Each week the Journal Gazette/Times-Courier features some of the top performances of local high school athletes. Here is the list from Feb. 12 to Feb. 17:
Sarah Flight, Charleston girls' track, junior
Flight broke her own school record in the high jump at the Western Indiana Classic at DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind. going 5-6 1/2, winning the event by 4 1/2 inches and breaker her record by a quarter of an inch.
Shae Littleford, Charleston girls' basketball, 5-7 guard, freshman
Charleston reached the Sweet 16 for the first time in school history by beating Springfield Lanphier in the IHSA Class 3A Lincoln sectional semifinals 71-59. The Lady Trojans finished with a record of 25-3 after losing to Effingham 63-54 in the sectional championship last Thurssday. The 25 wins ties the school record for the most wins as the 2009-10 team went 25-4. Littleford led Charleston in scoring in both games with 30 and 20 points respectively. She was 18-of-45 (.400) from the field in the two games, including 2-of-7 (.286) from beyond the three-point line. She made 12-of-15 (.800) free throws and averaged five rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.5 steals per game.
Noah Livingston, Casey-Westfield boys' basketball, 5-11 guard, freshman
Livingston helped the Warriors go 1-1 during the week reaching their own Class 2A regional championship with a 64-51 win over Newton. Casey lost to Teutopolis, the No. 16 team in the final Class 2A rankings, 53-42 last Friday. Livingston led Casey against the Wooden Shoes with 16 points and averaged 13.5 points and 6.5 rebounds during the week. He was 9-of-23 (.391) from the field and 7-of-9 (.778) from the free throw line during the week. Casey finished 24-5, its best record since going 25-3 in 1998-99.
Malcolm Miller, Shelbyville boys' basketball, 6-4 junior guard
Shelbyville went 1-1 beating Vandalia 62-59 in the Class 2A regional semifinals at Vandalia and falling to Effingham St. Anthony in the regional championship 71-58. Miller led the team in scoring against the Bulldogs, the No. 7 team in the final Associated Press rankings, with 21 points. He averaged 20.5 points. It was believed to be the first time the Rams have been in a regional championship since the 2006-07 season.
Jimmy Peterlich/Darrell Phillips, Charleston boys basketball, 5-10 guard, senior
Jimmy Peterlich made a three-pointer in the first game he has dressed for. Charleston beat Mahomet-Seymour 71-56 in an Apollo Conference game last Friday to improve to 19-14 overall and 3-9 in the Apollo. Phillips led the Trojans in scoring with 21 points, making all 12 of his free throws.
Reece Johnson, Neoga, 5-10 freshman guard
Neoga went 2-1 during the week reaching the Class 1A regional championship beating Sangamon Valley 57-20 in the Nokomis Regional and Tri-City 47-41 in the regional semifinals before falling to Nokomis 55-40. Johnson averaged 10.7 points per game, leading the way against Sangamon Valley with 13 points. Neoga finished 15-13, its best record since 2010-11 when they went 17-13. It was the Indians first time being in a regional championship game since 2013-14.
Jae Lynn Riggleman, Casey-Westfield girls' basketball, 5-10 guard/forward, junior
Riggleman won the Class 2A Country Insurance Three-Point Showdown last Friday by making 8-of-15 and in the tiebreaker made 7-of-10. She was the second person in group two of the preliminaries last Thursday at Redbird Arena on the campus of Illinois State in Normal and made 9-of-15. She was one of two to make nine and the two went to a tiebreaker, where Riggleman made 4-for-10. She is the first person from the area to win the 2A title since Cumberland's Katie Poe in 2012-13.