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TOLONO — St. Thomas More left little doubt who was the best team at the Unity Regional.
The Sabers, ranked first in Class 2A, overwhelmed Paxton-Buckley-Loda 72-33 to advance to the Clifton Central Sectional. It was a school-record 28th win for St. Thomas More.
WESTVILLE — Bailey Trimble is playing for her third different basketball head coach in three years.
Ashley Landis is a senior playing high school ball for the first time since her freshman year.
Together, they’ve helped a St. Joseph-Ogden program that graduated four starters from last year’s 20-win team eclipse the 20-win mark for the second season in a row.
Class 1A regional TITLE GAMES
- Schlarman 45, Armstrong-Potomac 38. At Armstrong, SIERRA BELL’s 23 points led the third-seeded Hilltoppers, who rallied in the second half. ELLA BLACK added 10 points for Schlarman, which outscored A-P 29-21 after the break. ERIKA SIEBERNS led the Trojans with 15 points.
FARMER CITY — Jamison Brandt added a new chapter to the book, “Ways to Win Basketball Games.”
There are the tried-and-true methods: making a game-winning basket; blocking a potential game-winning shot; or rebounding a missed shot before the opponents can attempt a possible game-winner.
TOLONO — St. Thomas More and Paxton-Buckley-Loda followed similar paths to success in Tuesday's Class 2A girls' basketball regional tournament at Unity High School.
VILLA GROVE GIRLS’ BASKETBALL
The Blue Devils (21-7) won three LOVC games in four days to complete an eight-game sweep of league opponents en route to their first conference crown in the sport. Kayla Dowler hit three-pointers in each game. Courtney Helm had five treys, and Alix Ezell hit three for the week. Dowler and Ezell are juniors.
Jon Delzell, Danville, senior, Swimming
Recently: Delivered the area’s only title at the Big 12 meet, winning the 50-yard freestyle race in 22.61 seconds.
In his words: “It was a real good day. I was happy with the win. Hopefully I’ll have a chance to swim at state.”
I’m driving ... a silver Pontiac G6.
I’m dying to see ... “Texas Chainsaw 3D.”
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Class 2A Regionals
FARMER CITY — Kaila Simpson didn’t grow up with hoop dreams.
“I never thought I’d play basketball,” Simpson said.
Until she was accepted at Urbana University High as an eighth-grader, Simpson kept her distance from the sport. Even then, she needed some urging to give it a shot.
“A P.E. teacher said anyone over 5-10 has to join the basketball team,” Simpson said.