Each week the Journal Gazette/Times-Courier features some of the top performances of local high school athletes. Here is the list from Nov. 20 through Nov. 25:

Harley Barry, Tri-County girls' basketball, junior, guard

Barry was named to the McDonalds Comets Classic All-Tournament Team scoring 43 points (average of 14.3 points per game) in three games as the Lady Titans went 2-1 finishing third in the 10-team tourney. During the week Tri-County beat Urbana University High 48-6, lost to Oakwood 49-40 and beat Rantoul 55-19. Tri-County is 6-1. 

Shae Littleford/Paige Swango, Charleston girls' basketball, junior/senior

Charleston went 4-0 during the week winning the Lady Maroon Thanksgiving Invitational at Robinson. The Lady Trojans beat Robinson 67-12, Effingham St. Anthony 63-32, Olney 75-35 and in the championship downed Marshall 73-26. Both Littleford and Swango were on the 10-member all-tournament team. Litteford averaged 17 points per game and Swango averaged 15 for the Lady Trojans, who entered Monday's Apollo Conference game at Taylorville with a 5-0 record. 

Jaydn Princko, Mattoon boys' basketball, 5-10 junior, guard

Mattoon went 3-1 during the week, placing third in the Efingham St. Anthony Turkey Tournament. Princko averaged 16 points leading the team in scoring in three of the four games. The Green Wave lost to Robinson 57-42 and then beat Breese Central 55-50 followed by St. Thomas More 69-48. Mattoon then won the third place game 62-51 over Effingham. 

Logan Hawker/Luke Richards, Casey-Westfield boys' basketball, 6-4 senior guard/6-6 junior, center

Hawker and Richards were on the 10-member Cumberland Thanksgiving All-Tournament team. Richards was voted the Most Valuable Player. Casey won the tournament going 4-0 beating Altamont 71-57, Charleston 76-45 and Dieterich 73-43 before earning the title with a 71-54 triumph over Newton. Richards led in scoring in two of the games and averaged 19.3 points per game, while Hawker led in one game and averaged 13.5 points. 

Christian Kessler, WSS boys' basketball, 6-2 senior

Kessler led the Hatchets in scoring in two games and tied for top honors in the other two. He averaged 13.8 points per game. WSS went 3-1 in the Cerro Gordo/Bement Thanksgiving Tournament, placing second overall. The Hatchets beat Blue Ridge 46-40, Sangamon Valley 65-34,  and Cerro Gordo/Bement 45-42 to reach the championship game. WSS lost to Clinton 56-38 in the title game. 

Payton Probst, Martinsville girls' basketball, 5-7 freshman, guard

Martinsville topped Hutsonville-Palestine 45-35 to improve to 2-0 overall as Probst had  a double-double with 16 points and 10 steals for the Lady Bluestreaks in the Little Okaw Valley Conference Southeast Division opener. 

Paige Robinson, Okaw Valley girls' basketball, 5-10 senior, guard

Robinson made the 11-member all-Pana Thanksgiving Tournament team and the Lady Timberwolves finished third in the eight-team conference beating Central A&M 45-35 after falling to Williamsville, the eventual champions, 49-45 overtime.  Robinson scored a team-high 24 in the loss and had a team-high 18 in the win for an average of 21 points per contest. 


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Mike Monahan covers area sports for the JG-TC.

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