; Lincoln’s defense the difference

By Steve Raymond News Report Staff Clamping down on defense. You hear coaches talk about that all the time. Teams that can do it are generally successful. That’s exactly what Lincoln did in the second half Friday night. In fact,...

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Lady Hearts clinch share of Apollo Conference

By Steve Raymond News Report Staff It was just another ho-hum Effingham-Charleston girls basketball game. Wrong. As usual, when these two teams get together, it was memorable. Had it been on ESPN, they would probably be calling...

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Bulldogs post 53-50 win over Wooden Shoes

By Steve Raymond News Report Staff The Cross Creek Rivalry is alive and well. The Teutopolis Wooden Shoes have dominated this series in recent years. But the St. Anthony Bulldogs served notice Friday night that might not be the...

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Lady Hearts to play in Rantoul Regional

The Effingham Lady Hearts will enter postseason play in the Class 3A Rantoul Regional. The regional will open Monday night. Urbana will play Tolono and Champaign Central will take on Rantoul. The Lady Hearts, seeded No. 2, will...

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Hearts return to action with big win

The 10-day layoff didn’t hurt the Effingham Hearts at all. The Hearts, who hadn’t played a game since January 26 at Mt. Zion, used a 20-8 surge to build a nice halftime lead and went on to post a 63-45 Apollo Conference win at...

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Lady Shoes beat Bloomington Central Catholic

The Teutopolis Lady Shoes struck quickly. They raced to a 14-2 lead, stretched it to 32-9 and halftime and rolled to a 56-39 victory Friday night over Bloomington Central Catholic. The game was played at Parkland College in...

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Bulldogs beat South Central

The St. Anthony Bulldogs built a quick double-digit lead and rolled to a 71-36 victory Tuesday night at South Central. Cade Walsh and Alex Deters both scored seven points in the first quarter, as the Bulldogs raced to a 22-12...

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2 EHS wrestlers headed to sectional

Brandon and Tyler Marschewski finished first and second, respectively, in their weight classes and will represent the Effingham at the sectional wrestling meet. Brandon Marschewski went 3-0 to win the 145-pound class Saturday at...

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Bulldogs repeat as NTC Tournament champs

By Steve Raymond News Report Staff Was this déjà vu? All over again? When Dieterich’s Ryan Radloff put up a 3-pointer in the closing seconds Saturday night, it was reminiscent of the Dieterich-St. Anthony game on December 15. On...

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Joke proves beneficial in Lady Hearts win over T-Town

By Steve Raymond News Report Staff The Teutopolis Lady Shoes had just trimmed a one-time, 18-point lead to 7 to open the fourth quarter. Effingham Coach Jeff Schafer saw his team miss its first three shots and turn the ball over...

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Girls Class 2A regional to open

St. Anthony and Teutopolis will both compete in the Vandalia Class 2A Girls Regional. The Lady Bulldogs, seeded 9th, will play 11th-seeded Shelbyville at 7 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 5. The Lady Shoes, the regional’s top seed, will...

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Lady Bulldogs win on Senior Night

The St. Anthony Lady Bulldogs celebrated Senior Night in winning style Monday, posting a 49-43 win over North Clay. St. Anthony led throughout and owned a 15-point advantage at one time. North Clay got back within three in the...

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Three-point shooting helps Shoes to win

The Teutopolis Wooden Shoes made nine 3-pointers, en route to a 67-56 win at home Friday night over Breese Mater Dei. Ian Addis made all three of his threes in the opening quarter, helping THS take an 18-11 lead. Eric Kremer...

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Mt. Zion defeats Hearts

Mt. Zion used big second and fourth quarters Friday night to post a 72-44 win at home over Effingham in an Apollo Conference contest. The Hearts led 15-11 after eight minutes, but the Braves went on a 22-11 scoring surge to take...

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Lady Shoes roll over Mattoon

Macy Michels scored 10 first-quarter points, the Teutopolis girls jumped to a 22-3 lead and then rolled to a 53-26 win at home over Mattoon. The Lady Shoes also outscored Mattoon 17-5 in the third quarter to expand their lead to...

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Lady Hearts beat Mt. Zion

The Effingham Lady Hearts completed their “10 games in 13-days” stretch with a 45-29 win at home Saturday over Mt. Zion. EHS went 9-1 in those games with its only loss being a last-second one-point setback to Lincoln. The Lady...

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Lady Hearts go 5-0; win round robin

By Steve Raymond News Report Staff It’s not a good sign when a team misses its first 13 shots. And that’s exactly what happened to Greenville Friday night. Effingham’s man-to-man defense stifled the Lady Comets early. As a...

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Shoes prevail in close game over Effingham

By Steve Raymond News Report Staff What do you call a game in which neither team led by more than six points? A game that saw the lead change hands 15 times? A game that wasn’t decided until the final 30 seconds? That’s easy. A...

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Lady Bulldogs finish 2nd in NTC tourney

By Brian Nielsen For The News Report Two-time defending champion Efffingham St. Anthony tried to embrace the new role as underdog. “We said instead of the hunted, we get to be the hunter,” coach Bart Wiedman said....

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Bulldogs open NTC Tournament with win

By Steve Raymond News Report Staff It took just eight seconds for North Clay to commit its first turnover. By halftime, the Cardinals had committed 15 more. That’s never a good sign. The pressure defense by St. Anthony was...

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St. Anthony No. 1 seed in NTC boys tourney

The St. Anthony Bulldogs were named the No. 1 seed in the 83rd annual National Trail Conference Basketball Tournament. The tourney will open Monday, Jan. 22, and continue through Saturday, Jan. 27. All games will be played at...

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Bulldogs post impressive win over Breese Mater Dei

In one of their best performances of the season, the St. Anthony Bulldogs posted an impressive 57-47 win at home Friday night over Breese Mater Dei. “It’s definitely up there,” St. Anthony coach Cody Rincker said. “Anytime you...

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Shoes fall to St. Joe-Ogden

By Steve Raymond News Report Staff The opponents continue to change, but the challenges for Teutopolis remain the same. Too many turnovers, too many missed free throws and allowing too many offensive rebounds continue to plague...

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Lady Hearts dominate round robin opener

It didn’t figure to be much of a game. The Effingham Lady Hearts had only lost one game and the Centralia Annies had just one win. And like good teams should do, the Lady Hearts took control immediately. They used a 20-0 scoring...

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Lady Hearts look rusty, but roll to win

By Steve Raymond News Report Staff The Effingham Lady Hearts hadn’t played a game in 15 days and it showed. Especially on the offensive end. But despite showing some rust in their shooting, the Lady Hearts’ defense didn’t show...

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Lady Shoes beat Belleville West

The Teutopolis Lady Shoes opened play in the Scott Credit Union Highland Girls Basketball Tournament in impressive fashion Saturday, posting a 59-47 win over Belleville West. The tournament is being played in Highland. The Lady...

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Hearts fall to Mahomet-Seymour

With about 90 seconds left in the third quarter, the Effingham Hearts were in pretty good shape. They owned a five-point lead, 43-38, and were playing well. But the Mahomet-Seymour Bulldogs then proved why they are sitting atop...

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Lady Bulldogs win NTC opener

The St. Anthony Lady Bulldogs opened play in the National Trail Conference Tournament with a 56-42 win over Windsor/Stew-Stras Monday afternoon in Beecher City. That win earned the Lady Bulldogs a berth in the semifinals where...

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THS girls basketball program recognized

The Teutopolis girls basketball program was recognized as just one of two in the state of Illinois that has recorded more than 1,000 wins during its history. Steve Allen, a member of the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association...

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Wooden Shoes rout JV team, 101-35

By Steve Raymond News Report Staff It wasn’t what Teutopolis was expecting. It wasn’t what officials of the St. Anthony Shootout were expecting either. What everyone was expecting was a match-up between the varsity basketball...

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Bulldogs on fire in 69-43 win over Olney

By Steve Raymond News Report Staff It’s difficult to beat a team that shoots 63 percent. Just ask the East Richland Tigers. The St. Anthony Bulldogs blistered the nets Saturday night, en route to a 69-43 win over the Olney...

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NTC boys tourney tickets on sale

Tickets for the National Trail Conference Boys Basketball Tournament will go on sale Tuesday, Jan. 16. Tickets for the entire tournament will be available beginning at 9 a.m. that day for season ticket holders only. On...

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Lady Shoes drop first game to Breese Central

By Steve Raymond News Report Staff After the Lady Shoes’ 55-point win over Salem earlier in the week, Teutopolis coach Laurie Thompson said she was looking forward to her team facing better competition. That started Saturday and...

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Sadie Bueker’s 34 leads Lady Shoes past Salem

By Steve Raymond News Report Staff Sadie Bueker has been in a bit of a shooting slump lately. “She’s been dipping her shoulder, which has caused her to be streaky,” Teutopolis Lady Shoes Coach Laurie Thompson noted. Well, the...

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Lady Bulldogs beat Shelbyville

The St. Anthony Lady Bulldogs jumped out to a 20-5 lead and never looked back, rolling to a 61-20 victory at home over Shelbyville. The Lady Bulldogs combined strong defense and a balanced scoring attack to expand their lead...

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Hearts rally to beat Mt. Zion, 68-62

By Steve Raymond News Report Staff Temperatures might have been frigid on the outside Friday night, but the atmosphere inside the Effingham High School gymnasium was red hot. Especially in the final 7:50 when the Hearts rallied...

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Shoes third in Christmas Classic

By Steve Raymond News Report Staff Lee Hardiek hit a short jumper to put Teutopolis on top and Dawson Smith made a free throw in the final seconds to secure a 53-51 win over Northwest Academy of Law Friday night in the third...

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Lady Hearts second in Charleston tourney

By Steve Raymond News Report Staff Charleston jumped out to a 9-0 lead, led by as many as 20 points and then withstood a furious comeback by the Effingham Lady Hearts to post a 67-57 win Friday night in the championship game of...

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Bulldogs defend title in Vandalia

The St. Anthony Bulldogs were the top seed in the Vandalia Holiday Tournament and proved why, The Bulldogs rolled over five straight opponents, including a 49-38 victory Friday night over Flora in the final game, sending St....

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Effingham boys sixth in tourney

By Steve Raymond News Report Staff Two minutes into the third quarter, the Effingham Hearts looked to have things rolling. Landon Wolfe hit a jumper and Mason Hull added three points to give Effingham the first five points of...

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Lady Shoes capture Merry Mule championship

For the second straight year, the Teutopolis Lady Shoes brought home the championship trophy of the Merry Mule Tournament in Fairfield. They secured the title with a 61-21 win over Flora to finish the tourney with a 4-0 record....

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Lady Bulldogs go 1-4 in holiday tourney

The St. Anthony Lady Bulldogs finished 1-4 in the Mattoon Girls Holiday Basketball Tournament. St. Anthony opened with a 39-36 win over Vandalia. The Lady Bulldogs opened a 15-8 lead after the first period, was still on top by...

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Lady Shoes open tourney with two wins

The Teutopolis Lady Shoes opened play in the Merry Mule Holiday Tournament Tuesday and did so in impressive fashion. The Lady Shoes first beat Edwards County, 55-39, and then posted a 57-37 decision over Murphysboro. THS opened...

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Bulldogs open holiday tourney with two wins

The top-seeded St. Anthony Bulldogs were not challenged Tuesday afternoon in their opening-round game of the 46th annual Vandalia Holiday Tournament. St. Anthony shot out to a 29-5 lead and coasted to a 98-37 decision over...

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Hearts drop 56-50 battle to Mahomet-Seymour

By Steve Raymond News Report Staff Rem Woodruff called his team grinders that refused to give up. It was the perfect description of Friday night’s game at home against Mahomet-Seymour. The talented Bulldogs did post a 56-50 win,...

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TJHS 8th graders send Fritcher out a champion

By Steve Raymond News Report Staff Just two games into the 2017 season, Steve Fritcher was a bit skeptical. The Teutopolis eighth grade girls were 1-1 on the young season and not playing well. “I put in a new offensive scheme...

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Shoes hang on; notch 1,823rd program win

By Steve Raymond News Report Staff After being recognized as one of the winningest boys basketball programs in the state, the Teutopolis Wooden Shoes almost let yet another ‘W’ get away. The Illinois Basketball Coaches...

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Bulldogs dominate CHBC, 71-25

By Steve Raymond News Report Staff So what do you tell your team at halftime when they’re ahead 39-9? That’s the situation St. Anthony Coach Cody Rincker faced Tuesday night. After 16 minutes of play, the Bulldogs led...

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Hull’s late basket gives Hearts to 52-50 win

Mason Hull’s jumper with 5.8 seconds to play gave the Effingham Hearts a 52-50 victory at home Tuesday night over the Olney Tigers. The game was close most of the way. The Hearts led 13-9 after the first period, 29-24 at...

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3rd quarter lifts Hearts to win over Mattoon

By Steve Raymond News Report Staff Rem Woodruff said the beginning of the second half was “a moment of truth.” The Effingham Hearts were playing their Apollo Conference opener on their home floor Friday night, but trailed...

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Lady Shoes improve to 9-0 with win over Pana

The Teutopolis Lady Shoes stayed undefeated by posting a 53-41 win at Pana. The Lady Shoes led 12-5 after the first period, stretched their advantage to double digits at halftime, 27-14, and maintained control the rest of the...

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St. Anthony girls lose to Altamont

The St. Anthony Lady Bulldogs continue to play good defense, but also continue to have difficulty scoring. Such was the case Monday night when St. Anthony dropped a 31-20 decision at home to Altamont. St. Anthony held a 5-2 lead...

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THS boys beat Breese Central

Teutopolis used a big second quarter and a balanced scoring attack to post a 58-53 win Friday night at Breese Central. The host Cougars jumped out to a 20-15 lead after eight minutes, but the Shoes came surging back in the...

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Laurie Thompson collects 300th win

By Steve Raymond News Report Staff Laurie Thompson was never really into dolls or frilly things. She always wanted to be a basketball player. She was part of the first girls team at Teutopolis Junior High. She then enjoyed a...

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Bulldogs return to winner’s circle in tourney

By Steve Raymond News Report Staff The last time St. Anthony won its own Thanksgiving Tournament, most of the players on this year’s team were just four or five years old. That was in 2005. Well, the Bulldogs ended that 12-year...

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Bulldogs hold off Hearts to reach tourney finals

By Steve Raymond News Report Staff Cody Rincker admitted it was a weird way to end the game. With the St. Anthony Bulldogs owning a four-point lead and just four seconds to play, the outcome was all but decided. But a Bulldogs...

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Lady Hearts dominate Newton Tournament

By Steve Raymond News Report Staff What do 36, 30, 31 and 33 all have in common? Those are the margins of victory for the Effingham Lady Hearts in their four games at the Bob Kerans Girls Basketball Tournament in Newton. To say...

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T-Town boys capture Capitol Classic championship

Lee Hardiek connected on a 3-pointer to put Teutopolis ahead and then hit a free throw with four seconds to play, helping the Wooden Shoes post a 72-70 overtime win over Mt. Carmel Saturday in the championship game of the...

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Lady Bulldogs finish 5th in Robinson Tournament

The St. Anthony Lady Bulldogs built a first-quarter lead and made that stand up in a 34-29 victory Saturday over Fairfield in their final game of the Robinson Thanksgiving Tournament. Meg Richards scored seven points in the...

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Effingham man murdered in Decatur; suspect arrested

By Herb Meeker News Report Staff An Effingham man was shot and killed by gunfire Saturday night in Decatur and another Effingham resident was wounded, as well, a Decatur Police Sergeant confirmed Monday morning. Todd Daniel...

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THS girls post win over Newton

The Teutopolis Lady Shoes are off to 2-0 start after posting a 60-29 win at home Tuesday night over Newton. After forcing 32 turnovers in a 59-29 win over Sullivan the night before, the THS defensive pressure was at it again....

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Lady Shoes open season with ‘W’

By Steve Raymond News Report Staff With a little more than a minute gone in the second period, Teutopolis was tied with Sullivan. The Lady Shoes had already turned the ball over nine times and had been outplayed to that point....

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All-National Trail Conference volleyball team named

Windsor/Stew-Stras’ Megan Schlechte has been named Most Valuable Player for the National Trail All-Conference Volleyball Team. Schlechte was one of nine girls named to the first team. Two St. Anthony players – Marci Mills and...

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Thanks Hearts for the memories

By Steve Raymond News Report Staff You don’t see 17- and 18-year-old boys crying very often. It takes something either really bad or really special to conjure up that type of emotion. But as the final seconds ticked down and the...

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Annual Hoop Shoot set for December 9

The Effingham Elks Lodge #1016 will host their 46th annual “Hoop Shoot” on Saturday, Dec. 9, at Effingham High School. This is the 15th year the “Hoop Shoot” will be held at EHS. Doors will open at 10...

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Lady Shoes finish 20th at state cross country meet

The Teutopolis Lady Shoes made a strong showing at the IHSA Class A Girls State Cross Country Meet, held Saturday at Detweiller Park in Peoria. THS finished with 484 points. Tolono Unity won the Class A championship with 108...

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THS season basketball tickets on sale

Reserved Gold Seat tickets for the upcoming boys varsity/junior varsity basketball season may be picked up in the Teutopolis High School office during school hours through December 1. Gold Seat tickets are $35 each. Any tickets...

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Teutopolis girls headed to state cross country meet

The Teutopolis Lady Shoes are headed to the IHSA Class 1A Girls State Cross Country Meet. The state meet will be Saturday at Detweiller Park in Peoria. The Class 1A girls race will begin at 9 a.m. They earned a state berth by...

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Hearts open playoffs with 48-21 win over Manteno

By Steve Raymond News Report Staff Just moments after Saturday afternoon’s game, Effingham Coach Brett Hefner was congratulating his team on a playoff win. “Welcome to the Sweet Sixteen,” he told them. But he also pointed at...

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Hearts prepared to face high-powered Highland

By Steve Raymond News Report Staff Explosive. That’s how Effingham Coach Brett Hefner describes Highland’s offense. And after a quick glance at the Bulldogs’ season statistics, it’s the right word. Led by senior quarterback...

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This group of EHS seniors is special

By Steve Raymond News Report Staff Special. That’s the word Coach Brett Hefner uses most often to describe the 19 seniors on his Effingham Flaming Hearts football team. He could have also used words like dedicated, determined...

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Hearts rebound from slow start to beat Salem 48-15

By Steve Raymond News Report Staff This wasn’t the way it was supposed to go. Effingham was highly favored over a 2-6 Salem team. It was Senior Night and everybody knew that a win would undoubtedly clinch a first-round home game...

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Hearts clinch Apollo Conference championship

By Steve Raymond News Report Staff The Effingham Flaming Hearts weren’t in the mood to share. In fact, they were just down right selfish. After all, the conference football title was on the line and they wanted it all to...

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Levitt named MVP of National Trail Conference

Effingham senior Adam Levitt was named Most Valuable Player to top the National Trail All-Conference Baseball selections. Levitt had an outstanding fall season and helped the Bulldogs to a 21-4 record and the NTC Tournament...

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Hearts continue to roll; blank Charleston 28-0

By Steve Raymond News Report Staff Winning the conference title and qualifying for the playoffs. Those are two goals virtually every high school football team strives for. The Effingham Hearts have now clinched one of those...

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Bulldogs win 4th straight NTC Tournament title

By Steve Raymond News Report Staff Following St. Anthony’s narrow opening-game win in the National Trail Conference Tournament, Kenny Koenig was concerned. “Brownstown/St. Elmo gave us a real scare,” the St. Anthony baseball...

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Hearts pound Mahomet-Seymour

By Steve Raymond News Report Staff When the season began, nobody was quite sure what to expect from this Effingham football team. And that didn’t change after a season-opening loss at Breese Mater Die. But then things began to...

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Hearts rout Macomb, 40-0

By Steve Raymond News Report Staff It was supposed to be a lopsided game. And it was. Effingham scored on its first five possessions and added another touchdown on a fumble return – all in less than 13 minutes of action. The...

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Becker elected into Hall of Fame

The U.S. Harness Writers Association has announced that Carl Becker has been elected to the Communicators Corner of harness racing’s Hall of Fame. Becker, of Altamont, called his first race professionally in July of 1964...

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Shoes end fall season on 18-game win streak

By Steve Raymond News Report Staff The bottom of the order proved to be perfect table setters for Teutopolis. Dawson Smith, Jared Bloemer and Collin Kreke, the No. 7, 8 and 9 hitters, combined for three hits, two walks, a key...

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Hill sets career rushing record at Effingham

Bob Devall had an outstanding football career at Effingham High School. He was a member of the Hearts football team for three seasons – 1970-71-72. During that time, EHS was a powerhouse, posting a 26-1 record and winning the...

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Hearts dominate home opener, 63-14

By Steve Raymond News Report Staff What a great home opener. Most importantly, the state-ranked Effingham Flaming Hearts notched their third straight win and stayed unbeaten in the Apollo Conference, throttling Lincoln 63-14...

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Belleville Althoff wins volleyball classic

Belleville Althoff won five matches over two days and captured the championship of the 26th annual BSN Crossroads Classic Volleyball Tournament, played at multiple sites Friday and Saturday in Effingham. The Lady Crusaders...

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Hearts take early control of Apollo

By Steve Raymond News Report Staff Hey, Effingham! Are you ready for some football? After three straight road games to open the 2017 season, the Effingham Hearts will finally have the opportunity to wear their home uniforms...

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Unbelievable comeback by Hearts

By Steve Raymond News Report Staff Unbelievable. Coach Brett Hefner used that word about 15 times during his post-game interview Friday night. But after what transpired in Taylorville, it was absolutely the right word. For the...

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Hearts comeback falls short, 27-26

By Steve Raymond News Report Staff For the final 27 minutes Friday night, the Effingham Hearts were a dominant football team. They ran off 52 plays, compared to Breese Mater Dei’s 26, out-gained the Knights 287-46 in yardage and...

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Shoes win Wooden Bat Tourney

By Steve Raymond News Report Staff The crack of the bat. That’s something you don’t hear much anymore, especially in high school baseball where aluminum bats are used exclusively. But that sound from years past was in the air...

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Large senior class will lead Hearts football

By Steve Raymond News Report Staff Prior to the start of the 2016 season, Effingham football coach Brett Hefner had lofty expectations. But too many big plays allowed on defense, not enough big plays made on offense and some key...

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Brian Shouse — a desire to succeed

By Steve Raymond News Report Staff Brian Shouse has been involved with professional baseball since 1990. But when asked about some of his favorite memories, however, his thoughts quickly returned to his hometown of Effingham. He...

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Nick Gardewine: “I believe I can make it”

By Steve Raymond News Report Staff Nick Gardewine was expecting a call, so when the phone rang, he wasn’t surprised. But when he answered, it wasn’t the voice he was expecting to hear. “Boston had shown the most interest in me,”...

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Baseball — 1860s Style

By Steve Raymond News Report Staff When the final striker hit a sky ball for the third hand in the bottom of the seventh round Sunday, it clinched a two-ace victory for the Effingham Skippers, much to the delight of the cranks....

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Rem Woodruff has passion for coaching

By Steve Raymond News Report Staff Fundamentals. That’s what Rem Woodruff is stressing over and over again as he looks ahead to his first season as the head coach of the Effingham Hearts basketball team. “It’s a challenge to...

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