Athletes of the Week: Smith and Wallick

Shelby Smith, Shiloh, Senior, Basketball
Recently: Led Shiloh in scoring in all three games of the Little Okaw Valley Conference Tournament, leading the Raiders to a second consecutive title. The title-game win was against an opponent (Tri-County) Shiloh had previously lost to by 17 points.

Chart toppers: Fantastic freshman wrestlers, courtesy Fred Kroner

In wrestling, it is expected that the lower weight classes will be filled by ninth-graders. However, not all of the area’s elite freshmen this year are competing at 106 or 113 pounds. Here are five who have excelled throughout the season:

No. 1
Wesley Kibler
St. Joseph-Ogden,
182 pounds

Tuesday's prep highlights: Seaman, Hudson spark Arcola

In boys’ basketball

Little Okaw Valley Conference Tournament
At Arcola

Arcola 61, Martinsville 46. KOLLIN SEAMAN had 19 points and NICK HUDSON added 16 for the Purple Riders.

Saturday's prep highlights: Hudson lifts Purple Riders

In boys’ basketball
Little Okaw Valley Tournament
At Arcola
Arcola 54, Atwood-Hammond 41. Nick Hudson scored half of his 20 points in the first quarter to propel the Purple Riders to a win. Andy Webb and Jordan Feagin each scored 10 points for the Rajahs.

Friday's prep highlights: Chargers drop first Big 12 game

In boys’ basketball

Normal Community 59, Centennial 43. The visiting Chargers were outscored 45-29 over the final three quarters and absorbed their first Big 12 Conference loss of the season. Nine Centennial players scored, but none reached double figures. Phillip Wright led the Chargers with eight points.

Thursday's prep highlights: A-L/A-H, Tri-County, CG, Shiloh win LOVC games

In girls’ basketball
LOVC Tourney
A-L/A-H 46, Okaw Valley 30. Ashley Tabb poured in a game-high 21 points for Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond, which led 22-15 at halftime.

Wednesday's highlights: Urbana senior wrestlers honored

In wrestling
At Urbana. Urbana seniors Sam Walson (126 pounds) and Cameron Mammen (170) won by pinfall against Normal West opponents in their final home matches.

Walson finished his match in four minutes, and Mammen pinned his opponent in 1:23. The Wildcats won the dual match 54-20.

HS Wrestling: Urbana vs Normal West

The Urbana Tigers hosted Normal West in a Big 12 Dual Meet at Urbana High School on Wednesday Jan. 16, 2012.

Tuesday's prep highlights: Plecki, Koerner spark Sabers

In boys’ basketball
Vermilion County Tournament
Bismarck-Henning 58, Armstrong-Potomac 28. Austin Toler scored 13 of his 20 points in the first half to propel the Blue Devils to a 35-9 lead. Wilde Garowski added 13 points for B-H. Wade Rogers paced A-P with 12 points.


Teams of the Week: LeRoy wrestling in spotlight

Panthers (9-1) had individuals finish among the top four in eight of the 14 weight classes while pinning down team honors in the 47th George Girardi Invitational. Alex Matlock (106), Tate Ruffner (113) and Tyler Walsh (120) won titles. Peyton Roop was second at 132, and Ty Sandy won at 220.