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ST. JOSEPH – With stingy defense, a patient offense and a little luck, the St. Joseph-Ogden Spartans captured their fifth consecutive Leader Classic championship Saturday night.
Behind 17 points from tournament MVP Zach Becker, SJ-O held off a late Monticello rally to win the boys' basketball tournament 60-54.
ST. JOSEPH – The championship game at this year's Leader Classic has a familiar look: St. Joseph-Ogden versus Monticello.
Corbin Sebens scored 22 points and Curtis Leischner added 17 as the Sages defeated Paxton-Buckley-Loda 73-55 on Friday night.
DANVILLE – Maybe sunny Florida was on the collective minds of the Champaign Central boys' basketball team.
Though the Maroons still came out on top in Friday night's Big 12 Conference matchup with Danville, they got a scare from the Vikings in a 54-47 victory.
ST. JOSEPH – Kyle Welch scored a game-high 18 points for Clinton in its 56-43 victory against Armstrong-Potomac on Thursday night at the Leader Classic.
Josh Barr contributed nine points for the Maroons, who had 10 players score.
CHAMPAIGN – Centennial appears to have a pair of up-and-coming basketball stars in sophomores Rayvonte Rice and Jeff Johnson.
The 6-foot-3 Rice had a big night, scoring 20 points and grabbing six rebounds, to lead the Chargers to a 64-48 non-conference victory against Mahomet-Seymour. The 6-6 Johnson contributed nine points and grabbed six caroms.
GEORGETOWN – People have noticed.
"I don't think I've ever been a bad sport," Georgetown-Ridge Farm senior Rachael Everingham said with a giggle. "I think I learned from my family. That's just how I was brought up – to always encourage other people, as well as myself, and be the best I can."
ST. JOSEPH – St. Joseph and Westville each improved to 2-0 at the Leader Classic in advance of their Friday night matchup.
The four-time defending champion Spartans beat Clinton 49-34 on Wednesday as Mike Bialeschki had 15 points. Tad Worley and Zach Becker each added 10 for the Spartans, who took control with a 15-4 second-quarter run.
CHAMPAIGN – St. Thomas More's girls' basketball team lost a game Wednesday night but scored points in the sportsmanship category.
Bloomington Central Catholic forced 18 first-half turnovers and built leads as large as 21 points en route to a 60-44 nonconference win against the Sabers.
FISHER – Deon Mennenga is trying to build a basketball power at Fisher.
So far, he is making progress.
ST. JOSEPH – Winning ugly might be the only way the St. Joseph-Ogden basketball team will win this season.
"I don't think we are ever going to be pretty," coach Brian Brooks said Tuesday after the Spartans opened their bid for a fifth consecutive Leader Classic title with a 56-20 rout of Armstrong-Potomac. "We are going to have to win defensively. We're not very good, but we are better than we were a week ago. We just have to try to get better each day."