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SULLIVAN — Another year, another sectional championship for the St. Teresa girls track team.

The Bulldogs qualified for state in 11 events Thursday at the Class 1A Sullivan Sectional.

DaeLin Switzer won three events — the 100-meter hurdles, the 300-meter hurdles and the 200-meter dash, setting school records in the 300 hurdles and 200. She also finished second behind Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond's Kenli Nettles in the high jump.

"DaeLin Switzer was phenomenal," St. Teresa coach Todd Vohland said.

Veronica Hein won the 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs.

"Veronica did a good job in the 3,200 and 1,600, so that was nice for her. I'm really happy with her 1,600 time (5:37.53)," Vohland said. 

Vohland also credited the winning 4x800 relay team of Jill Alwardt, Morgan Brummer, Pamela Tacud and Katie Dunscomb and the second-place 4x100 team of Miki Couch, Jahnyah Dickerson, Vanessa Gillespey and Marli McLeod.

Warrensburg-Latham got wins from Ashley Lyons in the 100, Brittney Oakley in the long jump and the 4x100 and 4x200 relay teams.

"It was really good competition with good athletes such as Brittney Oakley and Kenli Nettles," Vohland said. "There were good athletes all over the place. We are thrilled to win a team title."

Tuscola 8, Meridian 7

MACON -- It wasn't looking good for Tuscola softball early on Thursday.

Meridian was putting runs on the board easily in their Central Illinois Conference meeting Thursday to determine the conference champion.

The Warriors rallied, and thanks to an eighth-inning home run by Isabelle Shelmadine, Tuscola (24-7, 11-3) came away with the victory and a third consecutive CIC title. 

"Meridian came out playing unbelievably. They played as good as you can play," Tuscola coach Lenny Sementi said. "Our girls didn't give out. They kept fighting and finally at the end we were able to get a couple of balls to drop and we were able to seal the deal."

The Hawks had a 5-1 lead after six innings and Meridian starter Peyton Latham was in control of the Warriors' offense. 

All that changed in the top of the seventh as Tuscola's offense burst open with six runs to take the lead, 7-5. Meridian tied it 7-7 in the bottom of the inning with Shelmadine's home run giving the Warriors the lead for good. 

Shelmadine was 3-for-4 with an RBI. Jackie Watson was 3-for-3 with a double and an RBI. Winning pitcher Kaitlyn Reifsteck went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs. 

For Meridian, Zoie Bowman went 3-for-4 with a triple. Emma Jackson hit a double with two RBIs. 

Effingham 10, Effingham St. Anthony 0

EFFINGHAM -- Effingham freshman Jaide Davis was the hero of game 2 of the City Series. She threw a one-hit shutout against Effingham St. Anthony. 

In the first inning, the Hearts (18-4) gave Davis all the run support she needed.

"Emma Budde led off the game with a single and it sent the message that we came ready to play," Effingham coach Jerry Trigg said. "Lauryn Douthit and Carsyn Fearday followed with two hits and all of sudden we were up three to nothing before the dust cleared. It happened so quickly and basically took them out of the game."

Trigg was happy with his pitcher and the team's defense. 

"Jaidi pitched a really good game and she kept them off the bases. We played played good defense behind her and we had no errors," he said. 

Douthit went 2-for-2 with a double, triple and three RBIs. Fearday hit a double with two RBIs and Budde was 2-for-2 with two RBIs. 


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