Tuesday's highlights: LeRoy returning to wrestling state
CLASS 1A TEAM-DUAL SECTIONALS
At Gibson City
■ LeRoy 45, Illini Bluffs 36. The Panthers clinched their fifth straight trip to the state dual-team meet Tuesday.
After winning the state title in 2012, the Panthers lost to eventual state champion Dakota in last year’s state meet. The Panthers will face Sherrard in this year’s state quarterfinals at 11 a.m. Saturday.
“We went home empty-handed last year, so our goal is to go down and focus on that first match and see if we can’t get ourselves a trophy,” LeRoy coach Doug DeWald said. “If we come out firing like we did today, I think we’ve got a good shot.”
Against Illini Bluffs, LeRoy collected five pinfalls. The Panther grapplers who won via pin were Ty Sandy (285 pounds), Mike Edwards (182), Peyton Roop (138), Tyler Walsh (126) and Alex Matlock (113).
“Our kids are pinners when they want to be pinners,” DeWald said. “The matchups tonight were in our favor in some weight classes. The kids did a nice job of going out and getting the bonus points.”
■ Petersburg PORTA 41, GCMS/Fisher 25. Seniors Hunter Lowry (113 pounds) and Cameron Schwing (126) achieved pinfalls for the Falcons, whose season ended in the sectionals for the second straight year.
“We accomplished a lot this year,” GCMS/Fisher coach Josh Carter said. “Obviously, we didn’t reach the goals that we set out for, but we accomplished a lot on and off the mat. They fought hard and they came up short. That’s the way it goes sometimes. PORTA wrestled a great match tonight, so we tip our hat to them.”
Jacob Franklin (195) won via 12-1 major decision while Lane Williams won a 7-3 decision.
In boys’ basketball
Class 1A Regionals
■ Arthur-Lovington 68, Okaw Valley 31. The top-seeded Knights outscored the fifth seed 49-15 in the second and third quarters in rolling to a semifinal win. Led by Colton Yeakley’s 11 points, 11 players contributed to A-L’s scoring total.
■ Arcola 65, Tri-County 48. The second-seeded Purple Raiders outscored TC 39-21 in the second half to pull away to a semifinal win. Kollin Seaman scored a game-high 20 points for Arcola, and teammate Wyatt Fishel sank 10 free throws and tallied 14 points. Drake Kirchner led the third-seeded Titans with 18 points.
■ Cissna Park 61, Schlarman 45. An ultra-balanced attack carried the second-seeded Timberwolves to a quarterfinal victory. Jacob Marquez, Tyson Rogers and Tyler Schuldt scored 12 points apiece for CP. Michael Simmons paced the seventh-seeded Hilltoppers with 14 points.
■ Salt Fork 57, Armstrong-Potomac 40. The third-seeded Storm advanced with a quarterfinal win. Dentler Loschen led seventh-seeded A-P with 11 points.
At Farmer City
■ Blue Ridge 77, Lexington 39. The second-seeded Knights scored 51 first-half points and rolled to a quarterfinal win. Michael Plunk led a balanced BR attack with 17 points.
■ Tri-Point 75, Buckley Christ Lutheran 22. The seventh-seeded Crusaders fell behind 16-2 after one quarter and never recovered in a quarterfinal loss to the second seed.
■ Fisher 54, Urbana Uni High 42. The third-seeded Bunnies rallied into the semifinals behind Grant Pointer’s 19 points. Trailing by two at halftime, Fisher outscored the Illineks 31-17 in the final two quarters. Taharka Baraka led Uni with 22 points.
■ Danville 85, Rantoul 62. Denzell Smith’s 39 points boosted the Vikings to a nonconference home victory. Kemony Lester had four of Danville’s 10 three-pointes and contributed 16 points. Talon Hardin and Johnny Jones scored 14 apiece for the Eagles.
■ Mahomet-Seymour 60, Pontiac 44. Christian Romine shot 8 of 12 from the field and scored a game-high 19 points to lead the Bulldogs to a Corn Belt road win.
In girls’ basketball
■ Arthur Okaw Christian 35, Heritage Christian (Ind.) 26. The Conquering Riders outscored Heritage Christian 18-5 in the fourth quarter to rally to victory and advance to the ICST Regional championship game. Hanna Erwin scored 16 points for AOC.