Each week the Journal Gazette/Times-Courier spotlights the performances of top local high school athletes.
Jake Baker, Neoga boys’ basketball, 6-1 F junior
Baker averaged 29.5 points per game during the week as the Indians went 2-0, winning both National Trail Conference games. Baker netted a career-high 38 points in a 55-50 win over Effingham St. Anthony, which was the first victory over the Bulldogs since Jan. 13, 2009. He also led Neoga in an 80-60 win over Brownstown Friday with 21 points. Neoga, coached by Clay Haurberg, is 5-12 overall and 2-3 in the NTC.
Holden Elwood, Cumberland wrestling, 145 pound weight class, junior
Elwood won all four of his wrestling matches Saturday in the Argenta-Oreana duals. He won one by forfeit and three by pin. He pinned a wrestler from Decatur MacArthur in 1 minute, 24 seconds; a Bismarck-Henning wrestler in 2:48 and Olney’s Levi Slover in 4:37 for the Pirates, coached by Jim Miller. Cumberland won all four matches, beating Bismarck-Henning 49-27; Olney 42-30; Decatur MacArthur 48-31; and Hoopeston Area 51-28.
Cara Edwards, Arcola girls’ basketball, 5-8 F senior
Edwards helped Arcola to a 2-0 week, winning both Little Okaw Valley Conference games, 47-28 over Okaw Valley and 68-24 against Martinsville. Edwards led the team in scoring in both games with 14 against the Lady Timberwolves and a career-high 19 against the Lady Bluestreaks on Senior Night. Edwards led the 13-4 Lady Riders (prior to Monday’s LOVC tournament game) in rebounds and steals against Okaw Valley with 12 and six respectively. She finished the week with 18 rebounds, nine steals and five assists. Arcola, coached by Nancy Stiff, is 3-0 in the conference.
Emily Neuhauser, Sullivan girls’ basketball, 5-9 G sophomore
Sullivan, coached by Sheri McCain, went 2-0 picking up two Okaw Valley Conference wins to improve to 11-8 overall and 5-3 in the conference. Neuhauser averaged 18.5 points per game, scoring a team-high 22 in an 80-30 win over Shelbyville/Stewardson-Strasburg/Windsor and leading the team in rebounds with five. She had 15 points in a 79-50 triumph over Argenta-Oreana.
Luke Clapp/Wyatt Flesner, Tri-County boys’ basketball, 5-9 G/6-2 G F, seniors
Clapp and Flesner helped Tri-County, 7-8 (prior to Monday’s game at Chrisman) win its first Little Okaw Valley Conference game of the season, 57-55 over Arcola Friday at Kansas. Clapp led the Titans, coached by Blake Doehring, with a season-high 23 points. Clapp was held to three points in the first half before scoring 20 in the second half. He was 11-of-13 (.846) from the free throw line, including 7-of-8 (.875) in the fourth quarter and made all five field goal attempts in the second half, finishing 6-of-9 overall. Flesner scored 14 points in the first half, going 6-of-10 from the field, including 2-for-4 from beyond the 3-point line. He finished 7-of-17 (.412) from the field and 3-of-8 (.375) from beyond the 3-point line for the 1-1 Titans. It was the first win over Arcola since Feb. 3, 2009, which was also the last time the two teams played at Kansas.
Justin Fulk, Stewardson-Strasburg boys’ basketball, 6-4 C, senior
Stewardson-Strasburg improved to 9-6 overall and 3-0 in the National Trail Conference with two victories during the week. Fulk was the high-scorer in both games, netting 16 points in a 55-38 victory over South Central and a career-high point game with 25 points in a 56-40 triumph over Cowden-Herrick at Cowden.
Peyton Hagerman/Wesley Thompson, Okaw Valley boys’ basketball, 5-10 G sophomore; 6-0 G senior
Hagerman and Thompson scored 15 points each in a 70-62 win over Arthur-Lovington, the No. 17 team in the Associated Press Class 1A rankings and both scored a team-high 20 points in a 71-68 overtime win over Heritage at Broadlands in Little Okaw Valley Conference contests. Okaw Valley, coached by Mike Reynolds, is 7-9 overall and 2-1 in the conference. Hagerman scored eight points in the final quarter against A-L and was 7-of-8 from the free throw line overall, while Thompson was 2-for-3 from beyond the 3-point line.
Amber Meyer, Tri-County girls’ basketball, senior
Meyer scored 14 points in a 57-31 Little Okaw Valley Conference win over Heritage and tied a season-high with 20 points and a team-high eight rebounds in a 75-49 conference win over Cerro Gordo-Bement-DeLand-Weldon at Cerro Gordo. The Lady Titans, coached by Joe Morrisey, had a 14-4 record (prior to Monday’s game) and are 4-0 in conference play.
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