Category: Sectional

The Limestone Rockets (23-9) captured the sectional championship for the first time in school history with a 61-59 over Central (13-17) in front of a standing-room-only crowd at Renaissance Coliseum in the championship game of the Class 3A Peoria Sectional on Friday. Terence Shelby a junior point guard led the Rockets with 19 points and five assists. Senior Josh Augusta had 17 points and 14 rebounds, Eriq Baird scored 15 and Myles Boone scored 10, all in the first quarter, for Central.”Big plays,” Limestone coach Eddie Mathews said. “We made big plays.” The Rockets will face Wheaton St. Francis (22-7) in the Dekalb Supersectional at 6 p.m. Tuesday. The winner will advance to the state finals next weekend in Peoria.

-Bob

The state-ranked No. 4 Central Lions (25-3) defeated the  third-ranked Washington Panthers (26-6) 56-53 in overtime before an overflowing Renaissance Coliseum in the Class 3A Peoria Sectional championship game Friday night. Shamar Hill sank two free throws with just under a minute remaining to put Central up for good in the overtime period. Jerrell White made i of 2 free throws with 18 seconds left to put the Lions up by three. Washington had two chances to tie the game as Alec Peters 3-point shot was long and Chase Vogel had his hurried shot blocked by Central senior Trey Kellum to end the game. Peoria High will take on unranked Rockford East (20-10) for the Dekalb Supersectional at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Northern Illinois University.

-Bob

In a game that will down as one the greatest this century, the Washington Panthers survived four overtimes, including a would-be Manual victory celebration, in a drama-filled 65-63 IHSA Class 3A sectional win on Wednesday in front of 3,500+ fans at Renaissance Coliseum. State-ranked No. 3 Washington (26-5) advances to meet No. 4 Peoria High school (24-3) in the sectional championship game at 7:30 p.m. Friday. The Rams were led in by senior Jeff  ”Keke” White with 27 points and 9 rebounds. Senior Ben Ryan scored 30 points and grabbed 6 rebounds for the Panthers.

-Bob

Pekin High School captured both the Mid-Illini bass tournament held Friday April 17th at Banner Marsh and then repeated as Sectional Champions again on April 24th.They were led by senior Alex Cufaude who brought 15.13 lbs (5 bass) to the scales. He caught all five of his teams fish on a special spinnerbait. Dunlap High School placed second (five bass, 12.28 pounds) and Limestone High School was third (five, 12.02). The top three teams advance to the state finals May 7-8 at Carlyle Lake. Canton High School sophomore Austin Rhodes thought his 5.02 lb largemouth would win big fish of the day until Peoria Christian sophomore Luke Stewart brought a 7.12 lb lunker from his livewell. The tournament was once again run by Joe Stoner and his staff from Illini Bluffs High School. Jim Mattson from WHOI-TV was on hand to to gather interviews from the kids and Peoria Journal Star Outdoor writer Jeff Lampe covered the event. Last year 2,496 students fished in the IHSA series and 55 percent were students who did not compete in any other school activity. Reaching kids like that was one reason the IHSA started this series. I only wished it was available when I was in High School. Got a chance to put my 600mm f/4.0 L IS lens to work with my Canon 1D Mark IV body. They are simply the best tools for this job and it shows in my images. You need to keep your distance from the fishermen as they work in the shallow bays.

-Bob

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