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VOLLEYBALL

WSS wins NTC tournament

EFFINGHAM — WSS rolled through the National Trail Conference Tournament title Saturday at the Enlow Center, sweeping Altamont 25-20, 25-22 in the championship game after downing Brownstown/St. Elmo 25-16, 25-14. 

"We had to battle through some injuries/illnesses Saturday so everyone had to step up to help out," said WSS coach Ronda Schlechte. "Altamont always plays us hard and pushes us, which is a good thing this time of year."

Mackenzi Tabbert had 24 assists, while Megan Schlechte had 35 kills, five aces and 20 digs for the Hatchets, who improved to 25-4. Hannah Hayes had 19 assists on the day. 

WSS, winners of nine straight, are to play host to Tuscola on Senior Night Tuesday at Windsor. 

Neoga played in the silver pool and lost to Effingham St. Anthony 23-25, 25-22, 25-17. The final of their other game was unavailable.

Casey-Westfield goes 0-5 in Edwards County tournament

ALBION — Casey-Westfield battled with Grayville and Olney going to three sets, but lost those two and three others in the Edwards County Tournament Saturday. Casey lost to Grayville 26-28, 25-16, 15-8 and to Newton 25-7, 25-11 in pool play. In the Bronze flight, they lost to Wayne City 25-20, 25-19; Flora 25-21, 235-19; and Olney 25-12, 14-25, 15-11.

The Lady Warriors were led in kills and block by Ashlyn Jones with 23 and 13 respectively, while Laney Gowin had 39 assists, and Harley Mason was tops in digs with 37. 

Casey, 4-24 overall, is to host Oblong Tuesday in a non-conference match. 

CROSS COUNTRY

Hall placed 9th at Patriot Invitational

PEORIA — Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond sophomore Layton Hall finished ninth out of 323 runners in Satruday's Patriot Invitational hosted by Peoria Heights. Hall's time at Detweiller Park, the same place the state meet is, was 15:57.2. 

Shelbyville competed as a team and earned 21st place out of 44 teams. Leading the way for the Rams was a 98th place finish by Luke Brown with a time of 17:30.1.

FOOTBALL

Cumberland earns playoff berth

TOLEDO — Cumberland clinched the Little Okaw Valley Conference Southeast division title and a playoff berth Friday, defeating Oblong/Palestine/Hutsonville 44-32. The Pirates went 4-0 in the division and captured its third straight division title. 

Oblong drew first blood on a 29-yard field goal in the first quarter, but Cumberland scored a touchdown to take a 7-3 lead in the first quarter.

The Pirates opened the second quarter with a four-yard touchdown to pull ahead 14-3, but two unanswered scores by Oblong made it 16-14. Cumberland came roaring back with two touchdowns of its own to take a 26-16 lead at halftime. Three more touchdowns by Cumberland put in the second half put the game on ice.

Blayne Donsbach ran for two touchdowns for the Pirates. Zach Wolke scored on a five-yard pass from Gabe Hatfill. Connor Butler ran for a nine-yard touchdown and Troy Metzger scored on a two-yard effort.

Hatfill completed six of 10 passes for 91 yards. Wyatt Brant led rushing with 25 attempts for 192 yards. Michael Flier caught three passes for 91 yards.

Defensively, Donsbach got nine tackles and four assists to lead the Pirates.

Cumberland is now 6-2 overall, 4-0 in the conference, and plays a non-division game next Friday against Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond.

Tri-County falls to Villa Grove/Heritage, 21-7

VILLA GROVE — Tri-County trailed Villa Grove/Heritage in a Little Okaw Valley Conference Southeast Division battle just 6-0 at the half. The Titans were outscored 14-7 in the second half in a 21-7 loss. 

Lane Bisby led the Titans offensively with 26 carries for 70 yards and the lone touchdown. He also was the top tackler with 10, including seven solos. 

Tri-County finished 1-3 in the division and is 4-4. The Titans travel to Arcola and must win to become playoff eligible. 

Shelbyville blanked by Tuscola

SHELBYVILLE — Tuscola, the No. 3 team in Class 1A, scored all 49 points in the first half in a 49-0 win over Shelbyville on the Rams' Homecoming game. 

Further information was unavailable in the Central Illinois Conference game. 

The Rams, 3-5 overall and 2-4 in the conference go on the road to Decatur to play the No. 3 ranked team in Class 2A, Decatur St. Teresa. 

First half hurts A-L-A-H

ARTHUR — In a Little Okaw Valley Conference Northwest Division game, Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond outscored Argenta-Oreana, the No. 7 team in Class 1A, 21-12, but it was the first half that cost the Knights. The Bombers led A-L-A-H 38-0 at halftime. 

Lance Mercer had nine carries for 68 yards and a touchdown for the Knights and he was 8-of-16 for 60 yards, with Adam Day on the receiving end of seven passes for 38 yards. 

A-L-A-H finished the division with a 1-4 record. The Knights, 2-6, are to play host to Cumberland Friday. 

A-O is 8-0 and won the division, going 5-0. 

Martinsville drops non-conference game

MARTINSVILLE — Georgetown-Ridge Farm handed Martinsville at 44-6 loss last Friday in a non-conference game. 

Further information was unavailable.

The Bluestreaks fell to 0-7 and are to travel to Decatur to play Decatur LSA/Decatur Christian/Mount Pulaski in the season finale.

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