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2/14-15 HS Basketball; S. Small Player of Week

Saturday, Feb. 15

High School Boys Basketball

St. Thomas More 72, Watseka 47
Cissna Park 69, Armstrong-Potomac 55
PBL 55, GCMS 48
Milford 69, Iroquois West 40

THE FIRST TRUST AND SAVINGS BANK IN WATSEKA & CLIFTON PLAYER OF THE WEEK (ENDING 2/15/14) IS SOPHOMORE GUARD SKYLAR SMALL OF THE IROQUOIS WEST LADY RAIDERS.

SKYLAR HAS BEEN A CONSISTENT PERFORMER ALL SEASON LONG FOR COACH KRISTY ARIE'S RAIDERS—ONE OF ILLINOIS CLASS 1A'S TOP GIRLS TEAMS. SKYLAR IS HIGH ON AREA LEADERBOARDS IN FREE THROW PERCENTAGE, ASSISTS, AND STEALS. LAST WEEK AT THE 1A REGIONALS AT ST. ANNE, SHE LED HER CLUB WITH 12 POINTS IN A SEMIFINAL WIN OVER THE HOST CARDINALS, FOLLOWED BY 11 POINTS IN A DRAMATIC OVERTIME WIN OVER MILFORD TO HELP WIN BACK-TO-BACK REGIONAL TITLES FOR IROQUOIS WEST.

Friday, Feb. 14

High school Boys basketball

Bismarck-Henning 44, Milford 36
Bradley-Bourbonnais 49, Thornridge 44
Central 77, Cissna Park 64
Danville 56, Bishop McNamara 37
Dwight 72, Reed-Custer 67
Gardner-South Wilmington 73, Tri-Point 62
Herscher 50, Lisle 37
Illinois Lutheran 76, Donovan 47
Iroquois West 60, Watseka 51
Manteno 56, Wilmington 44
Peotone 44, Coal City 42
Rich East 91, Kankakee 87
St. Anne 72, Grant Park 58
St. Joseph-Ogden 68, Momence 38

ACSI Tournament

Grace Christian 74, Mountain Top (Wis.) 52
Trinity 73, Quad Cities Christian 51

Girls basketball

Plano 56, Manteno 42

Class 2A Paxton-Buckley-Loda Regional championship

Watseka 44, Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley 30

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2/7-8 HS Basketball; Dafcik Player of Week

Sat. Feb. 8

High School Boys basketball

Sangamon Valley Conference Tournament

St. Joseph-Ogden 65, Central 63 (title)
Paxton-Buckley-Loda 54, Cissna Park 47 (third place)
St. Thomas More 70, Momence 46 (fifth place)
Watseka 52, Iroquois West 36 (seventh place)

Putnam County Shootout

Dwight 61, Ottawa Marquette 60

Regular Season

Milford 55, Salt Fork 37

Girls basketball

Cissna Park 45, Paxton-Buckley-Loda 34
Gardner-South Wilmington 44, Illinois Lutheran 16
Tri-Point 47, Grant Park 42
Watseka 63, Beecher 50

ASCI Tournament

Mountain Top 76, Trinity 24
Trinity 28, Cornerstone 24
Grace Christian 47, Rock County 44
Grace Christian 42, Faith Christian 40

THE FIRST TRUST AND SAVINGS BANK IN WATSEKA AND CLIFTON PLAYER OF THE WEEK (ENDING 2/8/14) IS SOPHOMORE JOHN DAFCIK OF THE SOUTH NEWTON REBELS.

JOHN HAS BEEN A LEADING SCORER ALL SEASON LONG FOR THE REBELS, AND CAME UP BIG FRIDAY NIGHT IN KENTLAND ON HOMECOMING NIGHT, LEADING HIS TEAM WITH 14 POINTS, WAS 10 OF 12 FROM THE FREE THROW LINE (9 FOR 9 IN THE CRITICAL 4TH QUARTER), AS THE REBELS PULLED OFF AN IMPRESSIVE UPSET OVER ONE OF INDIANA CLASS 1A'S TOP TEAMS, RIVAL TRI-COUNTY, THE FINAL 43-39.

Friday, Feb. 7

High school Boys basketball

Beecher 71, Donovan 51
Bradley-Bourbonnais 54, Andrew 44
Crete-Monee 90, Kankakee 80
Dwight 43, Herscher 37
Illinois Lutheran 62, Grant Park 41
Milford 66, Armstrong 43
Peotone 49, Manteno 47
Providence 53, Bishop McNamara 46
Reed-Custer 77, Wilmington 63
Seneca 56, Coal City 39
St. Anne 67, Gardner-South Wilmington 41

Sangamon Valley Conference Tournament

Central 61, Cissna Park 58 (OT)
Momence 49, Iroquois West 48
St. Joseph-Ogden 38, PBL 26
St. Thomas More 62, Watseka 47

Girls basketball

Grant Park 48, Illinois Lutheran 25
Tri-Point 44, St. Anne 33

ASCI Tournament

Coulee Region Christian (Wis.) 46, Grace Christian 28
Grace Christian 49, Westlake Christian Academy 36
Trinity 47, Faith Christian 44 (OT)

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1/31 HS Basketball; O.Davis Player of Week

Friday Jan. 31, 2014

High school Boys basketball

Cissna Park 57, Momence 47
Illinois Lutheran 70, Beecher 48
Milford 76, Oakwood 51
Rich South 57, Kankakee 49
Seton Academy 69, Bishop McNamara 68
St. Anne 72, Donovan 44
St. Thomas More 81, Iroquois West 48
Thornton 77, Bradley-Bourbonnais 67
Tri-Point 75, Grant Park 57

Interstate Eight Conference Tournament

Coal City 75, Reed-Custer 66 (Championship)
Seneca 53, Herscher 30 (Third place)
Dwight 56, Peotone 48 (Seventh place)

Girls basketball

St. Joseph-Ogden 42, Momence 33

THE FIRST TRUST AND SAVINGS BANK IN WATSEKA AND CLIFTON PLAYER OF THE WEEK (ENDING 2-1-14) IS SENIOR OCTAVIOUS DAVIS OF THE ST. ANNE CARDINALS

A MODEL OF CONSISTENCY, AVERAGING 16 POINTS A GAME THIS SEASON, DAVIS WAS A BIG PART OF THE CARDINALS' REGIONAL TITLE LAST YEAR, AND HAS BEEN A KEY LEADER IN ST. ANNE'S 13-3 START THIS YEAR--PUTTING UP DOUBLE-DIGIT POINTS IN VIRTUALLY EVERY GAME THIS SEASON AND DISPLAYING FINE DEFENSE AS WELL, BEING ONE OF THE AREA LEADERS IN STEALS. FRIDAY NIGHT, HE LED HIS CLUB WITH 23 POINTS IN A WIN OVER CONFERENCE RIVAL DONOVAN.

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1/24-25 HS Basketball; Crouch Player of Week

Saturday, Jan. 25

Boys basketball

Grace Christian 77, Portage Christian (Ind.) 39
Pontiac 51, Momence 48 (OT)
Prairie Central 63, Watseka 39

Interstate Eight Conference Tournament Quarterfinals

Coal City 53, Peotone 39
Reed-Custer 92, Westmont 74

First round

Peotone 52, Wilmington 31

Girls basketball

Bishop McNamara 56, Benet 55
Bradley-Bourbonnais 62, Queen of Peace 35

Sangamon Valley Conference Tournament

Cissna Park 47, Momence 30
St. Joseph-Ogden 42, Central 27
St. Thomas More 67, Iroquois West 43
Watseka 42, PBL 32

Grace Christian Tournament

Grace Christian 60, La Lumiere (Ind.) 49
Schaumburg Christian 57, Grace Christian 46

THE FIRST TRUST AND SAVINGS BANK IN WATSEKA & CLIFTON PLAYER OF THE WEEK (ENDING 1/25/14) IS JUNIOR GUARD TIMMY CROUCH OF THE TRI-POINT CHARGERS.

AVERAGING 16 POINTS A GAME THIS SEASON, AND HIGH ON AREA LEADERBOARDS IN FREE THROW PERCENTAGE, STEALS, AND 3-POINTERS, TIMMY HAS HAD SEVERAL GAMES OF 20 OR MORE POINTS FOR THE CHARGERS, AND WAS ESPECIALLY IMPRESSIVE TUESDAY NIGHT IN A 59-51 WIN OVER STREATOR-WOODLAND....SCORING HALF OF HIS TEAM'S POINTS: 30 POINTS, INCLUDING SIX 3-POINTERS.

Friday, Jan. 24

High school Boys basketball

Bradley-Bourbonnais 67, Lincoln-Way West 63 (OT)
Trinity 94, Calumet Christian (Ind.) 60

Girls basketball

Calumet Christian (Ind.) 56, Trinity 51

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Racing legend Dick Potts dies at 76

                              2006 inductee National Dirt Late Model Hall-of-Fame

Racing legend Dick Potts, of Morocco, passed away Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at St. Elizabeth East Hospital in Lafayette. It is finally revealed that Dick was 76 years old, as it was a running joke that Dick would not tell his age.

Richard R. "Dick" Potts was born in Goodland on November 3, 1937. He was a lifelong resident of Newton County. Dick served his country for three years in the U.S. Air Force. He was a Son of the American Legion, a member of American Legion Post #29 of Rensselaer and a member of the Loyal Order of Moose.

Dick started racing in 1960, and #92 had 521 feature wins in his 51 years of racing. He raced at dirt tracks all over the area, as well traveling the country with racing circuits. He was the winningest driver at the Rensselaer Raceway. During his career he had 23 Track Championships, 33 Runner-up Championships, was 7-time Northern Indiana Clay Track Champion, 7-time Illiana Clay Track Champion, and 2-time Eastern Illinois Clay Track Champion. Dick was inducted into the National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame in 2006.

Survivors include his wife,Tressie, nine children: Rick (Connie) Potts, Linda Potts, Dickie Potts, Cathy (Mike) Pruitt, Kris Potts, and Peggy (Bob) Rusher, all of Indiana; and Ilene (George) Winder, Sarah (Kenny) Sprouse, and Cindy (Jay) Price, all of Virginia. 20+ grandchildren, 20+ great-grandchildren, five brothers and one sister also survive.

Friends are invited to visit with the family on Sunday, January 26, 2014 from 2-7:30 p.m. (CST) at Steinke Funeral Home of Rensselaer. A Celebration of Life service will be held at Steinke Funeral Home of Rensselaer on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. with Rev. Royal Voeller officiating. Per Dick's wishes, cremation will take place. Private family services and interment at Russell Chapel Cemetery will be at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions in Dick's name to the National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame. Steinke Funeral Home of Rensselaer is handling the arrangements. Share memories and condolences online at www.SteinkeFuneralHome.com.

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