Four from area earn unanimous first team all-LOVC NW honors
BETHANY (JG-TC) -- Four area girls were named to the seven-member first team all-Little Okaw Valley Conference Northwest Division basketball team. All four, Arcola freshman Kaylee Hohlbauch, Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond junior Marissa Hershberger and Okaw Valley seniors Paige Robinson and Natalie Jeffers were unanimous selections.
Robinson and Jeffers averaged 24.2 and 8.7 points per game respectively for the 29-7 Lady Timberwolves, who finished fourth in Class 1A. Robinson averaged 9.2 rebounds, while Jeffers averaged 5.2 for Okaw Valley, the LOVC NW division tournament and regular season champions.
Hohlbauch averaged 11.7 points and 9.9 rebounds per game for the 7-20 Lady Riders, who finished 1-4 in the division.
Herschberger averaged 13.5 points and three rebounds per game for the 13-13 Knights, who went 3-2 in the division.
Three area players were on the five-member second team, Arcola's Taylor Spelman, Okaw Valley's Bella Benning and Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond's Hannah Wallen.
Three area players were among five to earn honorable mention status in A-L-A-H's Janette Comstock and Kyla Carson as well as Okaw Valley's Madison Vogel.
A total of four from Okaw Valley and A-L-A-H were selected overall, which was the most of any team. Seven seniors, five juniors, two sophomores and two freshmen were picked.
Robinson and Jeffers were first team selections in 2016-17, while Wallen was on the first team. Robinson was also on the first team in 2015-16, while Jeffers earned second team honors.
Two from Tri-County unanimous first team all-LOVC SE
HUME -- Juniors Harley Barry and Kiersten Price-Wilson from Tri-County were named unanimous first team all-Little Okaw Valley Conference Southeast Division. In addition Tri-County freshman Tayler Barry was also on the seven-member first team.
Harley Barry averaged 12.3 points and 3.6 rebounds per game, while Price-Wilson scored an average of 11.7 points and 3.1 rebounds. Tayler Barry averaged 9.2 points and 2.1 rebounds for Tri-County, who finished 27-5 overall and 5-0 in the division. The Lady Titans won a regional championship and reached the Sweet Sixteen.
Martinsville's Audria Truelove and Tri-County's Maiya Eskew and Grace Burnside were on the five-member second team.
Cumberland's Libby Dunaway and Tri-County's Elizabeth Tomlinson were two of the four players to earn honorable mention status.
Truelove was a unanimous pick in 2016-17 while Harley Barry was on the first team and Price-Wilson on the second team. Dunaway received honorable mention as did Eskew. Harley Barry, Truelove, and Dunaway all earned second team honors in 2015-16.
Tri-County, the LOVC SE Division, regular season and tournament champions and overall LOVC tournament champions, had five players selected overall, which was the most of any team.
A total of four seniors, seven juniors, three sophomores and two freshmen were selected overall.
Green named to first team all-CIC
TUSCOLA -- Sullivan senior Lizzie Green was one of six members named to the first team all-Central Illinois Conference girls' basketball team.
Green averaged 10.6 points and 2.2 rebounds per game for the 16-13 Lady Redskins, who finished 3-4 in the CIC, good for fifth place. Sullivan won a Class 2A regional championship and reached the Sweet Sixteen.
Sullivan's Esther Miller was one of six named to the second team, while Sullvian's Chloe Riley and Shelbyville's Carson Beyers were part of the seven-member honorable mention squad.
Tuscola, the conference champions, had the most players selected with four. A total of seven seniors, nine juniors, two sophomores and one freshman were selected.
Miller was on the first team in 2016-17, while Riley and Beyers received honorable mention.
AOC boys’ head to semifinals in NACA Nationals
DAYTON, TENNESSEE— Arthur-Okaw Christian boys’ basketball participated in the NACA National Tournament on Wednesday and Thursday to land them a spot in the semifinals.
In the first game on Wednesday, AOC defeated Legacy Christian Academy from Virginia 60-40. For AOC, Benjamin Lee had 22 points and Ian Lowry had 15 points.
In the second game on Wednesday, AOC defeated Palm Grove Christian School from Sarasota, Florida 64-57. For AOC, Oliver Binion had 11 points, Ian Lowry had 11 points, Benjamin Lee had 19 points, and Trevor Beachy had 15 points.
On Thursday, AOC defeated Columbus Christian from Indiana 54-42. For AOC, Benjamin Lee had 20 points, Ian Lowry had 13 points, Trevor Beachy had 12 points.
AOC Girls’ to end season at NACA Tournament
DAYTON, TENNESEE— Arthur-Okaw Christian girls’ basketball team participated in three pool play games at the NACA National Tournament on Wednesday and Thursday.
In the first pool play game on Wednesday, AOC lost 55-23 against Chattanooga Homeschool from Tennessee. Lyla Kauffman had four assists.
In the second pool play game on Wednesday, AOC lost 51-40 to Skipstone Christian Academy from Georgia. For AOC, Lillian Messmore had 11 points and Lyla Kauffman had 10 points.
In the final pool play game on Thursday, AOC defeated Carroll Christian from Westminister, Maryland 34-14. For AOC, Lillian Messmore had 16 points, six rebounds, two blocks and six assists.
AOC will end its at 12:30 EST on Friday in the fifth-place game.