Each week the Journal Gazette/Times-Courier features some of the top performances of local high school athletes. Here is the first list from Dec. 17-Dec. 29
Regan Bollant/Shae Littelford, Charleston girls' basketball, F senior/ 5-7 G, sophomore
Charleston went 6-0 since Dec. 17 beating Marshall 43-23. In the Charleston Holiday Tournament the Lady Trojans, the No. 8 ranked team in Class 3A, defeated Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin 78-66, Pekin 49-19, Tri-County 60-47 Effingham 45-43 and won the championship topping Teutopolis 56-42. Bollant averaged 9.8 points, 1.5 rebounds, 0.8 assists, 1.8 steals and 0.7 blocks per game. She shot 43 percent from the field, including 47 percent from beyond the three-point line. Littleford averaged 25.2 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 3.8 steals per game while shooting 48 percent from the field, including 42 percent from behind the arc. She was 82 percent from the free throw line. Charleston is 18-0. Both were on the all-tournament team with Littleford earning MVP honors.
Marissa Herschberger, Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond girls' basketball, 5-3 G senior
A-L-A-H went 4-1 during the past two weeks starting with a 64-45 Little Okaw Valley Conference Northwest Division win over Argenta-Oreana. In its own Knights Classic A-L-A-H beat Blue Ridge/Deland-Weldon 4-29, Shelbyville 51-20, Tuscola 45-40 before losing to Sullivan in the championship 45-37. Herschberger averaged 15.8 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 4.2 steals per game for the 10-8 Knights. Herschberger made the all-tournament team.
Esther Miller/ Emily White, Sullivan girls' basketball, 5-8 F senior/5-10 F sophomore
Sullivan went 5-0 during the last two weeks starting with a 53-43 win over Class 3A Mattoon. The Lady Redskins started the Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond Knights Classic with a 64-29 win over Cumberland. This was followed by a 58-9 triumph over Chrisman; 56-32 over WSS and won the championship with a 45-37 victory over A-L-A-H. Sullivan entered Thursday's game with a 15-1 record. White, who led the team in scoring against Chrisman and WSS averaged 11.8 points, 2.8 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 4.2 steals per game. She shot 37 percent from the field, including 32 percent from three-point range. Miller, who led the Lady Redskins in scoring against Mattoon and Cumberland, averaged 12.8 points, 8.6 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 3.4 steals per game. She shot 41 percent from the field. Both made the all-tournament team with Miller being named the MVP.
Jackson Miller, WSS boys' basketball, senior
WSS went 4-1 in the last two weeks beating Okaw Valley 45-39 and then in the Tri-County Holiday Tournament downing Hutsonville/Palestine 53-41 before falling to the eventual champion, Paris, 41-40 beating Martinsville 59-37 and earning third place with a 55-54 victory over Tri-County. Miller averaged 16 points per game for the 10-6 Hatchets. Miller shot 42 percent from the field, including 47 percent from beyond the three-point line. He averaged 3.0 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.2 steals per game. and was the MVP of the tournament.
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Kade Kull/Malcolm Miller, Shelbyville boys' basketball, 6-1 sophomore/6-4 senior
Kull averaged 13.9 points, while Miller averaged 28.9 points per game from Dec. 18-Dec. 29 as the Rams went 6-2. Shelbyville beat Neoga 92-82 and lost to Altamont 69-66. The Rams lost to Pleasant Plains in the Central A&M Shootout 63-43. In the 47th annual Vandalia Holiday Tournament Shelbyville beat Patoka 75-31, Flora 51-39, Pana 76-59, Cumberland in overtime 70-63 and won the championship for the first time since 1994, 62-62 over Vandalia. Kull shot 44 percent from the field, including 35 percent from three-point range. He shot 84 percent from the free throw line and averaged 35. rebounds per game. Miller shot 54 percent from the field, including 46 percent from beyond the arc. He was also 66 percent from the free throw line and averaged 9.8 rebounds per contest. Miller was the MVP of the tournament, while Kull was on the all-tournament team.
Trey Pearcy, Charleston wrestling, 113 junior
Pearcy won his weight class in the Argenta-Oreana Bomber Classic last Saturday and in the process of going 3-0 earned Most Outstanding Wrestler in the tournament. Pearcy, the No. 6 ranked wrestler in Class 2A according to www.illinoismatmen.com, pinned Chris Morris of Benton in 58 seconds, beat Gibson City Melvin-Sibley's Cale Horsch by an 8-1 decision and downed Cameron Clark of Illini Bluffs, 6-3 in the championship to improve to 14-0.
Luke Richards, Casey-Westfield boys' basketball, 6-6 C, senior
Casey-Westfield went 5-1 from Dec. 218 through Dec. 29 starting with a 55-13 win over Martinsville and a 60-58 win over Fairfield. In the First Financial Wabash Valley Classic, the Warriors lost to Linton-Stockton (Ind.) 57-51, but then beat Shakamak (Ind.) 66-34, Riverton Parke (Ind.) 76-42 and won the consolation championship 41-140 over Owen Valley (Ind.) to improve to 13-1 at that time. Richards, who made the all-tournament team, averaged 13.5 points, six rebounds, 0.5 steals and 0.8 blocked shots per game while shooting 61 percent from the field.