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Today's Sports

  • Lady Aces lose sectional title...

    LEBANON — The Mulberry Grove High School softball team lost to Calhoun in the sectional championship game on Monday, 5-4.

    The Lady Aces scored one run in the bottom of the seventh inning, and had two runners on when the final out was recorded.

    For Calhoun, it was the school's first-ever sectional title.

    A full story from the game will appear on Page 1B of the June 2 edition of The Leader-Union, and a photo gallery from both sectional tournament games will be posted on www.leaderunion.com later in the week.

  • Lady Aces to play for sectional...

    LEBANON — The Mulberry Grove High School softball team will play for a sectional championship against Calhoun on Monday after defeating Marissa on Saturday, 4-3.

    That game will be held at Lebanon High School at 1 p.m.

    The Lady Aces never trailed against Marissa, holding, at worst, a tie at two after two innings. Mulberry Grove scored two more runs in the third, and held the Lady Meteors scoreless until the bottom of the seventh.

  • Austin, Bell out of state meet

    Vandalia senior Daniel Bell and junior Quenten Austin did not make it out of the preliminaries at the IHSA state meet on Thursday.

    Both, however, did finish in a higher place than they were seeded in each event.

    Bell, who was seeded last in the 800-meter run, finished in 26th place (of 42) in a time of 2:04.22. In the discus throw, Bell was seeded 37th and placed 34th, with a throw of 115 feet, 3 inches.

  • Mulberry Grove softball...

    The Mulberry Grove High School softball team's game against Marissa at the Lebanon sectional tournament that was scheduled for Thursday at 4:30 p.m. has been postponed until Saturday at 1 p.m.

    The winner of that game will play for the sectional championship on Monday. Any additional schedule changes will be posted here as they become available.

    Whichever team wins the sectional championship will play at the super-sectional in Raymond on Monday.

  • Twice as nice: Vandalia's...

    NEWTON – It’s a good thing there are do-overs in life or Daniel Bell might not be going to the state meet to throw discus on Thursday.

    “And in first place, Danielle … (pause) … Daniel Bell of Vandalia,” echoed from the public address system at Newton after the discus throw at last Friday’s sectional meet.

    Bell, who at the time, with arms raised, was basking in the moment of hearing his name called as a state qualifier for the first time, cracked a smile when his name was botched.

  • Senior Spotlight: Cody Allen

    NEWTON – Just 2 1/2 hours before his high school graduation ceremony, Patoka senior Cody Allen was more than an hour from town facing a more intimidating obstacle.

    It was a high jump bar.

    With just a handful of jumpers left in the event at the Illinois High School Association sectional meet in Newton, Allen showed signs of nerves while waiting for his turn to try to clear 6 feet, which was his personal best.

  • Lady Aces slowly build lead to...

    MULBERRY GROVE – It wasn’t the desired approach, but the nine-person Mulberry Grove High School softball team scored in all but one inning to slowly pile up a lead against Ramsey to win its fourth regional championship in six years on Saturday.

    Coach John Barnes said he wanted his team to score a lot of runs early in the game, but the Lady Aces instead used consistent hitting and stellar pitching through the middle innings to wear down Ramsey during a 9-4 victory.

  • South Central gets thumped...

    KINMUNDY – A solo home run from junior Larry Schoreck was all South Central needed to win what was a pitcher’s duel in a regional semifinal game against St. Elmo last Wednesday.

    The Cougars came away with the 1-0 win after senior Derek Harmeier and junior Colby Bushue combined to hold the Eagles to just two hits and one walk.

    South Central was unable to secure its sixth straight regional championship on Saturday, however, falling to North Clay, 11-1.

  • Bombers hold early lead but fall...

    KINMUNDY – For four innings last Wednesday, Brownstown played nearly flawless baseball against North Clay in a semifinal regional tournament game.

    But then the Cardinals showed why they were seeded No. 1, scoring 13 runs in the fifth and sixth innings to beat the fourth-seeded Bombers, 14-4.

    “Colten (Hunter) went out there and threw four beautiful innings,” said Brownstown coach Ken Milano. “Then (North Clay) made a couple important plays, and that was it.”

  • Beccue encouraged by dugout...

    KINMUNDY – When senior Derek Harmeier stepped onto the field to pitch the seventh inning for South Central last Wednesday, some players in the St. Elmo dugout said they were happy to see the Cougars’ top pitcher back on the mound.

    And though Harmeier induced a lightly-hit grounder and struck out the final two batters of the 1-0 South Central win, Eagles coach Ryan Beccue was pleased to see his team wanting to compete against the best available player.