St. Anthony Shootout Features Two Overtime Games, Close Contests Throughout


Published on January 11 2014 10:52 pm
Last Updated on January 11 2014 10:52 pm
Written by Greg Sapp

The 2014 St. Anthony Shootout was a great success, if big crowds and close games are any indication.

Three of the local teams in the Shootout posted wins and the fourth only lost by five points.

The St. Anthony Bulldogs won in overtime over the Lawrenceville Indians, 50-38, the Teutopolis Wooden Shoes edged Kankakee 47-45, and the Dieterich Movin Maroons got by Waltonvile 53-45. The only local team to lose Saturday, the Stewardson-Strasburg Comets lost to Mt. Pulaski 58-53.

The four contests were broadcast on 979XFM and

The Bulldogs never led their game in regulation against a Lawrenceville team that only won three games this season and starts just one player older than a sophomore.  After getting close a number of times, St. Anthony finally tied the game at 38-38 at the end of regulation.  The overtime was all Bulldogs, though, as St. Anthony shutout Lawrenceville 12-0 in the extra frame.  That was not the case in most of the game as Lawrenceville twice took 11-point leads.  Bulldogs senior John Goeckner, though, went to work toward the end of the game.  Goeckner had four points in the first half and just six after three quarters.  In the fourth quarter and overtime, however, Goeckner scored 19 points to finish with 25 for the game and also grabbed 10 rebounds in the contest.

Alex Hoelscher scored just four points, but pulled down 12 rebounds.  

Also for the Bulldogs: Neil Williams nine, Matt Gibson five, Derek Rios four, Frank Jansen two, and Zach Gardewine one.

St. Anthony made 41% of its shots, hitting 18 of 44 including one of seven three-point tries.  The Bulldogs made 13 of 20 foul shots, turned the ball over 17 times and pulled down 34 rebounds. Lawrenceville was held to 28% shooting, making 15 of 53.

St. Anthony is now 11-4 on the season, heading to Neoga Tuesday for NTC action.


The Wooden Shoes gutted out their win over a determined Kankakee team.  

Teutopolis led 13-9 after one quarter and 25-16 at halftime and were still in front 35-27 after three quarters before Kankakee started a run.  The Kays started hitting shots that hadn't gone in all night and the Shoes started turning the ball over.  T-Town committed 18 turnovers, and 13 of those occurred in the second half.  The Shoes had a monster night rebounding, though, outboarding the Kays 37-19 for the game.

The game would have been as close had Teutopolis made some more foul shots.  The Shoes were just seven of 13 from the line in the first half, made one of three in the third quarter and then got to go to the line 22 times in the fourth quarter, but only made 10.  For the game, Teutopolis was 18 of 38 from the foul line for 47%.

Kankakee, while being badly outrebounded, committed just eight turnovers in the contest, allowing them to stay in the game.

Bobby Wenthe stepped up with a big game for Teutopolis, scoring 13 points and pullling down 14 rebounds.  Reed Hardiek scored 16 points including three three-pointers.  Brett Mette scored seven points and grabbed nine rebounds.  Also for Teutopolis: Justin Kenter eight including six in the fourth quarter, John Ungrund two and Ryan Sandschafer one.  

Wooden Shoes fans were holding their collective breath as senior Cody Will left the game and was taken for X-rays for what might be a collarbone injury.

Teutopolis improved to 10-3 on the season.


Dieterich's win over Waltonville was accomplished by a combination of inside play and good shooting by their guards.

Dieterich attempted to pound the ball inside to Devin Aherin and Travis Niemerg until Waltonville packed their defense around the bigs, but the Maroons then got points from Tanner Traub, Alex Bohnhoff, Nick Feldhake and Lance Niemerg.

Bohnhoff led Dieterich with 13 points and Tanner Traub added 12.  Also for Dieterich: Travis Niemerg nine with eight rebounds, Devin Aherin eight with six rebounds, Nick Feldhake six, and Lance Niemerg five.

Dieterich made 16 of 44 shots for 36%, made 14 of 20 foul shots, turned the ball over 14 times and grabbed 25 rebounds while hitting seven of 20 three-point attempts.

Dieterich is now 9-4 on the season.


Stewardson-Strasburg was in it their entire game, but fell short at the end.

The Comets trailed Mt. Pulaski 11-7 after one quarter, but outpointed the Hilltoppers 20-13 in the second period to take a 27-24 half time.  Mt. Pulaski bounced back after intermission, though, and led 39-35 after three quarters.  Mt. Pulaski outscored Stew-Stras 19-18 in the final stanza to post the five-point win.

Stew-Stras made 41% of its shots, hitting 19 of 46 including 10 of 24 from three-point range.  They made five of eight foul shots, turned the ball over 16 times and grabbed 22 rebounds.

Brandon Helmuth led the Comets with 24 points including nine of 14 shooting and five three-pointers. Helmuth also grabbed nine rebounds.  Jason Fry added 18 points on six of 11 shooting.  Also for the Comets: Bryse Bugger five, and Mark Jones and Austin Rincker three each.

Stew-Stras dropped to 3-10 on the season.

In other scores Saturday at the Shootout:

Okaw Valley 52, Clay City 34

Casey-Westfield 64, Troy Triad 62 (OT)

Washington 52, Decatur Eisenhower 34