Teams of the Week: LeRoy wrestlers again in spotlight
Coach Doug DeWald's Panthers qualified eight individuals for state, but all 12 of the team's sectional qualifiers won at least one match and teamed up for a 32-12 overall record. Seven had at least one pin or technical fall, including Brad Simmons (220 pounds), three pins, and Devin Bulington (126), two pins and one technical fall, each out of three matches.
BISMARCK-HENNING BOYS' BASKETBALL
Coach Deon Mennenga's ninth-ranked (Class 2A) Blue Devils (24-2) clinched at least a tie for the Vermilion Valley Conference title, posting double-figure wins against Hoopeston Area and Milford. Five players had at least one double-digit scoring game for the week. Tanner Ribbe was 2 for 2, while teammate Andy Bott hit three-pointers in each of the games.
Coach Ed Mears' Chargers advanced four wrestlers to the Class 2A state meet, with the team's eight sectional qualifiers combining to win 15 of 25 matches. Austen Schott (113) pinned his way past all tournament challengers, and Archie Williams (182) pinned his way to the finals. Darren Wynn (126) and Deonte Adams (195) also kept their hopes alive for state medals.
HERITAGE BOYS' BASKETBALL
Coach Andy Place's Hawks (12-15) continued their climb following a 4-11 start. The team has a four-game winning streak and wins in seven of its last nine. John Taylor totaled 43 points in two LOVC wins last week, and teammate Brandon Umbarger nailed two three-pointers in each game. Heritage built a 17-2 first-quarter lead against Tri-County.