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.

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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.

The National Trail Conference announced its all-conference selections, recently, including three players from the Shelby Area.

Stewardson Trinity volleyball (19-0) got what they were shooting for, the Elite Effingham 8th Grade Tourney Championship. They beat Mt. Pulaski 25-5, 25-16, beat Murphysboro 25-15, 25-6, Massac County, 25-12, 25-10, and Hartsburg, 25-12, 25-19.

The Moulton grade volleyball teams each had 2-game sweeps of Teutopolis on Thursday. Ram 7th won, 25-20, 25-5, and Ram 8th won, 25-16, 25-23.

The Shelbyville Moulton volleyball team (17-1, 5-0 Okaw) captured the Okaw Conference 8th grade Tournament championship on Saturday. Shelby walloped Warrensburg, 25-23, 25-9, assaulted Argenta, 25-11, 25-15, and mauled Maroa, 25-7, 25-9.

Central A&M (26-3) blitzed Warrensburg on Friday night to finish as the undefeated Central Illinois Conference Champions (7-0), 67-31.

The Shelbyville Ram basketball team had a fireworks showdown with St. Teresa on Ram Senior Night. St. T had an extra pop and held on the next 3 quarters and the Rams lost, 54-45.

Shelbyville Moulton volleyball went to Stew-Stras on Tuesday and came home with a sweep. Ram 7th won, 25-4, 25-19, and the ram 8th won, 25-13, 25-6.

Shelbyville freshman wrestler Calvin Miller (38-8) upset senior Evan Rivera of Coal City (36-7) in the 1st round of the IHSA Individual State Wrestling Tournament, 6-3.

Shelbyville girls basketball made improvements again this year and the youth movement bodes well for their future.

Shelbyville (8-20) was going to have an uphill battle against Mt. Pulaski (16-10) on Tuesday, even without the Hilltoppers, 6-11, center. Shelby was also down a man and the expected avalanche came from Mt. Pulaski, 58-35.

Cowden-Herrick/Beecher City girls basketball finished their season with 21 wins, bowing out in the North Clay 1A Regional Championship against rival Brownstown/St. Elmo.

The Central A&M Raider girls basketball team (22-9, 4-2 CIC) exited the postseason on Monday night, when Altamont (26-6, 8-0 NTC) beat them at the Casey 1A Sectional semifinal. The Indians beat A&M again, this time by a dozen 62-50.

Stewardson Trinity 7th grade volleyball split their squad and won two tournaments the same day. Trinity won the Effingham 7th grade tourney on Saturday, going 3-0. Trinity 4th and 5th grade (some which play for the 7th grade) won the Danville Lutheran 5th-6th grade tourney on Saturday.

The Shelbyville Moulton volleyball teams hosted a tournament this weekend and the Ram 8th suffered a defeat and took 2nd. The Ram 7th went 1-for-3.

CHBC junior high volleyball sandwiched a win in-between getting swept twice last week. They were swept by Ramsey on Tuesday, beat Windsor in the NTC 7th tourney play-in, then were swept by Mulberry Grove on Thursday.

The central A&M girls basketball team romped over Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond at the Arthur 1A Regional final on Thursday, 63-39.

Earlier in the season, CHBC was to be better than Brownstown. However, this season Brownstown had their number. Brownstown (23-8, 7-1 NTC) won for the third time in the North Clay 1A Regional final on Friday, 42-29.

Shelbyville basketball was in a battle with St. Elmo at the Altamont Shootout on Saturday. St. Elmo passed them in the 2nd half and the Rams comeback fell short, 56-52.

The Central A&M Raider boys basketball team (24-3) were ready for a Shelbyville Ram charge on Friday. The Raiders repelled the Rams by double, 80-40.

Shelbyville Ram freshman Calvin Miller captured 3rd place at the Vandalia 1A Individual Sectional on Saturday and advanced to the 1A State Tournament Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at the State Farm Center at the U of I in Champaign.

The Shelbyville Ram 8th grade basketball team (20-2), the top seed in the Sullivan 8-3A Regional won that championship. In the Teutopolis 8-3A Sectional championship on Wednesday, Teutopolis (22-3) eliminated the Rams, 47-17.

At the Arthur 1A Regional, top seeded Central A&M won the semifinal game on Tuesday and Okaw Valley had to bow out of the postseason, 54-36.

Windsor/Stew-Stras girls basketball tried to knockout Neoga in the Neoga 1A Regional semifinal on Tuesday, but Neoga stood for the final bell and won, 49-43.

The CHBC girls basketball team (21-8, 4-4), the regional 2nd seed played North Clay in the North Clay 1A Regional on Tuesday and passed them to advance to the final, 58-42.

Freshman Calvin Miller ran the table and claimed the 106-pound Robinson 1A Regional Championship last Saturday. Two others Rams finished in 4th place.

The Shelbyville Rams could never get comfortable against Clinton on Tuesday. The game see-sawed back and forth and came down to a final shot. Shelby held off Clinton, 50-49.

The Shelbyville Ram girls basketball team was in the midst of a comeback when the buzzer sounded ending their season on Monday night at the Sullivan 2A Regional. Shelby (12-18), the 10th seed, challenged, but lost to Marshall (18-9) the 7th seed, 34-31.

CHBC junior high volleyball is picking up steam. The 7th (4-6) and the 8th (1-9) both swept marathon matches on the same night for the first time this season on Monday. CHBC 7th beat Dieterich 25-17, 20-25-, 25-18 and the CHBC 8th beat Dieterich, 25-16, 21-25, 25-21.

Okaw Valley girls basketball dove into the postseason on Monday night and launched further into deep water with a win over Meridian, 42-32.

The Cowden-Herrick/Beecher City girls basketball team got past Nokomis on Saturday with a couple of sporadic runs and holding on for the 9-point win, 45-36.

The Okaw Valley girls basketball team has had a hard row to hoe this season. They finished the regular season 11-19, but even in LPC play (4-4). They finished the regular season with a blowout win over LSA on Friday, 51-22.

The Shelbyville Rams were in a see-saw battle with Warrensburg for the Consolation championship of the CIC tourney on Saturday afternoon. Momentum ended with Warrensburg as the title eluded the Rams, 47-42.

The Shelbyville Moulton volleyball squads are on a streak of separation. The Ram 7th (5-4, 3-1 Okaw) is losing and the undefeated Ram 8th (9-0, 4-0 Okaw) is still winning.

The Shelbyville Moulton 8th grade basketball team (#1-seed) defeated Tuscola East Prairie on Thursday and were crowned the Sullivan 8-3A Regional Champions, 34-23.

CHBC volleyball played the Pana 7th grade tournament on Saturday and came away with a couple of wins (2-1).

It was q close game at half-time, but then the Central A&M girls basketball team pulled away from Warrensburg for a 14-point win, 51-37

Windsor/Stew-Stras girls basketball (16-12) got beat by 18 points in the last meeting with North Clay. On Thursday, they came within 2 points shy of a huge rematch upset, losing 49-47.

Shelbyville Moulton volleyball had a bumpy ride against Okaw Valley on Tuesday. Ram 7th got dumped in two, 25-12, 25-23.

Shelbyville middle school wrestling hosted the Shelbyville Duals on Saturday and finished in the middle of the 8-team field, placing 4th.

Although the Cowden-Herrick/Beecher City 7th grade volleyball team (1-5) had won a match this year, the 8th grade was still looking (0-9).

Cowden-Herrick/Beecher City 8th grade basketball team went up against St. Anthony in the St. Elmo 8-2A Regional semi on Tuesday. CHBC bowed out of the season, 44-26.

Shelby Moulton 8th grade basketball played like the #1 seed in the Sullivan 8-3A Regional on Tuesday. The Shelbyville crew sailed past Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond in the semifinal, 43-10.

CHBC (19-8, 4-4 NTC) was above the curve most of the season, but has struggled recently in conference play, losing 3 games in a row and 4 of 6. On Tuesday, they got a measure of swagger back by swamping Sandoval, 59-23.

The CHBC junior high volleyball teams are toiling away and in search of wins. They were 0-for-the Pana 8th tourney, but played well. On Monday, the 7th and 8th Bobcats were swept by Neoga. 

This Week's Circulars


Betty Mae "Chick" Ertel, 94, died February 1, 2020 at home, BeeHive Homes in Lafayette, Indiana. She was born at home on August 28, 1925 in Tipton, Indiana. She was married to the late James William "Jim" Ertel for 70 years. Betty taught all levels of elementary school except fourth grade. B…

Samuel Linder, 69, of Stewardson, IL passed away at 1:07 a.m. on Sunday, February 23, 2020 at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria, IL. Brummerstedt Funeral Home in Stewardson, IL is assisting the family.

Coralie (Wetherell) Guthrie, 92, of Springfield, IL passed away at 4:55 p.m. on Friday, February 21, 2020 at Concordia Village in Springfield, IL. Lockart-Green Funeral Home in Shelbyville, IL is assisting the family.