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A-L-A-H downs Cumberland

ARTHUR (JG-TC) — Marissa Herschberger scored 13 points and grabbed eight rebounds Thursday to help Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond beat Cumberland 51-15 in a Little Okaw Valley Conference non-division game.

Mackenzi Bowles also scored in double figures for the Hatchets with 10. Janette Comstock had nine steals and four assists.

Danae Sowers scored eight points and got five rebounds for the Lady Pirates. Freshman Josie Brown had three steals.

Cumberland falls to 1-7 and hosts Shelbyville for another non-conference game.

A-L-A-H, now 3-2, plays at Sullivan on Monday also in non-conference action.

WSS wins

EFFINGHAM—Windsor/Stewardson-Strasburg handed Effingham St. Anthony a 41-32 loss in a National Trail Conference game Thursday.

Three Hatchet players broke into double digits: Katrina Davis led all scores with 15 points, Megan Schlechte followed with 14 and Nikki Trussell added 10 points.

WSS improves to 3-4 overall, 1-2 in the conference, and hosts Cowden-Herrick/Beecher City for another conference game Monday.

Neoga nips North Clay

LOUISVILLE—Neoga defeated North Clay 40-35 in a back-and-forth National Trail Conference game on Thursday.

Neoga fell behind 7-5 in the first quarter, but outscored North Clay 11-8 in the second period to take a 16-15 halftime lead. North Clay took over in the third period 7-4 to take a 22-20 lead, but the Lady Indians poured it on in the final quarter for the win.

Blair Banning scored 16 points to lead Neoga and Olivia Titus added 13 points.

Neoga improves to 6-3 overall, 2-0 in the conference, and travels to Farina to face NTC foe South Central on Monday.

Martinsville loses

COWDEN—Martinsville’s girls’ basketball team fell to Cowden-Herrick/Beecher City 59-29 Thursday in a non-conference game.

Senior Audria Truelove led the Lady Bluestreaks with 17 points.

Martinsville is to play in the Cerro Gordo-Bement Walsh Tournament on Friday and Saturday.

Arthur Okaw Christian gets past Arcola

ARCOLA -- Arthur Okaw Christian led Arcola 23-13 at the half of Thursday's non-conference girls' basketball game. Arcola battled to within four points after the third quarter and that was the final margin in an AOC 40-36 win over the Lady Riders.

KayLee Hohlbauch and Gabby Becerra led Arcola with 16 and 13 points respectively, while the Conquering Riders were led by Lindsey Mast and Lillan Messmore with 12 and 11 points respectively.  Mast and Messmore also tied for team honors in steals with eight each, while Messmore dished out six assists.

Arcola, 1-4, is to play host to Tuscola, while Arthur Okaw Christian, 3-0, is to travel to Georgetown to face Georgetown-Ridge Farm Friday. 

Shellbyville drops CIC opener

CLINTON -- Shelbyville lost its Central Illinois Conference opener 54-23 to Clinton. 

Holly Metzger led the Lady Rams with 10 points. 

Shelbyville, 0-5, is to travel to Bement to participate in the Mike Walsh Memorial Tournament Friday. 

Hall named News-Gazette Boys' Cross Country Runner of the Year

CHAMPAIGN -- Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond senior Logan Hall was named the Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette Boys' Cross Country Runner of the Year in the 14th annual award. 

Hall, who is headed to the University of Illinois, finished second in the Class 1A state cross country meet with a time of 14:30 and his best time of the year was 14:24. 

Hall was one of seven named to the first team. No area runner was on the seven-member second team, but two area runners were among the 49-member honorable mention team. The two were A-L-A-H's Layton Hall, a freshman and Logan's brother along with Sullivan's Isaiah Plank, a senior. 

Mahomet-Seymour coach Neil Garrison was named the News-Gazette Coach of the Year. 

Pullen leaves his mark

Shelbyville senior quarterback Turner Pullen, a  6-3, 200 pounder, finished his career in several categories of the Illinois High School Association record book. 

Pullen finished as the state's all-time leader in points scored with 962, surpassing James Robinson's record of 948, which he set from 2012 to 2015 at Rockford Lutheran. 

On the way to another state semifinal game, Pullen accounted for 464 points this season, a state record. He scored 68 touchdowns and was part of 30 two-point conversions this season for the 10-3 Rams. The 68 (41 passing and 27 rushing) touchdowns is the most in one season all-time. 

The previous record was held by Anthony Maddle of Aurora Christian with 404 points in 2011.

Pullen also finished second in career touchdowns with 138 behind Robinson's 158. Pullen had 42 touchdowns as a junior and 28 as a sophomore. 

In his final three seasons he played in 34 games and was 410-of-805 (.509) for 6,646 yards with 20 interceptions and 86 touchdowns. He averaged 2.5 touchdowns  and 195.5 yards per game and 16.2 yards per completion. 


Sports writer

Mike Monahan covers area sports for the JG-TC.

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