Friday's prep highlights: Diedrich lifts Mahomet-Seymour
In boys’ basketball
■ Normal West 29, Champaign Central 26. The Maroons trailed 7-1 at the end of the first quarter and could not recover in a road loss. SEAN SUGGS led Central with seven points and ALEC ALTMYER chipped in six points while KAMERON ROWAN added five rebounds.
■ Decatur MacArthur 64, Danville 61. DENZEL SMITH dropped 29 points for the host Vikings, but Danville could not pull off the comeback after trailing 49-40 to start the fourth quarter.
■ Mahomet-Seymour 60, Prairie Central 54. CONNOR DIEDRICH propelled the host Bulldogs with 24 points and 10 rebounds while SAM HOHLFELDER chipped in 15 points to offset a 25-point night from Prairie Central’s ADDISON BOUNDS. LANE MAURER added 12 points for the Hawks.
■ Bloomington 70, Centennial 66. DEDRIC BYRD had 24 points, but the host Chargers could not pull off a rally, dropping their second straight game at home to fall into second place in the Big 12 Conference. MICHAEL FINKE added 11 points for Centennial, which trailed 54-35 at the end of the third quarter.
■ St. Teresa 51, Monticello 50. NICK STOKOWSKI scored 14 points, but the visiting Sages lost in overtime.
The Bulldogs now control their own destiny for the Okaw Valley Conference championship. St. Teresa has games remaining against Shelbyville and Meridian. Monticello plays Maroa-Forsyth at home Tuesday before traveling to Warrensburg-Latham next Friday.
St. Teresa (20-3, 8-1 OVC) sprinted to a 22-7 lead after the first quarter.
Monticello (19-4, 7-2) hit the first shot of the game, but St. Teresa scored the next 14 points for an 11-point lead it held for most of the game.
■ St. Joseph-Ogden 53, Momence 41. The Spartans captured a home victory behind Louis Acklin’s 13 points and seven rebounds. Dalton Walsh (12), Chase Patton (10) and Nate Michael (10) also scored in double figures for SJ-O.
■ Watseka 48, Iroquois West 46. The Warriors rallied from a 27-23 halftime deficit to capture a road win. Austin Blair and Daulton DePatis scored 11 and 10 points, respectively, for Watseka. Logan Schippert contributed 10 rebounds to the victory. Jordan Hansen led IW with 13 points, and Michael Farmer grabbed nine rebounds.
■ Lexington 70, Fisher 45. KYLE WILLIAMS scored 16 points for Fisher, but the Minutemen outscored the host Bunnies 23-7 in the second quarter to lead 41-23 at halftime before cruising to the win.
■ Ridgeview 54, Blue Ridge 50. Ridgeview’s JOSH WEIER made two free throws with no time left on the clock in the fourth quarter to force overtime before the visiting Mustangs prevailed. BROCK HEIMER had 13 points for Ridgeview, which also received 11 points from TREVOR McINTOSH and Weier. MICHAEL PLUNK and CLINT O’NEAL each finished with 15 points for Blue Ridge.
■ Bismarck-Henning 55, Milford 52. The Vermilion Valley Conference-leading Blue Devils held off host Milford behind Austin Toler’s 18 points and Wilde Garowski’s 15. B-H hit 9 of 10 free throws in the fourth quarter. The Bearcats, who scored 17 points in the fourth period, were led by Jeff Cann’s 21 points.
■ Chrisman 47, Salt Fork 40. TY BOLEN had a game-high 18 points while CHRIS HOULT added 14 points for the host Cardinals, who pulled away after leading 33-30 to start the fourth quarter. ALEC DUTTON (12 points) and ROSS LEARNARD (10 points) finished in double figures for Salt Fork.
■ Georgetown-Ridge Farm 53, Armstrong-Potomac 26. The host Buffaloes outscored A-P 30-14 in the second half to cruise to the home win. KYLE COBURN scored a game-high 22 points and DYLAN BINA added 10 points for G-RF. SHAWN JOHNSON led the Trojans with 15 points.
■ Schlarman 60, Hoopeston Area 33. The Hilltoppers outscored Hoopeston Area 26-2 in the second period to take command en route to a road win. Schlarman’s Austin Calhoun scored 13 of his game-high 20 points in the first half. Mason Layden led the Cornjerkers with 15 points.
■ Westville 62, Oakwood 40. JEFFREY THOMPSON and KYLE BRAZAS each scored 15 points to pace four Westville players in double figures to a 22-point road win. JORDAN ROMO (12 points) and LAYN WHITE (11 points) also contributed for the Tigers, who led 47-29 after the third quarter. PARKER LEE led the host Comets with 12 points.
■ Arthur-Lovington 61, Villa Grove 45. TYLER SCHURING led all scorers with 16 points to spark the host Knights, who led 47-27 at the end of the third quarter. LOGAN WEST and ANDREW MAXWELL each contributed 10 points for A-L. AUSTIN HUBBART led Villa Grove with 12 points.
■ Cerro Gordo 72, Arcola 68. COLE BLICKENSDERFER scored a team-high 20 points and JOSH HAYES wasn’t far behind with 19 points as the Broncos held on for the road win. NICK HUDSON poured in a game-high 31 points and grabbed nine rebounds while KOLLIN SEAMAN scored 20 points for the Purple Riders.
■ Heritage 71, Tri-County 57. Brandon Richardson and Cody Reed led a balanced Heritage attack with 14 points apiece in a home victory. John Taylor (13), Chance Lemmon (11) and D.J. Robertson (10) also scored in double figures for the Hawks. Luke Clapp paced Tri-County with 18 points, two more than teammate Tyler Wright.
■ Sullivan 59, Argenta-Oreana 42. Caden May grabbed 17 rebounds to go with 10 points, leading the Redskins to a home win. Nick Frerichs (12 points, 10 rebounds) also had a double-double for Sullivan. Keegan McHood (18) and Gage Eller (16) combined for 34 points for the Bombers.
■ Decatur Christian 57, Arthur Okaw Christian 51. AUSTIN HELMUTH (18 points) and ADAM BEACHY (12 points) each made three three-pointers, but it wasn’t enough for AOC during a road loss.
Class 2A Mattoon Sectional
■ Urbana’s CAMERON MAMMEN pinned his opponent in 39 seconds to advance to today’s semifinals at 170 pounds, leading an area contingent of wrestlers who made it through to the semifinals. Mahomet-Seymour’s KOLTON TAYLOR and Danville’s JAVEONTE CRIDER advanced at 113, with Centennial’s TERRACE DAVIS (120), AUSTEN SCHOTT (126) and DARREN WYNN (132) all advancing. TRAE WILSON of Danville advanced at 145, DERRICK GRANT of Mahomet-Seymour did the same at 152 and ALEX LYNCH of Urbana followed suit at 182. TYLER DICKEN of Westville/Salt Fork/Georgetown-Ridge Farm and TOBY RIVERA of Champaign Central moved on at 195.
Class 1A Vandalia Sectional
■ Monticello’s JACOB BURTON at 160 and teammate BRENDAN MENACHER at 182 each won two matches in their respective weight classes to advance to today’s semifinals, and Argenta-Oreana’s TYLER ORTMANN followed suit at 285. Monticello’s AUSTIN HYDE moved on at 126 after winning his quarterfinal match by pin in 1 minute, 32 seconds, and TANNER VanDALSEN advanced to the semifinals at 195. Argenta-Oreana had five other wrestlers qualify for the semifinals in ZACH WHITSELL (120), NATE JONES (132), SETH BOWMAN (138), ROB LANE (145) and BROCK ELLIOTT (152).
Class 1A Olympia Sectional
■ TY SANDY of LeRoy pinned his quarterfinal opponent at 220 pounds in 53 seconds to lead six Panthers into today’s semifinals. TATE RUFFNER (113), AUSTIN MATLOCK (120), TYLER WALSH (126), PEYTON ROOP (132) and DJ MORGAN (145) will join Sandy in the semifinals. Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley/Fisher will have CAMERON SCHWING (113), DYLAN DONNER (120), CHET McCLURE (138), TRISTAN SMITH (160) and JOSH WALLICK (285) in the semifinals. Prairie Central’s PAUL GARCIA (132), BEN TRAUB (138), EVAN BAHLER (145) and JOHN KUPFERSCHMID (182) moved into the semifinals, along with St. Joseph-Ogden’s AUSTIN HEDRICK (152) and AUSTIN UPTON (170), Oakwood/Armstrong-Potomac’s ANTONIO ALVAREZ (126), Clinton’s KYE RECZEK (160) and Bismarck-Henning’s MORGAN SUPERGAN (285).