Each week the Journal Gazette/Times-Courier features some of the top performances of local high school athletes. Here is the list from Feb. 5 to Feb. 10:
Harley Barry/Grace Burnside, Tri-County girls' basketball, guard. forward, juniors
Tri-County, a sports co-op of Oakland, Kansas and Shiloh, won its second straight Class 1A regional championship by beating Nokomis 48-38 last Thursday at Nokomis. The Lady Titans beat Salt Fork in the semifinals 81-36. Tri-County entered Monday's sectional semifinal with a 26-4 record. Barry led the team against South Fork with 20 points and averaged 15.5 points for the week and averaged 10.5 steals. Burnside averaged 14.5 points scoring 12 points to tie for the team-high against Nokomis.
Garrette Branson/Hayden Stanley, Mattoon wrestling, 220 pound weight class senior/126 pound weight class, sophomore
Branson and Stanley both advanced to the IHSA Class 2A state meet by placing in the top four of their weight class at the Lincoln Sectional Saturday. Both finished as runner-ups in their weight class. Branson pinned Mascoutah's Justin Fricke in 25 seconds Friday and pinned Westville's Dawon Pruitt in 2:19 before falling to the defending state champion, Luke Luffman of Urbana 5-2. Stanley nipped Lincoln's Austin O' Donoghue 3-2 and pinned East St. Louis's Zion White in 2:30 Friday before edging Olney's Reese Britton 5-4. Stanley lost 20-5 in a technical decision in the championship to Carbondale's Zach Williard. Branson is 40-2, while Stanley is 34-10.
Michael Carpenter/Rayce Zike, Cumberland wrestling, 145 pound weight class/ 120 pound weight class, sophomores
Both Carpenter and Zike advances to the Class 1A state wrestling meet which is to start Thursday. They both were among the top four finishers in their respective weight classes. Zike beat Ryder parson from Pinckneyville 5-3, lost to Litchfeild's Will Carlile 10-3 before pinning Shelbyvillle's Luke Brown in 1:04 and falling to Carlile again 6-3 in the third place mach. Zike is 38-12. Carpenter lost to Murphysboro's Ryan Chambers 8-4, beat Harrisburg's Chandler Bowling and beat Litchfield's Tyler Theissen 7-5 to finish third. Carpenter is 33-12.
Lizzie Green/Esther Miller, Sullivan girls' basketball, 5-2 guard senior/5-7 forward, junior
Sullivan won its first regional championship since 2013-14 by beating fellow Central Illinois Conference foe, Tuscola, 40-34. Green averaged 12.7 points, 3 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 3 steals per game, while Miller averaged 11 points, 7 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 steal per game. The Lady Redskins, who entered Monday's Class 2A sectional game against Marshall with a 15-12 record, beat Meridian 61-34 and Greenville 54-46 to reach the championship game of the Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond Regional. Green led the team in scoring in all three contests.
Cade Helton, Shelbyville wrestling, 152 pound weight class, junior
Helton finished third in the Class 1A Vandalia Sectional and takes his 38-12 record to the state tournament. Helton lost to Belleville Althoff's Joe Braunagel 11-9 Friday before beating Murphysboro's Jeremy Norton 7-2 Saturday. He then beat Roxana's Logan Carpenter by an 8-0 major decision and beat Monticello's Jack Spence 5-2. He pinned Carlinville's Tucker Hughes for third place in 5:31.
Tyson Magee/Zach Wolke, Cumberland boys' basketball, 6-2 guard senior/6-3 guard junior
Cumberland beat Martinsville 81-44 and nipped Oblong 50-49 in Little Okaw Valley Conference Southeast Division games. The Pirates also beat WSS 54-43 Saturday in the LOVC/National Trail Conference Shootout. Cumberland has won seven straight games and are 18-6 overall and 3-0 in the division. Magee led the team in scoring in all three games averaging 20.7 points per game, while Wolke averaged 14 points.
Malcolm Miller/Turner Pullen, Shelbyville boys' basketball, 6-4 guard junior/6-3 forward senior
Shelbyville picked up two Central Illinois Conference wins to improve to 20-5 overall and 6-0 in the conference. The Rams beat Sullivan 41-26 and edged Decatur St. Teresa 64-63 in overtime. Miller led the team in scoring in both games and averaged 22 points for the week, while Pullen averaged 13.5.
Trey Pearcy, Charleston wrestling, 113 pound weight class, sophomore
Pearcy placed fourth in his weight class Saturday at Lincoln to advance to the state tournament. He lost to Champaign Centennial's Justin Cardani by pin in 3:03 Friday and beat Cahokia's Lamonte Barns 6-2. Saturday he pinned Urbana's Arion Hart in 3:20 beat Darion Miller of Springfield Sacred-Heart by a major decision, 14-2 and downed Marion's Gaige Owens 8-4 before falling to Caleb Tyrus of Belthalto Civic Memorial in the third place match by a major decision, 11-3. Pearcy is 32-7.
Luke Richards, Casey-Westfield boys' basketball
Casey-Westfield went 2-0 during the week beating Marshall 66-56 and Lawrenceville 79-65 in Little Illini Conference games. Richards scored a career-high 40 points and pulled down 14 rebounds against the Lions and averaged 25 points and 9.5 rebounds per contest. Casey is 21-4 overall and 7-0 in the conference.
Paige Robinson, Okaw Valley girls basketball, 5-10 guard, senior
Okaw Valley won its first regional championship since the school (consolidation of Bethany and Findlay) started in 2001-02. Bethany won a regional title in 1979-80. Robinson led the Lady Timberwolves in scoring in both games and averaged 25 points per game. Okaw Valley entered Monday's sectional semifinal game against Altamont with a 26-5 record. Robinson also averaged 14 rebounds, four assists and a blocked shot per game.