BETHANY — The Okaw Valley boys' basketball team outscored Tuscola 27-18 in the first half en route to a 61-55 non-conference victory Saturday.
Cole Nichols, Jared Bunfill and Austin Hill led the Timberwolves, 1-5, with 18, 17 and 10 points, respectively. Bunfill hit all five of his 3-pointers in the first half, while Nichols scored 10 of his points in the third quarter. Okaw Valley was 21-of-28 at the free-throw line compared to 10-of-17 for the Warriors.
Okaw Valley is to travel to Sullivan Tuesday for another non-conference game.
MACON — Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond fell behind 30-10 after the opening quarter and could not catch up in a 78-30 non-conference boys basketball loss to Meridian Saturday.
Colton Romine led the Knights in scoring and rebounding with seven and six, respectively.
A-L-A-H, 1-3, is to travel to Tuscola Tuesday for another non-conference game.
Arthur Okaw Christian wins Conference opener
ARTHUR — In the East Central Illinois Conference opener, Arthur Okaw Christian outscored Normal Calvary Christian 24-6 in the third quarter to take a 38-23 lead, and the Conquering Riders went on to win 50-35.
Benjamin Lee had a team-high 15 points, while Oliver Binion pulled down 11 rebounds, and Trevor Beachy dished out five assists.
AOC was coming off of a 61-39 victory over Georgetown-Ridge Farm and are now 3-0 ahead of Tuesday's home game against Notre Dame de La Salette. The winner of the game receives the traveling Bravium Cup.
Martinsville, Shelbyville go 1-1 in tournament
BEMENT — Martinsville and Shelbyville both went 1-1 in the 16th annual Mike Walsh Memorial Tournament Saturday. The Lady Bluestreaks nipped Shelbyville 38-34 and lost to Judah Christian, the eventual champions, 57-33. Shelbyville picked up its first win of the season, defeating Cerro Gordo/Bement 49-45.
Martinsville outscored the Lady Rams 18-5 in the second quarter to help them to the victory. Audria Truelove and Emily Parcel led Martinsville with 14 and 10 points respectively, while Shelby Barnhart and Holly Metzger led the Lady Rams with nine points each. Truelove had 11 points in the first half.
Judah Christian's Sa'kinah Williams, who was voted the tournament's Most Valuable Player, proved to be too much for Martinsville as she scored 20 points.
The Lady Bluestreaks were led by Truelove with 12 points.
Shelbyville trailed Cerro Gordo/Bement 38-34 heading into the fourth quarter before, outscoring the Lady Broncos 15-7 for the win.
Isabel Logue, Barnhart and Carson Beyers led Shelbyville, 1-7, with 13, 12 and 11 points, respectively.
Martinsville is to play host to Brownstown/St. Elmo Monday, while Shelbyville is to travel to Cumberland. Both are non-conference games.
Three from area earn News-Gazette honors
CHAMPAIGN — Three JG-TC area volleyball players were named to the 31-member 40th annual Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette All-Area Volleyball team. The three were Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond's Madison Brown, a senior setter, and junior Taylor Powell, a middle hitter. Tri-County's Ali Smith, a senior outside hitter, was also on the list.
No JG-TC area player was on the 10-member first or second teams.
Nine players from the area were among the 82 players to receive honorable mention status. The nine included Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond's Liz Shipman and Hannah Wallen along with Arthur Okaw Christian's Katie Brandt, Lyla Kauffman and Lillian Messmore. Sullivan's Maddie Dickens and Tri-County's Grace Burnside and Julia Robertson also received honorable mention status.
St. Thomas More's Stan Bergman was named the coach of the year, while Mica Allison of St. Thomas More was named the News-Gazette Player of the Year.