Each week the Journal Gazette/Times-Courier features some of the top performances of local high school athletes. Here is the list from Dec. 26-30:
Jared Bunfill, Okaw Valley boys' basketball, 6-0 guard, senior
Okaw Valley improved to 5-9 by going 3-1 in the 33rd annual Dieterich Holiday Tournament, finishing third. Bunfill made the all-tournament team and averaged 15 points per game. He led the Timberwolves in a 50-31 win over Christ Our Rock Lutheran (15 points) and in a 52-42 triumph over Cowden-Herrick/Beecher City (season-high 25 points).
Dylan Campbell, Tri-County boys' basketball, 6-2 senior
Tri-County went 3-1 in its own holiday tournament, finishing second. The Titans beat Martinsville 67-48, Chrisman 40-37 and Hutsonville/Palestine 53-45 before falling to Paris 57-32. Campbell averaged 13.3 points per game, including a season-high 23 against Martinville and a team-high 19 against Hutsonville/Palestine. Tri-County is 6-10.
Shae Littleford/Paige Swango, Charleston girls' basketball, 5-7 guard, freshman/5-8 forward, senior
Charleston went 5-0 during the week winning its own Holiday Tournament, beating fellow Apollo Conference foe, Effigham 67-57. The Lady Trojans averaged a 71-43.6 victory. Swango was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player, while Littleford was on the all-tournament team. Charleston started the tournament with a 67-37 win over Urbana flowed by a 71-42 triumph over Pekin, and an 82-22 victory over Rantoul. Paris was a 68-60 victim. Swango led the team in scoring against Paris with 31 points and tied with Littelford for the most points against Pekin. Swango averaged 20.2 points, 2.4 rebounds per game and was 17-of-20 from the free throw line. Litteldford led CHS in scoring against Effingham with 24 points, which tied her season high. She also led against Rantoul with 18 points and had a team-high 23 against Rantoul. Littelford averaged 19.8 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.4 steals per game and was 16-of-22 from the free throw line. The Lady Trojan have won 10 straight and are 16-1.
Ian Lowry, Arthur Okaw Christian boys' basketball, 5-11 guard, junior
Lowry haled AOC go 3-1 in its own Holiday Classic, finishing second. Lowry, who was voted the Most Valuable Player of the tournament, averaged 17 points per game, scoring a team-high 27 in a 75-55 win over Galilean and tied for top scoring honors in a 76-50 victory over Portage Christian with 16 points. The Conquering Riders are 8-4 also beating Families of Faith Christian 55-43 and losing to Calumet Christian 71-68 in the championship.
Ashlyn MacDonald, Mattoon girls' basketball, 5-10 forwards, senior
MacDonald made the 11-member all-Mattoon Holiday Tournament team averaging 13.6 points per game. The Green Wave went 3-2 in the three-day tourney, but placed second. They lost to Galesburg 42-29 in the championship after starting the tournament with a 47-38 loss to Olney and picking up victories over Effignham St. Anthony (49-46), Vandalia (50-33) and Altamont (55-47). MacDonald led MHS in scoring against Olney and Altamont and tied for scoring honors against St. Anthony with games of 18, 22 and 10 respectively. Mattoon is 7-11.
Lillian Messmore, Arthur Okaw Christian girls' basketball, 5-10 forward/guard, senior
Messmore made the five-member all-Arthur Okaw Christian Holiday Classic team as she helped the Conquering Riders win the tournament, going 3-0. Messmore averaged 19.3 points per game. AOC beat Wabash Valley Homeschool 48-29, Calumet Christian 40-32 and in the title game downed Mountain Top Christian Academy 56-46. Messmore led the team in scoring in all three games with 14, 25 and 19 points respectively. AOC is 10-4.
Malcolm Miller/Turner Pullen, Shelbyville boys' basketball, 6-4 guard, junior/6-3 forward, senior
Shelbyville earned third place in the 46th annual Vandalia Holiday Tournament going 4-1 with the only loss being 66-57 to Flora. The Rams beat Farther McGivney 69-44, South Central 71-61, Vandalia's junior varsity 74-33 and the Vandalia varsity in the third place contest 60-57. Miller averaged 27.2 points and nine rebounds per game, while leading Shelbyville in all five games with 18, 23, 34, 31 and 30 points respectively, while shooting 59 percent from two-point range, 36 percent from beyond the three-point line and 76 percent from the free throw line. Both Miller and Pullen made the 10-member all-tournament team. Pullen averaged 10 points and 5.3 rebounds per contest. He shot 55 percent from the field and 89 percent from the free throw line. Shelbyville is 12-1.
Jaydn Princko, Mattoon, 5-10 guard, junior
Mattoon went 3-1 in the Effigham/Teutopolis Christmas Tournament beating falling to Chicago Corliss 65-63 and beating Madison 60-59, Chicago Brooks 68-58 and fellow Apollo Conference member foe, Effingham 60-46 in the third place game. Princko, a member of the all-tournament team, led the Green Wave against Chicago Brooks with a season-high 28 and overall averaged 16.5 points per game. Mattoon is 7-6.
Cotlon Romine, Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond boys' basketball, 6-8 center, senior
Romine nearly finished the 14th annual Tri-County Holiday Tournament averaging a double-double. He averaged 9.3 points and 10 rebounds per game as the Knights went 3-1 and earned third place. The Knights lost to Paris 52-47 before beating Westville 31-22, WSS 48-43 and Hutsonville/Palestine 48-34. He led the team in scoring against Westville with 12 points and tied for scoring honors against WSS. A-L-A-H is 5-6.
Myraiah Warner, Casey-Westfield girls' basketball, guard, senior
Warner helped the Lady Warriors to 3-1 at the 13th annual Dieterich Holiday Tournament and finish second. She averaged 15.8 points per game, leading the team in scoring against Dieterich with a season-high 29 points and scoring 11 in the 57-31 championship game loss to North Clay. Casey, 11-5, beat Arcola 43-28 and Newton 51-37. Warner made the 11-member all-tournament team.