Each week the Journal Gazette/Times-Courier features some of the top performances of local high school athletes. Here are the athletes of the week from Nov. 25-30
Delainey Bryant/Mallory Ramage, Mattoon girls' basketball 5-8 G, junior/5-9 G, sophomore
Mattoon won the Pana Thanksgiving Tournament, beating the host school 52-47 Saturday. Bryant scored 13 points, all in the first three quarters, and was named to the 10-member all-tournament team. Ramage, the MVP of the tourney, led the Green Wave with 20 points, including 16 in the second half. She made all six free throws as well. It was the second title for Mattoon in the last three years.
Bella Dudley, Tri-County girls' basketball, 5-7, sophomore
Tri-County went 1-1 in the Oakwood Comet Classic, reaching the championship game with a 64-38 win over Judah Christian in the semifinals. They lost the championship game to Oakwood 60-59. Dudley was one of eight players named to the all-tournament team. Dudley averaged 12.5 points per game for the 4-1 Lady Titans, who will play Marshall Tuesday at Kansas.
Caleb Hurst/Isaac Miller, Charleston boys' basketball, F/G, seniors
Charleston won the Cumberland Thanksgiving Tournament, going 3-0. The Trojans began the 23rd annual tourney with a 64-56 win over Newton. It was followed by a 58-52 victory over Casey-Westfield and a 67-59 triumph over Dieterich in the championship. Hurst was named the MVP, while Miller was also on the 10-member all-tournament team. Both players led the team against Newton with 21 points. Hurst led CHS with 15 against C-W and Miller was tops in the title game with 20. They both averaged 18 points per contest.
Kade Kull, Shelbyville boys' basketball, junior
Shelbyville won its season-opener with a thrilling 77-74 overtime game over Hillsboro. Kull led the way with 38 points, including five 3-pointers.
Mikala Nichols, WSS girls' basketball, 6-0 C, F, junior
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Nichols was on the eight-member all-tournament team as the Hatchets went 3-1 during the week, all in the Cowden-Herrick/Beecher City Thanksgiving Tournament. WSS beat Ramsey 47-35, Meridian 50-37 and Dieterich 57-42 to reach the championship game where they lost to CHBC 41-33. Nichols averaged 15.8 points, 10.8 rebounds, 2.5 blocked shots and 1.8 steals per game. WSS entered Monday's game at Neoga with a 3-5 record.
Wyatt Romine, Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond boys' basketball, 6-5 C/F, junior
Romine got the Knights off on the right foot with a 66-55 non-conference win over Sullivan. He had a double-double with a team-high 14 points and 12 rebounds. He also had a steal, a blocked shot and took a charge. He was 6-of-7 from the field and made both free throws.
Trevor Roy, Neoga boys' basketball, 6-2 G/F, senior
Roy led Neoga in both games Saturday in the Mary Sur Shoot-out with 18 points in a 45-34 victory over Arthur Christian and 21 points in a 59-54 triumph over Cisne for an average of 19.5 points per game.
Avery Still, Sullivan girls' basketball, 5-10 senior
Sullivan beat Arcola 45-19 in a non-conference game Nov. 25. Still had a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds. She led the Lady Redskins in rebounds. She also had a team-high two blocked shots as well as an assist and two steals. The Lady Redskins entered Monday's non-conference game at Teutopolis with a 4-0 record.
Alycia Triplett, Charleston girls' basketball, freshman
Charleston improved to 2-2 with a 70-58 non-conference win over Monticello Nov. 25. Triplett was 9-of-11 from the field for 18 points. She led the team in rebounds and steals with eight and six respectively and also had a rebound.