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Cumberland advances six to sectional 

FAIRFIELD — Cumberland advanced six wrestlers to the Illinois High School Association Class 1A Vandalia Sectional Saturday in the Class 1A Regional as the six placed in the top three of their respective weight class. 

Michael Carpenter was the lone Pirate champion as he won the 145-pound weight class, going 2-0 with a semifinal major decision, 17-7 win over Alex Hernandez of Robinson and he won his title by pin in five minutes over Braydon Berberich of Mount Carmel. Carpenter is 30-10.

Rayce Zike, a freshman, was second in the 120-pound class, while Blayne Donsbach was also the runner-up in in the 126-pound weight class. In the 152-pound weight class Frank Nichols was second and Coltin Scott was second in the 170-pound weight class. Earning third was Kade Warner in the 160-pound class. 

As a team, Cumberland placed third with 125.5 points in the meet won by Vandalia with 227 points. 

Brown, Helton advance to sectional for Shelbyville

SHELBYVILLE — Lucas Brown and Cade Helton, both juniors, finished second in the 120 and 152-pound weight classes. 

"We'll build with that," said Shelbyville coach Greg Harkins. "We've had many kids take second at regionals and still be state qualifiers. We told them, 'This is the postseason, you survive today and it's all about surviving every day of the postseason.'"

Brown is 25-14 and Helton is 32-12 and lost to J.D. Sexton of St. Thomas More by a 3-0 decision in the championship.

As a team, Shelbyville was ninth with 49 points in the meet won by Monticello with 202.5 points. 


Okaw Valley wins

BETHANY — Okaw Valley led Ramsey 29-11 at the half of Saturday's non-conference boys basketball game and went on to win 50-28. 

Jared Bunfil, Trey Yarnell and Garrett Fritz led the Timberwolves in scoring with 14, 13 and 12 points respectively. 

Okaw Valley, 12-11, is to travel to Decatur to face Decatur LSA Tuesday in a Little Okaw Valley Conference Northwest Division game. 

Kramer, Kessler, lead Hatchets to victory after losing Friday

STRASBURG — Isaac Kramer and Christian Kessler scored 21 and 19 points each as WSS beat North Clay 58-51 Saturday in a National Trail Conference boys basketball game. Kramer's 21 points tied a season-high.

The Hatchets led 29-25 at the half. 

WSS, 10-12 overall and 2-3 in the NTC, is to travel to Pana Tuesday for a non-conference game. 

Friday the Hatchets fell in overtime to Mulberry Grove, 72-58. WSS led 45-42 heading into the fourth quarter. 

Kessler led the Hatchets in the non-conference game with a season-high 23 points, while Jackson Miller tied his season-high with 11 points. 

The Hatchets were without Chase Theis in both games. 

Tri-County drops LOVC SE Division game

OBLONG — Tri-County led Oblong Friday in a Little Okaw Valley Conference Southeast Division game 31-27 after three quarters in the boys basketball game. However, they could not hold on and lost to Oblong 46-40. 

Blake Lee led the Titans with 10 points. 

Tri-County, 7-16, is to travel to Hutsonville to play Hutsonville/Palestine in another Southeast Division game Tuesday. 

Martinsville falls just short

MARTINSVILLE — In Friday's Little Okaw Valley Conference Southeast Division boys basketball game, Martinsville trailed just 26-24 to Villa Grove/Heritage at the half. The Bluestreaks lost 56-51. 

Martinsville, 5-17 overall and 0-2 in division play, was led by Dalton Rollings with 26 points. 

The Bluestreaks are to travel to Cumberland Tuesday for another division contest. 


Arthur Okaw Christian loses

KNIGHTSTOWN, Ind. — Arthur Okaw Christian was outscored 15-6 in the second quarter of Saturday's girls basketball game played at Hoosier Gym and lost 37-27 to Victory Christian. 

Lyla Kauffman and Anna Houk led the Conquering Riders with eight points each. Lily Messmore was tops in rebounds and assists with six and four respectively. 

AOC, 18-8, is to travel to Grace Academy Thursday for the Association of Christian School International Mid-America Tournament. 


Sports writer

Mike Monahan covers area sports for the JG-TC.

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