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In loss, Riders turn support to rivals

TUSCOLA – Arcola coach Jarod Kiger and his Purple Rider football players have joined the Tuscola bandwagon.

"I never thought I would say this," Purple Rider junior running back Beau Fishel said after Saturday's 48-6 Class 1A semifinal loss to the Warriors, "but I'm definitely going to be a Tuscola fan next week. They have size, speed, and they play smart. They are a good all-around team. Their linebackers really filled the holes, so there were not many places I could run (33 yards on 14 carries). Once they get on a roll on offense, they are hard to stop as well."

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Kinney, newcomers will try to blend talents

CHAMPAIGN – It was the first day of basketball practice, and as James Kinney scanned Centennial's gym, he found few familiar faces.

"We lost a lot of people," the Chargers junior said. "We had a lot of seniors last year, six or seven. And then we lost Mikel (Leshoure) to football, so we're real young."

Tuscola's offense has proved tough to stop

If he had another chance, Don Dobrino would switch things up a bit. After dissecting last week's 49-27 loss to Tuscola, the Mount Olive coach thinks a different defensive philosophy might have helped his Wildcats stop the potent Tuscola offense.

"I think I would probably go man-to-man and maybe blitz them a little bit more," Dobrino said. "(Tuscola quarterback John Wienke) just stands there and throws it, and I noticed when he has to roll a little bit more he's not as accurate."

Weber, Cetin dive right in at state meet

WINNETKA – Centennial divers Emily Weber and Norah Cetin on Friday reached the finals of the state meet.

Weber is eighth heading into today's finals, compiling 254.70 points. Cetin, who set pool and meet records while winning last week's sectional, is ninth at 250.95.

Spotlight often misses Westville's Strebing

WESTVILLE – Coach Guy Goodlove's unbeaten football team is no different than any of the other state semifinalists. The players who carry the ball, pass the ball or catch the ball are the ones whose names fans can readily recite.

The athletes who aren't generally in the limelight often play vital roles in a team's success, however, and Westville has one of those unheralded heroes in senior Kyle Strebing.

Line rotation keeping Tigers' defense fresh

WESTVILLE – Maroa-Forsyth was undefeated. The Trojans had a dominating offense and were playing on their home field. This game was theirs to lose, right?

That's what they thought, but when Westville coach Guy Goodlove and his players walked off the field last Saturday, they walked off the field victorious.

Families' rooting interests split right down the middle

As far as siblings go, Andy and Jennifer Jones are as close as they come.

"She's always been his No. 1 fan," said Bob Jones, Andy and Jennifer's father. "After every game, she was always the first to call him and congratulate him, still does to this day."

Zenner steps aside as PBL coach

PAXTON – After a disappointing season for himself, his players and his team's fans, Paxton-Buckley-Loda football coach Jim Zenner has resigned.

Zenner's second PBL coach went 1-8. The Panthers were 5-5 in 2006, losing in the first round of the playoffs to Spring Valley Hall.

Arcola's Anderson trying for another ring for in the family

ARCOLA – When Cameron Anderson left Arcola's quarterfinal game Saturday with an ankle injury, there was cause for concern on the Purple Riders' sideline.

Arcola has lost two games this season, and Anderson, a tailback and outside linebacker, played in neither because of injury.