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Miller unanimous all-CIC

DECATUR (JG-TC) -- Shelbyville junior Malcolm Miller, a 6-4 junior guard was a unanimous all-Central Illinois Conference boys' basketball selection. 

Miller helped the Rams go 21-7 overall and 6-1 in the Central Illinois Conference, which tied for first with Decatur St. Teresa. Miller averaged a JG-TC-area-leading 24.7 points per game. He also averaged 9.1 rebounds, 3.9 assists, 2.5 steals and 1.2 blocked shots per game, while shooting 78 percent from the free-throw line and 47 percent from the field. 

He was one of six players selected to the first team and one of four unanimous picks. 

Shelbyville senior Turner Pullen (averaged 14.4 points, 6.2 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.6 steals per game) was one of seven players picked to the second team, while Sullivan junior Cade Ellis was one of three to be named honorable mention. 

A total of three players from Decatur St. Teresa were selected, which was the most of any conference team. 

Eight seniors, six juniors and two sophomores were picked overall. 

Miller was also a unanimous first team selection last year and Pullen was on the second team. In 2015-16 Miller received honorable mention all-CIC, while Pullen was on the second team. 

Johnson, Kramer second team all-NTC

DIETERICH -- Neoga's Reece Johnson and WSS's Isaac Kramer were named to the six-member second team all-National Trail Conference boys' basketball team. 

No JG-TC area player was on the six-member first team or the two-member honorable mention. 

Johnson averaged 12.1 points per game to lead the 15-13 Indians, who finished 3-5 in the conference. 

Kramer averaged 10.9 points for the 13-16 Hatchets, who finished 4-4 in the conference. 

Effingham St. Anthony had the most players selected with three, while Dieterich's Ryan Radloff was named the Most Valuable Player. 

A total of 11 seniors, two juniors and a freshman were selected. 


No. 13 Cumberland blanks Shelbyville

SHELBYVILLE -- Cumberland, the No. 13 team in the preseason Illinois Coaches Association Class 1A softball rankings opened its season with a 4-0 win over Shelbyville Tuesday.

Micaela Bradley was 2-for-3 with a double and a triple, while Danae Sowers drove in two runs in the non-conference game.  The Lady Pirates scored a run in the second and fifth innings before adding two runs in the seventh. 

Shelbyville's hits were by Savannah Marty, Hannah Kemp and Sydney Trainor. 

Libby Dunaway was the winning pitcher allowing three hits  with two strikeouts and three walks. 

Cumberland is to travel to Marshall Thursday for a non-conference game, while the Lady Rams are to travel to Ramsey for another non-conference contest. 

WSS tops Central A&M

WINDSOR -- WSS, the No. 10 team in the preseason Illinois Coaches Association rankings, beat Central A&M 7-4 in its season-opener Tuesday. 

Megan Schlechte was 1-for-4 with a triple and two runs batted in for WSS. 

Calla Roney was the winning pitcher with 12 strikeouts. 

"I'm proud of our girls for being mentally tough and playing a great game against Central A&M," said first year coach Craig Moffett, who replaces Brittany Holsapple. "Our girls were aggressive and really went out there for the win. Calla Roney threw well the whole game and we had some good runs spread out across the roster."

WSS is to travel to Shelbyville Thursday for another non-conference game. 

Three games postponed

A total of three JG-TC area games were postponed due to the cold weather. The Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond at Tuscola game has been rescheduled for Wednesday. The other two games, Sullivan at Teutopolis and Tolono Unity at Arcola were postponed as well and have not been rescheduled.


Two games postponed

The only two JG-TC area baseball games scheduled for Tuesday were postponed due to the cold weather. The games were Cumberland at Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond, which has been rescheduled for April 10 and the WSS vs. Tri-County at Kansas game. The WSS vs. Tri-County game has not been rescheduled.


Sports writer

Mike Monahan covers area sports for the JG-TC.

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