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Tough night on mat for SJ-O, GCMS

Area schools were shut out Tuesday night in their bids to advance to this weekend's dual-team wrestling state tournament.

In Class 1A sectional matches at Clinton, 14th-ranked Macomb edged 13th-ranked St. Joseph-Ogden 34-33 and, in a rematch from 2007, Petersburg PORTA reversed the outcome against Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley, beating the ninth-ranked Falcons 34-26.

Jones injury sours Central victory

CHAMPAIGN – Verdell Jones was on the bench with an injured ankle. Keith Biggers was on the bench with foul trouble. Champaign Central was on the ropes after a four-point third quarter.

Johnson leads Spartans; Leischner sparks Sages

ST. JOSEPH – Seniors are expected to step forward at regional tournament time.

Tyler Johnson and Zach Becker did just that in St. Joseph-Ogden's 50-37 boys' basketball win against Westville, as did Curtis Leischner in Monticello's 76-55 conquest of Urbana University High at Tuesday's Class 2A St. Joseph-Ogden Regional.

Vikings' run hits the wall

SPRINGFIELD – Ashley Clanton's hope was that her Danville High girls' basketball team had one final run left.

Turns out she was right.

Young Warriors learn valuable lesson

DECATUR – After seeing his girls' basketball team play in the sectional finals last week, Flanagan-Woodland coach Ron Spencer realized he had more than the opponent to be concerned about for Monday's Class 1A super-sectional game.

His own team provided a source of concern.

St. Thomas More puts up fight in regional defeat

ST. JOSEPH – The postseason often becomes a forum for unsung heroes to make names for themselves.

Monday night in the opening round of the St. Joseph-Ogden Regional, Westville junior Dustin Billings did just that, netting 11 of 12 shots and finishing with a game-high 25 points to lead sixth- seeded Tigers past No. 8 seed St. Thomas More 67-59.

With Lacine leading the way, Central swims away with title

CHAMPAIGN – It started in late December, when the parent of a Champaign Central swimmer wanted to take a group photo after a meet in Aurora.

Impulsively, Colin McGill began flexing his biceps as the camera clicked away. Soon, teammate Mike Lacine was joining in and a tradition was born.

Around the mat

News and notes from Saturday at the Assembly Hall:

Attitude adjustment suits PBL's Cox

PAXTON – For as far back as Kendall Cox can remember, opponents have tried to get into his head. They talk trash to him. They get physical with him. There's even been a cheap shot or two.

No double for Dooley

CHAMPAIGN – So he didn't win back-to-back state titles. Doesn't matter, Kyle Dooley is still the best wrestler in Monticello history. The 150-pound senior dropped the 152-pound championship match 4-0 to Coal City's Chase Odeen, bringing to an end a stellar career.

He won a school-record 150 matches to just 11 defeats, and finished second, first and second in consecutive years at the individual state meet. That's the kind of stuff most guys dream of.