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Honors Aplenty for Area HS Basketball Players

The Class 1A and Class 2A All-State teams were announced last week with a pair of area players receiving recognition.

In Class 1A, St. Anne senior Jeff Taylor was voted as an honorable mention, while Central junior Justin Lemenager was named honorable mention to the Class 2A team.

Taylor helped St. Anne to a 25-5 record and a sectional final appearance. The guard average 16 points, 7.3 rebounds 3.5 assists and two rebounds per game.

Lemenager led Central to back-to-back regional titles with 19.9 points, 3.1 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.6 steals per game.

In Class 1A, Iroquois West's Austin Zirkle put up a noble effort March 13 in Peoria in the preliminaries of the Three-point Showdown contest, finishing 2nd in his group with 6 treys.  In Class 2A, Hoopeston Area's Brennan Crose won in the preliminary group with 11 points, and finished tied for 2nd in the final round of the showdown.

On the girls' side, Watseka's Devin Curry hit eight 3-pointers, tying her with Pontiac senior Kelsey Walsberg, but they were one shot behind champion Amanda Cheek, a senior from Century in the Queen of the Hill 3-point competition held March 8 at Normal.  Curry was also selected to the AP Class 2A all-state team, averaging 19.5 points, 7.2 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 2.7 steals per game, all team bests. She helped the Warriors to their second straight regional title.  

Also in Class 1A, Cissna Park sophomore guard Addison Stoller earned second-team honors. Stoller averaged a double-double with 16.3 points and 10.2 rebounds per game, to go with 2.8 steals. She helped the Timberwolves win a sectional crown, and she racked up 22 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists in a super-sectional loss to top-ranked Annawan.

Reed-Custer senior Caitlyn Welch earned honorable mention accolades in Class 2A. She averaged 21 points, 7.9 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 2.8 steals per game.

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2/21-22 HS Basketball; CP's Knake Player of Week

Saturday, Feb. 22

High school Boys basketball

St. Anne 66, Herscher 53
Teutopolis 50, Cissna Park 40

THE FIRST TRUST AND SAVINGS BANK IN WATSEKA & CLIFTON PLAYER OF THE WEEK (ENDING 2/22/14) IS JUNIOR LEXI KNAKE OF THE CISSNA PARK LADY TIMBERWOLVES.

HIGH ON THE AREA LEADERBOARDS ALL SEASON LONG IN POINTS SCORED PER GAME, 3-POINTERS, STEALS, FREE-THROW PERCENTAGE, AND ASSISTS, LEXI SCORED A TOTAL OF 26 POINTS IN THE 1A SECTIONAL PLAYOFFS, INCLUDING 17 IN A DRAMATIC 46-43 WIN OVER HOST IROQUOIS WEST ON THURSDAY....WHERE SHE SCORED HER TEAM'S FINAL 8 POINTS, INCLUDING 2 BIG FREE THROWS IN THE FINAL 14 SECONDS TO GIVE CISSNA PARK A 3-POINT LEAD, AND THE 1A SECTIONAL TITLE.

Friday, Feb. 21

High school Boys basketball

Central 68, Grant Park 45
Cissna Park 49, Iroquois West 48
Coal City 54, Westmont 45
Dwight 52, Sandwich 46
Garnder-South Wilmington 65, Donovan 43
Herscher 43, Manteno 32
Hoopeston 54, Milford 44
Paxton-Buckley-Loda 76, Momence 44
Peotone 58, Lisle 35
Reed-Custer 75, Seneca 73
Rich Central 83, Kankakee 80
St. Anne 84, Illinois Lutheran 54
Thornwood 75, Bradley-Bourbonnais 64
Tri-Point 62, Beecher 59

Chicago Catholic League Tournament

Bishop McNamara 70, St. Laurence 65

South Shore Christian Conference Tournament

Trinity 67, Victory Christian 43

Girls basketball

Class 3A Bishop McNamara Regional

Bishop McNamara 56, Peotone 30

South Shore Christian Conference Tournament

Trinity 42, Victory Christian 37

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2/14-15 HS Basketball; S. Small Player of Week

Saturday, Feb. 15

High School Boys Basketball

St. Thomas More 72, Watseka 47
Cissna Park 69, Armstrong-Potomac 55
PBL 55, GCMS 48
Milford 69, Iroquois West 40

THE FIRST TRUST AND SAVINGS BANK IN WATSEKA & CLIFTON PLAYER OF THE WEEK (ENDING 2/15/14) IS SOPHOMORE GUARD SKYLAR SMALL OF THE IROQUOIS WEST LADY RAIDERS.

SKYLAR HAS BEEN A CONSISTENT PERFORMER ALL SEASON LONG FOR COACH KRISTY ARIE'S RAIDERS—ONE OF ILLINOIS CLASS 1A'S TOP GIRLS TEAMS. SKYLAR IS HIGH ON AREA LEADERBOARDS IN FREE THROW PERCENTAGE, ASSISTS, AND STEALS. LAST WEEK AT THE 1A REGIONALS AT ST. ANNE, SHE LED HER CLUB WITH 12 POINTS IN A SEMIFINAL WIN OVER THE HOST CARDINALS, FOLLOWED BY 11 POINTS IN A DRAMATIC OVERTIME WIN OVER MILFORD TO HELP WIN BACK-TO-BACK REGIONAL TITLES FOR IROQUOIS WEST.

Friday, Feb. 14

High school Boys basketball

Bismarck-Henning 44, Milford 36
Bradley-Bourbonnais 49, Thornridge 44
Central 77, Cissna Park 64
Danville 56, Bishop McNamara 37
Dwight 72, Reed-Custer 67
Gardner-South Wilmington 73, Tri-Point 62
Herscher 50, Lisle 37
Illinois Lutheran 76, Donovan 47
Iroquois West 60, Watseka 51
Manteno 56, Wilmington 44
Peotone 44, Coal City 42
Rich East 91, Kankakee 87
St. Anne 72, Grant Park 58
St. Joseph-Ogden 68, Momence 38

ACSI Tournament

Grace Christian 74, Mountain Top (Wis.) 52
Trinity 73, Quad Cities Christian 51

Girls basketball

Plano 56, Manteno 42

Class 2A Paxton-Buckley-Loda Regional championship

Watseka 44, Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley 30

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2/7-8 HS Basketball; Dafcik Player of Week

Sat. Feb. 8

High School Boys basketball

Sangamon Valley Conference Tournament

St. Joseph-Ogden 65, Central 63 (title)
Paxton-Buckley-Loda 54, Cissna Park 47 (third place)
St. Thomas More 70, Momence 46 (fifth place)
Watseka 52, Iroquois West 36 (seventh place)

Putnam County Shootout

Dwight 61, Ottawa Marquette 60

Regular Season

Milford 55, Salt Fork 37

Girls basketball

Cissna Park 45, Paxton-Buckley-Loda 34
Gardner-South Wilmington 44, Illinois Lutheran 16
Tri-Point 47, Grant Park 42
Watseka 63, Beecher 50

ASCI Tournament

Mountain Top 76, Trinity 24
Trinity 28, Cornerstone 24
Grace Christian 47, Rock County 44
Grace Christian 42, Faith Christian 40

THE FIRST TRUST AND SAVINGS BANK IN WATSEKA AND CLIFTON PLAYER OF THE WEEK (ENDING 2/8/14) IS SOPHOMORE JOHN DAFCIK OF THE SOUTH NEWTON REBELS.

JOHN HAS BEEN A LEADING SCORER ALL SEASON LONG FOR THE REBELS, AND CAME UP BIG FRIDAY NIGHT IN KENTLAND ON HOMECOMING NIGHT, LEADING HIS TEAM WITH 14 POINTS, WAS 10 OF 12 FROM THE FREE THROW LINE (9 FOR 9 IN THE CRITICAL 4TH QUARTER), AS THE REBELS PULLED OFF AN IMPRESSIVE UPSET OVER ONE OF INDIANA CLASS 1A'S TOP TEAMS, RIVAL TRI-COUNTY, THE FINAL 43-39.

Friday, Feb. 7

High school Boys basketball

Beecher 71, Donovan 51
Bradley-Bourbonnais 54, Andrew 44
Crete-Monee 90, Kankakee 80
Dwight 43, Herscher 37
Illinois Lutheran 62, Grant Park 41
Milford 66, Armstrong 43
Peotone 49, Manteno 47
Providence 53, Bishop McNamara 46
Reed-Custer 77, Wilmington 63
Seneca 56, Coal City 39
St. Anne 67, Gardner-South Wilmington 41

Sangamon Valley Conference Tournament

Central 61, Cissna Park 58 (OT)
Momence 49, Iroquois West 48
St. Joseph-Ogden 38, PBL 26
St. Thomas More 62, Watseka 47

Girls basketball

Grant Park 48, Illinois Lutheran 25
Tri-Point 44, St. Anne 33

ASCI Tournament

Coulee Region Christian (Wis.) 46, Grace Christian 28
Grace Christian 49, Westlake Christian Academy 36
Trinity 47, Faith Christian 44 (OT)

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1/31 HS Basketball; O.Davis Player of Week

Friday Jan. 31, 2014

High school Boys basketball

Cissna Park 57, Momence 47
Illinois Lutheran 70, Beecher 48
Milford 76, Oakwood 51
Rich South 57, Kankakee 49
Seton Academy 69, Bishop McNamara 68
St. Anne 72, Donovan 44
St. Thomas More 81, Iroquois West 48
Thornton 77, Bradley-Bourbonnais 67
Tri-Point 75, Grant Park 57

Interstate Eight Conference Tournament

Coal City 75, Reed-Custer 66 (Championship)
Seneca 53, Herscher 30 (Third place)
Dwight 56, Peotone 48 (Seventh place)

Girls basketball

St. Joseph-Ogden 42, Momence 33

THE FIRST TRUST AND SAVINGS BANK IN WATSEKA AND CLIFTON PLAYER OF THE WEEK (ENDING 2-1-14) IS SENIOR OCTAVIOUS DAVIS OF THE ST. ANNE CARDINALS

A MODEL OF CONSISTENCY, AVERAGING 16 POINTS A GAME THIS SEASON, DAVIS WAS A BIG PART OF THE CARDINALS' REGIONAL TITLE LAST YEAR, AND HAS BEEN A KEY LEADER IN ST. ANNE'S 13-3 START THIS YEAR--PUTTING UP DOUBLE-DIGIT POINTS IN VIRTUALLY EVERY GAME THIS SEASON AND DISPLAYING FINE DEFENSE AS WELL, BEING ONE OF THE AREA LEADERS IN STEALS. FRIDAY NIGHT, HE LED HIS CLUB WITH 23 POINTS IN A WIN OVER CONFERENCE RIVAL DONOVAN.