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St. Theresa in Salem is the champion of the St. Peter Lutheran Invitational.  St. Theresa got past Patoka 55 to 43 in the championship game.  St. Theresa pulled out to a 12-5 first quarter lead and led 28 to 13 at half time on the4ir wy to victory.  St. Theresa was led by Levi Cannon with 18 and Nathan Gardner and Spencer Reincke wit 12 apiece.  Patoka was let by Ty Cain with 19, Hunter Jolliff with 12 and Colton Hill with ten.  In the fourth place game, Sandoval beat Kell/Farrington 61 to 27.  Sandoval was led byKael Calhoun with 24 and Amarion Moore with 14.  Kell/Farrington was led by Cord Hails with eight points.    St. Theresa ends the tourney with a 4-0 record.  Patoka was second at 3-1, St. Peter third at 2-2, Sandoal fourth at 1-3 and Kell Farrington fell to 0-4.  

The Salem Franklin Park Bobcats beat Fairfield 54 to 51 in the Fairfield Tourney.  Salem jumped o a 17-7 first quarter lead and led 34 to 18 at half-time.  The Bobcats were led by Jacob Harness with 16 points, Isaac Hayes with 13 and Kobe Silvey with ten.  

Salem Travel 7th/8th grade team (4 wins, 4 ties and 4 loss record). Front row left to right: Beth Porter, Jared Beasley, Danielle Wimberly, Isabelle (Izzy) Arnord, Austin Snow, Jessica Porter, Liam Robinson. Back row: Coach Mark Ferguson, Riley Jennings, Josh Harvey, Spenser Reincke, Luke Sexton, Courtney Puckett, Kylar Roddy, Elizabeth Barnett. No pictured Coach Orlando Ramos. Photo by Jennylora Photography.

Brough Automotive 5th/6th grade team (4 win and 4 loss record). Front row left to right: Brighton Lucas, Griffin Lucas, Aaron Wilzbach, Hannah DeLao, Emma Reincke, Olivia Powless, Back row: Ian Eisenhauer, Elijah Davis, Brennon Jeffords, Chloe Beal, Haydyn Hartwig, Emma Fulkerson, Coach Aaron Davis. Not pictured Kaitlyn Banning. Photo by Jennylora Photography.

Napa Auto Parts 3rd/4th grade team (debut year with 9 win and no loss record). Front row left to right: Aaron Ritchey, Conner Tennyson, Sam Green, Sophie Smith, Ella Fulkerson, Back row: Coach Matt Wilzbach, Alex Wilzbach, Ryen Apgar, Caden Beal, Andrew Pate, Areesa Eisenhauer, Coach Lori Eisenhauer. Not pictured Daniyal Islam. Photo by Jennylora Photography.

The Salem Soccer Association Inc. expanded its presence in the S.W.I.S. (Southwest Illinois Soccer) League this year by adding a 3rd/4th grade team to the 5th/6th grade and 7th/8th grade teams. The new team sponsored by NAPA Auto Parts of Salem went 9 and 0 in their first season. The 5th/6th grade team sponsored by Brough Automotive split, ending with a 4 and 4 record. The 7th/8th team sponsored by Salem Travel ended strong by taking their last 4 games, ending with a 4 win, 4 tie, and 4 loss record.

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) - The University of Illinois says the Illini men's basketball team will play five 2015-16 games in Springfield while work continues on the State Farm Center.

Athletic director Mike Thomas said Thursday that one exhibition and four non-conference games in November 2015 will be played at the Prairie Capital Convention Center. Springfield is about 85 miles west of Champaign. The convention center seats about 7,700. Illinois' on-campus arena seats 17,000.

Work on the arena began this year and will continue into 2016. The schedule allows the Illini to use the facility for games this season, which is scheduled to start next week.   New seating, video boards and many other amenities are part of the project.

Arrangements have not yet been made for the Illini women's team for November 2015.

The South Central High School Volleyball team moves on in the Christ Our Rock Regional.  South Central beat the host Christ Our Rock team 25-19; 25-16.  South Central was led by Maria Brasel with 13 kills, seven points, and four aces.  Emily Chapman added 20 assists, seven points and three aces.  Hannah Rubin had five kills, ten points and two aces.  Deidra Schaal had three kills and five digs.  South Central improves to 19-14 on the year and will play their next round in regionals against Woodlawn at six Thursday night.

The Salem Community High School volleyball team wrapped up their season with a loss in regional play to the Benton Rangerettes on Tuesday 7-25; 21-25.  The game was the last for seniors Emily Wilzbach and Hayley Nielson.  Coach Karen Roth thanked the two for four great years.  Roth also thanks all those who came out to support the Lady Cats this volleyball season along with the Super Fans who she called the best.  

St. Theresa of Salem and Patoka will play in the championship game of the St. Peter Lutheran Tournament on Wednesday night. Both teams enter the championship game with perfect 3-0 records in the tournament.  St. Theresa advances with a 55 to 22 win over Kell/Farrington.  St. Theresa was led by Levi Cannon with 18 and Zach Wuebbles with ten.  Kell/Farrington was led by Dakota Tate and Kyle Mason with six apiece.  Patoka stayed undefeated with a 44 to 41 win over St. Peter.  Patoka was led by Colen Hill with 13 points.  St. Peter received 20 points from Hunter Brandt.  The championship game between St. Theresa and Patoka will be at six, followed by Kell/Farrington and Sandoval playing for fourth place.  Both teams are winless so far in the tournament.  

Central City is now 3-0 on the season after defeating Rome Tuesday night at Rome 79-51. The Citians built a 24-8 lead after 1 quarter and increased their lead 66-31 midway through the 3rd quarter.  Jamie Long for Central City led all scorers with 26 points, scoring 18 in the 2nd quarter. Anthony Reed was also in double figures for Central City with 15 points.  Noah Jackson and Preston Johannes each added 11. Hunter Voyles led Rome with 17 points.

The Odin Junior Eagles ran their record to 2-0 as they defeated visiting Iuka. Odin built a 15 point halftime lead and never looked back enroute to 63-42 win. Odin was led in scoring by Gage Roberts 21 points and Lucas Shaffer's 20.  Dominic Beyers chipped in 11 and Dylan Friend 7. Odin's JV also won 31-20. Odin hosts Raccoon on Thursday.

In junior high girls basketball, Centralia beat Franklin Park 68 to 28.  Maddie Quandt had 14 points for Franklin Park, while Lexi Sasdrieh pulled down nine rebounds.  Franklin Park won the JV game 26 to 19.  Malia Harris had eight points and Emily Wilson had nine rebounds.

The Selmaville Lady Rockets basketball team improved to 2 and 2 on the year with a 56 to 21 win over Raccoon.  Morgan Sanders had 18 points and Lacey Jones 12.  

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