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Wrestling preview: Top 10 teams

The Top 10 wrestling teams to start the season

Acheson, Ward take home titles

PALOS HILLS – Adam Acheson (160 pounds) and Brandon Ward (171) were individual champions for Champaign Central's wrestling team, which placed second in the 16-school Stagg Invitational on Saturday. Stephen Boatright (145), Tyler Finkbeiner (215) and Nate Volk (152) finished second for the Maroons.

At Hinsdale. Nathan Schmitz (160) finished second to lead Mahomet-Seymour to seventh place. Austin Armetta (145) and Matthew Moxley (152) placed third for the Bulldogs.

Hampton sparks Central

CHAMPAIGN – Okeima Hampton scored a team-high 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as Champaign Central beat Decatur MacArthur 72-66 in a Big 12 girls' basketball game Thursday. Jakeenya Evans (20 points, seven steals) and Kierra Robinson (17 points, 12 rebounds) also contributed for the Maroons.

Shiloh trio sparks home triumph

HUME – Lauren Bogle had 19 points and teammates Taylor Hawkins and Lindsey Ross added 18 apiece as Shiloh beat Urbana University High 73-50 on Tuesday in girls' prep basketball.

The Raiders broke open a close game by outscoring the Illineks 25-11 in the second quarter.

Belyea, M-S notch first win

MAHOMET – Freshman Kristin Belyea scored a game-high 14 points and grabbed four rebounds to lead Mahomet-Seymour to its first win of the season, a 45-31 triumph against Urbana on Monday in girls' basketball action.

Kelsie Donley added eight points and Hillary Veitch scored six for the Bulldogs (1-5).

Prep work: Marcus Jackson's inside scoop


– After a strong showing from his team during a summer tournament in Denver last week, Unity boys' basketball coach Jarrett Brown is encouraged by the group he has returning next season.

Wrestler of the Year: Andrew Brewer

MAHOMET – The lessons have sometimes been painful – and always filled with consequences.

Each time, Andrew Brewer has learned something important and became a mentally stronger person.

Dramatic run brings LeRoy to new heights

LeROY – When they broke from their postmatch huddle, there were smiles on the faces of virtually every LeRoy High School wrestler.

There was a genuine happiness for the team's accomplishment last Saturday – second in the Class 1A team-dual state meet – rather than disappointment for not finishing first against a school (Wilmington) that has been in the title match four straight years.

Mustangs complete season in style

NORMAL – The Ridgeview girls' basketball team capped the best season in school history Saturday with a 44-37 win against Brimfield in the third-place game of the Class 1A state finals at Redbird Arena.

Paige Nord scored 17 points and pulled down seven rebounds as the Mustangs (28-6), who reached state for the first time in program history, avenged a regular season loss to the Indians for third-place honors.

LeRoy wrestlers take second at state

BLOOMINGTON – It came down to one match; six minutes of wrestling that would determine whether LeRoy would compete for the Class 1A state championship or be thrust into the third-place match in the team-dual state tournament.

The LeRoy competitor was a junior who hadn't participated in the sport until November.