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Central A&Ms Heaton Named All-State For Second Year

Central A&M 6-foot-5 senior Connor Heaton was named a Class 1A first-team all-state selection for the second year in a row in high school boys basketball. 


The senior led the Raiders to their second straight state tournament appearance, unfortunately, he and the Raiders won't get the chance to play for a state title thanks to the efforts to contain the coronavirus outbreak that has halted play of sports across the country.


The rest of the first-team all-state:


Coltin Quagliano, Kewanee Wethersfield (6-0, Jr., G) 78
Cooper Larsen, Indian Creek (6-4, Sr., F) 61
Taaj Davis, Aurora Christian (6-1, Sr., PG) 59
Blake McKay, Woodlawn (6-3, Sr., G) 51




Trent Glidewell, Goreville (6-5, Sr., C/F) 46 points
Kendale Anderson, Chicago Leo (6-7, Sr., F/C) 43
Isaiah Brown, Peoria Quest (6-6, Sr., F) 43
Luke Braman, Roanoke-Benson (6-8, Jr., F) 41
Jaccob Dust, Effingham St. Anthony (6-7, Sr., C) 40*
Javonnie Moore, Madison (6-1, Sr., G) 40*
AJ Smith, Metro-East Lutheran (6-6, Jr., F) 40*


Heaton's teammate, Griffin Andricks, a 6-6, Sr. wan an honorable mention. Other local athletes to receive honorable mention honors included:


Noah Jackson, Champaign Judah Christian (6-4, Sr., G)


Tuscola sophomore Jalen Quinn was named a first-team all-state selection in the Class 2A boys basketball all-state team. 


Other first-team selections in Class 2A:


Devon House, Sterling Newman (6-7, Sr., PF) 86 points
Demarius Splunge, Chicago Orr (6-6, Sr., F) 70
Drew Reifsteck, Bismarck-Henning/Rossville-Alvin (5-10, Sr., G) 63
Drake Hammel, West Hancock (6-5, Sr., G/F) 44


Normal U-High's Alex Wood was named a second-team selection. He tied with Kavon Russell of Kewanee and Marcus Hill of Rockford Christian for first-team honors.


Local athletes to receive honorable mention in Class 2A:


Jack Weber, El Paso-Gridley (6-6, Sr., F) 
Trey Bazzell, Fairbury Prairie Central (6-3, Jr., G)
Trey VanWinkle, Paxton-Buckley-Loda (6-1, Sr., G)
Ryan Weir, Pontiac (6-3, Sr., F)
Holt Geltmaker, Chillicothe Illinois Valley Central (6-2, Jr., G)

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