(Taylorville)—The Miller Media Group has announced that its Shelbyville radio station WSVZ 98.3 will begin airing a “Best Of” Shelbyville Ram football and boys basketball broadcasts from this school year, on Saturdays at 1 p.m. starting this Saturday, April 4.

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Coach Matt Colston came to a Shelbyville basketball program last fall that was in transition and the team finished 9-22.

The Central A&M girls basketball team (22-9) notched a 20 win this season and finished as the Arthur 1A Regional Champion and a Casey 1A Sectional semifinalist.

Turner Pullen, the Shelbyville quarterback that led the Rams to back-to-back 2A State Final 4 appearances, called the signals as the red-shirt freshman quarterback for McKendree University this past fall.

The numbers are in and Stewardson Trinity 8th grade volleyball was poised for a deep run in the SIJHSAA State Tournament. Only a pandemic seemed to be able to stop them. 

Okaw Valley boys basketball was quick and overcame physical limitations to rise to a 20-win season for the first time in a decade.

Shelbyville Ram 7th grade volleyball (13-10) made a big push at the end of the 2020 season, winning 7 of the last 9 matches, before bowing to the undisputed #1 seed and Regional Champion Meridian.

Shelbyville 8th grade volleyball was poised for a deep run into the postseason, probably the state tournament and a shot at the title. The COVID-19 scare cost them that chance.

The Central A&M boys basketball team (30-4) was Raider strong once again this year, making the Elite 8 for the 3rd year in a row, after placing 3rd in the State in 2019.

Junior Kade Kull, a 1000-point career scorer, who led the Shelbyville Rams (10-21) in scoring this season, was named to the top of the 2nd Team All-Conference in the Central Illinois Conference.

Paige Robinson’s collegiate pick to play for Drury College has paid huge dividends the last two years. The Panthers were ranked #1 in the nation both seasons.

Megan Schlechte, a 3 sport all-state athlete for Windsor/Stew-Stras in volleyball, basketball, and softball and state record-holder in kills at State, signed last year to play collegiate volleyball for Lewis University in Romeoville (28-6, 12-3 GLVC). Her freshman year found her in the start…

Rebecca Schlechte started her high school volleyball career on the Stew-Stras Comet team that finished as the 1A State Runner-up. She added 1A 3rd Place finish her senior year and then took her talents to college.

NEW YORK — Baltimore slugger Chris Davis was driving down Florida’s west coast on Interstate 75 from Sarasota to Fort Myers for an exhibition game against the Minnesota Twins when he got the call.

The Stewardson Trinity volleyball season came to an abrupt halt last week. With a promising postseason postponed, the Cardinal 8th grade (25-1) finished up at a tournament at Jasper-Geff.

The #2 seeded Okaw Valley 8th grade volleyball team defeated Cowden-Herrick Beecher City in the 1st round of the St. Elmo 8-2A Regional, 25-7, 25-8 on Saturday. On Tuesday, they beat #3 Neoga, 25-18, 25-20.

The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) announced on March 12, 2020 that it will significantly limit attendance at the remaining games in the 2020 IHSA Boys Basketball State Series, as well as at other IHSA events, to preemptively reduce the potential spread of COVID-19.

The Shelbyville 8th grade volleyball team is the #1 seed at the Teutopolis 8-3A Regional. They took on the #4 seed on Tuesday night and clobbered Cumberland, 25-8, 25-11.

Central A&M came up just a bit short against Goreville on Tuesday at the IHSA SIU Class A Super-Sectional championship. A&M was up by 10, but once Goreville took the lead, they held it for the win, 71-64.

Shelbyville and Okaw Valley boys and girls track have dipped their toes in the water as winter turns to spring, competing in indoor meets.

The Shelbyville girls track team got their season started at the Decatur Area Indoor Track Meet at Mt. Zion last Wednesday, counted coup at Jacksonville and now they head to EIU on Saturday.

The Shelbyville High School girls softball program will hold a public scrimmage on Saturday, March 14 from 1-4 p.m. at the girls softball diamond at Forest Park in Shelbyville.

Three Shelbyville Moulton wrestlers have advanced from the East Peoria Sectional to the IESA State Tournament at the Northern Illinois University Convocation Center. However, the state tournament was canceled Thursday morning to control the spread of the coronavirus, see adjacent story A5.

Gavan Wernsing of Windsor/Stew-Stras boys basketball was the only All-NTC selection for 2019-2020 from the Shelby Area.

Okaw Valley (17-3), the #1 seed in the St. Anthony 7-2A Regional suffered a mild upset last night to the #2 seed Altamont, 25-22, 18-25, 19-25.

Teutopolis boys were right with Breese Mater Dei at the Shelbyville 2A Sectional semi on Wednesday, trailing by just one point at the half. However, Mater Dei went on a big run and gave the Shoes their last dance of the year, 63-46.

Shelbyville 7th grade volleyball (#5) challenged the #1 seeded Meridian hawks on Monday night in the Meridian 7-3A Regional semifinal, but lost in the 3-set match, 25-22, 17-25, 15-25.

The Cowden-Herrick/Beecher City 7th grade volleyball team, knocked off a higher seed on Saturday, but on Monday they fell to the St. Anthony 7-2A Regional #1 seed, Okaw Valley, 25-20, 25-15.

The Windsor/Stew-Stras girls basketball program (16-13, 2-6 NTC) had a big adjustment this season, after graduating a trio of 4-year veteran players from a 22-6 team last year. Coach Craig Moffett used some catalysts in the chemistry set and still posted a winning season.

The Cowden-Herrick/Beecher City 7th grade volleyball team was on a learning curve this year, but they learned enough to upset Neoga on Saturday at the St. Anthony 7-2A regional, 25-20, 25-23.

The Shelbyville Moulton wrestling team claimed 3rd place at the 6-team Shelbyville 1A Regional on Saturday.

The Shelbyville Ram 8th grade volleyball team scored their 20th win on Friday, as both Shelby teams had make-up matches with Pana. The Ram regular season finale was a split. Ram 7th lost 16-25, 25-12, 22-25, while the Ram 8th won, 25-11, 25-11.

The Shelbyville 7th grade volleyball team (#5) broke the seeding at the Meridian 7-3A Regional on Saturday and upset the #4 seed, Teutopolis in the 1st round, 25-10, 25-12.

The Central A&M Raider boys basketball team (28-3) displayed their #1 sub-sectional seed on Friday, as they managed the Nokomis Redskins (22-11). A&M claimed the Macon 1A Regional Championship, 58-43.

Okaw Valley boys basketball (22-9) parlayed their 20-win season into a #3 seed at their own Okaw Valley 1A Regional tournament. Okaw took on Casey-Westfield (24-7, the #2 seed Friday night in the regional final, but fell to a similar fate against the Warriors, 57-37.

The Shelbyville Moulton volleyball teams finished their conference season on Thursday night sweeping out the Maroa gym. Shelby 7th won, 22-25, 25-15, 25-15, and Shelby 8th won, 25-12, 25-17.

The Shelbyville Rams ran out of season on Wednesday night at the regional semifinal in Flora. They got roughed up by Salem, 61-45.

The #11 seed Windsor/Stew-Stras Hatchets were riding high on Monday after upsetting #7 seed Arthur in the first round of the regional. Reality came in the form of the Raiders of central A&M in Wednesday’s semifinal of the Meridian 1A Regional. Central A&M (#1 seed) rolled over WSS, 61-33.

The Okaw Valley Timberwolves led through 3 quarters on Wednesday night at the Okaw Valley 1A Regional semi, before Neoga threw everything at them, including the kitchen sink, and forced overtime. Then Cameron Sharp put Okaw on his back for the win, 50-48.

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Stewardson Trinity volleyball took out Teutopolis in a sweep on Tuesday. Trinity 7th (17-2) was challenged early, but beat T’town, 25-20, 25-13. Undefeated Trinity 8th (21-0) won, 25-7, 25-13.

The Shelbyville volleyball teams swept Sullivan out of the Moulton gym on Tuesday night. The Ram 7th girls won 25-16, 25-13, and the Ram 8th won, 25-17, 25-10.

An opening night of regionals was a night for upsets, but none bigger than Windsor/Stew-Stras upsetting Arthur Lovington/Atwood-Hammond in the Meridian 1A Regional opener on Monday night. The Hatchets chopped down the Knights, 60-44.

Cowden-Herrick/Beecher City 7th grade volleyball went 2-1 last week, while the 8th grade struggled (0-4).

The Shelbyville Ram basketball team (8-21) came into the Flora 2A Regional on Monday night as the #11 seed and faced the #6 seed, Lawrenceville (15-12). Despite the odds, the Rams took an early lead and stayed out front for the upset, 54-45.

Kate Jeffers has been a constant presence in the paint since her freshman season. She finished her senior season this year as the leader for Okaw Valley girls basketball.

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Larry H. Mummel, 78, of Mode, IL passed away at 9:26 p.m. Friday, March 27, 2020 in his residence. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Howe and Yockey Funeral Home, Shelbyville, IL.