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Each week the Journal Gazette/Times-Courier features some of the top performances of local high school athletes. Here is the list from Jan. 29 to Feb. 3:

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

Tri-County, the No. 4 team in the state, according to the Associated Press rankings, went 3-0 during the extending its winning streak to 10 games. The Lady Titans beat Hutsonville/Palestine 64-23 and Villa Grove/Heritage 57-37 in Little Okaw Valley Conference Southeast Division games. Tri-County, the LOVC SE Division champs went 5-0 in the division and also won a non-division game 67-13 over Chrisman. Barry led Tri-County in scoring against Villa Grove with 20 points and tied for top honors against H/P with 12 points. She averaged 13.7 points for the week and was 18-of-32 (563) from the field and averaged 5.8 assists and seven steals. Tri-County is 24-4.

Garrette Branson, Cayden Collings, Derek Owens, Mattoon wrestling, 220 pound weight class senior/182 senior/138 junior

The three helped Mattoon win its own Class 2A regional Saturday edging out fellow Apollo Conference foe, Mount Zion 183.5 to 181.5. Branson won his 220 pound weight class improving to 37-0 with a pin of Effingham Evan Evans in 31 seconds and in the championship beating Olney's Kyle Dowty by a medical forfeit. Collings won his first two by pin in 1:29 (over Mount Zion's Nate Bowling) and 1:14 (over Centralia's Damian Hill) before falling in the championship to Mount Vernon's Gabe Taylor in double overtime, 4-1. Collings is 27-13 and Owens is 19-20. Owens, the fourth seed, beat Olney's Ean Pontroff in 1:24 and edged Herrin's Jace Hahs 6-5 before falling to Draven McDonald by decision, 2-0. All three advance to the Lincoln Sectional. 

Michael Carpenter, Cumberland wrestling, 145 sophomore

Carpenter went 2-0 improving to 30-10 by winning his weight class and advancing to the Vandalia Sectional. Carpenter won both by pin, including the championship against Mount Carmel's Braydon Berbeich in five minutes and in the semifinals against Robinson's Alex Hermann in 53 seconds. He helped the Pirates placed third as a team with 125 points.

Cade Helton, Shelbyville wrestling, 152 weight class, junior

Helton, 32-12, beat St. Joseph-Ogden's Trevon Carr 7-1 and Monticello's Jack Spence 7-2 before falling to St. Thomas More's J.D. Sexton 3-0. He advances to the Vandalia Sectional. As a team the Rams were eighth. 

Shae Littleford/Paige Swango girls' basketball, 5-7 guard, freshman/5-8 forward, senior

Charleston, the No. 7 team in Class 3A, according to the Associated Press, picked up two Apollo Conference victories, topping Lincoln 78-45 and Mahomet-Seymour 73-58. The Lady Trojans have won 14 straight games prior to Monday's game against Effingham with a 21-1 overall record and 10-1 in the Apollo. Littleford averaged 23.5 points, scoring a season-high 27 against Mahomet-Seymour. She was 15-of-36 (.417) from the field and 16-of-17 (.941) from the free throw line.  She averaged 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 steals per game. Swango averaged 22 points, scoring a team-high 24 against Lincoln. She was 16-of-33 (.485) from the field and 4-of-6 from the free throw line. She averaged 1.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.5 steals per game. 

Tyson Magee, Cumberland boys' basketball, 6-2 guard senior

Cumberland won its opening game of the Little Okaw Valley Conference Southeast Division over Hutsonville/Palestine, 56-45. It was the Pirates fourth straight victory. Magee was 9-of-21 from the field with 20 points and a team-high 13 rebounds for a double-double. He also led in assists with seven for the 15-6 Cumberland squad. 

Trey Pearcy, Charleston wrestling, 113 weight class, sophomore

Pearcy advanced to the Lincoln Sectional by placing second in his weight class Saturday in the Mattoon Class 2A Regional. Pearcy beat Rick Wright of Mattoon by technical fall, 17-1 and Lost to Gage Owens of Marion in the championship just 9-8. Pearcy is 27-4. 

JaeLynn Riggleman, Casey-Westfield girls' basketball, guard/forward, junior

Riggleman was 8-of-16 from the field and 6-of-7 from the free throw line with seven rebounds (tied for team honors) and scored a team-high 23 points as Casey-Westfield beat Newton in a Little Illini Conference double overtime game 54-49. The Lady Warriors are 14-10 overall and finished 4-4 in the LIC.

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

Robinson averaged 28.5 points per game leading Okaw Valley in two Little Okaw Valley Conference Northwest Division games with 23 against Decatur LSA (59-27 win) and 34 against Argenta-Oreana (66-36 win) as the Lady Timberwolves improved to 24-5 and won the division, going 5-0. Okaw Valley has won six straight games. Robinson also averaged 11 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game. 



Sports writer

Mike Monahan covers area sports for the JG-TC.

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