Okaw Valley girls basketball and Blue Ridge had some back and forth on Thursday, but the Okaw comeback fell short, as they lost by 7, 42-35.
The Central A&M Raiders have been on a roll, for the most part. On Thursday, however, they found out why Sullivan is the #1 seed in the upcoming CIC Tourney. The Raiders had to submit to Sullivan by 20 points, 56-35.
Cowden-Herrick/Beecher City Bobcats basketball (11-9, 7-3 NTC) beat North Clay on Saturday, 41-34, to make the 8th Grade NTC Tourney semifinal game at St Elmo, Tuesday. They were shot down, by Sigel St Michael (#1 seed). The Bobcats (#4 seed) lost to the Sharpshooters, 26-17.
Cowden-Herrick/Beecher City junior high volleyball began their 2020 campaign on Tuesday, but were swept by Teutopolis. The Bobcat 7th lost, 25-13, 25-13, and the Bobcat 8th lost, 25-15, 25-13.
Windsor/Stew-Stras lost to the #2 seed in their first game of the NTC Tourney. On Wednesday, they needed a late surge against the #8 seeded Dieterich in the consolation bracket, winning 41-31.
After a slow start this season, the Central A&M girls (14-6) have built momentum with a few glitches. They face another big test on Thursday, after blowing out Mt. Pulaski (7-15) on Monday, 57-36.
Cowden-Herrick/Beecher City girls (17-4) defeated Windsor/Stew-Stras (11-10) by 8 earlier this season. CHBC (#2 seed) repeated that feat on the first day of the NTC Tourney in the #2 v. #7 game on Monday, winning by 7 again, 48-41.
Shelbyville girls (12-11) got a win over Dieterich on Saturday in the CIC v. NTC Challenge, 57-42, but another team from the south nipped the Rams at home on Monday. Martinsville (12-11) won, 49-46.
The Shelbyville 7th and 8th grade volleyball teams both notched victories on Saturday. The Rams swept Clinton with the 7th grade winning in 3 sets, 25-14, 26-28, 25-16, and the 8th grade winning in 2, 25-19, 25-13.
The Windsor/Stew-Stras girls basketball team (11-9) can score a bunch. But in a lock down struggle with Warrensburg on Saturday, the Hatchets proved they can win that way, too, 36-31.
Shelbyville 8th grade boys basketball ran through the JHOC Conference tournament week like a knife through hot butter. They ran the table, beating Maroa on Thursday for the championship, 25-21.
The Shelbyville Moulton volleyball program started their season at Vandalia on Yuesday with a split. The Ram 7th grade suffered a close loss, 20-25, 22-25. The Ram 8th recorded a lopsided victory, 25-8, 25-13.
Last Friday, Shelbyville (6-11) had a power outage and the game against Sullivan (3-11) was rescheduled. They played Wednesday, but there was still a shortage, this time of scoring. The Rams eked out a 1-point win, 38-37.
Shelbyville boys basketball (6-11) was needing a win and Tuesday was just what the doctor ordered. The Rams were steady against Cowden-Herrcik/Beecher City, winning by 20 points, 69-48.
Robinson and Hillsboro came to Shelbyville on Monday for a double dual and the Rams almost swept their Senior Night. Shelby defeated Hillsboro, 58-24, but were just edged by the 16th team in the state, Robinson, 42-38.
The Millikin University men’s and women’s Indoor Track team opened its 2020 season at the Bob Eubanks Open hosted by Grand Valley State in Allendale, Michigan on January 10. The Big Blue women finished fifth and the Millikin men were sixth in the event featuring several NCAA Division II teams.
The reigning LSA State Champion Stewardson Trinity volleyball program from last fall started their spring campaign, winning again. The Cardinals swept Sacred Heart on Thursday. Trinity 7th won, 25-6, 25-10, while the 8th grade won, 25-5, 25-10.
On Thursday night the Shelbyville Moulton 8th grade basketball team went to St. Anthony and stole their thunder. The Rams shut St. Anthony down in the 3rd period and held on for the upset 35-32.
In the Macon County Tournament semifinal, the Central A&M Raiders got stumped by the Storm. The conglomerated weather pattern denied the Raiders a shot at the title, 41-31.
The Central A&M Raiders are on a roll. They have won 8 of their last 9 ball games, ever since forward Channing Reed has been back on the floor. On Tuesday, hosting the Macon County Tournament, A&M toasted Meridian, 58-25.
The St. Anthony Lady Bulldogs used a go-ahead layup from Grace Karolewicz with 5.6 seconds remaining to edge the Lady Rams of Shelbyville Thursday 58-56.
The Cowden-Herrick/Beecher City Bobcats 7th and 8th grade boys basketball teams played at Cowden Monday against the North Clay Indians. The 7th Bobcats (8-7, 5-2 NTC) lost, 39-22. The 8th Bobcats (7-5, 6-1 NTC) won in double overtime, 37-35.
Okaw Valley was in a zone on Friday, leading Mt. Pulaski through 3 quarters. Then someone pulled the rug out. Mt. Pulaski had an 18-8 run in the 4th to force overtime. It was all Toppers from there, 60-52.
Saturday afternoon the Ram girls basketball team found themselves in a war of attrition with the Windsor/Stew-Stras Hatchets. Starters were fouling out and JV players had to pick up the slack. WSS got a loose ball late and dribbled out the final seconds for the win, 67-65.
Shelbyville boys basketball emerged from a close first half to take a 10-point lead in the 3rd quarter over Neoga on Friday night. Neoga nullified that lead in the 4th to hand the Rams a 4-point loss, 63-59.
Okaw Valley was quick out of the gate this year, but at the Vandalia Holiday Tournament they finished strong. The Timberwolves knocked off Meridian in the 3rd place game on Monday, 57-52.
This Week's Circulars
Robert L. Taylor, 81, of rural Beecher City, IL passed away at 2:25 p.m. Wednesday, January 22, 2020 in Heritage Health, Pana, IL. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Howe and Yockey Funeral Home, Shelbyville, IL.
Patricia A. Shallenberger, 87, of Mission, TX, formerly of Shelbyville, IL passed away at 12:19 p.m. Tuesday, January 21, 2020. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Howe and Yockey Funeral Home, Shelbyville, IL.
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