Each week the Journal Gazette/Times-Courier features some of the top performances of local high school athletes. Here is the list from Nov. 27 through Dec. 2:

Blair Banning, Neoga girls' basketball, guard, senior

Banning scored team-high's of 23 and 16 points respectively in a 44-33 win over WSS and 40-35 triumph over North Clay in National Trail Conference games. Banning averaged 14.5 points per game in the week for the 6-3 team (prior to Monday's conference game at South Central) and 1-0 in the conference. 

Garrette Branson, Mattoon wrestling, 220 pound, senior

Branson went undefeated in the 39th annual Bethalto Civic Memorial Holiday Tournament Saturday winning his 220 pound weight class. Branson was also named the Outstanding Wrestler in the Tournament, winning all three of his matches by pin. He pinned East Alton Wood Rivers' Zach Kincaide in 2:59 for the title. Branson is 9-0.

Hope Griffin/Shae Littleford, Charleston girls' basketball, senior, freshman

Charleston entered Monday's Apollo Conference game at Effingham with a 7-0 record going 2-0 during the week. The Lady Trojans beat Taylorville 80-53 and Mahomet-Seymour 71-53 in conference games last week. In those two games Litteleford averaged 21 points per game, scoring a team-high 24 against Taylorville and 20 against Mahomet-Seymour. Griffin averaged 14 points per game, scoring against the Lady Bulldogs. 

Caleb Hill, Neoga boy's basketball, 6-0 senior

Neoga started the season with a 46-42 win over Cowden-Herrick/Beecher City and a 51-48 victory over St. Elmo/Brownstown in National Trail Conference wins. Hill scored 13 points in both games, leading the Indians against St. Elmo/Brownstown. 

Isaac Kramer/Chase Thies, WSS boys' basketball, 6-3/6-0 seniors

WSS picked up a National Trail Conference win over Dieterich 49-46 last Friday in the conference opener as Kramer and Thies led the Hatchets with 13 and 11 points respectively for the 4-1 team. 

Benjamin Lee, Arthur Okaw Christian boys' basketball, 6-0 G/F, senior

Lee averaged 11.5 points, five rebounds, 1.5 assists and two steals per game as the Conquering Riders beat Georgetown-Ridge Farm 61-39 and Normal Calvary Christian 50-35. Lee led the team against the Knights with 15. AOC is 3-0 and 1-0 in the East Central Illinois Conference (Normal Calvary Christian).

Malcolm Miller, Shelbyville boys' basketball, 6-4 guard, junior

Shelbyville won its season-opener 67-50 over Okaw Valley as Miller led the way with a game-high 22 points.

Luke Richards, Casey-Westfield boys' basketball, 6-6 center, junior

Casey-Westfield improved to 5-0 with a 64-55 non-conference win over West Vigo, Ind. Nov. 28. Richards had a double-double with 27 points and 13 rebounds for the Warriors. 

Myles Roberts, Arcola boys' basketball, 6-2 center/forward, junior

Arcola won both of its games during the week beating Urbana University High 57-46 Nov. 27 and then Tri-County last Friday, 51-46. Roberts had a double-double in the first game with 28 points and 12 rebounds and had 12 points and a team-high eight rebounds for the Purple Riders against the Titans. 

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

Okaw Valley won its only game last week, topping Mount Pulaski 49-41 to improve to 6-2 overall prior to Monday's game at Kansas against Tri-Valley. Robinson scored a team and season-high 25 points in the victory. 


Sports writer

Mike Monahan covers area sports for the JG-TC.

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