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EFFINGHAM -- The Effingham volleyball team handed Mount Zion just its second loss this season and first in the Apollo Conference with a 26-24, 26-24 win on Tuesday.

Chandler Ramey led the win with 11 kills with Shelby Nunamaker supplying the defense with five blocks to go along with three kills.

"This was a huge win for us," Effingham coach Mindy McCullum-Boswell said. "Mount Zion has a huge front line and defensively they play so well together.

"But Shelby's presence blocking was huge, and so was Hannah Pike's. And Chandler and Jennifer Fred stepped up with kills."

Mount Zion (25-2, 6-1 Apollo) led 24-19 in the first game, but Effingham (14-12, 6-2) came back behind a solid serve receive. In Effingham's loss against Mount Zion earlier this year, the Hearts had 15 reception errors. But in the rematch, they had three.

"They scrapped and did whatever it took to pull off the win," McCullum-Boswell said. "It's tough coming back on a great team like that. It's huge for the kids."

Sangamon Valley/Tri-City def. Cerro Gordo 25-16, 25-13

NIANTIC -- Improved defense and a balanced offensive attack facilitated by setter Taylor Campbell led the Storm to its 20th win.

Aubrey Hunt led the Storm (20-9, 2-2 Little Okaw Valley Northwest) with 10 kills, with Ashley Ford adding six and Campbell dishing out 23 assists.

"We played really well as a team," Storm coach Tracey Czajkowski said. "Taylor did really well moving the ball around to all the hitters and we played better defensively than in the past few games."

Cerro Gordo (8-18, 1-4) was led by Ariel Campbell with seven kills and Cameron Wagoner with 12 digs.

GOLF

West Frankfort Sectional

WEST FRANKFORT — Charleston freshman Ben Lanman overcame a tough field and a windy day to qualify for the Class 2A boys golf state tournament.

Lanman shot a 76 and finished in a tied for fifth place at Frankfort Country Club to earn a spot at the state tournament in Normal.

"For him to do that as a freshman is amazing," Charleston coach Randy Harpster said. "His scoring average on the year was right around 40 and for him to shoot a 76 to go to state, he had some unbelievable composure for a freshman and he kept making pars down the stretch."

Lanman shot a 38 on the front nine and a 38 on the back to finish with five other golfers at 76.

"My first thought was it may take a 75, but with so many good players and then the winds picked up and the greens were so quick," Harpster said. "I thought maybe an 81 or 82. So Ben's 76 was very impressive."

Mattoon finished the day in a tie for fifth with Metropolis with a 333 team score. The top three teams qualify for state. After winning regionals with a 67, Mattoon's Nick Nguyen shot a 79 and missed the cut to qualify as an individual.

CROSS COUNTRY

Charleston wins Apollo

MATTOON -- After just missing the Apollo Conference title last year, falling to Salem by one point, the Trojans made sure that would not happen again and captured the conference title at Lake Land College with 44 points, nine better than second-place Taylorville.

"We were pretty hungry for it," Charleston coach Derrick Landrus said. "It was the biggest meet of the season so far. That is what we were working for and now we can turn the page and get ready to move on to the postseason."

Colton Bell was the top finisher for the Trojans with a time of 15:56.36, just 1.83 seconds behind Taylorville's Luke Sloan.

"I was hoping to get first," Bell said. "I just didn't have that last kick in me. I was happy with what I got though."

On the girls' side, Charleston placed second with 60 points, just four behind conference champion Effingham.

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