Kiefer Duncan

Mattoon's Keifer Duncan wrestles against Antioch's Danny McPherson on the first day of the IHSA Class 2A wrestling tournament at Champaign. 


Mattoon, Charleston wrestler's  in wrestlebacks 

CHAMPAIGN - None of the five Mattoon or one Charleston wrestler made it to the semifinals on the first day of the Illinois High School Association Class 2A state wrestling meet. However Mattoon's Coby Haney went 1-1 and is in the quarterfinals of the wrestlebacks. 

Haney is n the 106 pound weight class and beat Evergreen Park's Davion Johnson by an 8-0 major decision before falling to Josh Glover of Woodstock Marian 14-9. Haney, 36-2, awaits the winner of the Brandon Edelen-Hultz  of Oak Forest vs. Chase Hall of Troy Triad. 

In the 113-pound wrestling class, Charleston’s Trey Pearcy lost to West Marian’s Elon Rodriguez with a 5-4 decision. Pearcy is 29-3 and is to wrestle Brother Rice's Emmett Connolly Firday in the wrestlebacks

Also in the 113-pound wrestling class, Mattoon’s Rick Wright lost to Crystal Lake’s Christian Olsen by a Technical Fall in 4:13. Wright, 27-13, is to wrestle Alfonso Insafco of Tinley Park in the wrestlebacks. 

In the 126-pound wrestling class, Mattoon’s Kiefer Duncan lost to Antioch’s Danny McPherson to a 7-3 decision. Duncan, 29-9, is to wrestle Hinsdale's Manny Wallace in the wrestlebacks. 

In the 132-pound class, Mattoon’s Jeremiah Jones lost to Rock Island’s Victor Guzman to a 15-11 decision. Jones, 32-8, is to face North Chicago's Jeremiah Duty in the wrestlebacks. 

In the 138-pound class, Mattoon's Hayden Stanley lost in a major decision to Lemont's Kyle Schickle. Stanley, 30-9, faces Woodstock Marian's Bryce Shelton in the wresstlebbacks. 

Charleston wins second straight regional championship

CLINTON -- Charleston girls' basketball team improved to 29-0 and won its second straight Class 3A regional championship Thursday 75-49 over Champaign Central. 

Charleston led 18-8 after the first quarter and increased it to 46-22 at the half. 

"It was a very physical game," said Charleston coach Jeff Miller. "Champaign Central is very quick and they run more of a dribble drive offense and get to the rim. Our defense did a good job in our half court defense, the 2-1-2."

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Getting the lead by 10 after the first quarter established some momentum said Miller. 

"We came out in the second half and I told them 'We have to continue the first four minutes' and we did. We maintained our composure and took care of business."

Three CHS players had double-double performances. Shae Littleford led in points with 21, 14 of which were in the first half. She led in steals with 10. Elizbeth Buescher had 13 points and 16 rebounds, while Bernie Jackson tied her season-high with 18 points and also had 11 rebounds.  

"Those three girls came up big, not that the others didn't," said Miller. "We played well together and our defense played well. To allow 49 points against a very good basketball team says something. I would characterize this as a complete team win."

Miller said of Littleford, "Shae did an amazing job of getting to the rim and made some incredible passes. Elizabeth Buescher did  an amazing job as did Bernie Jackson."

The Lady Trojans, who finished No. 5 in the final Associated Press rankings, are to face Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin Monday at 7:30 p.m. at the Taylorville Sectional semifinals. 

Charleston beat Sacred Heart-Griffin 78-66 Dec. 27 in the Charleston Holiday Tournament. In that game Shae Litteford had 21 points to lead the way, while Elizabeth Buescher had 10 rebounds. 

The Cyclones are 26-6 and have six seniors on the team coached by Steve Klunick. Sacred-Heart has some size in 6-1 Victoria Zielger, 5-11 Jillian Hulcih and 5-10 Jalen Butler. 

SH-G averages 60.1 points per game, while allowing 40.4. It is just the second time the Cyclones have been in a sectional semifinal game with the other time being in the 2001-02 season. 

"They have improved," said Miller. "They are well coached We will go in Monday with our eyes wide open. We have had success at the Taylorville Gym. The last three games we have shot the ball pretty well there. We are hoping that continues. At this stage in the game you have got to bring your 'A' game every night or someone will get you if you don't."

Charleston scores 62.5 per game and allows just 36.6 per contest. 

The 29 wins is the most in one season in boys' or girls' basketball. Charleston set the record in the regional semifinal win as the previous best was the 1956-57 CHS boys' team that finished 27-5 under Merv Baker. 


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