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The Salem Wildcats struggled on the offensive end as they fell to Olney 48 to 33.  Salem only managed to break double digits in one quarter and committed 10 turnovers in the loss. 

Salem was led in scoring by Brendan Boles with 9 points; Nic Helm had 8, and Nathan Williams 7.  Olney was paced by Tate Nohren with 16.

The opening quarter in the 4 – 5 game from the Effingham regional was very close.  Salem played well on the defensive end, but struggled to hold onto ball committing 4 turnovers in the quarter.  Senior Nic Helm led the way after one with 4 points and the Cats trailed 7 to 6. 

Salem opened up the 2nd quarter struggling and quickly found themselves down by 6.  However the cats put together a small 4 to 0 run to end the half.  They headed for the locker room down 16 to 14. 

Early in the second half it looked like Salem was ready to cease control.  2 huge 3 pointers by Riley Martin and Nathan Williams cut Olney’s lead to just 2.  The Tigers called a time out and got things sorted out.  They put together a 6 to 0 run to give themselves an 8 point cushion moving into the final quarter.

In the 4th quarter Olney made almost all their free throws and were able to secure the victory.  They advance to play Centralia tomorrow from Effingham.  The season is over the Salem Wildcats.  They end the year with a record of 5 wins and 23 losses.  

St Theresa 7th Grade Tournament Title Goes To Franklin Park

SALEM – The St Theresa 7th Grade Tournament was held at Larmier Gym on Saturday and co-hosted by Franklin Park.  The Lady Bobcats came away with the championship defeating Irvington/North Wamac 25-12, 25-15.

In the third place match, Selmaville earned a straight set win over Flora 25-17, 25-19.

In the fifth place match, Casey Mt Vernon needed three sets to defeat Iuka losing the first set 17-25 before bouncing back to win the next two 25-17, 19-17.


Pool Play At St Theresa:

  • Selmaville def. St Theresa 25-18, 25-22
  • Irvington/N. Wamac def. Casey Mt Vernon 25-8, 25-7
  • Willow Grove split with St Theresa 25-15, 23-25
  • Selmaville def. Casey Mt Vernon 25-21, 25-18
  • Irvington/N. Wamac def. St Theresa 25-16, 26-24
  • Casey Mt Vernon def. Willow Grove 25-23, 25-18
  • Irvington/N. Wamac def. St Theresa 25-18, 25-16
  • Willow Grove split with Selmaville 28-26, 10-25


    Pool Play At Franklin Park:

  • Flora split with Odin 25-18, 23-25
  • Franklin Park def. Iuka 25-9, 25-13
  • Odin split with Iuka 25-22, 14-25
  • Franklin Park def. Flora 25-10, 25-8
  • Iuka split with Flora 25-19, 14-25
  • Franklin Park def. Odin 25-9, 25-9

Carlyle’s Steele Wins 2A Three-Point Shootout

NORMAL – For Carlyle sophomore Lexi Steele, the season didn’t go exactly the way she wanted it to.  After struggling for most of the season to earn wins, the sharp shooter extended her season on her own advancing out of her regional to move on to the sectional in the State Farm Three Point Shootout.  Not only did Steele get out of regionals, she also got out of sectionals and made her way to the state tournament at Redbird Arena.

Steele knocked down 8 shots in the opening round which put her into a shootout with 5 others and advanced by making 6 out of 10.  She now advances to the Queen of the Hill to take on the champs from 1A, 3A and 4A at this weekend’s Large School State Tournament. 

Then in the Finals, Steel hit 9 of 15 including 4 of 5 on the middle rack to help her to the title just ahead of Byron sophomore Lexi Devries who knocked down 8.  Freshman Zanna Myers of Monticellow was 3rd with 6 makes and Lizbeth Delgado, Cristo Rey Jesuit junior was 4th after making 4. 

Locally shooting but not advancing were Lawrenceville Junior Kelsie Ferrell wh made 5, Keelyn Stein, senior from Pinckneyville who made 8 but did not get out of the 2nd shootout, Greenville sophomore Taylor Snow made just 3, and Robinson junior Tessa Laino made 8 but lost out in the first shootout.



NORMAL – The 1A three-point champion was Hume Shiloh sophomore Shayne Smith who dropped in 11 of 15 in the finals.  Central A&M junior Mikah Maple and Flanagan Cornell junior Haley Hoekstra were tied for 2nd with 7 makes and Arieal Scott, Danville Schlarman freshman was 4th making 5 out of 15. 

Locally advancing to state but not to the finals were Sandoval junior Christonia Saddler who made 7, Woodlawn sophomore Taytum Murdock who made 5, Okawville freshman Madison Hackstadt made 4 and Lebanon senior Kara Koester made 6.   

EFFINGHAM – The Salem Wildcats have had a season they would like to forget.  It’s a great time of year for that.  The post season allows teams to reset their season as they prepare for the post-season and a chance to catch fire and go on a run despite what has been done throughout the regular season.

Salem will play in one of the toughest regionals around as they will open up the Effingham 3A Regional with a play-in game against the Olney Tigers on Monday night.  Salem dropped a game at Olney just over a week ago in a game they led at halftime, but a poor third quarter cost them the victory.

The winner will get the chance at top-seed and state-ranked Centralia.  The Orphans are coming off a 14 point victory over 2-seed Mt Vernon on Friday night.  The Rams will open up regional play in the semifinals against the 3rd seeded Hearts.

The winner from Effingham will advance to the Carbondale Sectional to be held next week.  They will join regional champions from Massac County, Jerseyville and Mascoutah. 

Vandals One And Done At State Wrestling Duals

BLOOMINGTON – The Vandalia Vandals wrestling team had a quick trip to Bloomington over the weekend.  After winning their sectional matchup over Althoff, the Vandals squared off with Coal City in the quarterfinal matchup on Saturday from US Cellular Coliseum, falling 45-24.

In the loss, winner’s for the Vandals included Chaston Womack over TJ Jezik by a 6-0 decision, at 132, Ryne Lipsey pinned Matt Girot in 23 seconds, at 138, Luke Tessman beat Brendan Nevin by a 6-3 decision, at 160, Dalton Blankenship beat Bryan Stopka by a 9-3 decision, at 195, Jake Stewart won by forfeit and at 285, Kendrick Woolsey earned a decision over Zach Montgomery 4-0. 

Dakota ended up winning the state title by defeating Melrose Park Walther Christian 70-11 in the quarterfinals.  Then followed it up with a 56-16 beat down of Coal City to get to the title match.  Then Dakota beat Mercer County 57-12. 

Coal City bounced back to win 3rd place over Gibson City 40-31. 


1A Quarterfinals:

  • Gibson City 34 Shelbyville 29
  • Mercer County 36 Herscher 29
  • Dakota 70 Walther Christian 11
  • Coal City 45 Vandalia 24


  • Mercer County 36 Gibson City 30
  • Dakota 56 Coal City 16


    In Class 2A, Lombard Montini ran their way to the state title after a quarterfinal win over Carbondale 47-24, a 41-29 semifinal victory over Crystal Lake Central followed by a 34-25 championship win over Washington.

    Oak Forest nipped Crystal Lake Central in the 3rd place match 32-23.


    Class 2A Quarterfinals:

  • Oak Forest 49 Triad 12
  • Washington 36 Geneseo 30
  • Lombard Montini 47 Carbondale 24
  • Crystal Lake Central 41 Lemont 23


  • Washington 33 Oak Forest 28
  • Lombard Montini 41 Crystal Lake Central 29


    In Class 3A, the state champion was Oak Park River Forest who defeated Orland Park Sandburg in the championship 39-16.  They opened the day with a 46-18 win over Marmion Academy before beating Lockport Township in the semifinals 51-21.

    In the 3rd place match, Carol Stream Glenbard North beat Lockport Township 42-24.


    Class 3A Quarterfinals:

  • Carol Stream Glenbard North 42 Mt Prospect 19
  • Orland Park Sandburg 55 Lincoln Way Central 12
  • Lockport Township 33 Deerfield 30
  • Oak Park River Forest 46 Aurora Marmion Academy 18


  • Orland Park Sandburg 34 Carol Stream Glenbard North 24
  • Oka Park River Forest 51 Lockport 21

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