Tuesday's prep highlights: Joop, Sabers victorious
In boys’ basketball
St. Thomas More 55, PBL 46. Storm Joop and Joshua Koerner combined for 13 points in the fourth quarter to lift the Sabers to a home win. STM outscored the Panthers 17-10 in the final period. Joop finished with 19 points, and Jeremy Walder led the Panthers with 12 points.
Rantoul 76, Olympia 63. Johnny Jones scored 19 points and Rantoul built a 70-48 lead through three quarters en route to a home win.
Prairie Central 71, Mahomet-Seymour 67. Kyler Hoffman scored seven of his 19 points in overtime to lift the Hawks to a home win. Addison Bounds finished with 23 points for Prairie Central, which sank nine three-pointers. Sam Hohlfelder and Connor Diedrich scored 25 and 24 points, respectively, for the Bulldogs.
St. Joseph-Ogden 73, Clifton Central 60. Brent Schluter racked up 31 points and the Spartans outscored Clifton Central 33-26 in the second half to pull away to a road win.
Shelbyville 49, Tuscola 44. Nick Bates and Christian Wood combined for 21 points for the Warriors in a home loss.
Schlarman 51, Chrisman 28. Austin Calhoun scored 13 of his game-high 24 points in the first quarter to propel the Hilltoppers to a home victory.
El Paso-Gridley 77, GCMS 35. Nick Retherford scored 15 points and Wiley Hasty grabbed 11 rebounds for the Falcon in a road loss.
Ridgeview 58, Heyworth 52. Josh Weier had 13 points and eight rebounds for the Mustangs in a home win.
Salt Fork 61, Oakwood 52. Ross Learnard and Max Stutsman combined for 39 points to lead the Storm to a home victory. Kyle Elliott of the Comets scored a game-high 21 points.
Unity 71, Argenta-Oreana 41. Josh Larson scored 16 points and Mitch Negangard contributed nine points, 10 rebounds and five steals to help the Rockets roll to a road win. Keegan McHood led the Bombers with 20 points.
Decatur Christian 56, Judah Christian 45. Ethan Chitty scored 12 points for the Tribe, which was outscored 31-17 in the middle two quarters, in a road loss.
Westville 57, Georgetown-Ridge Farm 27. Jeffery Thompson scored 18 points for the Tigers, who held G-RF to single digits in scoring in every quarter, in a road victory. Aaron Scott scored 11 points for the Buffaloes.
Atwood-Hammond 50, Villa Grove 42. Andy Webb scored five of his game-high 20 points in overtime to lift the Rajahs to a road win. Brandon Koeberlein scored 13 points for the Blue Devils.
Okaw Valley 70, Arthur-Lovington 62. Clayton Honn scored 16 points for the Knights in a road defeat.
Monticello 56, Clinton 35. Bryan Phipps had 14 points, five assists, three blocks and three steals for the Sages in a road win. Colten Reeves paced Clinton with 15 points.
Bement 55, Arcola 50. Connor Gross scored 28 points, sinking four three-pointers, as Bement used a 15-1 getaway to win on the road. Steve Isbell and CJ Somers added nine points apiece in the win. Kollin Seaman led Arcola with 18 points. Nick Hudson added 12 points, and Austin Shafer had nine rebounds.
In girls’ basketball
Urbana University High 49, Arthur Okaw Christian 35. Emma Hoyer’s double-double (19 points, 14 rebounds) boosted the Illineks to a home win. Kami Taber and Twila Linville combined for 23 points for the Conquering Riders.
LeRoy 74, Cerro Gordo/Bement/DeLand-Weldon 33. Lauren Russell scored 13 of her game-high 30 points in the first period as the Panthers jumped to a 29-5 lead en route to a lopsided home win. For the game, Russell shot 8 of 12 from three-point range. Jessica Blunt led the Broncos with 11 points.
Villa Grove 56, Chrisman 40. The Blue Devils won on the road behind Lizzy Smith’s 22 points. Freshman Shelby Warner had a double-double (14 points, 11 rebounds) for the Cardinals.
Iroquois West 55, Gardner-South Wilmington 43. Austin Zirkle and Keaton Zirkle combined for 38 points to lift the Raiders to a road victory.
Herscher 40, Watseka 37. The visiting Warriors lost in overtime despite Austin Hasselbring’s double-double (12 points, 15 rebounds).
Milford 57, Hoopeston Area 41. Josh Killion scored 15 points and Jacob Rogers contributed a double-double (11 points, 10 rebounds) to lead the Bearcats to a home win.
At Gibson City. Cameron Schwing (120 pounds) had a first-period pin for GCMS/Fisher in a 71-9 victory against Rantoul.
At Champaign. Austin Hedrick (152) and Ryan Koss (220) recorded first-period pins for St. Joseph-Ogden in a 42-28 victory against Centennial. Darren Wynn (138) won by pin in the opening period for Centennial.
At Bismarck. The Rockets won six of eight contested matches, including a first-period pin by Darius Daniels (106), en route to a 45-30 victory against Bismarck-Henning.
At Mahomet. Cody Hooper’s 25-8 technical fall at 132 gave Mahomet-Seymour a 29-27 lead and Brandon Ireland (138) followed with an 8-2 decision as the Bulldogs rallied for a 32-27 victory against Monticello. Billy Roundtree (170) and Logan Hawn (113) had first-period pins for M-S in a 72-9 win against St. Thomas More.
In swimming & diving
At Urbana. Jordan Young won two individual events and swam on a first-place relay to lead Centennial to the title of a three-team meet at the Urbana Indoor Aquatic Center. Young captured the 100-yard breaststroke and 500 freestyle, and joined Logan Starks, David Jin and Heath Rogers on the winning 200 medley relay. Zach Heinricher (200 individual medley) and Erik Heine (50 freestyle) of runner-up Urbana won individual events and contributed to the Tigers’ victory in the 200 freestyle relay.