Each week the Journal Gazette/Times-Courier features some of the top performances of local high school athletes. Here is the list from Jan. 2-Jan. 6:
Trevor Beachy/Oliver Binion, Arthur Okaw Christian boys' basketball, 6-0 guard, senior/6-2 forward/guard, sophomore
AOC won all three games to improve to 11-4 on the season. The Conquering Riders beat Arcola 63-36, Cerro Gordo/Bement 77-49 and Patoka 67-41. Beachy averaged 13.7 points per game, while Binion averaged 14.3. Beachy led the team in scoring against Arcola with 18 points, while Binion's 13 was tops against Patoka. Binion and Beachy tied with Benjamin Lee for top scoring honors against the Broncos with 15 points each.
Harley Barry, Tri-County girls' basketball, guard, junior
Barry scored a season-high 21 points in a non-conference 57-56 win over Salt Fork in overtime. The Lady Titans improved to 15-4.
Ethan Gilbert/Luke Richards, Casey-Westfield boys' basketball, 6-1 guard/6-6 center, juniors
Richards scored an average of 19.3 points, 7.7 rebounds, 1 steal and 2.7 blocked shots per game to help the Warriors go 3-0 during the week. Gilbert added 14.7 points, four rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.7 steals per game. Casey beat Red Hill 69-33 in the Little Illini Conference opener and Paris 72-40 before downing North Clay 80-44 Saturday at the Effingham St. Anthony Shootout. Richardson led the team in scoring against Red Hill and North Clay with 18 and 24 points respectively for the 13-3 squad. Richards was 29-of-43 (.674) from the field, while Gilbert was 17-of-27 (.630).
Lizzie Green, Sullivan girls' basketball, 5-3 guard, senior
Green scored a season-high 18 points as Sullivan downed Neoga 51-25 in a non-conference game to improve to 9-7 overall. It was the Lady Redskins fourth straight win.
Hannah Hayes, WSS girls' basketball, 5-7 guard, freshman
Hayes tied a season-high with 17 points as WSS beat Brownstown/St. Elmo in a National Trail Conference game 45-42 Jan. 2. Hayes was 8-of-10 from the field and all of her shots were three-pointers. She also made her lone free throw as the Hatchets improved to 8-8 overall and 2-3 in the NTC.
Reece Johnson, Neoga boys' basketball, 5-10 guard, freshman
Neoga improved to 6-6 with a 38-33 win over Okaw Valley Saturday in a non-conference game as Johnson led the way with 17 points, which tied a season-high.
Tyson Magee/Zach Wolke, Cumberand boys' basketball, 6-2 guard, senior/6-3 guard, junior
Cumberland won all three games to start the 2018 portion of its schedule beating St. Elmo/Brownstown (58-44), Okaw Valley (54-38) and Maroa-Forsyth (70-49) to improve to 10-4. The Pirates have won five straight games. Magee led the team in scoring in all three games with 22, 23 and 27 points respectively for an average of 24 points per game, while Wolke averaged 14.3 per contest.
Bella Coffey/Ashlyn MacDonald, Mattoon girls' basketball, 5-9 guard, forward/5-10 forward, seniors
MacDonald and Coffey led Mattoon to its first Apollo Conference win with 24 and 17 points respectively. The Green Wave beat Mount Zion 51-49 to improve to 8-11 overall and 1-5 in the conference.
Jaydon Noe/DeAndre Thomas, Mattoon, 6-1 guard, junior/6-6 center, senior
Mattoon won the Coles County battle and picked up its first Apollo Conference win of the season, 59-58 in double overtime against Charleston last Friday. Thomas led the way with a season-high 25 points, while Noe had a season-high 22. The Green Wave is 8-6 overall and 1-4 in the conference.
Colton Romine, Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond boys' basketball, 6-8 center, senior
Romine was 6-of-11 from the field, including 1-of-2 from beyond the three point line as A-L-A-H beat Oblong 35-31 last Friday. Romine was also 3-for-4 from the free throw line and had a double-double with 16 points and 16 rebounds as well as two blocked shots, an assist and a steal as the Knights improved to 6-6 and have won four consecutive games.