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HS BBBall: Maroa-Forsyth Holds Off Champaign St. Thomas More

The Maroa-Forsyth Trojans held off Champaign St. Thomas 52-47 at the Illini Prairie/Sangamo Conference Shootout from Williamsville High School in high school boy's basketball action Saturday afternoon.

 

Three players scored in double figures for Maroa-Forsyth led by Mitch Williams' 15 points. AJ Massey added 14 points while Grant Smith scored 13 points.

 

The Trojans go to 13-13 overall and will host Williamsville Tuesday night in Sangamo Conference play at 7 pm. 


HS BBBall: Petersburg-PORTA Topples Monticello

In a game heard on WEZC and online at dewittdailynews.com, Gavin Arthalony had a double-double and scored 17 of his game-high 25 points in the second half to propel Petersburg-PORTA over Monticello 47-36 in the Illini Prairie/Sangamo Conference Shootout at Williamsville High School in boy's basketball action Saturday afternoon.

 

The Sages' offensive sputtered on Saturday despite 18 points from junior Trey Welter, who was the ServPro of Piatt/DeWitt County Player of the Game. Monticello shot just 31 percent from the floor. 

 

The Blue Jays turned ten Sages turnovers into 12 points and shot 44 percent from the floor for the game. 

 

Arthalony paced the Blue Jays with a game-high 11 rebounds and PORTA outrebounded Monticello 28-23. 

 

Monticello drops to 14-10 overall while the Blue Jays move to 20-5. 

 

The Sages host Pontiac Tuesday night for Senior Night at the Sievers Center. Game time is 7 pm. Hear the action on 95.9 FM WEZC and online at dewittdailynews.com. 


HS BBALL: St. Teresa Claims CIC Tournament Championship Over Clinton

In a game heard Friday night on WHOW, the St. Teresa Bulldogs captured the CIC Tournament Championship over the Clinton Maroons, 71-43, at St. Teresa High School. 
 

The Bulldogs jumped out to a 10-0 lead, and never looked back.  Clinton trailed 12-4 after the first, and then 21-13 at half.  The second half saw St. T pull away; pouring in 50 points from all areas of the floor. 
 

The Bulldogs had four players in double figures, being led by senior Martin Velchek's 17 and junior Rhheem Tyus' 15.  St. T improves to 20-5 with the win. 
 

Clinton falls to 20-6 with the loss.  The Maroons were led by Junior Mason Walker, who had 17 points, and was named the Serv Pro of Piatt/DeWitt County Player Of The Game.  Junior Brooks Cluver added 14; 10 of those in the fourth quarter.  
 

Clinton returns to action Monday against Edinburg.  Our next WHOW Maroons "Game of the Week" broadcast is Tuesday night when Clinton hosts Warrensburg-Latham for Wall of Honor night.  Varsity tip is slated for 7:30pm on all WHOW platforms!

 


HS GBBall: Champaign St. Thomas More Rolls Monticello

In a game heard on WEZC and at dewittdailynews.com, Champaign St. Thomas More rolled past Monticello 61-30 in Illini Prairie Confernece girl's basketball action Thursday from the Sievers Center at Monticello High School.

 

Madelynn Swisher scored 14 of her game-high 21 points in the first half. 

 

STM would have had a 30-point advantage entering the fourth quarter if not for a three pointer from Monticello sophomore Lucy Leatherwood who beat the buzzer with the last-second heave to make the score 50-21.

 

But a pair of Swisher free throws moved the lead for STM to 30 and the final six-plus minutes were running clock in the lopsided victory for the Sabres.

 

Leatherwood would score 11 of her team-high 12 points in the second half and beat the buzzer again at the end of regulation - much to the delight of the Monticello bench and fans. 

 

Rory Quarnstrom scored 15 points for the Sabres who go to 22-5 overall.

 

Monticello falls to 7-20. They return home Monday to host Tolono Unity. Hear Monday's action on 95.9 FM WEZC and online at dewittdailynews.com. 

 

Tune in Saturday afternoon on WEZC for boy's basketball action as the Sages travel to Williamsville for the Illini Prairie/Sangamo Conference Shootout taking on Petersburg-PORTA. Game time is 1:30 pm.


Bulls Roll Hornets

Former Illinois standout Ayo Dosunmu matched a season-high with 22 points, Coby White scored 20 points and the Chicago Bulls overcame shaky outings by DeMar DeRozan and Zach LaVine to beat the Charlotte Hornets 114-98 on Thursday night.

 

Dosunmu made 9 of 10 shots, and White hit three 3-pointers. Nikola Vucevic added 17 points and 12 rebounds, and Andre Drummond had 15 points and 11 rebounds in just under 15 minutes.

 

The Bulls used a big third quarter to turn a four-point halftime lead into an 85-70 advantage heading to the fourth.

 

They stayed in control the rest of the way and got some payback for a loss one week earlier in Charlotte even with DeRozan and LaVine not performing to their usual standards.

 

DeRozan finished with 15 points on 4-of-12 shooting, after getting his sixth All-Star selection and second in as many seasons with the Bulls. LaVine scored 10 points. But even with its two best players not scoring the way they normally do, Chicago had six players in double figures and made enough plays to beat the team with the second-worst record in the Eastern Conference.

 

Terry Rozier scored 23 points for Charlotte. LaMelo Ball, coming off a triple-double Tuesday night in a loss at Milwaukee, added 19 points, eight rebounds and six assists before getting ejected with 1:21 remaining. He was furious about a non-call after LaVine blocked his layup and picked up two separate technical fouls. Mason Plumlee had 16 points and 11 rebounds.

 

The Bulls scored the first 10 points of the second half to bump a four-point lead to 63-49.

 

Dosunmu started the run and finished it with layups, and Vucevic and Patrick Williams made back-to-back 3-pointers.

 

Drummond became the first NBA player since Darryl Dawkins in 1978-79 to record at least 15 points and 11 rebounds while playing 15 minutes or less, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

 

The two-time All-Star signed with Chicago last summer to back up Vucevic. He's been in and out of the rotation and been used sparingly of late.

 

Bulls G Alex Caruso left the game with a sprained right foot. He scored seven points in seven minutes before exiting early in the second quarter.

 

The Bulls host Portland on Saturday night.


HS BBALL: Lady Maroons Outlasted By Central A&M

In a game heard Thursday night on WHOW, the Clinton Lady Maroons fell to the Central A&M Raiders, 40-34, in CIC Conference play. 
 

The Lady Maroons last played a week ago, and that layoff may have led to a sluggish start.  Clinton fell behind 10-0 before finally getting on the board. They then trailed A&M 12-4 after the first quarter, and were down 21-12 at half before battling back in the third.   Clinton freshman Clara Dempsey got hot in the third quarter hitting four three pointers.  The Lady Maroons outscored the Raiders 20 to 9 in the third to take a 32-30 lead into the final quarter.  However, the lids would return to the Clinton baskets, as the Lady Maroons only managed 2 fourth quarter points, and they were unable to hold off the more experienced Raiders. 
 

A&M improves to 17-11 with the win, and 6-1 in the CIC.  The Raiders were led by senior Julia Corzine with 16 points, and junior Jilyan Burgener with 13 points. 
 

Clinton falls to 13-16 overall, and 3-3 in conference.  Dempsey paced the Maroons with 14 points, 12 in the third quarter.  Freshman Avery Smith added 12 points, and was named the Serv Pro of Piatt/DeWitt County Player Of The Game.  Junior MaKayla Koeppel added 4 points as well. 
 

The Lady Maroons next host Decatur Lutheran Saturday afternoon. Our next Lady Maroons "Game of the Week" broadcast is next Thursday from Senior Night as Clinton hosts St. Teresa. Hear varsity action on all WHOW platforms. 

A reminder - Tune in Friday night for our Maroons "Game of the Week" broadcast as the Clinton Maroons face St. Teresa in the Championship of the CIC Conference tournament from St. T.  Coverage comes your way just before tip-off at 7:30pm on all WHOW platforms!


Illinois Football May Have Long Term Starting Quarterback

The outlook on the Illinois football 2023 recruiting class did not drastically change Wednesday during the official signing period but one thing the transfer portal may have in store for Illinois is stability at the quarterback position for multiple seasons.

 

Bob Asmussen from IlliniHQ.com believes you have to go back to Nathan Sheelhaase the last time Illinois developed its own quarterback that played for multiple seasons. While he transfers in from Ole Miss, Luke Altmyer could be a long-term solution.

 

 

Asmussen had the chance to speak with Altmyer last week and was impressed. While not having the swagger of last year's starting quarterback Tommy DeVito, Altmyer offers a quiet confidence.

 

 

The Illini recruiting class turned out to be very strong. Illinois scored big signing in-state wideout Malik Elzy, a 6-foot-2 wide receiver from Chicago Simeon. Additionally, central Illinois product Kaden Feagin from Arthur signed with Illinois. Feagin is a 6-foot-3 athlete that played running back in high school. 

 

Four-star, 6-foot-3 safety Saboor Karriem from West Orange, New Jersey was the class' top-ranked defensive player. 


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