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BOYS BASKETBALL

From Friday

WSS defeats CH/BC

BEECHER CITY — WSS defeated CH/BC 66-61 in overtime.

WSS was led by Gavin Wernsing with 20 points.

This win improved WSS to a 15-13 season record.

From Saturday

WSS defeats Clinton

ALTAMONT — WSS defeated Clinton in the Altamont Shootout on Saturday.

WSS was led by Beau Bennett with 15 points.

This win put WSS to a 16-13 season record.

WSS will be hosting Altamont on Friday.

Neoga loses to Meridian

ALTAMONT — Neoga lost to Meridian in the NTC vs CIC Tournament 90-75.

Neoga was led by Reese Johnson with 19 points.

Neoga will be playing against Tuscola on Tuesday.

Tri-County loses to North Clay

ALTAMONT — Tri-County dropped a CIC/NTC shootout game to North Clay Saturday.

Trenton Pinnell led Tri-County with 11 points.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

From Saturday

AOC defeats Heritage Christian

DYER, Ind. — The Arthur Okaw Christian girls basketball team got a road win over Heritage Christian 58-35.

Heritage Christian rallied in the second half, pulling with 6 points with less than three minutes to go in the third quarter, but AOC’s defense wore out the Defenders as the Conquering Riders got four quick steals to end of the quarter and then five more in the fourth quarter to seal the victory.

Amanda Franklin had 27 points, including three 3-pointers, to go along with 8 steals, 7 rebounds, and 5 steals. Alexa Franklin added 11 points, including three 3-pointers, to go along with 6 rebounds. Lyla Kauffman had 6 rebounds for AOC. Anna Houk had 5 steals.

The win improved AOC to 26–7 for the season.

AOC will be competing in the ACIS MidAmerica Tournament on Thursday at Kankakee.

WRESTLING

Four wrestlers advance to state in Class 1A

CARTERVILLE — Four wrestlers, including three from Cumberland and one from Shelbyville, finished in the top four of the Illinois High School Association Class 1A Sectional Saturday to advance to the state tournament. The three from Cumberland are Rayce Zike, Iysten Syfert and Michael Carpenter, while Luke Brown from Shelbyville moved on to state, which is to start Thursday at the State Farm Center on the campus of the University of Illinois. 

Cumberland

In the 126-pound wrestling class, Zike won his weight class with a pin of Shelbyville's Luke Brown in just 1:07 after beating Isaiah Bernal of Belleville Althoff in the semifinals by a 7-3 decision. Zike is 30-5 and is an honorable mention in the state in his weight class. 

Syfert, 26-12, was fourth after reaching the third-place match with a 13-2 major decision over Carlinville's Chase Michaelis in the consolation semifinals. He lost the third place match to Nate Critchfield of Mount Carmel by a major decision, 9-0. 

Carpenter earned third place with a pin of Monticello's Jake Spence in 1:23 and improved to 25-8. He reached the third-place match with an 8-5 decision over Carterville's Bailey Hicks. 

Shelbyville

Brown, 29-12, advanced to the title match with a 2-1 semifinal win over Patrick Campbell of Murphysboro before falling to Zike by pin in 1:07 in the championship. 

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Sports writer

Mike Monahan covers area sports for the JG-TC.

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