Chad Graves' fifth-seeded Purple Riders were the surprise champions of the Little Okaw Valley Conference tournament. Or maybe not, considering their title-clinching 60-58 victory against Tri-County was Arcola's 10th win in 12 games. The resurgent Riders pummeled top-seeded Arthur by 17 in the semis.
The Comets took some of the sting out of being denied a Vermilion County title (in a one-point loss to Bismarck-Henning) by handily winning the 14-team Eastern Illinois Tournament. Dacian Alvarez (103 pounds), Wesley Patton (112) and Blake Warren (285) earned titles for Oakwood/Armstrong-Potomac.
The Blue Devils capped a 3-0 week by defeating Salt Fork 51-46 in a Vermilion Valley showdown of state-ranked schools. The triumph – B-H's second in seven days against the Storm – kept B-H alone atop the conference standings at 10-0. Hannah Ohl averaged 19.7 points in the three wins.
A 1-1 week might not seem all that notable, but the way Chad Benedict's Bulldogs finished it certainly was. M-S ended Corn Belt leader Olympia's eight-game winning streak, 77-73 in overtime on the road, behind Luke Radliff's career-high 30 points. It was Olympia's first loss since Dec. 29.